Festivities in August

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By Alex Bonyun

August is a great month to get out and experience art in our community for free! Whether it’s an outdoor festival, or an indoor celebration, there’s so much for you to see! Downtown you can take in Olympic Plaza on a warm August day with the Spaghetti Western Music Festival (August 20, noon – 9pm), Canada’s alt-country music festival, or celebrate Canada 150 with Happenings (August 18, 5 – 9pm), the free visual art party with live music and creative activities inside Arts Commons. Another way to enjoy music outdoors this summer is at Calgary Reggaefest (August 17 – 19), a three-day festival in Shaw Millennium Park.

For anyone looking for a bit of theatricality in their August, the Calgary Fringe Festival (August 4 – 12) returns to Inglewood this year with a unique line-up of unexpected, unforgettable performances. Calgary Opera’s Opera in the Village festival is making the move from East Village to the newly unveiled Enmax Park with the hit show South Pacific (August 10 – 20, 8pm nightly).

If you’re looking for a stroll through some of Calgary’s character neighbourhoods Inglewood’s Sunfest (August 5) and Marda Loop’s Marda Gras Festival (August 13) are back again for another great year.

For something a little quieter with a slice of nature, the Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival (August 12 – 13) is a fun way to kick back on the banks of the Glenbow Reservoir and root for your favourite team! And, if you’ve never checked out Globalfest (August 15 – 26), Calgary’s largest display of fireworks is a fantastic way to enjoy music and culture from around the world, while being wowed by a truly explosive display.

For a full list of Calgary’s festivals this August, indoor and outdoor, you can visit calgaryherald.com/life/swerve/swerve-festival-guide-2017-august.

This column is provided by Arts Commons. Located in the heart of Calgary’s vibrant downtown core, Arts Commons is home to six distinct performance venues.


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