The first month of summer has come to a close, but there’s still tons of fun to be had during the month of August. With festivals galore, your family can enjoy delicious food, fantastic entertainment, and long days in the sun before getting ready to head back to school. Slather on your sunscreen and get ready to check out these eleven family-friendly activities in Calgary this August!
Calgary Public Library Ultimate Summer Challenge
Happening All Month at Calgary Public Library Locations
There’s only one month left to get in on the fun of the Summer Reading Challenge, presented by the Calgary Public Library. Readers (and families) anywhere from 0-12 years old will be given a “Challenge Map” to complete which records reading, listening and library visits to win awesome prizes, like weekly $10 Chapters gift card giveaways, and grand prizes like iPads, Nintendo Switches, a bicycle, and, perhaps the coolest prize of all – tickets to “after hours” at the Central Library. Teens between 13-17 can register for the “Teen Takeover” where they’ll earn badges for completing creative challenges to help them earn a chance to win 1 of 10 Chromebooks. In addition, kids, teens and families can enjoy free science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and mathematics programs at different library locations (check out the extensive program options here). If you haven’t signed up already, it’s not too late to get started – all you need is a free library card!
August 3 from 11 am – 6 pm, Main Street Inglewood
Live music, bounce houses, street performances and wares from over 200 vendors are just some of the things you’ll find in the vibrant neighbourhood of Inglewood on August 3. Tasty treats from local food trucks, perfect patios and a family-friendly licensed area await in case hunger and thirst strike as you wander down 9th Avenue. For car lovers in the family, don’t forget to check out the Show & Shine on the corner of 9th Avenue and 14th Street as well as the corner of 9th Avenue and 11th Street! After all the rain we’ve had lately, this festival is the perfect place to celebrate the sunshine!
Heritage Day Festival
August 5 from 12 pm – 6 pm, Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Avenue SE
Olympic Plaza will host all kinds of multicultural fun on August 5th in celebration of the 42nd annual Heritage Day Festival. Kids will love having their faces painted and playing in the water, and grownups and youngsters alike will have all of their senses treated as they taste and smell delicious ethnic foods, listen to music and watch live performances, all while enjoying a day in the sunshine. Don’t miss out on this free family-friendly event celebrating the many cultures that make our country great!
National Play Day
August 7 from 3 pm – 7 pm, Prairie Winds Park, 223 Castleridge Boulevard NE
Prairie Winds Park is an incredible playground to visit on a regular day, and on August 7, the Monstrous Adventure Playground is set to bring even more fun to families there. National Play Day was created in part by International Play Association Canada with the goal to recognize and celebrate the importance of play. What better excuse to get out and get moving with your kiddos than celebrating National Play Day?
Movies At The Meadows
Thursday, August 8 and Thursday, August 15 from 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, Spruce Meadows
Growing up, heading to the Drive-In Movie with my family was one of my favourite summer activities. Spruce Meadows has the next best thing with their outdoor Movies at the Meadows, where lovers of cinema under the stars can pay $20 a carload (or $15 in advance) to enjoy an outdoor screening of a popular movie while also enjoying live entertainment, kids’ activities and tasty treats. This one is on our family’s bucket list for sure! Captain Marvel will be showing on the big screen on August 8th and attendees can vote on what plays on August 15th!
Taste of Calgary
August 8-11 from 11 am – 10 pm, Eau Claire Market Plaza, 200 Barclay Parade SW
Foodies rejoice! The most delicious summer festival is back for another year at Eu Claire Market Plaza. This is your chance to sample food and beverages from some of Calgary’s most popular restaurants with smaller portion sizes so you can try more than one! In addition to mouth-watering food, live music, fun activities and a variety of artisans will be on-site to keep your whole family entertained.
Inglewood Night Market
August 9 from 5 pm to 11 pm, 9th Avenue and 10th Street SE
There are only 3 Inglewood Night Markets left for the summer season, so make sure to head down on the second Friday in August so you don’t miss the fun! At least 50 local vendors will have everything from vintage clothing and antiques to tasty handmade treats ready for browsing and buying. Live performances from musical acts and dancers, food trucks and more will be ready to welcome you for a night of fun under the stars in Inglewood.
August 11 from 10 am – 5 pm, 33rd Avenue SW between 18th and 22nd Street
The 35th annual Marda Gras Street Festival is free to attend and has all kinds of great activities and entertainment to welcome visitors to the popular Calgary neighbourhood of Marda Loop. Live music and dancing, cultural performances, tons of great shopping and food and a “Kids Quarter” with free face painting, games, crafts and activities will definitely be enough to keep the whole family busy for the afternoon. Make sure to head over to the Main Stage on 20th Street before 12:30 pm to grab a good spot to view the Pet Pageant!
August 15-24, Elliston Park, 1827 68 St SE
The City of Calgary is filled with beautiful and diverse cultures from all over the globe, and GlobalFest seeks to celebrate all of the things that make those cultures great. You’ve probably heard of (or even seen) the fantastic fireworks displays that finish off several nights of the festival – did you know that these incredible shows are put on by world-class pyrotechnicians from the USA, Spain, China and Canada? The fireworks aren’t the only reason to head down to this world-class multicultural festival at Elliston Park, though! Over 60 cultures will be present, sharing everything from food to music and dancing and a fabulous night market filled with handcrafted goods. Tickets can be purchased for single-day entry, or a GlobalPass can be purchased to enjoy the entire festival. Kids 5 and under are free.
Chinatown Street Festival
August 17 from 11 am – 7 pm, 3 Avenue SE
Chinatown will be bustling with activity on August 17 as the Chinatown Street Festival returns for its 18th year! This exhibition of Asian culture will include traditional food, music, dancing and more, and expects to draw upwards of 30,000 visitors. Fun activities and entertainment for family members of all ages will be offered both on the stage and the street, and retail booths and local stores will be open for shopping!
August 24 from 11 am to 5 pm, Cobb’s Adventure Park, 1500 84 Street NE
Baby kangaroos, sugar gliders, climbing walls, bounce houses, huge slides, ropes courses, mini-golf and more await for a day of fun at Cobb’s Adventure Park, located just south of Highway 1 on the east edge of Calgary. On August 24th, the Sunflower Festival brings a special addition to the fun, as their sunflower maze will be in full bloom, ready to explore and take photos in. Guests who visit during the Sunflower Festival will also get to bring a sunflower home with them. Regular admission rates apply, and kids 2 and under get in free!
What do you have planned to do with your family this August? Did we miss anything that should have made the list?
feature photo credit: inglewoodsunfest.ca