6 Free Events This Weekend

Go downtown for a street festival or leave town for a ranch tour.

The Calgary Stampede's OH Ranch is just one of the farms and ranches you can visit this weekend for Open Farm Days.

Photograph by Jaelyn Molyneux


Shakespeare By the Bow

When: August 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m.; August 19 at 2 p.m.

Where: Prince's Island Park

It's the last weekend for the outdoor performances of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Emerging artists led by Theatre Calgary professionals take an updated spin on Shakespeare's comedy about friendship and love. The play also stars a dog and features some Michael Jackson dance moves. The performances are pay-what-will and last about 90 minutes.



Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movies

When: Fridays, August 17 and 24, 9 p.m.

Where: In the parking lot beside Purr Clothing in Kensington (1220 Kensington Rd. N.W.)

There's a giant wall in Kensington that is perfect to project a movie on and Kensington Village has being doing just that on Friday evenings this summer. Bring your own chair to the parking lot beside Purr Clothing to watch The Parent Trap this Friday and Overboard next Friday.



Love Your Library Day

When: Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: All Calgary Public Library locations

Each library has its own schedule of activities including magicians, living statues, puppy rooms and caricature artists. All of the libraries will have storytime with special guests at 11 a.m. 



Chinatown Street Festival 

When: Saturday, August 18

Where: Chinatown

One of the city's biggest street festivals is happening this weekend with cultural performances and food vendors as well as a family fun zone hosted by the Calgary Flames. 



Alberta Open Farm Days

When: Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19

Where: Farms and ranches across Alberta

Think of this as a giant open house. Dozens of farms and ranches across Alberta open their gates and invite people to stop by and learn about what they do. It's a good opportunity for a road trip with a few stops along the way. Close to Calgary, you can visit the Calgary Stampede's OH Ranch near Longview for tours and kids activities like barrel racing and rope making. Poplar Bluff Organics near Carseland has wagon rides into the fields where the vegetables are grown. Most of the tours and open houses are free and Open Farm Days also features culinary events like long table dinners for a fee.



Craft-Along Workshop with Veronica Murphy

When: Friday, August 17, 7 p.m.

Where: Esker Foundation, 1011 9 Ave. S.E.

The Esker Foundation has a regular rotation of free events for adults and kids that complement its current exhibits. On Friday evening you can tour Anna Korma's exhibit Book of Abandoned Details and then stay for a discussion with Stash's Veronica Murphy on how to take your crafting to the next level. Bring your own supplies and project to craft-along as you chat. If you are looking for a family activity, Master Class for Families is on Sunday at 1 p.m. The hands-on workshop is for kids ages five to 10 and the adult that is with them. Register online for both events.


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