Calgary Weekender: August 17 through 19, 2012

The city might seem quiet right now, but that is the farthest from the truth. This coming weekend it is going to be difficult to decide on what to do, as there are so many options.

ReggaeFest is taking place and Thursday evening there will be a special event at the Ship & Anchor. We suggest grabbing your friends and heading down around 9pm for the Red, White, and Dread: Canadian Reggae Artist Showcase featuring Friendlyness & The Human Rights, Rocky Mountain Rebel Music and Third Branch. While there, why not indulge in a pint or two and the infamous ‘Ship Burger’.

Glabalfest is also kicking off on Thursday and will run until August 26. Head down to Elliston Park (17 Ave & 60 St SE) any night this weekend to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes at the OneWorld Festival, and sit back to enjoy the Fireworks Festival as it illuminates the sky with a symphony of music and world-class fireworks. 

Saturday, there are a ton of events to choose from. If you love reggae music, ReggaeFest’s Main Stage Event will be happing all day (11:00am – 11:00pm) at Shaw Millennium Park (1220 – 9 Ave SW). Enjoy the live performances from Canadian and international reggae artists as you chill in the beer garden or dine on tasty dishes from a variety of food vendors.

For the foodies out there, Taste of Calgary, the city’s premier festival celebrating international foods and beverages, will be in full swing at Eau Claire’s Festival Plaza. Indulge in sample-size menu items at sample-size pricing, from Calgary’s finest food and beverage establishments. Expect flavours such as Cajun, Caribbean, East Indian, and Persian. While there enjoy live music by a variety of the local musicians. 

For something a little different, why not partake in The Fairmont Palliser’s Pop-Up Afternoon Tea? This decadent tea party will be held at a surprise Calgary location on Saturday from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Dress in your Sunday best; think fascinators, large hats and pearls to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with a selection of tea sandwiches, dainty pastries, fresh fruit with Chantilly cream and traditional English scones. Make sure to call ahead (403-260-1222) to make your reservation.

Saturday evening, the city’s fashionable YPs need to attend Runway Monthly. Head down to The Bank on 8th (125 8th Ave SW), the door opens at 8:00pm, to see up close some of the best fashion trends. Get your wardrobe inspiration from four runway shows by Lauren Rebecca, Beatrix, A M K, and 27 Boutique.

We also suggest you check out U:Party for U:End Poverty. This fundraising event will celebrate six years and nearly $1 million donated to global poverty-ending projects. Enjoy an evening of amazing music from four great bands – Makeshift Innocent, Jocelyn Alice, Trinity Branshaw and Kris Demeanor. Happening at Flames Central (219 8th Avenue SW), the doors open at 8:00pm.