Calgary Weekender: August 9 through 11, 2013

Friday night will be bumpin’ at Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave SE ) for the Chasing Summer Festival featuring Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Krewella, Wolfgang Gartner, Mat Zo, Myon & Shane 54, Tritonal, Seven Lions and many more. Dubbed Canada’s largest outdoor electronic music festival, it spans Friday and Saturday with the closing party at Flames Central (219 8 Ave SW ) on Saturday starting at 10pm featuring Audien and guest David Stone. Click here for more information.

Tickets are on sale now for the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival in Calgary on October 18 and 19 (Stampede Park BMO Centre, Halls D & E). Early bird prices are in effect until September 20, so click here and get your ticket before they sell out. It’s their 16th year and hours are a tad different this time around.

While you’re online and have vino on the brain, surf over to, or if you’re up in Cochrane, stop in at the Guardian Pharmacy and pick up an SO2GO. These little gems neutralize sulphites in your wine. If you notice the ill effects of sulphites, this Aussie product imported by Calgarian Bobbie-Jo Van Ruskenveld might be your ticket.

Head on over to the Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival on Saturday (it’s also happening on Sunday) at North Glenmore Park. Admission is free, the food trucks will be out, there’s a beer garden and musical and cultural entertainment. Races start at 8am and alternates with ceremonies both days until 6pm; the beer gardens are open from 11am until 5pm (Saturday) / 6pm (Sunday).

Saturday night, John Butler Trio are playing at MacEwan Hall (2500 University Dr. NW) at 8pm. Favorites at big name festivals such as Fuji Rock Festival, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Big Day Out, and Coachella, these guys are not to be missed. 

The Calgary Polo Club and Veuve Clicquot are hosting a day where sport and glamour intersect. Join in the festivities for entertainment, fashion, great food and Polo. There’s a VIP option ($100) with access to the Veuve Clicquot Lounge where you and your besties can sip champagne by the glass with live music and a light summer lunch. Or you can join the general population free of charge where you still get to see polo and you can dine at  whatever food truck strikes your fancy. Check out for more deets.

If you and your buds are on the lookout for a patio on Sunday afternoon, check out Bar C‘s (340 17th Ave SW) new patio. if you’ve driven down 17th Ave in the past little while, you might have noticed the 9’6” tall historic boiler doors made from solid cast iron, which enclose their alley patio. It launched last week and they’ve got some cool cocktails; if you wake up with a throbbing head, the Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump might have your name all over it. 

We can’t wrap up the Weekender without a notable mention to chocolatemaker Choklat. Trust us: if you’re in Inglewood, make a stop for some seriously sweet deals.