Calgary Weekender: September 7 through 9, 2012

We know that most of you young professionals are well into your career. That said, there is something about the first week of September that brings up old feelings of sombre dread for the first week of school. This weekend, there are all kinds of things happening in the and around Calgary that are bound to take your mind off school work.

This weekend, the 31st Annual Alberta Dance Festival (2007 10 Ave SW), a yearly contemporary dance festival showcasing new dance works from artists living and practicing in Alberta, is in full swing with performances happening throughout the weekend. We know you’ll be inspired by the movement of the body at this year’s festival, which features new work by nine choreographers in two programs. 

For those of you looking for something a little more wild, Zoogala, the Calgary Zoo’s premier fundraising event, is taking place Friday evening at the zoo (1300 Zoo Road). Featuring a live band and dancing, performances, interactive entertainment, food, wine and cocktail sampling, and a unique silent auction, this is bound to be a wildly chic night.

If you are in a musical state of mind, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra season opener ‘A Taste of the CPO’, ( will be taking the stage at the Jack Singer Concert Hall (205 8 Ave SE) Friday evening. Head down before the performance to join a cast of characters in the lobby for a sneak peek of upcoming concerts, events and special programs. You can meet musicians, win prizes, and get terrific ticket offers. For those YPs interested in getting more involved, Club Wolfgang (the CPO’s young professionals club) will be hosting an after party.

Saturday morning we suggest heading to Grumans Delicatessen for breakfast. This deli is reminiscent of traditional New York or Montreal delis with a Jewish flare. We suggest trying the Challah French Toast or Smoked & Poached Breakfast Poutine. 

For the equestrian enthusiast, why not head to Spruce Meadows (18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW) for the Masters Competition. You can see first-hand the best athletes from the world’s top show jumping nations compete for prize money and international acclaim. While there, be sure to check out the entertainment and shopping opportunities on the grounds.

Or head to Banff to see amazing athletes compete in the Banff International Triathlon. This accredited race features one of the most picturesque courses in the world. 

Or stay in the city and check out the first-ever Saudi Arabian Festival at Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE) from 10am to 9pm. Hosted by the Calgary Saudi Students Club, it will showcase various Saudi Arabian traditions, such as folklore dance, traditional music, a fashion show, women customs, and a Saudi Art gallery to name a few. Celebrate Saudi culture and learn about the history and civilization of this fascinating country. 

If you are interested in supporting local makers and artists, head to East Village Riverwalk
(618 Confluence Way SE) between 10am and 6pm
for the Mini Maker Faire. Explore the creative ingenuity at this event, which aims to share knowledge, inspire, and develop community building. 

Saturday evening we suggest checking out the newly opened Candela in Mission (1919 4th Street SW). Brought to you by the team behind Alloy Restaurant, Candela features a globally influenced menu with a selection of tapas-style and shared plate dishes. Be sure to pair your meal with an excellent bottle of wine from their wine list. For those looking for a late-night meal, you are in luck as Candela’s kitchen stays open until 1am on weekends. 

Sunday, fashionable YPs will want to head to Haultain Park (225 13 Ave SW) in Victoria Park for PARKSALE. This annual artisan and designer market will be taking place from 10am to 5pm, with a great list of vendors, each featuring all sorts of fantastic products. 

Photo courtesy the CPO