Calgary Weekender: September 9th through 12th, 2011

It’s the first weekend of September, and though that may make us think of Fall, there is no shortage of Notable things to check out this weekend that will keep you in a bright mood.

If you love all things horses, the Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament is happening right now (started on the 7th and runs through the 11th). Head out of town for a day at Spruce Meadows, located just south of the city. Take the opportunity to watch the best athletes and horses from the world’s top show jumping nations as they compete for top prize money and international acclaim. There is a ton of stuff happening on the Spruce Meadows grounds that day in addition to the competition. Visit The Marketplace, showcasing a variety of unique products and services, works from artisans and crafters, clothing items, collectibles, beauty and health products, giftware and horse-related tack and merchandise. And the best part? The Price! Spruce Meadows has kept its entrance fee the same as when it opened in 1975, which means you only pay $5 to enjoy all that the tournament and Spruce Meadows has offer.

Prefer staying in the city? Head to the community of Victoria Park, one of Calgary’s hippest urban communities. For the next few weeks Cirque Du Soleil’s big top will be on the Stampede Grounds (1410 Olympic Way SE) with regular showings of OVO; the show is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The insects’ home is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion.

After the show take advantage of the warm weather and walk to any number of great restaurants and pubs in the neighbourhood such as Taste, St. James Corner or La Vita Bella for a late dinner and bevvie.

Sunday, Victoria Park will be brimming with Calgary Notables at the 3rd Annual Haultain & 1st Street Festival. Focused on showcasing the very best of community, sustainability, and the urban experience, this festival will feature fashion shows, great food (local restaurants will be partaking in the festivities and YYC Food Trucks will be in attendance), along with many unique, local vendors and artists, and live entertainment on the Drum and Monkey and Calgary Folk Music Festival stages.