Notable Now Calgary: August 29, 2014

Pride Calgary
If Will and Grace re-runs are all you know about being gay, then it’s time to expand your horizon. Pride is back for another year, and until September 1st you can enjoy a fabulous assortment of parties, brunches, pool parties and dances. Watch the Technicolor parade, join the queer picnic, or catch up on some classic boundary-pushing films at Endeavour Arts. Pride Week is a really great chance to celebrate the incredible diversity in our community while attending some very notable annual events.                            

If you enjoyed Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, you’ll want to learn more about this soiree. On September 4th, one of Calgary’s coolest new parties is taking place at Calgary’s Heritage Park Celebration Tent and tickets will get you entrance into a cabaret-themed affair inspired by Paris circa 1920. The evening will include performances by Martha Wainwright, Alexandre Tharaud and DJ Rice. Between sets you’ll be able to sample delicious snacks from restaurants like Anju, Alloy, Charcut and Tubby Dog while sipping on Last Best’s craft beers. This fabulous fundraiser supports Honens – Canada’s International Festival of Piano.

Mad Decent
Shaw Millennium Park is the place to be on September 5th if electronic music is your jam. The Mad Decent Block Party is rolling into Calgary as part of the North American tour and music fans will be rocking out to the soundtrack of Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead and RJD2. This isn’t your average city concert, so make sure you don’t miss out. To check out the schedule or to purchase tickets, visit the website.

Welcome to the festival that combines art and engineering into one awesome city event. Starting on September 10th you can dine on engineered eats (molecular gastronomy) at participating restaurants, take part in a catapult competition, or hop onto the ferris wheel that runs on sustainable energy. To make the ferris wheel even more enticing, Beakerhead has collaborated with chef Nicole Gomes to offer a five-star meal during the ride. The fun won’t stop during this festival, so make sure you review the full list of events. Who knew science was so cool? All the details can be found here.

Circle the Wagons
Back before the days of iPhones and Pinterest, people used to rely on the strangest things for entertainment – like travelling circuses and carnivals stopping through town to add a little zest to an otherwise dull Saturday. While one of September’s upcoming events won’t include an elephant or anyone swallowing swords, Circle the Wagons is definitely bringing that carnival flare to South Calgary on September 20th. From 11am onwards, BassBus, YYCFoodTrucks and Village Brewery are going to be setting up at the South Calgary Park for one full day to enjoy food, drink and live music. Check out the details here.

Block Restaurant
The NW has had all sorts of great restaurants popping up as of late, and Block is definitely worth checking out. Opened by a duo considered to be an authority on local cuisine, the new space features a rustic interior, a menu with comfort food and, for those of you who remember the former Rembrandt’s restaurant in the space, you’ll still find the antiquated VLTs in the back. We highly recommend the lobster ravioli. You won’t be sorry.


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