Enjoy Calgary’s beautiful August weather at these great outdoor events this weekend and relax on Sunday by watching the Summer Olympics’ closing ceremonies.
AFRIKADEY! FESTIVAL Saturday Aug 11
On Saturday, the Afrikadey! Festival at Prince’s Island Park celebrates Calgary’s rich African culture, 10 am until 10 pm. Merchants and food vendors will be set up around the park, and the main stage features a star-studded lineup including Sudanese hip-hop act Emmanuel Jal and contemporary Ethiopian ensemble Krar Collective. Tickets $25 adult, $20 youth, available at the gate.
MARDA GRAS Sunday Aug 12
Experience that vibrant New Orleans Mardi Gras atmosphere right here in Calgary at this weekend’s annual Marda Gras festival. The event will be held between 33rd Avenue and 34th Avenue SW in the Marda Loop neighbourhood.
Dancers from the Samba Brazil Heritage Dance Group will perform traditional Brazilian dances. Live jazz, rhythm and blues and zydeco will also be featured. As well, over 200 local merchants and food vendors will be in attendance, as will the entire YYC Food Trucks fleet.
Marda Gras runs from 10 am until 5 pm. Admission is free. Parking is available at The Military Museums of Calgary, where a free shuttle bus will transport guests between the museum and the festival site. For more information, visit the Marda Loop website.
OLYMPIC GAMES’ CLOSING CEREMONIES Sunday Aug 12
On Sunday, the Summer Olympic Games come to an end with spectacular closing ceremonies featuring performances by Brit sensations Adele, The Who and the Spice Girls. The Canada Sports Hall of Fame airs the ceremonies, 2 pm until 5 pm in the facility’s theatre. The ceremonies will also be shown at the Olympic Oval London Lounge as well as the Stephen Avenue Celebration Site. Admission is free.
ALBERTA CYCLING SUPERWEEK Friday Aug 10 – Sunday 12
Numerous competitive cycling events are held in Calgary each summer. This year, three of the main competition groups—the Niklas Group Tour de Bowness, Crankmaster’s ITT and dB Performance Jason Lapierre Memorial—have joined forces for a “superweek” of races (including kids’ races).
On Saturday, the dB Performance Jason Lapierre Memorial’s Downtown Calgary Criterium takes place in the heart of downtown between Sixth Street and Fourth Street SW along Second Avenue and Third Avenue SW. Only 820 metres in length, this flat course permits cyclists to reach speeds of 45 km/h—a must-see for cycling fans. Children’s races begin at 4:30 pm, adult races start at 5 pm.
Registration for the event is closed, but admission for spectators is free. Parking available throughout the downtown area. Visit Alberta Cycling Superweek for more information.