This month, discover the hottest events happening in cities near you.
Think Whistler is only hopping in the wintertime? Think again. It’s a prime destination for skilled mountain bikers from all over the world, who race and perform awe-inspiring stunts at Kokanee Crankworx, Aug 8 to 16, then stick around to enjoy Whistler’s legendary party scene.
Watch cowboys and cowgirls in action at Jasper’s Heritage Pro Rodeo Aug 13 to 16 and be sure to catch Jasper’s traditional yet unique pack horse race. Banff hosts the 2nd annual Dragon Boat Festival Aug 15 to 16 on Lake Minnewanka, where long boat canoe races take centre stage.
Even if you can’t tell your porthole from your poop deck, you’ll still find plenty to enjoy at the Maritime Festival Aug 8 to 9, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Vancouver Maritime Museum with jugglers, comedians, storytellers, musicians and, of course, birthday cake. Bonus: anyone born in 1959 gets in free.
The eyes of the sports world are on Halifax from Aug 12 to 16. Just across the harbour in Dartmouth, Lake Banook is welcoming some 1,300 paddlers, representing 75 different countries, for the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.
On Aug 13, the bad boys of Aerosmith stop in at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The rock band is currently working on a new album, so their Calgary appearance will feature greatest hits—as well as the talents of ZZ Top. Later in the month, the annual Globalfest takes centre stage, with a fireworks competition, global film festival, human rights forum and the OneWorld Festival in Elliston Park, Aug 14 to 29.
Don’t miss the Victoria Fringe Festival, Aug 27 to Sep 6, presenting drama, comedy, dance and more from around the world. Now in its 23rd year, the Victoria Fringe is an undeniable highlight of the Victoria summer festival scene, offering terrific entertainment at an affordable price. For the younger set, FringeKids Fest runs Aug 29 in Market Square.
Toronto’s Rexall Centre echoes with the sound of bouncing tennis balls as the Rogers Cup brings to the city the world’s best female players, Aug 15 to 23. Spectators can watch defending champion Dinara Safina take on all comers, including Venus and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and many other top seeds. August also sees the opening of an annual favourite—the Canadian National Exhibition. The summer’s signature event, Aug 21 to Sep 7, features a huge midway, agricultural fair, concerts and casino and more.
AC/DC’s Brian Johnson brings manic “schoolboy” guitarist Angus Young and his wrecking crew to town on the Black Ice tour Aug 26 at Commonwealth Stadium. The tour is named after their 2008 album that has gone five times platinum in Canada and opened at No. 1 in 29 countries. Daniel O’Donnell’s crooning has made him the pride of his hometown in Kincasslagh, County Donegal, Ireland. See him Aug 28 at Rexall Place.
The magic and mysticism of a 1930s carnival is recreated in Carnivale Lune Bleue with circus shows, a psychic tent, vintage midways rides, a snake show, and more. On until Aug 30. Casino du Lac Leamy Sound of Light brings together fireworks experts from around the world to see whose country has the biggest, brightest, and best fireworks Aug 1, 5, 8, 12, 15.
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