By RACHAEL FREY
Photo by Silvia Pikal.
What’s black and white and cute all over? The Calgary Zoo’s four new residents, of course! The giant panda breeding pair Da Mao and Er Shun have arrived at the Zoo with their two little bundles of joy, twin cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. (more…)
By MICHAELA RITCHIE and SILVIA PIKAL
Start the new year off with a bang with the City of Calgary’s legendary fireworks show at Olympic Plaza. (Photo courtesy of the City of Calgary.)
It’s the final countdown of the year! From traditional parties complete with fireworks and fizz, to more quirky festivities for family and friends alike, here’s some fun ways to ring in 2018 in Calgary. (more…)
Theatre Calgary’s staging of A Christmas Carol. Photo: Trudie Lee, courtesy Theatre Calgary.
Once Upon a Christmas
Weekends, Nov 23 – Dec 22
Christmas past is alive and well and perfectly enchanting at Heritage Park Historical Village. Go for a wagon ride, take in live historical theatre, sing holiday carols and pay a visit to jolly old Saint Nick. Three of the park’s historic homes open their doors to share the Yuletide traditions of Alberta’s pioneers. Admission, $8 adult, $6 child (does not include access to Gasoline Alley. Combined admission price for Once Upon a Christmas and Gasoline alley, $11 adult, $9 child, $5.75 senior).
•Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500.
•Maps and Reviews
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A Christmas Carol
Until Dec 24
Charles Dickens’s beloved story of greed, redemption and the spirit of generosity is told in Theatre Calgary’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. The second year for director Dennis Garnhum’s revamped production marks the 20th year Stephen Hair, Calgary’s favourite Ebenezer Scrooge, has played the role of the miserly Christmas curmudgeon. Tickets $35 – $155.50. (more…)
By RACHAEL FREY
Family fun at Calaway Park. Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta
Visit Western Canada’s most exciting urban attractions.
#1 ATTRACTION FOR VISITING THE WILD WEST
The historical buildings and costumed townsfolk of Heritage Park Historical Village bring this bustling Alberta pioneer railway town to life. Old-fashioned attractions include a bakery, ice cream parlour, blacksmith shop, aboriginal encampment and antique midway complete with Ferris wheel.
Must See: Three vintage modes of transport afford unique views of the park’s charming scenery. Tour Glenmore Reservoir on working paddlewheeler the S.S. Moyie, catch a ride on a fully operational steam train or hop on a horse-drawn wagon.
Must Do: Outside the main gate, admire the antique autos at Gasoline Alley Museum and shop the boutiques of Haskayne Mercantile Block. Attend special aboriginal cultural performances presented throughout the summer on the main grounds. (more…)
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. (more…)
Prepare for fun at the Teddy Bear Picnic! Photo: The Calgary Zoo.
Aug 11 and 12, the Calgary Zoo invites kids to attend its annual Teddy Bear Picnic, 10 am until 3pm. With furry friends in tow, guests can participate in a numerous teddy bear festivities including carnival games, arts and crafts and interactive learning stations about bears in the wild.
Calgary EMS and volunteer nurses will be on hand for teddy bear emergencies and checkups, as well as to educate children about donating blood. The event is free with regular zoo admission. Visit the Calgary Zoo website for more information.