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5 Free Tours To Take at Doors Open YYC

Go behind the scenes at the EPCOR CENTRE for free this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Doors Open YYC.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Scotiabank Saddledome or wondered where the costumes for the Alberta Ballet are made? Doors Open YYC, or DO YYC NAKED, is part of an international concept that grants the public access—free of charge—to buildings and spaces that they might not otherwise have the chance to see.

The Nat Christie Centre, home of Alberta Ballet. Photo: Courtesy Doors Open YYC.

The Doors Open Calgary Association (DOCA) is hosting the first annual Doors Open YYC event this Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. The public is welcome to participate in exclusive tours and insider information sessions at 35 locations with the aim of increasing appreciation and knowledge of the city’s historical and culturally rich places and spaces.

Take the opportunity to go behind the scenes all over the city, from the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the new Energy Environment Experiential Learning Building at the University of Calgary to the Talisman Centre, National Music Centre and Calgary Transit facilities.

WHERE  recommends checking out:

Go behind the curtain at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts for a backstage tour. (more…)

Hot Date: Taste of Calgary

Aug 16 – 19 Savour the flavours of Calgary’s delicious and diverse cuisine at this weekend’s annual Taste of Calgary event at the Eau Claire Festival Plaza.

Over 35 restaurants and beverage vendors from across the city serve up bite-sized versions of signature menu items. Sampling tickets are $1 each, and menu items range in price from one to five tickets.

Menu items include sumptuous sliders from the recently opened Black Betty Burgers & Wine Bar, regionally sourced fusion creations from the new upscale Downtownfood, New York strip loin from Ric’s Grill, pub classics from Jameson’s Irish Pub and numerous other delights from Calgary’s best eateries. (more…)

Weekend Roundup August 10 – 12

Enjoy Calgary’s beautiful August weather at these great outdoor events this weekend and relax on Sunday by watching the Summer Olympics’ closing ceremonies.


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…)

Hot Date: First Thursday Art Events in the Cultural District

Tonight is the Cultural District’s monthly First Thursday event, wherein galleries in the downtown core open their doors for complimentary artist talks and receptions.

Tonight, don’t miss these events:

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) hosts the opening reception for its new exhibit, A Night of Music & Art, featuring first nations multimedia works by Carl Beam and live music by Matt Masters. (more…)

Discover Calgary’s Historic Homes

A house in Bankview, once owned by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Benjamin A. Huckell. Photo: Maureen Hodgen.

This week marks the second annual Century Homes celebration during Historic Calgary Week.

Featuring over 500 historic houses in numerous communities, Century Homes reveals the lives and stories of the former inhabitants of these community landmarks.

Participating homes around the city are marked with both homemade signage and Century Homes banners.

Guided walking tours are available until August 6 in the communities of Bankview, Ramsay and Mount Royal.

Check out the tour map and the guided walking tours schedule.


Where To Watch The 2012 Olympic Games

Kick off the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in true British style at the Olympic Oval London Lounge at the University of Calgary campus. The main-level Oval Lounge has been converted to a TV-viewing arena, July 27 through Aug 12. The public is invited to head over to the lounge and cheer on our athletes as they go for the gold.

Entrance to the London Lounge. Photo: David Vink.

The venue is holding Tea-Time at Two, a London-themed party, during the opening ceremonies on Friday, 2 pm until 4 pm, with tasty British shortbread, scones and other appetizers will be served. Admission is free.

The games will also be shown daily (9 am – 9 pm weekdays and 10 am – 5 pm weekends) on a massive state-of-the-art LED screen at the Stephen Avenue Celebration Site, located on Eighth Avenue between Second Street and Third Street SW. Admission is free.