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Olympic Oval

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…)

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.