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10 New Year’s Eve Events in Calgary

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…)

The Biggest and Best: 6 Calgary Attractions

By RACHAEL FREY

Family fun at Calaway Park. Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta

Family fun at Calaway Park. Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta

Visit Western Canada’s most exciting urban attractions.

#1 ATTRACTION FOR VISITING THE WILD WEST
Heritage Park

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…)

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.

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…)

SMASH! at Telus Spark

Telus Spark. photo: Courtesy Telus Spark.

This weekend, TELUS Spark hosts the destruction-themed SMASH!event, from 9 am until 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The event focuses on the science behind destruction with trebuchet launches and karate demonstrations. Museum staff will also spectacularly take a hammer to objects frozen solid with liquid nitrogen. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own objects to destroy.

In what’s sure to be a “smashing” success, members of the Calgary Stampeders join the fun for a special appearance on Saturday, 2 pm until 4:30 pm.

The event is included with museum admission, visit the Telus SPARK website for more information.