Exploring the Best of Calgary: Your Ultimate Guide to August Long Weekend Activities

As the August long weekend approaches, there’s no better time to venture through the vibrant city of Calgary and make the most of your well-deserved break. Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, this bustling city has an array of exciting activities to offer. From unique pop-up experiences to classic outdoor adventures, here’s a handful of activities that you can take part in with your friends and family this weekend!

Experience The Taste of Calgary Festival (August 3 - 7)

The Taste of Calgary festival is a foodie’s dream come true. Located just west of Eau Claire Park, this annual event showcases the culinary delights of the city, with samples from various food vendors offering mouthwatering dishes from around the world! 

It’s an excellent opportunity to indulge in delicious food and drinks, while enjoying live entertainment.

Entry is free and the event runs from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm daily! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to try tasters of Calgary’s food staples and up-and-coming vendors! 

View the 2023 menu here  https://tasteofcalgary.com/pages/menu

Unwind With Handcrafted Brews at These Must-Try Local Breweries!

Bitter Sisters
This neighbourhood brewery has impressive food, a cool dog-friendly patio and happy
hour every day of the week. The rotating taps and regularly changing line-ups make it
difficult to put a finger on just one beer, but the rotating sour tap is unreal on these hot
summer days.
Cabin Brewing Company
This taproom with its relaxing, cabin-inspired vibe boasts several award-winning beers.
Cabin Brewing Company has achieved the perfect balance of being both a chill and
relaxing place to enjoy exceptional beers and a spot for a lively night out with
friends. Almost all of Cabin’s beers are regulars in “best-of” conversations and the
variety means there is something for everyone. Cabin also produces and carries some of
the coolest merch in the city, 
Tool Shed Brewing
This brewery’s tagline is “handcrafted beer, best served with a story,” Tool Shed’s patio
is one of the best places to soak in the sun this summer. The small expanse of picnic
tables feels like a summer tailgate party where Calgarians can enjoy the weather and
the taste of this brewery’s local brews, not to mention the award-winning Notorious
P.I.G. food truck serving up Southern barbecue.

Head to the Lantern Peace Festival at the Calgary Olympic Plaza (August 5)

Experience the Lantern Peace Festival – a joyful, free, and family-friendly event at the Olympic Plaza! Enjoy a petting zoo, bouncing castle, music performances, and inspiring speeches. The perfect event to attend as a family, where everyone will be entertained!

Witness the beauty of lanterns on the Olympic Plaza pool, symbolizing our resolution for a peaceful world.

If you wish to launch lanterns on pool, you can do so with a little donation!
1 lantern – $5, 3 lanterns – $10

Take a Float Down the River

Consider embarking on a river float trip down the scenic Bow River! This leisurely adventure allows you to soak in the beauty of the city and surrounding nature while floating gently on the water. This is an activity that every Calgarian should experience at least once!

Don’t have rafting equipment? No problem! Take advantage of float equipment rentals from Lazy Day Raft Rentals who makes the planning and execution of this activity a breeze with transportation shuttles and all equipment provided to make your day relaxing and fun! 


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