Quilts, ribs and immersive art: Summer fun in Calgary

With Alberta currently in Stage 3 of the “Open for Summer Plan”, and the temperatures more like normal for this time of year, now is the time to get out and about again.

We’ve picked some perennial favourites and more unusual events and festivals happening in Calgary this summer, from immersive art to music in the park.

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Literally step inside the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh in this “immersive” experience. Over 300 paintings are projected onto the venue walls, moving and changing to a symphonic soundtrack and extracts from Van Gogh’s own writing.

Venue: BMO Centre at Stampede Park

Dates: Until 31 August 2021

Website: http://www.calgaryvangogh.com/

Priddis & Millarville Fair

Good old fashioned country fun with bench exhibits, live animal displays, a farmer’s market and the popular horse show and beef cattle show.

Venue: Millarville Racetrack, Millarville

Date: 21 and 22 August 2021

Website: https://millarvilleracetrack.com/fair

Maud Lewis Exhibition

Born in 1903, legendary folk artist Maud Lewis created small, brightly coloured paintings of rural Nova Scotia, capturing a unique landscape and way of life that was changing rapidly. Over 140 paintings are on show. As the gallery explains:

“From amusing combinations of cats and kittens, to rustic images of horse drawn carts and oxen, to breezy scenes of ships in the harbour, Lewis’s work appeals to audiences nostalgic for cheerful depictions of rural life in Atlantic Canada.”

A lovely, gentle exhibition for changing times.

Venue: Glenbow, Calgary’s Art Museum

Dates: until August 29 2021

Website: https://www.glenbow.org/exhibitions/maud-lewis/

Summer Serenades

Sit and enjoy an all Canadian line-up of talent at the Calgary Folk Music Festival Summer Serenades. Reserve your space at this socially-distanced outdoor concert series at Prince’s Island Park. Can’t get there in person? The Calgary Folk Music Festival is streaming Summer Serenades all week long on their YouTube channel, FolkFestTV!

Venue: Prince’s Island Park

Dates: until July 28th

Website: https://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/summer-serenades/

Festival of Quilts

This popular festival has moved to August, draping Heritage Park in hundreds of homemade quilts in an eye-catching variety of shapes, colours and patterns.

Venue: Heritage Park

Date: weekend August 21-22

Website: https://www.heritagepark.ca/plan-your-visit/event-calendar/festival-of-quilts

Calgary Ribfest

The tastiest festival of the year is back, with a safe drive-through format. So you can enjoy everything you love from a full rack dinner to a pulled pork sandwich, where your pork has been slow-cooked for 14 hours.

Dates: July 30 – August 2, 2021

Venue: McMahon Stadium Parking Lot

Website: https://yycrotaryribfest.ca/#ribfest-calgary-how

Want to do something with the grandkids?

Join forces with the junior generation this summer for fun events at Calgary Zoo including the ever-popular Zoonights and the new exhibit, Dinosaurs: Awakened.


Or how about a fishing lesson on the Bow river for beginners aged 4 and upwards!

Happier at home?

That’s fine with us! Our home care team are here to help you enjoy quality time in your own home, enjoying a chat, a game, a puzzle of an activity of your choice. Our caregivers know the importance of keeping hands and minds active, and love to share in the enjoyment too. It’s all part of the Vytality at Home home care service – call us for details.

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