As our glorious summer speeds by, make sure you take the time to relax this August long weekend because YYC has some seriously fun stuff going down. Whether you want to relax or all-out party during one of the last extended breaks of the summer season, there is a ton of stuff to choose from, and some of it almost sounds too good to be true.

Calgary International Blues Festival

When: Jul 27 – Aug 2
Where: Shaw Millenium Park

It’s time for the 11th annual Calgary Bluesfest with an exciting lineup of events and artists. This festival features a full week of blues that culminate in four days and nights of non-stop music at Shaw Millienium Park, followed by the nightly Twilight Blues dance parties, this event is renowned for its great music, relaxed atmosphere and warm hospitality.

Some of this year’s performers include Crescent City’s iconic guitar great Walter “Wolfman” Washington; one of the foremost harmonica players of our time, Sugar Blue; the raw and primal blues sound of Vancouver’s The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Grammy award-winning giant, Bobby Rush, the pairing of two legends, Amos Garrett & Geoff Muldaur, and many, many more. This weekend promises to set the town on fire with its world-class, non-stop blues so grab a beer, and enjoy.

Click here to grab your Blues Fest tickets.

Calgary Fringe Fest

When: July 31 – August 8
Where: Various venues across YYC

The 2015 Calgary Fringe Festival will take place in historical Inglewood. Get ready to witness some uncensored, unexpected, and unforgettable theatre. Calgary Fringe is now a full-length nine-day Fringe, and is situated in the calendar between the Winnipeg Fringe and the Edmonton Fringe. The Calgary Fringe will host a combination of local, national, and international productions – 26 altogether – for a total of over 160 performances over nine days.

The first Fringe started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947, and has grown into one of the biggest arts festivals in the world. With a unique blend of artistic and a entrepreneurial commercial background, the foundations were set in place to make the Calgary Fringe a sustainable and culturally open festival. The next phase of the Calgary Fringe Festival future will be guided by Michele Gallant, the Fringe Mom and Festival Director and Producer. The best part? Fringe Fest donates 100 per cent of ticket revenue to the artists themselves.

Click here to grab your Fringe Fest tickets.

Inglewood Sunfest

When: Saturday, August 1: 10am-5pm
Where: Main Street Inglewood

A feisty summer festival in the heart of Inglewood. Inglewood Sunfest is here to celebrate, engage, entertain, and delight. Seize the Sunfest and get down to mainstreet. At the festival you can discover a new band by listening to the live music, be amazed by street performers, or grab a seat on a trendy patio and watch the action from a sun-soaked seat with a beer. Don’t forget to check out the festival’s Show & Shine where there will definitely be some muscle cars to ogle over. Whatever you choose to do, it’s bound to be a good time.

Inglewood is host to over 200 vendors that vary from artisan crafts, to imported wares, to community organizations and more.

Slide The City

When: Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, August 2
Where: 10th Street NW (Next to Riley Park)

1000 feet of slick vinyl is coming to Calgary. Participants can buy their tickets and come dressed to impress because it’s not every day you can strut through town with your hot bod, cool dance moves, and slick slides. Calgarians will have a chance to glide down the length of three football fields will hundreds of fellow sliders. Even if you’re not sliding, get down to 10th Street and watch this go down, you won’t regret it.

This slide travels North America in the summer season, and YYC, it’s our turn. Don’t worry, the slide is padded so the only pain you’ll feel at the end of this experience will be from laughing the entire 1000 feet. Make sure to bring your water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.

Kensington Beach In The City

When: Saturday, August 1: 11am – 7pm
Where: Kensington Cresent

Kensington will be transformed into the best urban beach party summer can offer, with dancing, sand, beach balls, mini golf, live music and much more. Beach in the City will be produced alongside the Slide the City event, so expect an amazing collection of summer activities taking place.

The music line-up for this event is killer, it includes the Saddler Brown Band, Sean Hamilton, Copperhead, and a DJ Set from Beach Season.

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