How to spend August long weekend

The Top 10 Ways to Spend August Long Weekend

The long weekend is almost here! Anyone who has stayed in Calgary for August long weekend knows that the population drops immensely. Everyone is hitting the road for a fun summer vacation full of camping, hiking, lakes and outdoor activities. Plus, the forecast shows sunny skies for days so there is no excuse to be indoors this weekend! If you’re looking for something fun and different to do this August long, check out our top ten ways to spends the days:

1.     RV into beautiful British Columbia

Or anywhere really. Just get out of the city’s hustle and bustle to soak up that glorious sunshine and take a deep breath of refreshing mountain air.

2.     14th Annual Calgary International Blues Festival

Whether you’re into shopping at markets or drinking beer in a tent, this is the place for you. The Blues Festival is a family friendly event full of souvenirs, trinkets and, of course, food trucks. Yum! Running July 30 to August 5.

3.     Skip the corn maze, how about a sunflower maze?

That’s right, Alberta’s only sunflower maze is located up by Bowden, only one hour north of Calgary. Road trip up there this weekend to get lost amongst the flowers and learn about the farmer lifestyle.

4.     Hit the lake without leaving the city

Take the kids to Sikome Lake located in Fish Creek Park, where you’ll find sandy beaches, shallow waters and a splashing good time.

5.     Hike up, up and away

There are tons of gorgeous Rocky Mountain hikes within an hour of Calgary. Don’t feel like the mountains? Try Bragg Creek, Ghost Lake or the Hoodoos in Drumheller.

6.     Calgary Fringe Festival

Anything goes at this unexpected, uncensored, unforgettable festival, running from August 3 to 11 at various locations around the city. Let’s get weird and wacky!

7.     Picnic in the Park

Calgary has TONS of parks that are perfect for an outing with your honey, kiddos or puppy so pack some watermelon, a blanket and those sunglasses for a relaxing day spent under the trees.

8.     Join Tour de Bowness

Attempt to conquer the dreaded hill climb of Mackay Road, a one kilometer long, 141-foot steep ascent as crowds cheer you on. Sounds exhilarating, right?

9.     Take the kids to the best dog show around

The Alberta Kennel Club Summer Classic Show is coming to Spruce Meadows August 3 to 6. Get your tickets to this hot event before they sell out!

10.  Enjoy the Sunshine at Sunfest

Spend a day outside at this feisty festival full of live music, street performers, children’s activities or shopping in trendy Inglewood on August 4!


Whether you like crowds or solitude, there’s a little something for everyone happening this weekend. Explore the city, adventure to the mountains, take a dip in the lake, host a bonfire. However you decide to spend your August Long weekend, all we ask is that you are safe, act responsibly and have LOTS of fun. Happy long weekend, Calgary!