1. 1st Annual Angus Cattle Run beginning at Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Sq. S.W. (Friday, July 12)
Alright, folks, now for a test of your cowboy authenticity — have you ever run 5K in your chaps and steel-toes? This event is a warmer version of the chilly Amble with Angus annual fun run. Participants are challenged to dress up in Stampede-style costumes — as cowfolk, rodeo clowns, cattle, etc. — and race along the Bow River pathways. The fun run begins at 7:30 a.m. sharp, and all proceeds from the $20 entrance admission will be donated to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank in support of their Children’s Milk Program.
2. Dagmara Genda at the Esker Foundation, 444, 1011 9th Ave. S.E. (Friday, July 12)
The Canadian artist is set to discuss her new series of collage works, on display at Esker until Friday, September 6th (see Panorama, a 2012 collage by Genda, above). The presentation runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. If this piques your interest you won’t want to miss Genda’s all-ages Saturday workshop, in which she walks participants through the process of creating their own collages. Both events are free.
3. Sam Roberts Band at the Coca-Cola Stage, Stampede Park (Friday, July 12)
The man and his band return to the Grounds as a stop in the string of Canadian festivals they’re playing this summer. See Them Kids above, the groups Juno-nominated music video, released in 2008.
4. Le Cirque de la Nuit: Lunari at Dickens Pub, 1000 9th Ave. S.W. (Saturday, July 13)
The ‘Night Circus’ is a dark, eclectic dance party unlike any circus you’ve been to before. The evening features performances by Victoria’s violin diva Kytami, Edmonton’s belly-dancing Vibe Tribe and, yes, a fire-eater (plus a long line-up of DJ’s). Advance tickets are sold out, but some tickets will be available at the doors, which open at 9 p.m.
5. Canadian Badlands Passion Play in Drumheller, Alta. (ongoing until July 21)
With summer now in full swing, many theatre companies have taken a bit of a hiatus, which leaves room for some great outdoor performances (see also: Shakespeare in the Park and Opera in the Village). Celebrating its 20th year, this dramatic portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ features an impressive 200 performers and 400 volunteers. The three hour performance takes place in a 30-acre natural amphitheater in the badlands, and (if you don’t already live in Drumheller) is book-ended by a lovely mini road-trip through the Alberta prairies. —Kerianne Sproule