Aug. 22 to 24

1. Carifest; Saturday, Aug. 23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.A Shaw Millennium Park

The fun begins with a parade along Stephen Avenue from Olympic Plaza to Shaw Millennium Park. Stake out a spot to see the colourful costumes and hear the mas bands.

Once the parade crosses the mainstage at Shaw Millennium Park, the Sunshine Festival begins in earnest. In addition to great music, there will be a kids’ zone,  an arts and crafts market and food vendors.

Admission is free. More information can be found here.

2. Dragon Boat Race and Festival; Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24 at North Glenmore Park

The annual paddlefest on Glenmore Reservoir is always a great time for competitiors, but even if you’re staying on dry land, there is plenty of fun to be had. Spectators can amuse themselves with free entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, food trucks and a kids’ play zone. There will also be an adults’ play zone, or, as it is more commonly known, a beer garden.

Admission is free. A complete schedule of races and other events can be found here.

3. Foothills Harvest Festival; Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning at 10:30 a.m. At Chinook Honey Company and Kayben Farms

The bees have been busy all summer and now they’re ready to show their work. The big reveal (hint, it’s honey) goes at the Chinook Honey Company, which is also offering horse-drawn-wagon rides, meadery tours and a bee-beard competition.

For its part, Kayben Farms is also offering wagon rides (pulled by a tractor), harvesting demonstrations, a corn maze and more.

Tickets are available online.

4. GlobalFest Finale; Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates open at 6 p.m. at Elliston Park.

As always, GlobalFest ends with a series of bangs. The fireworks for the finale are produced by Sirius Pyrotechnics out of Quebec and designed by Patrick Brault.

The fireworks begin once the sun makes its graceful exit. While you wait for that to happen, you can amuse yourself at the OneWorld Festival, which includes entertainment, a night market and plenty of food offerings.

Tickets are no longer available online, but can be purchased for $20 at London Drugs, Calgary Co-op stores and Marlborough Mall.

5. Bark Mitzvah—A Party for Our Dogs; Sunday, Aug. 24 10 a.m. to noon. At Calgary Jewish Community Centre, 1607 90th Ave. S.W.

This free event includes treats, trick and agility contests and a beauty parlour and spa. Before you get too excited, it should be noted that those items are restricted to dogs. Well, that’s not entirely true; humans will find a few treats as well.

For more information, click here. Good dog!

—Bruce Weir


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