Calgary ReggaeFest at Shaw Millennium Park (Friday, Aug. 15 and Saturday, Aug. 16)
Rastas are givers: catch a wallet-saving groove from Raging Fyah at the festival’s free sneak peek Friday night. If you have a good time (and you probably will), grab yourself a ticket to the mainstage Saturday for $40 at Eventbrite.
Unseen Art Show at Artpoint Gallery (Opening Friday, Aug. 15)
The Ramsay gallery helps Viki Bristowe, Mariah David, Lisa Gayle, Nicole Musser, Helen Newsome, Martina Sirm, Brent Spies, Lara Sansal and Nicole Turnheim get seen at their annual curated show dedicated to unrepresented artists. The show opens Friday night with a reception from 5-9 p.m. and you can also see the unseen during the gallery’s regular Saturday hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ruin Your Dinner Hour Secret Screening at Quickdraw Animation Society (Saturday, Aug. 16)
Quickdraw follows the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers’ lead and opens up its vault of classics and cult films at this monthly secret screening series that runs every third Saturday. It’s free and snacks are provided; show runs 5-8 p.m.
Spaghetti Western Festival at Olympic Plaza (Saturday, Aug. 16)
Matt Masters runs his annual free folk and country fest at Olympic Plaza, and he plays the noon slot at the day of music. The melodic Shred Kelly and the eminent songwriter John Wort Hannam headline. If that’s not enough folk and country for you, the afterparty featuring Hawk & Steel, Treeline and Carter Felker goes at The Palomino on Saturday night. It’s not free (Matt Masters can only be so giving), but an entirely reasonable $10.
Taste of Calgary at Eau Claire Festival Plaza (Until Sunday, Aug. 17)
The food isn’t the only worldly offering at the annual gathering of the city’s restaurants. The Taste Stage presnets musical selections from all corners of the globe. Friday night features Mexican group Mariachi Nacional and the Third Reel Celtic Band, while Saturday sees talent from closer to home, including Neil Gunhold and Kirby Sewell. Afrobeat closes out the stage on Sunday night. The menu is at tasteofcalgary.com; sampling tickets are $1 apiece.