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Top picks for getting out Sept. 7 – Sept. 13 including Honens Festival, New Swears and Torch Night

Clearly festival season is not over. With a beautiful weekend ahead, you need to make sure that you make the most of your social life before you lose “that summer feeling.” It won’t be hard, take a look at what’s on deck:

Thursday: 2017 Honens Festival of classical music runs until Sept. 10 and will feature world-class performances. If contemporary dance is more your thing, Dancing Home — the 36th Annual Alberta Dance Festival presented by Dancers’ Studio West takes place until Sept. 16. Music? Gotcha covered: Twitch with Hello Moth & XSRY will be at Broken City tonight, or head over to Nite Owl for Jay Arner with Heavydive and Carbolizer.

Friday: Maybe tonight it’s Simple Plan at the Palace? Perhaps it’s Yes with Todd Rundgren at the Jubilee? You know, you could always take in Blow Wind High Water at Theatre Calgary, on until Sept. 30 at the Max Bell Theatre. Options! You have them!

Saturday: Don’t eat breakfast — in fact don’t eat anything for a couple of days prior because Circle the Wagons, the annual Food Truck festival, complete with music, entertainment — you name it – takes place at Currie Park from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Maybe you can’t spend all day down there, that’s cool. The People’s Poetry Festival is happening from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the East Village, so head down for some literary fun. In the evening head to the Palomino for Torch Night — Brittany Howard vs. Janis Joplin featuring some of your favourite local songstresses.

Sunday: Who doesn’t love driving out to the mountains on the weekend? Over in Banff you can take in A Night at the Banff Mountain Film Festival: World Tour Favourites at 7 p.m., Lux Cinema. They’ll be showing highlights from the fest every Sunday and Monday — check it out!

Tuesday: ATP starts their theatre season with The Last Wife, running until Sept. 30 at the Martha Cohen Theatre. If you’re too antsy to sit in a theatre, head to the Gateway for great music by New Swears.

There is so much more going on in this city than you can imagine. Check out all of the listings to plan your week ahead!

Kari Watson is a writer and former Listings Editor of FFWD Weekly, and has continued to bring event listings to Calgary through theYYSCENE and her event listings page, The Culture Cycle. Contact her at