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Top picks for getting out Aug. 2 – 8 including blues fest, Steve Martin & Martin Short, Tour de Bowness

We’re coming up on the August long weekend everyone, and for those of you who head to the hills with only a thin nylon shelter to protect you from hungry wildlife, well you do you. For everyone else who is sticking around to enjoy what this city has to offer, I have some suggestions for how to fill your time!

Thursday: Anthroposcene with Crane, Anput & Ra/Sol will be over at Broken City, Los Tres Hombres featuring Oscar Lopez, Tom Phillips and Mike Stack will be at the Blues Can, and don’t forget that the Calgary International Blues Festival is in full swing! Tonight you can catch Mike Watson and the 6L6s, Jim Byrnes and Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar.

Friday: The Calgary Fringe Festival runs until Aug. 11 and features some amazing theatre throughout Inglewood. The Acacia Strain with Left Behind, I AM and guests will be at Dickens, and Texas King with Lashes, Des Arcs, the Corey Hotline, Lightning Ant and Wet Paint will be at the Rec Room – all ages until 10 p.m.!

Saturday: Chasing Summer EDM Festival will be at the Max Bell Centre this weekend, and tonight you can also catch Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko at the Jubilee. I will be there, silently singing King Tut to myself while awaiting their appearance.

Monday: Bowness is the place to be! The Tour de Bowness Street Fest is happening, including, obviously, a fantastic bike race and a… uh… street festival. Yeah, it’s all pretty much in the name there, isn’t it? There’s also stuff going on over at Fort Calgary for Heritage Day, so you can just whip down Memorial and hit them both. Why not?

Tuesday: Tinariwen will be performing at the Bella Concert Hall. Culture!

Wednesday: Wintersleep with Crystal Eyes over at the Palomino. If you miss them tonight, they’re playing Thursday as well, so you’re covered!

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!

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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