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Top picks for getting out July 18 – 24 including Slash, Fiestaval, One Big JAM and the Lougheed House Garden Festival

Has everyone recovered from Stampede? I am covered in bug bites and am crippled from dancing on the grass for Chromeo, so we’re all in this together. And here we are, ready for the next round o’ things!

Thursday: It’s all about the Music Mile tonight, with Mark Cassano over at Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar, Blue Moon Marquee at the Ironwood and La Mosca at Madisons.

Friday: Head down to Olympic Plaza and take in this year’s Fiestaval Latin Festival! It takes place until Sunday and is free to attend — celebrate with entertainment, vendors and food! A block or so over at the St. Louis Hotel is the Market Collective Take-Over. Head to the St. Louis and see what’s new! Later, you can wander down to the Blues Can to take in Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin’ Daddys.

Saturday: It’s Cyclepalooza — Calgary’s Do-It-Yourself bike festival: organize a ride, attend some bike-related events! Maybe bike over to Lougheed House for their Garden Festival, starting today and running all week. Dog Pawrades, outdoor concerts, DJs, a family stage and so much more going on at Lougheed House. Also, One Big JAM! A fully improvised concert experience, right in the heart of the city. Celebrate some of Calgary’s finest talent … then drive out to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory for their Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary event or TELUS Spark for an 18+ shindig with BBQ, beer, activities and more!

Sunday: The Grey Eagle is where it’s at, cuz it’s Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators with opener Whitey Kirst! Go to see Whitey, stay to see Slash! Or just go to see Whitey (shameless plug for my surrogate brother).

Wednesday: It’s the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour with guests at the Saddledome! I was never a fan, but maybe you were! Go! If something a bit less grandiose but equally exciting is what you’re looking for, head to the Blues Can for Peter & The Wolves. There. Your week is sorted.

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 continues to work within the Calgary arts & culture scene to promote the city’s numerous and varied events. Contact her at