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Top picks for getting out Aug. 1 – 7 including Calgary International Blues Festival, Chasing Summer, Fringe Festival and the Tour de Bowness

Oh, it’s all happening people. Remember when summers used to be quiet? Did they ever? All I know is that we are knee-deep in festival season and there’s plenty to do, so let’s start.

Thursday: If you’re looking for a daytime activity, head to Lougheed House to check out Exploring Metis Identity: Past and Present. Follow that up on the Music Mile where Bob Chartier will perform at Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar.

Friday: The Calgary International Blues Festival continues, people! Check out their website and see what’s happening this weekend. The Calgary International Fringe Festival begins today and runs all week, so head to Inglewood and take in as much of this great theatre festival as you can. While you’re in Inglewood, head to the Ironwood to see Shane Larmand tonight.

Saturday: The Inglewood Sunfest happens from 11am – 6pm, so get down and check out what the vendors and businesses have to offer. The Barefoot Movement will be performing Saturday evening at the King Eddy, and The Chasing Summer Festival hits the Max Bell Centre Saturday featuring The Chainsmokers, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki, Alesso, Infected Mushroom and many, many more. If you’re looking for something more low-key, head to Olympic Plaza for the Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony.

Monday: It’s a holiday, but that’s not to say there’s nothing going on. Over in Bowness you can take in the Tour de Bowness Street Festival — competitive bike racing, artisans, food trucks and much more, all along mainstreet Bowness.

Wednesday: Shakespeare by the Bow: A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Theatre Calgary continues in Prince’s Island Park.

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!

(David Gogo photo courtesy Scott Doubt.)

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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