Friday, August 13, 2010
A weekend of culture: six continents in six square blocks
If you were looking for a different sound or taste this summer but weren’t able to get out of the city, now is your opportunity to satisfy that urge.
This weekend Calgarians are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Chinatown as well as Afrikadey!, Taste of Calgary, Shakespeare in the Park, Calgary Korean Day, and CJSW Music in the Park.
“Our Centre City will play host to a number of festivals and events this weekend, bringing plenty of colourful cultural experiences to our downtown,” says Teresa Byrne, event coordinator for The City of Calgary.
“Calgarians will literally be able to experience food, entertainment and experiences from several different continents – all within a few city-blocks,” says Byrne.
Many of the weekend festivities can be taken in for little to no cost – which is good news for weekend-goers on a budget.
In addition to the cultural celebrations you will notice recent beautifications to Chinatown in the form of new planters and flowers and other street level art.
The 10th Annual Chinatown Street Festival, hosted by The Calgary Chinatown Merchants Association, is featuring new activities and entertainment to commemorate Chinatown’s centennial year.
The festival offers a Hong Kong-style open-air market, food booths and a day-long main-stage providing entertainment for the whole family. This free event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 2nd & 3rd Avenues & 1st Street SE.
At 6:30 the Centre Street Bridge will provide the setting for a BBQ, dancing, music and performances, finished off by fireworks over the Bow River.
Since the Centre Street Bridge will be closed for this event, attendees and others who plan on traveling downtown will need to reconsider their route, as there will be road closures and some transit interruptions to accommodate the festivities.
For all the details you’ll on this weekend’s events click here.