FAB Things to Do: Summer in the City

Hello to all my FAB People, I’m back. I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer and enjoying the heat. Well what can I say, it’s been a FAB summer in the city of Calgary and I have a lot to share with you.

Stampede Midway

To get you up to speed lets start with the infamous Calgary Stampede. WOW….salute to everyone in the city for pulling together to make is year so special. What a way to display the world’s best in show. The Calgary Stampede is always quite the spectacle but this year in particular was exceptionally special as we celebrated the centennial. Every aspect of the traditional 10 days was taken to the next level, truly highlighting Calgary’s western way.

I had the pleasure of speaking with a guest visiting from Oklahoma who mentioned their thrill of traveling the world to see as many shows and local festivals as possible. Their excitement was bubbling as they explained that they’ve never experienced anything like this before and the Calgary Stampede is officially the best show they’ve ever been to. What a moment, I was overcome with pride, honour and love for my home city. Calgary is not just a dot on the map anymore, it is a destination filled with new energy that celebrates its culture infused with worldly inspiration on a daily basis.

Being a hotelier and having the opportunity to experience all emotions of the Stampede, including long days and long hours, I can honestly say this was the best one ever. It reminded me of the 2010 Winter Olympics when I worked in Vancouver. The energy is so powerful, and filled with so much happiness, it’s FAB-U-LOUS!

For those of you inspired to travel from abroad, the annual Calgary Stampede takes place in the first week of July. Come on over and take apart of this world class experience in 2013.

Alright, enough of the past! We have an abundance of other things going on in our city. Currently Shakespeare in the Park is performing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the beautiful Princes Island Park. In partnership with Theatre Calgary, Shakespeare in the Park is celebrating its 25th season with a FAB cast and crew, including students from Mount Royal and Theatre Calgary professionals. I highly recommend this for a date! Just bring a couple blankets, snacks and a beverage – easy! Details

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Image borrowed from Theatre Calgary

The Fringe Festival kicks off this weekend and runs through August 11th in Inglewood, this event is full of fun and perfect for families. Details

Last but not least “Legally Blonde” the musical is showing in Olympic Plaza until Saturday, August 4th. The show starts at 6:30pm and is performed by Summerstock, the only live outdoor musical theatre company in Calgary. Take the other half, your friends or family and enjoy some of Calgary’s finest theatrical talent. Details

With so many things happening this long weekend, you should have no problem finding many ways to fill the time.

I’m excited to be hosting my Les Clefs d’Or meeting this coming Tuesday with all my fellow members. Stay tuned to my next FAB Dining post!

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