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Enjoy the last bit of summer on a student budget

Visitors and locals to Calgary can find numerous events and activities to keep themselves busy both in and outside the city before fall takes full effect

The summer sun is fading fast, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to catch some of Calgary’s great events, and activities before fall snow hits. 

From festivals to hikes, there are numerous ways to enjoy Calgary without completely obliterating a student budget. 

The city has events throughout all four seasons, said Kaitlyn Hakvoort, specialist in destination services at Tourism Calgary.

“There’s lots of great attractions that you can gain entry to for under $20.”

Some inexpensive options include viewing the Glenbow Museum, which has free admission between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. 

“It’s a great way to learn a little bit about Calgary’s history and Alberta’s history, and meet some locals or like-minded people as well,” said Hakvoort. 

For those interested in comedy, The Two Penny’s basement, known as The Tea House, hosts comedy nights on Thursdays, and Broken City Social Club has Monday night comedy.

Taking a free ghost tour with Walk the YYC on Saturday evenings is a great way to learn about the city and enjoy some ghost stories, according to Hakvoort.

“I love Calgary because of the small town feel,” she said. 

Calgary has a network of communities including Kensington, 17 Ave., and Inglewood. Each community is full of unique places to explore, and people to see including local artisans, boutiques, vendors and public art. 

Hakvoort recommends looking into Market Collective, which supports the creative community by promoting and showcasing local artists, artisans, designers, and musicians to learn about Calgary and local products. 

For bikers and walkers, bike pathway networks run throughout the entire city.

“Exploring the pathways and the park systems is one of my favourite parts of Calgary.”

Calgary has great options for food and dining said Hakvoort. From ethnic cuisine to brew-pubs, this city has thousands of choices to satisfy every craving.

“If students are looking for cheap deals to dine out, there’s a great app called The Spesh.”

The Spesh finds daily specials on food, drink, and entertainment around the city. 

There is more than enough to do and explore without ever leaving Calgary. 

“There’s so much. It’s all just about knowing the resources to be able to find it.” 

One popular event is Calgary’s arts and science festival, Beakerhead, which runs from Sept. 19 – 23.

Beakerhead’s programs, workshops and events encourage creativity and ingenuity by bringing together the arts, sciences and engineering.

“Beakerhead aims to break down barriers,” stated Danielle Kraus, Beakerhead outreach coordinator. 

All the information about events, workshops and programs can be found online, stated Kraus. 

A lot of the upcoming events are completely free, and are “geared towards everyone young and old,” explained Kraus.

Beakerhead events and installations will be located throughout the city, and many events are held outside no matter the weather. 

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