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10 things to do in Calgary over the Heritage Day long weekend

WATCH ABOVE: Global News Online Reporter Melissa Ramsay joins the Morning News with details on what’s going on in Calgary over the August long weekend. 

CALGARY – Although many people plan to spend the long weekend at a cabin or camping in the mountains, thousands of others will be staying put right here in Calgary.

Here are ten activities to keep you entertained if you’re sticking close to home over the Heritage Day long weekend:

Calgary Corn Maze
August 3 open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Go on a fun-filled farm adventure at the Calgary Corn Maze. Navigate your way through over 13 acres of corn mazes, mingle with barnyard animals and play a round of minigolf.

Calgary Ghost Tours
July 31 at 1 p.m. – Historic Downtown ghost walk
Discover the history of Downtown Calgary in the midst of the modern skyscrapers.
August 1 at 9 p.m. – Downtown Ghost Walk
Explore the ghostly haunts of downtown Calgary after dusk.

Shakespeare by the Bow: The Tempest
July 31 at 7 p.m. / August 1 at 7 p.m. / August 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Watch Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, family and forgiveness in the heart of Prince’s Island Park.

Calgary International Blues Festival
July 31 to August 2 at Shaw Millennium Park and the Kirby Centre
The Calgary International Blues Festival brings big names to two Calgary venues, including guitar player Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Grammy-award winner Bobby Rush and harmonica player Sugar Blue.

Calgary Fringe Festival
July 31 to August 8 in Inglewood
Over 25 shows will be presented in Inglewood during the 10th annual Calgary Fringe Festival, nine of which are locally-produced. Download the FestFinder app on iPhone to explore the lineup and access the full Fringe Guide.

Fort Calgary
August 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort Calgary will spend Heritage Day exploring “the reciprocal relationship that heritage in Alberta has always had with our natural surroundings,” with family-friendly activities and crafts.

Calgary Fringe Festival 2014
Calgary Fringe Festival 2014. Facebook / Calgary Fringe Festival

Chip ‘n’ Putt Challenge
July 31 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 239 – 8th Avenue S.W.
Calgarians are invited to test their skills in the Shaw Charity Classic Chip ‘n’ Putt Challenge. Compete in the qualification round for your chance to compete in the semi-finals and finals. The winner gets Sky Box passes on the 18th hole for the Shaw Charity Classic, and an honorary observer spot with Fred Couples

Stephen Avenue Summer Stage
July 31 and August 1 from noon to 1 p.m.
Watch free performances on the Stephen Avenue Summer Stage on 8th Avenue S.E. near the corner of 8th avenue SE and Centre Street. Friday you can see six-piece ensemble HB Wild and Saturday check out local musician Matt Beatty.

Heritage Day Festival
12 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Olympic Plaza
Enjoy face painting, soak up the sun and watch some folk performances at the 38th annual Heritage Day Festival in Olympic Plaza.

Heritage Park
August 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Take a trip down memory lane at Heritage Park, which will offer special Heritage Day activities like line dancing, an egg and spoon race, butter making and a calligraphy demonstration. Be one of the first 500 guests through the gates before 10:30 a.m. and enjoy a complimentary pancake breakfast.

Two young girls enjoy a swing ride at Heritage Park historical village in Calgary, Alta., Monday, June 11, 2012.
Two young girls enjoy a swing ride at Heritage Park historical village in Calgary, Alta., Monday, June 11, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Jeff McIntosh
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