Five cool things to do this week (July 26 to August 1)

To add to your to-do list: cheer rowers on in a boat race, laugh out loud to stand-up comedy, and practise your golf swing.

RBC Canadian Open golf tournament July 2013

RBC Canadian Open

1. Run to the regatta

Polish up your Sperry’s, don your best in nautical stripes and head down to the harbour for the regatta. A longstanding tradition across Canada, yachts and rowboats will be making waves as they race to the finish line.

151st Annual Harbour Grace Regatta, July 27, Harbour Grace NL

Bonne Bay Regatta, July 26 – July 28, Woody Point NL

Row Ontario Championships, July 27 – July 28, Welland ON

Fruitbowl, July 26 – July 28, Hudson QC

River Lights Festival, July 26 – July 28, Saskatoon SK

2. Let there be light

Whether it’s the fireworks competitions set to a soundtrack, or the homemade twinkling lanterns lighting up local fields, this weekend look to the lights! Better, why not join the fun and hold your own backyard lantern festival with this simple DIY lantern project.

Honda Celebration of Lights, July 27, July 31, Aug 3, Vancouver BC

Victoria Park Lantern Festival, July 27, Victoria Park NL

International Des Feux Loto, July 27, July 31, Aug 3, Montreal QC

3. Laugh out loud

Improv, stand-up, and stories told by some of the best comedic geniuses of all time sounds like something we don’t want to miss. This weekend marks the tail end of Just for Laughs in Montreal, which this year has boasted a bill that includes the likes of Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman, and the highly anticipated return of Dave Chappalle. Giggles will also be heard bellowing out of Toronto’s Second City venue, as their best-of performance kicks off featuring the top sketches from the comedic hub’s last 52 years.

Best of Second City, July 26, July 29, Toronto ON

Just For Laughs, July 26 – July 28, Montreal QC

4. Say, “Ahoy, Captain!”

Got a soft spot for Captain Jack Sparrow, ahem Johnny Depp? Unleash your inner pirate on this adventure fit for the whole family. Complete with costumes, face paint, and of course, a mystery to solve and a treasure to find – the ship sets sail from ports in Ottawa and Victoria.

Pirate Adventures, until Labour Day

5. Golf clap

For some, watching golf is like mediating – and with the Canadian Open championships this weekend a little relaxing will keep you on par. Can’t sit still? Hit the greens and brush up on your stroke with these expert tips.

Canadian Open, July 22 – 28, Oakville ON