Yes, the Greatest Outdoor Show in the world is finally here, but for some of us, we’d rather check other events out.
So if you want to ditch the plaid and just go about life as it were a week ago, here are a few things to do today.
Enjoy two 20 minute shows performed by Drama students from Wagonstage Children’s Theatre. Hippo Needs a Bath is performed in the green space between the Kitamba Café and the Rhino enclosure and The Dinosaur Club, No Babies Allowed! takes place in the Prehistoric Park Amphitheatre. Shows take place Wednesday through Sunday at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm
Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE
When: Now until Friday, August 19
Cost: Regular admission to the Zoo
A Pop-Up Picnic is a lunch hour (Noon to 1pm) event hosted by Downtown Calgary in various locations around the downtown core. They’ll provide the tables, chairs, entertainment and all you have to do is bring your lunch and some friends. Each picnic will have a unique theme – this week’s being ‘Shakespear on the Bow’ and will be held at a different location each week.
Where: J. Bowlen Park – 620 7th Avenue SW
When: Wednesday, July 13 from 12 to 1 pm
For the more adventurous side in you, try The Skyline Luge. It’s a three-wheeled cart, part go-kart and part toboggan that is thrilling for all ages and abilities.
Where: Skyline Luge Calgary – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
When: Now until October 9
Cost: $15 for 1 ride; $23 for 2 rides; $32 for 5 rides
Theatre Calgary’s Production of Hamlet comes to Prince’s Island Park. No need to buy tickets for the show, just arrive early to grab a seat and bring a blanket with you if you’d like. The show runs on donations, so pay what you’d like when the collection hat makes it’s way through the crowd. Find showtimes online.
Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
When: Now until Sunday, August 21 (Excluding Mondays)
Cost: Pay What You Will
If you want crazy, look no further than heartthrob Hunter Hayes, who performs in Calgary in July 13. His song “Wanted” was one of the best-selling country singles of the decade so far and received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance.
Where: Cowboys Stampede Tent – 421 12th Avenue SE
When: July 13, 6 pm
Tickets: Available online at $49.99.