15 things to do in Calgary this week: June 26 to July 3

Jun 27 2016, 12:39 pm

Looking for something to do this week? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between June 27 to July 3

Ernie Paniccioli Hip Hop Photographer from NYC

  • What: Selling Classic Hip Hop Photos (Eg: Michael Jackson, Nas, Jay Z 11x 14 prints for $35), sharing knowledge and intimate and real stories about the birth of Hip Hop. Ernie Panniccioli will be talking about where it is now and where it’s going. Cyperwild YEG will be bringing the turntables, b-boys and b-girls and the MCs. Free for youth, starving students and artists. Donations at the door are appreciated.
  • When: Monday, June 27 from 2 to 10 pm
  • Where: Big Brother and Big Sisters – 5945 Centre Street SW

Joe Jackson

  • What: English musician and singer-songwriter Joe Jackson comes to Calgary on his Fast Forward tour. Over his long career, Jackson has recorded 19 studios albums and been nominated for five Grammy Awards. After gaining overnight success with his single, “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” in 1979, Jackson has become a legendary musical icon, and his tour represents a next step in his astounding legacy.
  • When: Monday, June 27 at 8 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: $35, $49.50, $75 via Live Nation

Shakespeare by the Bow: Hamlet

  • What: 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

Pop-Up Picnics

  • What: 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 ‘Sinatra in the Park’ and will be held at a different location each week.
  • Where: McDougall Centre Grounds – 455 6 Street SW
  • When: Wednesday, June 29  from 12 to 1 pm
  • Cost: Free

Okotoks Dawgs Games

  • What: See the Western Major Baseball League Okotoks Dawgs for a special weekday edition. The Dawgs are playing a total of 15 games in June.
  • Where: Seaman Stadium –  2111 N Railway Street, Okotoks
  • When: 
    • Wednesday, June 29 at 7:05 pm vs Edmonton Prospects

Taste of Hawaii BBQ

  • What: Because who doesn’t want a Hawaiian BBQ night. The $25 ticket will get a Hawaiian themed kabob dinner and a Hawaiian cocktail. Live music starts at 5 pm and you’ll have a chance to win PBR wakeboard and a set of King Cobra golf clubs.
  • Where: Celies 8th Avenue – 803 8th Avenue SW
  • When: Thursday, June 30
  • Cost: $25

2016 Launch Market

  • What: Visit Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market every Thursday during the summer! Enjoy eating at local vendor stations, dance to live music and shop until you drop. For the kiddos, there are free activities set up.
  • Where: Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market – 917 Centre Avenue NE
  • When: Thursday, June 30 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm

Wagonstage Children’s Theatre at the Calgary Zoo

  • What:  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

Canada Day 2016

  • What: Say Happy Birthday to Canada all day long. More than 250,000 people are expected to join in Canada’s 149th birthday celebrations throughout downtown with events like fireworks display off the Centre Street Bridge, Canadian Armed Forces activities, Canadian musicians on the Riverfront Avenue stage and much more.
  • Where: Celebrations throughout downtown and around the city
  • When: Friday, July 1
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Grand Opening of Studio Bell

  • What: Studio Bell is ready to open and they’re celebrating with a bang on Canada Day. For the whole day, enjoy free entry but beware that entry will be on a first come first served basis.
  • Where: National Music Centre – 134 11th Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, July 1 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: Free

Calgary Stampeders vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers

  • What: Get in on the action as the Stampeders take on the Blue Bombers Friday night. A special Canada Day fireworks display will be held after the game.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
  • When: Friday, July 1 at 8 pm (fireworks after game)
  • Cost: $25 – $120. Available online


  • What: Otafest is an annual conference for anime enthusiasts which first started at the University of Calgary 1999. Fans can show their passion and appreciation of the hobby, the music videos they have created, the art they have painted and show off the costumes they have made. You will see the latest shows and videos, as well as the fondest classics, and wii get to see anime on the big screen as well as a chance for the curious to see what it’s all about.
  • Where: Telus Convention Centre – 120 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, July 1 to Sunday July 3
  • Cost: $35 (single day admission), $60 (3 day pass)

Cyclepalooza 2016

  • What: The annual 10 day bike festival is back. Events include bike polo, Bike Maintenance 201, Bike Prom 2016, 2nd Annual YYC Bike Awards and much more. Check website for details.
  • Where: Various venues around town
  • When: Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 10
  • Cost: Varies. Tickets can be purchased online

HIGH in the park

  • What: Take advantage of a special one-time only class for everyone and sweat out your Canada Day treats. HIGH Fitness is a hardcore fun fitness class that incorporates interval training with music you love, and intense easy-to-follow fitness choreography.
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park (Stage area) – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, July 2 at 9 am
  • Cost: Free

If you’ll be in Banff during the week:

A Night at the Banff Mountain Film Festival

  • What: Every Thursday night in downtown Banff for 14 weeks, two identical shows per night will be shown featuring four unique film programs rotating each week.
  • Where: Lux Cinema – 229 Bear Street, Banff
  • When: Thursday, June 16 to Thursday, September 8. Shows at 7 and 9:30 pm
  • Cost: $12 can puchase online
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