17 things to do in Calgary this weekend: June 24 to 26

Jun 24 2016, 5:01 pm

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between June 24 to 26.

IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists

  • What: The IGNITE! Festival presents exciting work from new voices. Emerging artists in all fields get the opportunity to present their work to Calgary audiences. Some of the fields showcased are the Dance Series, the Interdisciplinary Series, the Improv Series, the Readings Series and more.
  • Where: West Village Theatre & The Pumphouse Theatres
  • When: Now until June 26
  • Cost: $15. Can purchase tickets online. Festival passes $30 and up.

Suncor Stage One Festival

  • What: Nine scripts were selected for this year’s festival out of 100 which were submitted. Through the Suncor Stage One Festival, Lunchbox Theatre has become Canada’s leading development source and producer of one-act plays. At the end of each season, Lunchbox Theatre holds a series of staged readings of new works and invites audience members to give feedback during a discussion period.
  • Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 9th Avenue SE
  • When: June 24 and June 25
  • Cost: Free

Lukes Drug Mart Sled Island

  • What: Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of over 250 bands, comedians, filmmakers and artists as well as over 30,000 attendees in more than 35 venues, transforming the city into an arts lover’s paradise that has earned rave reviews from artists, fans and media from across the globe.
  • Where: Various venue. Click here for more information.
  • When: Wednesday, June 22 to Sunday, June 26
  • Cost: $15 and up

Will, Wish, Want or Purpose at Sled Island

  • What: The Calgary Society of Independent filmmakers is co-presenting an installation of short films for Sled Island’s Visual Arts component. The program includes: K. Daymond’s Nice Girls Don’t Do It (1990), GB Jones’ The Lollipop Generation (2008), Go! Push Pop’s Push Porn (2012), Will Munro’s Rebels Rule (1998), Steve Reinke’s Sad Disco Fantasia (2001) and Scott Treleaven’s The Salivation Army (2001).
  • Where: Royal Canadian Legion #1 – 116 7th Avenue SW
  • When: June 24 – Reception from 8 to 10 pm, June 25 from 2 to 10 pm
  • Cost: Free

Josh Ritter

  • What: Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter describes Sermon on the Rocks, his eighth studio album, as “messianic oracular honky tonk”. The record is a departure from predecessor The Beast In Its Tracks and is loaded with potential hit singles like “Getting Ready to Get Down” and “See Me Around”.
  • When: Friday, June 24 at 7 pm
  • Where: Knox United Church – 506 4th Street SW
  • Cost: Available online for $35. All ages

Calgary Night Market 2016

  • What: Featuring a variety of ethnic street foods, local vendors, buskers, and entertainment, the Calgary Night Market has everything from jewelry to clothes, to household items. The market is happening on the first and last Fridays of the month until September 9. Admission to the Night Market is free.
  • When: Now until September 9 from 4 to 10 pm
  • Where: Central Memorial Park – 1221 2nd Street SW
  • Event page: facebook.com

Pool side yoga on at Hotel Arts

  • What: Grab your yoga mat and head downtown to for an hour of pool side yoga Saturday and Sunday mornings throughout the summer. Click here to register online for the class.
  • Where: Hotel Arts – 119 12th Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at 9am (arrive at 8:45 am)
  • Cost: $15

Shakespeare by the Bow: Hamlet

  • What: Theatre Calgary is bringing Hamlet outside as it shows its annual outdoor performances of Shakespeare by the Bow. It is a pay-what-you-will and non-ticketed event, so you can just turn up with a blanket and picnic and settle in; the suggested donation is $20 per adult. All funds go towards the Shakespeare by the Bow program providing mentorship and support for Alberta’s emerging theatre artists.
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • When: Now unti August 21, every day except Mondays; performances at 7 pm, with an extra 2pm matinee on Sundays. On hiatus between July 19 and 24.
  • More info: Theatre Calgary’s website

The New Adventures of Engine 23 at the Library

  • What: The Calgary Fire Department has donated Engine 23, a decommissioned 12 foot tall fire truck weighing 42,500 pounds to the downtown Calgary Public Library. The New Adventures of Engine 23 exhibit will allow children to play on board and let their imaginations sore. The library will also have drop-in storytimes where firefighters will read to children and share life-saving fire safety tips.
  • Where: Calgary Public Library – 616 Macleod Trail SE
  • When: Now until 2018

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

Alberta Printmakers’ Society Free Public Art Event

  • What: A pop-up event around the McDougall Centre gardens offering styrofoam printmaking to passersby and the general public.
  • Where: McDougall Gardens – 455 6th Street SW
  • When: Saturday, June 25 from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: Free

WBFF World Beauty Fitness and Fashion Inc

  • What: Witness the top fitness models and, arguably, one of the best: Three-time Undefeated WBFF Pro Diva Fitness Model World Champion Miryah Jade Scott in Calgary.
  • Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 220 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, June 25
  • Cost: $44.75 – $97.25

Blues Jam Extraordinaire at The Blues Can

  • What: Calgary’s Finest Saturday Afternoon Blues Jam hosted by Tim Williams.
  • Where: The Blues Can – 1429 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, June 25 from 3-7 p.m.

Meta Mofo’s at Wine-Ohs

  • What: Calgary’s newest musical juggernaut. Afrobeat, Latin, Reggae, Funk and Soul. This distinctive group is sure to please both the dancer and listener with an original blend of World influences that is a full-proof formula for grooviness!
  • Where: Wine-Ohs – 811 1st Street SW
  • When: Saturday, June 25 at 9 pm
  • Cost: $15

Calaway Park’s Birthday Party

  • What: Enjoy a live band at the Celebration Square Stage. Photo opportunities celebrating today and back in the day and surprises around every corner.
  • Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
  • When: Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 open 10am to 7pm
  • Cost: Regular admission

Ride Don’t Hide

  • What: Ride Don’t Hide is raising funds for mental health programs and to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association. The rides will take place in 6 provinces across the country with the goal of raising over $1,500,000.  Registration and donations can be made online.
  • Where: Springbank Park for All Seasons – 32224A Springbank Road
  • When: Sunday, June 26 at 7 am

Something Old, Something New: 125 Years of Wedding Fashion

  • What: See some of the most trendsetting and common wedding dresses in Alberta from the last 125 years. The exhibition features collections from the Museum of the Highwood, the Red Deer Museum, the Royal Alberta Museum, the Lougheed House Conservation Society, as well as numerous private collections.
  • Where: Lougheed House – 707 13th Avenue SW
  • When: Now until October 2
  • Cost: Regular admission $8.50
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