20 things to do in Calgary this week: July 22 to 25

Jul 2 2019, 2:08 am

Looking for exciting events happening around Calgary this week? Here are 20 fun things to do from Monday, July 22 to Thursday, July 25. Have a look at the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Backstreet Boys, and more.

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

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Monday, July 22

MADE WITH LOVE – 2019 Calgary Regional Finals

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What: MADE WITH LOVE is an annual event that showcases Calgary’s craft cocktail scene. Regional finalists will present exclusive cocktail recipes to a panel of judges and the attendees. Judges and guests will taste and evaluate the cocktails based on originality, creativity and flavour balance.

When: Monday, June 24, 2019
Time: 6 to 7 pm
Where: The Palace Theatre – 219-8 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Rug Riot – Come to the Party!

What: Rug Riot – Come to the Party! is a rug hooking exhibition commemorating the Guild’s 90th Anniversary. Some members challenged themselves by trying different methods, materials and shapes, while others are paid tribute to what the guild means to them.

When: Now until August 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Galleria Inglewood – 907 9th Ave.S.E., Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam

What: Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam and Open Mic. Slam poetry is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music. The sign-up sheet for both the open mic and the slam will be released at 7:00 pm, and the show will start at 7:30 pm.

When: July 22, 2019
Time: Sign-up 7 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Dickens Pub – 1000 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: $10 cash at door, on a sliding scale for those who identify as low income or students

Solomon Woodland

What: Solomon Woodland plays his new album “Dirty Little Town” live at The Blues Can.

When: July 22, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Blues Can – 1429 9 Ave SE, Calgary,
More Info: Online

Calgary Quidditch Club – Summer Drop In

What: Channel your inner Harry Potter with Calgary Quidditch Club’s Summer Drop In. No experience required, everyone 18 years old and over are welcome. Teams will be selected at 6:30 sharp.

When: July 22, August 12 and August 26, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Sunnyside Community School – 211 7th St NW, Calgary
Admission: $5

Tuesday, July 23

2019 Free Garden Festival

What: Celebrate summer and meet your neighbours at the 2019 Free Garden Festival at Lougheed House. Enjoy free live outdoor concerts, beer garden, tours, DJ, games, dog pawrades, theatre, music, dancing and more.

When: July 23, July 24, July 25 and July 27, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Tuesday and Thursday), 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Wednesday), 10:30 am to 4 pm (Saturday)
Where: Lougheed House – 707 – 13 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Sunnyside Open Stage


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What: Every Tuesday features an Open Mic Jam with the talent of local artists and neighbours. Warm-up your vocal chords, grab your favourite instrument, or just come by to enjoy the night. SOS Tuesdays are hosted by Eugene Saunders and guests, and welcomes all kinds of performances: music, dance, theatre, spoken word, poetry and placemaking, green initiative and more.

When: Every Tuesday until August 20, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: containR – 1020 2 Ave NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Italy Coast to Coast – Pisa

What: Chef Glen Manzer will design a four-course menu inspired from Pisa. Each ticket includes a glass of prosecco, a four-course plated dinner inspired by each city, gratuity and tax. Attendees can choose to include wine pairings for each course, picked from the region to complement each dish.

When: July 23, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Cibo 17th Ave – 1012 17 Ave SW Calgary
Tickets: Online

Citizen Sessions: Benjamin Longman

What: The Citizen Sessions are a weekly live music series held in the Citizen Brewing Company taproom. This week’s feature is Benjamin Longman, an English singer, songwriter, musician, and photographer, now based in Calgary.

When: July 23, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Citizen Brewing Company – 227 35th Ave. N.E, Calgary
Admission: Free

A Reading: Tess Liem with guests

What: An evening with Tess Liem, a queer writer living in Montreal (Tiotia:ke, the traditional territory of the Mohawk nation) as she reads from her recent book, Obits. She will be joined by Joshua Whitehead, Neil Surkan, and Madelaine Caritas Longman.

When: July 23, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Shelf Life Books – 1302 4 St SW # 100, Calgary
Admission: Free

Wednesday, July 24

Music in the Plaza

What: Heritage Town Square presents Music in the Plaza throughout the summer. From roots and country to blues and swing, this line-up of free concerts offers something for everybody. Each week starts with a rising star of tomorrow from the Stampede Talent Search topped off by a featured act.

When Wednesday evenings until August 28, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Heritage Town Square, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive NE
Admission: Free

Backstreet Boys


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What: Backstreet’s back, alright. Be ready to get down and move it all around as the boys head out on a world tour to promote their 10th studio album, DNA. Calgary is one of the few remaining Canadian shows that hasn’t sold out. If you want it that way, buy your tickets ASAP, otherwise, it could be nothing but a heartache.

When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $49 online

Salon Series: Kent Merriman Jr.

What: An conversation with Calgary artist Kent Merriman Jr. led by Glenbow Museum curator Nancy Tousley about Merriman Jr.’s exhibition Remnants and his unique and labour-intensive artistic approach. Refreshments will be provided.

When: July 24, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9 Avenue Southeast Calgary
Tickets: Online

Ten Foot Pole

What: California punk rockers Ten Foot Pole perform at Broken City with special guests Bring on the Storm and Julius Sumner Miller.

When: July 24, 2019
Times: Doors 9 pm
Where: Broken City – 613 11 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Stand Up Comedy in Kensington

What: Jupiter Comedy presents a night of stand-up at the Oak Tree Tavern. This week’s headliner is Mark McCue.

When: July 24, 2019
Time: 8 to 9:30 pm
Where: Oak Tree Tavern – 124 – 10th Street NW, Calgary
More Info: Online

Thursday, July 25

Calgary Folk Music Festival 2019

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What: One of Calgary’s favourite July events is the four-day long Calgary Folk Music Festival, running from Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28. Headlining performers include Belle & Sebastian, Half Moon Run, The Strumbellas, and Nathaniel Rateli & The Night Sweats with over 60 other acts joining in on the music at the festival’s various stages.

When: Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28, 2019
Time: Full schedule will be released this summer
Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
Tickets: Available online, $60 and up for single day tickets. $185 and up for a full weekend pass


What: Nashville country superstars Lonestar perform at Grey Eagle Resort and Casino on July 25.

When: July 25, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Address: Grey Eagle Resort and Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary
Tickets: Online

2019 SeaFood Boil

What: Cravings Market Restaurant presents their annual Seafood Boil event. Enjoy all-you-can-eat seafood, served family-style on paper-lined harvest tables with drawn butter and side dishes.

When: July 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Cravings Market Restaurant – 7207 Fairmount Dr SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Acadia’s Garden & Art Tour

What: A self-guided tour of Acadia’s unique gardens, yards and art installations. Starting at the Acadia Community Garden, participants can explore the featured yards, gardens and art installations at their own pace. Participants can chat with the hosts, share gardening knowledge, and appreciate outdoor art. Proceeds will go towards the Acadia Community Garden and Art Society’s annual operating costs.

When: July 25 and July 27, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm (Thursday), 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (Saturday)
Where: Acadia Community Garden – 332 94 Ave SE Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10

Derailed Dinner with Trolley 5

What: Join Rodney’s Oyster House and Trolley 5 for an educational and fun filled beer dinner. Includes four courses as well as a welcome beer.

When: July 25, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Rodney’s Oyster House Calgary – 355 10 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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