55 things to do in Calgary June 2017

May 26 2017, 11:22 pm

June is really a wonderful month for many reasons.

Celebrate the season with the various festivals happening throughout the month, along with block parties, tea parties and every other kind of party imaginable. You can also find a ton of events that are taking place in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday.

If you’re looking to spend a weekend or two outside of the city, or just want to enjoy the beautiful weather, there are a ton of summer festivities to take part in up in the mountains. Really any reason to head outside sounds good to us!

We know you’re thinking, how are we already half of the way through 2017, crazy we know! Here are 50 fun and festive events that you should probably check out this month!

Get Outdoors

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Hang out on one of Calgary’s best Patios

  • What: Take a break from the heat and have an ice-cold bevy on one of Calgary’s best patios. From rooftops to hidden gardens, there are plenty of spots to choose from that will have the vibe and ambiance you’re looking for. Check out some of Calgary’s best rooftop patios here!

Grab a Root Beer Float from Village and Walk by the River

  • What: Re-live your childhood with the newest addition on Village Ice Cream’s menu, a handcrafted root beer float made with their signature vanilla bean ice cream. Can we get a big YUM! Head down to the river and take a stroll while you enjoy his delicious summery beverage!

Yoga Mountain Adventure Retreat

  • What: Get away for a weekend as you recharge and rejuvenate on this 3 night retreat. With over 15 years of experience instructor, Saraf Harvie will be leading many of the sessions such as asana yoga, Pranayama Meditation and self-guided hiking tours.
  • Where: 1 Shark Road – 35km South of Canmore
  • When: June 1 – 4
  • Cost: Starting at $935

Bike the Banff Legacy Trail

  • What: Take your bike out for a cruise and enjoy the breathtaking scenery that this 22.3 KM trail has to offer! The trail links the Town of Banff and Canmore through an additional 4.5 km of pathway outside of Banff National Park boundaries, from the Banff Park East Gate to the Travel Alberta Visitor Information Centre.
  • Where: Banff Park East Gate to the Bow Valley Parkway

Athletic Activities

FREE Lunchtime Barre, HIIT and Yoga Classes

  • What: On every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday join Barre Body Studio, Live YYC and Lululemon Ambassador Stef Rizvi for free classes of HIIT Barre and Yoga at 12pm sharp in front of the EV Experience Centre. There is no better way to spend your lunch hour!
  • Where: East Village Experience Centre – 553 RiverFront Avenue SE
  • When: Various Dates
  • Cost: FREE

Sharing Dance Day

  • What: Join the nation’s largest dance party and celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday! This groovy event is being organized by Canada’s National Ballet School and will include presentations of their 2017 choreography, free open dance classes, family activities and more. There will be a videographer at the event to capture all of the special moments throughout the day. They are also offering FREE dance rehearsals leading up to the event – see schedule here!
  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • When: June 2
  • Cost: FREE

$5 Class Week at DJD

  • What: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks is offering a week of dance classes for only $5 per class! This is a great opportunity to try out a style you have never done before, try dance classes for the first time or come out of retirement and get your groove back on.
  • Where: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – 111 12 Avenue SW
  • When: June 27 – 29
  • Cost: $5/ per class

80s Rock #throwbackthursday HIIT class at MovementU

  • What: Join HIIT instructor, Luke Leimenstoll for 50 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training to the beat of your favourite 80’s hits! This class will get you moving as you sculpt, tone and shape those muscles into shape for summer. Don’t forget to dress up in your favourite 80’s gear!
  • Where: MovementU – #16 4 Street NE
  • When: June 15
  • Cost: regular drop-in fee

Mountain Top Yoga

  • What: Join a Lululemon ambassador for a one-hour Ashtanga yoga session at the to of the new Banff Gondola Summit. Talk about yoga with a view!
  • Where: Citizenship Pavilion, level 4 of the new Banff Gondola summit
  • When: June 18
  • Cost: $62 (Gondola Admission)

June Markets

Dixie and Twine Pop Up at Greater Goods

  • What: Did someone say party? During the month of June, shop the fun and unique party décor from Dixie and Twine at Greater Goods located in the heart of Bridgeland. Be sure to grab a treat from Pretty Sweet and a Tea or Coffee to sip on while you shop the beautiful local goods that this local boutique has to offer!
  • Where: Greater Goods Boutique & Tea Bar – 606 Meredith Road NE
  • When: the month of June

EV Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

  • What: New to the East Village this summer, this Pop-Up retail park offers Calgarians a place to shop, eat and play. Be sure to check out all 12 retailers located in 12 x 12 shipping containers, along with food trucks, live music and more!
  • Where: EV Junction – 439 8 Avenue SE
  • When: June 1 – October 1
  • Cost: FREE

Calgary Night Market

  • What: Spend your Friday or Saturday evening shopping your favourite local makers, while munching on delicious eats and listening live entertainment.
  • When: June 2-3
  • Where: South Centre Mall Parking Lot – 100 Anderson Road SE
  • Cost: FREE

Inglewood Night Market

  • What: Calgary’s favourite night market is back! Check out the first market of the summer on June 9th and enjoy a ton of live entertainment, food trucks, a wine patio and more, while shopping some of Calgary’s best local makers and artists!
  • Where: Between 9 Avenue and 10 Street SE
    When: June 9
  • Cost: FREE

Curated Summer Market #YYC

  • What: Come support Calgary’s budding entrepreneurs at this makers market on June 16th! This is a great spot to look for any birthday gifts you still haven’t found or even a gift for your pops for this fathers day.
  • Where: 7904-43 Avenue NW
  • When: June 16
  • Cost: $4 admission

Vintage with Flair – A Country Garden Party!

  • What: Nestled in the woods, this market has some great hidden gems to offer! Shop a curated selection of curated vintage, upcycled and hand designed products while you enjoy the scenery that this small, yet mighty village has to offer.
  • Where: The Bragg Creek Community Centre – 23 White Avenue, Bragg Creek
  • When: June 16-17
  • Cost: $4

Little Modern Market: Spring Edition

  • What: Shop your favourite local vendors, while supporting the growing small business community here in Calgary! Here you will find bath and beauty products, jewelry, clothing and other unique handmade treasures made right here in Calgary.
  • Where: Rally Pointe Volleyball Club – 11511 35 Street SE
  • When: June 19

June Workshops

Bullet Journaling Tutorial – by Sarah Golby

  • Where: The Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre – 2720 Glenmore Trail SE
  • When June 11
  • Cost: $25

Citronella Mason Jar Candle Workshop

  • Where: Biz Assist – #331 3750 46 Avenue SE
  • When: June 15
  • Cost: $50

Wire Wrapped Crystal Jewelry

  • Where: Cibo – 1012 17 Avenue SW
  • When: June 27
  • Cost: $50

Terrarium Workshop

  • Where: Voltage Garage – 2101 – 34th Avenue SW
  • When: June 25
  • Cost: $55

Food and Drink Festivities

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River Forth Dining Car Lunch

  • What: Launching this June is a unique gourmet dining experience at Heritage Park that is a different alternative to a traditional restaurant! The 1929 “River Forth CP Rail Car” has been fully restored to its original beauty as a dining car so you can go back in time and experience what it would have been like to travel across Canada by train in the early 1900’s.
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: June – August

Feminini-Tea Period Party

  • What: Many women in our community do not have accessible hygiene products and the amazing people at Only Kindness Matters want to help. Join them for a tea party as work to raise money and collect resources in order to distribute them amongst the women who really need them. There will also be a female artists showcase, with all sorts of live entertainment that you won’t want to miss!
  • Where: 2525 16 Street SE
  • When: June 3
  • Cost: $20

Cook with your Kids – Scandinavian Rhubarb Mini-Pies

  • What: Spend quality time with your kids as you both learn new cooking and baking techniques. You will be taking home a delicious treat along with memories that will last a lifetime. These pies will be sure to be a hit this summer!
  • Where: Kitchen at The Shooting Edge – 510 77 Avenue SE
  • When: June 3
  • Cost: $60

Culinary Race

  • What: Get your stomachs ready, there is a foodie scavenger hunt in town! Get a team of two together, solve clues and be lead 40 of the best culinary delights that our city has to offer! The race will begin at Eight Ounce Coffee and end at 5pm at the Tool Shed Brewing Company as everyone arrives with full tummies and ready for a beer.
  • Where: 8 Ounce Calgary
  • When: June 3
  • Cost: $40 Individual, $65 teams of two

Baby Got Basque

  • What: Transport yourself to a traditional tapas bar in Spain! You will spend an evening consuming unlimited amounts of authentic Spanish tapas and drinks while learning about the food and the regions they come from.
  • Where: Ox Bar de Tapas – 528 17 Avenue SW
  • When: June 6
  • Cost: $75/ person

Puppies and Prosecco

  • What: Puppies and Prosecco, there is no better combination! Attend a private group training class for you and your pup on the patio of Vin Room Mission, led by the Dogma Behaviour & Education Centre. You will receive 2 glasses of wine or Prosecco and house made treats for your furry friend throughout the evening.
  • Where: Vin Room Mission – 2310 – 4 Street SW
  • When: June 11
  • Cost: $40

Kensington Foodie Festival

  • What: Tantalize your taste buds at the 1st annual Kensington Foodie Festival. There will be a variety of food-related events happening at different bars and restaurants throughout the neighborhood, between June 7 – 11. Be sure to check it out!
  • Where: Kensington Road and 10 Street
  • When: June 7 – 11
  • Cost: Varies depending on event

1st Annual Alberta Oyster Festival

  • What: Think you’re the fastest shucker in Alberta? Compete in the Expert Shucking Competition and win a trip to Toronto to compete in the Ontario Oyster Festival.
  • Where: 355 – 10 Avenue SW
  • When: June 25
  • Cost: $25 – includes 2 drink tickets and 1 food ticket

Flight School Monday – Germany and Austria

  • What: Wine and cheese, yes please! Join wine steward, Kevin Schorath for an evening as he takes you through specific and unique flights of wine from both Germany and Austria and teaches you how to pair them with cheese and charcuterie.
  • Where: Vin Room Mission – 2310 4 Street SW
  • When: June 26
  • Cost: $50

Festivals and Other Events

Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac! 2017

  • What: Bring the whole family and see a total of 8 spectacular shows under the magnificent Big Top, from Argentinian High Wire, a Hula Hoop Maze to an Aerial Moter Cycle Cyclone and more!
  • Where: CrossIron Mills – 261055 CrossIron Boulevard
  • When: June 1 – 4
  • Cost: $25-$50

FunnyFest – Calgary Comedy Festival

  • What: Get ready to laugh until you cry at the 17th annual FunnyFest! This is an event that is put on but hundreds of volunteers to bring laughter to the city of Calgary in a variety of ways. This is a great way to switch up date night or have a FUNny night out with friends!
  • Where: Various Venues
  • When: June 1 -11
  • Cost: $15-$80

Dog Jog

  • What: Ready, set, jog! Spend quality time with your pup while you raise money for the Calgary Humane Society so that they can find loving forever families for thousands of animals. You will have an opportunity to get delicious eats from local food trucks, or grab a cold beer from their new all-age food-and-beverage garden from the Mutt & Mingle. There will also be a ton of other activities for all ages happening throughout the day!
  • Where: South Glenmore Park – West End, 90th Avenue and Oakmount Drive SW
  • When: June 3

The 29th Annual Lilac Festival

  • What: It’s that time of year again where 4th street is overcome by one of Calgary’s largest and favourite street festivals! There will be hundreds of local makers, artists and food vendors for you to try, along with 6 stages with over 30 different performances happening throughout the day. There will also be a kids area set up with a ton of fun activities that they will be sure to enjoy. Kick festival season off with a bang with this fun and magical event!
  • Where: 4 Street between 13 and Elbow Dive SW
  • When: June 4
  • Cost: FREE

World Partnership Walk Calgary

  • What: On Sunday, June 4, Calgarians will join Canadians across the country for the 33rd annual World Partnership Walk to help fight global poverty. Walk to raise money for the Aga Khan Foundation with festivities starting at 10am.
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park
  • When: Sunday, June 4 from 10am to 2pm

Adults Only Night: #Throwbackthursday

  • What: It’s Thursday, which means most people who are social savvy are trained to look back at past events in their lives and more often than not post about it. #YOLO Come see what Telus Spark’s idea of #ThrowbackThursday may be!
  • Where: Telus Spark Science Centre – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: June 8
  • Cost: Regular admission to Telus Spark

Moving Mountains

  • What: Come dressed to the nines to this exciting gala in the mountains in support of Kids Up Front! With your ticket you will receive a signature welcome cocktail, 2 drink tickets, a gourmet family style dinner and the opportunity to participate in fun events happening all night long. Party for a good cause!
  • Where: 810 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore
  • When: June 9
  • Cost: $150

YYC Girl Gang Presents: High Tea with Guest Speaker

  • What: Join the #bossbabes of Calgary at YYC Girl Gang’s 2nd annual High Tea at Azuridge Estate. Sip on delicious tea and finger sandwiches, while you get hear Chantel from Kitatude talk all about social media and curating a following for your business. This is a great networking event to go to if you are looking to expand your community and support other #girlbosses like yourself!
  • Where: Azuridge Estate Hotel – 1780 272 Street West Priddis
  • When: June 11
  • Cost: $65

Mill Street Summer Block Party Block Party

  • What: Kick off the summer with Mill Street Brew Pub’s first ever Summer Block Party! When you get to the event you will receive a passport to try each of the stations that will have samples of their summer beers, spirits, wine and bits from their kitchen. You will also get a pair of festive sunglasses to take home with you – how fun!
  • Where: Mill Street Brewpub – 219 17 Avenue SW
  • When: June 13
  • Cost: $22

Fashion Forward YYC

  • What: See some of the season’s hottest looks from local designers at the 4th annual Fashion Forward fashion show in support of HomeFront Calgary. HomeFront works with a holistic approach to free families from domestic chains and support them in creating a happy and healthy future. Let fashion move them forward!
  • Where: McArther Fine Furniture – 67 Glenbrook Place SW
  • When: June 15
  • Cost: $150

Adult’s only Night at The Zoo

  • What: Rediscover the Canadian Wilds, with a drink in your hand. Experience the most original after hours event this summer with proceeds going to conservation – they’re whooping it up for the whooping crane. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, live music, good food, interactive presentations, and more!
  • Where: Calgary Zoo – 210 St. Georges Dr NE
  • When: June 15 from 6:30 to 10pm
  • Cost: $45

TELUS Spark’s 50th Birthday Bash on Neighbor Day

  • What: Telus Spark is turning 50 and they want you to join them in the celebrations! Conveniently the event lands right on Neighbor Day, so that gives you all the more reason to celebrate. There will be a ton of fun happening throughout the day for all ages, such as bouncy castles, live entertainment, face painting arts and crafts, The Horizon Dome Show and more!
  • Where: 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: June 17
  • Cost: Admission for donation

Sled Island 2017

  • What: Sled Island is back and this year will be bigger than ever. For those who don’t know, this is a local 5-day music and arts show that brings together bands, comedians, filmmakers, artists and a whole lot of fans to create one large community. Check out the various locations for different performances and shows happening throughout the week!
  • Where: Various Venues
  • When: June 21 – 25
  • Cost: $125 – $225 depending on the type of tickets you purchase. See all rates here!

TEDxYYC 2017 – Intersect

  • What: This year’s TEDxYYC theme is “intersect” and will feature big thinkers, action takers, courageous innovators and more! Come be inspired and see what some of Calgary’s movers and shakers are up too.
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE
  • When: June 23
  • Cost: $82.50 – $97.50

5th Annual Red Bull Rocks & Logs EuduroCross

  • What: If you’re a motocross fan this is an event you won’t want to miss! Watch over 264 global motocross athletes compete in this event, while checking out the various vendors, beer gardens so much more.
  • Where: Wild Rose MX Park
  • When: June 23 -24
  • Cost: Admission is FREE, but parking is $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday

Arts + Culture

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Utopia Factory

  • What: UTOPIA is a research and exhibition project that aims to engage in a larger discussion on how our communities are formed, while also encouraging a dialogue on topics such as Nationalism, state-making, inclusion etc. Be sure t o check it out soon, as it ends in July!
  • Where: 117 8 Avenue SW
  • When: March – July
  • Cost: FREE

The SUNCOR Stage One Festival of New Work

  • What: Come celebrate the 30 anniversary of the SUNCOR Stage 1 this June! Lunchbox Theatre has gone on to create hundreds of new Canadian one-act plays throughout the years. Celebrate this amazing achievement, along with the 30-year partnership with SUNCOR energy which has made all of these things possible!
  • Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 115 9 Avenue SE
  • When: June 9 – 10
  • Cost: FREE

Sci-Fi Spectacular: Star Wars to Star Treck

  • What: Star Wars and Star Trek fans unite! Led by guest orchestra conductor, John Morris Russell this unbelievable performance aims at giving an orchestral salute to these two Hollywood classics. The performance will be presented alongside spectacular astronomy images courtesy of renowned American astronomer Dr. José Salgado.
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE
  • When: June 16 – 17
  • Cost: $25-$85

Opening Reception: for the time being 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art

  • What: Come celebrate modern art and the opening of a new exhibition at the Banff Centre! This exhibition aims to focus on our perceptions of reality and how it affects our relationships and our present.
  • Where: Walter Phillips Gallery – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • When: June 24
  • Cost: FREE

Concerts and Performances

Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017

  • What: The world famous country music power couple, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are coming to Calgary to reenact the first ever tour the two did together back in 2000! Whether you’re a long-time fan, or newly hooked, these country superstars will not disappoint as they perform all of your favourite hits from over the years. Don’t forget your BBQ stained shirt!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: June 2
  • Cost: $149

Dean Brody’s Beautiful Freak Show Tour

  • What: Get your boots stompin’ for Alberta’s very own Dean Brody! Spend the night dancing and two stepping as Brody celebrates the kick off of his newest Album “Beautiful Freakshow.”
  • Where: Stampede Corral – 10 Corral Trail SE
  • When: June 3
  • Cost: $39-$69

Def Leppard

  • What: Have you heard? The 80’s rock band, Def Leppard is doing a 2017 World Tour and they are making a stop in Calgary! Be sure to get ready for a head banging time as you sing the night away to all of their classics!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: June 3
  • Cost: $45-$139

Performance in the Park

  • What: Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with Hedley and Walk off the Earth in their highly anticipated performances outdoors in Banff National Park. There will also be a variety of other entertainment acts happening throughout the weekend that are great for the whole family to enjoy. Be sure to come prepared for the weather as the show will go on, rain or shine!
  • Where: Cascade Gardens at the Parks Canada Administrative Building –
  • When: June 9
  • Cost: $35

Ryan Adams

  • What: Ryan Adams is no longer with Mandy Moore, has released a new album called “Prisoner” and is going on tour to celebrate – how things change in a year! Join him for a night of rock and roll as he reminisces his hits and introduces you to his new music.
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
  • When: June 22
  • Cost: $37-$62

Cool Choir Rocks the Jube – Canada’s 150th Anniversary Gig!

  • What: Come see this very special performance by Cool Choir, Calgary largest adult rock and pop choir in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday!
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
  • When: June 23
  • Cost: $25-$35

Burton Cummings and Band

  • What: For 10 years Burton Cummings made his career as the former lead singer and keyboardist for the well-known Canadian rock band “The Guess Who.” Now flying solo he is coming to Calgary to rock the Grey Eagle Event Centre. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • When: June 25
  • Cost: $62-$95
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