77 things to do in Calgary in June

May 7 2019, 6:37 am

Summer is just around the corner! Fill your June with our checklist of 77 things to do in Calgary this month! Invite a friend and check out Lilac Festival, YYC Beer Week, and more.

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

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Get Outside

Sharing Dance Day

What: Sharing Dance is an initiative used to motivate Canadians of all ages to participate in free, healthy, fun and creative dance activities. Learn the awesome annual routine. It is 100 per cent free to participate. No experience is required. This is a great chance to get some exercise and have fun. Gather your family, friends, neighbours, and coworkers and get dancing.

When: June 7. 2019
Time: 4 to 5 pm
Where: Calgary Public Library – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Admission: FREE

Roll Out: Calgary’s First Roller Skate Festival

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Woman roller skating/Shutterstock

What: A festival that brings magic on wheels for a weekend of workshops, performances, great music and skating at the Village Square Leisure Center. Watch, dance, skate and learn from international guests, local professionals and skaters from across North America. Featuring a Friday night skate, Saturday night spectacular Gala Showcase featuring international stars, an amateur showcase, park skating and roller dance workshops.

When: Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Village Square Leisure Center – 2623 56 St NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Outdoor Yoga

What: A 60-minute outdoor vinyasa flow class for all levels. Everyone welcome, including children. Practice in the grass or bring your mat or blanket.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 1 to 2 pm (Stanley Park) 4 to 5 pm (Mahogany)
Where: Stanley Park SW – 42 Ave & 1A Street SW; Mahogany – Masters Square & Mahogany Blvd
Admission: Pay what you want

Banff Gondola

What: Head to the summit for an unreal view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine. Start with a walk along the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to learn more about Canada’s first national park, or go indoors to sample from three restaurant menus. Then get hands-on in the world-class interpretive centre and theatre.

When: Daily until October 14, 2019.
Time: Various
Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
TicketsOnline, various prices

What’s up with Bow Habitat Station

What: Explore Alberta’s wildlife and natural spaces on the first Friday of the month. Visit investigation stations in the Discovery Centre to discover the wildlife that make their home right here in Calgary! Join in a large group activity at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm to discover how wildlife has adapted to city life with special guests from Alberta Parks. Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will be hosting an investigation station all about some furry and feathered friends you might find in our city. Hands-on activities are designed for learners ages two and up.

When: The first Friday of every month – June 7, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.

Kananaskis Outfitters Stargazing Snowshoe tour

What: Taking groups of adventurers out into the cold via moonlight (and headlamps), the tour will show snowshoers a side of Kananaskis Country that they may have never seen before. Hiking through Kananaskis forest and under a star-filled sky, attendees will ultimately end up in an open meadow to enjoy the cosmos. Bringing a tripod and a camera is encouraged for anyone hoping to get that priceless photo, and anyone will be able to take a look through the supplied telescope to get a closer look at the twinkling lights.

When: Select days throughout the year
Time: From 7 to 9 pm
Where: Kananaskis Village Center — 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Cres
Tickets: $75 for adults, $55 for youth aged 13 to 17. Available online

Explore the city

YYC Rhubarb Fest

What: Rhubarb Fest is a community festival that takes place in south Calgary, in the community of Southwood. Enjoy Village Brewery Beer Garden, live music, a marketplace with various vendors, artists, businesses, organizations and City of Calgary departments, children activities and more!

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Southwood Community Hall – 11 Sackville Drive SW
Admission: Free, donations for Calgary Food Bank are being collected

Pride and Prejudice Summer Ball 

What: Jump into the world of Jane Austin, with ball gowns, dancing, live music, and more, set in the Alberta Ballroom of the historic Palliser Hotel.  You don’t need to come with a dance partner, as this is an English Country Dance. Plus, you never know who you might meet there!

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Fairmont Palliser – 133 9th Avenue SW
Tickets: Online

Calgary Ukrainian Festival

What: At the 7th annual Ukrainian Festival enjoy stage shows, try Ukrainian food and beverages, and much more.

When: Saturday, June 1 and Sunday June 2, 2019
Time: Starts at 11 am
Where: Acadia Recreation Complex – 240 90 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Lilac Festival

Lilac Festival

Lilac Festival/Facebook

What: A pedestrian only festival, the Lilac Festival showcases an array of musical talent, vendors, and a perfect opportunity to people watching. There are six stages hosting over 30 performances throughout the day, offering artists exposure to an often brand new audience. 4th Street will also feature over 500 vendors that vary from artisan crafts, to imported wares, to community organizations and more.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 4th Street SW – between 13 Avenue and Elbow Dr.
Admission: Free

The Way Out West Fest 

What: This exciting western festival aims to showcase, inspire, and support our rich western heritage and modern western community. Celebrate all things western all weekend long!

When: Now to June 2, 2019
Time: Varies per day
Where: Various venues in Calgary
Tickets: Online

Inglewood Night Market

Inglewood Night Market/Facebook

What:The Inglewood Night Market occurs every second Friday in the summer months in Calgary. Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade craftsmen items to vintage clothing, antiques & collectibles, artisan eats and more. You’ll also find food trucks, singer songwriters, bands, dancers, outdoor seating, a family-friendly licenced area and other fun things to check out.

When: June 7, July 12, August 9, September 13 and September 14, 2019
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Between 9 Avenue and 10 Street SE
Admission: Free

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society Open House

What: Free fun for the whole family. Tour PADS’ training facility, watch assistance dog demonstrations, and meet the PADS Puppies. Plus enjoy the BBQ lunch and meet the guest speakers Assistance dogs welcome. Please no pets.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Pacific Assistance Dogs Society – 2309 Centre Ave NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Roar: Exploring Queer History and Gender Identity

What: Calgary’s queer history, historical and contemporary gender roles, and feminine identity will be creatively explored and celebrated at Lougheed House in Roar: Exploring Queer History and Gender Identity, an 11-week festival comprised of two museum exhibits and 11 immersive programs and parties.

When: Now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Lougheed House – 707 – 13 Avenue SW, Calgary
More InfoOnline

Circus! Science Under the Big Top

What: Come one, come all and discover the science behind circus at TELUS Spark. Bring your wildest expectations and unravel the secrets behind circus oddities, mysteries and puzzles with over 20 exhibits. This highly interactive exhibition is riddled with circus sights and sounds, ready to bring out the child in all of us.

When: Now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The 2019 Royal Canadian Family Circus

What: The internationally-renowned event is coming to Calgary  for 12 shows on its 2019 Canadian tour.  Expect explosive circus acts like the Flying Cortes Trapeze, the Wheel of Destiny, chair balancing, and aerialists, to name a few.

When: June 14 to June 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Crossiron Mills – 261055 Crossiron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44
Tickets: Available online starting at $25 for general admission

Little Modern Market: Spring Edition

What: A modern and local pop up market, bringing amazing small and locally owned shops to the suburbs of Calgary

When: June 15, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Rally Pointe Volleyball Club – 11511 35 Street SE
More Info: Online

CHROMA at Southcentre Mall



What: CHROMA is an interactive event, complete with a 12-piece art installation by eight different local artists, including  Peaseblossoms, Michelle Hoogveld, Tyler Lemermeyer, Maria Dina Galura, Rei Duncan, Rhys Farrell, Rachael Meckling, and Caine Chow.

When: Now to June 16, 2019
Time: Mall Hours
Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Rd SE
Admission: 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. The market has two locations this summer – Calgary Night Market Bridgeland and Calgary Night Market SOUTH.

When: June 21, July 26, and August 23 (Bridgeland), June 28 to 29, July 19 to 20, August 16 to 17 (SOUTH)
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: Calgary Night Market Bridgeland – 917 Centre St NE; Calgary Night Market SOUTH – Bonaventure Dr SE at 90 Ave SE
Admission: Free

Community Yoga at Sunalta

What: Community Yoga at Sunalta Community Hall aims to help people be conscious in their moments and capable in their bodies. Bring your own mat and any required props for assistance.

When: Every Monday until June 24, 2019
Time: Doors 5:30 pm, yoga from 5:45 to 6:45 pm.
Where: Sunalta Community Centre – 1627 10 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Queer Community Dance Classes

What: Raymond Johnson-Brown will be teaching Queer Friendly x All Ages x Free Queer Community Dance Classes every Monday at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks until June 24. This class will be an open level all styles choreography class. The choreography based style of dance will blend together elements of Hip Hop, Vogue, Waacking, Burlesque and Jazz.

When: Every Monday until June 24, 2019
Time: 8 to 9 pm
Where: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – 111 12 Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Dungeons & Dragons at the Ship

What: Learn all about Dungeons & Dragons on the first Monday of the month at The Ship & Anchor. These nights are specifically designed for anyone who has no experience with the world of ‘tabletop role-playing games’ such as D&D, Pathfinder, or any of the others out there. The evening will begin with a first-come-first-served selection of a character to play, followed by a quick Q&A, then diving right into the adventure.

When: The first Monday of every month – June 3, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Ship & Anchor Pub – 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Sign-up: email [email protected]

Print(ed) Word Salon Series: Sally Reesman and Barb Howard

What: Every month, a different artist-writer pair and their collaborative artist books included in Print(ed) Word, on permanent display at Calgary’s new Central Library will be highlighted.

When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Central Library – Level 4 – Simons-Harvie Community Reading Room – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Studio Bell $10 Date Night 2019

What: Visitors will be able to explore interactive activities, Canadian music memorabilia, and much more at Studio Bell during their special $10 Date Nights.

When: June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, and November 12, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Studio Bell — 850 4th Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Available online, $10

Monthly Open House at AVRO Museum

What: Learn more about Avro Canada and its contributions to Canada’s aviation and aerospace legacy, plus see the latest progress on their Arrow II project.

When: The Second Sunday of every month – June 9, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free

Heritage Park Summer Season

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Heritage Park Historical Village (Bernard Spragg. NZ/flickr)

What: Enjoy a different experience every day at Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village. Take a tour back in time on a horse-drawn wagon ride, play traditional Aboriginal games in the First Nations’ Encampment and pick up a freshly baked cheese bun from the Alberta Bakery. Plus S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler will once again sail the Glenmore Reservoir this summer, which means the return of the much-loved Captain’s Cruises.

When: Daily
Time: Various times
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online

Calaway Park

Calaway Park

What: Calaway Park presents its 38th season of family fun. Enjoy rides, games, food and more.

When: Open every Friday and Saturday until June 15. Then open daily from Monday, June 17 to Monday, September 2. Then every Friday and Saturday from September 7 to October 13. Closing day on Monday, October 14.
Time: 10 am to 7 pm until September 2. 11 am to 6 pm from September 7 to October 14
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Admission Info: Online

TEDxYYC 2019 – You Are Here

What: This year’s TEDxYYC theme is “You Are Here” and will feature big thinkers, action takers, courageous innovators and more. Speakers this year includes Barb Higgins, Paul Brandt, Mark Erickson & Matthew Kennedy and more.

When: June 15, 2019
Time: 11 am
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE
Tickets: Online

5K Foam Fest Alberta 2019

What: The 5K Foam Fest features some super exciting obstacles to get over, under, and around, including the world’s largest inflatable waterslide. Combine these obstacles with 2.5 million cubic feet of foam that is pumped out at each event, and chances are you’ll be enjoying an epic summer day.

This year, the event takes place just outside of Calgary in Red Deer and foamy runners will get to enjoy live DJs and a vendor village. If you miss out on the Red Deer event, the race will also visit Leduc and Medicine Hat — it may be a somewhat longer road trip, but that’s all part of the fun anyway. And it’s all for a good cause. The family fun event supports the Make A Wish Foundation.

When: Saturday, June 22 (Red Deer), Saturday, June 29 (Medicine Hat), and Saturday, July 6 (Leduc)
Time: Various wave times throughout the day
Where: Heritage Ranch – 6300 Cronquist Drive, Red Deer (June 22), Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede – 2055 21st Avenue SE, Medicine Hat (June 29), 4330 Black Gold Drive, Leduc (July 6)
Tickets: Register online, $60 to $75

Calgary Babes Who Brunch

What: Each Babes Who Brunch event is led by a fierce female keynote speaker who shares her insights, experiences and life story. There are also brunch time eats and sips, and all the inspiration and insight you need to get a grip on your goals and kick-start your hustle long after.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Where: Murrieta’s Bar & Grill – 200-808 1 Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $50-$60

Movies That Matter

What: Movies That Matter is a monthly series of documentary film premieres at the University of Calgary, co-presented by the University of Calgary Film Society and the Department of Communication and Culture. The series strives to be timely and provocative, allowing viewers to delve into some important issues relevant in our society today. Each screening will include a post-screening discussion, featuring the director of the film itself and/or someone from the community at large known for their expertise or insightful views on the film subject.

When: The last Wednesday of every month – June 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Gallery Hall of the Taylor Family Digital Library – University of Calgary
Admission: Free for students with ID and community by donation

Cinematic Sundays at Glenbow Museum

What: A curated series of afternoon film screenings celebrating the world of art, style and fashion on the big screen. Bar service is offered during the films and you can purchase a snack too

When: June 30, 2019
Time: 1 pm
Where: The Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Ave SW
Admission: $10, $8 for members. Entrance to the museum not included.

Happy Father’s Day

Rad Dad Day

Image: Calaway Park

What: Bring your Pop’s or even Grandpa to Calaway Park for a fun-filled day that will celebrate just how great they are. Calaway Park is Western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park, with 32 family friendly rides, entertainment, treats and more.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Admission: Dads and granddads get free admission when accompanied by a child.

Father’s Day BBQ at Mount Engadine Lodge

What: Enjoy a juicy burger with your dad as you bask in the beauty of the rocky mountains.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Where: 1 Mount Shark Road
Tickets: Call 587-807-0570 or email [email protected] to reserve

The Stampeders

What: Juno Award-winning Canadian classic rock band The Stampeders bring all of their hits to Jack Singer Concert Hall.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Common – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary

Father’s Day BBQ

What: Panorama Hills Community Centre hosts a Father’s Day BBQ. In addition to the BBQ, there will be lots of games and a photobooth to remember your special day with Dad.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: Panorama Hills Community Centre – 88 Panamount Hill NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Jazz Orchestra: The DUKE! Featuring Cory Weeds

What: Join Calgary Jazz Orchestra for their 14th season closer, featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Vancouver Saxophonist Cory Weeds, and CJO Saxophonist Shane Statz.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:15 pm
Where: River Park Church – 3818 14a St SW, Calgary

Father’s Day Brunch 

What: Treat your good ol’ dad to a delicious brunch on the mezzanine of the iconic Gasoline Alley Museum.

When: Sunday, June 16. 2019
Time: Seatings at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm and 2:00pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Call (403) 268-8500 to reserve your table, Adults: $34.95 Children (3-11): $24.95 Children 2 and under: Free. Prices do not include GST.

Eat fresh at farmers’ markets

Calgary Farmers’ Market

What: Explore over 80 vendors supplying customers with fresh local produce, meat, poultry, international food, organic goods, jewelry, art and more. Whether it’s the arrival of fresh produce or fun events, there’s always something happening at the market.

When: Open year round from Thursday to Sunday
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Address: 510 77 Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Granary Road Public Market

What: Granary Road Public Market is open year-round and offers fresh produce, artisan cheeses, pizza, tacos, handcrafted home goods and more.

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Granary Road Market — 226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
Admission: Free

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

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What: Grab your weekly haul of delicious produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, preserves, florals, and more, all grown and produced on farms right here in Alberta. You can enjoy live entertainment and other fun activities happening at this quaint community farmers’ market. The market will go on rain or shine, so come prepared.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 1320 5th Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Crossroads Market

What: Enjoy farm-fresh produce and tasty treats plus lost of unique finds from the large variety of vendors.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch

What: The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch features over 35 vendors under one roof over one counter. Crafts, food vendors, and more.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Fridays), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Where: Symons Valley Ranch – 14555 Symons Valley Road
Admission: Free

Explore Art and Culture

Calgary Reggaefest 2019

What: Calling all “Rastagarian’s,” Calgarian’s who share the same love for Caribbean culture and Reggae music. Described as more of an experience than merely a performance, this year’s Reggae Fest features a screening of the film Babylon, a DJ event, and Riddim West with Cham (Jamaica), Luciano (Jamaica), Delhi 2 Dublin (Vancouver), Lynn Olagundoye (Calgary) and more.

When: June 6 to June 8, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

THIRD ACTion Film Festival

What: Come celebrate and explore the possibilities of the third act of life during Alberta Seniors’ Week’s festivities. There will be 22 films over nine screenings, eight speakers, an art show by WP Puppet Theatre and more.

When: June 7 to June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
Tickets: Online, $10-$15 Seniors (60+), $88 Seniors Festival Pass, $15-$20 General Admission, $124 Festival Pass

Summertime Sendoff with Measha Brueggergosman

What: Canadian soprano sensation Measha Brueggergosman returns to Calgary for the perfect salute to summer. Known for her award-winning career spanning opera, jazz, gospel and pop, her radiant voice ushers in the oncoming season with classics by Bizet, Massenet, Rogers & Hammerstein, Joni Mitchell and Gershwin.

When: June 7 and June 8, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall — 225 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Stage One Festival of New Work

What: For more than 30 years, Lunchbox Theatre has been dedicated to the creation, development and production of new Canadian one-act plays, many of which have gone on to great acclaim after their premiere on their stage. Come and be part of the process of creation. Attend the free workshop readings and help shape the new plays that will grace the Lunchbox stage in years to come.

When: Now to June 8, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 115 9 Avenue SE
More Info: Online

Ghost Opera

What: Featuring the music of celebrated Canadian composer Veronika Krausas, text by Giller Prize winner André Alexis, and the wildly imaginative designs of Calgary’s internationally-renowned Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Ghost Opera is a full-scale puppet opera, conceived from the ground up as a spectacle combining object theatre and contemporary composition.

When: Various dates from now to Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (2 pm matinee on June 2)
Where: Theatre Junction GRAND – 608 1st Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Jesus Christ Superstar from Painted Fish Theatre Company

What: Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971.

When: Various dates from now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: La Cité des Rocheuses – 4800 Richard Road SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

MoS Docs: Music On Screen meets Doc Soup

What: Calgary Film and the National Music Centre have teamed up to present a brand-new music series MoS Docs to Calgary. MoS Docs is a new documentary series dedicated to showcasing the year’s most talked about and compelling music documentaries from around the world – from the grassroots of rock ’n’ roll to hip-hop and Folk and everything in between.

When: Monday, June 10, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Studio Bell – National Music Centre
Tickets: Online

Alberta Ballet’s ‘All of Us’ featuring the music of The Tragically Hip, Calgary 2019

Alberta Ballet, All of Us/Paul McGrath

What: Alberta Ballet is one of the most renowned dance companies in Canada and the highly-acclaimed group will be at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on June 14 and June 17 during their All of Us tour. A highly-anticipated performance, the show is set to feature music from Canada’s beloved rock band, The Tragically Hip. All of Us tells the story of two warring clans who battle to inherit the earth to redesign its future anew.

When: June 14 and June 17, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Theatre Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
Price: Online, $82 – $203

Oprah Winfrey

What: The media mogul is embarking on a multi-city Canadian tour, where she’ll be sharing her key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. Titled Oprah Winfrey Presents: Your Path Made Clear (Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose), the tour features Winfrey speaking about the moments throughout her life that helped direct her on her path before being joined on stage by a special guest who impacted her journey for a unique one on one conversation.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Time: Online

Sled Island Music and Arts Festival 2019

What: The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival will be back in Calgary and features over 250 amazing bands and performers. The festival spans multiple venues throughout the city, and live music events will be accompanied by comedy, film, and art showings during the five-day bash.

When: Wednesday, June 19 to Sunday, June 23, 2018
Time: A full schedule will be released closer to the date of the festival
Where: Multiple venues throughout Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $214 for a full festival pass, individual tickets vary in price

Calgary Story Slam: GRAND SLAM

What: Calgarians take the stage and tell stories of miscommunication in a dynamic competition to find the master storyteller. Stories are (mostly) true, first person narratives about things that have happened and are five minutes long.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Trolley 5 Brewpub – 728 17th Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: $5

Drags Benny 2.0

What: Drags Benny, presented by Eat North, will be going down at the Fairmont Palliser on June 23. Performers like RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Jade Jolie will be hitting the dance floor, along with local queens like Kaos, The Marvelous Mo B. Dick, Abeiya Miraj, and Angelina Starchild.

This event will also feature a silent auction with prizes like Eau Claire Distillery spirits, a farm tour package, and a one-night stay in a Fairmont Palliser luxury suite with a brunch up for grabs. All proceeds from the 50/50 and silent auction will go towards Calgary Pride

When: June 23, 2019
Time: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Hotel Fairmont Palliser – 133 9 Avenue SW
Price: $65 – $640; buy online

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: The last Monday of every month – June 24, 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

Fairy Tales Film Festival

What: The annual Calgary Queer Arts Society LGBTQA film festival returns with events guaranteed to provoke, challenge, and entertain.

When: Now to June 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
More Info: Online

FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival

What: The 19th annual FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival features 11 nights of comedy, loads of performers, nine venues, and over 20 comedy themes.

When: Now to June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Free First Thursday at Glenbow Museum

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Glenbow Museum / Facebook

What: Explore the Glenbow Museum at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month.

When: The first Thursday of every month – June 6, 2019
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Esker Foundation

What: Esker Foundation connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications. The gallery reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of groundbreaking new work, ideas, and research. Admission is free. The gallery is barrier-free.

When: Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed Mondays
Time: Various times
Where: Esker Foundation – 4th Floor – 1011 9th Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Bon appetit

Asparagus Festival at Edgar Farms

What:  Visit this real working asparagus farm, experience their story firsthand, enjoy a fully narrated wagon ride, watch the harvest in action, and even get the opportunity to pick some asparagus for yourselves. You’ll also have the opportunity to shop their Country Store and the artisan market village while saying hello to all the farm animals and joining in on the many festivities happening throughout the day. Rain or Shine.

When: June 2 and June 19, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Edgar Farms – 1465 Twp. Road 352
Admission: $5, kids 5 and under are free

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, beer or prosecco, lesson on the patio for you and your furry friend, and a bag of goodies worth $50. $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation.

When: June 2, June 23, July 7, July 21, August 11, August 25, September 8, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Vin Room Mission – 2310 – 4 Street SW
Tickets: Online, $40

YYC Beer Week 2019

What: Beer Week 2019 will feature dozens of local Calgary craft breweries, restaurants, and retail locations participating throughout the week. Calgarians will be able to cash in on promotional beer-related menu offerings and events, with $1 from every item sold between June 3 and 9 going towards a local charity.

When: June 3 to 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locationa. A full list of locations can be found here
Tickets: Online

Blues and Brew at the Calgary Zoo 

What: The Calgary Zoo has teamed up with YYC beer week for an exciting night of beer gardens, local blues music and delicious food. Ticket includes admission to the zoo, beer tasting stations by local Craft Breweries, food appetizers, adult games, education, live blues music, sponsored items/events, and more.

When: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Calgary Zoo — 210 St. Georges Drive NE
Tickets: Online, $55 + GST

YYC Brunch Fest

What: YYC Food Trucks is giving Calgarians the opportunity to extend their mid-morning feasts all the way into the evening with YYC Brunch Fest. This shindig is going down at Bridgeland Community Association (917 Centre Avenue NE) on June 8 and 9, and it will run from 11 am to 7 pm. Attendees can expect food trucks, brunch cocktails, live music, and a DJ all day long.

When: June 8 and June 9, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Bridgeland Community Association – 917 Centre Avenue NE
Admission: $5

Eat North presents Alberta ERA

What: A dinousaur-themed feast is going down in the heart of the Alberta Badlands. Alberta ERA, presented by Eat North, will be a four-course feast located on the rooftop of the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. This prehistoric dining experience will feature eats from talented local chefs and be led by dinosaur experts.

When: June 8, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: Royal Tyrrell Museum – 1500 North Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller
Price: $160-$200; buy online

VegFest Calgary 

What: VFC 2019 will be a one-day epic festival filled with delicious food, powerful industry speakers, local businesses, live local musicians, kid friendly Cold Garden Beer Gardens and more.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 12 to 8 pm
Where: Millennium Park – 1220 9th Avenue SW
Admission: FREE with a voluntary donation

3rd Annual Alberta Oyster Festival

What: Think you’re the fastest shucker in Alberta? Compete in the Expert Shucking Competition and win a trip to the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival in Prince Edward Island to compete in the Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship. Plus enjoy a live DJ, food and drink booths and some silent auction items. In support of in support of Meal Share.

When: June 23, 2019
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Where: Rodney’s Oyster House – 355 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Lobster Boil

What: Kick off the Selkirk Grille Field to Fork Series with an East Coast meets West Coast traditional family-style lobster boil on the exclusive Founders’ Lounge patio.

When: June 27, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online, $89.95

Sunday Safari Brunch at Calgary Zoo

What: Every Sunday between January 20 and November 10, head over to Destination Africa for one of the most unique brunch experiences you could have in the city. Enjoy both gourmet and comfort breakfast foods, a Belgian waffle bar, cooked to order omelettes, and so much more. Being a member of the Calgary Zoo gives you exclusive discounts to Sunday Safari Brunches!

When: Every Sunday until November 10, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm. Last seating and last ticket sold at 1 pm. Service lasts until 2 pm.
Where: Calgary Zoo – 210 St George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: via Calgary Zoo

Craving Kensington

What: On this three-hour walking tour, you will eat your way through this inner-city village at some of the foodie hotspots, while also learning about the charming history and architecture of the area.

When: Every Thursday
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Meet at Brasserie Kensington – 1131 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Roasterie Tour – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

What: This 20-minute tour gives attendees a look at Phil & Sebastian’s vintage retro-fitted roaster and operations, plus learn about their green coffee sourcing strategies.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:15 to 12:35 pm
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – 618 Confluence Way Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Sunday Brunch and Market Tour

What: Join the Calgary Farmers’ Market and Calgary Food Tours as they bring to you a very special Sunday brunch. Enjoy 16 bites and treats as various Alberta ranchers explain what it takes to bring their products to the market. Sample their produce and leave feeling inspired to fill your shopping bag with fresh goodies.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 10:30 am
Where: 510, 77 Street SE – off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
TicketsOnline, $55

Free Brewery Tours at Red Bison Brewery

What: The tour starts off with an explanation of Red Bison’s name and why founder Steve started the brewery. Attendees will then see the homebrew system Steve used to brew beer on the balcony of his downtown Calgary condo, and talk about malt and how each of the flavours impact the recipes. After this, it’s a walk through the processes for the brew day and the fermentation process. Once the tour is complete, guests will be able to buy flights to try out beer and the kitchen is also open.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 1 pm
Where: Red Bison Brewery – 111, 3016 10 Ave NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Cheer on the home teams

Calgary Stampeders

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What: The Calgary Stampeders keep the CFL action going this June, with home games against Ottawa Redblacks on June 15, and versus the BC Lions on June 29 at McMahon Stadium.

When: June 15 and June 29, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Cavalry FC vs Forge FC

What: Cavalry FC take on the Forge FC on June 22 in Canadian Premier League action to Spruce Meadows

When: June 22, 2019
Time: 3 pm
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Spruce Meadows National

What: Witness the best show jumping athletes and horses from around the World. Enjoy shopping, pony rides, face painting, wagon rides and more.

When: June 5 to 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
Tickets: Online

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