12 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, July 13

Jul 13 2019, 2:19 am

There are only so many Saturdays every summer, which means that you need to make the absolute most of every single one while you still can!

Take a look at the following events for some inspiration on what to do with yourself today, July 13.

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Bulls After Dark 2019

What: The Calgary Stampede has decided to offer something a little more action-packed than the after-hours tent parties we’ve all come to know and love, by offering the chance to keep the rodeo going long into the night on two select days this July. Bulls After Dark, a brand new event taking place this summer, will see a combination of live DJs, cold drinks, and wild stunts performed by bull riders and freestylers.

When: Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 10 pm
Where: Nutrien Western Event Centre — Stampede Trail SE
Tickets: Available online, $40 for regular admission, $80 for VIP

Calgary Turkish Festival

What: The Festival will display Turkish art, folk dance, music and gourmet food, where visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage, and cuisine. Visitors will be able to browse and buy Turkish products, souvenirs and handicrafts, participate in activities for children, view many authentic demonstrations and performances, sample Turkish cuisine, and more.

When: July 12 to 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Eau Claire Festival Plaza – 200 Barclay Parade SW
Admission: Free

Calaway Comicfest for Kids

What: Calling all mighty superheroes! Come dressed in your superhero costume, which includes superheroines, princesses, princes, and, of course, sidekicks. Shop the artist market for locally made goods, stop by the Photo Op Zone, visit the Superhero Face Painting Center ($5 per face), and sing your favourite tune at Comic Fest Karaoke.

When: July 12 to 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 7 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Admission: Regular admission to the park


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What: Country music duo Sugarland will be landing in YYC this Saturday. Georgia natives Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will be performing as part of the 2019 Calgary Stampede’s Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series, taking to the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, July 13.

Sugarland was first created in 2002, achieving international fame with hits like “Stuck Like Glue,” “Stay,” and “Babe.” The duo went on a six-year hiatus, returning to the limelight with their newest album BIGGER. 

When: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: $60+, available online


What: Join this community-driven bicycle festival for a week full of cycling festivities. Take part in the 2nd Annual Warrior Ride, Spoke and Word, Pedal & Paint, and more events.

When: July 12 to July 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations around Calgary
Admission: Free

Saturdays on 17th

What: Spend your Saturday on 17th Ave all summer long. From now through to July 27, the neighbourhood will be featuring live music, games, giveaways, and movies in Tomkins Park. Bring the whole family and enjoy the festivities.

When: Every Saturday from now to July 27, 2019
Time: 12 to 9 pm (movie screenings start at 6 pm)
Where: Tomkins Park (corner of 8th Street and 17th Avenue SW)
Admission: Free

Badlands Stampede Music Festival 2019 – Machine Gun Kelly

What: Colson Baker, known professionally as Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. MGK embarked on a musical career as a teenager, releasing a mixtape in 2006. He went on to release four more mixtapes. MGK then secured a recording contract with Bad Boy and Interscope Records in 2011

When: July 13, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm
Where: Knoxville’s Stampede Tent — 840 9 Ave Southwest, Calgary
Price: Tickets starting from $20 to $189 (+ sc) — Tickets available online

Marda Loop Communities Association Stampede Breakfast

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What: Live country band Big Daddy and the Cool Cats will be performing for their sixth year at this breakfast. They’ll be serving pancakes, sausages, beans, and more.

What: July 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Where: Community Hall – 3130 16 Street SW, Calgary
Price: By donation


What: A screening of a Skoden Films Documentary on Henry (“Ducky”) Norwest, a Cree / French Metis from Fort Saskatchewan and one of the most famous Canadian snipers of the First World War with a recorded record of 115 fatal shots.

When: July 13, 2019
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Where: The Military Museums 4520 Crowchild Trail Southwest Calgary
Tickets: Online, By donation

Harry and the Potters

What: What would happen if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum? The answer is Harry and the Potters. Their high-energy live show has been legendary for over a decade and they are celebrating the release of their new album “Lumos.” Grab your wands, your brooms, and dress in your house colours.

When: July 13, 2019
Time: Doors 7:30 pm
Where: The Rec Room – Calgary Deerfoot – 1180 – 901 64 Avenue NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Bobby Hull Public Signing

What: Eastridge Sports Cards & Games is proud to partner with the folks at bobbyhull.ca to bring Bobby Hull to Calgary for an in-store signing. Come meet Bobby Hull and get an autograph. Bobby will also be hosting a dinner in the evening.

When: July 13, 2019
Time: 11 am
Address: Eastridge Sports Cards & Games – 7132 Fisher Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Grandstand Show: Trailblazer

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What: The theme of the 2019 Grandstand show will be “Trailblazer,” taking inspiration from the travelling shows of the early 20th century yet being performed on the most technologically advanced outdoor stage in the world.

The entire show will be led by show master Onalea, who will be joined by Calgary’s own travelling band of musical pirates, the Polyjesters. Music, acrobatics, and dance will all come together for a fiery tribute to the South American cowboy. The 2019 show will also include a participatory pre-show for all in attendance, thanks to this year’s title sponsor, Bell Canada.

When: Now until July 14, 2019
Time: 7:45 pm
Where: Stampede Grandstand – 1410 Olympic Way SE
Tickets: Online, $17 for standing, $49+ for seats

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