10 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, June 30

Jun 30 2018, 12:09 am

There’s only one day left of June 2018, but luckily enough it’s a Saturday!

Spend the day off out and about enjoying all these wonderful events — just think of it as a pre-party for Canada Day.

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Shakespeare by the Bow 

What: Your favourite outdoor theatre is back for yet another summer of dramatic and comedic performances. This summer watch as they perform a light-hearted take on the tumultuous friendship between Proteus and Valentine in Shakespeare’s ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

When: June 29 to August 19

Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 7 pm; Sunday, 2 pm and 7 pm

Where: Prince’s Island Park

Admission: Pay what you can

Hang out on one of Calgary’s best patios

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Drinks with straws/Shutterstock

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!

Bike the Banff Legacy Trail

What: Take your bike out for a cruise and enjoy all 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

Deadbeats 2018 ft. Zeds Dead, Rezz, and more

What: This annual tour will have you fist pumping to a stacked line-up of artists including GG Magree, DNMO, K?D, Whipped Cream, and more!

When: Saturday, June 30

Time: 8 pm

Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $50 to $75

East Village Junction Pop-Up Retail Park 

What: In only one year, this colourful container lot has turned into a popular Calgary mainstay. Located behind the King Edward Hotel, this is a unique destination that features local retail shops, workshops, music, art, and, of course, YYC Food Trucks. You won’t want to miss out on the fun summer festivities that they have planned at this hip community gathering space this summer.

When: May 18 to September 3

Where: 430 8th Avenue SE

Admission: FREE

Red Rock Diner

What: Head back to the 1950s for a musical performance about coming of age in the rock n’ roll era! The energy is guaranteed to be contagious and the music will bring back a nostalgic toe-tapping sensation that will have you singing along all night.

When: June 29 to August 30

Time: Varies by performance

Where: Stage West Theatre Restaurant – 727 42nd Avenue SE

Tickets: Online, $75+

Go on a road trip

What: Head out for a day trip and explore one of the many amazing spots that surround Calgary! Our city is positioned perfectly between the badlands, prairies, foothills, and the Rockies, which leaves a ton of options for a quick day trip that is no more than a two-hour drive away. Check out some ideal spots here!

The Calgary Tower 50th Anniversary Block Party 

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Calgary Tower (r.classen/Shutterstock)

What: To celebrate this milestone, the Calgary Tower is hosting a ’60s themed block party featuring food trucks, face painting, ice cream, music from BassBus, and oh so many Insta-worthy moments! Admission to the observation deck will be 50% off that day.

When: Saturday, June 30

Time: 11 am to 4 pm

Where: 101 9th Avenue SW (at the base of the tower)

Admission: FREE

John Butler Trio

What: Named the most successful independent artists in Australia, this band has travelled the world and won awards for their unique style of blues and roots. Be captivated by an energetic performance as they rock the stage at Mac Hall!

When: Saturday, June 30

Time: 7 to 11 pm

Where: MacEwan Hall – 2500 University Dr. NW, Calgary

Tickets: Online, $40

Hang out with the pandas

What: The long wait is finally over! The Calgary Zoo has officially welcomed four pandas, two adults and two cubs, into their newly built habitat, The Panda Passage. These furry black and white friends are charming and have a ton to teach us in the five years that they will be with us before returning to China.

Where: The Calgary Zoo — 210 St. Georges Drive NE

Admission: Regular admission to the zoo

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