14 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, June 8

Jun 8 2019, 1:32 am

Take this Saturday to the next level by getting out into the city and attending one of the following amazing events!

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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

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society Open House

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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

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: Now to June 8, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues

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

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

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What: A dinosaur-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

Bike Rave 8.0

What: YYC BIKE RAVE is back for its 8th edition. Corresponding with Crescent Heights’ Village Days and Cyclpalooza, the mobile dance party is open to everyone. No alcohol or drugs at the event.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 9 to 11 pm
Where: Rotary Park – 617 1 St NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

“EXPLORE” Mixed Media Art by Deb Klics

What: A new art installation at cSpace King Edward by Deb Klics. The artist will be in attendance on June 8 from 10 am to 2 pm.

When: Now to Monday, June 10, 2019
Time: 8 am to 8 pm
Where: cSPACE King Edward – 1721 29 Avenue Southwest Calgary
More Info: Online

Sister Act: The Musical

What: StoryBook Theatre presents Sister Act: The Musical. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless.

When: Now to Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 7 pm (2 pm on Saturday)
Where: Beddington Theatre Arts Centre – 375 Bermuda Drive NW, Calgary
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

Saturdays on 17th

What: Spend your Saturday on 17th Ave all summer long. From June 8 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 June 8 to July 27, 2019
Time: 12 to 9 pm (movie screenings start at 6 pm)
Where: Tomkins Park (corner of 8th Street & 17th Avenue SW)
Admission: Free

19th Annual FUNNYFEST Calgary

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What: FUNNYFEST features 11 nights of comedy, 70 performers, and a wide variety of shows to check out. Comedians include Kevin Farley, Chris Griffin, Lori Ferguson-Ford, and more.

When: Now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Showtimes vary: check out the full list of performers
Where: Venues vary: check out the full list of performers
Tickets: Online

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

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