16 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, June 9

Jun 8 2018, 5:19 pm

Spend this Saturday doing something spectacular!

There’s plenty of events going on in the city today, which means that you have no excuse not to get out there and have the time of your life.

We’ve even put together a few suggestions for if you don’t know where to start — enjoy!

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Mother Mother

What: Enjoy an evening set to Mother Mother, as they get your grooving to all their hits.

When: June 8, 9, and 10

Time: 7 pm

Where: The Gateway – 1301 16th Avenue NW

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Check out the newly opened Lamphouse Hotel

What: Formerly the Bow Valley Motel, this space has gone through an entire transformation. Now a blend of retro-chic and rustic contemporary style, this 25-room boutique hotel offers stunning views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Be sure to add this spot to your bucket list this summer for a true mountain adventure in the heart of Canmore!

Where: 610 8th Street, Canmore

Paquita & Other Works 

What: Enjoy a performance by the Alberta Ballet’s Professional Divio students as they perform Paquita, the story of a Spaniard who saves the life of Lucien — before learning that her past isn’t quite what it seems. This piece was originally choreographed by Joseph Mazilier and later by Marius Petipa in Russia. This ballet’s rich history has entertained many generations and will surely have you amazed as you witness it first hand!

When: Saturday, June 9

Time: 7:30 pm

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $30 to $38

Bryan Adams: The Ultimate Tour 


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What: It’s time to party like it’s the summer of ’69! Get ready to welcome this legend to the dome and enjoy a night filled with all the classics.

When: Saturday, June 9

Time: 8 pm

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $44 to $238

Transform Conference

What: Hear stories, ask questions, and learn first-hand how transformational strategies are instrumental in an organization’s success. Hear from an impressive panel including names like:

Doug Lcombe, president and founder of Communicatto Inc.
Alex Kenjeev, president of O’Leary Ventures and investor on CNBC’s “Make Me a Millionaire Investor”
Amol Gill, director of sales at ThoughtFarmer
Robin Parsons, Parsons Consulting
Dan Gold, Director of Digital Strategy at Martin Charlton Communications

When: Saturday, June 9

Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Where: cSPACE – 1721 29th Street SW

Tickets: Online, $150

Succulents by Nature Terrarium Building Workshop 

What: Build your very own terrarium with Succulent by Nature to bring home and add some greenery to your house!

When: Saturday, June 9

Time: 2 to 4 pm

Where: Outside the Shape – 1222 10th Avenue SE

Tickets: Online, $56

Pride and Prejudice 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 9

Time: 6 to 11 pm

Where: Fairmont Palliser – 133 9th Avenue SW

Tickets: Online, $98

Experience the new and improved Brewster Banff Gondola

What: Head to the summit for a beautiful view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine.

Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff

Tickets: Adult $62, child $31

Whales Tohora

What: Coming all the way from the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, this exciting exhibition has been travelling North America for the last 10 years and Calgary marks its final destination. Excite your senses with this unique cultural experience that will show you everything you need to know about the king of the ocean, the whale. The exhibit shows everything from life-size whale skeletons to the evolution of these creatures and understanding how they communicate. There is so much to learn about these beautiful beings.

When: January 20 to June 20

Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE

Tickets: Online, $26

Dust off your road bike


Image: Bike to Work Day Calgary / Facebook

It’s the perfect time to get out your road bike and head down to the river for some beautiful views and a great afternoon of adventures, exploring Calgary’s bike paths.

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!

Go on a spring hike!

What: Now that most of the snow has cleared away, grab your hiking shoes and head up to the Rockies for some fresh mountain air and stunning scenic views – just don’t forget your camera! Try Grassi Lakes, Johnston Canyon, or Grotto Canyon if you’re looking for an adventure a bit shorter in length, but doesn’t compromise the quality of the view. If you’re a thrill seeker and up for the challenge try out Ha Ling Peak, Crypt Lake, or Aylmer Lookout, because the end view will take your breath away – literally! Find more hikes to do around Alberta here!

Where: The Canadian Rocky Mountains

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

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!

Take a cruise around Maligne Lake


Spirit Island in Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada/Shutterstock

What: Take a cruise around the largest glacier-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. You’ll be inspired by the beauty of the vibrant blue waters around you as you sail to the iconic Spirit Island (only accessible by boat) on this 90-minute interpretive tour of this magical area.

Where: Maligne Lake Road, Improvement District No. 12

Tickets: Online, $67 (adults), $34 (Ages 6-15)

Go on a Helicopter Tour

What: If you’re looking for an experience of a lifetime, then it’s time you see the Alberta landscape from a completely different view – the air! Grab a few friends and take a ride in a state-of-the-art helicopter for incredible views of the city and the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

Where: Takes off from the Springbank Airport or Drumheller Airport – 402 Otter Bay

When: Year-round

Cost: Between $400 to $1,600, rate for up to three passengers

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