8 non-Stampede things to do in Calgary today: Sunday, July 8
Make the most of your weekend by checking out any of these fun events!
Don’t worry, you won’t have to go by the Stampede for any of these great activities — if that’s the kind of thing you’re looking to avoid.
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Mountain Top Yoga
What: Join a Lululemon ambassador for a one-hour Ashtanga yoga session at the top of the new Banff Gondola Summit. Talk about yoga with a view!
When: every Sunday until September 2
Time: 9 to 10 am
Where: Citizenship Pavilion, level 4 of the new Banff Gondola summit
Cost: $62 (Gondola Admission)
Take a float down the Bow River
What: This is a tradition most of us Calgarians look forward to doing at least once during the summer. Plus, it’s the ultimate refresher in the midst of a Prairie heat wave! Make sure that you have enough life jackets for your entire group, book your raft ahead of time, park a vehicle at the beginning and the end of your route, and check weather advisories before heading out.
Where: Lazy Day Raft Rentals, Sports Rent, The Paddle Station and the Outdoor Centre at the University of Calgary
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: From now to September 3
Where: 430 8th Avenue SE
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
What: Enjoy your benny surrounded by history at the Officers Mess at Fort Calgary, just as they did back in the day. Brunch includes complimentary access to the museum, so you can make a whole day of it!
When: Every Sunday
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9th Avenue SW
Tickets: Phone 403-290-1875 for reservations, $30 per person
Shakespeare by the Bow
What: Your favourite outdoor theatre is back for yet another summer of dramatic and comedic performances. 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
Check out one of the many exhibitions happening at the Glenbow
What: Come out to see some seriously awesome works of art at one of Calgary’s favourite cultural centres.
Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master – June 16 to September 9
One New Work Gwenessa Lam: Who Magic – June 16 to September 9
Recent Acquisitions 2018 – June 30 to December 9
The Artist’s Mirror: Self Portraits – March 10 to January 2019
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9tth Avenue SE
Cost: Adult, $16; senior (65+) or student $11; youth (ages 7-17) $10; Family (up to 2 adults and 4 youth) $40; child (ages 6 and under) free
Hip Hop Brunch
When: Sunday, July 8
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: MARKET Calgary – 718 17th Avenue SW
Tickets: Make your reservation here