25 things to do in Calgary this week: June 18 to 24

Jun 16 2018, 2:11 pm

New week, new season!

We couldn’t think of a better week to officially ring in the summer season! From burger fests to farmers’ markets to outdoor adventures, there are so many exciting events happening in and around the city to celebrate.

Grab your warm weather attire, a few drinks, and a bottle of sunscreen to get the whole family ready for a week of summer fun. We have rounded up 25 of the best things to hit up this week. Check them out!

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Monday, June 18

YYC Girl Gang Workshop: Dreaming Louder with Dani of Strive and Shine 

What: Join some of Calgary’s biggest female movers and shakers for a workshop with Dani Druisso of Strive and Shine. She will give you the tools to begin building your goals, help you define your version of success, and determine your core desires to build them into achievable dreams!

When: Monday, June 18

Time: 7 to 9 pm

Where: Greater Goods – 606 Meredith Road NE

Tickets: Online, $50

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 know about these beautiful beings.

When: January 20 to June 20

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

Tickets: Online, $26

YYC Burger Battle 2018



What: You’ve got 10 days to try all the different burger from close to 50 purveyors around the city, all in the name of charity. This year competitors include Last Best Brewing, Donna Mac, Dairy Lane Cafe, Veg-In YYC, and many more. Now, this is our kind of challenge!

When: June 15 to 24

Where: Various locations

Tuesday, June 19

The Market on Stephen Avenue

What: Shop up to 60 vendors offering fresh food, spices, sauces, treats, art, fashion, and more. Enjoy shopping the walk!

When: June 19 and 26

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Stephen Avenue – 1st Street SE to 2nd Street SW

Admission: FREE

Ice cream date

What: These are not your average ice cream cones! For those hella hot days ahead in Calgary, nothing will beat the heat like having a frozen treat brought to us by some talented local purveyors.

Where: see our list 18 must-try ice cream treats here!

Macaron 101 

What: Ever wondered how to make a French macaron? Look no further. Everyone’s favourite macaron shop, Ollia, hosts Macaron Baking Classes, offering exclusive lessons on how to properly engage in some macaronage, get the perfect shell, and create a variety of flavours. Bon appetite!

When: June 19, 20, 26 and 27

Time: 6 pm

Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW

Tickets: Call to reserve your spot, $100

Wednesday, June 20

POPs in the Park

What: Enjoy a mouth-watering BBQ as you enjoy a lively program of classical favourites by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

When: June 20 to 21

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Tickets: Online, $30 to $70

Macaron 101 


Photo courtesy Ladurée Canada

What: Another chance to try out creating your very own beautiful (and delicious) macarons!

When: June 20, 26 and 27

Time: 6 pm

Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW

Tickets: Call to reserve your spot, $100

‘Dream, Girl’ screening and panel

What: Let’s celebrate girls! Come watch this impactful documentary, Dream, Girl which will then be followed by a panel discussion with some of Calgary’s most go-getting female entrepreneurs! Come to celebrate women in entrepreneurship and come ready to discuss the intersection between design and entrepreneurship.

When: Wednesday, June 20

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Nova Coffee – 3519 14th Street SW

Tickets: Online, $10

The Hillhurst + Sunnyside Farmers’ Market 

What: You won’t find flavours like these at your regular grocery store! Change up your routine and do your produce and food shopping every Wednesday to get goods that are produced by local farmers and artisans. Join the community, find some delicious goods, and support local producers at this weekly neighbourhood farmers’ market!

When: Every Wednesday

Time: 3 to 7 pm

Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association – 1320 5th Avenue NW

Admission: FREE

Sled Island 2018


Sled Island/Facebook

What: Calgary’s favourite entertainment festival is back and larger than ever! The sheer amount of entertainment, art, music, and comedy that is packed into the five-day long festival is actually incredible. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of the festival and see as much as possible. Have fun!

When: Wednesday, June 20 to Sunday, June 24, 2018

Time: Full schedule can be found here

Where: 35+ venues around the city… so check the schedule

Tickets: Discovery Pass available online for $214 (until June 17)

Thursday, June 21

The Flaming Lips with guests

What: This classic ’80s rock band is coming to Calgary rock the stage!

When: Thursday, June 21

Time: 7 pm

Where: MacEwan Hall – 2500 University Drive NW

Tickets: Online, $15 to $195

Celebrate the first day of summer on a patio

What: With it being the first day of summer, there is no better time than the present to enjoy a meal, cold drinks, and good company in the great outdoors. Luckily for us,  Calgary offers a never-ending list of fabulous patios, providing city views, people-watching opportunities, endless sunshine, and solid menu choices.

Where: See the full list here

Friday, June 22

TEDxYYC: Adjacent Possible

What: Join TEDxYYC for their ninth year of bringing the world’s strongest minds, powerful ideas, and positive change to the stage right here in Calgary.  This year they will be exploring the idea of the limited opportunity held in the Adjacent Possible, the premise that there is an enormous untapped sphere of ideas that exist just outside what we think we are capable of. This space can only exist when creativity and curiosity are given the freedom to blossom! Attendees will be inspired to see what some of Calgary’s movers and shakers are up to.

When: Friday, June 22

Time: 1 pm

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SW

Tickets: Online. $72 to $102

Summer Market Presented by Southcentre + Curated 


Summer market/Shutterstock

What: Southcentre Mall and Curated market have partnered up together to bring four uniquely curated artisan markets to YYC this summer. You can look forward to shopping from many talented makers and artists, treating yourself to delicious foods from YYC Food Trucks, and enjoying live entertainment, all in the south parking lot of Southcentre mall!

When: June 22 + 23

Time: 5 to 10 pm

Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Road SE

Admission: FREE

Saturday, June 23

Market Collective + Sled Island Vintage Pop-Up

What: Stroll through countless vintage gems all while enjoying plenty of music, dancing, and food trucks. You never know what treasures you could walk away with!

When: Saturday, June 23

Time: 7 pm

Where: Inglewood – 10th Avenue SE and 10th Street SE (CPA Lot 43 and 44)

Admission: FREE

Farmers and Makers’ Market at cSPACE 

What: This ain’t your typical farmer’s market! Join cSPACE every Saturday for a market featuring local fresh produce, baked goods, food trucks, live music, interactive art activities for your little ones, and so much more! This market will showcase over 40 local farm, food and artisan vendors, along with small-commercial makers, bakers, and growers. Come celebrate the joys of supporting and shopping local!

When: Every Saturday

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Where: cSPACE King Edward – 1721 29th Avenue SW

Admission: FREE


What: Celebrate 10 years of fashion and PARK in Calgary. Shop Canadian fashion labels during the day at Parksale and stick around for the fashion show in the evening. This show will bring together some of Canada’s emerging fashion designers, rising artists, musical performers, and culinary talents. It will take place on George C. King Bridge and will be an event like you’ve never seen before!

When: Saturday, June 23

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: George C. King Bridge

Tickets: Online, $42 to $190

Sled Island Block Party 2018 


Sled Island (The Witt/Sled Island/Facebook)

What: This year is going to be a rage! Join Sled Island for the city’s largest all-ages dance party. Enjoy a brew from Steam Whistle in the beer gardens, delicious eats from YYC Food Trucks, shop a vintage market, and dance in the street until late.

When: Saturday, June 23

Time: 2 to 10 pm

Where: Inglewood – 10th Avenue SE and 10th Street SE

Admission: FREE

Sunday, June 24

Outdoor HIIT with Movement U

What: Get a tan while you work on your fitness! Spend an hour outdoors as two Movement U instructors team up to take your summer workout to the next level at Murdoch Park in Bridgeland.

When: Sunday, June 24 with Luke and Audrey

Time: 12 pm

Where: Murdoch Park

Admission: Online, regular drop-in $23

Cool Choir Live

What: This ain’t your average choir! Feel the contagious energy from the uplifting harmonies from over 250 voices of this adult rock and pop choir. For one-night-only the choir will be joined by 2016 CCMA ‘bass player of the year’ nominee Justin Kudding and his world-class five-piece rock band to bring you a performance that will leave you truly high on happiness!

When: Sunday, June 24

Time: 7 pm

Where: Southern Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $23 to $37

Any other day of the week

Check out the 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: Weekends, May 18 to September 3

Where: 430 8th Avenue SE

Admission: FREE

Hang out with the Pandas


Three of the four pandas that at the Calgary Zoo (The Toronto Zoo/Facebook)

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

Take a cruise around Maligne Lake

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)

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

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