26 things to do in Calgary this week: June 25 to July 1

Jun 20 2018, 2:34 pm

It’s the last week of June, which means we are officially in full summer mode!

This week is filled with concerts, live performances, markets and exciting culinary endeavours all around the city.

Be sure to end the week off right with some Canada Day long weekend festivities to celebrate our wonderful country. There are events happening all around the Calgary, including fireworks right here in the middle of our city – you won’t want to miss it!

We have collected 26 of the most exciting things happening this week in Calgary. Enjoy the heat!

Monday, June 25

Collective Soul 

What: This American rock band always gives an energetic and lively performance. Don’t miss it!

When: Monday, June 25

Time: 8 pm

Where: Southern Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $35 to $253

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

Tuesday, June 26

Macaron 101 

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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: Tuesday, June 26

Time: 6 pm

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

Tickets: Call to reserve your spot, $100

$5 Class Week at DJD

What: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks is offering a week of dance classes for only $5 per class! This is a great opportunity to try out a style you have never done before, try dance classes for the first time, or come out of retirement to get your groove back.

When: June 26 to 28

Where: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – 111 12th Avenue SW

Admission: $5 drop in

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: Tuesday, June 26

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

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

Admission: FREE

Wednesday, June 27

Lobster boil

June 25


What: Kick off the Selkirk Grille Field to Fork Series with a traditional East Coast meets West Coast lobster boil. Prepare for a finger licking good meal that might get a tad messy — but it’ll be worth it!

When: June 27 and 28

Time: 9 pm

Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Tickets: Online, $89.95

Grey Goose Marché

What: This is a dining experience you won’t want to miss out on! Join Michelin-star chef Christophe Dufau and Chef Justin of Model Milk for a three-course tasting experience inspired by the French Rivera paired with signature Grey Goose Cocktails.

When:  Wednesday, June 27

Time: 6 pm

Where: Model Milk – 308 17th Avenue SW

Cost: $150

Macaron 101 

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

When: Wednesday, June 27

Time: 6 pm

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

Tickets: Call to reserve your spot, $100

Thursday, June 28

Vance Joy 

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Vance Joy/Facebook

What: This Australian favourite is making an appearance here in #YYC on his international tour! If you haven’t heard “Riptide,” your welcome. It’s now your new favourite song!

When: Thursday, June 28

Time: 7 pm

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $39 to $131

Watch the Calgary Stampeders play the Ottawa Redblacks 

What: Grab your jersey and head down to McMahon Stadium for a tailgate and a chance to cheer on the Calgary Stampeders!

When: Thursday, June 28

Time: 7 pm

Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary

Tickets: Ticketmaster

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!

Friday, June 29

Movie Night Under the Stars 

What: Come and sit under the stars with your date or group of friends and enjoy a viewing of Wes Anderson’s classic, Fantastic Mr. Fox. Seating is limited, so be sure to come early to secure your spot. There will be food trucks on site for any pre-movie snacking and the fist 150 guests will receive a complimentary reusable tote bag, which will include a blanket to use during the movie, a snack, a water bottle, and more… All the more reason to come early!

When: Friday, June 29

Time:  9:40 (movie begins)

Where: Park Point Discovery Centre – 301 11th Avenue SW

Admission: FREE

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


Tuesday to Saturday: 7 pm

Sunday: 2 pm and 7 pm

Where: Prince’s Island Park

Admission: Pay what you can

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+

Saturday, June 30

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 artist in Australia, this band has traveled 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

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

Sunday, July 1

Bow River Paddling Race

What: Looking for a little healthy competition this Canada Day? Join Fort Calgary for their annual race on the Bow!

When: Sunday, July 1

Time: 10 am

Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Avenue SW

Admission: Online, Price varies for participants, but free for spectators

Canada Day at Heritage Park

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Heritage Park Historical Village (Bernard Spragg. NZ/Flickr

What: Head back in time when July 1 was better known as ‘Dominion Day.’ Cheer on the antique vehicles, wagons, townsfolk, and more in the parade down Main Street and then grab a seat at the rodeo grounds for the Fast Dash. All day long the park will be busy with crafts, games, live music, a mouth-watering BBQ, and so many more family-friendly activities.

When: Sunday, July 1

Time: 10 am to 5 pm

Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Admission: Regular admission to the park

Canada Day at Eau Claire 

What: Come out to enjoy all the family friends festivities, including FREE ice cream, live entertainment, an artisan market, crafts, and a petting zoo, to name only a few. Get ready to celebrate Canada’s birthday in style!

When: Sunday, July 1

Time: 11 am to 9 pm

Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade

Admission: FREE

Sunday Brunch

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

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)

Canada Day Block Party

June 25

Calgary fireworks/shutterstock

What: There is no better way to celebrate our country’s birthday than with a huge outdoor block party! Join MarketSpot YYC and the BassBus for this all ages event featuring live music, beer gardens, kids activities, food trucks, and a makers’ market. Don’t miss the fireworks!

When: Sunday, July 1

Time: 2 to 11 pm

Where: Max Bell Centre – 1001 Barlow Trail SE

Admission: FREE

Any day of the week

Hang out 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

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

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!

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