20 things to do in Calgary this weekend: July 6 to 8

Jul 6 2018, 1:30 am

Friday is our favourite day, because in a few hours we’ll get to leave work and enjoy a free weekend ahead.

Here’s a list of all the fun things happening around town this weekend, from July 6 to 8. Enjoy the nice weather!

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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

Admission: FREE

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

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

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


What: Celebrate all of the very best in Mexican culture at the very first Mexifest! You can expect to eat tacos upon tacos, be entertained by a salsa competition, watch a wrestling match between real Mexican luchadores, and so much more!

When: July 6 and 7

Time: 11 am to 11 pm

Where: Eau Claire Plaza – 3rd Street and Riverfront Avenue

Admission: FREE

Hit up the Calgary Stampede


GMC Rangeland Derby/Calgary Stampede

What: It’s the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth — need we say more?

When: July 6 to 15

Where: Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SW

Admission: Online, $9 to $18


When: Sunday, July 8

Time: 6 pm to 2 am

Where: Cowboys Music Festival –421 12th Avenue SE

Tickets: Online, $79 to $161

Blue Rodeo with Colter Wall, Whitehorse, Lindi Ortega, and Mike Plume

When: Sunday, July 8

Time: 3:30 pm

Where: Big Four Roadhouse –1801 Big Four Trail SE

Tickets: Online, $92

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

Catch the 2018 Stampede Parade

What: This yearly spectacle will surely not disappoint as it takes over downtown Calgary and leads us into the 106 Calgary Stampede. You won’t want to miss this year’s parade marshal, Mark McMorris. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Mark is one of the most decorated and successful athletes in competitive snowboard history. Join him as he leads this iconic parade and kicks off this year’s festivities!

When: Friday, June 6

Time: 9 am

Where: see parade route here

Admission: Free admission to Stampede Park from 11 am to 1:30 pm

Raw Canvas Pancake Breakfast

What: Raw Canvas is Calgary’s laid-back art studio that offers food, drinks, cooking classes, and art classes. This year, they will be hosting their third annual Stampede breakfast on July 6. Come in with a design or your favourite image, and artists at Raw Canvas will re-create it in food form for you. You will also get to decorate your creation with all the fixings.

When: FridayJuly 6

Time: 7:30 am to noon

Where: Raw Canvas — 1130 Kensington Road

Price: Free

Stampede Mega Crawl 

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Dancing at the Calgary Stampede (Calgary Stampede/Facebook)

What: Hit up all the very best country stomping locations in one night! Pro Tip: Pace yourself!

When: July 6, 7, 13 and 14

Time: 5:30 or 6:30 pm (varies per day)

Where: Hudsons Downtown, Knoxville’s, Commonwealth, Ranchman’s and more!

Tickets: Online, $30

The Watchmen 

What: Come see this Canadian alternative rock band from the ’90s tear up the stage and kick stampede off at the Wildhorse Saloon.

When: Friday, July 6

Time: 4 pm

Where: Wildhorse Saloon – 500 6th Avenue SW

Tickets: Online, $20

Vivo for Healthier Generations

What: Vivo for Healthier Generations is hosting a Stampede kick-off event, featuring family activities, live music, and a free barbecue meal.

When: July 6

Time: 5 to 9 pm

Where: 11950 Country Village Link NE

Price: Free

Second Annual Vegan Pancake Breakfast

What: Join your fellow vegans at this unique pancake breakfast and show Calgary that animal cruelty is not needed for a delicious meal and good time.

When: July 7

Time: 9 am to noon

Where: Bridgeland Riverside Community Association — 917 Centre Avenue NE

Price: Free

The Mustard Seed Barbecue

What: Come here to enjoy some beef burgers, live music, and family entertainment.

When: July 6

Time: 11 am to 2 pm

Where: The Mustard Seed — 106 11th Avenue SW

Price: Free

Bud & Burgers at Liquor Depot Riverbend

What: Free barbecue is guaranteed for the first 600 customers, and there will also be a Budweiser tasting session indoors.

When: July 6

Time: 4 to 6 pm

Where: Liquor Depot Riverbend — 8228 18th Street SE

Price: Free







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