26 things to do in Calgary this weekend: June 15 to 17

Jun 14 2018, 5:40 pm

Believe it or not, but this is the last weekend of Spring 2018!

We know that it has been feeling a lot more like summer over the past few weeks, but this is your chance to spend one last weekend out and about, enjoying the flowers in bloom, refreshing rains, and stunning colours that come with springtime in this beautiful city.

Here are a few friendly suggestions to get you out of the house over the next few days — enjoy!

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Friday, June 15

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

Trevor Noah 

What: The South African funny man is coming to YYC!

When: Friday, June 15

Time: 7 pm

Where: Southern Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $75 to $86

Mary Poppins

What: Tap your toes and enjoy this timeless classic as it is reimagined with unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, astonishing stagecraft, and more!

When: May 18 to July 15

Time: Various times – two hours long

Where: Beddington Theatre Arts Centre – 375 Bermuda Drive NW

Tickets: Online, $30

Go on a spring hike


Spring hiking (Maridav / Shutterstock)

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

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

Check 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

Saturday, June 16

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 first 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: Saturday, June 16

Time:  9:40 pm (movie begins)

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

Admission: FREE

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

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

Dust off your road bike

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 by exploring Calgary’s bike paths.

Father’s Day Food Truck Frenzy


Photo // YYCFoodTrucks Facebook

What: Join the Rondel Roberts Band and other local talents down at the Food Truck Frenzy, where you can shop the Market Collective Pop Up, have a brew at the beer gardens, and enjoy the best food trucks in the city! Bring your Dad and make a day out of it!

When: June 16 to 17

Time: 11 am to 7 pm

Where: Murdoch Park – 917 Centre Avenue NE

Admission: $5 entry, Kids under 14 and seniors are FREE

Winemaker’s Dinner at Heritage Park 

What: Join Heritage Park for a delicious four-course meal featuring a wine tasting from Italy’s Zenato Winery.

When: Saturday, June 16

Time: 6 pm

Where: Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Tickets: $106

Teatro Group 25 Anniversary Dinner

What: Join Teatro as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with a 25-course dinner. Yes, you read that correctly! Scallop Tartare Canoli, Smoked Sturgeon Begniet, Agnolotti, duck confit, celeriac, foie gras and Alberta Waygu Beef, pithivier, morels, and sauce bordelaise are just a few menu items you can expect to try!

When: Saturday, June 16

Time: 6 pm

Where: Teatro – 200 8th Avenue SE

Tickets: Email [email protected] to reserve your spot, $275/ person

Watch the Calgary Stampeders play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 

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

When: Saturday, June 16

Time: 5 pm

Where: McMahon Stadium

Tickets: Ticketmaster

VegFest Calgary 

What: Eat and drink everything vegan at the second annual VegFest. Enjoy beets, beats, and brews all day long!

When: Saturday, June 16

Time: 10 am to 5 pm

Where: Millennium Park – 1220 9th Avenue SW

Admission: FREE with a voluntary donation

Sunday, June 17

Rad Dad Day at Calaway Park 

What: Enjoy fun memories at Calaway Park with your Dad and or Grandfather!

When: Sunday, June 17

Time: 10 am to 6 pm

Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33

Admission: Dads get in for FREE

Father’s Day Brunch 


Brunch Cocktails (Photo: Amy Ho)

What: Treat your good ol’ dad to a delicious brunch on the mezzanine of the iconic Gasoline Alley Museum.

When: Sunday, June 17

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Tickets: Call (403) 268-8500 to reserve your table, $34

Father’s Day BBQ at Mount Engadine Lodge

What: Enjoy a juicy burger with your dad as you bask in the beauty of the rocky mountains! Chef Mandy Leighton will have an ultimate selection of gourmet meaty burgers, including salmon and veggie options for those with dietary restrictions.

When: Sunday, June 17

Where: 1 Mount Shark Road

Tickets: Contact [email protected] or call 403-678-4080, $25 per person

Father’s Day at Granary Road 

What: Enjoy a day out at Granary Road with fun activities and events happening for you and father dearest to enjoy!

When: Sunday, June 17

Time: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Where: Granary Road Market – 226066 112th Street W Foothills, AB

Admission: FREE

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)

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 17

Time: 12 pm

Where: Murdoch Park

Admission: Online, regular drop-in $23

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

Go on a road trip


Icefields Parkway (Travel Alberta)

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!

Get pampered at Beach Beauty Mission

What: After a few upgrades, Beach Beauty in Mission is open and ready to satisfy all your beauty needs!

Where: 2312 14th Avenue SW

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

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)

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