9 Calgary festivals you can't miss out on this June 2018

Jun 6 2018, 12:05 am

Calling all Calgarians!

If you can’t think of any good plans for June, we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a list of the top nine festivals you may want to visit this month.

Whether you’re single, in a relationship, or have kids, one of these festivals is calling your name!

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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

FunnyFest – Calgary Comedy Festival


Comedy mic (Fer Gregory / Shutterstock)

  • What: Get ready to laugh until you cry at the 17th annual Calgary Comedy Festival! It features 11 days, nine venues, 70 performers, 11 themes, and over 11,000 punch lines that will put a smile on even the grumpiest of humans. This is a great way to switch up date night or to have a hilarious night out with friends!
  • Where: Various locations around Calgary
  • When: June 1 to 11
  • TicketsOnline, $15 to $390

Asparagus Festival 

  • What: Due to extreme hail and other contributing factors this festival had to be put on hold for a few years — but it’s back and larger than ever! Visit this real working asparagus farm, experience their story firsthand, enjoy a fully narrated wagon ride, watch the harvest in action, and even get the opportunity to pick some asparagus for yourselves. You’ll also have the opportunity to shop their Country Store and the artisan market village while saying hello to all the farm animals and joining in on the many festivities happening throughout the day!
  • When: June 10
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 1465 Twp. Road 352
  • Admission: $5, kids 5 and under are free

KIDCHELLA: Kids Yoga Party Night

  • What: Parents, this is your opportunity to take a night off and enjoy the Inglewood Night Market while your kids have blast at the Kidchella Yoga Party. Their night will include dancing, kombucha, healthy snacks, a flower crown making workshop, face painting, games, and so much more. Your kids will be in good hands and both of you will have an amazing night. Win-win!
  • When: Friday, June 8
  • Time: 5:30 to 7 pm
  • Where: Underneath Junction 9 Yoga Studio – #50, 919 9th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $25 (Ages 4 to 6)

The SUNCOR Stage One Festival of New Work

  • What: Come by and celebrate the 31st anniversary of the SUNCOR Stage 1 this June! Lunchbox Theatre has gone on to create hundreds of new Canadian one-act plays throughout the years. Celebrate this amazing achievement, along with the 30-year partnership with SUNCOR energy, which has made all of these things possible.
  • When: May 25 to June 9
  • Time:
    • Friday to Saturday: 12 pm
    • Friday: 6 pm
  • Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 115 9th Avenue SE
  • Cost: FREE

Third Act(ion) Film Festival

  • What: The Third Act(ion) Film Festival is an event that celebrates ageing and older adults in the hopes of causing a cultural shift towards age-positivity. Topical films and speakers will be available at this three-day event.
  • When: Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10
  • Time: Showtime schedule can be found here
  • Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE Calgary
  • Tickets: Available online, $100 for full festival, $14 for individual screening

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 (movie begins)
  • Where: Park Point Discovery Centre – 301, 11th Avenue SW
  • Admission: FREE

Sled Island Block Party 2018 


Image: Sled Island / Facebook

  • What: This year is going to be a rager! 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 the wee hours of the night.
  • When: Saturday, June 23
  • Time: 2 to 10 pm
  • Where: Inglewood – 10th Avenue SE and 10th Street SE
  • Admission: FREE

The Calgary Tower 50th Anniversary Block Party 

  • 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
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