30 things to do in Calgary this weekend: June 28 to July 1

May 26 2019, 8:20 am

Thanks for all the memories, June! Wrap up the month with these 25 events happening in Calgary on Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29, Sunday, June 30 and Monday, July 1. Pentatonix, Canada Day, and more!

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

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Friday, June 28

Pentatonix: The World Tour featuring special guest Rachel Platten 2019

Image: Pentatonix, Facebook

What: Three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists Pentatonix are stopping by Calgary on June 28. Pentatonix consists of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee, and are characterized by their pop-style arrangements with vocal harmonies — the group is widely known for their covers of popular songs. The group’s Youtube channel currently has over 16 million subscribers and 3.7 billion views. The group will be supported by special guest Rachel Platten, American singer-songwriter widely known for her hit single, “Fight Song.”

When: July 28, 2019
Time: 6:15 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise S.E., Calgary,
Tickets: Online

Calgary Night Market

What: Spend your Friday or Saturday evening shopping your favourite local makers, while munching on delicious eats and listening live entertainment. The market has two locations this summer – Calgary Night Market Bridgeland and Calgary Night Market SOUTH.

When: June 28 to 29, July 19 to 20, August 16 to 17 (SOUTH), July 26, and August 23 (Bridgeland)
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: Calgary Night Market Bridgeland – 917 Centre St NE; Calgary Night Market SOUTH – Bonaventure Dr SE at 90 Ave SE
Admission: Free

Cowboys 23rd Birthday featuring Mackenzie Porter

What: Cowboys is turning 23. Everyone is invited to celebrate 23 fantastic years with a live performance from Medicine Hat’s own Mackenzie Porter. There are also lots of prizes and gifts to be won.

When: June 28, 2019
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where: Cowboys Dance Hall – 421 12th Ave. SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash

What: The Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash is a giant inflatable obstacle course big enough for adults to jump around on. The gigantic floating fortress features a 15-foot tower, a climbing wall, a launch bag, a trapeze swing, and basically anything else you could ever imagine. Located, as the name suggests, on Sylvan Lake, the aqua park can be found just west of Red Deer, meaning that it is only an hour and a half drive from Calgary for a full day of fun on the lake.

When: June 28 to September 2, 2019
Time: 11 am to 8 pm for full season
Where: Bay #1, 5100 Lakeshore Drive Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Tickets: Available online, starting at $15

Okotoks Farmers’ Market

What: Okotoks Farmers’ Market is an Alberta approved farmers’ market and they strive to have a diverse selection of local and Alberta grown and made products. Come and enjoy the sights and sounds of the unique market while supporting local vendors and bringing home something special to share with your friends and family.

When: Every Friday until September 27 , 2019
Time: 3:30 to 6:30 pm
Address: 322041 15 St E, De Winton
Admission: Free

Saturday, June 29

Calgary Stampeders vs BC Lions

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Candice Ward / Calgary Stampeders

What: The Calgary Stampeders face off with the BC Lions on June 29 at McMahon Stadium.

When: June 29, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Stonewall 50: Lgbtq2ia+ Liberation from New York to Calgary

What: In partnership with Calgary Queer Arts Society and Memorial Park Library, Calgary Outlink Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity presents: Stonewall 50: LGBTQ2IA+ Liberation from New York to Calgary.

Joe Kadi from the Women’s Studies department at the University of Calgary will open the event with a presentation focusing on key moments and stakeholders of the Stonewall riots, and the context of LGBTQ2IA+ social change history. The talk will be followed by a screening of “Outliers: Calgary’s Queer History” in partnership with James Demers of Calgary Queer Arts Society.

When: June 29, 2019
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Where: Memorial Park Library – The Salon – 1221 2 Street Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Saturdays on 17th

What: Spend your Saturday on 17th Ave all summer long. From now through to July 27, the neighbourhood will be featuring live music, games, giveaways, and movies in Tomkins Park. Bring the whole family and enjoy the festivities.

When: Every Saturday from now to July 27, 2019
Time: 12 to 9 pm (movie screenings start at 6 pm)
Where: Tomkins Park (corner of 8th Street & 17th Avenue SW)
Admission: Free

1/2 price Canadian wines at Earls

What: Raise a glass to Canada this weekend with 1/2 price Canadian wines at Earls. Perfect for before or after your Canada Day party plans.

When: June 28 to July 1, 2019
Time: All Day
Where: Various Earls Restaurants

In Conversation: Nick Cave

Nick Cave, Glenbow Museum / Facebook

What: Nick Cave: Feat. is the first time this celebrated and influential artist has had a solo exhibition in Canada. See Nick Cave in person as he speaks about his life and work. Join the conversation at Glenbow on the opening day of the new summer exhibitions.

When: June 29, 2019
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm
Where: The Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Ave SW
Tickets: Online

Banff Gondola

What: Head to the summit for an unreal view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine. Start with a walk along the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to learn more about Canada’s first national park, or go indoors to sample from three restaurant menus. Then get hands-on in the world-class interpretive centre and theatre.

When: Daily until October 14, 2019.
Time: Various
Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
TicketsOnline, various prices

Millarville Farmers’ Market 

What: Meet and shop at growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists at Millarville Farmers’ Market. Children 5 to 12 years can also join the Market Buds program. Participants will learn where their food comes from, gain confidence in conversation with Alberta Produce farmers and BC Fruit farmers, make healthy food choices, and hold sole responsibility for maintaining their own punch card and tokens. Tokens for spending on vegetables and fruit are earned by completing a weekly activity in the Market Buds area located in the garden.

When: Every Saturday until October 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Address: 306097 192 Street West, Millarville
Admission: $3, with proceeds going to support programming at the Millarville Racetrack.

5K Foam Fest Alberta 2019

What: The 5K Foam Fest features some super exciting obstacles to get over, under, and around, including the world’s largest inflatable waterslide. Combine these obstacles with 2.5 million cubic feet of foam that is pumped out at each event, and chances are you’ll be enjoying an epic summer day. The family fun event supports the Make A Wish Foundation.

When: Saturday, June 29 (Medicine Hat), and Saturday, July 6 (Leduc)
Time: Various wave times throughout the day
Where: Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede – 2055 21st Avenue SE, Medicine Hat (June 29), 4330 Black Gold Drive, Leduc (July 6)
Tickets: Register online, $60 to $75

Esker Foundation

What: Esker Foundation connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications. The gallery reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of groundbreaking new work, ideas, and research. Admission is free. The gallery is barrier-free.

When: Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed Mondays
Time: Various times
Where: Esker Foundation – 4th Floor – 1011 9th Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Multicultural Orchestra 10th Anniversary

What: Calgary Multicultural Orchestra is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a gala concert on June 29 at Bella Concert Hall.

When: June 29, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Bella Concert Hall – Mount Royal University – 18 Mt Royal Circle SW, Calgary
Tickets: $15, more info online

Sunday, June 30

Canada Day at Spruce Meadows

Spruce Meadows / Facebook

What: Head to Spuce Meadows on June 30 for early Canada Day celebrations. There is a free ATCO Pancake Breakfast at 8 am for the first 5,000 people, top sport of show jumping throughout the day, and free family activities throughout the day. The Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra concludes the day with a outdoor performance at 5 pm.

When: June 30, 2019
Time: 8 am to 7 pm
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Market Collective Summer Takeover at St. Louis

What: Market Collective will be setting up a summer long activation at the St. Louis hotel in East Village. There will be programming with food trucks, art installations, DJs, and musicians. There will also be an urban basketball court outside. Some artists will rotate on a monthly basis.

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until September 1, 2019
Time: 12 to 7 pm (Friday), 11 am to 5 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: St. Louis Hotel – 430 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Crafted Sessions Vol. 5 Canada Day Wknd 

What: Great Canadian Bash – a two room special event for the Canada Day long weekend. Crafted Sessions will have music at both Cold Garden and Ol’ Beautiful breweries, with the Vegan Street Eats and Zilford’s Fried Chicken food trucks outside.

When: June 30, 2019
Time: 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Cold Garden – 1100 11 St SE, Calgary; Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Co. – 1103 12 St SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Cinematic Sundays at Glenbow Museum

What: A curated series of afternoon film screenings celebrating the world of art, style and fashion on the big screen. Bar service is offered during the films and you can purchase a snack too

When: June 30, 2019
Time: 1 pm
Where: The Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Ave SW
Admission: $10, $8 for members. Entrance to the museum not included.

Calaway Park

What: Calaway Park presents its 38th season of family fun. Enjoy rides, games, food and more.

When: Open daily until Monday, September 2. Then every Friday and Saturday from September 7 to October 13. Closing day on Monday, October 14.
Time: 10 am to 7 pm until September 2. 11 am to 6 pm from September 7 to October 14
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Admission Info: Online

From Racialization to Peoplehood: Exploring Métis Identity, Past and Present

What: Lougheed House’s summer exhibit explores Métis identity from a number of perspectives, both historical and contemporary.

When: Wednesdays to Sundays until September 30, 2019. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Time: 11 am to 4 pm (Wednesdays to Fridays), 10 am to 4 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Lougheed House – 707 13 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Admission: $8.50 adult, $6.50 seniors and students $5 child (Ages 6 – 12), $25.00 for a family, free for children under 6

Sunday Safari Brunch at Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo

What: Every Sunday until November 10, head over to Destination Africa for one of the most unique brunch experiences you could have in the city. Enjoy both gourmet and comfort breakfast foods, a Belgian waffle bar, cooked to order omelettes, and so much more. Being a member of the Calgary Zoo gives you exclusive discounts to Sunday Safari Brunches!

When: Every Sunday until November 10, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm. Last seating and last ticket sold at 1 pm. Service lasts until 2 pm.
Where: Calgary Zoo – 210 St George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: via Calgary Zoo

Community Festival: Canada Day Celebration

What: The one day outdoor festival features local musical acts, artisan market, community displays and children’s activities. Food will be available for purchase from Plaza restaurants. Along with several local businesses, the communities of Deer Run, Deer Ridge, Queensland, Parkland and Lake Bonavista are all event sponsors.

When: June 30, 2019.
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Deer Point Plaza – 14919 Deer Ridge Drive SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

School of Rock: Calgary House Band and Regina House Band

What: The School of Rock Calgary House Band team up with SOR Regina House Band for a performance at Broken City.

When: June 30, 2019
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: Broken City – 613 11 Avenue SW, Calgary
More Info: Online

Craft Beer Market Canada Day Beer Fest

What: Head to CRAFT for Canada Day Beer Fest. Attendees will be sampling a selection of beers and drinks from some of the finest folks this country has to offer. Partial proceeds go to the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Ride To Conquer Cancer

When: June 30, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market – Calgary Downtown – 345 10 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Monday, July 1

Canada Day at Fort Calgary


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What: Outside on the grounds, grab a bite from the food trucks’ caravan, take the kids to the Fort Calgary Kids Zone, meet your neighbourhood champions at the Community Tent Village, get a free temporary tattoo with the Girl Guides of Canada, and see the North West Mounted Police brass band perform live.

Enjoy a drink in our family-friendly indoor/outdoor beer garden located on the Fort Calgary patio, featuring Village Brewery beer and cider. Head inside the museum to enjoy some shade, the Indigenous Learning Space in Burnswest Theatre, Mountie uniform try-on station, and more.

When: July 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9th Avenue SE
Admission: Admission to the museum is by cash donation, or bring a non-perishable food donation to the Veterans’ Food Bank

Canada Day at Heritage Park

What: Celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday at Heritage Park Historical Village. Enjoy a day packed full of Canadian history and fun, including a free pancake breakfast for the first 2,019 guests with paid admission in the park before 10:30 am. Featuring a Canada Day parade, live family entertainment, crafts, old-fashioned outdoor games, and a not-to-be-missed, mouth-watering BBQ tent.

When: Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Admission: Regular admission to the park

Canada Day at Southcentre

What: Head to Southcentre for an all-day Canada Day celebration with CRAFT Beer Market and Encore 4 on 4 Street Hockey. Stop by the South parking lot and enjoy the free come-and-try-it booth with Breathe Parkour, Archery Zone by Strike Combat Archery, beanbag toss games by Cornhole YYC, food and outdoor beer gardens by CRAFT Beer Market – Southcentre (18+), and a Kid’s Zone by Trico Centre.

When: Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

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: Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade
Admission: Free

The City of Calgary Fireworks Show

What: Wrap up your Canada Day with a spectacular fireworks show set to iconic Canadian music at Centre Street Bridge.

When: Monday, July 1, 2019
Time: 11 to 11:30  pm
Where: Centre Street Bridge, Calgary
Admission: Free

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