25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: May 31 to June 2

Apr 30 2019, 6:51 am

June is here and so is the weekend! Celebrate both by checking out these 25 Calgary events happening on Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2. Gabriel Iglesias, Lilac Festival, and more!

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

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Friday, May 31

Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond The Fluffy World Tour

What: Gabriel Iglesias was featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 40 Comedy Players of 2018, and has headlined and sold-out Madison Square Garden, Staples Center and The Sydney Opera House. He is also one of the most watched comedians on YouTube with over 380,000,000 views and has over 14 million followers across social media.

When: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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 Stampeders vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

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Image: Candice Ward / Calgary Stampeders

What: The Calgary Stampeders kick off the new CFL season this spring, with a pre-season home game against Saskatchewan Roughriders on May 31 at McMahon Stadium.

When: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Ticketmaster

The Way Out West Fest 

What: This exciting western festival aims to showcase, inspire, and support our rich western heritage and modern western community. Celebrate all things western all weekend long!

When: May 31 to June 2, 2019
Time: Varies per day
Where: Various venues in Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Walk On – Screening Fundraiser for KidSport Calgary

What: Enjoy a screening of The Walk On and help raise money for KidSport Calgary on Friday May 31 at MAKIN HOOPS. There will also be a Q&A with directors Mitch Lee and Marshall Lee, and a signing with David Kapinga. All donations will go towards KidsSport.

When: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: Doors at 6pm. Screenings at 8 pm and 9 pm
Where: MAKIN HOOPS INC. – 3805 34 Street Northeast #5 Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Saturday, June 1

Pride and Prejudice Summer Ball

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What: Jump into the world of Jane Austin, with ball gowns, dancing, live music, and more, set in the Alberta Ballroom of the historic Palliser Hotel.  You don’t need to come with a dance partner, as this is an English Country Dance. Plus, you never know who you might meet there!

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Fairmont Palliser – 133 9th Avenue SW
Tickets: Online

Cannonball! A Youth Festival of Theatre

What: Calling all youth, this is your time to shine, and watch your peers shine too! With a theatrical season made up of four productions, the Calgary Youth People’s Theatre (CYPT) allows youth between the ages of 9 to 17 to audition and experience the creative theatre process and production.

When: Now to Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: Showtimes vary: check out the full list of performances
Where: West Village Theatre — 10th Avenue SW, Calgary
Cost: $5

Alberta University of the Arts

What: The annual Grad Show features the work of graduates from AUArts’ Ceramics, Drawing, Fibre, Glass, Jewellery & Metals, Media Arts, Painting, Photography Print Media, Sculpture and Visual Communications Design programs. This year, the IKG presents work in the gallery and throughout the university by nearly 200 graduating students, including the recipients of the Board of Governors Awards.

When: Now to Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm (12 to 4 pm on June 1)
Where: Alberta University of the Arts 1407 – 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Workshop Theatre Presents The Lady in the Van

What: The true story of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who “temporarily” parked her broken-down van in writer Alan Bennett’s London driveway, and proceeded to live there for the next 15 years. Directed by Jacquie Brennan and Tammy Dalrymple-White.

When: Now to Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (2:30 pm matinee on June 1)
Where: The Pumphouse Theatre – 2140 Pumphouse Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

YYC Rhubarb Fest

What: Rhubarb Fest is a community festival that takes place in south Calgary, in the community of Southwood. Enjoy Village Brewery Beer Garden, live music, a marketplace with various vendors, artists, businesses, organizations and City of Calgary departments, children activities and more!

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Southwood Community Hall – 11 Sackville Drive SW
Admission: Free, donations for Calgary Food Bank are being collected

Calgary Ukrainian Festival

What: At the 7th annual Ukrainian Festival enjoy stage shows, try Ukrainian food and beverages, and much more.

When: Saturday, June 1 and Sunday June 2, 2019
Time: Starts at 11 am
Where: Acadia Recreation Complex – 240 90 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Superhero Day at the Library

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What: On June 1, five libraries will be transformed into Superhero Headquarters. Head to Crowfoot, Country Hills, Central, Quarry Park, and Village Square libraries to make your own comic book, meet your favourite superheroes, test your superhero skills with feats of strength and smarts, and more — all for free. Family friendly costumes are encouraged.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Calgary Public Library – Crowfoot, Country Hills, Central, Quarry Park, and Village Square branches
Admission: Free

Rupaul’s Drag Race: Season 11 Tour

What: Watch your favorite Season 11 Queens work the runway and show off their fiercest looks. Presented by Voss Events in collaboration with World of Wonder and VH1.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Wildlife Baby Shower

What: It’s baby season at the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. Every year CWRS receives hundreds of orphaned infant wild animals from March to August. Join them at Bow Habitat Station for their second annual wildlife baby shower. They are hoping to build a mountain of supplies and donations to help provide the best care possible to the baby patients. WILD activities are included with $5 (+tax) admission to Bow Habitat Station’s Discovery Centr

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station 1440 17A Street Southeast River Room Calgary
Reserve your spot: Online, free

The Panel One Comic Creator Festival

What: Explore local Canadian comic creators at the fourth annual Panel One Comic Creator Festival at the Sunnyside Hillhurst Community Association. #P1CCF is a unique event that fosters pride and awareness around Canadian comic creators and their work.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
11 am to 7 pm
Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association – 1320 5 Avenue Northwest Calgary
Tickets: Online, $5.50

Sunday, June 2

Sunday Safari Brunch at Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo

What: Every Sunday between January 20 and 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

Lilac Festival

What: A pedestrian only festival, the Lilac Festival showcases an array of musical talent, vendors, and a perfect opportunity to people watching. There are six stages hosting over 30 performances throughout the day, offering artists exposure to an often brand new audience. 4th Street will also feature over 500 vendors that vary from artisan crafts, to imported wares, to community organizations and more.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 4th Street SW – between 13 Avenue and Elbow Dr.
Admission: Free

The Way Out West Fest 

What: This exciting western festival aims to showcase, inspire, and support our rich western heritage and modern western community. Celebrate all things western all weekend long!

When: Now to June 2, 2019
Time: Varies per day
Where: Various venues in Calgary
Tickets: Online

Ghost Opera

What: Featuring the music of celebrated Canadian composer Veronika Krausas, text by Giller Prize winner André Alexis, and the wildly imaginative designs of Calgary’s internationally-renowned Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Ghost Opera is a full-scale puppet opera, conceived from the ground up as a spectacle combining object theatre and contemporary composition.

When: Various dates from now to Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 2 pm matinee on June 2
Where: Theatre Junction GRAND – 608 1st Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Fairy Tales Film Festival

What: The annual Calgary Queer Arts Society LGBTQA film festival returns with events guaranteed to provoke, challenge, and entertain.

When: Now to June 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
More Info: Online

Asparagus Festival at Edgar Farms

What:  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. Rain or Shine.

When: June 2 and June 19, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Edgar Farms – 1465 Twp. Road 352
Admission: $5, kids 5 and under are free

Puppies and Prosecco

What: Puppies and Prosecco, there is no better combination! Attend a private group training class for you and your pup on the patio of Vin Room Mission, led by the Dogma Behaviour & Education Centre. You will receive 2 glasses of wine, beer or prosecco, lesson on the patio for you and your furry friend, and a bag of goodies worth $50. $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation.

When: June 2, June 23, July 7, July 21, August 11, August 25, September 8, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Vin Room Mission – 2310 – 4 Street SW
Tickets: Online, $40

Meet the Baby ‘Roos at Cobb’s Adventure Park 2019

What: Cobb’s Adventure Park in Calgary is giving visitors the chance to be the first to meet, pet, and hold their adorable brand new baby kangaroos and wallabies. The park offers a wide variety of rides, games, and activities for all ages with a kangaroo petting zoo, climbing wall, bouncy houses, pedal carts, tractor rides, giant slides, archery tag, and much more. You can even book a kangaroo visit for your birthday party, classroom, or office during their offseason. For $250/hour they bring two baby joeys and three sugar gliders to your birthday party, classroom, or office.

When: June 1 and June 2, 2019
Time: 11 to 5 pm
Where: Cobb’s Adventure Park, Calgary
Cost: $18 general admission, kids under 3 free!

Andre-Philippe Gagnon

What: Andre-Philippe Gagnon, The Legendary Man of a 1000 voices, will be live in Calgary on June 2.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Resort & Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Robert J. Sawyer – Why Everyone Should Read Science Fiction

What: Join Robert J. Sawyer — “the dean of Canadian science fiction”— who will show that Star Wars isn’t science fiction, and introduce you to real Sci-Fi, a profound mode of storytelling invented 200 years ago by a woman.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: The Central Library – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Register: Online

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