Start your summer on a budget! Here are 22 FREE events happening in Calgary in June, including YYC Rhubarb Fest, PADS Open House, and more.
For more things happening around town check out our events section.
- Dinosaur-themed feast 'Alberta ERA' to take place in Drumheller on June 8
- Popular brunch 'Drags Benny' returns to Calgary on June 23
- You need to check out the interactive art pop-up at this Calgary mall (PHOTOS)
Explore the city and the outdoors
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
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.
What: Explore the Glenbow Museum at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month.
When: The first Thursday of every month – June 6, 2019
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
What: Sharing Dance is an initiative used to motivate Canadians of all ages to participate in free, healthy, fun and creative dance activities. Learn the awesome annual routine. It is 100 per cent free to participate. No experience is required. This is a great chance to get some exercise and have fun. Gather your family, friends, neighbours, and coworkers and get dancing.
When: June 7. 2019
Time: 4 to 5 pm
Where: Calgary Public Library – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
What:The Inglewood Night Market occurs every second Friday in the summer months in Calgary. Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade craftsmen items to vintage clothing, antiques & collectibles, artisan eats and more. You’ll also find food trucks, singer songwriters, bands, dancers, outdoor seating, a family-friendly licenced area and other fun things to check out.
When: June 7, July 12, August 9, September 13 and September 14, 2019
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Between 9 Avenue and 10 Street SE
What: Free fun for the whole family. Tour PADS’ training facility, watch assistance dog demonstrations, and meet the PADS Puppies. Plus enjoy the BBQ lunch and meet the guest speakers Assistance dogs welcome. Please no pets.
When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Pacific Assistance Dogs Society – 2309 Centre Ave NE, Calgary
What: Learn more about Avro Canada and its contributions to Canada’s aviation and aerospace legacy, plus see the latest progress on their Arrow II project.
When: The Second Sunday of every month – June 9, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
What: Every month, a different artist-writer pair and their collaborative artist books included in Print(ed) Word, on permanent display at Calgary’s new Central Library will be highlighted.
When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Central Library – Level 4 – Simons-Harvie Community Reading Room – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
What: VFC 2019 will be a one-day epic festival filled with delicious food, powerful industry speakers, local businesses, live local musicians, kid friendly Cold Garden Beer Gardens and more.
When: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 12 to 8 pm
Where: Millennium Park – 1220 9th Avenue SW
Admission: FREE with a voluntary donation
What: CHROMA is an interactive event, complete with a 12-piece art installation by eight different local artists, including Peaseblossoms, Michelle Hoogveld, Tyler Lemermeyer, Maria Dina Galura, Rei Duncan, Rhys Farrell, Rachael Meckling, and Caine Chow.
When: Now to June 16, 2019
Time: Mall Hours
Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Rd SE
What: Panorama Hills Community Centre hosts a Father’s Day BBQ. In addition to the BBQ, there will be lots of games and a photobooth to remember your special day with Dad.
When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: Panorama Hills Community Centre – 88 Panamount Hill NW, Calgary
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 21, July 26, and August 23 (Bridgeland), June 28 to 29, July 19 to 20, August 16 to 17 (SOUTH)
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
What: Community Yoga at Sunalta Community Hall aims to help people be conscious in their moments and capable in their bodies. Bring your own mat and any required props for assistance.
When: Every Monday until June 24, 2019
Time: Doors 5:30 pm, yoga from 5:45 to 6:45 pm.
Where: Sunalta Community Centre – 1627 10 Ave SW, Calgary
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
What: This 20-minute tour gives attendees a look at Phil & Sebastian’s vintage retro-fitted roaster and operations, plus learn about their green coffee sourcing strategies.
When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:15 to 12:35 pm
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – 618 Confluence Way Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free
What: The tour starts off with an explanation of Red Bison’s name and why founder Steve started the brewery. Attendees will then see the homebrew system Steve used to brew beer on the balcony of his downtown Calgary condo, and talk about malt and how each of the flavours impact the recipes. After this, it’s a walk through the processes for the brew day and the fermentation process. Once the tour is complete, guests will be able to buy flights to try out beer and the kitchen is also open.
When: Every Sunday
Time: 1 pm
Where: Red Bison Brewery – 111, 3016 10 Ave NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free