19 things to do in Calgary this weekend: June 24 and 25

Jun 24 2017, 12:23 am

No matter what you’re in the mood for, there are lots of things happening around Calgary this weekend.

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EV Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

  • What: New to the East Village this summer, this Pop-Up retail park offers Calgarians a place to shop, eat and play. Be sure to check out all 12 retailers located in 12 x 12 shipping containers, along with food trucks, live music and more! Every Thursday through Sunday from June 1 – October 1 you can expect food truck eats, music, performances, art and much much more!
  • Where: EV Junction – 439 8 Avenue SE
  • When: June 22 to 25
  • Cost: FREE

Utopia Factory

  • What: UTOPIA is a research and exhibition project that aims to engage in a larger discussion on how our communities are formed, while also encouraging a dialogue on topics such as Nationalism, state-making, inclusion etc. Be sure t o check it out soon, as it ends in July!
  • Where: 117 8 Avenue SW
  • When: March – July
  • Cost: FREE

Float down the Bow

  • What: The ultimate refresher in the midst of a prairie heat wave!
  • Tips: Make sure that you have enough life jackets for your entire group, book your raft ahead of time, park a vehicle at the beginning and the end of your route and check weather advisories before heading out.
  • Where: Lazy Day Raft Rentals, Sports Rent, The Paddle Station and the Outdoor Centre at the University of Calgary

As you like it – Shakespeare by the Bow

  • What: Theatre Calgary is bringing As you like it outside starting Tuesday, June 20, as it begins its annual outdoor performances of Shakespeare by the Bow. Performances are pay-what-you-will and non-ticketed, so you can just turn up with a blanket and picnic and settle in; the suggested donation is $20 per adult.
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • When: June 20 to August 217, every day except Monday’s, performances at 7 pm, with an extra 2pm matinee on Sundays.
  • Cost: Free

Movement U New RowBody Classes 

  • What: RowBody is the newest addition to the work out selection offered at Movement U and soon to be your new little secret as to where you got those killer washboard abs. As with all programs at the studio, music is the backbone to this heart-pounding, 45-minute cardio workout that focuses on full body strength training and is split between the rower and floor exercises. This workout will target and tone over 80% of the muscles in your body, giving you the results that you have been looking for!
  • Where: 16 4 Street NE
  • When: Runs at various times throughout the week. Register online or through your MindBody App. See the full schedule here!
  • Cost: RowBody is included in the price of all of the class packages available at Movement U along with Row, Spin and HIIT.

Sled Island 2017

  • What: Sled Island is back and this year will be bigger than ever. For those who don’t know, this is a local 5-day music and arts show that brings together bands, comedians, filmmakers, artists and a whole lot of fans to create one large community. Check out the various locations for different performances and shows happening throughout the week!
  • Where: Various Venues
  • When: June 21 – 25
  • Cost: $125 – $225 depending on the type of tickets you purchase. See all rates here!

Sex with Strangers – Attic Players

  • What: Widely-produced in the US for over two years including a Broadway production directed by David Schwimmer, Sex with Strangers makes its Canadian debut. In a story about a growing connection between a blogger and a book writer both with literary ambitions aiming to do all they can to succeed, this love story explores their burning desires, secret agendas, and the powers and struggles created by our digital-dominated world.
  • Where: Motel Theatre, Arts Commons- 205 8 Avenue SE
  • When: June 16 to 24
  • Tickets: Email at[email protected] to reserve or purchase it at the door; $22.50

5th Annual Red Bull Rocks & Logs EnduroCross

  • What: If you’re a motocross fan this is an event you won’t want to miss! Watch over 264 global motocross athletes compete in this event, while checking out the various vendors, beer gardens so much more.
  • Where: Wild Rose MX Park
  • When: June 23 -24
  • Cost: Admission is FREE, but parking is $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday

Rock of Ages

  • What: Spend an evening transported back to an era of hard rock, emotional guitar solos and hair that reached exponential heights, the good ol’ 80s! This lively musical captures the beauty and innocence of small town love, while integrating the influences of classic Rock and Roll in that era. The music line-up is littered with famous songs by Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Journey, Bon Jovi and more, that will have you to singing and dancing along throughout the show!
  • Where: Stage West Calgary – 727 42 Avenue SE
  • When: April 21 to June 25 – occurs weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Cost: $75

Virtual experience of West Eau Claire Park

  • What: A new park is being built in Eau Claire and the developers are inviting you to come see it virtually before it’s done. Concord Pacific has created a 360° glimpse into West Eau Claire Park which will allow you to see key park vantage points along the Bow River and adjacent to the Peace Bridge. The first 400 guests will receive a free pair of VR goggles so visitors can see the future of the space for themselves via Concord360.com.
  • Where: The Concord Presentation Centre – 1 Avenue and 6 Street SW
  • When: Saturday, June 24 from 11 am to 4 pm

Check out some live Music on Music Mile

  • What: 2016 was the year of music here in Calgary, and the music industry in our city is now booming as a result. Spend date night at one of the many venues on YYC’s Music Mile, between Inglewood and East Village, and be entertained by some of our city’s best local talent at a live show, while enjoying a few drinks with your significant other. See the list of venues and performances here!
  • Where: Music Mile – between Inglewood and East Village
  • Cost: FREE

The Suncor Stage One Festival of New Work

  • What: Marking the 30 anniversary of Stage One supporting theatrical creation, development, and production of one-act plays, you can catch local talent with up to three shows debuting per week at Lunchbox Theatre.
  • Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 9 Avenue SE
  • When: On Fridays and Saturdays from June 9 to June 24
  • Tickets: Free admission

Watch ‘The Muppet Movie’ in theatres for only $2.99

  • What: Cineplex Family Favourites are the perfect day to take your little one or your big ones to the movies on the cheap. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting Free The Children with this week’s movie being ‘The Muppet Movie.’
  • Where: Participating Cineplex theatres
  • When: Saturday, June 24 at 11am
  • Cost: $2.99

Opening Reception: for the time being 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art

  • What: Come celebrate modern art and the opening of a new exhibition at the Banff Centre! This exhibition aims to focus on our perceptions of reality and how it affects our relationships and our present.
  • Where: Walter Phillips Gallery – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • When: June 24
  • Cost: FREE

June workshop – making Terrariums

  • What: Make beautiful terrariums you’ll be proud to give, and your staff, friends or clients will be appreciative to get.
  • Where: Voltage Garage – 2101 – 34th Avenue SW
  • When: June 25
  • Cost: $55

1st Annual Alberta Oyster Festival

  • What: Think you’re the fastest shucker in Alberta? Compete in the Expert Shucking Competition and win a trip to Toronto to compete in the Ontario Oyster Festival.
  • Where: 355 – 10 Avenue SW
  • When: June 25
  • Cost: $25 – includes 2 drink tickets and 1 food ticket

Model Milk’s summery Southern BBQ Sunday suppers

  • What: For many years, Model Milk has offered their wildly popular Sunday Supper every week, serving a casual three course family-style meal instead of their regular menu. The meal incorporates a few appetizer plates, two meat proteins, multiple sides, and a sweet finish, all of which can be enjoyed in the comfortable atmosphere that Model Milk provides.
  • Where: 308 17 Avenue SW
  • When: Every Sunday until September 3

Burton Cummings and Band

  • What: For 10 years Burton Cummings made his career as the former lead singer and keyboardist for the well-known Canadian rock band “The Guess Who.” Now flying solo he is coming to Calgary to rock the Grey Eagle Event Centre. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • When: June 25
  • Cost: $62-$95

Go for brunch!

  • You can never go wrong with Sunday brunch, or rather brunch on any day of the week! It makes for a great date or if you looking for a place to catch up with old friends that won’t break the bank after the holidays. Bonding over benny is a real thing! Here are a few spots that are either new to Calgary’s brunch scene or are not your classic brunch spots that you have been to millions of times before.
  • Ten Foot Henry
  • Alforno Bakery and Café
  • Phil and Sebastians on 8th Avenue SW
  • OEB Breakfast Co. on 5th Avenue SW
  • Bridgette Bar
  • Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge
  • Vendome
  • Monki
  • Anju
  • Charbar
  • Native Tongues Taqueria
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