As we settle into June, there are plenty of things to do in Calgary to make the most of the season.
You can catch a cheap movie at the Cineplex, shop (and eat!) local at a street festival, grab a “wild” brunch at the zoo, or step into an alternate reality at the science center.
And grab it Otipemisiwak contemporary visual art exhibit at Fort Calgary in its final weeks, or visit a brand new exhibit at Studio Bell, chronicling the evolution of one of digital art’s earliest innovators.
Here are 11 of the best things to do in and around Calgary this week.
Shop local at Inglewood Night Market
What: Shop local at the open-air Inglewood Night Market this weekend. This modern market has locally sourced and handmade vendors selling a range of goods, from handmade crafts and vintage clothing to antiques and collectables, artisan dishes and more.
When: June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9 and 16
Time: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Inglewood (10th and 11th Streets SE and 10th Avenue SE)
Discover new work by some of Alberta’s most promising emerging artists at IGNITE!
What: THE IGNITE! The Emerging Artists Festival, presented by Sage Theatre, is a four-day, multidisciplinary event that features approximately 100 artists in its lineup each year. This year’s festival features a lineup of seven productions, covering several artistic mediums. There will be screenings in conjunction with Making Treaty 7, an original work by Sage Theater Artistic Director Jason Meheml, a performance presented by students from Dr. EP Scarlett High School, and a movement piece accentuated by coding and l use of the CONNEX system. There is sure to be something for everyone to discover at this inspiring event!
When: June 8 to 11
Time: Varies by show
Where: Pumphouse Theaters (2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW, Calgary)
Cost: Details of tickets to come, watch the Sage Theater website for more information
Start the summer with a beach drag show to cart 5
What: Catch a drag show on the beach at happy hour this Saturday in support of the Center for Sexuality and its 50th anniversary. The event is hosted by Kylee Roman and features local queens Addi Pose, Farrah Nuff and Hermena. Your $20 ticket includes a donation, a drink and an amazing show.
When: June 11
Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Trolley 5 Brewpub (728 17th Avenue SW, Calgary)
Enjoy a unique moment dinosaur themed dinner at the Royal Tyrrell Museum
What: Alberta Era, a popular interactive event where science meets food, is finally back in Drumheller. The unique dinosaur-themed party offers two different experiences, the first being a casual happy hour for $20. Guests can enjoy canapes, live music, and bar service during happy hour.
The second is the Alberta Era Full Experience, which costs $75 a ticket and includes a cocktail and three-course seated dinner in the museum’s event space, prepared by three talented Alberta chefs.
In addition to a dinosaur-themed menu, 10 of the Alberta Era Full Experience ticket holders will also have another jurassic park-like time. These guests will be able to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s private fossil library, which contains thousands of dinosaur bones and is rarely accessible to the general public.
When: June 11
Time: Happy hour starts at 5 p.m.
Where: Royal Tyrrell Museum (1500 N Dinosaur Trail, Drumheller)
Cost: $20 or $75 tickets available
Celebrate National Indigenous History Month with Calgary Public Library
What: The Calgary Public Library is hosting a series of free programs and events for National Indigenous History Month in June. Programming throughout the month includes panel discussions, Aboriginal family story time, book exhibits and a film screening, all kicking off with a mini powwow on June 4th.
When: Throughout the month of June
Time: Varies by program
Where: Varies by program
Visit a brand new exhibition at the National Music Center of Canada
What: A new exhibition at Canada’s National Music Centre, ‘Buffy Sainte-Marie: Pathfinder’, shows the evolution of one of the first innovators of digital art, starting with the purchase of the first Macintosh computer from the Cree singer-songwriter in 1984. The traveling exhibit will be on display at Studio Bell until August 1, 2022.
When: June 3 to August 1
Time: Studio Bell is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Sunday
Where: Studio Bell – National Music Center of Canada (850 4th Street SE, Calgary)
Cost: Admission Pay what you can
Meet someone new in a Speed Dating WLW Event
What: Whether you’re looking for a relationship, want to meet someone new, want to dive back into the dating pool, or just don’t like using dating apps, this might be right up your alley! Check out this queer speed dating event at The Dark Arts hosted by Kylee Roman, with people identifying WLW. And if you don’t strike up a romantic relationship, you might meet a new pal – plus you’ll get a glass of bubbles out of it, so it’s a win-win. Please note that this is an 21+ event.
When: June 9
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The dark arts restaurant and drink (834 11th Ave SW, Calgary)
Cost: $12.59 (includes a free glass of bubbles)
What: Launch of Fort Calgary Otipemisiwakan exhibition of contemporary visual art, to celebrate Métis Week in November 2021, and it remains on view until June 2022. The exhibition presents recent works by a visual artist and plant specialist, using a photo-based technique that reflects the spectacular traditional beadwork of the Métis.
When: Until June 26
Time: Fort Calgary hours of operation (currently 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Fort Calgary (750 9th Avenue SE, Calgary)
Cost: $10 for general admission to Fort Calgary or free for youth 17 and under and Indigenous people
Go on a cheap movie date at select Cineplex theaters
What: Looking for affordable entertainment options? Cineplex is showing screenings of selected films for $2.99 at many of its Calgary locations this month. The Cineplex Family Favorites series runs every Saturday at 11 a.m. and offers the chance to enjoy a great movie at a great price.
When: June 11, 18 and 25
Time: 11 a.m.
Where: Varies by date; participating Calgary locations include Cineplex Seton and VIP Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum Cinemas, Cineplex East Hills Cinemas, Scotiabank Chinook Theater and Cineplex Odeon Westhills Cinemas
Cost: $2.99; tickets available online
Have a “savage” brunch at the calgary zoo
What: Enjoy a weekend brunch at the Calgary Zoo. Held in the heart of Destination Africa, the zoo’s Safari Brunch offers both gourmet and comfort food for breakfast, including a free-flowing chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, a bar Belgian waffle maker and much more.
When: Every Sunday until November 13, 2022
Time: First service from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., second service from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and third service on certain dates from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary)
Cost: $44.95 for adults, $27.95 for children
Enter a parallel universe at the Calgary Science Center
What: Fascinated by the idea of parallel universes? If so, now you can take a deeper journey into the world of the subatomic in an exhibit at the Telus Spark Science Centre’s Digital Immersion Gallery. The Calgary Science Center team took what many would consider the toughest subject in science – quantum physics – and turned it into a floor-to-ceiling visual adventure everyone can relate to.
When: Open from March 1, 2022
Time: Science Center Hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday)
Where: TELUS Spark Science Center (220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary)
Cost: Included with general admission ($26 for adults, $19 for children)