Top Things To Do This June in YYC

Hello summer, we’ve been waiting for you.

Hello summer, we’ve been waiting for you. Our favourite time of the year is here once again and we are so excited to hit up those patios and get our sun-kissed tans on. Here are some awesome events happening this month in Calgary that will make sure your summer starts off right.

1. Way Out West Fest
June 1st – June 3rd at various times
Various Locations

Embrace your West with this three-day festival. These events are inspired by our rich Western heritage  – think of it as a great mash-up of the past and present. Learn the art of roping at Smithbilt Hats while you sip on some cold brews from Cold Garden, learn how to make a delectable cocktail creation at Eau Claire Distillery,  enjoy an art auction and dinner at the Deane House and paint a cow skull at Cody & Sioux. Whatever your mood, they’ve got something for everyone to enjoy.

2. Little Modern Market – Spring Edition
June 2nd from 930am-330pm
The Official Rally Pointe Volleyball Club, 11511 35 St SE

Little Modern Market returns for its spring edition on June 2nd. Come shop from over 80 of your favourite local vendors. Vendors include Oxeye Floral Co., Jill Weston, Jacob Grace Designs, Wylo + Co, Friday Sock Co., Pretty Sweet, The Gut Lab, Words + Co, Wrinkle + Crease, Bark YYC and so many more.

3. Market Collective x Best of Calgary: Jewelry Pop-Up
June 2nd from 11am-4pm
Plant, 1327 9 Ave SE

In celebration of being voted the ‘best place to find cool jewelry’ by Best of Calgary 2018, Market Collective will be hosting a special jewelry pop-up shop outside Plant on June 2nd. Come browse unique pieces from some incredible local jewelry makers and enjoy a talented artist line up. The event is free and all ages are welcome.

4. Calgary Sneaker Swap
June 2nd from 12pm-5pm
Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 1 St SW

Sneaker Swap is a one day marketplace for sneaker fanatics to share secrets of buying, selling, trading, collecting, and keeping sneakers fresh. Expect vendors selling sneakers, clothing, and art (think Market Collective meets Sneakers), talks, and live music. The heart and soul of the event is the trading floor. Attendees are encouraged to bring sneakers to sell and trade throughout the day.

5. Steel Dreamz
June 2nd from 10am-2pm
Charlesglen Toyota, 7687 110 Ave NW

It’s time for the second annual Charlesglen Toyota Steel Dreamz Show ‘n’ Shine. Bring your date down for a day of fun. Entry is free and includes tunes from a live DJ and free snacks on site. Come check out the amazing vintage & restored vehicles, as well as the most tricked out rides in Calgary.

6. Go for a Float with The Paddle Station

Grab your bae to explore Calgary’s majestic Bow River. Whether you’re looking for an exciting outdoor adventure or simply want to lounge and relax, The Paddle Station has got what you need. The process is easy – book a float online and head to Shouldice Park to start your journey. They’ll have all your safety gear and equipment waiting for you so that you can enjoy a hassle-free experience while bonding with your bae. 

7. The 4th Street Lilac Festival
June 3rd from 10am – 6pm
4 St SW

Lilacfest kicks off Calgary’s vibrant festival season. Shake off the winter blues, get off your couches and bring your date to 4th Street. There will be live entertainment from over 30 performers, 500+ amazing local vendors and quality entertainment to keep you entertained all day long.

8. Customer Appreciation Summer Kick-Off Sale
June 3rd from 10am-3pm
Seca Surf & Marine, #106 620 46 Ave NE

Whether you’re a surf enthusiast or you’re searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift for Dad, Seca Surf & Marine has got you covered. On June 3rd, head down to their surf shop for their customer appreciation event and sale. With everything from sunshine, food, music to sweet deals, there’s something everyone will love. Taiko Taco will be there to participate in the festivities and they’ll even have a bouncy castle to entertain the kids so you can get your shop on.

9. Friends Trivia Night
June 5th from 7pm-9pm
WURST, 2437 4 St SW

Back by popular demand, come show off your Friends knowledge on June 5th. This evening will be a 4-5 round showdown of Friends season 4-7 trivia. Earn the highest score and move into a head-to-head competition of who knows it best. Test your knowledge, win some awesome prizes, head bop to live music and indulge in delicious food and drinks specials all night (aka. $1 oysters and cheap beer).

10. Cibo Centre Street Grand Opening
June 6th from 10am-11pm
Cibo Centre Street,  2220 Centre St N, Calgary, AB

Cibo is heading north with a second location this month. Chef Justin Lail will be leading the team and fans of the popular restaurant will be able to enjoy a similar menu at both locations. Their focus has always been on using fresh local ingredients with an Italian flare and this location promises to be more of the same. Check out more from this brand new location at their Neighbourhood Day party on June 16th.

11. Inglewood Night Market
June 8th from 5pm-11pm
Inglewood, Calgary

The Inglewood Night Market is back and better than ever this year. Happening every second Friday in the summer, this modern day market hosts over 50 local vendors selling unique goodies ranging from handmade crafts to vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles. There will also be food trucks, live entertainment and a plethora of other fun things to check out, making this your perfect Friday date night spot.

12. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
June 8th at 730pm
Bella Concert Hall, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

Calgary’s favourite folk artist, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, is coming to Mount Royal University’s Bella Concert Hall on June 8th. At this special performance, guests in attendance can request their favourite songs and be in control of the set-list by texting 403-850-2695.

13. RNDSQR Sales Centre Launch
June 8 from 4pm-9pm and June 9-10 from 12pm-5pm
RNDSQR Sales Centre, 2212 33 Ave SW

Looking for the perfect kickoff to your weekend festivities? The RNDSQR team will be celebrating the launch of their new state-of-the-art Sales Centre and Grow Show Suite in Marda Loop on June 8th. Come tour their stunning suite for home inspo & hang out with some of their partners like Phil + Seb, Our Daily Brett, Una Pizza and more.

14. Azuridge Estate Hotel Tiki Garden Party
June 9th from 4pm-late
Azuridge Estate Hotel, 178057 272 St W, Priddis, AB

On June 9th, slip on your best Hawaiian attire and floral dresses and come get lei’d for the 3rd annual Azuridge Tiki Garden Party. They’ll be taking this year’s party to the next level with incredible entertainment and live DJ’s, tasty food, custom cocktails, ice cold brews and life-size games. It’s the summer kick-off event you don’t want to miss. Use promo code DATENIGHT for $40 tickets.

15. Toast Volume 6: Living an Intentional Life
June 12th from 730am-9am
ATB Financial, 102 8 Ave SW

Following in the footsteps of some of the world’s strongest and most successful women, ACE and ATB Investor Services collaborated to create Toast, a morning mindfulness series designed to kick-start your day. Come nourish your body and mind as you unplug from your cell phone, take part in a mini meditation and listen to an empowering panel of women offering their insight on how to unlock your infinite potential through helpful and practical tools, tips and techniques.

16. Adults Only Night: Cocktail Science
June 14th from 6pm-10pm
TELUS Spark, 220 St George’s Dr NE

Explore TELUS Spark after hours for Adults Only Night on June 14th. You’ll have free reign in their galleries, a fully licensed bar to get your drink on and dance jams to keep your good mood going all night long. This month, they’ll be exploring the science behind cocktails. Learn about the special combination of science and art that goes into creating delicious cocktail creations and dive deeper into the science of cocktails, both the aromatic and the alcoholic.

17. Beer, Barbecue and Butchery
June 16th and 23rd at 1pm
Sunterra Market Social Kitchen, Keynote, 200 12th Ave SE 

Sunterra is celebrating Pork Month with special classes in their social kitchen. On June 16th and 23rd, they’ll be hosting Beer, Barbecue and Butchery. This tasty class includes one free drink and all your favourite Sunterra Farms pork dishes like red oak bacon caesar salad, slow cooked pork belly with drip pan potatoes, chipotle and fennel ribs and pork chops. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it. In case you can’t make it to that one, have no fear – they host several classes a month and will have a special Father’s Day lunch and Bacon Bits class for your little ones on June 30.

18. YYCFoodTrucks Father’s Day Weekend
June 16th and 17th from 11am-7pm
Murdoch Park, 917 Centre Ave NE

Bring dad to Murdoch Park this Father’s Day Weekend. Kick back, listen to live entertainment and spend some QT with Pops while you enjoy delicious eats from our favourite four-wheeled culinary friends. There will be a pop-up village by Market Collective, beer gardens, puppy-watching and plenty of fun activities to look forward to.

19. Friends Trivia Night Part 2

June 19th from 7pm-9pm
Jamesons Brentwood, 3790 Brentwood Rd NW

Find out if you’re the ultimate Friends expert on June 19th. Brush up on all your favourites Friends episodes and bring your squad to Friends Trivia Night part 2 where we’ll be testing you on your knowledge of Friends seasons 8-10.  Top teams will head into a head-to-head showdown of who knows it best. There will be delicious food and drink specials for you to enjoy (i.e. cheap tacos and buckets of beer) and awesome prizes for you to take home.

20. Season + Supply – Spring into Summer Dinner
June 19th from 6pm-10pm
Willow Lane Barn, 290 33131 Range Rd Olds, AB

The first official day of Summer is June 21st and to celebrate, Season + Supply is hosting a delicious evening at Willow Lane Barn. Sip on delicious signature cocktails as you snack on a variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres made with the finest local ingredients. This 100-seat dinner curated by local chefs will feature 6 courses all paired with locally crafted beer, wine and spirits. Live music and a bonfire will contribute to the lively ambiance of the evening.

21. Speed Dating
June 20th from 6pm-8pm
Bourbon Room, 341 10 Ave SW

Put down your phone and join us for 3D Tinder. You’ve got twenty 4-minute rounds to meet new people, swipe left or right, and get a date by Friday. Trust us, your phone won’t miss you. Bourbon Room is located on the 2nd level of National on 10th (head towards the kitchen and take the stairs to the 2nd floor).

22. Pops in the Park
June 20th and June 21st at 6:30pm
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW

Grab your homies and get ready to welcome the arrival of summer with this annual evening put on by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Listen to popular classics and nibble on mouth-watering western barbecue inside the spacious event tent at Heritage Park. Performances will be led by resident conductor Karl Hirzer.

23. TEDxYYC: Adjacent Possible
June 22nd at 1pm
225 8 Ave SE

For the ninth year in a row, TEDxYYC is hosting a can’t miss event, bringing the very best to the stage. They’ll be exploring the unlimited opportunity held in the Adjacent Possible, the premise that there is an enormous untapped sphere of ideas that exist just outside what we think we are capable of, sparked one after another like endless ripples in a pond. This year will feature three keynote speakers: Tim Tamashiro, David Moscrop and Farima Berenji. Use the code TEDxIDN to receive 10% off regular price tickets.

24. Babes Who Brunch
June 23rd from 10am-12pm
Teatro, 200 8 Ave SE

The June edition of Babes Who Brunch with The Ace Class features boss babe Amanda Hamilton, Creative Director of Amanda Hamilton Interior Designs. Each Babes Who Brunch event begins with the intention to grow, connect with one another and become comfortable in the uncomfortable, and is led by one fierce female keynote speaker who shares her insights, experiences and life story – aka #realtalk for real women. Guests will enjoy coffee, a two-course brunch, a curated gift bag and impactful takeaways from a keynote speaker so call up your sister, your mom and your BFF, you’ll want to be here for this.

25. Home & Away Takes You Out to the Dawgs Game
June 23rd from 430pm-1030pm
Home & Away, 1331-17th Ave SW

Home & Away is going on a field trip to Seaman Stadium in Okotoks and they want you to join them. Come cheer on the Dawgs as they take on the Fort McMurray Giants on June 23rd. Your ticket includes a burger, beer, transportation and your ticket to the game.

26. 4th Annual National Charity Golf Tournament
June 25th at 12pm
Inglewood Golf & Curling Club, 19 Gosling Way SE

On June 25th, the National family will be hosting their 4th Annual Charity Golf Classic with Kidsport. Tickets are $250/person and include green fees, cart, swag bag, lunch, dinner & awards ceremony. Sign up and get ready for a great day in support of a great cause.

27. Alberta Spotlight: Nuela Charles with Ruben Young
June 27th at 8pm, doors open at 7pm
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, 850 4 St SE

The National Music Centre welcomes Nuela Charles with Ruben Young on June 27th. Listen to the smooth vocals of Edmonton-based alternative soul singer-songwriter Nuela Charles. Nominated for a 2018 Juno Award for her sophomore album, The Grand Hustle, this artist is well-known for her captivating stage presence. Her opening act, Ruben Young, is a local Calgary artist well-loved for his electro-R&B vibes, his catchy singles, and his opening acts for international artists like The Chainsmokers and Akon. With two incredibly talented artists, this is one show you won’t want to miss.   

28. Camp No Counselors
June 28-July 1st
Watervalley, Alberta

Camp No Counselors is coming to Calgary this Canada Day long weekend. This all-inclusive sleepaway camp for adults is the perfect opportunity for a weekend escape. Leave all your worries behind and come destress with your favourite aspects of childhood fun, along with all the benefits of being an adult. There will be nightly theme parties, an open bar, delicious meals, and all your favourite classic camp activities like kickball, dodgeball, archery and arts and crafts. Use promo code CAMPDATES to save $25 off your tickets.

29. Shakespeare by the Bow
June 29th – August 19th at 7pm, with an additional 2pm showing on Sundays
Prince’s Island Park, 698 Eau Claire Ave SW

Theatre Calgary will be returning to Prince’s Island Park starting June 29th with the annual Shakespeare by the Bow event. This pay-what-you-can production will star Alberta’s emerging artists as they reenact Shakespeare’s first comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Bring your blankets and your dates as you watch the tale of friendship between pals Proteus and Valentine who fall in and out of bromance over and over again.

30. 50th Anniversary Block Party
June 30th from 11am-4pm
Calgary Tower, 101 9 Ave SW

The Calgary Tower is hosting a 1960’s themed block party on June 30th. Bring the whole family down for a fun-filled day of food trucks, face painting, free ice cream from Foothills Creamery, music from Bass Bus and plenty of opportunities to snap an Insta-worthy photo. Admission to the party is free and admission to the Observation Deck is 50% off the whole day.

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