Well, friends. It’s nearly that time again! Fathers Day, Juneteenth, and the Summer Solstice are all just around the corner, which means June is hot on our heels and our conscience! From food to art, wonderful causes, good drinks, and great company, this month has all the potential in the world to bring us a ton of joy, knowledge, and an appetite for the long hot days and even longer nights ahead. Here are just 26 socially distant things to do in Calgary this June! Enjoy!
Editor’s Note: Due to ongoing changes to public health restrictions, please check in with the operator prior to your visit.
We hope you’re thirsty, Calgary because from Tuesday, June 1st to Tuesday, September 7th, Calgarians will FINALLY be able to book out picnic tables and enjoy a European-style drink or two at various parks around the city as part of a new pilot program encouraging people to get out and stay safe during a long hot COVID summer. Be safe, be responsible and half fun, friends!
This year, GlobalFest is extending its reach well beyond its annual fireworks show! For 2021 they have turned their attention to the flavours of their annual OneWorld Festival by hosting a 10-episode live mini-series! Each installment will feature a different culture and the entire journey from the grocery store to plate!
When: Tuesday, June 1st and 15th
Where: Online above
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Get ready art enthusiasts! This month immerse yourself into the colourful world of a mad genius! Guided by his own dreams, thoughts, and words, experience the world and art of Van Gogh as if it were the first time by wandering through 300 masterpieces including “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers,” each of which will be brought to life, completely transcending time, space and even reality.
Date: Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 – Tuesday, August 31st, 2021
Location: 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Sure you could look, decorate and dress the way everyone else does, but where’s the fun in that? We love individuality, in fact, we think the world could use a little bit more of it, that’s why whether you’re in need of a little attention or are looking for a unique gift for someone else, you have to check out Airdrie’s Where on Earth Antique market
Where: 325 Edmonton Trail SE, Airdrie
Established in 1967, Nikka Yuko was “was built to recognize contributions made by citizens of Japanese ancestry to the multi-cultural community of Lethbridge,” and emulates the many authentic gardens overseas. This place by far one of the most beautiful spots in all of Alberta and this June, rescheduled from last month, it finally reopens for the season! Check it out, Calgary.
When: Thursday, June 3rd
Where: Corner of 9th Ave S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
If we’ve learned anything over the last year, it’s that it is absolutely possible to drink and exercise at the same time (thanks quarantine.) This June, join Calgary Pedal Pubs as they redefine what we’ve come to know as multitasking our way through isolation simply by adding some fresh air to the mix! Book your trip now by checking out the link above!
When: See available dates here
Where: See available tours above
Time: See times above
Tis’ the season for frozen treats and waffle cones, but where to go? You could just go to your local convenience or grocery store and just buy a litre of vanilla… or you could go to one of the cities top-notch shops. Really crush that craving, and melt with the spirit of the season by checking out one of the 10 best ice cream shops in Calgary, which you can find in the link above!
Get ready, folks, because this spring in celebration of the season and fashion’s greatest hits, Cobb’s Adventure Park will be holding a totally ’80s adults-only event where guests can enjoy the sun, themed drinks, food and roos! From neon legwarmers to jelly bracelets, Grace Jones and Madonna, this wacky evening is going to be an incredible time for everyone… well, except your kids who will have to stay at home while you frolic with adorable farm animals.
When: Saturday, June 5th
Where: 1500 84 St NE, Calgary, AB
Time: 6 pm
From vintage classics to new school cool, Motor Nights: A Series of Drive-In Events will be bringing you everything you want in a night at the movies- nostalgia, excitement, and a sense of community in a year when we could all use it the most. The entire thing kicks off this Thursday, with a showing of Star Wars: Episode IV at 7 pm. See you there!
When: Thursday, June 10th – Sunday, June 13th
Where: Cochrane AG Society,
Cost: $55 per car
Step right up, step right up… just mind the railing! This month, Hotels Live, the folks behind some of the coolest events we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic, presents what might be their best show yet. Don’t miss Le Cirque De La Nuit a high flying performance, unlike anything that you’ve seen in the last year.
When: Saturday, June 12th
Where: Delta Calgary South – 227 Southland Drive SE, Calgary
Time: 7 pm
In a city that comes to life in the warmer months, everyone can afford to treat themselves to a little colour therapy. The best place to do that? Well, a garden of course! Hit the link above for just 10 of the most beautiful gardens you can check out in Calgary and the surrounding areas.
This month, put your detective skills to the test with The Calgary Ripper, an outdoor scavenger hunt that’s 50% Netflix docuseries, 50% escape room crazy, and 100% real-life fun. Rally your keenest pals, and embark on a mysterious journey through Calgary where you’ll crack clues, solve riddles, and complete challenges along the way in hopes of catching the killer as fast as you can. Do you have what it takes?
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021
Time: 9 am – 2 pm
Lace-up, Calgary! This June, the 25th Annual Betty’s Run for ALS by the ALS Society of Alberta will be back, and this year- it’s virtual. That means you, your friends, and your family can participate (safely) from wherever you are! Check out the link above for more information or to register and make a world of a difference in the lives of those living with ALS. This really is the perfect opportunity to promote Care, Hope, and Community here in Calgary.
When: Sunday, June 13th
From documentaries comedies and originals, Netflix will be delivering hours of entertainment to get us through another month of craziness. This June, those who would prefer to stay indoors can binge their way through the tail end of COVID with a ton of new releases! Enjoy!
Leo and Lizzy Martinez have BIG dreams and as you’ll find out in this adorable live production by the cast of StoryBook Theatre, they’re ready to take on the world. This month until June 13th, The Smartest Girl In The World, a heartwarming play about the family dynamic, redemption, and personal drive will entertain the audience with incredible performances, beautiful sets, and amazing writing.
Date: Until, Sunday, June 13th, 2021
Time: 2 pm and 7 pm
Location: Online at the link above
In need of a luxury staycay? Look no further than Calgary’s inner city! Located in Eau Claire between 5th Avenue and 6th Street, The Westley (a Hilton affiliate) features a variety of amenities, 104 ultra-modern guest rooms, a big beautiful lobby, and a gorgeous outdoor patio and after months of anticipation, they’re finally opening this month! Pack your bags, friends, it’s about to get relaxing.
When: June 2021
Where: 630 4 Ave SW, Calgary
Organized by Parks Calgary in cooperation with PlayCityYYC will challenge those looking to get out and about to a game of wit, speed, and problem-solving. This month, every Saturday, take part in a city wide-scavenger hunt that will have you racing for clues, exploring the city, and hopefully, winning some killer prizes1
When: Every Saturday
‘Tis the season for flowers, succulents, and green thumbs! Located just southwest of Calgary at Granary Road, Dunvegan Gardens carries both indoor and outdoor plants, landscaping supplies, gardening tools, and a ton more. This June, check them out and breathe a little life back into your home!
When: Thursdays – Mondays
Where: 226066 112 Street W, Foothills County
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Whether you’re looking to bond with your furry pal, get some exercise, or just to pup watch, there’s really nothing better than grabbing a coffee and wandering one of Calgary’s dog parks! Not sure which one you should check out? Click the link above for our favourites.
This spring, indulge outdoors in their brand new 360° Dome dining room! An unbeatable private venue with unreal food and a spectacular view. Located on their Upper Garden Terrace, the dome will feature a gourmet brunch, afternoon charcuterie, and an extravagant 5-course menu. Check out the pricing above!
Where: 405 Spray Avenue Banff, AB
Time: See times above
This June when the sun finally decides to make a consistent appearance (fingers crossed), you’re going to need to cool off. The best way to do that in YYC? Well by floating the Bow, of course! Grab your pals, a dingy, and some snacks then hit Calgary’s winding river. Kick back and enjoy the warmth on your face and the water on your toes on an obligatory YYC adventure.
Anyone who has lived in Calgary for a while has likely seen Banff in every light, in every season, from every angle and at every time of day. This June, unless you’re a time traveller, see the Rockies like never before when you take an Open-Top Tour of Alberta’s favourite mountain town in a vintage-style coach. Hit the link above to book yours!
Pop-ups… pop-ups everywhere, but who’s complaining? This month save yourself the hassle of making dinner and support local by checking out one of Calgary’s newest tasty but temporary spots. From sammies to falafel, desserts, and burgers, this city practical has it all. Check out the link above for just one of our favourites.
Inhale, exhale, stretch and sweat at this all-ages, totally free Yoga class in Stanley Park. After the year we’ve just had, there’s really no better way to spend an afternoon than by winding down and breathing in some fresh air with your toes in the grass.
When: Sundays (depending on restrictions)
Where: 1300 12 Street Northeast
Time: 1 pm
Calgary isn’t blessed with coastline beaches, palm trees, or consistent weather, but there are places we can go to forget that – and man, are we thankful. This spring, take off those shoes, rally your pals and get competitive at one of YYC’s sandy volleyball courts.
It’s time, Calgary! With a focus on health and attentiveness, Heritage Park is finally open for the season. This summer all 127 acres of the park will be accessible, including its brand new Prospect Ridge area which features old-timey staples like a giant working water wheel and a replica of Turner Valley’s Dingman Number 1 Discovery Well. Check it out, YYC, and have fun!
Where: 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Whew, there you have it, friends. 26 things to do in Calgary this June. What will you check out first? Let us know and remember to stay safe, wash your hands and have fun. We’ll see you out there!