11 things to do in Calgary this week: July 18-24
The Stampede may be over, but there’s still plenty to experience in Calgary, including a legendary musical, great food, and lots of music.
Here are 11 things to do this week in Calgary:
Attend a great show and meal with Divas Opera Bella Italia
What: Divas Opera is back with Bella Italia with an all-Italian performance. Pianist Mimi Park and the Bridgeland Quartet team up with Divas Opera for an unforgettable evening. Roma Catering will provide a three-course meal during the event.
When: friday july 22
Time: Cocktail at 6 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Calgary Italian Cultural Center – 416 1st Avenue NE
Enjoy Eastern Hospitality with the Sustainable Boil at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo
What: Calling all seafood lovers! The Calgary Zoo brings a bit of the East Coast to our doorstep with a great East Coast seafood mush at the Wilder Institute. With a laid-back atmosphere, great food, great music, and great company, we have everything you need to host our own “kitchen party” — minus the kitchen, of course. Eating sustainable seafood never tasted so good!
When: Sunday July 24
Time: The zoo opens at noon, dinner times are 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Cost: Adults $69, Children $45
See the famous Hamilton
What: This is your chance to be in the room where it’s happening! With music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, discover the story of Alexander Hamilton all month long at Jube. See the show about the revolution that sparked its own revolution in musical theatre.
When: July 12 to 31
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW Cost: Depends on the show
Take part in a tradition of Calgary theater with Shakespeare on the Go
What: The tradition returns as Theater Calgary takes Shakespeare on the Go across the city again this year. The Merry Women of Windsor is the star this year for the family event and easily accessible.
When: July 8 to August 7
Where: Various locations across the city
Cost: Free (donations available)
Discover a new exhibit at Telus Spark: Luminarium
What: Imagine walking inside a larger than life version of a kaleidoscope or stained glass window full of color and light. That’s what Telus Spark is offering people with its new exhibit, Luminarium. With 21 cavernous illuminated domes spread over 11,000 square feet, the inflatable light sculpture bursts with vivid natural colors that reflect off the curved walls.
When: Until July 31
Where: Telus Spark – 220 Saint George’s Drive NE
Enjoy summer on the 17th
What: The legendary 17th Ave gives everyone something to enjoy with Summer on 17th. Events like fitness in the park, live music and entertainment plus all the great shopping, bars and restaurants you love on 17th Avenue.
When: By September 21
Where: 17th ave southwest
Enjoy the music in the square
What: Performances will take place inside Heritage Park at the historic Didsbury Bandstand, where attendees can gather in a safe and comfortable wide-open space. Enjoy some of the best acts from the local music scene. As always, rain or shine, the show will go on. From folk to funk and country to Celtic, this year’s FREE concert lineup offers something for everyone.
When: Every Wednesday until August 31
Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Take in incredible views at the Sunset Festival in Banff
What: Enjoy some of the best views in the world at the Sunset Festival in Banff. Each evening (depending on the weather, of course), enjoy live music, craft drinks, and donairs. The real star of the evening is mother nature. You can admire it all from the sunset observation deck.
When: June 30 to September 5
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Banff Gondola
Cost: Tickets start at $48
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 at the National Music Center of Canada – 850 4th Street SE, Calgary
Cost: Admission Pay what you can
Have a “wild” 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
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
Step into 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)