12 things to do in Calgary this week: July 25-31
Discover local artwork, an epic movie night, another great festival and tons of events on legendary 17th Avenue.
Here are 12 things to do this week in Calgary:
See a new art exhibition
What: The work of Canadian artist Kale Barr is exhibited for the first time in Calgary. Admire 20 large-scale paintings of how Barr’s work interprets the relationship between nightmares and realistic visions.
When: July 23 to 25
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 812A – 16 Avenue SW
Take your movie night to a new level with Movie in the Park
What: Enjoy a fun night of outdoor movies at St. Patrick’s Island Park with Movie in the Park presented by Robin Chiu Desjardins Insurance and Rachel Mah Poy Desjardins Insurance! They invite the Calgary community to come together during our short summers, and as new businesses, they want to support communities and meet people in person! Bring your friends and family, install your best movie and sit down to relax!
When: July 28, 2022
Time: 5 p.m. – first performance for children and families (The villains)
7:30 p.m. – second session for teenagers and adults (The unbearable weight of massive talent)
Where: “The Rise” at St. Patrick’s Island Park, East Village – 1300 Zoo Road 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. This week you can catch a free art class featuring Pollock-style painting, an outdoor row class with Move, and live entertainment featuring a DJ, classical artists, dancers, and more. ! Plus, there’s plenty of free seating in the park and near all your favorite 17th Avenue restaurants for pre- and post-event dining!
When: Art in the park, art class with Paint Ur Art Out, Monday, July 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
– Live music in the park with Shari Chaskin and Jon Day, Wednesday July 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
– DJ live in DJ Jack Fowle’s park, July 29, 6-8 p.m.
– Live Music in the Park at Lulahh n’ the Classic Crew, July 30, 1-4 .m
– Live entertainment in the grounds of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, July 30, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
– Fitness in the park, rowing lesson with Move, July 31, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
– Classical music in the park of Palladio Music, July 31, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Tomkins Park, (17th Ave SW and 8th Street SW)
Cost: Free (registration required for Fitness in the park)
Take part in a fun festival in Inglewood!
What: It’s been postponed for two years, but the Inglewood Sunfest returns with plenty of options to check out. Taking place on July 30, it will feature performances by local artists, circus artists and comedians. This family event will feature a beer garden with live entertainment. People can also expect to see vaudeville classics, circus comedies and juggling championships. The festival will also feature a dance stage featuring cultural dances from around the world.
Where: Between 11th and 14th Street at 9th Avenue SE
When: July 30
Time: From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (street party) the show continues until 8 p.m. in the family Beer Gardens
Admission: Free but attendees are encouraged to bring cash to show the performers how much they enjoyed the show!
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 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)