What’s New This Week?On May 31, 2023 by Calgary's Child
June 2 to 4
June 2; Rosebud Theatre Presents: The Sound of Music. A young nun is sent off to be governess to seven mischievous children. She teaches the children to sing, bringing a fleeting moment of happiness in the shadow of the rise of the Third Reich. A summer musical for the whole family. Learn more at rosebudtheatre.com.
June 2 to 3; Family Fun Fair at Camp Chestermere, Camp Chestermere and the Rocky View Chestermere Agricultural Society have partnered up to bring you – Family Fun Fair! Enjoy all the activities camp can offer including power tubing, archery, wall climbing, kayaking, canoeing, and more. Learn more at rvcagsociety.ca.
June 2 to 3; Movie Magic: Morricone + Bernstein, Music Director Rune Bergmann is your guide to this concert that first highlights the illustrious film scores of Italian composer Ennio Morricone, including iconic themes from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; Cinema Paradiso; The Mission; The Hateful Eight and more. Then hear the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra perform Leonard Bernstein’s scintillating Symphonic Dances from his music for West Side Story, and the memorable songs of the musical’s star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria. Learn more at calgaryphil.com.
June 2 to 3, 7:30pm; Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Presents: PLACE/is a city written on this body? A solo trilogy of cities (Montreal, Barcelona and Calgary) of significant impact. A work of live performance and projected film. Learn more at decidedlyjazz.com.
June 2 to 4; Coppelia Ballet at Martha Cohen Theatre, Jeunesse Classique Ballet Society presents Coppelia: A Ballet in 3 Acts. A toymaker, Dr. Coppelius, is so taken with one of his dolls (Coppelia) that he places her on his balcony for all the town to admire. Learn more at jcbs.ca.
June 3, 9:30 am to 4pm; Little Modern Market, a modern and local pop-up market is holding a sale featuring a cool and modern environment for local makers to share their craft and shoppers to get anything they need at ATCO Park – The Commons Building. Learn more at littlemodernmarket.com.
June 3, 10am to 2pm; Be YardSmart, this festive day focusses on water-wise gardening at Richmond Green Park. Get tips to create a beautiful, low-maintenance yard that thrives in Calgary. Need a rain barrel or advice on installing one? Green Calgary will be at the event for rain barrel pick-ups, sales, and is ready to answer your rainwater collecting questions. There will be a garden opening, demonstrations, vendors, and exhibitors. Learn more at calhort.org.
June 3, 10am to 3pm; Dog Jog, a family and fido-friendly, non-competitive walk or jog fundraiser that raises awareness and funds for the thousands of animals Calgary Humane Society protects and cares for each year. The event will take place at North Glenmore Park and the path along the Reservoir with a 2.5km or 5km walk or jog and outdoor festival. Learn more at calgaryhumane.ca.
June 3, 10am to 3pm; Optimist Family Day in the Park, the 2023 Optimist Family Day in the Park will be held in the Southwest community of Glenbrook and includes tons of fun for the whole family. Join in fun games and activities like mini golf, curling, and bean bag tossing, try your luck in the silent auction, and grab a delicious burger or hot dog with a side of cotton candy, popcorn, and a drink. There will even be a marching band! Learn more at optimistyyc.org.
June 3, 11am; Cineplex Family Favourites: Tom & Jerry, visit participating Cineplex theatres near you and watch a favorite family film each week for only $2.99. Learn more at cineplex.com.
June 3, 11 am and 2pm; Toys R Us Activities: Crafting in the Spider-Verse, get psyched up for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse with a cool paper-plate Spidey craft, awesome activity sheets and the chance to demo cool Marvel Stunt Squad toys! Learn more at toysrus.ca.
June 3, 11am to 3pm; Trico Centre’s Summer Kick Off, Trico Centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with several fantastic events, including their Summer Kick-Off in collaboration with Hull Services. The event at the Trico Centre for Wellness will include face painting, a bouncy house, sports, crafts and a Zumba party. Learn more at tricocentre.ca.
June 3, 11am to 6pm; The Panel One Comic Creator Festival, join the excitement and uncover a treasure trove of creativity at the Panel One Comic Creator Festival. This amazing annual event is a celebration of local comic book creators, showcasing over 50 talented artists and writers from your community at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. Learn more at panelone.ca.
June 3, 2pm; Cavalry FC vs. Forge FC, check out Canada’s professional soccer league at Spruce Meadows. Learn more at ticketmaster.ca.
June 3, 5pm; Zoo Brew (Adults Only), cheers to a hoppy night out at the zoo. Bring your friends or date to an evening full of local craft beer, food stations and fun activities. Wander the zoo with a drink in hand at this twilight event and watch as the zoo transforms into a peaceful evening escape. Learn more at calgaryzoo.com.
Until June 3; Wedding Singer: 1999, we’ve all attended a wedding or two. Which is why we could all relate to the classic movie about a 1980’s wedding singer who finally found a love of his own. By the 1990’s, the wedding singer has had lots of practice and is often called on to sing at the biggest weddings of the year. But what happens when he must sing at, what everyone says will surely be, the wedding of the millennium? Oh, and the millennium bride just happens to be his daughter. Learn more at jubilations.ca.
Until June 3; Sleeping Beauty at Stage West Theatre, when Prince Princely shows up, Princess Gillian thinks she has found the love of her life. But, a jealous witch has other plans. When a sleeping spell, meant for the Princess, goes wrong, craziness ensues and no one is safe from catching some extra zzz’s! Based on the classic tale of the same name, this comedic adventure with a modern twist is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Learn more at stagewestcalgary.com.
Until June 3, Jubilations Junior Presents: Super Duper Mario Musical, who knew that those Mario Bros could sing and dance? Well, they can do that and a whole lot more when they come to life on the Jubilations Junior stage. Can Mario save the kingdom? Or will it be game over for the good guys? With Mario and Luigi, Princess Peach and Bowser… the gang’s all here so you should be too. Learn more at jubilations.ca.
Until June 3; Storybook Theatre Presents: Disney’s Newsies The Musical, based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs Carrying the Banner, Seize the Day, and Santa Fe, Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience. Learn more at storybooktheatre.org.
June 3 to 4; Stretch Fest, a carnival of family fun in honor of the recent sudden passing of Beloved Balloon Artist, Michael Stretch. Stretch Fest is the result of an outpouring of love and respect for Michael, from the community he was so active in. Balloon twisters, face painters, magicians, and others will be entertaining at the market to bring joy to all that attend. Learn more by following @stretchfest on Instagram.
June 3 to 4; Calgary Ukrainian Festival, the event at Acadia Recreation Complex provides the citizens of Calgary an informative, educational and entertaining festival that celebrates all aspects of the unique and rich Ukrainian heritage including food, arts and crafts, shows and performances and more. Learn more at calgaryukrainianfestival.com.
June 3 to 4; The Calgary Orchid Show, join the Foothills Orchid Society for a weekend of exotic flowers from around the world at The Genesis Centre. Bring your camera and take photos of the show plants. Bring your green thumb for a chance at the sale tables. There will be vendors from around the world offering plants for sale and advice on how to grow orchids best in your home. Learn more at calgaryorchidshow.com.
June 4, 9am to 12pm; Run Bowness, don’t let the name fool you, you can run or walk in this community event. The race will begin at the Bowness Community Association and take participants through Bowness Park and Baker Park. Support the Bowness Community Association and have fun jogging with friends and family. Learn more at mybowness.com.
June 4, 10am to 4pm; Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild Spring Pottery Sale, Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild (MPPG) is a group of talented local artists with a passion for mucking about in clay. Delicate, fine, brutal, whimsical and everything in between describes the range of wares you’ll find at this awesome pottery sale. Potters can be hard to find in Calgary but you can find them at Triwood Community Hall. Learn more at calgarypottery.com.
June 4, 10am to 6pm; 4th Street Lilac Festival, each spring, thousands of attendees come out to enjoy the unique and pedestrian friendly 4th Street venue, offering an array of musical talent, artisan vendors, quality entertainment and people watching. At the Lilac Festival, there is an activity made for all ages. This could mean a jump in the bouncer for the kids, discovering a great new band, choosing a perfect summer patio or searching for a trendy fashion. Learn more at lilacfestival.net.
June 4, 12pm to 4pm; North Point Schools Young Entrepreneurs Business Fair, more than 150 student businesses from kindergarten to Grade 12 will be selling a wide variety of products, including original arts and crafts, baked goods, distinctive clothing, games, jewelry and much more at WinSport Events Centre. The Young Entrepreneurs Annual Business Fair is hosted by North Point Schools and is free and open to the public. Learn more at northpoint.school.
June 4, 1pm; Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride, a symbol of tradition, honor, and pride, the Musical Ride is a Canadian icon recognized at home and abroad. The troop of up to 32 riders, who are all police officers, and their horses perform intricate formations and drills set to music, lasting about 30 minutes at Fort Calgary. Learn more at rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
June 4, 2pm; WP Puppet Theatre’s Family Puppet Festival Day, WP Puppet Theatre is partnering with Highland Park Community Association for a Family Puppet Festival Day. Their theme for this year is water and the event will feature “Walter the Water Droplet” a micro puppet show, puppet-making stations, information and displays on water stewardship and other special guests. Learn more at highlandparkcommunity.ca.
June 4, 2:30pm; Rising Stars, hear some of Calgary’s most promising next generation of brilliant performers from the Rotary Calgary Concerto Competition at Jack Singer Concert Hall. Learn more at artscommons.ca.
Until June 4; Royal Canadian International Circus, the all-new Royal Canadian International Circus 2023 will be touring Canada and the USA for 198 spectacular shows from April to October 2023 and will mesmerize, astound, thrill, and captivate audiences beyond the extraordinary. Use the code CalgarysChild when buying your tickets online for an incredible 2 for 1 deal! Learn more at royalcanadiancircus.ca.
Until June 4; NEVERMORE: The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, battled addiction, tragedy and poverty, all while creating some of the most influential works in genre fiction. Bizarrely beautiful and whimsically witty, NEVERMORE uses haunting song, poetic storytelling, and surreal imagery to explore the events that shaped Poe’s career and ignited his lifelong battle with “visions dark and sinister” at The Playhouse. Learn more at catalysttheatre.ca.
Until June 7; Empathy Week, every year for the past six years, Humainologie has led Empathy Week – a seven-day festival celebrating human connection and promoting empathy. Founded by Humainologie and proclaimed by the City of Calgary, the festival has amplified the voices of hundreds of artists, changemakers, and people who experience systemic barriers. Learn more at humainologie.com.
Until June 11; Workshop Theatre’s Kids Cushion Cabaret: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a young boy decides he needs to find a job to help his poor mother. He meets a few people along the way and finally comes to a rather strange looking castle inhabited by a sorcerer, his mischievous talking cat, and a dove. The sorcerer hires him to clean up the castle… and change the kitty litter. Alex’s dream has always been to become a magician himself, so with the help of his new friends his dreams come true and he helps save the kingdom too. Learn more at workshoptheatre.ca.
Until June 11; FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival (adults only), The annual FunnyFest Calgary has it all — from high-brow to low-brow and everything in-between. Catch the big laughs with six stand-up comedians per show. Learn more at funnyfest.com.
Until June 17; FreshFaces | Invitational Group Exhibition, Newzones Gallery announces the third edition of the invitational exhibition, “FreshFaces.” “FreshFaces” is a curated exhibition which brings together select artists from North America for a one-time group showing. Surveying each artist’s practice in depth, “FreshFaces” will analyze the ways in which the artists challenge both the traditional use of materials and formal aesthetics through painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture, resulting in a stimulating and fresh view of “New to Newzones” and “New to Calgary” talent. Learn more at newzones.com.
Until June 25; Stage West Presents: 9 to 5 The Musical, based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, set in the late 70s this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Learn more at stagewestcalgary.com.
Until June 30; National Indigenous History Month at Calgary Public Library, enjoy free, family-friendly programming celebrating Indigenous history and culture throughout June. Programs include specialty workshops, Métis jigging, Elders storytelling, the KAIROS blanket exercise, and more. Family Storytime at all locations will feature Indigenous authors and stories. Learn more at calgarylibrary.ca/IndigenousMonth.
Until August 27; Prairie Persuasion: Communication and Propaganda in Southern Alberta 1860-1950, visit Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park to learn about the darker side to propaganda, one which was aimed at different groups of people using discrimination and violence. Propaganda changed the shape of society as we know it today. Discover the power of propaganda for yourself, while you can, by visiting this new, temporary exhibit. Learn more at heritagepark.ca.
Until September 15; Inglewood Night Market 2023, the Inglewood Night Market is a modern market with locally sourced and handmade vendors selling diverse goods; from handmade crafts to vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles, artisan eats and more. Learn more at inglewoodnightmarket.ca.
Until October; Bow Habitat Kids Can Catch Trout Pond, the Bow Habitat Station’s Kids Can Catch Trout Pond opens in mid-May and is stocked with rainbow trout in the fish hatchery for you to catch and release. Learn more at bowhabitat.alberta.ca.
Until October; Sacred Defenders of the Universe at TELUS Spark Science Centre, a vibrant floor-to-ceiling journey inside a graphic novel that follows four Indigenous superheroes as they seek to bring back the balance of earth between humility and respect for the land, and the excessive destruction of human ego. Learn more at sparkscience.ca.
Mobile Adventure Playgrounds. Join The City of Calgary for a self-directed, drop-in program that uses loose parts and natural materials to inspire active and creative outdoor play, and connect people, young and old, to nature. Visit calgary.ca/free for locations and details.
Calgary AfterSchool. Calgary AfterSchool offers free afterschool programs across Calgary. The programs are offered two to three days a week at various recreation facilities, community centres and community-based partner agencies. Visit calgary.ca/afterschool for locations and details.
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