June 20 – 24, 2018
For over 10 years, Sled Island has offered Calgarians a unique artistic experience by bringing together hundreds of bands, films, comedians and other performers in a multi-day festival. The festival occurs at a variety of venues throughout Calgary – the website includes an extensive list of each place, like the National Music Centre and the Memorial Park Library, with details on age restrictions and accessibility.
The All-Ages Pass is available for people under 18 for $40. For attendees over 18, the Discovery Pass is available until June 17 for $214, and $225 from June 18 – 24. People (over 18) looking for a more in-depth experience should consider the Discovery Plus Pass, which includes priority access, invitations to exclusive events and festival promotional material. The Plus Pass is available for $366 until June 17, and for $385 from June 18 – 24. Tickets can be purchased online here or Sloth Records and Lukes Drug Mart.
Shakespeare by the Bow
June 29 – August 19, 2018
Shakespeare by the Bow is a popular tradition for Calgarians interested in seeing classic Shakespearian productions in the great outdoors! This year, Theatre Calgary’s emerging performers will be putting on “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” a comedic play which focuses on the friendship between two characters, Proteus and Valentine.
The performance takes place at Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave SW) from Tuesday to Sunday each week. A full list of showtimes can be found here. While this event is not ticketed, a donation of $20 is encouraged, as this will help the program continue to put on these performances and support new artists. The event is open for all ages.
POPS in the Park
June 20 – 21, 2018
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is hosting this special series featuring popular music selections that people of all ages can enjoy. Songs from The Sounds of Music, as well as popular composers like Bach and Beethoven will be performed for guests. A barbecue meal will also be provided for all guests. Tables and chairs will be provided, so guests do not have to worry about bringing their own seating.
Tickets are $70 for adults and $30 for children, and can be purchased online here or by calling the box office at 403-571-0849. This event takes place at Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr SW) in the event tent.
June 23 – 24, 2018
PARKSHOW is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary by welcoming a variety of designers, artists and creative minds to the George C. Kind Bridge for a fashion show like no other! On June 23, the fashion show will highlight the incredible talent from Canadian artists. Before the show and continuing on Sunday, June 24, the PARKSALE market will provide guests the opportunity to shop and enjoy food from Calgary vendors. The market will organized on the RiverWalk at Calgary’s East Village.
Tickets can be purchased here online for $80. A VIP experience is also available for $190, and a Platinum experience for $350. These experiences offer guests access to food, drinks, gifts, priority seating, and more. Please note that this event is for adults only.
THIRD ACTion Film Festival
June 8 – 10, 2018
The THIRD ACTion festival focuses on older adults by providing films and speakers that will present on topics of interest for adults in their “third act.” A mixture of short series like “We’re Not Going To Take It!” and “The Best Is Yet To Come” will be shown, as well as films like “Land Ho!” and “Lucky.”
The film festival will take place at the fully-accessible Glenbow Museum (130 – 9 Avenue S.E.). Festival passes are available for $100 ($72 for seniors) online here. Tickets can also be purchased for individual screenings for $14 ($10 for seniors).
Summer Jazz Festival
June 14 – 17, 2018
The Summer Jazz Festival features talented jazz performers at a variety of venues in Calgary. Melody Diachun’s performance at Junction (628 8 Ave SW) will feature a three-course meal for guests, including a choice of bisque or salad, beef sirloin or salmon, and dessert.
Festival passes range from $75 – 150 depending on the experience the guests prefer. The all-access pass provides access to any of the concerts offered during the festival, while the Sisters in Jazz pass offers access to the four main concerts performed by Allison Au Quartet, Maya Rae featuring Miles Black Trio, Melody Diachun, and Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School. Special rates are offered for students and for guests interested in the four main concerts with or without a meal option. Full details can be found here.
POETROLOGY: A Poetic Experience
June 29 – 30, 2018
This year, POETROLOGY wants guests to consider what inspires them. This theme will be the focus of the two main events, an experiential performance and panel discussion. The performance will encourage interactions between the performers and the guests and explore a variety of artistic mediums like sound and music. The panel discussion will focus on developing creativity, poetry and surrealism.
This event will take place at the Memorial Park Library. The poetry performance, held on June 29, will feature artists like Kris Demeanor and Sheri-D Wilson. Admission is free for all ages, but guests are encouraged to register for the event here. Artists derek beaulieu, Martin Guderna of Vancouver, Micheline Maylor, Charlie C Petch of Toronto, and Sheri-D Wilson will participate in the three-hour panel discussion on June 30, which is also free. People interested in attending can register here.