Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer fun: come and get it

Summertime is officially here and, as all long time Calgarians know, you have to get out and enjoy the nice weather while you can. That’s why The City is putting on some exciting events this summer. No matter where you live in Calgary or what you like to do, there’s something for you.

First up -Canada Day. July 1, Prince’s Island Park will come alive with music, entertainment, food and festivities. The entertainment will continue into the evening at Olympic Plaza, with live music and pyrotechnics. Get more information at

Most Wednesdays throughout the summer, Olympic Plaza will showcase local artists with High Noon Music. From June 23rd until September 1st a series of musical guest will play at twelve O’clock at the downtown venue.

The acts are:
June 23 - Joe Nolan
July 7 - Chris Gheran
July 21 - Ruth Purves Smith & The 581
July 28 - The latenite hotels
Aug. 4 - GUNN
Aug. 11 - Dragon Fli Empire
Aug. 18 - Hurricane Felix & the Southern Twisters
Aug. 25 - Trina Nestibo
Sept. 1 - Bil Hetherington and The Asian Tigers
Recreation will also be featuring Children’s Art Exhibitions From now through July 15, at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, 523 – 27Ave. N.W., and Wildflower Arts Centre, 3363 Spruce Dr. S.W.

Stage performances continue with WagonStage Theatre. Student actors from the University of Calgary’s Drama Department, in partnership with The City of Calgary Recreation, will be performing SHOOSHOO and VLUM, written by Clem Martini and directed by Braden Griffiths. The shows are 50 minutes in length and include music plus audience participation. Admission is free, performances take place in Calgary parks from July until mid-August:

Thursday July 1, noon, Canada Day Celebrations, Prince’s Island Park
Saturday July 3, 2 p.m., Stanley Park
Tuesday July 6, noon, Olympic Plaza
Tuesday July 13, 2 p.m., Riley Park
Friday July 23, 10 a.m., Variety Park, South Glenmore Park
Tuesday July 27, 2 p.m., Riley Park
Tuesday Aug. 3, noon, Olympic Plaza
Friday Aug. 13, 11 a.m., Riley Park
For people seeking adventure and with a bit more energy, The City will be hosting Community Mobile Skate Parks in all corners of Calgary in addition to skateboard programs at Shaw Millennium Park. Each park is equipped with a combination of roll-ins, fun boxes and pyramids with rails, grind-boxes, quarter-pipes, wall rides and half pipes. Helmets and signed waivers are required.

What’s a Calgary summer without Stampede Breakfasts? Nothing! So mark your calendars for the Southland Stampede Breakfast on Thursday, July 15from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. With free food, music, dancing, a petting-zoo and face paintingit’s sure to satisfy any inkling you may have for a classic cowboy breakfast.

If clowning around is something you prefer to do during the summer, then the Car Full of Clowns Carnival is the event for you. This Celebration of International Clown Week in August includes carnival activities, clown magic, skits and walkabouts.This is a free event, regular admission applies to facility amenities, and it is held at Southland Leisure Centre – Sunday, Aug. 1, from 1 – 4 p.m. and Village Square Leisure Centre, Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 6 – 9 p.m.

Finally, if you’re working on your golf swing this summer, then the best place for you to be is at one of The City’s golf courses. The City of Calgary Recreation provides summer golf lessons for adults, women, juniors and seniors at McCall Lake, Confederation Park and Shaganappi Point Golf Courses.

Beginner nights are held at McCall Lake Par 3, June 28, July 12, 19, 26, and Aug. 9, 16, 23 and 30, Mondays from 5 p.m. until closing. A golf-pro is on site from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to provide free golf tips. Call the McCall Lake Golf Course at 403-974-1805, four days in advance to book a tee time for this initiative only.

There are so many ways to enjoy summer in the City of Calgary. Visit for more information or for an easier way to stay informed subscribe to the City Talk Newsletter at

It’s your summer, don’t miss it.

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