There’s no shortage of ways to entertain yourself in Calgary this Spring and Summer. Calgary offers something for everybody with music festivals, comedies, spectator sports, outdoor adventures, experiential history, and more. With so many things to do, we’ve sifted through them all to bring you our top five favorites.
1. Sled Island Music Festival
Ironically enough, city living can sometimes feel isolating. We go to our favorite places, congregating with people who enjoy the same things as we do, while right next door there could be a whole new world of opportunities of which we never allow ourselves to be aware.
This is why Sled Island Music Festival was founded back in 2007. The festival strives to open up as much of downtown as possible, bringing together people of all different backgrounds, age groups, and musical inclinations. The five day festival, hosted from June 24-28, has something for everybody, whether you’re trying to expand your musical repertoire over five days, or just want to buy a ticket to a single show.
2. Monty Python’s Spamalot
If you’ve ever seen Monty Python and The Holy Grail, or wished you could enjoy a nice dinner while getting your theater fix, you’ll want to head to Stage West Calgary before June 21. Monty Python’s Spamalot, an admitted rip off of The Holy Grail, is a hilariously inappropriate musical that won three Tony Awards in 2005. Its luster hasn’t worn off as the years have worn on either. This time it makes its appearance in Calgary with a side of dinner (or brunch) while you enjoy the show.
3. Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park
If you prefer to get even more involved in your theater, a visit to Heritage Park may be in store. Heritage Park gives you a glimpse into what life was like when the Westward Expansion was happening, with three different historical villages covering three pivotal time periods.
Perhaps our favorite part of the entire experience is the automobile museum, Gasoline Alley. It boasts one of the world’s largest collection of cars, trucks, and all things gas station from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. (Though we did spot much earlier vehicles, dating as far back as a 1907 Mitchell.)
4. University of Calgary’s Hiking Classes
For those who want to get more active with the warmer weather, the University of Calgary’s Active Living program is hard to beat. This Spring they’re hosting a program called ‘Discover Day Hiking,’ where new hikers will progress from trail-hiking to longer hikes with elevation gain along with some off-trail experience, all led by an experienced guide. Sessions are available into the late summer.
As much as we may wish it to be true, work doesn’t slow down just because it’s warm out. If taking a day or two off to enjoy these events is putting a stress on your workload, you may want to consider using transport that makes it possible for you to play some catch up on your commute. Taking the Red Arrow, with its free WiFi and power outlets, not only gives you the opportunity to put out any last minute fires at the office on the way there, but it also allows you to have a long day of fun and excitement with your friends, and end the day by relaxing on the ride home and catch a well deserved nap without worrying about the drive back.