22 Best Things to Do in Calgary This June (While Social Distancing)

This month, head to a drive-in movie screening, write to Glenbow museum about your pandemic experience and check out several online festivals.

The XX exhibition at Herringer Kiss Gallery. Photograph by Jared Sych.

Tune in for a virtual concert organized by the Calgary Folk Music Festival

When: Every Saturday from May 30 to July 4

Folk Fest may be cancelled for this year, but you can still enjoy great music during the music festival’s weekly Virtually Live events. Every Saturday night, watch local and international artists perform live for only $8. Upcoming performers include Charlotte Cornfield, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Terra Lightfoot, Josyara, Kaia Kater, Tom Phillips and more.



Support local artists by purchasing a postcard

When: Starting June 1

The Calgary Allied Arts Foundation has launched a new initiative called Petits Masterpieces in support of local artists. Starting on June 1, you can purchase postcards featuring local artwork online for $20 in support of both the postcard artist and artists in need.



Write to Glenbow museum about your pandemic experience

There’s no denying that this pandemic is a significant moment in time that will impact the world for years to come once it’s over. To document it, Glenbow has launched a new initiative that will eventually be part of the museum’s permanent collection. Albertans are encouraged to share their pandemic experience through physical or digital letters, drawings and/or photos and send them to the museum for inclusion. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020.



Order pizza from Connie and John’s in East Village


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Local chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, who own Charcut, Charbar and Chix Eggshop, are now serving up New York- and Detroit-style pizza out of the Simmons Building in East Village. Called Connie and John’s, the new pizza operation is open for curbside pickup Thursday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can even add a special collaboration beer with Dandy Brewing Company to your order.

618 Confluence Way S.E., 403-453-3315, connieandjohns.com


Order some vegan fare and vote for your favourite bites

When: June 1 to 7

Originally scheduled for last month, YYC Vegan Week is now taking place during the first week of June. Like last year, registered Calgary restaurants will be offering a special vegan meal and/or dessert from June 1 to 7 and diners can vote for their favourites. Each time someone purchases one of these dishes for takeout, delivery or dine-in, $1 goes towards the next VegFest event. Participating restaurants include Raw Eatery & Market, The Coup, Allium, Madison’s 12|12 and more.



Check out Humainologie’s digital Empathy Week festival

When: June 1 to 7

The not-for-profit Calgary charity Humainologie is taking its annual Empathy Week event online this month. The digital festival features more than a dozen Instagram Live and Zoom events including a dance workshop for all abilities, a DIY puppet workshop for kids, a fitness class with Indigenous dance styles, talks about empathy and more.



Make a cocktail or two at home with local spirits

You don’t have to go out to a restaurant to get a great drink. This month, try making one of these cocktail recipes provided by Calgary distilleries and enjoy a tasty drink where the star is local moonshine, gin or brandy.

Read more: 9 Cocktail Recipes from Calgary Distilleries


Listen to a special audio experience by two local theatre companies

When: June 4 to 6 and June 11 to 13

If you’ve been missing local theatre over the past several weeks, you won’t want to miss the latest project from Ghost River Theatre and Vertigo Theatre. During the first two weekends of June, the two Calgary theatre companies are presenting an adapted production of Tomorrow’s Child, a short story told as an audio experience that you can listen to online. Tickets can be purchased online and are $19.99 each.

vertigotheatre.com; ghostrivertheatre.com


Go for a ride on an electronic Roll scooter


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By now, you may have heard that Lime and Bird scooters are back on the streets of Calgary. But there’s also a third option in the mix thanks to the arrival of Toronto-based Roll Scooters on May 25. Download the app and look for the black and yellow electronic scooters around town if you’re in need of a quick ride.



Celebrate National Doughnut Day by picking up some local treats

When: June 5

June 5th might just be the best day of the month. Why? Because not only is it a Friday, but it also happens to be National Doughnut Day. There are plenty of local spots to get your fill of doughnuts for the weekend. Hoopla Donuts, Jelly Modern Doughnuts, Ritual Doughnuts and Mountain Rhino Donuts are just a few of the great local doughnut makers you can support.


Make a glass plate or coaster with a kit from Passion for Glass

If you’re looking for a new creative project, why not try a glass kit from Passion for Glass on your own or with your kids. Once you’ve designed your glass creation with the provided pieces at home, the studio will fire it in a kiln and send you the final product. There are kits for coasters and plates that run from $45 to $85 and they’re available for pickup and delivery.



Order a sundae kit from Made by Marcus

Missing summer visits to Made by Marcus? You’re not alone. Thankfully, the local ice cream shop is now offering sundae kits for pickup so you can make their Happy Camper sundae at home. The $40 kit comes with Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge sauce, homemade marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs. You can also order ice cream pints, cakes and bars.



Visit Herringer Kiss Gallery online or in-person to see an exhibition featuring female Canadian artists

When: Exhibit runs until June 20

Described as “an exhibition of women who empower and inspire women,” the XX show at Herringer Kiss Gallery features the work of nine female Canadian artists including Katie Ohe, Marion Nicoll, Fiona Ackerman and more. Check out the viewing room online or head down to visit in-person before June 20 — the gallery recently reopened at a limited capacity to ensure social distancing.

101, 1615 10 Ave. S.W., 403-228-4889, heringerkissgallery.com


Enjoy a socially distant drag show from your home


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HireHeelsYYC isn’t letting a pandemic stop it from bringing the joy of drag to others. The drag production company is currently offering socially distant curbside drag shows featuring lip sync performances that you can safely watch from your driveway.

Read more: You Can Book a Curbside Drag Show in Calgary with HireHeelsYYC



Tune in for an Avenue innovation event on the radio

When: June 10

On June 10, tune in to Global News Radio 770 CHQR at 2 p.m. for an Avenue innovation event, which will look at whether “the innovation sector [is] the future of our economy.” Plus, be sure to read about local innovation in industries ranging from business and finance to energy in our June issue and online.

Read more: Innovation in Calgary


Choose from 100+ beers on Craft Beer Market’s new rooftop patio

Craft Beer Market officially reopened earlier this week and launched the new rooftop patio at its downtown Calgary location at the same time. If you feel comfortable heading out to restaurants again, this great new patio with a view could be for you. Make a reservation online to snag a seat on the patio, which features strings of lights, an adorable 1967 green Volkswagon bus and, of course, increased safety measures right now.



Enjoy experimental works during the Ignite! Festival of Emerging Artists

When: June 10 to 13

Calgary’s Sage Theatre has come up with a creative way to hold its 2020 Ignite! Festival of Emerging Artists this year. Running as a “festival-at-a-distance” from June 10 to 13, the event features both online and physically distanced performances that are pay-what-you-can. The festival schedule is available online now and includes an audio play, a dance film and even a production delivered through the form of a care package that will be dropped off at your door.



Grab a drink at a new bubble tea shop

If you love bubble tea, you’ll be happy to know that several new bubble tea shops have opened over the past few months. Thé Moon Tea HouseKung Fu Tea and Don’t Yell at Me are all currently open, while the first Calgary Royaltea location is set to open soon.

Thé Moon, 212 14 Ave. S.E., 403-455-0778, tmoon.ca; Kung Fu Tea Calgary, 564 64 Ave. N.E., 403-454-3960, facebook.com; Don’t Yell at Me, 620A 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-3998, instagram.com; Royaltea Calgary, instagram.com


Build the perfect cookie with Blue Bakehouse

Is there a specific kind of cookie you’ve always wanted to try? Well, now you can have it made for you by Blue Bakehouse, which recently launched a “build your dream cookie” option that’s available for delivery. You can have a dozen cookies made featuring your choice of five or less toppings ranging from pretzels to nuts to mini marshmallows.



Break a sweat during Run Calgary’s virtual running festival

When: First race starts May 31

Run Calgary’s 2020 race season is still going ahead this year, albeit in a virtual format. Runners can complete the races on treadmills or outside on their own before inputting their race times online. The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is happening first from May 31 to September 27, with five additional races spread out over the rest of the year.

Read more: Run Calgary Turns its 2020 Race Season Into a Virtual Running Festival



Watch films online, go to a drive-in movie and more during the Calgary Underground Film Festival

When: June 22 to 28

The Calgary Underground Film Festival is headed online this year and you can still expect a great film festival experience featuring filmmaker Q&As, independent films, live events and more. While the full festival lineup hasn’t been released yet, one thing you can look forward to is a drive-in movie experience that will be hosted at Big Rock Brewery. Stay tuned for more details.



Tune-up your bike before hitting the trails

If you’re in need of some fresh air and exercise this month, one of the best things you can do is grab your bike and head out for a socially distanced ride. But before you go, make sure your bike is in good shape with the help of these tips to keep yourself and others safe.

Read more: How to Get Your Bike in Fighting Shape for Summer

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