Food, festivals, sports, and sunshine are upon us in Calgary in June! There’s plenty of fun ways to keep your family entertained as we kick off the summer months in YYC – check out this roundup of a handful to get excited about!
Fun Events & Attractions for Families in Calgary in June
Optimist Family Day in the Park | optimistyyc.org
Saturday June 3 from 10 am – 3 pm
Optimist Athletic Park, 5020 26 Avenue
The 2023 Optimist Family Day in the Park will be held in the Southwest community of Glenbrook in Calgary in June 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!
Calgary Ukrainian Festival | calgaryukrainianfestival.com
Saturday June 3 (10 am – 12 am) & Sunday June 4 (10 am – 6 pm)
Acadia Recreation Complex, 240 90 Ave. SE
Price: General Admission (13-64) $10; Senior (65+) and Youth (6-12) $5 Children 5 and under and Newcomers with CUAET Free!
Bring your family to the Acadia Recreation Complex for an informative, educational and entertaining festival that celebrates all aspects of Ukrainian Heritage. Take a bite of delicious Ukrainian food and drinks, take in beautiful Ukrainian Arts and Crafts, and enjoy live demonstrations, shows and performances, as well as plenty of activities for kids!
4th Street Lilac Festival | lilacfestival.net
Sunday June 4 from 10 am – 6 pm
4th Street SW Between 13 Ave. and Elbow Drive
It wouldn’t be Calgary in June without the iconic Lilac Festival that’s back and better than ever! This all-ages event is a great way to celebrate the coming of summer as event goers take in the sights, sounds and smells of the vendors, musicians and entertainers along 4th street.
Heart Beats 14th Annual Family Run and Walk | heartbeats.ca
Saturday June 10 at 10 am
Rosemont Community Association
Price: General Admission (13+) $40; Kids (4-12) $15; Children (3 and under) Free!
There’s nothing better than enjoying the outdoors for a great cause. Whether you’re signing up for a 5k walk or a 3k run, this non-competitive event will help to raise funds for Heart Beats, an organization that supports children with heart disease. There will also be a free kids fun event held by the Community Centre at 11:00 (but be sure to register for a special gift!) In addition to an award for fundraising, all registrants will be entered into a draw for some incredible door prizes.
The Great Benjamins Circus | greatbenjaminscircus.com
Friday June 16 – Sunday June 18
Markin MacPhill Centre
Price: Tickets start at $20.50. Visit their website to download your free kids ticket coupon!
If your family loves the thrill of watching high-flying aerial acts, gravity-defying jugglers, daredevil motorcyclists, stunning acrobatics and hilarious clowns, you won’t want to miss the Great Benjamins Circus. Non-stop entertainment and surprises will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Okotoks Parade and Children’s Festival | okotoks.ca
June 17 from 11 am – 3pm
Ethel Tucker Park at the Arts & Learning Plaza and Park, 7 Riverside Drive, Okotoks
It may be a bit of a drive, but The Okotoks Parade and Children’s Festival is definitely worth the trip! The parade features bands, floats, dancers, horses and fire trucks and the festival is filled with live entertainment and activities.
CRESCENDO Presented By Safeway | childrenshospitalab.ca
Saturday June 17 at 7 pm
Arts Commons Jack Singer Concert Hall
Price: Tickets start at $113.90
(In Support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation)
What better way to spend an evening in Calgary in June than singing and dancing along with your favourite pop and rock hits from acts like Neil Diamond, Prince, Eagles, P!NK, The Beatles, and more? Some of Alberta’s most talented musicians are bringing an evening of music and storytelling to audiences in support of The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, specifically in the areas of youth mental health resources and research. Join a group of 6 or more for special ticket rates! If you can’t get enough of a good time, head to the mezzanine level of the lobby for the Building Community After Party, where you can enjoy a glass of prosecco, light refreshments meet and greets with some of the CRESCENDO performers and more music!
All Sport One Day | sportcalgary.ca
Sport and Rec Facilities Across Calgary
Saturday June 17 – Monday June 19
If your kiddo has started begging to join a local sport or club but isn’t sure just what they want to commit to, All Sport One Day gives them the chance to see exactly what’s out there. Over 100 sessions featuring more than 30 activities will be offered across the city free of charge – this year for two weekends! Public registration for the June 17-19 sessions opens on Thursday June 8 for sports like aikido, basketball, baton, cricket, fencing, lacrosse, parkour, water polo, and more!
10th Annual Wings and Wheels | thehangarmuseum.ca
Saturday June 17 – Sunday June 18
The Hangar Flight Museum
Price: Adults (18-64) $15; Seniors (65+) $11; Students (12 – 17 or with valid ID) $10; Children (0-2) and Dads Free; Family Pass (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18) $40
For fans of planes and automobiles, the 10th Annual Wings and Wheels event at the Hangar Flight Museum is must! Each year on Father’s Day weekend, the museum partner with local car clubs to add special “wheels” to their collection of wings. In addition to checking out the fantastic displays, there will be activities and attractions like flying crafts, vehicle show and shine, and helicopter city tours (for an additional fee, from LR Helicopters).
Raffi in Concert | ticketmaster.ca
Sunday June 18 at 2 pm
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Price: Tickets start at $35
Raffi, North America’s preeminent family entertainer, returns to the stage in 2023 with a series of #belugagrads concerts and has a stop in Calgary in June.
Parents and kids alike will love singing along to classic Raffi hits like “Baby Beluga” and “Banana Phone” at the Jubilee Auditorium on Sunday June 18th. In addition to being a renowned children’s singer, Raffi is also a producer, author, lecturer, and advocate for children, as well as a recipient of the Order of Canada and the United Nations’ Earth Achievement Award.
Aboriginal Awareness Week Family Day Festival and Powwow | aawc.ca
Sunday June 18 – Saturday June 24
Calgary Stampede Grounds
Aboriginal Awareness Week and their partners have put together a week-long celebration of events that promote pride, understanding, and awareness of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, traditions, contributions, and achievements to Canadian society. The event is open to any and everyone who’d like to enjoy fabulous free food, a traditional Pow Wow, a Hand Games tournament, an Indigenous Arts and Crafts Market, a talent showcase, and more!
Spring at Calgary Farmyard | calgaryfarmyard.com
Until Friday June 30
Calgary Farmyard, 284022 Township Road 224, Rocky View County
Price: $21.95 + taxes and fees online or $26.50 at the gate. Ages 2 and under are free.
It’s the cutest season of all at Calgary Farmyard! There are so many great reasons to visit, but the adorable baby animals waiting to greet you will be close to the top of the list. In addition to sweet little piglets, goats, bunnies and chicks, families will love all of the attractions to climb, run, jump, slide and play on. Jumbo jumpers, mini golf, zip lines, giant slides, wagon and pony rides are just a few of the fun ways you can spend an afternoon!
YYC Summer Scoop Fest | yycscoopfest.com
Friday June 30 – Friday July 7
Price: Varies by order
In case you needed an excuse to get a scoop of ice cream, let this be it! YYC Summer Scoop Fest is a 9 day ice cream event supporting Calgary Meals on Wheels. Participating vendors across the city will be putting forth their tastiest flavours in hopes of coming out on top in competitions for YYC’s Best Scoop, Best Non-Dairy Scoop, and the Golden Scoop award. $1-2 from every sale will go towards Calgary Meals on Wheels, which helps provide food to Calgarians in need.
What activities are your family most excited to check out this June? Did we miss any great ones? Let us know in the comments!