Calgary entertainment: 5 things to do on the first weekend of summer

The first weekend of the summer is here and to help get you out of the house, the Homestretch’s Tracy Fuller has a few fun and family-friendly ideas.

Plenty of family-friendly events happening around the city

Johnny de Courcy rocks out during a Sled Island performance at the No. 1 Legion. The shows continue through the weekend. (Drew Anderson/CBC)

The first weekend of the summer is here and to help get you out of the house, the Homestretch's Tracy Fuller has a few fun and family-friendly ideas.

Red River Jig lessons

Fort Vermilion's own Beverly Lambert will be teaching the Red River Jig — a traditional Metis dance — to anyone who wants to learn at the Aboriginal Awareness Week: Family Day Festival Powwow.The event kicks off with a free pancake breakfast at 9:30 a.m. followed by jigging lessons and a talent showcase. Then the afternoon will be devoted to the powwow with music and food and a closing round dance at 9 p.m.

When: June 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Calgary Stampede Indian Village.

Ignite Festival

The Ignite Festival is aimed at giving emerging artists in theatre, music, dance and the arts an opportunity to present their works to a Calgary audience.

Written, directed and starring Crescent Heights High School students, Define revolves around the world of parties, exams, social media, and relationships, and the six teenage characters' journeys of self-discovery as they fight against the labels they are given.

When: Showtimes can be found on the Sage Theatre website.


Theatre Calgary presents Hamlet, a sword fight-filled story involving heartbreak, intrigue, family feuds and more, during Shakespeare by the Bow in Prince's Island Park. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic basket and enjoy the play.

When: Saturdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. at Prince's Island Park.

​Bike to the Zoo Day

The first 250 cyclists to arrive at the Calgary Zoo on Saturday will earn $10 off the price of admission, so adults will get in for $15, kids will pay $7 and those who are already members will get a coupon for a free ice cream. Don't forget to check out the four new red river hoglets. Valet parking will be available for bikes

When: June 25, the Zoo opens at 9 a.m.

​Sled Island

One of the most musical times of the year continues this weekend with Sled Island at venues across the city. Head down to Olympic Plaza on Saturday for an outdoor show and save your appetite for Sunday's annual Pig Roast at the Palomino.

When: Showtimes and venues available at the Sled Island website.