1. Fluor Rope Square Stampede Festivities at Olympic Plaza (daily until Saturday, July 13)

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ll be surprised to learn that the city is currently in the middle of our ten-day Stampede flurry. While the heart of the event beats, screams and eats at Stampede Park, you can catch smaller festivities at Olympic Plaza. The daily events start with a flapjack breakfast and continue throughout the morning with a daily parade of old rigs (coaches, doctors buggies, etc) and colourful dance performances by members of the five tribes of Treaty 7 in their traditional First Nations attire. There’s also musical entertainment, flap jack flipping contests and more. See the online schedule for full details.

2. Music in the Plaza at Heritage Park (Wednesday, July 10)

The first of eight weekly outdoor performances held just outside of the museum’s gates. This Wednesday evening’s show features the Cotton Patch Gospel Band from Rosebud Centre of the Arts, performing pieces from the centre’s current production. The series features a different artist each week until Wednesday, August 28. Performances run from 6-8 p.m.

3. Poutine Eating Contest at The Roadhouse (Wednesday, July 10)

Your esophagus has been prepping for this all week (what with the pancake and maple syrup carb loading and all). Down as many gravy soaked cheese curds from The Big Cheese as humanly possible for a chance to score even more gravy soaked cheese curds. Proceeds from the $50 entrance fee will benefit the Calgary Food Bank, and the greatest glutton will win a year’s worth of free poutine (and some other goodies).

4. Bike-in Cinema at Riley Park (Thursday, July 11)

Thursday’s outdoor screening is presented by Truck Contemporary Art Gallery‘s CAMPER and is Bring-Your-Own-Popcorn (and your own bike helmet). This evening features five short films from Manitoba, including You Are Here by Leslie Supnet, Expect Something And Nothing At Once by Michelle Elrick and The Yodeling Farmer by Mike Maryniuk (trailer above). The only aisle-illumination you can count on is the headlights on your trusty two-wheel. Movie begins at 10 p.m. See online schedule for more events.

5. Midway Science at Telus Spark (Thursday, July 11)

Take a break from the Tilt-a-Whirl to learn a little about it. On the roster for this month’s child-free evening of discovery is an exploration of the science behind why we love those terrifyingly wonderful thrill rides and how they’re built, plus a little lesson on how to beat those tricky midway games. Not to mention the usual licensed bar and live music. Runs from 6-10 p.m. —Kerianne Sproule

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