1. Stampede Parade

“Can you hear me, Commander Hadfield.” Have no fear: the parade marshal will be able to hear and see you if you claim a roadside viewing spot for the annual procession on Friday morning. The down-to-earth spaceman leads the parade, but there is plenty to see after he goes past.

2. Badlands Summer Music Festival

It’s the first year for the festival of electronic music. The three-day get-together goes a Canada Olympic Park, beginning Friday. The lineup includes, Steve Aoki, Pretty Lights and Morgan Page. The list of banned items includes plush toys, pacifiers and folks under the age of 18. Fanny packs are welcome, but you might wind up dancing your fanny off.

3. Calgary Turkish Festival

The seventh edition of the annual salute to seriously strong coffee arrives on the first Saturday of Stampede. This just might be the finest example of multicultural timing we know of. But the Turkish Festival offers much more than coffee (just as, it is rumoured, the Stampede offers more than 10 days of debauchery). Get down to Eau Claire, to check out the food and cultural offerings. The festival runs Friday to Sunday.

4. Blue Rodeo

You might expect to find this band somewhere around the Stampede grounds, but the Banff Centre is the place to be for this concert. It goes outdoors in the Shaw Amphitheatre, so hope for clear skies to complement the clear vocals. For tickets and information, click here.

5. A Tribe Called Red

The band that bills itself as an electric powwow is at Commonwealth Bar & Stage Sunday. The aboriginal originals are growing in popularity, and this is a great chance to catch them in a small venue. Check out Swerve‘s Q+A with the band’s Bear Witness from our July 5 issue.

For more details on the show, click here.

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