June 27 – 29

 

1. Calgary Stampeders vs. Montreal Alouettes; Saturday, June 28, 1 p.m. at McMahon Stadium

The Stampeders kick off the 2014 season with an afternoon game against the Alouettes. Hope springs eternal, but no one can say with any certainty how the Stamps will fare this season. But The Rural Alberta Advantage is playing the halftime show, .so at least your guaranteed some good music.

The Cardel Family Fun  Zone offers the cheapest tickets, although not the best view, in the stadium. Single game tickets go for $33. A season ticket in the family zone (11 games) goes for $215. To buy Family Zone tickets, click here.

2. MEC Paddlefest; Saturday, June 28 at John Peake Memorial Park, Chestermere

Fun floats on Saturday as MEC hosts a day of clinics, demonstrations and activities for the kids. There will also be a gear swap and several retailers will be on hand with a selection of new gear and gizmos.

You can try out a canoe or kayak or be, if not an early adopter at least not a Johnny come lately, and jump on a paddleboard.

For more information, check out the website.

3. Okotoks BuskerFest; Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Okotoks

This is a free event, but if you don’t throw some of these performers a loonie or a toonie, you’ll be missing out on the spirit of the thing. As anyone knows, a busker needs to pass the hat. Sneaking away before “the ask” is just churlish.

Instead, take in the musicians, jugglers and magicians and then dig deep. But be sure to save a few bucks to do some shopping at the farmers’ market.

4. Bike to the Zoo; Sunday, June 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Calgary Zoo and the City of Calgary enter into a symbiotic relationship to celebrate Bike Month. The city gets to add another event to its Bike Month; the zoo gets the chance to have more visitors pass through the turnstiles.

The real winners are those who can get to the zoo on a bike (feel free to use the CTrain for certain stretches, if that makes sense on your route). The first 500 cyclist to arrive will get $10 off the price of admission and a two-for-one pass to use on a subsequent visit.

Zoo members who arrive via pedal power will get a two-for-one pass (they make excellent gifts) and a free child-sized ice cream.

For more information, visit the Calgary Zoo’s website. For more information on bike month and to download a map of bike paths, click here.

5. MudFair; Sunday, June 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lloyd Park (five minutes south of Spruce Meadows)

Two things I didn’t know: there is a place called Lloyd Park just south of town, and Sunday, June 29 is International Mud Day.

Something I could have figured out: a celebration of International Mud Day requires a little mud.

Bring the kids and a change of clothes for everyone, then get more than your hands dirty at this celebration of the magic created by combining dirt and water. The larger purpose of the day is to connect kids to nature. To help that all go smoothly, there will be food trucks, a green market, and family yoga and meditation sessions.

Admisison is by donation. For more information about MudFair click here. For directions to Lloyd Park, click here.

—Bruce Weir

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