Cyclepalooza (Thursday, June 26 to Sunday, July 6)

It’s a 10-day celebration of cycling, so why not start with figuring out how to keep your bike in riding condition? Every Friday, MEC offers an introductory bike-maintenance course, which lines up pretty well with the community-organized Cyclepalooza.

If you already know the difference between a gear  and a flywheel, then perhaps—and feel free to say no—I could take you to the prom. Dress up in your prom best for an inner-city bike tour and a party at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Hall featuring music by Barnaby Bennett, DJ Roy LT and I Am The Mountain. It’ll run you $10—you were expecting me to pay, were you? I

See the full schedule of Cyclepalooza events at and Swerve‘s picks here.

Burger DJ Party at Tubby Dog (Friday, June 27)

Ryder Thalheimer and Ryan Campbell spin the punk rock, pop, ’90s and hardcore. The Tubby Dog crew flips burgers (which are only served once a month). A single is $6.50, doubles are $8.50, and you can grab a beer for $4.25.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Jubilee Auditorium (Friday, June 27)

There don’t seem to be any tickets available on Ticketmaster right now for the Australian rocker (though occasionally some are released right before the show), but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on the Nick Cave experience. It’s Nick Cave weekend in town apparently, because the Globe is hosting a special advanced screening of 20,000 Days on Earth, the Cave docudrama. Nick Cave for everyone! (Read more about Cave in Swerve‘s Five Facts from tomorrow’s magazine.)

Summer Food Truck Frenzy at Riverwalk Plaza (Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28)


All your favourite food trucks in one place. Friday features Sticky Ricky’s, Perogy Boyz, Ranch BBQ, Subs n’ Bubbles, Naaco Truck, Bento Burrito, Vasili’s, Avatara Pizza, Fiasco Gelato, Taiko Taco, Lettuce Beet, Happy Fish and Jelly Modern. Most of those trucks return on Saturday, but Ranch BBQ and Jelly Modern make way for Mighty Skillet, Take It & Go, Yummy Yogis, Red Wagon Diner, Waffles & Chix, Purple Pastry Chef and Braizen. Happy eating.

Shakespeare by the Bow at Prince’s Island Park (Ongoing)
Pay-what-you-will to the rebranded Shakespeare in the Park presented by Theatre Calgary. The official opening is Thursday night, but there’s another show on Friday at 7 p.m. Hopefully the weather co-operates.

Bonus Youtube Video of the Weekend: 幻の真珠とうもろこし

The Japanese may not be the No. 1 nation when it comes to soccer (they failed to make the round of 16 in the World Cup this week), but they are No. 1 at feeding dogs corn on the cob. —Jon Roe

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