Calgary Game Plan for Summer 2022

As summer heats up, here’s the YYZ Game Plan of the latest tips for hot hot hot fun in Calgary over the next few weeks.

Interior of the museum

The Museum of Failure

Runs until Aug. 31, 10 am – 7 pm
$28.11 (ages 13 – 64); $21.93 (ages 5 – 12); $23.99 (ages 65+)
Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd. SE)

Sweden’s Museum of Failure is touring the world and has a stop in Calgary this summer. If you’ve ever tried and failed at an invention or have some idea in the works, seeing these 130 failed innovations from some of the biggest brands on the planet might give you incentive to keep going. In the collection, you’ll see failed products from Nintendo, Apple, Amazon and more. We’re not certain which items are included, but the Swedish curator chose everything from the Itera plastic bicycle to the tele-guide, a “pre-internet internet.” The walk-through exhibition is family-friendly. Tickets must be pre-booked.

Actors in Hamilton


Runs until July 31, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm
$79 to $189 (plus fees)
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14 Ave. NW)

The award-winning, groundbreaking Broadway musical, which uses rap as its storytelling format, is in Calgary until the end of July. Even if you don’t like musicals, give Hamilton a shot. The music is a mix of hip hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway. Quite frankly, it’s cool. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s 2005 biography and tells the story of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton. Perpetually sold out when it first opened on Broadway, it won a Tony, Grammy, Oliver, Pulitzer and Kennedy Center honour.

Burlesque show

The Chandelier Club

Tickets $10 in advance; $15 at the door (18+), show at 7:30 pm
The Attic Bar & Stage (1413 9 Ave. SE)

Every other Wednesday, inside The Attic, the live event space transforms into The Chandelier Club and patrons can enjoy a fun and flirty night out at this burlesque longform performance. You and your friends or partners might find a stiletto on your table or a feather boa around your neck as three ladies “weave through the audience as they thrill, delight and intoxicate the senses.” Popular for the first few decades of the 1900s, burlesque was revived in the ’90s, led by the Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese. The Attic opens at 4; doors at 6 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m.

Candlelight Open Air: A Tribute To Taylor Swift

Thur., July 21, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Meadow Muse (15985 Bow Bottom Trail SE)

Take in this classical outdoor concert by Listeso String Quartet, which will reinterpret the music of pop star Taylor Swift — including such hits as Shake It Off, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and I Knew You Were Trouble, — surrounded by candlelight and the light of the moon. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

Summer on 17th

Runs until Sept. 21, 9:30 am – 8 pm
17th Ave. SW (btwn. 8th and 7th)

All summer in the 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District, there will be something happening: DJs, drag competitions, fitness classes from body combat to Zumba, live music and outdoor movies. All the events take place in the block-long Tomkins Park, and the best part of all is they’re free so you don’t feel obligated to stay.


Runs all summer, 6:30 pm
Evergreen Theatre and Community Spaces (1709 8 Ave. NE, #2)

Now is as good a time as any to learn hip hop choreography or up your game. VibeTribeYYC offers classes every Wednesday evening (6:30 pm) for beginners to intermediate learners. The hour-long class is just $20. Open to all shapes, sizes and skills, the company also has a hip hop beginner class this summer for $25 and a sweat/stretch class for free.

Block Party 2022

Runs until Sept. 30, times vary
Deerfoot City (901 64 Ave. NE)

Block Party at the giant shopping centre is back again for the third year with a retro vibe: Roller Rink on The Boulevard. You can BYOR (bring your own roller skates) or rent a pair. The spot will also have outdoor games, local art and a 215-foot road mural.

The Beatles Back in Time

Runs until Aug. 6, Tues., 10:15 am; Wed. – Sat., 6:15 pm; Sun. 5 pm
$38.95 – $75.95 (student, senior, weekend prices vary)
Jubilations Dinner Theatre (1002 37th St. SW)

The long-defunct Beatles are hot these days, what with the three-part documentary Get Back and the 80-year-old Paul McCartney playing Glastonbury and bringing out Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen. So if you can’t see a former Beatle IRL, this show transports you back Liverpool’s The Cavern Club in 1961, where the pop legends got their start.


Aug. 5 – 7, times vary (9 am – 6 pm)
$35 – $55 (depending on day)
Edmonton Convention Centre (9797 Jasper Ave.)

Travelling a distance to a convention is not unusual; at least this one is in the same province. Organized by the Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts, this long-running, two-day Japanese animation festival (anime) has “expanded our focus beyond screening anime and now also includes voice actor guests from North America, musical acts from North America and Japan, improvisation groups, as well as various related activities such as gaming, costume contests and more.”

Trico Centre Movie Night

Aug. 6, 7 pm ­– 9 pm
Cost: $5/person, $20/family (two adults, children under 18 from same household)
Trico Centre For Family Wellness (11150 Bonaventure Dr. SE)

Tickets for this outdoor movie screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle can be bought online, but bring cash for concession food items, sold by Mckenzie 210 Scouts, to fundraise for their organization. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and, of course, snacks.

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