Are you planning a special day or night out this month? We have a list of ideas that are perfect for treating your special someone to experiences that can be all about romance, all adventure, or all about relaxation. For the perfect date within Calgary, you have numerous options for dining and picnicking, getting active on the trails or river, or spending a romantic night downtown together.
Beyond Calgary’s city limits, you can also create an incredibly romantic getaway out of the Rocky Mountains or Foothills. Between Calgary and Banff, you’ll find hotel packages, trail rides, and more even outdoor adventures. So, no matter what you and your partner’s idea of a ‘date’ is, we have an outing for both of you!
Cheers to you and cheers to animal conservation! Zoo Brew is a lovely way to enjoy the zoo with a loved one or partner at twilight. The event allows you to wander the zoo at one of its most peaceful times while also tasting over 20 local craft brews. Your admission includes a sample from each, and access to lawn games and local food.
- Friday, June 25, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m @ Calgary Zoo | $65+GST (Calgary Zoo Engage and Inspire Members enjoy 10% off)
Visit a Night Market
Night or day, you and your partner can get in some local shopping and local meals via Calgary’s many open-air and farmer’s markets. You can create a date out of seeing them all in Calgary or spending your time window shopping at one market. And no matter when you shop, you can continue your date at home by purchasing all the fresh ingredients for a lovely summer meal.
- Calgary Night Market: Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 4 PM to 10 PM @ 200 Barclay Parade Southwest, Calgary | Free
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The Neighbour Day Art Walk in Capitol Hill
This annual event allows you to enjoy art from all, for all. Walk the Capitol Hill neighbourhood and watch the residential area transform into a pop-up art gallery! All community members are encouraged to create their own pieces of art to display in their front yards. Capitol Hill begins on 16th Ave and is a short distance from Prince’s Island Park and the Peace Bridge.
- Saturday, 19 June 2021 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM @ Capitol Hill Neighbourhood | Free
Adventure awaits west of Calgary, and we don’t mean the Rockies. While the mountains provide plenty of outdoor chances for adventure, Calgary’s Calaway Park offers adventure via their thrill rides and midway games. Challenge one another to the scariest rides of all, or spend the day winning each other prizes and indulging in fair food.
- Opens on June 12th | $47.95+GST
Rocky Mountain Daytrip
If you do seek that outdoor-style of adventure, the Rockies are just a 45-minute drive from Calgary’s city limits. You only need to drive as far as Canmore or Kananaskis to have tons of hikes, bike rides, waterfalls, and romantic scenery to enhance your day out together.
Paddle the Bow River
Simply rent a raft, check the water levels, and launch onto the water! Calgary’s Paddle Station can take care of all the gear and rentals for you, too, while also providing a paddling route. All you need to do is book your time slot and arrive at their starting point in Shouldice Park. From here, you can paddle the Bow together and enjoy Calgary from a new perspective. The Paddle Station meet you at the endpoint on St. Patrick’s Island where you can drop off your rental items.
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Le Cirque de la Nuit
A night circus just for adults? They do exist! Le Cirque de la Nuit at Calgary’s Delta offers a spectacular Beyond Burlesque show which will dazzle you before you take to your hotel room for the night. The show’s main stage attractions are then followed by a DJ spinning to an LED light show.
- June 11 & 12, 2021 @ Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary South | $99 & up
2021 THIRD ACTion Film Festival
Did the love of movies bring the two of you together? And maybe you’re tired of the same old selections offered by your streaming services. Try watching something completely new together by attending the ACTion Film Festival. Shows run from June 11-June 13th and offer lectures from industry pros. Tickets range from $12.50 to $90.
- June 11 to 13, 2021 @ Online and Central Calgary Library | $12.50
There is no date more classic than a drive-in movie. Watch your flicks on a large screen from the comfort of your car, with all the sound travelling through your car’s speakers. This novel idea was once an incredibly popular, and there use to be drive-in theaters in every city. They are making a resurgence, just in time for your next date night. There are a few places in Calgary where you can get this perfect night out.
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Tours with The Alice Sanctuary
Beyond all the adorable animals you’ll get to meet at the Alice Sanctuary, you’ll also get to hear all of their stories of how they came to live on this farm. This important organization is dedicated to rehabilitating and healing neglected farm animals. The guided tours give the animals a safe opportunity for being socialized, pet, and adored (but always on the animals’ terms). The Sanctuary will release tour booking dates on a month-to-month basis for summer 2021.
- Saturdays, June 5, 12, 19, 2021 from 11 am – 4 pm @ The Alice Sanctuary, Wheatland County
Adults Only Nights at Cobb’s Adventure Park
You have three different theme options this summer at Cobb’s Adults Only Nights. In June you can dawn your brightest neon, biggest hair, and chunkiest belt at their 80s night. In July enjoy an evening celebrating the ultimate party food: chicken wings. And in August, Cobb’s Adults Only Night is focused on the hops and beer.
- Saturday, Jun 5, 2021 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park | $45.00
Eat & Seek Calgary
Enjoy your next meal at Southcentre Mall’s new interactive outdoor space: Eat & Seek! Eat & Seek is an inventive outdoor dining experience featuring artwork from local Alberta artists. Explore vibrant interactive designs and wordplay that will inspire you to hunt for hidden messages in a larger-than-life word search, attempt unconventional hopscotch, and more!
- June 1 to September 30, 2021 – Open during regular mall hours. @ Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Road SE Calgary | Free
Afternoon Picnic at the Lougheed House and Beaulieu Gardens
Surrounding the beautiful architecture of Calgary’s Lougheed House are rows of bright flowers, lush greenery, and lots of picnic space. The Beaulieu Gardens are open all day from 5am-11pm, giving you plenty of picnic options. Enjoy an early breakfast at dawn, a sunny lunch, or a twilight dinner picnic.
Art Walk in the East Village
The East Village is looking pretty bright these days! All around the Village are public artworks from both local and international artists. And on top of all the cool art to check out on your walk, you can also admire the unique architecture. The East Village is an incredibly fun place to explore on foot, and after your art walk try out the Bounce Games Park or Celebration Square.
- Whenever You Choose @ East Village
Romantic Rocky Mountain Getaway
Romance awaits in the Rockies! If your trip is more spur of the moment, you can plan for a day trip, or book a quick motel. But to get the most out of the mountains on your trip together, try one of these hotels who are offering irresistible couples’ packages:
- Mount Engadine Romantic Getaway Package
- The Prairie Creek Inn Romantic Getaway Package
- Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn Romance Package
- Grande Rockies Resort Rocky Mountain Romance Package
Downtown Calgary offers so many chances for romance, but these two hotels help you capitalize on downtown’s romantic vibe with their date night packages. Both the Ramada Romance Package and the Le Germain Romantic Package include a one-night stay at these trendy hotels, meals, and other fun add-ons.
Tour & Tasting at the Spirit Hills Winery
Drive a little beyond Calgary city limits to discover one of the province’s most popular wineries: Spirit Hills (Millarville, Alberta). The Spirit Hills wines are created from locally sourced honey and wildflowers, offering a wide palate of flavours. You can taste each of these wild flavours along your tour of their facility. Tours are guided by Spirit Hills family members who can teach you all about the bees, the flowers, and how it all comes together to make delicious wine.
Discover the Foothills on Horseback
Take a unique ride through the beautiful scenery which lay between Calgary and the Rockies, and travel via horseback together! Take a short but scenic drive west and spend your day together learning about equestrian riding, taking in the views, and traversing the trails with these magnificent animals. You have a few options for where to book your ride, and many of these ranches/stables offer vacation packages too.
WinSport Adventure Park
WinSport Adventure Park can help you with both a relaxing day out and a thrilling adventure. For a fun yet relaxing afternoon in Calgary’s old Olympic Park, partake in a round (or two) of mini golf! And for a more fast-paced afternoon, try the WinSport Mountain Biking Park with new downhill trails opening this year. There is a large terrain park where you can take your bikes and race, or work on one another’s technical skills.
Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area
For the perfect blend of romance and nature, a couple’s evening of stargazing is where you should focus the plans for your next date. There are a few places you can head to for a quiet evening of taking in the starry wonders of the sky together.
At the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area, you two can take in a sunny hike or enjoy stargazing and get views of wildlife which can make you feel like you’re a lot further from the city than you are. These hiking trails are only a 30-minute drive from Calgary’s city centre, west on Highway 22x. You’ll need to book your hike in advance, ensuring adequate space for all hikers. Your hike could include a sunrise or sunset as the park is open all day from 4am-11pm.
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Explore Heritage Park
Calgary’s history, and much of western Canada’s, is on full display at Heritage Park. The area offers a full day’s worth of date activities and is officially open for the summer season. You can go off on your own on a self-guided walking tour of the grounds, dine at The Selkirk or Railway Cafe, browse the Gasoline Alley Museum, and/or treat each other in the gift shop.
Fire up the Grills at North Glenmore Park
North Glenmore Park is filled with recreational fun, and you can spend an entire day explore the trails, waterways, and parkland. But once that is all said and done, plant yourselves at a picnic bench and pack along some firewood. There are numerous picnic sites with grills in North Glenmore, so you can cook up an entire feast for before or after your fun in the park. Or simply come here and relax in the sun with some good food! Ensure availability by booking your picnic site in advance with the City of Calgary.
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- List of Picnic Sites in Calgary Parks Where You Can Legally Consume Alcohol Starting June 1
- List of Alberta Provincial Parks’ Day-Use Area Picnic Sites where Liquor Consumption is Permitted
Segway Tours of Calgary
The Segway Tours offered by River Valley Adventure Tours are one of the coolest, most unique ways to see Calgary. Your tour takes you and your partner through central Calgary’s East Village, downtown, and other parts of the Bow River Valley. Your gliding date can last 30-, 60-, or 90-minutes.
Shakes & Fries at Peter’s
The classic date: milkshakes, hot dogs, and a picnic from the local drive-in restaurant. Peter’s on 16th Avenue has established itself as the best place for milkshakes in Alberta, so treat yourselves to one of their NUMEROUS shake flavours, dinner, and a picnic in the large grassy area next to the restaurant. The mature neighbourhood of Crescent Heights north of Peter’s is also a gorgeous walking area if you need to walk off a Chocolate Milkshake or Large Fries! This walk can also take you to the nearby Bow River and Prince’s Island Park (also perfect for a picnic).
Think you have what it takes to catch a killer? CluedUpp is an exciting, outdoor detective adventure – and both of you can team up and scramble across town, solve the clues and crack the case before The Ripper strikes again.
- June 12, 2021 | 9 AM – 5 PM @ Across Calgary | $64 for 6 players
Antoinette’s Afternoon Tea
Enjoy an ultimate Aristo Tea Party in the royal garden domes in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Antoinette’s Afternoon Tea includes a tiered display of freshly baked pastries, including delightful croissants, mini danishes, beautifully crafted canapés and brunch hors d’oeuvres. And of course, in Marie Antoinette’s true fashion, a lavish display of French pastries and sweets.
- Saturdays and Sundays From June 4 to 27, 2021 | 12:00 PM. 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM @ Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, 15979 Bow Bottom Trail Southeast | $75 per person. Groups of 4-6 adults are required.
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