Barack Obama in Calgary

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama
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Barack Obama in Calgary

A conversation with the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama.

President Barack Obama is coming to Calgary. The 44th President of the United States of America is a best-selling author, Grammy award-winner, and philanthropist, and is visiting Calgary for a moderated Q&A conversation at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

If you’re coming to Calgary to see Barack Obama, make a presidential plan for an incredible day the 44th President of the United States would be proud of. Here’s what to do before and after the event to make the most of your day.

A Conversation with Barack Obama

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: Tuesday March 5 at 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: Starting from $104
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8:00 a.m. Wake up in the Presidential Suite

Wake up in a suite fit for a President at the Fairmont Palliser, where dignitaries and celebrities stay when they visit Calgary. Guests to the Fairmont Gold Royal Suite have exclusive access to a reception area on the penthouse level, with barista-style coffee service, shoeshine, evening turndown service, and newspaper delivery to your door each morning. With a large bedroom, living room, two bathrooms, and a regal dining room, these accommodations will make you feel like you’re in the Presidential Suite. Dignitaries will often stay at the Fairmont Palliser when travelling to Calgary. Queen Elizabeth II even stayed here during her trip to Calgary in 1990.

9:00 a.m. Executive continental breakfast

Make a Presidential Order and start the day with an executive continental breakfast. Served in room in the Fairmont Gold Royal Suite at the Fairmont Palliser, with fresh baked goods, muesli, and seasonal fruit with mint and lemon syrup. But hold the coffee. Barack Obama isn’t a coffee drinker.

10:00 a.m. A library fit for a President

A Presidential Library is built in honour of each President of the United States and Barack Obama’s library is currently being built on the South side of Chicago. Get a head start on your reading by exploring the New Central Library in Calgary. Take a tour of this architectural marvel or search for Barack Obama’s favourite book, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, or his best-selling memoir, Dreams From My Father, on the library shelves. Next stop: a conversation with Barack Obama.

12:00 p.m. A Conversation with Barack Obama at the Scotiabank Saddledome

Sit down for an intimate chat with Barack Obama that is sure to include some inspirational presidential stories, tales of life after the White House, and his famous sense of humour. This is a unique opportunity to see the former President of the United States and best-selling author in the hot seat for a Q&A with his Canadian fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

3:00 p.m. After show at UNA Pizza + Wine

Barack Obama got a taste for deep dish pizza in Chicago during his days as a community organizer. It might not be the deep dish he’s used to, but the pizza at UNA Pizza + Wine is sure to please the former President. Talk over the show and try the Hawaiian inspired tiki pizza, with prosciutto, shaved pineapple, and jalapeno oil, in honour of Barack Obama’s home state.

5:00 p.m. Scrabble at the Hexagon Board Game Café

Did you know that Scrabble is Barack Obama’s favourite board game? The best-selling author has a knack for words so why not put down a few Scrabble tiles at The Hexagon Board Game Café in Kensington. Or try one of the other 600 games in their library and warm up with a hot drink that will get the Presidential seal of approval.

7:00 p.m. Sports buff dinner at Home & Away

Barack Obama is a well-known fan of the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and owner of an autographed pair of Muhammed Ali boxing gloves. Home & Away is a sports themed restaurant with big screens to watch some hoops and a stadium inspired menu of sports bar fare, like chicken wings, fried mac & cheese bites, “knockout” burger, and house made donuts.

9:00 p.m. Late night jazz at Ironwood Stage & Grill

Barack Obama famously enjoys jazz music and Miles Davis. Why not finish the night at Ironwood Stage & Bar for an evening of live music? Ironwood Stage & Bar hosts live music every night of the year in the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood. Just look for the iconic marquee with the bright lights on 9th Ave SE.

Win two tickets to A Conversation with Barack Obama

Tourism Calgary is giving away two pairs of tickets to see A Conversation with Barack Obama. Enter for your chance to win one of two sets of two tickets to the event. Draw takes place on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.