What: award-winning interior decorator Katie Rioux and designer and artist Vandy Midha will teach you spring-specific design tips. Learn how to make you personal spaces even more beautiful and add original art to various spaces.
Where: The Commons Calgary – 150 1900 11th Street SE
What: Over 50 participating vendors in Inglewood will be open late. There will be exclusive cocktail hours and discounts at your favourite boutiques. Take your girls out for a night of shopping in Inglewood.
What: In conjunction with free neighbourhood walks all over the world, join in on walking tours in Calgary. There are close to 60 walks to choose from to get to know our city including The Beautiful Beltline, Canyon Meadows Pathways and Parks, and Glenmore Historical Walk.
What: A province wide competition where burgers and restaurants are highlighted to raise funds for Charity. 10% of your purchase will go to charity then you vote and the winner will be the Burger champion of their municipality.
What: The second annual week-long festival is presented by New Works Calgary. The diversity of today’s new music will be presented by a variety of Calgary musicians and ensembles in venues all over the city.
What: Tequila expert Eric Lorenz is hosting a night of tequila education. Eric is the first person outside of Mexico to gain the title of Master Catador, the equivalent of a Tequila Sommelier. Learn the difference between Mezcals and Reposados, what makes each tequila unique, and how the terroir can affect the flavours that we are tasting.
What: Head down to Festival Hall in Inglewood where Clothing Bar Boutique is hosting a fashion and shopping event. You’ll see a fashion show, get hors d’oeuvres and drinks and get to do some shopping. The night is in support local charity Juno House, an organization that supports adolescent girls’ and young women’s mental health.
What: The event is consignment-based and every bike sold is fully inspected by a bike tech prior to being displayed. Half of all the profits go to charity – last year they donated nearly $10,000. To rack a bike, sellers must pay $10 if they’re an AMA member and $15 if they’re not.
Image: Angry Indian Goddesses (Jungle Book Entertainment)
What: The annual Hidden Gems Film Festival will be celebrating the theme of women in India this year when it opens in Calgary this May. The festival will present screenings of several Indian films, including Partu (One Who Comes Back), to be attended bydirector Nitin Adsul, and the Canadian premiere of Ottaal (Trap).
Where: Alberta College of Art and Design – 1407 14th Avenue NW
When: May 6 – 8 and May 13 – 15
Tickets: Available online – annual membership costs $20; individual tickets for non-members are $15.
What: Looking ahead and exploring the ‘Future of Humanity‘ at this months Adults Only Night. Where might biomedical tech take us? Do we want to go there? There will be free reign to all galleries, a fully licenced bar and music to jam along to.
What: Enjoy a night of improv comedy at its finest. ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ star Colin Mochrie is performing alongside Toronto-based comedian and executive producer of White Rhino Comedy, Toronto’s hottest improv comedy show.
What: Enjoy an evening of fitness, fashion and food. The night will include a pre-workout fashion show, a workout, shopping at pop-up shops (HEMM and Apt 22) and healthy refreshments, including cold pressed juice from Juice Because and snacks from Workshop.
What: Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the CICF introduces young minds to the inspiration, creativity, and fun of live performance. Enjoy performances from the likes of Fred Penner, Splash’N Boots and many more.
What: Four generations of Canadians bring SPECTAC to Calgary and it’s an experience your family shouldn’t miss. See circus acts like the flying trapeze, the human swing, aerial strap, silk artistry and much more.
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way and
Crossroads Furniture Mart, 2222 18 Ave. N.E
What: From art, to clothing, to woodworking, this market sells everything your little local-loving heart could possible desire. The Market Collective aims to engage and empower the community towards positive growth.
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st Street SW
When: Friday, May 27 from 4 to 9 p.m.
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What: No mean girls allowed when it comes to best friend duo Flora and Fawna friend circle. They are creating a safe place for girls just like them by launching The NaturElles, a social group with a difference. It’s a funny, heartwarming and surprising performance that shows the power, and the price, of being different.
What: The Alberta Ballet presents it’s final performance of the season. Featuring 14 classic songs by rock legends Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Love Lies Bleeding depicts a musician’s rise to fame, exploring the trials, sacrifices and triumphs of achieving superstardom.
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
What: A twist on the classic tale of Cinderella. Cowtown Opera presents its opera Ella. Instead of going to a ball, she’s going to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. Enjoy the love story told in modern day with a fun sic-fi twist.
What: Fans of Sarah Slean can expect the unexpected when the musician teams up with The Wild West New Music Ensemble on May 4. The ensemble is made up of some of Canada’s biggest and best musicians, many of whom are involved in Calgary’s Philharmonic Orchestra.
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
What: She’s a singer, a songwriter, and a motivational speaker, and now Bif Naked can officially add “author” to her resume: her memoir I, Bificus was published last month to rave reviews. Expect to hear stories from the singer’s book in addition to hits like “Spaceman” and “I Love Myself Today.”
What: Canadian idols Hedley are traveling to the Scotiabank Saddledome on May 13, but it’s opening act Carly Rae Jepsen who we’re most excited to see. Jepsen released her criminally overlooked album Emotion last year, which failed to take off despite being chockfull of cheesy pop masterpieces.
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
When: Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
Cost: Tickets available online from $39.50 to $79.50. All ages
What: Selena Gomez brings her Revival Tour to Calgary on May 17. Surprisingly, Gomez has yet to receive a single Grammy nomination despite having scored a handful of hits, but she did take home the prestigious “Best Artist With A Cameraphone” trophy at the O Music Awards in 2012
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
When: Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Tickets available online from $50.50 to $116. All ages