85 things to do in Calgary in May

Apr 20 2019, 4:29 am

Have a marvellous May with our checklist of 85 things to do in Calgary this month! Enjoy Otafest, Calgary Bike Swap, and more.

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

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Get Outside

Bike To Work Day

What: Bike to Work Day is celebrating its 13th year. There will be eight different bicycle pit stops along the route, where you can receive tune-ups, (for you and your bike) and free giveaways. Everyone will then gather at Eau Claire Market for a free pancake breakfast served by the Stampede Caravan, and lots of cool swag.

When: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 6 am to 9 am
Where: Eau Claire Market – Centre Court and North Plaza – 200 Barclay Road SW
Cost: Free

Jane’s Walk

What: On the first weekend of May every year, Jane’s Walk festivals take place in hundreds of cities around the world. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

When: May 3 to 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various Locations
Admission: FREE

Calgary Bike Swap

What: Alberta Bike Swap strives to create a safe atmosphere where you can sell, donate, or buy a bike. There is a $2.00 admission for adults while children under 12 are free. This money is donated to local non-profit bike group to help fix the donated bikes.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 8 am to 4 pm
Where: City Centre Parkade – 340 10 Avenue SW
Cost: $2 admission. Children under 12 are free.

Calgary Outdoor Yoga

What: A 60-minute outdoor vinyasa flow class for all levels. Everyone welcome, including children. Practice in the grass or bring your mat or blanket.

When: Every Sunday starting May 5, 2019
Time: 1 to 2 pm (Stanley Park) 4 to 5 pm (Mahogany)
Where: Stanley Park SW – 42 Ave & 1A Street SW; Mahogany – Masters Square & Mahogany Blvd
Admission: Pay what you want

Meet the Baby ‘Roos at Cobb’s Adventure Park 2019

What: Cobb’s Adventure Park in Calgary is giving visitors the chance to be the first to meet, pet, and hold their adorable brand new baby kangaroos and wallabies. The park offers a wide variety of rides, games, and activities for all ages with a kangaroo petting zoo, climbing wall, bouncy houses, pedal carts, tractor rides, giant slides, archery tag, and much more. You can even book a kangaroo visit for your birthday party, classroom, or office during their offseason. For $250/hour they bring two baby joeys and three sugar gliders to your birthday party, classroom, or office.

When: May 18 to May 26, 2019
Time: 11 to 5 pm
Where: Cobb’s Adventure Park, Calgary
Cost: $18 general admission, kids under 3 free!

91st Annual Slush Cup

What: Slush Cup is a tradition unique to Sunshine Village that goes back many years! Have fun splashing in the melted snow, while watching live performances, participating in fun competitions and enjoying a brew at the Molson Beer Gardens. Even if you aren’t participating in the competition, be sure to dress to impress, by coming up with a creative, unique and original costume that will make you stand out amongst the rest of the wet shenanigans.

When: Monday, May 20, 2019
Time: 10 am (registration)
Where: Sunshine Village – 1 Sunshine access Road, Banff
Cost: Regular spring admission

Cannabis Yoga Retreat 2019

What: The Cannabis Yoga Retreat is a three-day event planned for this May courtesy of 420yogaretreats.com. The weekend will consist of “top-shelf” weed, plenty of snacks, and the opportunity to rejuvenate both body and mind with planned yoga sessions, hikes, and massages.

When: Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: Starts at 2 pm on Friday and ends at noon on Sunday
Where: Bragg Creek, Alberta
Cost: $395 for a sleeping bag in the yoga room, $645 for a bed in a shared room. Register online

Goat Yoga at Granary Road Market 2019

What: Goat yoga is on offer at Granary Road Market this spring, bringing together a day at the petting zoo with a seriously stretchy workout. The event has been a hit in the past, with classes constantly selling out to all the people who are hoping to achieve zen alongside a herd of baby goats.

When: May 11 and May 25, 2019
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Where: Granary Road Market — 226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
Tickets: Call 403-453-7623 to reserve a class, $20

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

What: The 55th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier. It starts and finishes at iconic Stampede Park and winds a scenic course in the heart of Calgary.

When: May 23 to 26 (Calgary Marathon Race Weekend), May 26 (Marathon)
Time: Various times
Where: All race-day activities will start and finish in Stampede Park
Register: Online

Banff Yoga Festival

What: During this 3-day festival, learn from exceptional yoga practitioners, while practicing meditation and mindfulness in the midst of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. From yoga classes to hiking adventures, to culture and social interactions, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and renewed – mind body and soul.

When: Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
Time: Events at various times
Where: Fenlands Recreational Centre – 100 Mount Norquay Road
Tickets: Online

What’s up with Bow Habitat Station

What: Explore Alberta’s wildlife and natural spaces on the first Friday of the month. Visit investigation stations in the Discovery Centre to discover the wildlife that make their home right here in Calgary! Join in a large group activity at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm to discover how wildlife has adapted to city life with special guests from Alberta Parks. Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will be hosting an investigation station all about some furry and feathered friends you might find in our city. Hands-on activities are designed for learners ages two and up.

When: The first Friday of every month – May 3, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.

Kananaskis Outfitters Stargazing Snowshoe tour

What: Taking groups of adventurers out into the cold via moonlight (and headlamps), the tour will show snowshoers a side of Kananaskis Country that they may have never seen before. Hiking through Kananaskis forest and under a star-filled sky, attendees will ultimately end up in an open meadow to enjoy the cosmos. Bringing a tripod and a camera is encouraged for anyone hoping to get that priceless photo, and anyone will be able to take a look through the supplied telescope to get a closer look at the twinkling lights.

When: Select days throughout the year
Time: From 7 to 9 pm
Where: Kananaskis Village Center — 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Cres
Tickets: $75 for adults, $55 for youth aged 13 to 17. Available online

Explore the city

Free Yoga Class in Central Library

What: Join Yoga with Rowena for Slow & Gentle free yoga classes in Central Library Calgary. Attendees will focus on building strength and confidence within ourselves through each asana and through each movement of our breaths.

When: Wednesday, May 1, Thursday, May 2, Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Central Library – 800 3 Street Southeast, Calgary
Register: Online, free

Day Out with Thomas

What: Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride with their favourite tank engine, meet the railway controller, Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, enjoy face painting, musical entertainment and much more. Tickets are sold for specific train times, with departures from 9 am to 4:20 pm.

When: May 4, May 5, May 10, May 11 and May 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online, $21 to $25

Free Comic Book Day

free comic book day


What: The annual event takes place at independent comic book shops all across North America, with thousands of comic shops giving out well-known titles like the Avengers, Captain America, Doctor Who, Pokemon, Riverdale, the Amazing Spiderman, and Star Wars, to name a few. In Calgary, several shops will be celebrating with free books and special events.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various Comic Shops across Calgary
Admission: Free

Change Makers: Celebrating Women

What: YWCA Banff presents Change Makers, a celebration of women who impact change and inspire action, locally and globally. Special guest Beckie Scott will join the winners of the fifth annual Bow Valley Women of Distinction Awards.

When: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rolston Recital Hall – Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff
TicketsOnline, $20

2019 CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale

Blue Metropolis


What: Browse the huge selection of gently-used adult and children’s books. There will be thousands of fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles available at amazing prices at the 2019 CBC Calgary Calgary Reads Big Book Sale.

When: Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 9 pm (Friday and Saturday), 9 am to 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Calgary Curling Club – 720 3 Street NW, Calgary
Admission: $2 for adults; children under 16 free.

Seventh Annual Splash of Red Cirque Gala

What: Splash of Red raises awareness of the issues surrounding HIV and provides critical funds to HIV Community Link’s prevention, education and support programs in Calgary and across Southeastern Alberta. The Fairmont Palliser will be the setting for an evening of Circus excitement complemented by live music, art, drag performances, entertainment by BassBus along with live and silent auctions.

When: May 11, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Fairmont Palliser – 133 9 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Circus! Science Under the Big Top

What: Come one, come all and discover the science behind circus at TELUS Spark. Bring your wildest expectations and unravel the secrets behind circus oddities, mysteries and puzzles with over 20 exhibits. This highly interactive exhibition is riddled with circus sights and sounds, ready to bring out the child in all of us.

When: Now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Community Yoga at Sunalta

What: Community Yoga at Sunalta Community Hall aims to help people be conscious in their moments and capable in their bodies. Bring your own mat and any required props for assistance.

When: Every Monday
Time: Doors 5:30 pm, yoga from 5:45 to 6:45 pm.
Where: Sunalta Community Centre – 1627 10 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Dungeons & Dragons at the Ship

What: Learn all about Dungeons & Dragons on the first Monday of the month at The Ship & Anchor. These nights are specifically designed for anyone who has no experience with the world of ‘tabletop role-playing games’ such as D&D, Pathfinder, or any of the others out there. The evening will begin with a first-come-first-served selection of a character to play, followed by a quick Q&A, then diving right into the adventure.

When: The first Monday of every month – May 6, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Ship & Anchor Pub – 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Sign-up: email [email protected]

Print(ed) Word Salon Series: Carole Bondaroff and Lee Kvern

What: Every month, a different artist-writer pair and their collaborative artist books included in Print(ed) Word, on permanent display at Calgary’s new Central Library will be highlighted. This May, join artist Carole Bondaroff and writer Lee Kvern as they discuss their artist book, How To Build A Street Girl.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Central Library – Level 4 – Simons-Harvie Community Reading Room – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Studio Bell $10 Date Night 2019

What: Visitors will be able to explore interactive activities, Canadian music memorabilia, and much more at Studio Bell during their special $10 Date Nights.

When: May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, and November 12, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Studio Bell — 850 4th Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Available online, $10

Monthly Open House at AVRO Museum

What: Learn more about Avro Canada and its contributions to Canada’s aviation and aerospace legacy, plus see the latest progress on their Arrow II project.

When: The Second Sunday of every month – May 12, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Otafest 2019

What: The three-day long, all ages festival will bring the best in Japanese animation to Calgary’s Telus Convention Centre, including cosplay contests, community-run panels, voice actors, and much more. Special guests will include James Landino, Rusty Meeks, and Wendee Lee, to name only a few.

When: Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19, 2018
Time: A full schedule can be found here
Where: Telus Convention Centre – 120 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online or at the door, $55 to $60

Heritage Park Opening Weekend

What: Come celebrate the first long weekend of the summer at the opening of Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village. Enjoy a different experience every day. Take a tour back in time on a horse-drawn wagon ride, play traditional Aboriginal games in the First Nations’ Encampment and pick up a freshly baked cheese bun from the Alberta Bakery. Plus S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler will once again sail the Glenmore Reservoir this summer, which means the return of the much-loved Captain’s Cruises.

When: Saturday, May 18 to Monday, May 20
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Admission: Regular park admission

Serbian Fest

What: Experience Serbian culture with dances, sports, heritage, food, and much more.

When: May 18 to 19, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Serbian Orthodox Church – 16025-243rd Avenue E
Admission: $5, children nine and under free

Grand Opening Weekend at Calaway Park

Calaway Park

What: Calaway Park will be kicking off its 38th season of family fun. Enjoy rides, games, food and more.

When: May 18 to 20, 2019, then open every Friday and Saturday until June 16. Then open daily from Monday, June 18 to Monday, September 2. Then every Friday and Saturday from September 7 to October 13. Closing day on Monday, October 14.
Time: 10 am to 7 pm until September 2. 11 am to 6 pm from September 7 to October 14
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Admission Info: Online

Market Collective

What: Enjoy live music, interactive workshops, galleries, food and beverage, over 150 local artisans, the MC skatepark, and special surprises.

When: Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
Time: 4 pm to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: BMO Centre Hall A – 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Admission: $6 for the weekend / Kids 12 and under free

Calgary Medieval Faire and Artisan Market 2019

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Calgary Medieval Faire Knight (Calgary Medieval Faire & Artisan Market 2019/Facebook)

What: This year, the first annual Calgary Medieval Faire & Artisan Market is coming to Crossroads Market Grounds. Enjoy great food, exciting games, and even learn some swordplay. From artisan food and knight costumes to exciting games and roleplay, this faire is fun for the whole family.

When: Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm (Friday), 9 am to 5 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Crossroads Market Grounds, 1235 26th Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Babes Who Brunch

What: Each Babes Who Brunch event is led by a fierce female keynote speaker who shares her insights, experiences and life story. There are also brunch time eats and sips, and all the inspiration and insight you need to get a grip on your goals and kick-start your hustle long after.

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Where: Murrieta’s Bar & Grill – 200-808 1 Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $50-$60

The Inglewood Garage Sale 2019

What: On Saturday, May 25, Calgarians will be able to partake in the eighth Annual Inglewood Parade of Garage Sales, the one day a year that the Inglewood Community Association organizes the sale of used goods throughout the neighbourhood.

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Throughout Inglewood, and at the Inglewood Community Association Hall — 1740 24 Avenue SE, Calgary
Price: Free (unless you find that hidden treasure you can’t say no to)


What: A two night immersive cultural experience, PARKSHOW brings together the best of Canada’s emerging fashion designers, rising artists, musical performers, and culinary talents.

When: May 24 and May 25, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: 707 Fifth (Manulife Place) – 707 5 St SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Festival of Quilts: “Quilts in Living Colour”

What: Get ready for the 24th annual Festival of Quilts, Western Canada’s largest outdoor quilt show. Be sure to check out the Merchants Wall, Community Showcase, and the Iron Quilt Challenges. There will also be a Gala Dinner hosted at Gasoline Alley to celebrate this long lost craft while enjoying entertainment.

When: May 25 and May 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Regular admission to the park. Tickets to Gala available online, $74.99 per person

The Hangar Flight Museum – Monthly Movie Night – Executive Decision

What: The Hangar Flight Museum presents Executive Decision. When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

When: Thursday, May 2 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: The Hangar Flight Museum – 4629 McCall Way N.E., Calgary
Admission: By donation

The Hangover – HUMPDay HOUSE Party

What: A night of House music at Habitat Living Sound with OH FUNK and featuring Prairie Chola Ayatollah and Dj Dramatik. Hosted by J9Productions.

When: Every Wednesday night
Time: 9 pm to 2:15 am
Where: Habitat Living Sound – 1217 1st Street SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Adults Only Night at Telus Spark – Beyond the Binary

Image: telus_spark / Instagram

What: Free reign in the galleries, a fully licensed bar, dance jams and even riskier science. With no children around, Telus Spark brings out more involved challenges, invite innovative collaborators from the community and turn up the excitement.

When: The second Thursday of every month – May 9, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
TicketsOnline, $26

Movies That Matter

What: Movies That Matter is a monthly series of documentary film premieres at the University of Calgary, co-presented by the University of Calgary Film Society and the Department of Communication and Culture. The series strives to be timely and provocative, allowing viewers to delve into some important issues relevant in our society today. Each screening will include a post-screening discussion, featuring the director of the film itself and/or someone from the community at large known for their expertise or insightful views on the film subject.

When: The last Wednesday of every month – May 29, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Gallery Hall of the Taylor Family Digital Library – University of Calgary
Admission: Free for students with ID and community by donation

Cinematic Sundays at Glenbow Museum

What: A curated series of afternoon film screenings celebrating the world of art, style and fashion on the big screen. Bar service is offered during the films and you can purchase a snack too

When: May 26, 2019
Time: 1 pm
Where: The Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Ave SW
Admission: $10, $8 for members. Entrance to the museum not included.

Happy Mother’s Day

Etsy Calgary Spring Market

What: Shop at 46 Calgary Etsy artists and makers, and find the perfect gift for your momma on her special day.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Ross Glen Hall, Mount Royal University – 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Admission: $3 at the door (cash only), children under 12 are FREE

Sport Chek Mother’s Day Run, Walk, & Ride

What: Sport Chek Mother’s Day Run, Walk, & Ride raises funds for Calgary Health Trust (NICU) and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. Lace them up and get active for a good cause.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 8:40 am warmup, staggered starts throughout the morning
Where: CF Chinook Centre, 6455 MacLeod Trail South, Calgary
Register: Online

Mother’s Day at the Post Hotel 

What: This family-owned-and-operated hotel knows the true meaning of family and wants to help celebrate our mommas in the best way possible. Escape the hustle and bustle and bring the whole family for a delicious buffet-style brunch, along with the opportunity to explore the stunning hotel grounds nestled in the midst of Lake Louise Village.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: The Post Hotel and Spa
Reservations: Call 403-522-3989 or 800-661-1586

Eat fresh at farmers’ markets

Calgary Farmers’ Market

What: Explore over 80 vendors supplying customers with fresh local produce, meat, poultry, international food, organic goods, jewelry, art and more. Whether it’s the arrival of fresh produce or fun events, there’s always something happening at the market.

When: Open year round from Thursday to Sunday
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Address: 510 77 Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Granary Road Public Market

What: Granary Road Public Market is open year-round and offers fresh produce, artisan cheeses, pizza, tacos, handcrafted home goods and more.

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Granary Road Market — 226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
Admission: Free

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

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What: Grab your weekly haul of delicious produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, preserves, florals, and more, all grown and produced on farms right here in Alberta. You can enjoy live entertainment and other fun activities happening at this quaint community farmers’ market. The market will go on rain or shine, so come prepared.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 1320 5th Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Crossroads Market

What: Enjoy farm-fresh produce and tasty treats plus lost of unique finds from the large variety of vendors.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch

What: The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch features over 35 vendors under one roof over one counter. Crafts, food vendors, and more.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Fridays), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Where: Symons Valley Ranch – 14555 Symons Valley Road
Admission: Free

Downtown Market

What: Stroll through your favourite local makers, artists and producers at the monthly Downtown Market series.

When: May 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Gulf Canada Square – 401 9th Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Vintage Redefined Market 

What: Featuring over 18000 sq ft of space, this market will feature a variety of vendors, such as true vintage, collectables, re-purposed, reclaimed, jewellery and more.

When: May 24 and May 25, 2019
Time: 4 to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday)
Where: Acadia Recreation Centre – 240 90th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $7.50 to $10

Explore Art and Culture

The West End by Christiane Hirt

What: From the sexual revolution of the 70’s through to the AIDs crisis of the 80’s, three unlikely souls become inextricably intertwined in a heartfelt coming of age story that encompasses the growing pains of life, love, sexual identification, self acceptance and a community who continues to thrive in good times and bad. Presented by Rogues Theatre.

When: Wednesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Joyce Doolittle Theatre, Pumphouse – 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Alberta Ballet: Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle & The Drum

What: The 10th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle & The Drum. The Fiddle & The Drum gives passionate expression to Mitchell’s lifelong concern with the issues of conflict, violence and humanity’s continuing devastation of the environment. Alberta Ballet dancers depict Mitchell’s most famous characters from her lyrics and artwork, at times in counterpoint, abstractly illustrating fragile hope and potential for the creation of beauty.

When: May 1 to 4, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm (1:15 pm on Saturday, May 4)
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
Tickets: Online

The Tea Party

What: Toronto rockers The Tea Party bring the Black River Tour to Calgary. Their 1993 album, Splendor Solis, sold over one million copies in Canada. The Edges of Twilight followed, trailed in 1997 by Transmission.

When: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Performing Arts Festival

What: The Calgary Performing Arts Festival is an integral part of the Calgary arts community, encouraging classical and contemporary music and speech arts performance among amateur students of all ages and skill levels. Featuring 12,000 performers in 19 categories over 21 days.

When: Now to May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Mount Royal University – 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary
More Info: Online

Ruthie Foster

What: Austin’s Ruthie Foster has been nominated for Best Blues Album Grammy three times in a row. These nominations are in addition to seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year, and the title of an “inspiring American Artist” as a United States Artists 2018 Fellow.

When: Saturday, March 4, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Eric Harvie Theatre – Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff
TicketsOnline, $35

Thomas Rhett

What: One of country’s biggest and brightest stars is coming to YYC. Thomas Rhett will have fans rockin’ out to hits like “Get Me Some of That” and will surely be one of the most talked about concerts of the year.

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $69 online

MoS Docs: Music On Screen meets Doc Soup

What: Calgary Film and the National Music Centre have teamed up to present a brand-new music series MoS Docs to Calgary. MoS Docs is a new documentary series dedicated to showcasing the year’s most talked about and compelling music documentaries from around the world – from the grassroots of rock ’n’ roll to hip-hop and Folk and everything in between.

When: Wednesday, May 8 and Monday, June 10, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Studio Bell – National Music Centre
Tickets: Online

Mendelssohn & Mario

What: Alberta Winds presents tenor saxophonist Dave Camwell as the soloist in the Canadian premiere of David Canfield’s new tenor saxophone concerto, Concerto After Mendelssohn.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Christ Church Anglican Church – 3602 8 St SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Waiting for Godot at The Grand

What: Samuel Beckett’s tragicomic masterpiece. Waiting for Godot is one of the most iconic and significant plays of the 20th century. Drawing endless interpretations, it crackles with deadpan wit and linguistic invention, as well as offering compelling glimpses into our existential absurdity. Presented by Black Radish Theatre.

When: Now to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Grand – 608 1 St SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Double Bill

What: Double Bill is two shows in one. Start with MAGNETIKAE, a flamenco tale on an ice floe by Montreal’s acclaimed company La Otra Orilla. Then finish off withLovestruck by DJD – try to keep up with Cupid’s arrow as it ricochets on a bizarre and whimsical flight.

When: Now to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: DJD Dance Centre – 111 12 Avenue SE
Tickets: Online

Twenty One Pilots – The Bandito Tour

What: The American musical duo of Tyler Jospeh and drummer Josh Dun are embarking on a massive, 93-city world tour that includes a stop at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Bandito Tour will promote the band’s fifth studio album, Trench. Twenty One Pilots will also be playing older tunes, especially off their 2015 Blurryface album that skyrocketed the duo to stardom.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Tickets: Online

Celtic Woman Ancient Land

What: Experience the Grammy-nominated Celtic Woman on their all-new tour, Ancient Land. Celebrating the centuries-old Irish tradition of telling stories through song: stories of the land, stories of love and stories of dancing.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Story Slam: Malice

What: Calgarians take the stage and tell stories of miscommunication in a dynamic competition to find the master storyteller. Stories are (mostly) true, first person narratives about things that have happened and are five minutes long.

When: Monthly – Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Trolley 5 Brewpub – 728 17th Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: $5

Ghost Opera

What: The Old Trout Puppet Workshop and Calgary Opera present: Ghost Opera. The dead tell their side of the story in this wildly dramatic reimagining of an ancient Greek tale brought to you by Canada’s masters of puppetry for adults.

When: Friday, March 24, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Eric Harvie Theatre – Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff

Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam

What: Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam and Open Mic. Slam poetry is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music. The sign-up sheet for both the open mic and the slam will be released at 7:00 pm, and the show will start at 7:30 pm.

When: The last Monday of every month – May 27, 2019
Time: Sign-up 7 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Dickens Pub – 1000 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: $10 cash at door, on a sliding scale for those who identify as low income or students

Fairy Tales Film Festival

What: The annual Calgary Queer Arts Society LGBTQA film festival returns with events guaranteed to provoke, challenge, and entertain.

When: May 24 to June 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
More Info: Online

Alessia Cara

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Alessia Cara (alessiasmusic/Instagram)

What: Juno and Grammy Award-winner Alessia Cara will be performing in Calgary as a part of her 2019 Canadian Tour, dubbed “The Pains of Growing.” Cara entered the music scene in 2015 with “Here” and proceeded to capture the public’s hearts with songs like “Stay,” “Scars to Your Beautiful,” and “How Far I’ll Go.” She’s also managed to gather more than 8.5 billion streams worldwide and was named one of the most streamed new female artists of 2017.

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online via Live Nation

East Town Get Down

What: Over 70 bands will perform at over a dozen venues for Calgary’s biggest musical block party on International Avenue. Check out Anvil, Striker, The Dudes, Rae Spoon and more.

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 12 pm start
Where: International Avenue – #250, 3515 17th Avenue SE
Tickets: Online, $40. Includes blacklight bowling at Paradise Lanes and two Calgary Transit tickets.


What: Apparently Cher doesn’t need to turn back time. At age 72, the ‘Goddess of Pop’ is back at it for her Here We Go Again tour. It will be Cher’s first tour across North America in five years.

When: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $85 online

FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival

What: The 19th annual FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival features 11 nights of comedy, loads of performers, nine venues, and over 20 comedy themes.

When: May 30 to June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond The Fluffy World Tour

What: Gabriel Iglesias was featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 40 Comedy Players of 2018, and has headlined and sold-out Madison Square Garden, Staples Center and The Sydney Opera House. He is also one of the most watched comedians on YouTube with over 380,000,000 views and has over 14 million followers across social media.

When: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Free First Thursday at Glenbow Museum

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What: Explore the Glenbow Museum at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month.

When: The first Thursday of every month – May 2, 2019
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Esker Foundation

What: Esker Foundation connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications. The gallery reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of groundbreaking new work, ideas, and research. Admission is free. The gallery is barrier-free.

When: Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed Mondays
Time: Various times
Where: Esker Foundation – 4th Floor – 1011 9th Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

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Dine Under The Stars — Soiree In The Valley

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What: Soiree in the Valley, billed as a garden dinner pop up, is hosted by Dinner4Four Co. The event, which runs for 30 days at a time, promises an elegant four-course menu offered with wine, all while you’re being served in all-weather Garden Domes. The Calgary pop-up will be located at the Native Gardens in Fish Creek Park, with dinner provided by Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant and Great Events Catering.

When: May 1 till May 31, 2019
Time: Seatings at 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm daily
Where: Native Gardens at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Reservations: Online

Calgary International Beerfest

What: The Calgary International Beerfest is rated as one of the best beer festivals in the world, with over 700 beers from over 200 breweries. Hear great stories in the Brew Master Seminars or savour the chocolate and cheese pairings in the Cooking with Beer Seminars. Explore the Distillery District, sample delicious food from some of Calgary’s best restaurants, and enjoy live entertainment. The Calgary International Beerfest is also home to the Canadian International Beer Awards.

When: May 3 and 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre (Enter through Halls C or E) – 20 Roundup Way, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Canmore Uncorked

What: Eat, drink and eat some more at this annual award-winning food festival, held in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the best Canmore has to offer, delight in sampling new flavours and old favourites as our Canmore chefs tempt you with their creativity and inspire you with amazing food combinations.

When: Now to Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations in and around Canmore
Tickets: Online, prices may vary

YYC Vegan Week 2019

What: Presented by the team behind VegFest Calgary, this celebration of all food plant-based kicks off on May 19 and runs until May 25. Participating restaurants will be offering a new or existing vegan dish to be voted on in two categories: Best Vegan Meal and Best Vegan Dessert. A dollar from each item sold will go towards non-profit event VegFest Calgary.

When: May 19 to May 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations around Calgary
More Info: Online

YYCFoodTrucks Taco Takeover

What: YYCFoodTruck’s first annual Taco Takeover has each truck serving up their best taco as well as their regular menu. There will be contests to win food truck bucks, plus enjoy live music by the mariachi bands.

When: Saturday, May 25 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Containr Site in Sunnyside – 1010 2 Ave NW, Calgary
Admission: $5, seniors and children under 12 free

Asparagus Festival at Edgar Farms

What:  Visit this real working asparagus farm, experience their story firsthand, enjoy a fully narrated wagon ride, watch the harvest in action, and even get the opportunity to pick some asparagus for yourselves. You’ll also have the opportunity to shop their Country Store and the artisan market village while saying hello to all the farm animals and joining in on the many festivities happening throughout the day. Rain or Shine.

When: May 26, June 2 and June 19, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Edgar Farms – 1465 Twp. Road 352
Admission: $5, kids 5 and under are free

Craving Kensington

What: On this three-hour walking tour, you will eat your way through this inner-city village at some of the foodie hotspots, while also learning about the charming history and architecture of the area.

When: Every Thursday
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Meet at Brasserie Kensington – 1131 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Roasterie Tour – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

What: This 20-minute tour gives attendees a look at Phil & Sebastian’s vintage retro-fitted roaster and operations, plus learn about their green coffee sourcing strategies.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:15 to 12:35 pm
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – 618 Confluence Way Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Sunday Brunch and Market Tour

What: Join the Calgary Farmers’ Market and Calgary Food Tours as they bring to you a very special Sunday brunch. Enjoy 16 bites and treats as various Alberta ranchers explain what it takes to bring their products to the market. Sample their produce and leave feeling inspired to fill your shopping bag with fresh goodies.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 10:30 am
Where: 510, 77 Street SE – off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
TicketsOnline, $55

Free Brewery Tours at Red Bison Brewery

What: The tour starts off with an explanation of Red Bison’s name and why founder Steve started the brewery. Attendees will then see the homebrew system Steve used to brew beer on the balcony of his downtown Calgary condo, and talk about malt and how each of the flavours impact the recipes. After this, it’s a walk through the processes for the brew day and the fermentation process. Once the tour is complete, guests will be able to buy flights to try out beer and the kitchen is also open.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 1 pm
Where: Red Bison Brewery – 111, 3016 10 Ave NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Cheer on the home teams

Calgary Stampeders vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

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Candice Ward / Calgary Stampeders

What: The Calgary Stampeders kick off the new CFL season this spring, with a pre-season home game against Saskatchewan Roughriders on May 31 at McMahon Stadium.

When: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: 6 pm
Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Canadian Premier League – Cavalry FC

What: The new Canadian Premier League brings soccer action to Spruce Meadows with the Cavalry FC. Support Calgary’s team in their home games this month including versus the York9 FC on May 4, FC Edmonton on May 18, and HFX Wanderers FC on May 25.

When: May 4, May 8, May 18, and May 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

2019 Stars on Ice Tour 

What: Enjoy some of Canada and the world’s best skaters during the 2019 Stars on Ice Tour, including Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Elvis Stojko, and more. Plus an opportunity for a meet and greet as well.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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