15 things to do in Calgary this week: May 21 to 23

Apr 30 2019, 12:56 am

Time flies when you’re having fun! Keep your marvelous May going with these 15 Calgary events happening Tuesday, May 21 to Thursday, May 23. Calgary Marathon, CHROMA, and more.

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

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Tuesday, May 21

CHROMA at Southcentre Mall



What: CHROMA is an interactive event, complete with a 12-piece art installation by eight different local artists, including  Peaseblossoms, Michelle Hoogveld, Tyler Lemermeyer, Maria Dina Galura, Rei Duncan, Rhys Farrell, Rachael Meckling, and Caine Chow.

When: Now to June 16, 2019
Time: Mall Hours
Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Rd SE
Admission: Free

Variations with The Cam Buie Trio

What: Variations is a new jazz series kicking off at the Eddy. The Cam Buie Trio are serving up stellar jazz tunes with a different Calgary talent every Tuesday. Groove is always the priority as The Cam Buie Trio seamlessly blends Blue Note classics, reimagined standards, and ECM jazz.

When: Every Tuesday
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: King Eddy – 438 9 Avenue SE , Calgary
Admission: Free

Snotty Nose Rez Kids with DJ Kookum

What: Juno Nominated and Canadian First Nations hip hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform live at Commonwealth Bar & Stage with Dj Kookum.

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Café Absinthe

What: Ted Talks meets Show and Tell, with a dash of Open Mic… Come on down for an evening of community, creative thought and a healthy dose of the unexpected. Hosted by Hazel Grey.

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: Dickens – 1000 9 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: $5

Kick off Your Heels: Drop in Improv

What: Kick Off Your Heels is a free drop-in improv class for female and non-binary identifying individuals of all levels. Kick Off Your Heels runs Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in May and June at the Kinkonauts: Calgary’s Improv Lab with instructor Andy Stefanato.

When: Every Tuesday in May and June 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Kinkonauts – 922 9 Ave SE – The Alexandra Centre
Admission: Free

Wednesday, May 22

Pint Of Science Calgary

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What: Pint of Science will be back in Calgary for the second time on May 20-22. Eager to learn more about science while having a beer? Enjoy a drink and let the speakers blow your mind with their latest scientific discoveries during two presentations per night and per brewery. This year themes are: Beautiful Mind Cabin Brewing Company (Southeast), Reveals of Mental Health Therapies, Planet Earth Citizen Brewing Company (Northeast), Beloved endangered host with additional presentations from the Brewers, Tech Me Out Last Best Brewing & Distilling (DownTown), and Design and Power of New Tech.

When: Now to Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online, Free

Dine Under The Stars — Soiree In The Valley

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: Now 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

Guy Gavriel Kay: A Spirited Conversation

What: Internationally bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay will take you on a biographical journey, paying tribute to the exclusive whiskeys that have fuelled his creativity (provided by Calgary’s whisky expert Curt Robinson of allthingswhisky.com). Ticket price includes 4 one-ounce shots of exceptional spirits, each paired with an unforgettable story from Kay (hosted by Shelley Youngblut), and followed by a book signing. This event is 18+ only. Must bring valid photo ID.

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor – 1221 2 St SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Art Battle Calgary 

What: Art Battle is a live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in a silent auction to take the work home.

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: The Rec Room Calgary – 1180 – 901 64 Avenue NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Jann Arden & Firecracker Department with Naomi Snieckus

What: Hosted by the multi-talented Naomi Snieckus, Firecracker Department is a sit-down with the brightest minds and most charismatic women in entertainment, representing the full spectrum of ‘the biz’. In this interview, Naomi and Jann Arden will settle into a very informal, real and personal conversation. Part of the YYComedy Festival.

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: 5 to 6:30 pm
Where: Flanagan Theatre at the Grand – 608 1 Street Sw, Calgary,
Tickets: Online

Thursday, May 23

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

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

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

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Kangaroo Petting Zoo/cobbsadventurepark.com

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

Alexander Keith’s Lobster Boil

What: Rodney Oyster House’s Annual Maritime Lobster Boil with Alexander Keith’s. Ticket includes a welcome pint of Keith’s, a 1.25lb lobster flown in live from Misty Harbour, New Brunswick, Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad and Home Made Apple Pie, along with live music, new friends and messy hands. This is a shared family style dining experience.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Rodney’s Oyster House – 355 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Big Rock Craft Beer Calgary Brewing Workshop

What: During this hands-on, 2½-hour session, you’ll earn amateur brewmaster status as you mill, mash, sparge, boil, cool, pitch, ferment and package your way to hand-crafted beer greatness with the expertise of a Calgary brewery. A small snack and samples of the type of beer that you are brewing will be provided at the event. Eight weeks later, you’re invited to return to Heritage Park and pick up a bottle of your very own craft beer creation. Led by professional brewmaster Alan Yule.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village = 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W. Calgary
RegisterOnline, $95

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