28 things to do in Calgary this weekend: May 11 to 13

May 10 2018, 5:39 pm

It took a good few days, but we finally made it right back around to the weekend!

This one is jam-packed with awesome stuff to check out around the city, so you’d better not let a moment go to waste.

Here are a few of our favourite suggestions for events to check out this weekend.

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Friday, May 11

Day Out with Thomas

  • What: This exciting children’s event gives your kids the opportunity to take a ride on their favourite tank engine, meet the railway controller (Sir Topham Hall), enjoy the Imagination Station, and so much more! This will be a day your kids will never forget.
  • When: May 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Tickets: Online, $21 to $25

Day tripper: Music that Fuels Your Day by Revv52

  • What: This music will fuel your soul and have you on your feet wishing you were up there singing with them!
  • When: May 11 to 12
  • Time: 8 pm and 2 pm
  • Where: Bella Concert Hall – 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
  • Tickets: Online, $20 to $60

Whales Tohora

  • What: Coming all the way from the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, this exciting exhibition has been travelling North America for the last 10 years and Calgary marks its final destination. Excite your senses with this unique cultural experience that will show you everything you need to know about the king of the ocean; the whale. The exhibit shows everything from life-size whale skeletons to the evolution of these creatures and understanding how they communicate. There is so much to know about these beautiful beings.
  • When: January 20 to June 20
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Tickets: Online, $26

Check out a Board Game Cafe 


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  • What: Board game cafes make a great first date, as there are lots of icebreaker opportunities to make it very obvious if there will be a second date in the cards. Alternatively, it’s a fun way to hang out with friends and spice up the usual catch-up coffee affair. Plus, there is nothing wrong with some healthy competition!
  • Where:
    • Hexagon Board Game Cafe – #200 1140 Kensington Road NW, Calgary
    • Boxcar Board Game Cafe – 1215 1st Street SW, Calgary

Frida Kahlo: Her Photos

  • What: Get inspired as you stroll through beautiful photographs taken by the famous and fascinating Frida Kahlo. There are more than 240 pieces that were kept in her home, ‘The Blue House,” for over 50 years under her estate. Visitors will have the opportunity to better understand the woman behind the artist; her origins, her roots, her friendships and romantic relationships, her fragile health, her political tendencies, and her special relationship with photography. This is the first time this exhibition has ever been presented in Canada!
  • When: February 3 to May 21, 2018
  • Where: The Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Admission: Regular admission

Canmore Uncorked 

  • What: Eat, drink and eat some more at this annual 11-day food festival, held in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
  • When: May 3 to 13
  • Where: Various locations in and around Canmore
  • TicketsOnline, $39 to $180

Market Spot Pop Up

  • What: Grab your momma and head down to this pop-up market for a fun afternoon of shopping, while supporting your favourite local makers! This is also a great spot to pick up a Mother’s Day gift for all those last minute people out there — they have got you covered!
  • When: May 10 to 13
  • Time: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Road SE
  • Admission: FREE

Saturday, May 12

X Warrior Challenge 

  • What: If running isn’t your thing, step it up a notch with some jumping, climbing, crawling — you know, the works!
  • When: Saturday, May 12
  • Time: 8 am
  • Where: Stampede Park — 1410 Olympic Way SE
  • Admission: Online, $29 to $119

Darkness into Light 

  • What: Run into the sunrise to support Pieta House Ireland and the local charity Distress Centre Calgary. Join the international movement!
  • When: Saturday, May 12
  • Time: 5 am
  • Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
  • Register: Online, $40

2018 Stars on Ice Tour 


Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir/Olympics.ca

  • What: We cheered them on in South Korea a few short months ago as they won their medals, and now you can cheer them on in person! Come see everyone’s favourite couple on ice, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, along with Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, and so many more. There will be magic on the ice that night, we can guarantee it!
  • When: Saturday, May 12
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $12 to $46

Youth Singers Of Calgary In Lights On Broadway

  • What: Come on down The Great White Way! The Youth Singers of Calgary presents all the Broadway hits you’ve ever wanted to do in one show, including music from over a 100 years. There will be 250 young singers and dancers in a clever storyline that will reveal how we process life through theatre!
  • When: Saturday, May 12
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Southern Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $20 to $43

Dogfest Spring Fling

  • What: Attention dog parents! If you have a sociable pooch — big or small — this is the perfect chance for them to meet another friendly canine, and for you to spoil them rotten with new toys, treats, and accessories from local vendors. Also, if you’ve ever dreamed of having a portrait created of you and your beloved pup, now’s the chance! Portraits are available for $15.
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Triwood Arena – 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW, Calgary
  • Admission: Free, you can register you and your pup here

Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem

  • What: When Annie Oakley’s brother goes missing there is only one pair of detectives right for the job. Follow along as Sherlock and Watson work to solve the mystery and end up in some unplanned situations involving inventions, robbery, and murder.
  • When: May 12 to June 10
  • Time: Varies per day
  • Where: Vertigo Theatre – 161, 115 9th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Contact the ticket office at 403-221-3708

Go on a Helicopter Tour


Image: Valhalla Helicopters Inc.

  • What: If you’re looking for an experience of a lifetime then it’s time you see the Alberta landscape from a completely different view – the air! Grab a few friends and take a ride in a state-of-the-art helicopter for incredible views of the city and the surrounding Rocky Mountains.
  • Where: Takes off from the Springbank Airport or Drumheller Airport – 402 Otter Bay
  • When: Year-round
  • Cost: Between $400 to $1,6000, for up to three passengers

Rockies Run Collective

  • What: Join Lululemon every Saturday morning for a fun morning run through iconic mountain landscapes and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy town streets!
  • When: Every Saturday morning
  • Time: 9 am
  • Where: Lululemon Banff – 121 Banff Avenue, Banff
  • Admission: Free!

Dust off your road bike

  • It looks like Calgary has seen the last of the snow, for the next five months at least – fingers crossed! So it’s the perfect time to get out your road bike and head down to the river for some beautiful views and a great afternoon of adventures, exploring Calgary’s bike paths.

Head to the new Kananaskis Nordic Spa

  • What: Looking for a quick escape from the everyday grind? This brand new spa combines the tranquil rejuvenation of a traditional Nordic Spa and the Alpine stillness of the Canadian Rockies. This spa is meant to provide relaxation and the opportunity to discover clarity in the midst of the mountains.
  • Where: 1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis

Greater Goods Monthly Pop-up Series: Essentials By Nature

  • What: Come shop the all-natural, preservative-free skin care products from Essentials by Nature throughout the month of May at Greater Goods Boutique and Tea Bar, located in the heart of Bridgeland. You’ll be supporting a local —and extremely talented — small business while purchasing products that are good for you, your home, and the environment.
  • Where: Greater Goods – #8 606 Meredith Road NE
  • When: The entire month of May

Sunday, May 13

Sport Chek Mother’s Day Run, Walk & Ride 

  • What: Sweat with your momma as you celebrate her special day!
  • When: Sunday, May 13
  • Time: 8:40 am
  • Where: Chinook Centre – 6455 Macleod Trail S
  • Registration: Online, $25 to $45

Mother’s Day Brunch 



  • What: Celebrate your mom with the best meal of the day – it’s no coincidence Mother’s Day fell on a Sunday! See the full list of spots here.
  • When: Sunday, May 13
  • Where:
    • Alloy – 220 42nd Avenue SE
    • Bow Valley Ranche – 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE
    • The Calgary Zoo – 210 Saint George’s Drive NE
    • Teatro – 200 8th Avenue SE
    • Winsport – 11500 35th Street SE
    • Craft Beer Market – 345 10th Avenue SW
    • Bridgette Bar – 739 10th Avenue SW
    • National on 10, 17 and Westhills

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 13
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: The Post Hotel and Spa
  • Reservations: Call 403-522-3989 or 800-661-1586

Free fitness classes at the CORE: Bootcamp

  • What: For the month of May, start your Sunday off right with a free boot camp class courtesy of Caron Anderson at the CORE. Time to get started on your summer bod!
  • When: Every Sunday in April
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Dome Tower – 333, 7th Avenue SW
  • Cost: FREE

The Secret Garden

  • What: See this beloved classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett come to life on stage in this beautifully composed Broadway musical! See how a young girl used a magical key and a secret garden to warm the hearts of her uncle, family, and the audience during the show.
  • When: April 17 to May 19
  • Where: Max Bell Theatre – 220 9th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $35 to $103

Check out Famoso on 4th’s new digs

  • What: Come grab a fire-roasted pizza from you’re favourite neighbourhood pizza shop, Famoso’s on 4th, and check out their new renovations. A gorgeous centre bar, natural lighting, cosy booths, and more, they have really taken the concept of a local pizza eatery to the next level. Step into Italy and enjoy!
  • When: Opened early April
  • Where: 2303 4th Avenue SW

NOtaBLE Hour 

  • What: Head to one of Calgary’s favourite eateries for some after-work libation for only $8 a glass. This deal includes the Moscow Mule Grilled Grapefruit Swizzle, a pint of Village Brewery No Bull beer, or a glass of wine. They will also be offering a chicken dinner for two for only $30, which includes half a wood-fired rotisserie Happy Chicken, with NOtaBLE signature salad and bottomless fries on the side – sign us up!
  • When: Tuesday to Thursday
  • Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
  • Where: 4611 Bowness Road NW

Go on a spring hike!


Rocky Mountains (@lm_little / Instagram)

  • What: Now that most of the snow has cleared away, grab your hiking shoes and head up to the Rockies for some fresh mountain air and stunning scenic views – just don’t forget your camera! Try Grassi Lakes, Johnston Canyon, or Grotto Canyon if you’re looking for an adventure a bit shorter in length, but doesn’t compromise the quality of the view. If you’re a thrill seeker and up for the challenge try out Ha Ling Peak, Crypt Lake, or Aylmer Lookout, because the end view will take your breath away – literally! Find more hikes to do around Alberta here!
  • Where: The Canadian Rocky Mountains

Experience the new and improved Brewster Banff Gondola

  • What: Head to the summit for a beautiful view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine.
  • Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
  • Tickets: Adult $62, child $31

Take a road trip through the Icefields Parkway

  • What: Did someone say road trip? Grab some pals and your camera and go cruising on this stretch of highway between Jasper and Lake Louise. The views are tremendous, but just make sure you don’t limit you to one single destination. It’s all about the drive and what you’ll discover!
  • Where: Highway between Jasper and Lake Louise
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