18 things to do in Calgary this weekend: May 25 to 27

May 25 2018, 12:23 am

What a week it has been!

While it may have been shorter than a regular work week, that doesn’t mean that there’s any less reason to celebrate making it to the weekend.

Spend your glorious days off at any one of these great events!

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Friday, May 25

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, cozy 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

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

Vintage Redefined Market 


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  • What: Come shop for true antique gems at this brand-new vintage market. With over 25,000 sq ft of space, this market will feature a variety of vendors, such as true vintage collectibles, reclaimed goods, jewellery and more!
  • When: May 25 to 26
  • Time:
    • Friday: 5 to 9 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Acadia Recreation Centre – 240 90th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $7.50 to $10

Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic

  • What: Enjoy the very best of Queen as this cover band recreates the magic of their 1986 World Tour. Relive hits like We Will Rock You, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, and so many more!
  • When: Friday, May 25
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $39 to $59

Saturday, May 26

East Village Junction Opening Weekend 

  • What: In only one year this colourful container lot has turned into a popular Calgary mainstay. Located behind the King Edward Hotel, this is a unique destination that features local retail shops, workshops, music, art, and, of course, YYC Food Trucks. You won’t want to miss out on the fun summer festivities that they have planned at this hip community gathering space.
  • When: May 18 to September 3
  • Where: 430 8th Avenue SE

Boozy Brunch

  • What: Enjoy a delicious four-course brunch paired with beer or a cocktail — what more do you need to start the day!
  • When: Saturday, May 26
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Market – 718 17th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Reserve your table online, $50

East Town Get Down

  • What: One night. 60 bands. Eight venues. Six blocks. This brand new music festival is taking place on International Avenue and will be truly a night to remember! Get a wristband and hop between venues as you hear your favourite local bands and talent tearing up the stage. This festival is meant to shake up the festival landscape in Calgary and kick off the summer with an international flair!
  • When: Saturday, May 26
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: International Avenue – #250, 3515 17th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $25 (One wristband gets you into all 8 venues)

Experience the 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 an Iconic Glacier Adventure

  • What: Depending on the level of adventure you’re looking for, experiencing the glaciers in the heart of the Icefields Parkway is a must-see on the bucket list. Head out for an unforgettable experience on a massive Ice Explorer where you will have the opportunity to walk on, feel and drink from the Athabasca Glacier. If you’re a thrill seeker you can your adventure up a notch by taking a jaw-dropping walk along the glass-floored Glacier Skywalk at the cliff’s edge. Don’t forget your camera — this is a moment you’ll want to capture!
  • Where: Located on the boundary of Jasper and Banff National Parks – P.O. Box 1140
    Banff, Alberta
  • Admission: Online, Adult $31 and Children (6 to 15) $16 for the skywalk, $99 and $49.50 for the full glacier experience.

Check out a Board Game Cafe 

  • 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

Festival of Quilts: “Quilts in Living Colour”

  • What: Get ready for the 23rd 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 by Gloria Loughman.
  • When: May 26 to 27
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Tickets: Regular admission to the park (Gala, $74.99 per person)

Sunday, May 27

HER Gathering 1: Write Your Vision

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  • What: Calgary is full of some fiercely ambitious women who are absolutely killing it! It’s now their dream to inspire the next generation of women to do the same. Ladies 14 to 18 are encouraged to join the lady bosses who founded Crave Cupcakes and Dote Magazine for a visual writing workshop followed by a cupcake decorating class. We can assure you this event will be stunning, Instaworthy, and truly inspirational!
  • When: Sunday, May 27
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 7D Kitchen at Crave Kensington – 1107 Kensington Road NW
  • Tickets: Apply online by May 4. Only 8 Participants will be chosen

Barre and Brunch 

  • What: Enjoy a 50-minute barre class with Barre Belle and afterward enjoy a delicious brunch buffet, paired with bubbles of course. First we barre then we brunch — simple!
  • When: Sunday, May 27
  • Time: 10 am
  • Where: Trolley 5 Atrium – 728 17th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Asparagus Festival 

  • What: Due to extreme hail and other contributing factors this festival had to be put on hold for a few years — but it’s back and larger than ever! 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!
  • When: May 27, June 3 and June 10
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 1465 Twp. Road 352
  • Admission: $5, kids 5 and under are free

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

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

Head to the new Kananaskis Nordic Spa

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Woman swimming (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
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