25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: May 10 to 12

Apr 30 2019, 11:38 pm

Savour the weekend with our picks of 25 things to do in Calgary on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12. YYCFoodTrucks, Mother’s Day, and more!

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

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Friday, May 10

Cannabis Yoga Retreat 2019

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Woman doing yoga outdoors (lkoimages/Shutterstock)

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

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 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

2019 CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale

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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.

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

NMC & Sled Island present: Ian William Craig

What: Vancouver-based singer and sound artist Ian William Craig performs at Studio Bell.

When: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Studio Bell – National Music Centre -850 4 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Saturday, May 11

YYCFoodTrucks Spring Frenzy 2019

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What: Celebrate the city’s best eats on May 11 at the YYCFoodTrucks Spring Frenzy. The highly-anticipated foodie event is set to take over Celebration Square, East Village at 7 Avenue and 4 Street. Treat yourself to food from your favourite YYC food trucks, enjoy a drink or two, and dance to live music like nobody sees the taco in your hand.  While you’re there, you can also take part in games, see (and participate in) interactive art, and enter draws to win YYCFoodTrucks bucks!

When: May 11, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Celebration Square, East Village – 7 Avenue SE
Admission: $5 entry, entry free for kids under 12 and seniors

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

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

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 auction.

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

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

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

Mother’s Day at the Market

What: Breakfast in bed is perfect for when you’re 10 years old and can only make cereal, but we think your Mom might value her sheets a little more. Bring your mom, step-mom, grandma, mom-to-be, friend’s mom, neighbour’s mom (okay, you get the point), and give her a pampered afternoon of neck massages and mimosas at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. While she’s relaxing, you can pick up a thoughtful gift and ingredients to make a gourmet dinner that says “Thank you, Mom. For all that you are, and all that you do.”

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market — 510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary
Cost: Free

Triwood Spring Market

What: A staple in Calgary markets, the Triwood Spring Market is the quintessential market for one and all. For the fashion-icon, handmade jewellery is aplenty. For all the hungry foodies, you can taste a range of food from fine Ukrainian foods to delicate Lemonberry pastries and cakes.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Mount Royal University, Ross Glen Hall — 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary
Cost: Free

Dine Under The Stars — Soiree In The Valley

Image: Dinner4Four Co.

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 to 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

A Love Letter to Emily C

What: A Love Letter to Emily C by Calgary’s Poet Laureate Sheri-D Wilson explores the life and times of Canadian icon and artist Emily Carr. Presented by Handome Alice Theatre.

When: Now to Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Big Secret Theatre – Arts Commons
Tickets: Online

Sunday, May 12

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

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: May 12, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: 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

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

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 Spring Fibre Market

What: The sun may be out, but that doesn’t mean the wind and cold are no longer there. Spin your way into the Spring Fibre Market and check out local fibre enthusiasts. Grab some knit scarves and sweaters or try your hand at some knit-making with a “Spin-in.”

When: Saturday, May 11 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: Saturday – 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday – 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Triwood Community Hall – 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW
Cost: Free

Free compost giveaway 2019


Free compost (City of Calgary)

What: The City of Calgary is inviting residents to pick up free compost for their lawns and gardens this spring, starting this Sunday, May 12. The nutrient-rich compost has been created out of the food and yard waste put into the green bins throughout the past year, and anyone looking to take the city up on their offer will be able to drive away with up to 100 litres of compost per vehicle.

When: Saturdays May 12, May 19, and May 26, 2019
Time: 8 am to 4 pm
Where: Shepard Landfill – 12111 68th Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

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

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