10 things to do in Calgary this weekend: May 26 to 28

May 25 2023, 4:10 pm

It is the last weekend of May and there are so many fun things to do in Calgary with two huge attractions now open.

Plus, it is a new era for sports in this city.

Here are 10 things to do this weekend in Calgary.

Get your Mario Kart on at Winsport

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What: An absolute must-try attraction is back for another year in Calgary with Downhill karting returning to Winsport. Downhill karting allows visitors to ride their way down 1,800 metres of track and maneuver their way through 50 twists and turns all while you are flying downhill, descending over 100 m.

Address: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm in May; Friday to Monday, 1 to 7 pm starting June 1; 1 to 7 pm daily starting June 26
Tickets: Start at $28

Check out all the rides at Calaway Park

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What: Western Canada’s largest outdoor amusement park boasts 32 rides, family-friendly entertainment, and plenty of drool-worthy treats. Plus, you can even camp right on-site to keep the fun going. And there are more than just rides at Calaway Park. The CP Spray n’ Play waterpark is the perfect spot to cool off on a cool day. You can also take in a show in the 3D theatre, enjoy 20 games in the Drop Zone, and much more.

When: Open weekends from May 20 to June 25, daily from June 29 to September 4, and weekends and holiday Mondays from September 9 to October 9
Time: 10 am to 7 pm from May 20 through September 3, and 11 am to 5 pm from September 10 to October 10
Where: 245033 Range Road 33
Admission: $49.95 for regular general admission

Take in some movies at the Calgary Black Film Festival

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Globe Cinema, Calgary (Elle McLean/Daily Hive)

What: Back for its third year, the Calgary Black Film Festival “aims to amplify the voices of Afro-descendants.” Through 40 films and various panels, this hybrid third edition is aimed at the public from all communities, highlighting the talent of creators from diverse backgrounds and making room for them to reflect on the issues they face.

When: May 26 to 29
Where: Globe Cinema — 617 8th Avenue SW
Price: $59 for a weekend pass

Cheer on the Calgary Serge in their debut

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CEBL

What: Calgary’s new pro basketball team tips off its inaugural season with a battle of Alberta against the Edmonton Stingers.

When: May 27
Where: Winsport — 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Time: 4 pm
Tickets: Start at $37

Enjoy a tale as old as time with a Beauty and the Beast Experience

Beauty And The Beast Cocktail Experience

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What: The Beauty and The Beast Immersive Cocktail Experience, a fairytale journey that you definitely don’t want to miss, is in Calgary. This wonderful adventure, from the same team behind the Alice in Wonderland Experience, is coming to Sunny Cider Bar for a limited time starting on March 24. Based on the Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont fairytale, guests of this interactive experience will be surrounded by people who have become household objects, like talking clocks.

When: From now until December 31
Where: Sunny Cider Bar — 14th Avenue NE
Price: $47 per person; buy here

Head out for a stroll and enjoy the city

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What: Calgary has so many great walking paths all around the city, and with the weather getting better, now might be the time to check some of them out. If you want to step it up a little bit you can check out some of the stairs around the city to get a sweat in and enjoy a sweet view.

Experience Wonderspaces in Calgary at Telus Spark

Calgary Telus Spark

Telus Spark

What: A mesmerizing new experience is coming to Calgary with Wonderspaces making its international debut at Telus Spark. This long-term experience coming to the Telus Spark Science Centre will feature nine unique, interactive art installations.

When: From now to October
Where: Telus Spark – 220 Saint George’s Drive Northeast
Tickets: Included in general admission or a Spark Membership

Enjoy another season at the Historical Village at Heritage Park

Heritage Park

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What: One of the must-see attractions in Calgary, Heritage Park is ready for another season at the Historical Village. The theme this year is more: more to do, more to see, more to touch, more to smell, more to taste. Check out the 180 exhibits and attractions at Heritage Park with the Historical Village opening.

Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park — 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Test your skills at Potion Putt

Potion Putt

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What: This boozy experience offers the chance to have some golf fun, even in the winter months. This is from the same team that has brought similar pop-up adventures to Calgary, like the Alice Cocktail Experience and the Peter Pan Neverland Experience. This “crazy golf course” is inspired by a certain famous wizard who can’t be named for copyright reasons. There will be nine holes to play as you come across bubbling cauldrons filled with tasty potions that may even help you cast a few spells to help you complete some of the mystical tee-off challenges.

When: Until May 31
Where: Springbank Links Golf Club – 125 Hackamore Trail, Calgary
Price: $15 per person; buy here

Get reminded about Nickelback at the National Music Centre

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Richard Beland

What: A Nickelback exhibit is here to remind Calgary fans of the band’s many accomplishments. This year’s exhibition will feature a number of instruments used by the band, some personal items, concert footage, and behind-the-scenes photos, all of which help capture the band’s rise and experiences as an internationally celebrated rock band.

When: From now until February 2024
Where: Studio Bell at the National Music Centre — 850 4th Street SE
Tickets: Studio Bell admission: $21.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/seniors (65+), $13.50 for children (3 to 12 years of age), and free for children under 3 years of age.

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