19 things to do in Calgary this long weekend: May 20 to 22

May 19 2017, 7:32 pm

No matter what you’re in the mood for, there are lots of things happening around Calgary this weekend.

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  • What: NeedToBreathe is an American Christian Rock band, from Seneca, South Carolina. Join them on their tour across North America as they work to promote their new music single and video, HARDLove.
  • When: May 20
  • Where: Mac Hall – 250 University Drive NW
  • Cost: $36

Raiders of the Lost Ark: Original Film with Orchestra

  • What: The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever! Relive the magic on the big screen with the original great adventure…Raiders of the Lost Ark… with John Williams’ epic score performed live alongside the film by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
  • When: 
    • Friday, May 19 at 7:30pm
    • Saturday, May 20 at 2pm
  • Cost: $20-$80

Expo at the Museum: Future Heros

  • What: The Military Museums is hosting heros (and villains) of sci fi, pop culture, and Canadian history. This one day event will showcase a variety of geek culture icons from Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo, and many more. Game with your friends, get a photo with a Storm Trooper, catch a panel presentation, hunt for Pokemon, have a piece of birthday cake to celebrate your fandom’s anniversary, and shop the vendors.
  • Where: The Military Museums – 4520 Crowchild Trail SW
  • When: Saturday, May 20
  • Cost: Adults $15; seniors, students and youth $5

 Crazy for You

  • What: Follow along a young banker as he is sent to the small town of Deadrock to foreclose a rundown theatre, little does he know this is an experience that will change his life forever. As you sit in the theatre you will be swept away by the hilarious antics, musical spirit, high-energy dance numbers, all paired with old-fashioned classics that compliment the storyline of this lively show!
  • Where: Max Bell Theatre – 240 9 Avenue SE
  • When: April 18 – May 20
  • Cost: $59-$136

Movement U New RowBody Classes 

  • What: RowBody is the newest addition to the work out selection offered at Movement U and soon to be your new little secret as to where you got those killer washboard abs. As with all programs at the studio, music is the backbone to this heart-pounding, 45-minute cardio workout that focuses on full body strength training and is split between the rower and floor exercises. This workout will target and tone over 80% of the muscles in your body, giving you the results that you have been looking for!
  • Where: 16 4 Street NE
  • When: Runs at various times throughout the week. Register online or through your MindBody App. See the full schedule here!
  • Cost: RowBody is included in the price of all of the class packages available at Movement U along with Row, Spin and HIIT.


  • What: Prophecies, ambition, murder, madness. The Shakespeare Company brings Macbeth to Calgary.
  • Where: Studio at Vertigo Theatre – 115 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Now until May 27 – evenings at 7 pm, 2:30 pm matinees on May 20, 21, 27

Rock of Ages

  • What: Spend an evening transported back to an era of hard rock, emotional guitar solos and hair that reached exponential heights, the good ol’ 80s! This lively musical captures the beauty and innocence of small town love, while integrating the influences of classic Rock and Roll in that era. The music line-up is littered with famous songs by Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Journey, Bon Jovi and more, that will have you to singing and dancing along throughout the show!
  • Where: Stage West Calgary – 727 42 Avenue SE
  • When: April 21 to June 25 – occurs weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Cost: $75

Banff Centre Children’s Festival

  • What: Spend a day adventuring into the world of art and imagination through fun-filled activities and live shows. This festival is aimed at fostering imagination in children of all ages, while exploring Canada’s diverse cultural communities through dance, music, storytelling, circus school and more!
  • Where: Banff Centre – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
  • When: May 20
  • Cost: Varies depending on event

Calaway Park Opening Weekend

  • What Everyone’s favourite outdoor theme park is finally opening for the summer and kicking off its 36th season of family fun!
  • Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
  • When: May 20-22
  • Cost: Regular park admission

Heritage Park Opening Weekend

  • What: Come celebrate the first long weekend of the summer at the opening of Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, ride the antique midway and feast on a freshly baked cheese bun and help them kick off their 53rd summer season.
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: May 20-22
  • Cost: Regular park admission

Check out some live Music on Music Mile

  • What: 2016 was the year of music here in Calgary, and the music industry in our city is now booming as a result. Spend date night at one of the many venues on YYC’s Music Mile, between Inglewood and East Village, and be entertained by some of our city’s best local talent at a live show, while enjoying a few drinks with your significant other. See the list of venues and performances here!
  • Where: Music Mile – between Inglewood and East Village
  • Cost: FREE

The Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC

  • What: For 50 years, the Royal Canadian Family Circus has been providing lively entertainment and spectacular shows to multiple generations of family’s. Whether or not your Grandma saw this circus as a kid, or this is the first time for everyone in your family, you’re bound to be awed by the gravity-defying performances and have a magical time under the big top!
  • Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
  • When: May 26-June 4
  • Cost: $25

Drake Yoga

  • What: Yoga, Drake and brunch, is there any better combination you can think of for a Saturday morning sweat sesh? Head to Commonwealth for some hip-hop yoga and do their downward dog to smooth beats by Drake. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious brunch crafted by Chef Pigot from Home and Away.
  • Where: Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731 10 Avenue SW
  • When: May 20, 2017
  • Cost: $20-$33

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy

  • What: Calling all Trekkies! Having opened on February 4, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience will be at TELUS Spark until June 4, 2017. Upon entering the exhibit, you’ll become a Starfleet Academy cadet recruit.
  • Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: Now until June 4, 2017
  • Cost: Adults $29.95

Watch ‘Heidi’ in theatres for only $2.99

  • What: Cineplex Family Favourites are the perfect day to take your little one or your big ones to the movies on the cheap. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting Free The Children with this week’s movie being ‘Heidi.’
  • Where: Participating Cineplex theatres
  • When: Saturday, May 13 at 11am
  • Cost: $2.99

Model Milk’s summery Southern BBQ Sunday suppers

  • What: For many years, Model Milk has offered their wildly popular Sunday Supper every week, serving a casual three course family-style meal instead of their regular menu. The meal incorporates a few appetizer plates, two meat proteins, multiple sides, and a sweet finish, all of which can be enjoyed in the comfortable atmosphere that Model Milk provides.
  • Where: 308 17 Avenue SW
  • When: Every Sunday until September 3

Core Fitness: HIGH Fitness

  • What: Now that the snow is gone, it’s about time to get working on that bikini bod for summer! Join the CORE in Downtown Calgary, every Sunday of the month for a free high intensity group hit workout class and have some fun with your weekend sweat.
  • When: Every Sunday in May
  • Where: COREshopping – 317 7 Avenue SW
  • Cost: FREE

89th Annual Slush Cup

  • What: Slush Cup is a tradition unique to Sunshine Village that goes back many years – precisely 89! Have fun splashing in the melted snow, while watching live performances, participating in fun competitions and enjoying a brew at the Molson Beer Gardens. Even if you aren’t participating in the competition, be sure to dress to impress, by coming up with a creative, unique and original costume that will make you stand out amongst the rest of the wet shenanigans.
  • Where: Sunshine Village – 1 Sunshine access Road, Banff
  • When: May 22, 2017
  • Cost: Regular spring admission

Go for brunch!

  • You can never go wrong with Sunday brunch, or rather brunch on any day of the week! It makes for a great date or if you looking for a place to catch up with old friends that won’t break the bank after the holidays. Bonding over benny is a real thing! Here are a few spots that are either new to Calgary’s brunch scene or are not your classic brunch spots that you have been to millions of times before.
  • Ten Foot Henry
  • Alforno Bakery and Café
  • Phil and Sebastians on 8th Avenue SW
  • OEB Breakfast Co. on 5th Avenue SW
  • Bridgette Bar
  • Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge
  • Vendome
  • Monki
  • Anju
  • Charbar
  • Native Tongues Taqueria
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