18 things to do in Calgary this week: May 2 to 8

Dec 19 2017, 11:25 am

Looking for something to do this week? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between May 2 to 8.

For a complete list of events, check out our Calgary events calendar.

YYC Taco Fiesta 2016

  • What: Combining food and charity, YYC Taco Fiesta, a six day long festival celebrating tacos, makes its debut in Calgary this year.
  • When: Now until Thursday, May 5
  • Where: Various venues throughout the city (click here for participating restaurants)

Calgary Performing Arts Festival

  • What: Formally known as the Kiwanis Festival, this display of amateur talent in Calgary will surely amaze you.
  • Where: Mount Royal University – 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
  • When: Now until Saturday, May 7

Calgary New Music Festival

  • What: The second annual week-long festival is presented by New Works Calgary. The diversity of today’s new music will be presented by a variety of Calgary musicians and ensembles in venues all over the city.
  • Where: Various Locations
  • When: Now until Monday, May 9
  • Cost: $75 for festival passes

Flora and Fawna’s Field Trip

  • What: No mean girls allowed when it comes to best friend duo Flora and Fawna friend circle. They are creating a safe place for girls just like them by launching The NaturElles, a social group with a difference. It’s a funny, heartwarming and surprising performance that shows the power, and the price, of being different.
  • Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 115 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Monday, May 2 to Saturday, May 21
  • Cost: $25

Spring Design Workshop

  • What: award-winning interior decorator Katie Rioux and designer and artist Vandy Midha will teach you spring-specific design tips. Learn how to make you personal spaces even more beautiful and add original art to various spaces.
  • Where: The Commons Calgary – 150 1900 11th Street SE
  • When: Wednesday, May 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free, RSVP to [email protected]

Sarah Slean

  • What: Fans of Sarah Slean can expect the unexpected when the musician teams up with The Wild West New Music Ensemble on May 4. The ensemble is made up of some of Canada’s biggest and best musicians, many of whom are involved in Calgary’s Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Tickets available online for $40. All ages

Love Lies Bleeding

  • What: The Alberta Ballet presents it’s final performance of the season. Featuring 14 classic songs by rock legends Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Love Lies Bleeding depicts a musician’s rise to fame, exploring the trials, sacrifices and triumphs of achieving superstardom.
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • When: Thursday, May 5 to Saturday, May 7
  • Cost: $29 and up. Tickets available online

Inglewood’s Girls Night Out

  • What: Over 50 participating vendors in Inglewood will be open late. There will be exclusive cocktail hours and discounts at your favourite boutiques. Take your girls out for a night of shopping in Inglewood.
  • Where: Inglewood Calgary – 9 Avenue SE
  • When: Thursday, May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Retail Therapy Night Market

  • What: Head down to Festival Hall in Inglewood where Clothing Bar Boutique is hosting a fashion and shopping event. You’ll see a fashion show, get hors d’oeuvres and drinks and get to do some shopping. The night is in support local charity Juno House, an organization that supports adolescent girls’ and young women’s mental health.
  • Where: Festival Hall – 1215 10th Avenue SE
  • When: Thursday, May 5 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
  • Cost: $35

Cinco de Mayo Taco Eating Contest

  • What: The Unicorn Superpub is hosting its first ever Cinco De Mayo taco eating competition in the sports cantina. There will also be drink specials rolling through the whole day.
  • Where: The Unicorn – 223 8th Avenue SW
  • When: Thursday, May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $25 to enter

Bike to Work Day

  • What: The 10th annual Bike to Work Day is coming up in Calgary. The event celebrates and promotes cycling as a healthy mode of transportation that is efficient, low-cost and socially responsible.
  • When: Friday, May 6 from 6 to 9 a.m.
  • Where: 10 pit stops around downtown Calgary with their home base at Eau Claire in the North Plaza.
  • Cost: Free

Calgary International Beerfest

  • What: Sample more than 500 different beers on site, take part in beer seminars, enjoy the live entertainment, and much more.
  • Where: BMO Centre, Halls A-E – 20 Roundup Way
  • When: Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7
  • Cost: $19 (general admission); $30 (weekend pass)

Jane’s Walks

  • What: In conjunction with free neighbourhood walks all over the world, join in on walking tours in Calgary. There are close to 60 walks to choose from to get to know our city including The Beautiful Beltline, Canyon Meadows Pathways and Parks, and Glenmore Historical Walk.
  • Where: Various locations – check online
  • When: Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8
  • Cost: Free

Alberta Burger Fest

  • What: A province wide competition where burgers and restaurants are highlighted to raise funds for Charity. 10% of your purchase will go to charity then you vote and the winner will be the Burger champion of their municipality.
  • Where: Various Locations
  • When: Friday, May 6 to Monday, May 16

14th Annual Calgary Book Drive and Sale

  • What: Servant Anonymous Society of Calgary is hosting its 14th annual book drive and sale.
  • Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26th Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 6 to 15

Hidden Gems Film Festival 2016

  • What: The annual Hidden Gems Film Festival will be celebrating the theme of women in India this year when it opens in Calgary this May. The festival will present screenings of several Indian films, including Partu (One Who Comes Back), to be attended by director Nitin Adsul, and the Canadian premiere of Ottaal (Trap).
  • Where: Alberta College of Art and Design – 1407 14th Avenue NW
  • When: May 6 – 8 and May 13 – 15
  • Tickets: Available online – annual membership costs $20; individual tickets for non-members are $15.


  • What: This year’s event will open up the conversation around revolutions and how each individual bares witness to revolutions in their own lives and communities.
  • Where: Libin Theatre at the Cumming School of Medicine – Health Sciences Centre, Foothills Campus – 3330 Hospital Drive NW
  • When: Saturday, May 7 from 12 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $92 – $149. Tickets available online.

Alberta Bike Swap

  • What: The event is consignment-based and every bike sold is fully inspected by a bike tech prior to being displayed. Half of all the profits go to charity – last year they donated nearly $10,000. To rack a bike, sellers must pay $10 if they’re an AMA member and $15 if they’re not.
  • When: Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: City Centre Parkade – 340 10th Avenue SW
  • Event Page: facebook.com/Calgary-Bike-Swap
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