15 things to do in Calgary this week: May 24 to 29

Dec 19 2017, 11:29 am

Looking for something to do this week? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between May 24 to 29.

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

Picnic in the Village Calgary 2016

  • What: YYCFoodTrucks is hosting Picnic in Calgary’s East Village. More than 15 food trucks will be in attendance at this year’s event serving up a plethora of food.
  • Where: Crossroads – East of the Simmons Building at 618 Confluence Way SE
  • When: Tuesday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $5 Entry (free for kids under 14)

Calgary International Children’s Festival

  • What: Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the CICF introduces young minds to the inspiration, creativity, and fun of live performance. Enjoy performances from the likes of Fred Penner, Splash’N Boots and many more.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: Wednesday, May 25 to Saturday, May 28

Ginapalooza Calgary

  • What: The second annual gin-centric celebration is back giving you a chance to sample a variety of gin-inspired cocktails carefully crafted for the event.
  • Where: Various locations around downtown
  • When: Now until Wednesday, June 1

Fair Tales Film Festival

  • What: The annual LGBTQA film festival returns with events guaranteed to provoke, challenge, and entertain.
  • Where: The Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Road NW
  • When: Now until Saturday, May 28
  • Cost: 
$100 Festival pass, $30 Three punch pass, $10 and up for individual shows. Purchase online

Farm Safety Day

  • What: This one day educational program welcomes Grade 6 to 9 classes increase their awareness and understanding of rural and farm safety.
  • Where: Stampede Park, Agrium Western Event Centre
  • When: Thursday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

The Royal Canadian Circus Spectac!

  • What: The Royal Canadian Circus SPECTAC! returns to Calgary for two weekends of family fun. May 20 to 23 (at Spruce Meadows) and May 26 to June 5 (at Crossroads Furniture Mart).
  • Where: Crossroads Furniture Mart – 2222 18th Avenue NE
  • When: Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, May 29
  • Cost: Tickets are from $30. Check online

New Universe at the DJD Dance Centre

  • What: Dancers at Calgary’s new DJD (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks) Dance Centre are celebrating its grand opening with a new live music and dance production. The new show will showcase the whole DJD company of dancers and feature a score by New York jazz great William Parker, as well as a five-piece band led by Parker himself.
  • Where: DJD Dance Centre – 111 12th Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, May 27 to Sunday, June 12, evening performances at 8 p.m.,
    Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
  • Cost: Tickets available at online or call 403-245-3533, starting at $29

Market Collective

  • What: From art, to clothing, to woodworking, this market sells everything your little local-loving heart could possible desire. The Market Collective aims to engage and empower the community towards positive growth.
  • Where: Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st Street SW
  • When: Friday, May 27 from 4 to 9 p.m.
    Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Click here for more.
  • Cost: $5 for the whole weekend (kids free)


  • What: See Canada’s emerging designers and artists at PARKSHOW 2016. The event will take place over two days and there will be PARK Pop-up Shops available throughout both evenings.
  • Where: Chinook Centre – 6455 Macleod Trail SW
  • When: Friday, May 27 to Saturday, May 28
  • Cost: From $40


  • What: A twist on the classic tale of Cinderella. Cowtown Opera presents its opera Ella. Instead of going to a ball, she’s going to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. Enjoy the love story told in modern day with a fun sic-fi twist.
  • Where: Festival Hall – 1215 10th Avenue SE
  • When: Thursday, May 26 to Saturday, May 28
  • Cost: $38

Banff Yoga Festival

  • What: The first ever, Banff Yoga Festival is taking place this weekend. The 3 day festival incorporates the mindfulness of yoga into all elements of our lives. Take part in yoga classes, hiking adventures and cultural and social interaction.
  • Where: The Fenlands Recreation Centre – 100 Mount Norquay Road, Banff
  • When: Friday May 27 to Sunday, May 29
  • Cost: $68 and up

Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park

  • What: The 21st Annual Festival of Quilts at Heritage park is Western Canada’s largest outdoor quilt show. You can browse through the quilts, sign up for workshops and donate quilts for distribution to those affected by the fire in Fort McMurray.
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: Saturday, May 28 to Sunday May 29
  • Cost: Regular park admission

Bridgeland Cultura Festival

  • What: Bridgeland Cultura Festival is back, showcasing one of Calgary’s best neighbourhoods for a second year. The free festival will run all day long, filling 1 Avenue between 8 and 9 street NE.
  • Where: 1st Avenue NE, between 8th and 9th Street
  • When: Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Info: Bridgeland Cultura Festival on Facebook

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

  • What: The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier and is 42.195 kilometres or 26.2 miles long. There are over 15,000 people expected to participate this year so register soon.
  • Where: All race-day activities will start and finish in Stampede Park
  • When: Sunday, May 29
  • Cost: $90 to $125

Body Worlds Vital

  • What: Celebrating the human body in its healthy, vibrant, and optimal self. Body Worlds is one of the first showcases to provide human specimens on display.
  • Where: TELUS Science Centre – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: Now until May 31
  • Cost: $24.95 for adults (18 to 64), $22.95 for seniors (65 and over), $20.95 for youth (13 to 17), $17.95 for children (3 to 12)
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