17 things to do in Calgary this weekend: May 13 to 15

Dec 19 2017, 11:27 am

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between May 13 to 15.

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

Bif Naked

  • What: She’s a singer, a songwriter, and a motivational speaker, and now Bif Naked can officially add “author” to her resume: her memoir I, Bificus was published last month to rave reviews. Expect to hear stories from the singer’s book in addition to hits like “Spaceman” and “I Love Myself Today.”
  • Where: Marquee Beer Market & Stage – 4630 Macleod Trail S
  • When: Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Tickets available online for $24.95. 18+


  • What: Canadian idols Hedley are traveling to the Scotiabank Saddledome on May 13, but it’s opening act Carly Rae Jepsen who we’re most excited to see. Jepsen released her criminally overlooked album Emotion last year, which failed to take off despite being chockfull of cheesy pop masterpieces.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Tickets available online from $39.50 to $79.50. All ages

Stampeders Fanfest

  • What: The Calgary Stampeders are hosting there annual Fanfest with a free pancake breakfast in the East parking lot of McMahon Stadium. Fans will have a chance to get autographs from players, walk through the locker room, enjoy some food on the TELUS patio, meet Ralph the Dog and Quick Six the Stampeders touchdown horse.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
  • When: Saturday, May 14 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Splash of Red Gala

  • What: The fourth annual Splash of Red Gala will be held at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary in May, to raise funds – and awareness – in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
  • Where: Fairmont Palliser, Alberta Ballroom – 133 9th Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Tickets available online.

Calgary Roughnecks vs Saskatchewan Rush

  • What: Roughnecks host the opening game in the NLL West Division final against the Saskatchewan Rush. In light of the events which happened in Fort McMurray last week, the Roughnecks will direct $4 from every West Division final ticket purchased along with RE/MAX 50-50 proceeds collected on Saturday to the ongoing recovery efforts.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $20 – $65


  • What: The low-key superstar, born Kevin Chapman, is a veteran of the Ultra Music Festival and plays Flames Central on May 14 as part of his 20-date North American tour.
  • Where: Flames Central – 219-8th Ave SW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Tickets available at the Flames Central box office for $20. 18+

NOTORIOUS West: Mayday

  • What: An evening of freestyle rap combined with high-energy improv comedy. NOTORIOUS Toronto sensation Wayne Jones aka 2 Hatz will be there along with Barry Rob & Friends from The Loose Moose Theatre Company.
  • Where: Cafe Koi – 1011 1st Street SW
  • When: Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m.

Calgary Reads Big Book Sale

  • What: At the 14th annual event, more than one million used books can be purchased over the 3 day event. There will also be a Jazz and Books Night on Saturday and children’s story tent on Sunday.
  • Where: Calgary Curling Club – 720 3rd Street NW
  • When: Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Sunday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $2 for adults

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: Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15
  • Tickets: Available online – annual membership costs $20; individual tickets for non-members are $15.

Stars on Ice

  • What: Canadian and world ice skating legend Elvis Stojko returns to the Calgary for a start studded show. Fellow Olympic medallists Scott Moir, Tessa Virtue, and Patrick Chan will all be there for a spectacular new show.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $25 – $130

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: Now until 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

The Light in the Piazza at Theatre Calgary

  • What: The Light in the Piazza has won six Tony Awards and features music that will take your breath away.
  • Where: Theatre Calgary – 220 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Now until Sunday, May 22
  • Cost: Tickets available online.

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: Now until Saturday, May 21
  • Cost: $25

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)

Michael Jackson’s Back from the Future

  • What: Doc and Marty need to travel back through time to meet a Mega-Popstar-Icon because the fate of the future may lie in his sequined-gloved hand.
  • Where: Jubilations Dinner Theatre – 1002 37th Street SW
  • When: Now until June 26
  • Cost: $67 and up

Zookeeper for a Day

  • What: The Calgary Zoo is letting you into their backyard with their Zookeeper for a day program. Saturdays and Sundays from May 14 to June 19 experience what it’s like to be a zookeeper at the Calgary Zoo.
  • Where: The Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Saturday, May 14 to Sunday, June 19
  • Cost: Full day $375; Half Day $250 (Only on May 15 and June 5)
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