17 things to do in Calgary this weekend: May 27 to 29

Dec 19 2017, 11:30 am

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between May 27 to 29.

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

Kal Aaj Aur Kal – Charity Art show

  • What: Local artist Salma Jadavji and radio show Salaam Namaste Canada will be hosting an art show in support of the World Partnership Walk. There will be a dinner and dance party after the show, tickets will be sold at the door for $40.
  • Where: Marlborough ParkCommunity Centre – 6021 Madigan Drive NE
  • When: Friday, May 27 at 6 p.m.

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: Now until Saturday, May 28

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


  • 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: Now until Saturday, May 28
  • Cost: $38

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: Now until Sunday, May 29
  • Cost: Tickets are from $30. Check online

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

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

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

Splash of Colour Art Show

  • What: ArtMatch is hosting an art show to promote 25 local artists and to bring awareness and exposure persons with disabilities, like special guest artist Joseph Hnatuk, who has schizophrenia.
  • Where: Optimist Gallery, In-Definite Arts – 8038 Fairmount Drive SE
  • When: Sunday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

The Ship & Anchor Annual Songwriting Contest

  • What: Support the city’s talent at the annual songwriting contest hosted by the Ship. Winners will be chosen in four different categories: Youth, Big Rock Untapped, Jameson Upstart and Finlandia Top Shelf can win grand prizes spanning from $1000 to $2500 and a Performance at Bow Valley Music Festival.
  • Where: The Ship & Anchor – 534 17th Avenue SW
  • When: Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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
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