18 Best Things to Do in Calgary This May

This month, cheer on Calgary’s professional soccer and hockey teams, go bowling at a new bar, shop at a new night market and more.

Cavalry FC playing Pacific FC. Photograph by Cavalry FC Media, Tony Lewis.

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Snack on some pizza during La Pizza Week

When: May 1 to 14

Running for the first two weeks of the month, La Pizza Week is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a fresh pizza pie or two. There are 17 participating Calgary restaurants, including Crispy Crust Pizzeria, Home & Away, Bravo Pizza, Joyce on 4th and more.



Learn more about the city on a Jane’s Walk

When: May 6 to 8

Named after urbanist and activist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walks offer a way to learn more about the city through guided walking tours. There are tons of walks to choose from, including one on mid-century modern architecture in downtown Calgary, one on the Music Mile, a Nose Hill Medicine Wheel walk, drum and sharing circle and more.



Enjoy a beer at the new Rising Tides Taproom

There’s a new West Coast-inspired taproom in Montgomery. Rising Tides Taproom has a bright and beautiful space where you can enjoy local beers and snacks with some friends. The taproom also has a giving wall where you can support local charities by ordering the “giving tap” beer.

4545 Bowness Rd. N.W., risingtidestaproom.com 


Check out a plant swap at Soil & Soul

When: May 7

One of Calgary’s newest plant shops is holding a plant swap on May 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ticket holders can bring plants, plant cuttings or seeds to the event and may end up finding a new plant friend to bring home.

1016 Macleod Tr. S.E., eventbrite.com


Cheer on the Calgary Flames

When: May 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15

The Calgary Flames have made it to the NHL playoffs and are battling it out against the Dallas Stars. Whether you’re attending a game in person at the Saddledome or watching from home or a local bar, be sure to cheer on the team as they vie for the Stanley Cup. If you are going to a game, here are some ideas for where to eat near the arena beforehand.

Read more: Where to Eat Before Going to a Calgary Flames Playoff Game


Watch Vertigo Theatre’s Production of Clue


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When: May 7 to June 5

If you love the 1985 film Clue (and the eponymous board game), don’t miss the last show of Vertigo Theatre’s season. Vertigo’s production is based on the film’s screenplay and brings us along to a dinner party with Ms. Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White and Mr. Green.

The Playhouse, 115 9 Ave. S.E., vertigotheatre.com


Go bowling or play arcade games at The Banquet

One of the newest additions to the University District, The Banquet is a new Calgary bar with tons of activities and games to add to your night. Try your hand at bowling, shuffleboard, pool or arcade games either before or after your meal. If you can, try to snag a seat on the patio.

3957 University Ave. N.W., 587-943-4726, thebanquetbar.com


Shop local at the Made in Alberta Market

When: May 18 and 19

Alberta is full of talented makers, and you can shop their wares at the Made in Alberta Market on May 18 and 19. The Fort Distillery, StumpCraft Puzzles, Plainsbreaker Apparel and Quinspired Ceramics are just a few of the vendors you’ll be able to shop from on one or both of the market days at Bow Valley Square. Check out the full list of vendors on each market day here.

Bow Valley Square, madeinalbertaawards.ca


Attend Ballet Bodies YYC’s first annual showcase

When: May 20 and 21

Ballet Bodies YYC offers ballet training to intermediate and advanced adult ballet dancers in an inclusive environment that welcomes different body types, genders and ages. The non-profit organization is holding its first annual showcase this month where guests can see five new dances at the DJD Theatre. You can also attend a drop-in class this summer.

DJD Dance Centre, 111 12 Ave. S.E., balletbodiesyyc.com


Watch Calgary’s professional soccer team play

When: May 21

The Cavalry FC soccer team has started a new season and you can catch them playing on their home turf at Spruce Meadows on May 21. Grab some snacks from the concession area and cheer on the team as they take on Winnipeg’s Valour FC.

ATCO Field at Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W., cavalryfc.canpl.ca


Go downhill karting, mini golfing and more at WinSport


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There’s plenty of fun to be had at WinSport this month. Starting on May 21, several of the spring/summer attractions return, including downhill karting, mini golf, the Monster Zipline and summer bobsleigh. Try them all or spread them out over the summer.



Check out a new night market in the University District

When: May 25

Calgary’s University District and MarketSpot have teamed up to launch a new night market where you can shop from local vendors. The first market takes place on May 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the University District. If you can’t make it this time, there will be another night market every month until September.

University District, myuniversitydistrict.ca


Watch a movie at the second Calgary Black Film Festival

When: May 26 to 29

The Calgary Black Film Festival returns at the end of the month with new films from around the world that you can watch online. All-access online passes are available now for $55. Check back soon for the festival lineup.



Run the Calgary Marathon with a friend

When: May 29

The Calgary Marathon returns for its 58th edition this month with an in-person race on May 29. Runners can choose five km, 10 km, 21.1 km, 42.2 km or 50 km distances. Racers also have the option of completing a virtual race from May 29 to June 28.



Eat soufflé pancakes at Fuwa Fuwa


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When: Opens May 7

Alberta’s first Fuwa Fuwa location is opening in Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood this month. The restaurant chain specializes in mouthwatering and fluffy soufflé pancakes that come in flavours ranging from tiramisu to raspberry and caramelized banana. Swing by and try them starting May 7.

1111 Kensington Rd. N.W., instagram.com


Watch a baseball game in Okotoks

When: Opening weekend runs from May 27 to 29

Calgary may not have its own baseball team, but you can make a short drive to Okotoks to see the Okotoks Dawgs in action. The season opens on May 27 against the Brooks Bombers.

Seaman Stadium, 256 Don Seaman Way, Okotoks, dawgsbaseball.ca


Listen to music at East Town Get Down on International Avenue

When: May 28

East Town Get Down, a popular music and food festival that takes place on and around International Avenue, is back with 40 participating artists this year. Scenic Route to Alaska, Chixdiggit, Sargeant x Comrade, Yves Jarvis and The Lovebullies are just a few of the concerts you can check out in nine different venues.


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