5 Fun Things to Do in Calgary This May

Get dressed up for an art gala, go shopping at a night market, see the international premiere of a musical and more.

From Sled Island. Photo by Michael Grondin.

Indoors: The Dada Ball at Contemporary Calgary

An incredible night of art, fashion and fundraising, Contemporary Calgary’s annual gala returns as The Dada Ball on May 25. Tickets are available now for what is usually the party of the year for the local glitterati.


Outdoors: Inglewood Night Market

The first Inglewood Night Market of the season is on May 10. The outdoor market in one of the city’s coolest inner-city communities features 135 artisans and businesses, as well as live music and a beer garden. Admission is free.


Plan Ahead: Sled Island 2024

Local music and arts festival Sled Island will be back June 19 to 23 with a range of live music shows, comedy, art installations and more at venues throughout the inner city. Order your Sled Island pass now and check out sledisland.com to familiarize yourself with this year’s bands.


Now or Never: See the international premiere of Beaches the Musical

Theatre Calgary ends its 2023-24 season with the international premiere of Beaches the Musical from May 18 to June 16. Based on the Iris Rainer Dart novel about a 30-year friendship, the production was composed by Grammy winner Mike Stoller and directed by Tony nominee, Lonny Price.


Free: Explore Calgary on a Jane’s Walk

Named after urbanist and activist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walks are free guided walking tours staged on the first weekend in May all over the world to encourage citizens to engage with their surroundings. Choose from a variety of Calgary walks from May 3 to 5.

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This article appears in the May 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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