Things to Do in Calgary During the May Long Weekend

This weekend, plant a container garden, pick up a snack from a hot dog pop-up or tune in to the Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival online.

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It may not be a typical May long weekend due to the pandemic, but there are still plenty of ways to keep busy and have fun in Calgary while keeping up your social distancing. Here are a few things you can do in Calgary over the 2020 May long weekend.


Celebrate National Caesar Day all weekend

While National Caesar Day technically falls on Thursday, May 14, you can still celebrate all weekend long with a Caesar cocktail kit. The kits, which run $38 to $39.75 depending whether you go for vodka or gin, come with every you need to make a great Caesar including garnishes and glasses. You can pick up a kit from Free House in Kensington and Cibo on 17 Ave. S.W. on Saturday, May 16. Preorder before 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.


Watch an online magic show with Telus Spark

Add a bit of magic to your Friday night with a 30-minute online magic show hosted by Telus Spark. Catch it live on Telus Spark’s Instagram account on Friday, May 15 at 7 p.m.


Start planning (or planting) a container garden

There’s nothing like a long weekend of great weather to start planting some fruits, vegetables, flowers or other plants. Even if you don’t have a yard, you can still get in on the gardening action with some container gardening on your balcony or front step. Need some help getting started? Check out our guide to container gardening in Calgary to learn about everything from pretty potted plants to why you should put worm castings in your potting soil.

Read more: A Guide to Container Gardening in Calgary


Watch a movie online during the Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival

The Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival is back for its 22nd year, though in an online format this time due to the pandemic. Organized by the Calgary Queer Arts Society, this year’s festival runs from May 14 to 24 and will feature 38 films focusing on LGBTQIA2S+ stories. Get your tickets now to catch some of the films screening during opening weekend, which include a horror night on Saturday, a Treaty 7 Film Collective package of six curated short films on Sunday and the Sexy Shorts package on Monday night.


Pick up some hot dogs from a local brewery

The Dandy Brewing Company is brightening up the long weekend with a hot dog pop-up on Sunday, May 17. Swing by the Ramsay brewery to choose from five kinds of hot dogs and sides of cheese or pulled pork tots that will be available for pickup starting at noon that day.

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Sign up for a virtual dance class with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks officially launched virtual classes for adults and youth on May 11, and you can still join in on the fun. You can drop in for a live class for $10 or experience live and streamed classes with a $75 all-access pass (complimentary passes are available for AHS and frontline workers). Over the May long weekend, you can sign up for a ballet barre class or beginner/intermediate plus jazz classes.

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