May in Calgary

giant pandas at the Calgary Zoo
giant pandas at the Calgary Zoo
Things to do

May in Calgary

20+ things to do this May in Calgary

From opening day at some of Calgary’s best attractions to exploring the Calgary Zoo’s much anticipated Panda Passage, May is a great time to get out and enjoy all of the amazing things to see and do in Calgary.


Enjoy an exciting collaboration with Peter Balkwill of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop and percussive score by the Nick Fraser Ensemble for MIMIC by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

Where: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

When: April 19 – May 5

All of Us Promo
All of Us Promo John Canfield

All of Us – The Tragically Hip Ballet

Inspired by the music of The Tragically Hip, Alberta Ballet’s All of Us celebrates the sounds and stories of the band that created the soundtrack for a generation of Canadians.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

When: May 2-6

River Cafe Prince's Island Park Calgary

Common Ground Dinner

Join River Café for a special dinner with Enoch Cree Nation Chef Shane Chartrand and Winemaker Randy Picton of Nk’Mip Cellars, North America’s first Aboriginal-owned winery, for a special dinner on common ground.

Where: River Café

When: May 3

Hanging out at international beerfest in calgary at BMO Centre

Calgary International Beerfest

Sample more than 500 different types of beer on site, take part in beer seminars, meet the brewers, and vote for the People’s Choice awards at the Calgary International Beerfest.

Where: BMO Centre

When: May 4-5

Prince Edward Island Kitchen Party

This fundraiser at Rodney’s Oyster House includes live entertainment, oyster bar, appetizers, and Maritime hospitality in support of Alberta students attending the University of Prince Edward Island.

Where: Rodney’s Oyster House

When: May 5

Heritage Park Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine
Heritage Park Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine

Day Out With Thomas

Kids can ride with their favourite tank engine, meet the railway controller, Sir Topham Hatt, and have fun at the Imagination Station with face painting and musical entertainment, with Day Out With Thomas at Heritage Park.

Where: Heritage Park

When: May 5-6, 11-13

Calgary Music Collector’s Show

Shop over 100 vendors at The Calgary Music Collector’s Show for a record fair extravaganza.

Where: Acadia Recreation Complex

When: May 6

Panda Passage at the Calgary Zoo

Visit the grand opening of the Panda Passage at the Calgary Zoo and experience a world of cuteness with the four giant pandas who now call Calgary home.

Where: Calgary Zoo

When: May 7

CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale 2018

Shop for the books and stay for the fun at the CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale for a literary carnival with live music, children’s story corner, and book browsing for all.

Where: Calgary Curling Club 

When: May 11-13

Calgary Stampeders Fanfest

Kick-off the new football season with the Calgary Stampeders Fanfest at this free event with a pancake breakfast, games, and your chance to interact with players, coaches, the Outriders, and Ralph the Dog.

Where: McMahon Stadium

When: May 12

The First Annual Red Mile Cup

Faceoff on 17th Ave’s first annual Red Mile Cup, a 3-on-3 road hockey tournament. Celebrity guests, giveaways, prizes, live music, and games by donation to the Humboldt Broncos.

Where: Tomkins Park

When: May 12-13

Hoard at the Hive 2018

Hoard at the Hive is a free event that will take you back in time to explore the fascinating world of Norse culture in a Viking Village with battle reenactments, food trucks, and tastings.

Where: Chinook Honey Company

When: May 12-13

Market on Stephen Avenue

Join Downtown Calgary for the Market on Stephen Avenue, with up to 60 vendors with fresh food, spices, sauces, treats, art, fashion, and jewelry.

Where: Stephen Avenue

When: May 15 & 29

Royal Wood

Get a front row seat for JUNO nominated multi-instrumentalist Royal Wood with guest Fionn at the Bella Concert Hall to experience one of Canada’s best songwriters.

Where: Bella Concert Hall

When: May 17

ACAD Grad Show 2018

Take in the annual Grad Show exhibition for the chance to view work of graduating students from ACAD’s Ceramics, Drawing, Fibre, Glass, Jewellery + Metals, Media Arts + Digital Technologies, Painting, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture, and Visual Communication Design programs.

Where: Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD)

When: May 17 – June 2

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert

Relive the iconic wizard films as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performs the original score from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

When: May 18-19

David Guenther for Stampede City Sessions

Stampede City Sessions

Stampede City Sessions is a TV series that brings talented performers to Calgary for intimate live performances. Get front row seats to see Megan Bonnell & Leeroy Stagger this May.

Where: Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre

When: May 19

Log ride at calgary's calaway park - timber falls

Family Fun at Calaway Park

Celebrate the season and ride your way to family fun on the opening weekend at Calaway Park.

Where: Calaway Park

When: Open daily starting May 19

Spend a day at Heritage Park

Spring into a new season at Heritage Park and explore with your family. The full park opens for the summer season on Victoria Day weekend.

Where: Heritage Park

When: Open weekends starting May 19

The Calgary International Children’s Festival

Celebrating its 32nd anniversary, the Calgary International Children’s Festival is an arts and culture festival for kids that will spark your imagination and inspire creativity with events and activities every kid will enjoy.

Where: Arts Commons and Olympic Plaza

When: May 23-26

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon cheering
Scotiabank Calgary Marathon finisher

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

Be inspired by the premier race in Calgary with a race for every age and ability. Winding through the streets of downtown Calgary, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a must experience event for runners and fans alike.

Where: Stampede Park

When: May 24-27

Festival of Quilts

Heritage Park hosts Western Canada's largest outdoor quilt show with the 23rd annual Festival of Quilts, showcasing over 700 home-made quilts throughout the park.

Where: Heritage Park

When: May 26-27

The Wonder Years

MacEwan Hall presents The Wonder Years, with Tiger Jaws, Tiny Moving Part, and Worriers in concert in the MacEwan Ballroom.

Where: MacEwan Ballroom

When: May 28