May in Calgary

May in Calgary
May in Calgary
Things to do

May in Calgary

Things to do this May in Calgary 2022.

Fresh activities and events are blooming this May in Calgary with the return of the Calgary Marathon, Canada’s longest running marathon, and the Calgary International Beerfest, Canada’s largest beer festival. Make new family memories at Day Out with Thomas at Heritage Park, cheers to National Caesar Day with YYCaesarFest, and celebrate moms everywhere with fun things to do for Mother’s Day, this May in Calgary.

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Jubilations Dinner Theatre presents Greased! Go back in time and tap your toes to one of the all-time great nostalgia trips of the 1950s.

Where: Jubilations Dinner Theatre

When: March 26 - May 28


High Performance Rodeo: Spring Edition

One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Rodeo is back with a series of seven productions for a one-time-only special spring edition.

Where: Various venues

When: March 27 - May 28


Grace & Glorie

Rosebud Theatre presents Grace & Glorie in the Opera House, a comedic clash of illiterate rural woman and an overly sophisticated lawyer.

Where: Rosebud Theatre

When: April 1 - May 28


Playwrights Projects 2022

Playwrights Projects 2022 returns with six online excerpt readings of new Canadian plays by members of the Alberta Theatre Projects Playwrights Unit. Tickets are only $10.00 per evening.

Where: Online

When: April 29 – May 27


Gasoline Alley Museum Opens

Gasoline Alley will be buffed up and ready to shine under the bright lights as it opens for another season at Heritage Park. Discover highlights from the vintage pick-up truck collection, play games, and visit with members of the Rocky Mountain Model Club.

Where: Heritage Park

When: Now open


Shark Bite

Lunchbox Theatre presents Shark Bite, a world premiere theatre production about connection and family that will tug at your heartstrings.

Where: Lunchbox Theatre

When: May 10-29


Esso Cup and TELUS Cup

For the first time, Canada's national U18 club championships will be hosted together with the Esso Cup and TELUS Cup. Get your tickets now to see the stars of tomorrow competing for a national championship.

Where: Pason Centennial Arenas (Okotoks) 

When: May 16-22



Celebrate National Caesar Day with YYCaesarFest, a two-day sampling event and market with over 40 Caesars, local food, craft beer, and merchandise.

Where: Big Four Building

When: May 19-20


Tim Hus at the King Eddy

Tim Hus returns to the King Eddy with songs to sing and stories to tell from a songwriter rooted in the wild Alberta frontier. Tickets are $15.00 and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.

Where: King Eddy

When: May 20


Just for Laughs: Comedy Night in Canada

Just for Laughs: Comedy Night in Canada hosted by Rick Mercer leads an all-star lineup of Canada’s most hilarious and diverse comedians to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, featuring Dave Merheje, Eman El-Husseini, and Ivan Decker.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

When: May 20


Calaway Park Opening Weekend

Calaway Park opens for another season of family fun with 32 rides, high-energy entertainment, and tempting treats. Western Canada's Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.

Where: Calaway Park

When: May 21-23



Otafest is Calgary’s all-ages Japanese anime and pop culture festival, featuring anime screenings, exhibitor hall, community panels, cosplay contests, voice actors, and concerts.

Where: Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

When: May 21-22


Granary Road Spring Fair

Celebrate the season with the Granary Road Spring Fair and meet the new baby animals, learn about the farm friends, contribute to the new rock garden, and treat yourself to a picnic lunch from the market vendors.

Where: Granary Road

When: May 21-22


Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne returns to Calgary for two nights at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, featuring special guests Grandson and Mod Sun.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

When: May 21-22


Puppet Power: Festival of Ideas

W.P. Puppet Theatre presents the 10th Puppet Power: Festival of Ideas, a great opportunity to learn more about puppetry and enjoy performances with your kids.

Where: In-person and online

When: May 23-29


Locked Zoo: Amazing Apes

Locked Zoo: Amazing Apes is an all-new zoo-wide escape game that will challenge you to explore the zoo after hours, solve puzzles, and learn about wildlife conservation.

Where: Calgary Zoo

When: May 26


Classic Albums Live: Eagles – Hotel California

Listen to the chart topping and Grammy award-winning Hotel California note for note with Classic Albums Live: Eagles – Hotel California, performed by some of Canada’s best musicians.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall

When: May 26


Classical Soul

RMD and Key 30 Orchestra present Classical Soul, a different style of music featuring opera singers, dancers, poets, and rappers for a full night of surprises.

Where: The Big Four Roadhouse

When: May 27 & 29


Dallas Smith

Canadian country superstar Dallas Smith performs at the Scotiabank Saddledome with special guests James Barker Band, Meghan Patrick, JoJo Mason, Shawn Austin, Kelly Prescott, and Manny Blue.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

When: May 28


East Town Get Down

Get to know the East Town Get Down, International Avenue's music festival featuring intimate venues, unique food and drink, and a range of musical performances.

Where: International Avenue

When: May 28


Festival of Quilts

The Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park is Western Canada’s largest outdoor quilt show, displaying creative quilts from community members throughout the park.

Where: Heritage Park

When: May 28-29


Calgary Marathon

Lace up for the Calgary Marathon, Canada’s longest running marathon, attracting runners from all over the world. Runners can participate in a 50KM Ultra, 42.2KM Marathon, 21.1KM Half Marathon, 10KM Race, 5KM Walk/Run, or Kids Marathon.

Where: Downtown Calgary

When: May 29

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Past Events

These great events have already taken place.



Alberta Ballet’s Cinderella

Alberta Ballet presents Cinderella, the most successful production in Alberta Ballet’s 54-year history. The fairytale classic follows the heroine as she makes her dreams come true with perseverance of an optimistic spirit and a special pair of shoes.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

When: April 28 – May 7


Nifty Fifty’s Ford Club – Spring Thaw Car Show

Join the Nifty Fifty’s Ford Club for the Spring Thaw Car Show at Heritage Park, a grand display of hot rods, classics, custom builds, muscle cars, and antiques with an estimated 400 vehicles set to attend. Admission is free with regular parking fees in effect.

Where: Heritage Park

When: May 1


Mother Mother – The Inside Tour

Vancouver indie rock band Mother Mother performs hits from their new album Inside for two shows at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Mother Mother Meet & Greet packages are available.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall

When: May 3-4


May the Fourth Be With Zoo

Support wildlife conservation across the galaxy and solve the mystery to save endangered species with the inaugural May the Fourth Be With Zoo, a galactic mystery event at the Calgary Zoo.

Where: Calgary Zoo

When: May 4


KALEO – Fight or Flight Tour

Icelandic rock band KALEO performs at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in support of their latest album Surface Sounds, including the hit singles “I Want More” and “Break My Baby”.

Where: Grey Eagle Resort & Casino

When: May 5


FREE First Thursdays

FREE First Thursdays are back at Contemporary Calgary with a late-night gallery experience, featuring music by HOT SAUCE BOOGIE and drinks by Sugar Water Bar.

Where: Contemporary Calgary

When: May 5


Authentically Indigenous Craft Market

Support Indigenous artists from Calgary and the Treaty areas 7, 6, and 8 at the Authentically Indigenous Craft Market, with raffles, door prizes, and a free surprise for mom.

Where: Kerby Centre Gym

When: May 6-7


Calgary International Beerfest

The Calgary International Beerfest is the Canada’s largest beer festival, with over 700 beers from over 200 breweries. Sample delicious food and drinks, explore the emerging craft spirit industry in the Distillery District, and enjoy live entertainment.

Where: BMO Centre

When: May 6-7


Best of Billy Joel + Elton John

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents a double header of era-defining music with the Best of Billy Joel + Elton John.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall

When: May 6-7


James Taylor & His All-Star Band

James Taylor & His All-Star Band perform at the Scotiabank Saddledome with special guest Jackson Browne, for a night of legendary classic rock.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

When: May 7


Mother’s Day Events in Calgary

Celebrate mom with these with these family friendly activities and events happening this May in Calgary.

Mother's Day Market at The Saskatoon Farm - May 7-8

Mother's Day Flower Bar Pop-Up at Deerfoot City - May 7-8

Mother’s Day Brunch with Tom Jackson at the King Eddy – May 8

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Calgary Zoo – May 8

Mother's Day Brunch and Fashion Show at Vin Room Mission - May 8

Mother's Day Brunch and Fashion Show at Vin Room West - May 8

Mother's Day Brunch at The Links of GlenEagles - May 8

Mother's Day Brunch at Blue Golf Club - May 8

Mother's Day at The Hangar Flight Museum - May 8


Donovan Woods

The Calgary Folk Music Festival presents Donovan Woods, the Juno award-winning country and folk musician from Toronto at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, with special guest Cassidy Mann.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall

When: May 9


Family of Jazz

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks welcomes you back to their theatre for Family of Jazz, a joyful new piece featuring the DJD dancers, live music and new choreographed works.

Where: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

When: April 28 – May 15


Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas is a full day of fun as Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into town for big dreams and bigger smiles at Heritage Park. Climb aboard Thomas for an interactive train ride, explore the Play Pod, and say hello to Sir Topham Hatt.

Where: Heritage Park

When: May 7-8 & 14-15


John Cleese – An Evening of Exceptional Silliness

Join the “One and Only” John Cleese for An Evening of Exceptional Silliness as he takes a look at the world we live in and shares hilarious moments from his life.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall

When: May 10


Chris Stapleton

Country music superstar Chris Stapleton performs at the Scotiabank Saddledome with special guest Elle King. Stapleton is a Grammy, Country Music Association, and Academy of Country Music award-winner and one of country’s most respected and beloved musicians.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

When: May 12


Market Collective

Market Collective returns with a special Spring MC event, featuring live music, workshops, ,galleries, food, drinks, the MC Skatepark, and over 160 local vendors.

Where: BMO Centre

When: May 13-15


FascinAsian Film Festival

The FascinAsian Film Festival celebrates Asian Heritage Month with Asian-Canadian filmmakers, live entertainment, and panel discussions. Get a festival pass festival pass for $40.00 or single film tickets for $10.00.

Where: Central Library

When: May 13-15


Stars on Ice

Stars on Ice returns to the Scotiabank Saddledome featuring Piper Giles and Paul Poirier, the reigning Canadian Dance Champions and eight-time Canadian National Medalists.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

When: May 14


Alberta Biodiversity Festival

Get wild with Bow Habitat Station and the Calgary Zoo at the Alberta Biodiversity Festival. Celebrate Alberta's diverse species with indoor and outdoor games, activities, and more!

Where: Bow Habitat Station

When: May 14

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