Spring into summer this month with some of Calgary’s top events. Music, food, entertainment, inspirational talks – YYC has truly got it all.
Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle & The Drum
May 1st-4th at 7:30pm daily & May 4th at 2pm
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW
Can you believe this is the 10-year anniversary of the world premiere of Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and the Drum? Take your date out to see this passion-filled collaboration expressing Mitchell’s lifelong concern with the issues of conflict, violence, and humanity’s continuing devastation of the environment.
Soiree & Harvest in the Valley
May 1st-31st at 5pm
The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE
Dine under the stars this month as you and your date enjoy an elegant meal ‘inside’ Calgary’s newest outdoor dining experience. Dive into a 4-course meal and tasty libations from culinary experts Chef Daryl Kerr and Chef Jenny Kang of The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant.
The 2019 Best of Calgary Bash
May 2nd from 5-10:30pm
Cibo on 17th, 1012 17 Ave SW
Come celebrate Calgary’s absolute best pizza, wine, comedy, live music venue – you name it – in one single location. Enjoy drinks, appetizers and conversation with some of Calgary’s top movers, makers and shakers.
Calgary International Beerfest
May 3rd from 3-10pm & May 4 from 2-10pm
BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way SE
Get ready for a night to remember at this year’s annual beer festival. With over 700 beers from over 200 breweries, you’ll be sippin’ on a new batch around each corner.
CSSC Bowling Tournament
May 4th from 11am-6pm
National on 10th, 341 10 Ave SW
Bowling? Beers? Star Wars? Three things we love! Grab your pals or enter this event solo for a day filled with fun, laughter and – hopefully – a lot of strikes.
Sled in a Can
May 4th from 8pm-2:30am
The Hifi Club, 219 10 Ave SW
Celebrating 13 years of weird, wild, wacky fun, Sled Island is back again this year. Join in on the FUNdraiser this coming weekend featuring multiple bands, DJs, and local comedy acts.
Closet Raid Calgary
May 5th from 12-4pm
Bridgette Bar, 739 10 Ave SW
Less waste, more taste. Take your pick through other’s closets, finding new pieces good for multiple seasons, so that you can wear it longer and help a sista’ out by reusing what’s still perfectly good.
Cinco de Mayo Party
May 5th from 3pm-12am
Tropical Latin Street Food & Cocktails, 1424 17 Ave SW
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta of half-priced tequila, $25 buckets of Coronas, and dollar tacos. Yes, you heard us right – ONE DOLLAR TACOS. Purchase your ticket to this event to enjoy live mariachi singer Gisela Romero from 6-7pm and arrive early to secure your table.
Black & White Movie Night: King Kong
May 10th: doors at 6:15pm, show at 7pm
Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave SE
Don’t miss your chance to see the original King Kong in the Burnswest Theatre for a night at the movies. This is a licensed event so come early to grab your snacks and a cocktail at the bar before the movie starts.
May 10th at 8pm & May 11th at 2pm and 8pm
Bella Concert Hall, 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
Enjoy an evening of classic rock by over 50 performers taking the stage to reenact some of history’s finest hits. Get ready for thumping rock anthems to 8-part harmony a cappella that have amazed audiences for the last decade.
Mother’s Day Step into Spring Market
May 11th from 9am-2pm
Calgary ATCO Park Learning Centre, Commons Building, 5302 Forand Street SW
Treat mom to a market all about her with local artisans, handcrafted vendors, and the opportunity to attend a demonstration class in our Blue Flame Kitchen Learning Centre. Entry to this market is completely free.
Splash of Red Cirque Gala
May 11th from 7-11:55pm
Fairmont Palliser, 133 9 Avenue Southwest
Get ready for the 7th annual evening at the circus, complete with live music, art, drag performances, entertainment by BassBus, and both a live and silent auction. Splash of Red raises awareness of the issues surrounding HIV and provides critical funds to our prevention, education and support programs in Calgary and across Southeastern Alberta.
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at Telus Spark
May 12th from 9-10:30am or 11am-12:30pm
TELUS Spark, 220 St George’s Drive NE
Treat mom (or yourself!) to a delicious brunch of southern fried crispy chicken, Belgian waffles, smoked salmon eggs benedict, carved country-style ham, and so many other classic brunch offerings. A morning fun for the whole family.
Gabriel Iglesias in Calgary
May 13th: doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
Grey Eagle Event Centre, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr
Enjoy a show from one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians performing to sold-out concerts around the world. Gabriel’s clean, non-controversial bits will have everyone hooting and hollering from start to finish.
Toast Vol 5
May 14th from 7:30-9am
Start your morning like other successful women do: before 6am. Enjoy a breakfast talk and coffee with some of Calgary’s most powerful women as they discuss cultivating connection at this May meeting.
Trivia Night Harry Potter
May 14th from 7-9pm
WURST, 2437 4 Street SW
Who will be this year’s Potterhead? Test your knowledge of Harry and the magical world as you and your team are peppered with questions from the entire series. How well do you really know him?
Party like Gatsby Calgary
May 18th from 9pm-2:30am
The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Ave SW
Dress in your finest attire and feel the vibrant pulse of the Golden Twenties at arguably this year’s HOTTEST party. Become part of Jay Gatsby’s inner circle, dancing the night away with your friends sipping on the finest concoctions you can imagine.
May 20th-25th at various times
Head out for an evening, or five, of laughs, giggles, and snorts. See performances by the famous Jann Arden, Steve Patterson, Naomi Snieckus, James Mullinger, and more at numerous bars around the city.
May 22nd from 7-9pm
Bourbon Room, 341 10 Ave SW
20 single men and 20 single women enter a room, what will happen next? Enjoy an evening of mingling and chatting with eligible singles face-to-face instead of through a screen. You’ll like it, we promise.
May 24th from 4-9pm & May 25th-26th from 10am-6pm
BMO Centre Hall A, 20 Roundup Way SE
Another weekend of shopping Calgary’s local makers is here. Handmade, locally-designed, deliciously crafted and lovingly made, Market Collective brings together the best and the brightest when it comes to artisanal goods.
May 24th-25th at 6:30-11pm
Manulife Place, 707 5 St SW
Enjoy a two-night immersive cultural experience as you walk the market, stare in awe at the runway, and go home with your head full of ideas and your hands full of hot, new finds.
8th Annual Inglewood Parade of Garage Sales
May 25th from 9am-3pm
Around Inglewood Community Hall, 1740 24 Ave SE
Register your table or shop the sale – either way, this is an event you’re not going to want to miss. Finding treasures old and new, there’s something here for everyone at Inglewood’s garage sale extravaganza.
Dogfest Spring Fling
May 25th from 10am-4pm
VIVO West Arena, 11950 Country Village Lane NE
Finally, a festival for your dog has arrived! Play dates, marketplace, portraits, food trucks – it’s all here at the Dogfest Spring Fling.
Calgary Babes Who Brunch
May 25th from 10am-12pm
This edition of Babes Who Brunch will be featuring local boss babe Michelle McGrattan. This gal is a certified nutrition coach, mompreneur, and barre instructor who will help motivate you, inspire you, and kick your butt into gear when it comes to all things business.
YYCFOODTRUCKS Taco Takeover
May 25th from 11am-7pm
Containr Site in Sunnyside, 1010 2 Ave NW
Your favourite food truck festival with your favourite food – what more could you ask for? Each truck will be serving up their own version of a taco for only $5 entry.
Calgary Water Lantern Festival
May 25th from 5:30-10pm
Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE
Head downtown as the sun begins to set on the city, preparing to be part of perhaps your very first water lantern festival. Join hundreds of Calgarians as you release beautifully lit lanterns as the sun goes down, creating a soft glow across the water.
May 25th from 6-11:59pm
MLCA Communities Association, 3130 16 St SW
Indulge in the finest food and drink guilt-free because this is the MLCA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Mingle and enjoy an evening with 500 local neighbours as you help support the association that brings programs to kids, teens, and adults all year round.
Scotiabank Marathon AARCS Charity Challenge
Stampede Park, 650 25 Avenue SE
Help raise funds for animals while also getting in shape! Sign up for a 5km, 10km, 21.1km, 42.2km or a whopping 50km race to support AARCS as they help save and rescue our furry friends in need.
Forty Creek Whisky Tasting
May 29th at 5:30pm
Shelter, 1210 1 St SW
Shelter’s monthly spirit tasting is a juicy one this time around: Forty Creek Whiskey. Your tasting will include: a full flight of six different whiskeys, two delicious cocktails, Forty Creek spirit theory and history, appetizers, a blind tasting contest with prizes followed by a question and answer period.
Edmonton Craft Beer Festival
May 31st from 3-10pm & June 1st from 2-10pm
The Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave NW
If you didn’t get enough beer at the Calgary International Beerfest earlier in the month, no sweat. With over 500 beers from over 100 breweries, Edmonton Craft Beer Festival will be well worth the short 2.5-hour drive.
Happy May, Calgary!
Kelsey is a content writer, contributor and editor for Date Night. Monday-Friday she works as an independent Marketing & Communications Contractor, providing writing, editing and digital marketing services for small businesses. When she’s not busy writing about our city, you can find her hanging out in coffee shops, trying the newest fitness studio or hittin’ the road to explore the Rockies. And ice cream, always, always seeking out the best ice cream.