Victoria Day Weekend Events & Activities in Calgary:
Friday, May 21 – Monday, May 24, 2021
Though there are not many things you can do during these unprecedented times, there are few activities that can be enjoyed while physical distancing is in effect that is in accordance with Alberta’s Health Orders during this May long weekend in Calgary.
Due to COVID-19, many attractions are closed, all indoor social gatherings – public and private – are prohibited and outdoor gatherings are limited to five people.
I. Events & Activities – In-Person
1. Grey Eagle Drive-In
Enjoy a drive-in movie at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino’s new drive-in space in the southwest parking lot with three large LED screens and parking space for 206 vehicles. Details
Grey Eagle Drive-In, Grey Eagle Drive, Calgary
$40 per car
2. Heritage Park Opening Weekend
Exciting outdoor-only experience awaiting you beginning May long weekend, including the brand new Prospect Ridge area – an exciting new addition that will take visitors on a journey through Western Canada’s energy past. The S.S. Moyie is back in the water and ready to welcome you starting May 22! All programming will be moved outdoors in and around the historical exhibits. Details
May 22 to 24, 2021 | 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. SW, Calgary, AB, Canada
$12.95 to $24.95
ZooNights is a regular day at the zoo – with extended hours – so you can enjoy your favourite animals and the outdoor zoo grounds a little longer. While there is no extra charge for ZooNights (daily admission rates apply), you may find some special entertainment around the park during the evening and there will be adult beverages and special concessions items available for purchase. You can think of it as the 3 B’s – booze, bento boxes and buskers! Details
May 21 & 22, 2021 | Extended hours from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Open daily and Open on Victoria Day | 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Drive NE
4. Spring at Calgary Farmyard
Spring is the perfect time to meet our newly born barn babies and explore all the great attractions at the Farmyard. We have the cutest Barnyard Animals in Calgary (YES you can pet, play with and feed almost all of them!) Most of the animals on our farm are born here, and remain here so you can visit them each year! Details
May 21 to 24, 2021
Calgary Farmyard, 284022 Township Road 224
Rocky View County
$17.95 per person Ages 3+
5. Outdoor Fire Pits
Enjoy a picnic at the outdoor picnic areas. The city of Calgary introduced reservable fire pits in various parks last fall so that Calgarians can reserve them for a safe outdoor gathering with their bubble. The city has reopened the pilot program once again for this spring and summer. Details
May 14 to October 11
6. Enjoy a Picnic
How to step up your picnic game. Step one: add amazing food. Step two: find a sunny spot outside. That’s it! That’s all there is to creating an amazing picnic in Calgary. The picnic kits to-go in Calgary offer a variety of options in terms of snacks and drinks, and each of the Picnic Services can help to make everything picture-perfect.
7. Granary Road
Featuring 37 acres of outdoor over-the-top themed exhibits, including 4 ziplines, a corkscrew slide through a 20 foot tall apple, 4 storey ant farm climber, petting zoo, giant walk through mazes and loads of other amazing, hands-on experiences! Details
May 21 to 24, 2021
Granary Road, 226066 112 St W
Free for Farmers Market. Learning Park is $13/person
8. ART at the Landing
Visit this artist-run pop-up fine art gallery with 1100 square feet of original art by Calgary based artists Brenda Banda Johnson, Holly Burghardt, Gerardo Carsolio and Terri Heinrichs. Each artist has their own unique style, but share a love of nature, rich textures and bold use of colour and contrast. Details
May 21 to 24, 2021
Glenmore Landing Shopping Centre, A104 16– 90th Avenue SW, Calgary
9. Albertans Helping Albertans Virtual 5K
Register for the Virtual 5K presented by Bayshore Home Health and be a part of a province-wide fundraiser run to help change the lives of Albertans affected by cancer. Funds raised will be used towards cancer research, prevention, treatment, and care for all 17 cancer centres across Alberta. Details
Saturday May 1, 2021 to Monday May 31, 2021
Wherever you choose
$0 – $20
10. Garbanzo’s Pop-Up
Enjoy a takeout from Garbanzo’s – Plant-based options that will make you forget about bacon. The bowls are perfect for a day in the park or for a healthy and tasty lunch! Pitas are baked fresh daily and falafels are fried to order. This menu is 100% made from plants.
May 22, 23, 24 | 11:00 AM until sold out
Shelter YYC, 1210 1 St SW, Calgary
Cost of food
11. Go Fishing
Looking for a great fishing spot to call your own? Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Environment and Parks have stocked waterbodies across the province to create over 260 different fishing opportunities.
12. Go for a walk
Spring has sprung. It’s time to go out and enjoy the great outdoors. And lucky for us, Calgary has a lot to offer in that department. Check out one of these 25 Nature Attractions and Parks in and around Calgary. There are hiking and biking trails, picnic spots, off-leash dog parks, birding areas, and much more.
- 25 Nature Attractions in Calgary
- 15 Places to Go On a Winter Walk in Calgary
- 25 Urban Walking Trails in Calgary
13. Explore some waterfalls
Warm spring temperature means, melting ice and thunderous waterfalls. Spend a sunny spring day outdoors and use the opportunity to see some of the most stunning melting waterfalls in and around Calgary (within 2 hours). Remember to bundle up and wear reliable hiking shoes when you go.
14. See some public art
Looking for something new to do in Calgary while keeping the recommended physical distance? Check out some of Calgary’s 25 Public art features! You can see many of them from your car or on a walk around the city. Look for local Calgarian artists’ work while you’re out and about. Downtown has also invited many guest artists from all over the world in recent years, so there’s a lot of amazing and inspiring pieces throughout.
15. See Calgary from up above
Calgary’s location in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains offers a unique opportunity for some great scenic lookouts. Whether it’s rolling farmlands to the east or majestic mountains to the west, Calgary has the scenic lookout you are craving. Not to mention, there are some pretty spectacular city views right in the middle.
Scenic lookouts for a day trip: 25 Must-Do Scenic Lookout Hikes Near Calgary
16. See Night Lights
When the sun sets, the night lights begin. From bridges to buildings, some of these art displays light up the night year-round for Calgarians. This spring break, check out the light displays, and you’ll be amazed at these hidden gems across the city.
17. Go Birding
With spring setting in, see whether you can spot baby birds on your day out! This is also an awesome way to get to know your city and find some new parks in and around Calgary. Here is a list of 15 places to go birding in Calgary.
18. Explore Calgary on Two Wheels
Calgary has over 72 kilometres of bike paths.
19. Eat-In and Support Local
If you can afford to eat out, order a take-outfrom Calgary restaurants.
- Suggestions for Places to Order Takeout This Weekend in Calgary
- Travel Around the World Through 25 International Cuisines in Calgary
- National Caesar Day is May 20th. Why not celebrate this Calgary-made National drink with a take-home Caesar Kit? 5 Places to Get Caesar Cocktail Kits in Calgary
20. Go Golfing
Calgary Golf Courses are open. Book a tee time!
21. Go on a Nature Day Trip
- Are you looking for an escape from the city just for a day? Check out these 25 Day Trips to the Canadian Rockies, all approximately 2 hours away from Calgary or less.
- Okotoks Erratic – Natural Wonder & Historical Site You Can Visit For Free
- 20+ Must Visit Nature Attractions in Southern Alberta
21. Go Camping
You do not need to drive much distance to find beautiful, scenic, or unique campsites around Calgary. Here are 25 places near Calgary.
23. Gardens & Garden Centres
Now is the time to start gardening. Visit garden centres in Calgary to get fabulous plants for your garden.
Glow Gardens Garden Centre: Darvonda Nurseries is bringing back the popular Glow Gardens Garden Centre for the 2021 season. You can find perennials, annuals, fruit and produce plants at the garden centre.
24. Go Rafting in Calgary
What is better than spending a lazy day floating your way down a river? Not much! Grab your equipment (or rent some), some sunscreen, your bathing suit, a snack and your friends or family members to ride your way down one of the waterways in or near Calgary including the Badlands and Banff this summer.
II. From your Home
1. Support Stollery Kids & Fill Your Freezer
Get some great quality Steaks, Burgers and Hot Dogs, and 100% of proceeds raised through this fundraiser will support the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Details
All purchases must be made before May 24, 2021
Cost of food ordered. $35 to $130
Calgary’s non-profit, all-ages Japanese anime and pop culture festival has gone digital for 2021! Otafest brings in celebrities from around the world for spotlights and Q&A! Details
May 22, 2021 | 12:00 PM to Midnight.
3. Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival
Join for 10 days of uniquely queer experiences from queer filmmakers around the world and see what happens to your perspective. Details
May 21-30, 2021
4. The Sound of Music
St John Choir Schola is thrilled to announce the release of its newly recorded performance of the musical theatre production, Getting to Know… The Sound of Music. You won’t want to miss this streaming experience! Details
May 20-23, 2021
Flat rate per household: $20
5. Make-A-Wish Trailblaze for Wishes
Make-A-Wish® Trailblaze for Wishes is a 10 week virtual challenge that asks you to Hike, Walk or Run your chosen challenge distance — 50KM, 100KM or 200KM—you set the pace, time and destination. Get outdoors, track your KMs and raise funds to help children with critical illnesses. Details
May 19 until July 28, 2021
Wherever You Are
6. Plan Your Summer
Whether you have a ‘one-dose summer’ or lucky enough for a ‘two-dose summer’, the chances of one being able to travel to far-away places (even to Atlantic Canada) are rather slim.
So round your family this weekend and plan your summer vacation in Alberta.
- 50+ Bucket List Ideas for a Summer Staycation in Alberta
- 15 Scenic Road Trips / Drives in Alberta
- Scenic Drive: Things to Do Along Cowboy Trail/Highway 22 – Alberta
- Calgary to Edmonton Via The Badlands
- 25 Natural Wonders You Should Visit in Alberta
- More Ideas for Alberta Trips
7. Enjoy a Quarantine Concert
There are many concerts live-streamed every weekend. Check them out.
8. Live Theatre from around the World
With COVID-19 pandemic forcing theatres to shut their doors, many performing art centres have taken to being open virtually.
- Trial by Faith: A Faustian Tale by DIY Theatre
- For Home and Country by Leanna Brodie by Rosebud Theatre
9. Fun Things to Do with Kids Inside Your Home
Just because you’re stuck indoors, doesn’t mean you really have to be stuck indoors. There are a ton of things that you and your kids can still do to have a blast from morning until night. And, to top it all off, you can do all of these things without your TV or your phone, unless you’re watching a tutorial video.
Explore Canada’s arctic, Winnipeg, National Parks and many more places from Home. Travel to international or outer space destinations like the international space station, discover Egypt’s Heritage Sites from tombs to monasteries or take a trip on scenic trains in Europe virtually.
There is much to discover in Canada’s National Parks and not being able to get to them physically shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the fabulous natural areas our country has to offer. Traverse the parks online and plan your trip to these wondrous places when restrictions-free travel is allowed across the country.
10. Book Your Vaccine Appointment
If you haven’t already, book an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine.