Events in Calgary: May 6 to 8, 2017


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Things to Do during May in Calgary

I. Family & Kids Activities

1. Day out with Thomas

Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride (20 minute) with their favorite tank engine, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, face painting, musical entertainment, model train interactive display, video viewing, story telling, wooden maze, antique midway, face painting, children’s entertainers, temporary tattoos and wagon rides and much more! Details

May 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2017 | 09:00 AM – 04:20 PM

Midnapore Station, Heritage Park


2. Hana’s Suitcase

It is March, 2000. A child’s suitcase arrives from Auschwitz at the tiny Holocaust Education Centre in Tokyo. Painted on the side are a name, Hana Brady, 1931, and the word “Waisenkind” (orphan). Spurred on by the children at the Centre, the curator Fumiko Ishioka, embarks on a relentless search from Tokyo to Prague to Toronto to uncover the story of Hana and her fate. Details

April 21 to May 6, 2017

StoryBook Theatre – 375 Bermuda Drive NW, Calgary

$20 to $25

3. Contemporary Kids / Replicating Artifacts

Replicating Artifacts will have children recreate a famous sculpture out of wax, linking to exhibiting artist Morehshin Allahyari’s sculptures. Allahyari’s sculptures replicate destroyed artifacts using a 3D printer, embedding a microchip containing images, maps, information, and videos to memorialize these lost works. The wax blocks will correspond to information about the sculpture the child chooses to recreate. Children will be taught basic carving skills and techniques. Details

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Contemporary Calgary, 117 8 Avenue SW


4. Family Bazaar

A FREE afternoon of community spirit, bargains, and fun. There will be vending tables, live performances and activities for the whole family! We’ll have over 40 tables of exciting goods or services from a huge array of cultural backgrounds. Come join us for coffee/tea, ride on bike generators, make buttons, get your hand painted in henna, and be part of a raffle. Details

Saturday, May 6th 2017 | 12:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Falconridge/Castleridge Community Association, 95 Falshire Drive


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II. Live Music

1. 5th Annual Fiesta Flamenca

Fiesta Flamenco – Flamenco Community Concert is an evening of Flamenco to showcase the talented dancers and musicians in Calgary’s Flamenco community from beginner to professional. This year we welcome back singer Celedonio Garrido Santos from Spain. Join us for an entertaining evening filled with a rich musical journey; this is a concert for the whole family to enjoy. Details

May 4, 2017 | 7:30 PM -9:30 PM

La Cite Des Rocheuses, 4800 Richard Rd SW, Calgary

$17 to $22

2. Ravel, Saint-Saëns & Franck

Saint-Saëns’ Piano concerto No. 2 is a spectacular showpiece that escalates into a whirlwind of dazzling arpeggios, artfully performed by esteemed pianist Louis Lortie. Franck’s most famous orchestral work, Symphony in D Minor, provides a visionary fusion of French and Germanic orchestral traditions, and showcases the Orchestra at its finest. Details

May 5 to 6, 2017 | 8:00 PM

Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Concert Hall

$25.00 – $85.00 + charges.

3. Little Concerts: Over The Moon

Over The Moon Acoustic Roots Duo featuring Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell, award winning vocal and multi instrumentalists. Suzanne and Craig say it’s great fun to work out two part harmonies that blend and suit the music and still add the right emotion to the stories they tell. Also, if we want the sound of an instrument we don’t play, we just get one and start studying until we are able to add it. Haha, that adds to some funny moments on stage but I guess that’s what playing real music is about! Details

Friday, May 05, 2017 | 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Fort Calgary Main Building Theatre – 750 9th Avenue SE, Calgary


4. Popa Chubby

“This performance is keeping the blues dangerous!
Big, bald, and straight from the Bronx, Theodore Joseph Horowitz, aka Popa Chubby, brings twenty five years of hard-rocking electric blues to Calgary. An innovative trailblazer of postmodern blues-rock, fearless Popa Chubby is rarely seen on stage but he’s coming to our 185-seat venue for you! Details

May 5 to 6, 2017

Arts Commons, Engineered Air Theatre
205 8 Ave SE, Calgary

$42.00 + charges

5. Life is a Highway- Rhythm of the Rockies

Calgary’s international award winning a cappella ‘Rhythm of the Rockies’ chorus takes a road trip across Canada to celebrate three women turning 50 during Canada’s 150th year. Will they sing your favourite car song? Is it jazz, current or old rock or maybe a beloved Canadian song? Details

Saturday, May 6 | 7:30 PM- 9:30 PM

Rozsa Centre- U of C, 206 University Court NW

$40, Students/Seniors: $35

6. Revv52

12 of Revv52’s singers, under the direction of Artistic Director Brian Farrell, will provide a vocal thrill rarely heard in Calgary. Incredible Revv52 arrangements, sung in multi-part harmony with powerhouse solo vocals, will transform some of the world’s top popular music songs. Details

Saturday May 6 2017 | 8:00 PM – 11:00

King Eddy – The National Music Centre,438 9 Ave SE, Calgary


7. Journey Live!

Never the same each time it is played, Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with others. In this unprecedented collaboration, live musicians respond to the actions of game players in real time on stage. The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an original, interactive live performance of his GRAMMY®-nominated score to the video game Journey. Details

Saturday, May 06, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Mount Royal University Conservatory – 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W., Calgary

$44 – $69+ charges

8. Barn Dance

Join the Calgary Fiddlers and Bow Valley Fiddlers for an evening of dancing, music and tons of fun as they host their 6th Annual Ol’ Fashion Barn Dance. SPECIAL GUESTS: Coastline Fiddlers (from Victoria) Details

Saturday, May 06, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Thorncliffe/Greenview Community Centre – 5600 Centre Street North, Calgary

$15 to $20; Beef-on-a Bun Meal: $10 to $13.50

9. Westwinds Spring Choral Concert

The Westwinds Music Society is inviting an audience celebrate spring with their choral concert. Westwinds is a non-profit, community adult music organization that has a number of concert and jazz bands and choirs, for musicians of any experience level. Details

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

McDougall United Church, 8516 Athabasca St SE

$10 to $15

10. David Francey Trio

David Francey (trio) in concert with opening act Coyote Moon. The Scottish-born carpenter-turned-storyteller has truly mastered the art of writing extraordinary songs about ordinary folks. He will move you. Presented by The Bow Valley Music Club. Details

Saturday, May 06, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

SCA community centre – 277 Strathcona Dr. S.W., Calgary


11. Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players

A celebration of Jewish music and texts, including works by the Italian Renaissance Jewish composer Salamone Rossi and the late great Canadian Jewish composer Srul Irving Glick. You can also look forward to a heaping helping of traditional and modern klezmer music featuring guest saxophonist and clarinetist Frank Rackow, accompanied by CRSP Artistic Director Jane Perry at the piano. Details

Sunday, May 07, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Temple B’nai Tikvah, 900 47 Avenue SW, Calgary

$15 to $20

12. Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

By Spiritus Chamber Choir. Details

Sunday, May 07, 2017 | 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Christ Church – 3602 8th Street SW, Calgary

$20 to $25


Upcoming Concert Tours in Calgary

Jay and Silent Bob Get Old – Sat, Apr 29, 2017 08:30 PM @ Stampede Corral, Calgary

For Food events, Nightlife/Club concerts and events, see section VI.

2017 Music Festivals in Alberta

Live Music & Concerts in May

Performing Arts & Theatre in Calgary in May

III. Theatre & Performing Arts

1. Newfoundland Mary

Inspired by events in the life of Mary McCarthy Comez Cueto, Newfoundland Mary celebrates the unique life of a remarkable Canadian who spent her life in exile in her adopted homeland of Cuba. Mary’s world is forever changed when she meets Luis Gonzalez, who dreams of singing like Frank Sinatra. Details

April 24 – May 13, 2017

Lunchbox Theatre, 160, 115 9 Ave SE

$20 to $25

2. G&S’s Iolanthe

Love. So beautiful. So musical. So complicated. Although forbidden by fairy law, Iolanthe marries a mortal and is then banished from fairyland. Here in our human world, she bears a son; a lovely lad named Strephon, who falls head over heels and wants to marry Phyllis, who is, of course, desired by all the members of the House of Peers. Details

April 28 to May 11, 2017

Pumphouse Theatre – 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary

$15 – $20

3. Our Canada

We’re melding two celebrations, Alberta Ballet’s 50th Anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday into one magnificent legacy ballet that explores our province and our country through folk and country music legend, Gordon Lightfoot. Valuing community input, we’re inviting our fellow Albertans to suggest their favorite Gordon Lightfoot song and tell us how it relates to their Canada. It’s an interactive, inspiring and inclusive dance and music experience. Details

May 4 to 6, 2017

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium,
1415 14 Ave. NW, Calgary

$24.00 – $124.00

4. Devadasi: A tale of the temple dancers

Kala Bhavan of Calgary (KBC) is a local Indian dance school which was founded by Roma Thakore in 1987 after she immigrated to Canada from India. This May we are celebrating our 30th anniversary with a musical production called, Devdasi: A tale of the temple dancers. The show includes an original script, written in collaboration with writers from Mumbai; inspired by history it tells the story of the temple dancers in India, their fall from society during colonialism, and how the dance form evolved into Bharatnatyam, which is now accepted and practiced widely across the world. Details

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 3 PM and 7 PM

Wright Theatre (Mount Royal University), 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

Adults: $20, Children 10 and under: $10

5. One Act Plays

Drama, comedy and more, featuring dozens of performers packed into six evenings of One Act Plays. Details

May 4 to 6, 2017

Rotary Performing Arts Centre, Okotoks

$13.50 – $18

6. The Weir

The Liffey Players present Conor McPherson’s haunting drama about strange occurrences and the comfort of sharing them with strangers, A dark and windy night in a small town on the west coast of Ireland, the new girl in town is invited to the local pub to meet a few of the locals. Tall telling of tales ensues as the guys try to impress, then the tables get turned. Details

April 28 to May 6, 2017

Joyce Doolittle Theatre, 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary


7. Crazy For You®

When a young banker is sent to the sleepy town of Deadrock to foreclose a rundown theatre, his heart and his life are turned completely upside down. This hilarious song-and-dance extravaganza features the classics “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” High-energy fun!

April 18 – May 20, 2017

Max Bell Theatre – Arts Commons, Calgary

$35.00 – $117 + charges

8. Loose Moose Theatre Events

@ Loose Moose Theatre Company, 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary – Tickets :$12 – $15


Performers are randomly chosen to improvise scenes that are awarded points by the audience. After each round the lower scoring performers are eliminated. The rounds continue until one performer, the “Maestro Improvisor” remains. Details

Fridays | 08:00 PM


Improvised comedy deluxe!

Saturdays,May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017 | 08:00 PM –Details


IV. Sport

1. Spruce Meadows May Classic

The May Classic Tournament is the first outdoor tournament of the season (weather permitting) and competitions in this Tournament range from 0.50m to 1.20m.Details

May 6 & 7, 2017

18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary


V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

1. Events on Weekdays

Spring Block Party:

Join Alberta Theatre Projects, our friends and neighbours in the downtown community for a Spring Block Party and BBQ lunch in celebration of the launch of our 2017-18 season line-up. Grab a burger, enjoy some live music by local bands and get to know your local theatre company! Details

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM @ 8th Avenue next to Olympic Plaza | Free

Coronation Street: Peter Barlow – Prodigal Son Tour: This insightful, entertaining and fast-paced hosted onstage interview is a rare opportunity for Coronation Street fans to get the scoop on Peter Barlow’s past, present and future. Chris will open up about his fellow Corrie stars and share behind-the-scenes tales in this all-access pass to the real stories of Coronation Street from someone who lives them. No true Coronation Street fan will want to miss this show.

Thursday, May 04, 2017 | 7:30 PM @ Boyce Theatre – 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary | $51.45 – $103.95


SESQUI presents the world premiere of the 360° film HORIZON: A 360° cinematic journey across Canada, HORIZON celebrates the people, landscapes and freedoms that make Canada home. Created and captured with advanced 360° technology and presented in full dome and virtual reality platforms, HORIZON is a sensory and emotional experience for audiences of all ages. See Canada like you’ve never seen it before. Details

Thursday, May 4 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Telus Spark, Calgary | Free

2. Body Soul & Spirit Expo

The Body Soul & Spirit Expo showcases products, services and resources for growth, and fosters the individual quest for wholeness and self understanding. In representing such a diverse field, the show seeks out extraordinary individuals, businesses and organizations that offer products and services that facilitate this quest. Details

May 5 to 7, 2017

Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive S.W., Calgary

$15 to $20

3. CRLC Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

This Show will highlight the wonderful mineral collections and jewellery of collectors and vendors from around Canada. Unique Gems, Fine Minerals, Rare Fossils, Handmade Jewellery, Fancy Beads, Lapidary Art and more! Details

May 5 to 7, 2017

Vivo, 11950 Country Village Link NW, Calgary

$5 to $10

4. Jane’s Walk

10th anniversary of Jane’s Walk festival in Calgary. In the past decade, over 250 volunteers have led over 200 distinct walks in 88 Calgary and nearby neighbourhoods.With at least 65 events currently scheduled across Calgary, there is surely a walking tour to be found in or near your neighbourhood or one that you would like to know more about. Over the course of the festival, you can find at least 11 walks occurring within the downtown and area from one hour to two hours. Details

May 5 to 7, 2017

Various Locations, Calgary


5. Market Collective

Market Collective is an independent market, created to showcase the works of local artists, artisans and musicians and to strengthen the local community in Calgary. Join us at the Chinese Cultural Centre for a weekend of local art, music, interactive displays, yummy treats, cocktails, and much much more! Live music and DJ’s all weekend long. Details

May 5 to 7, 2017

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre 197 1 St SW, Calgary


6. Calgary Home Business Show

Build relationships that grow, when you buy from people you know! At the Calgary Home Business Show you will find a large selection of home based businesses showcasing their products for you.Details

May 6 to 7, 2017

Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary


7. Seth’s Dominion & Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Join Panel One for a double feature of Canadian comic creations! We’re screening the short documentary Seth’s Dominion and the nerdy love epic Scott Pilgrim vs The World at the Globe Cinema. Proceeds from the screening will support the Panel One Comic Creator Festival. Details

Saturday, May 06, 2017 | 7:00 – 10:00 PM

The Globe Cinema, 617 8 Ave SW


8. TELUS brings the home of the future

The 560-square-foot Future Home offers an immersive experience to demonstrate how technology will soon make our lives safer, healthier and more efficient than ever before. New experiences include an EcoHub that looks at the energy saving and eco-friendly items in a home at the click of a button and an intelligent kitchen with a smart stove, counter, skillet and interactive recipes. Visitors can also see how a UV light can clean a stove hands-free. Details

Friday, May 5 to Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Calgary Sunridge Mall (Parking Lot)
2525 36 Street NE, Calgary


9. Bike to Work Day

his year’s eleventh anniversary will be bigger and better than ever! We will have ten different bike pit stops along the bike route for participants to stop at and receive bike tune-ups and free giveaways. The event culminates at Eau Claire Market with a free pancake breakfast, live music and an opportunity for vendors to promote their business. Details

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary


10. Charity Headshave

Charity Headshave in aid of suicide awareness. 8 men have grown their hair for 3 months and will get their heads shaved. There will be music, a raffle and silent auction on day. Please show your support and come and join us. Details

Saturday May 6, 2017 | 03:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Murdochs bar and Grill
1935 37 St SW, Calgary


11. DogFest Spring Fling

You will enjoy: a fun indoor, and outdoor doggy playdate, for all sizes and breeds of dogs – separate indoor play area for small and large dogs, local vendors selling dog related services and merchandise – because Fido likes gourmet treats, new toys and high fashion too, right? Details

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10 AM to 5 PM

Triwood Arena, 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW

$10 per dog.
Free for humans.

12. Calgary Cannabis & Hemp Expo

This Lift-sponsored trade show is dedicated to showing the world the professionalism and maturity of the expanding cannabis industry. Check out some of the best products and services the industry has to offer plus two full days of free, educational seminars. Details

May 6-7, 2017

Big Four Building, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

$10 to $15

13. Utopia Factory

Utopia Factory is a suite of three exhibitions exploring architectural monuments and the urban fabric in the formation of national and civic identity. Details

May 4 – July 30, 2017; Please join us on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 PM for the Opening Reception and Curator’s Tour of Architecture & National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Year On!

Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary


14. Motivation

My Sporting Life, Our Canada Speaking Series – “Motivation”: Andrew Obrecht is one of the Founders and Motivators of popular spin studio YYC Cycle. Much the way he does in spin class, Andrew will inspire and motivate you in all areas of your life. Whether you are struggling with fitness, need a boost in your career or relationship, Andrew’s talk will leave you feeling stronger and more driven than ever before to seize the reins of your life here in Canada. Details

May 6, 2017 | 1 PM – 2 PM

Sporting Life at Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary


15. Book, Bike, and Bake Sale

Calgary Waldorf School’s annual Book, Bike and Bake sale to support the school’s Field Trip Fund.. Details

Saturday May 6th | 9 AM to 02:00 PM

Calgary Waldorf School, 515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW


16. Calgary Spirit and Soul Fair

Energy Healers, essential oils, crystals, card readers, mediums and a food truck with music. Come join us. Details

Sunday May 7th | 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Glamorgan community centre, 4207-41 Ave SW,


17. Panel Discussion / Architecture & National Identity

Join us for a series of programs presented in conjunction with UTOPIA FACTORY, a suite of three exhibitions exploring architectural monuments and the urban fabric in the formation of national and civic identity. Details

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Contemporary Calgary, 117 8 Avenue SW


18. The Debaters Live!

“The Debaters Live” is the comedy stage show where comics go toe to toe in a battle of laughs and logic where the audience picks the winner. The Debaters is the hit show in its 11th season on CBC Radio One. Steve and his cast are excited to be in Calgary for this fundraiser and invite you to be part of the live audience to witness this once-in-a-life time, never-to-be-repeated comedy event.. Details

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 7:00 PM

Jack Singer Concert Hall – Arts Commons

$50.75 – $97.75

19. Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience

Experience a “career day” at the Starfleet Academy. Test your knowledge and skills to discover what your true ranking would be in a Starfleet career – will you be a Medical, Engineering or Science Officer, or even a Commander? Exciting possibilities await in this immersive and interactive experience that appeals to life-long fans and new Star Trek enthusiasts alike.. Details

February 4-June 4, 2017 | Telus Spark Hours

TELUS Spark, 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary

General Admission

VI. Food Events/ Sunday Brunch & Night Life Events

1. A Multisensory Scotch Tasting

Ghost River Theatre is teaming up with renowned scotch expert Andrew Ferguson and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society to create a blindfolded scotch tasting event. Audience members will be blindfolded, and led into the venue where they will experience an intimate scotch tasting that will be joined by live performance, and a specially planned tactile tasting mat that will engage the audience’s sense of touch. In addition to the scotches, Last Best Brewing will be providing a customized spread of delicious food chosen for its unique taste and geographic profile, intended to complement the tasting. Details

May 2nd,2017 | 6:30 PM

Last Best Brewing and Distillery, 607 11th Ave SW,

$150 per ticket

2. YYC Taco Fiesta

YYC Taco Fiesta is a taco festival in support of Calgary Homeless Foundation and Kids Up Front! Details

April 28 – May 5, 2017

Various Restaurants, Calgary

Free Admission

3. Calgary International Beerfest

The Calgary International Beerfest is a social event that celebrates the amazing beer and culinary culture in Alberta. Increase your beer knowledge and find a new favourite by sampling some of the 500+ different types of beer on site. Take part in beer seminars, vote for the People’s Choice awards, meet new people, sample delicious foods, enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment, and most importantly have a great time! Details

May 5 to 6, 2017

BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 20 Round up Way, Calgary

$19.99 to $49.99

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