Free Things to Do in Calgary in May

A list of FREE and cheap fun things to do in Calgary during May.


  • Free Events
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1. Free Events

29 May


May 29, 2021 To May 30, 2021


FestivARTS is a contemporary virtual arts festival providing an inclusive, holistic, and interactive experience where participants build new relationships, engage in meaningful creation, express their mutual love ...  »

Make-A-Wish Trailblaze for Wishes
19 May


May 19, 2021 To July 28, 2021

403 991 9603

Free registration

Make-A-Wish® Trailblaze for Wishes is a 10 week virtual challenge which asks you to Hike, Walk or Run your chosen challenge distance — 50KM, 100KM or 200KM—you set ...  »

Science Rendezvous
08 May


May 8, 2021


Science Rendezvous will STEAM Green and you are invited to the first ever virtual Science Chase. Race between event sites across the country, answer STEAM challenges, learn ...  »

Jane's Walk Calgary
07 May

Various Locations, Calgary

May 7, 2021 To May 9, 2021


Your city. Your stories. Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, community-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. Explore your city, share stories about your ...  »

Ella Grace Marketplace Opening
01 May

Ella Grace Marketplace, 7271 12th Street Southeast, Calgary

May 1, 2021 To May 2, 2021


Calgary’s HOTTEST New Marketplace with Over 60 Local Vendors Specializing in Vintage, Mid Century, Antiques, Rustic, Handmade, Upcycled & More! This will be the go-to destination for ...  »

City Nature Challenge 2021
30 Apr

Calgary Region

April 30, 2021 To May 3, 2021

$10; Free for members

Help Calgary compete in the 2021 City Nature Challenge April 30-May 3! Look for nature anywhere in Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie, Chestermere, and Okotoks. Take photos of wild plants and ...  »

2. Free Activities

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 April, check out the light displays, and you’ll be amazed at these hidden gems across the city.

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.

Plan Your Summer Garden

Get your kids to plant and maintain a summer garden this year. It’s time to start planting seeds indoors and planning what your summer will have in store. Visit Garden Centres in and around Calgary with kids and plant indoors.

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.

Spring Clean & Donate

Do some spring cleaning this April and donate your clothes. Donating is a great way to give back, reduce waste, and get those feel-good vibes flowing. Keep your good deeds on the straight and narrow with this list of 15 places where you can donate your goods in Calgary.

Explore Our Stunning National Parks

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.

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