Well, well, well, if it isn’t our favourite mid-spring holiday! After weeks of anticipation, we’ve finally made it, YYC! Luckily, for those of us who didn’t manage to snag a campsite, there is a TON going on this time around! From virtual events to events held at some of the city’s best attractions here are 10 socially distant things to do this LONG weekend in Calgary!
TOE TAP YOUR WAY THROUGH A VIRTUAL MUSICAL FESTIVAL
Miss live music? So do we! That’s why this week you need to check out the 2021 TD Jazz YYC Festival. Much like last year, this time around the organization is going digital, featuring Q and A’s and performances online until May 27th. You won’t want to miss this, friends!
When: Until Thursday, May 27
Where: Online above
Time: Various times
CHECK OUT THE CALGARY ZOO AFTER HOURS
This weekend, the zoo will be open late! On Friday and Saturday the 22nd, check out one of Calgary’s favourite attractions for some quality time with the animals after hours. Wander, eat, take photos and breathe in some fresh air during a long weekend celebration of furry friends and springtime! Check out the link above for more information.
Date: Friday, May 21st – May 22nd
Location: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
CELEBRATE THE GRAND REOPENING OF HERITAGE PARK
This Saturday, May 22nd, the historic village will swing its gates open to families looking for a good time, with a focus on health and attentiveness. All 127 acres of the park will be accessible, including its brand new Prospect Ridge area which features old-timey staples like a giant working water wheel and a replica of Turner Valley’s Dingman Number 1 Discovery Well. Check it out, YYC, and have fun!
When: Saturday, May 22nd
Where: 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
FIND THE PERFECT FIT AT ONE OF CALGARY’S VINTAGE SHOPS
Some of you are old, creative souls who just don’t want to wear what everybody is wearing. This long weekend, mask up and check out one of Calgary’s best vintage stores for something truly unique. Hit the link above for just 15 of our favourites in Calgary!
CATCH A FILM AT THE 23RD ANNUAL FAIRYTALES FESTIVAL
It’s all about perspective! This weekend, check out one or all 40 of the incredible movies featured in the 23 annual FairyTales Queer Film Festival. Through the eyes of the cast, director and writer, the hope is that you walk away with a new way of thinking, feeling and empathizing with the LGBTQ community.
Date: Friday, May 21-30, 2021
Location: Online above
Time: Times Vary
Cost: $9.99 – $200
WANDER A YYC GARDEN
In a city where the winter was long, dull, and cold we think that come mid-may you should treat yourself to a little colour therapy. The best place to do that? Well, a garden of course! Hit the link above for just 10 of the most beautiful gardens you can check out in Calgary and the surrounding areas.
TAKE PART IN A CITY-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT
Organized by Parks Calgary in cooperation with PlayCityYYC will challenge those looking to get out and about to a game of wit, speed, and problem-solving. This weekend, take part in a city wide-scavenger hunt that will have you racing for clues, exploring the city, and hopefully, winning some killer prizes1
When: Saturday, May 22nd
BROWSE THE DUNVEGAN GARDEN CENTRE
‘Tis the season for flowers, succulents, and green thumbs! Located just southwest of Calgary at Granary Road, Dunvegan Gardens carries both indoor and outdoor plants, landscaping supplies, gardening tools, and a ton more. This weekend, check them out and breathe a little life back into your home!
When: Thursday – Monday
Where: 226066 112 Street W, Foothills County
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
ENJOY AN EVENING AT THE THEATRE (FROM YOUR COUCH)
Leo and Lizzy Martinez have BIG dreams and as you’ll find out in this adorable live production by the cast of StoryBook Theatre, they’re ready to take on the world. This heartwarming play delves deep into the family dynamic, redemption and personal drive, while also entertaining the audience with incredible performances, beautiful sets and amazing writing.
Date: Friday, May 21st – June 13th, 2021
Time: 2 pm and 7 pm
Location: Online at link above
CHECK OUT ONE OF CALGARY’S POP-UP RESTOS
Pop-ups… pop-ups everywhere, but who’s complaining? This weekend save yourself the hassle of making dinner and support local by checking out one of Calgary’s newest tasty but temporary spots. From sammies to falafel, desserts, and burgers, this city practical has it all. Check out the link above for just one of our favourites.
Aright, friends, there you have it. 10 things to do in Calgary this weekend! Remember, be safe, have fun and enjoy yourselves! It’s not every month that we get an extra day off!
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