Another Friday is upon us and this one is extra special! Victoria Day is here and there are so many ways to celebrate! From festivals and outdoor activities to markets and more events, here are 10 wonderfully exciting things to do this LONG weekend in Calgary!

Easy Days

Shop ’til you drop! This Saturday, hit the East Village Riverwalk for the big Easy Days pop-up market! Featuring Calgary artists and various artisan vendors, guests can enjoy performances and local goodies!

When: Saturday, May 19th 2024
Where: East Village River Walk
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm
Cost: Free


Created by Walter Chell In 1969, the Caesar is deeply rooted in Calgary’s history so it only makes sense that one of the largest events celebrating the drink is held in the big city! This weekend, fans of the drink can hit the Stampede grounds where local bars and restaurants will be showcasing different variations of the boozy bevy under one roof.

When: Saturday, May 18th – 19th, 2024
Where: The Big Four, Stampede Park
Cost: $25+

Sponsored pick: Studio Bell Violins of Hope

You can explore history through an unconventional lens with an inspiring display at the new, temporary exhibition at National Music Centre’s Studio Bell, Violins of Hope. This exhibition features historic string instruments that once belonged to victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Learn about the personal stories behind each restored piece and find inspiration in the power of music to capture resilience, and hope. Tickets are available online with exhibit access included as part of general admission.

When: Until Sunday, June 16th, 2024
Where: National Music Centre | Studio Bell, 300-851 4 Street SE
Cost: $24.50 for Adult General Admission

Calaway Park

Looking to do something wild this weekend?! Adrenaline lovers are encouraged to ride the coaster or eat all the carnival food their stomachs can handle at Calaway Park.

When: Saturday, May 18th, 2024
Where: 245033 Range Road 33, Calgary
Cost: $35.95+

Sponsored pick: Hotel Blackfoot

Sometimes, we just need a break. Plan a luxe getaway at Hotel Blackfoot in Calgary. Close to everything you need, and packed with amenities like a year-round heated pool, casual dining, a sports lounge, and even a comedy club – and that’s only scratching the surface! They’ve got packages with perks, and you can even bring your pets along. Check them out online to see what else a mini vacay can offer. Also – Hotel Blackfoot is inviting 3 lucky winners in to check out their awesome amenities – be sure to enter here!

When: Open Daily
Where: 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE Calgary

DJ Paul

What better way to kick off the long weekend than with live music? On May 17th, check out DJ Paul at the Back Alley! Tickets are still available at the link above. You won’t want to miss it!

When: Friday, May 17th 2024
Where: The Back Alley – 4630 MacLeod Trail South, Calgary, AB
Time: 9 pm
Cost: $37+

Downhill Karting

They’re back in action! This weekend adrenaline-seekers can enjoy a day of downhill karting with their friends or family. The last one to the bottom of the hill is a rotten egg! 

When: Opens May 18th, 2024
Where: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Cost: $40+

Calgary Reads Big Book Sale

Calling all bookworms! A 10-day event, the Big Book Sale will take the Calgary Curling Club and you will not want to miss it. From horror to romance, over 175,000 gently used novels will be available for less than $5.

When: Until May 20th, 2024
Where: Calgary Curling Club, 720 3rd Street NW
Cost: Event fee $5+

Canyon Ski Resort Alpine Coaster

It’s going to be an incredible weekend. Red Deer’s epic Canyon Coaster is approximately 1,345 metres, can travel at a speed of 40 km/hr, has a 440-foot vertical drop, and opens this long weekend! Interested in taking it for a ride? Check out the link above for more information!

When: Saturday, May 18th, 2024
Where: 38433, Range Rd 264A, AB
Time: Wednesday – Sunday 11 am-6 pm
Cost: $25

Mirror Mirror

The countdown is on! You don’t have much longer to let your imagination run wild at, ‘Mirror Mirror!’ Surrounded by colour and whimsical images, this immersive experience is not one to be missed.

When: Until May 26th, 2024
6455 Macleod Trail, Calgary
Cost: $16+

Whew, there you have it! 10 things to do in Calgary this LONG weekend. What will you check out first?! Let us know – and enjoy!