Events, Food & Drink

9 can’t-miss food & drink events in Calgary this May

Photo via Heather Ford

The month is almost up, and you know what that means Calgary. We’re headed into summer with some seriously tasty food and sips! As per usual, our number one priority is eating. May, here we come!

California Wine Fair

California Wine Fair is a 1-day event, which means you do not have time to waste here. Buy your ticket and get the chance to sample 400 premium wines from 150 of California’s top producers!

When: Wednesday, May 1

Calgary International Beer Festival

Wanna increase your beer knowledge? What about finding a new go-to pint? Orrr, maybe you just wanna sample over 500 different brews? We don’t blame you. It’s time for Calgary International Beerfest! With beer seminars, People’s Choice awards, delicious food, and entertainment, this is a heck of a good time. Plus you get to take home your own CIBF mug, which is pretty fantastic if you ask us.

When: Friday May 3 @ 3PM; Saturday May 4 @ 2PM

Cinco de Mayo Party

Is there anything better than Cinco de Drinko? Nope– especially when you’re enjoying a Mexican appetizer spread, refreshing bevvies, piñatas and good company at Julio’s.

When: Friday, May 3 @ 5:30pm

Mother’s Day Brunch at Hotel Arts

Skip the lame Insta post and take your mom to a decked out Mom’s Day Brunch! With chef-attended stations, dessert decorating stations and a kids’ buffet, Hotel Arts is covering all their bases with delicious hollandaise goodness.

When: Sunday, May 12 @ 9am – 1:30pm

Rosé Soiree

Market Wines knows that parties are best done in pink. Join them as they celebrate moms and everything spring– you’ll be given fresh fruit, a rosé popsicle, and sips of 20 of the most delicious rosés ever. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation!

When: Saturday, May 11 @ 7 pm – 9 pm

Top Drop Calgary

Hotel Arts’ annual grand tasting is back! Featuring international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries, and the people behind them, this is a can’t-miss event. Pro tip: get your tix early, since Early-Bird Ticket price is only $75 until May 5th! After that, you’re stuck with a $95 price tag. Don’t wait!

When: Tuesday, May 21 @ 7pm – 9:30pm

Moroccan Tent 5-course Dinner

North African eats? Don’t mind if we do. Dine in the Moroccan Tent with a set menu of soup, salad, appies, wine, dinner, and dessert! This event’s already 50% sold so don’t miss your chance to grab a spot Calgary!

When: Saturday, May 25 @ 6:30pm – 9:30pm


At 7:00 pm on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25, the doors at Manulife Place open and PARKSHOW begins! If you’re not one of the informed, fashionable types, you can expect a full market full of trendy vendors, tons of local food to eat, and plenty of Canadian designers to enjoy!

When: Friday, May 24 – Saturday, May 25

Uncover Kensington

Our first food event, Uncover Kensington, is the perfect way to kick off May! Help us welcome Graywood Development’s The Theodore to the neighbourhood by trying a bunch of multi-course prix fixe menus ranging from $30 to $40! You have until Sunday, May 5th to affordably eat your way through Kensington’s food & drink scene, so you might as well get started now.

When: Friday, April 26th to Sunday, May 5th

That’s it, Calgary! Eat up this month, we don’t want those summer bods to look undernourished now.