May is nearly here and we feel like warmer days are finally ahead! Want to get outside and enjoy the fresh air? You’re in luck, because there are plenty of ways to do so for $25 or less! From markets to festivals, here are 10 cheap or FREE things to do in Calgary this May. Enjoy!

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International Beer Fest

Thirsty? This May, the Alberta International Beer Fest will take Calgary on an incredibly affordable booze cruise across the world. Pre-order your Uber and be safe! It’s going to be a wild ride.

When: Friday, May 3rd – 4th, 2024
Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way, Calgary, AB
Time: 5:30 pm
Cost: $19+

The Inglewood Night Market

Shop after dark! This season, vendors from all over the city will take Inglewood for their beloved night market! With a beer garden, food trucks, live music, and so much more. You will not want to miss it! Enjoy!

When: Friday, May 10th 2024
Where: 10 Ave and 10 Street SE
Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
Cost: Free

La Pizza Week

We hope you’re hungry, Calgary! La Pizza Week is back and like so many years prior, foodies will be encouraged to get cheesy at restaurants all over the country. From coast to coast, ovens will be hot and toppings will be plenty. Check out the link above to see the local restaurants participating in this year’s event!

When: Wednesday, May 1st – 7th, 2024
Where: See link above
Cost: Prices vary

Glow Garden Pop-up Centre

With wholesale prices and expert staff, the popup glow gardens are back! This annual shopping event is familiar to many and beloved by plant enthusiasts and admirers so don’t miss it! It’s going to be colourful!

When: Open throughout May 2024
Cost: Free

Easy Days

This spring, 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

Contemporary Calgary 

This May, wander Contemporary Calgary – a modern museum with wide-open spaces and many a tale to tell. The best part? Admission is only $10 – so go ahead and get that extra espresso shot in your coffee on the way there.

When: Open Wednesdays to Sundays
Where: 701 11th Street SW
Cost: $10+

University District Night Market

Credit cards at the ready! This May, Calgarians can spend an eventful evening under the stars at the University District Night Market! Showcasing various artisan vendors from all over the city, this event is going to be adorable.

When: Wednesday, May 29th, 2024
Where: Central Commons Park, 4019 University Ave NW
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Cost: Free

Cobb’s Adventure Park

They’re back! This May, get up close and personal with kangaroos and goats, play games, grab a bite to eat, and go mini golfing! There’s really no better way to get outdoors than Cobb’s Adventure Park.

When: Saturday, May 18th, 2024
Where: 1500 84th Street NE, Calgary
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Tickets: $21+

Miette Hot Springs

Located in Jasper National Park, this particular destination is said to have the ‘hottest water in the Canadian Rockies,’ and is a fool-proof way to relax, recharge and kick off the spring season with your special someone.

When: May 2024
Improvement District No. 12, AB
Cost: $17.50

Films at the Fort

Films at the Fort is back with a series of crowd-pleasing, memorable movies. This May, catch one of their many choices from the classics to cult faves. For tickets and showtimes visit the link above and enjoy!

When:  Various dates through May
Where: 750 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Cost: $12

And here you have it! 10 free and cheap things to do in Calgary this May. What will you check out first?