Five things to do in Calgary over May long weekend

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May long weekend is upon us, and with it comes a plethora of events ranging from sports and concerts to zoo visits and amusement parks.

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While the weather kicking off the weekend is a little shaky, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are all forecasting weather of at least 10 C and sunny, with a high of 17 C on Monday.

One thing to remember during May long weekend is adjusted hours for many establishments. A quick google search or phone call to wherever you and yours plan on going this weekend will ensure no one is missing out.

Many grocery and liquor stores will remain open, but possibly not the hours of a normal weekend. That also goes for malls, cinemas, art galleries and leisure centers as well.

Calgary Transit also adjusts its hours, so it’s worth checking out their trip planner feature before making any commuting decisions.

According to a City of Calgary press release, On May 23, payment is not required for on-street ParkPlus zones and holiday rates will be in effect at Calgary Zoo and Heritage Park.

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Additionally, Southland and Village Square Leisure Centers will be open on May 23, from 11 am to 5 pm

All arenas in Calgary along with all City of Calgary administrative buildings, the Calgary Soccer Centre, North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower Arts Centers will be closed on May 23.

It’s also common in Calgary for the city to see snow or below-average weather over the long weekend, so be sure to check the forecast before heading out.

With all of that said, here are a list of five things going on in and around Calgary this weekend:

Calaway Park opening weekend

Going on the ride Timber Falls at Calaway Park is a great way to cool off in the hot Calgary sun.  Calaway Park has rides, games and on-site entertainment for visitors to enjoy.
Going on the ride Timber Falls at Calaway Park is a great way to cool off in the hot Calgary sun. Calaway Park has rides, games and on-site entertainment for visitors to enjoy. Photo by Photo submitted

What better way to dive into Summer than heading to Calaway Park? The amusement park will celebrate the start of its season this weekend.

Western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park offers 32 rides, and this summer will also be offering a Cinemagic 3D show in its Showtime Theater.

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For more information and to plan your trip, visit Calaway Park’s website.

Where: Range Road 33, Calgary

When: May 21 to May 23

Price: $31.95 to $49.95, children two and under get in free


Heritage Park opening weekend

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Calgary staple Heritage Park will also be starting its season over the long weekend. The site offers more than 200 exhibits spread over 127 acres of lush parkland.

“It’s the perfect balance between historical fact, adventure, discovery and fun that makes our take on the tale of Western Canadian settlement so unique,” ​​the event listing said.

New for this year is the park’s veterinary practice. According to Heritage Park’s website, the exhibit creates the feel and setting of a working turn of the century veterinary clinic.

“See how vets plied their trade without the modern comforts of today and learn about the impact they had on the agricultural history of western Canada.”

For more information on what will be going on this weekend, visit the park’s website.

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Where: 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary, AB, Canada

When: May 21 to May 23

Price: $14.95 to $29.95


Monster Zipline opening weekend

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Keeping the stretch of opening weekends going, Monster Zipline will be open for business for the summer starting on May 21.

If you’re looking for something a little more exhilarating, look no further than Calgary’s ultimate zipline experience.

The activity will have participants reach up to 120 km/h while traveling 1,640 feet with a vertical drop of more than 328 feet. It also features incredible views of the Bow River valley and northwest Calgary.

If this is something that sounds interesting, it should be noted participants need to be aged 14 and older. Additionally, a minimum weight requirement of 75 pounds is in place, along with a max weight of 250 pounds.

This activity should be avoided if pregnant, or if you’ve suffered previous neck or back injuries.

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Wavers must be completed before participation.

For more information, visit Monster Zipline’s website.

Where: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary

When: Starting May 21

Price: $95


May Long at ZooNights

Amur tiger Youri enjoys a snack at the Calgary Zoo on Thursday, November 25, 2021.
Amur tiger Youri enjoys a snack at the Calgary Zoo on Thursday, November 25, 2021. Photo by Gavin Young/Postmedia

The good people at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo will be extending business hours to allow for more Calgarians to come in and enjoy all of the sites the zoo has to offer.

“Whether you make it a date night or you bring the whole family, there’s something for everyone to enjoy,” the zoo’s website said.

Participants can pre-order a special ZooNights dinner box, grab a beer and enjoy acoustic musicians as they strut through the zoo.

“Don’t forget, you’ll be directly supporting the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives through your admission so it’s a win-win! ”

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For more information, visit the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s website.

Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE

When: May 20 and May 21, from 5 to 8 pm

Price: $24.95 to $34.95, children under three get in free


Battle of Alberta Game 2 – Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers

Calgary Flames Matthew Tkachuk celebrates his hat-trick with defenceman Rasmus Andersson as the Flames close out their 9-6 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
Calgary Flames Matthew Tkachuk celebrates his hat-trick with defenceman Rasmus Andersson as the Flames close out their 9-6 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Photo by Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

The talk of the town right now has to be the Calgary Flames and the second round series against their arch rivals, the Edmonton Oilers.

Game 1 took on Wednesday with the Flames securing the win in a game that notched a total of 15 goals, the final tally was 9-6 for the Flames.

Calgarians can try their luck at securing live game tickets, heading down to the Red Lot viewing party, or finding a bar stool at one of the many Red Mile establishments near the Saddledome. Either way, just taking in the game and supporting the home team will be a great way to spend an evening during May long weekend.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

When: May 20 ar 8:30 pm

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