Well, even in Calgary, we can safely say that spring has arrived! More or less, anyway. I love this time of year and the possibilities it holds. (Almost as much as I love moving the outgrown snow pants and dirty boots out the door.) There are all kinds of great things happening in Calgary when the weather turns warm, so it’s time to get out and play! Keep reading to find terrific May events for your family.


Oh, I love a good deal and I love going to garage sales to find all the things I never knew I needed! Hunting for the best deals takes time, but with the community parade of garage sales around Calgary, you can hit lots of garage sales in one day, without a lot of driving. We’re compiling a list of community sales as we find out about them and you’ll find quite a few on Saturdays in May.

Mother’s Day is May 8, 2022, and we have a great Mother’s Day guide in the works to give you some fun ideas on what to do for the weekend. Plan brunch, a concert, or maybe a visit to that Big Book Sale!

That Very Useful Engine is coming back to town, ready to whisk you to the Island of Sodor. (Okay, he’ll just whisk you around Heritage Park.) During Day Out With Thomas at Heritage Park, from May 7 – 8 and 14 – 15, 2022, your train lovers can ride in a train pulled by Thomas himself and enjoy all kinds of other train activities.

Maybe I’m biased, but the CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale needs to be on everyone’s calendar! (It’s May 6 – 16, 2022, if you want to write it down.) This annual Big Book Sale event is an important fundraiser, supporting a year-long commitment to literacy for children across Alberta. Get ready for a great summer of reading!

Our other favourite is the night Stars on Ice come to town! On May 14, 2022, get your tickets for figure skating’s hottest stars, where athleticism and artistry collide!

Missed the Calgary Reads Book Sale? Then head to the RESET Society Book Sale from May 11 – 15, 2022. The RESET Society of Calgary book sale raises funds to help women and girls who have been the victims of exploitation and human trafficking.

Stars on Ice is back in town, and it’s always so fun to see the skaters enjoy athleticism and artistry. Get your tickets for May 14, 2022, and a fabulous show!

Calgary’s Anime Convention, Otafest, is from May 21 – 22, 2022, and is celebrating Japanese art, culture, and media in the Canadian community.

Puppet Power 2022 is an online conference that looks at the role inanimate objects have had in ceremonies and celebrations throughout time. But even better, families are invited to a FREE Family Festival Day on May 23, 2022, filled with hands-on activities, performances, and puppets!

If you love the creepies and the crawlies, you’ll want to check out the Calgary Reptile Expo on May 28 and 29, 2022. It’s dedicated to the love of reptiles!


There are lots of other events happening during the month of May. Calgary is a great place for families to enjoy activities together. Be sure to check out our calendar to find more family fun. You can also submit your family-friendly event to us; just fill out our event submission form. Don’t forget to check out the new contests we are running and if you are planning your summer, take a look at our Summer Camp Guide. Enjoy the month, Calgary!

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