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Victoria Day Weekend Roundup in Calgary

Aren’t sure what to do this weekend? Here are some activities happening around Calgary that you won’t want to miss!

Friday May 20

Kid Rock, courtesy Wirth Entertainment

Rock out with  country/rock bad boy Kid Rock as he takes the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome in support of his recently released album Born Free. Concert opens with Canadian band The Trews. Tickets $29.50 – $69.50, call Ticketmaster, 1-855-985-5000.

It’s the last weekend to catch the laugh-out-loud depiction of the frustrations, joys and embarrassing moments of motherhood in Theatre Calgary’s Mom’s The Word. Tickets $35 – $111.75.

Travel back in time to 1912 as you view artifacts from the historic Titanic at the Telus World of Science’s Titanic Exhibit. Upon entering you’ll receive a replica of a boarding pass belonging to an actual passenger aboard Titanic. Next, explore a chronological journey through the life of the Titanic, moving through the ship’s construction, life on board, its sinking and finally the artifact rescue efforts—and of course, discover whether or not you “survived.”

Titanic, courtesy Telus World of Science

Enjoy a casual performance at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Jeans n’ Classics with hit Eagles songs like Life in the Fast Lane, Hotel California and A Peaceful, Easy Feeling in a tribute to the Eagles.

Hear Harrison Kennedy’s gritty vocals, harmonica and guitar talents as he performs funk, soul, R&B, rock, folk, jazz and blues as part of the Epcor Centre for the Performing Art’s Carma Acoustic Blues Series.

Saturday May 21

Gates open at Calaway Park this weekend for their 30th season of rides and live entertainment for the whole family. Feel your stomach flip flop on rides like Chaos, Cosmic Spin and the popular Vortex rollercoaster, visible from the highway, or enjoy classics like the Bumper Cars, the Ferris Wheel and Berry Go Round. Season passes will be available at a discounted rate ($31.95+GST). .

Kids Buffet courtesy photos.com

Stage West offers up a children’s version of dinner theatre with a “kids buffet” complete hot dogs, pizza, Jell-O, ice cream and more. The buffet is then followed by classic story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where Charlie Bucket discovers the meaning of teamwork, self-confidence and self-esteem during an adventurous tour of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Listen to an interactive interpretive talk, before going behind the scenes to meet the Calgary Zoo’s giraffes up close, so close you can see how long their eyelashes are and the colour of their tongues!  You may even get to feed them a treat. Ages five and older only, children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-purchased tickets strongly recommended.

The largest volleyball event in Canada, The Canadian West Open will draw an anticipated 4,200 athletes and 1,200 coaches for a total of 280 teams for three days of competition. The Open will take place at the University of Calgary with 22 courts at the Olympic Oval, 4 courts at the Volleydome and 10 courts in the Kinesiology Gymnasia.

Sunday May 22

Sleigh Bells and Neon Indian take the stage to give an eclectic performance of both pop and hard rock music by duo Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss and solo artist Alan Palomo at The Republic. Tickets $25.

Celebrate the opening day of Bar U Ranch and the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada, the first National Parks system in the world with free cake and coffee served at the cookhouse.

Monday May 23

Celebrate the opening weekend of Heritage Park with a complimentary pancake breakfast for the first 500 guests to arrive between 9:30 -10:30am on May 23 in Gunn’s Dairy Barn. In the afternoon, try an old fashioned tea in the elegant Wainwright Hotel with freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream,  a selection of jams, and an assortment of finger sandwiches, pastries and tarts. Afternoon Tea is served at noon and 2:00pm. Ticketed event. Reservations required.

Heritage Park courtesy Heritage Park

138 years ago today the RCMP was founded at the hand of John A. MacDonald. Celebrate the anniversary with festivities and free cake for the first 138 visitors at Fort Calgary. Witness a time capsule being placed inside a wooden carved carousal sized horse to be removed in the year 2075 on the 200th anniversary of the RCMP. Kids will enjoy games, crafts and movies.

In celebration of the the Queen’s “official birthday,” visit the Glenbow Museum’s Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heros and view portraits of  Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, along with other celebrities, politicians, writers, artists and musicians from the past 100 years.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip courtesy Estate of Yousuf Karsh.

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