With COVID-19 restrictions still in place and a potential gloomy forecast for the upcoming long weekend, many Calgarians are staying in the city this weekend.
To help make the most of your Victoria Day long weekend, here’s 10 activities you can do whether you are braving the possible snow or cosying up at home.
1. DRIVE-IN MOVIE
With movie theatres closed, the Grey Eagle Drive In has you covered. Located on Tsuut’ina Nation, just off Glenmore Trail, the Drive In is featuring a number of family-friendly films like Frozen II and other favourites over the holiday weekend. (Price $40 per car)
2. HERITAGE PARK – OPENING WEEKEND
Kicking off its summer season, the historical village will be reopening its gates on Saturday. Due to public health guidelines, a handful of restaurants and exhibits within the park remain closed. Along with the train and S.S. Moyie boat on the reservoir, the park is promising new adventures this summer. (Price $12.95 – $24.95)
3. THE CALGARY ZOO/ ZOONIGHTS
You can enjoy your favourite animals for longer with ZooNights this long weekend at the Calgary Zoo. With extended hours, it is the zoo’s unofficial kickoff to summer. As social distancing protocols and staggered entry times are in place to ensure safety, be sure to get your tickets early. (Price $14.95 – $24.95)
4. GLENBOW MUSEUM AT HOME
Though current health restrictions have the Glenbow Museum temporarily closed, you are still able to visit virtually. The museum is offering a variety of online tours highlighting different artists from Canada and beyond.
5. DIY KITS AT HOME
Add a new piece of art to your home this weekend. The Calgary based Pinnotave DIY Studio offers a wide variety of arts and crafts for all age groups. With packages available for pick up or delivery, the kits offer “creativity and connection” from the comfort of your own home. (Price $20+)
6. CALGARY FARMYARD
The Calgary Farmyard is another event to explore this long weekend. With a handful of newly born baby animals at the barn and various other attractions, this activity has plenty to offer. Make sure to plan ahead for this one as pre-purchased tickets are required. (Price $17.75)
7. THEATRE AT HOME
Similar to other events, enjoying the theatre has been made difficult by COVID-19. But Calgary’s own Storybook Theatre is helping by bringing the theatre into your own home. Currently performing The Smartest Girl In the World, you can enjoy this event without having to leave bed. (Price $32)
8. BOOK AN OUTDOOR FIRE PIT
Unfortunately drinking in the park is still a couple weeks away, but until then you can enjoy one of the handful of public fire pits throughout the city in community parks. Fire pits are available for booking or you can just drop in. You will have to bring your own wood and equipment.
9. FAIRY TALES QUEER FILM FESTIVAL
Calgarys 23rd annual Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival starts on the long weekend and you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home. Showcasing filmmakers from around the world, the festival highlights perspective and how no two people see the same thing, or film. (Price $9.99+)
10. BLUES CAN FESTIVAL
This long weekend Blues Can will be hosting an online fundraiser video festival. If you’ve been missing your fix of concerts this is definitely something to add into your weekend plans. Performances from local and international artists will be taking place all weekend long and it is free to tune in.