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21 distanced activities in Calgary this week: May 17-23

As recommended by health officials, if you choose to attend events outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, including reasonable physical distancing, wearing masks, and frequent hand washing. If you are sick, please stay home.

Despite the current public health restrictions in Alberta, there is still a lot to do in Calgary this week as summer slowly but surely approaches.

Whether you want to hug your inner cook with an online cooking class, attend a virtual Japanese anime festival, buy some local goodies at a farmers market, or go outside, there is sure to be something going on in town that suits your interests .

Grab a family member or cohort buddy, mask yourself, and have some fun this week, YYC.

Relax with dinner and a movie at Hotel Arts

What: Escape for one night with in-room dinner and a movie at Hotel Arts. The package includes an overnight stay in the hotel’s luxurious accommodations, a gourmet dinner for two in the room, a bottle of wine, two craft sodas, truffled Parmesan popcorn and other movie snacks, and a $ 25 credit towards your movie on the Room.

When: Available every day
Where: Hotel Arts (119 12th Avenue SW)
Costs: Package starts at $ 275

Spend an old-fashioned weekend at the Heritage Park Historical Village

What: Join Heritage Park as the 2021 season kicks off on its opening weekend. Explore the historic village, take the train, explore the new Prospect Ridge area, paddle wheel boat sail on Glenmore Reservoir, and partake in all of their other safe outdoor experiences.

When: May 22nd to 24th
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Drive SW)
Costs: $ 24.95 and $ 12.95 for the kids

JazzYYC: International Jazz Days Festival

What: Join JazzYYC for the second virtual International Jazz Days Festival. The event showcases artists from Calgary and across Canada in a series of online tutorials and performances.

When: Now through May 27th
Time: Videos are posted on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 7 p.m.
Where: On-line
Costs: Free

Spark science from home

What: The TELUS Spark Science Center offers a variety of fun and educational online options, from virtual programs and dome movies at home to cereal science and a collection of experiments and activities.

When: The programming varies, find out more on their website
Where: From the comfort of your home
Costs: Varies depending on the program

Book exclusive access to hydrotherapy at Kananaskis Nordic Spa

What: Kananaskis Nordic Spa is accepting bookings for private access to its hydrotherapy facility, which includes use of the hydrotherapy pools, steam room and sauna, as well as the spa’s changing rooms and showers. For those who have not yet experienced it, hydrotherapy is the Nordic-inspired cycle that uses alternating hot, warm and cold baths followed by periods of rest.

Anyone can book the spa Monday through Thursday, with access restricted to hotel guests with reservation at Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge and Crosswaters Resort from Friday through Sunday.

When: Now through May 31st
Time: Two hours of time slots are granted per group throughout the day.
Where: Kananaskis Nordic Spa (1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis, Alberta)
Costs: $ 499 total for up to 4 guests. (Additional household members can join the booking for $ 119 per person, up to 10 people.)


What: Otafest is a popular annual event for Calgary’s anime and pop culture enthusiasts, and the 2021 edition of the festival will be streamed live on Twitch. The stream will feature celebrities like Sonia Blade, Erica Lindbeck, Yama no Oto and more. The event will also include a virtual exhibition hall and even an island on Animal Crossing for fans to visit.

When: May 22
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Where: Online via Twitch

Take a stroll through the Devonian Gardens

What: Feel like you are in a tropical paradise in downtown Calgary at Devonian Gardens. Stroll the boardwalk, admire the plants and ponds, and grab a takeaway from the food court.

When: Every day
Time: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 4th floor of CORE Mall (400-317 7th Avenue SW)
Costs: Free

Visit the National Music Center’s Amplify platform

What: Amplify serves as an extension of the NMC’s on-site programming through an online hub detailing the sounds and stories of music in Canada. Take a virtual tour of the museum, immerse yourself in items from the extensive collection of historical musical instruments, devices and memorabilia, and learn more about the power of music for healing and wellbeing.

When: At any time
Where: Online, from the comfort of your home
Costs: Free

Take an online cooking class with GlobalFest Flavors

What: GlobalFest Flavors celebrates foods from around the world with a 10-episode series of foods, spices, recipes, and flavors. In this week’s edition, discover Vietnamese cuisine at Lac Viet Vietnamese Restaurant while the chefs prepare a selected dish online.

When: May 18
Time: 17:30
Where: On-line
Costs: Tickets are $ 10 each or $ 25 for a condiment and dry goods box

Try a city-wide scavenger hunt

What: Calgary’s Parks Foundation has partnered with PlayCity brings the Hide & Seek challenge for YYC. Hide & Seek is the perfect way to get outside and the city‘s outdoor areas and win prizes. A new postcard is hidden in a park somewhere in town every two weeks City, and you can download the PlayCity app for exclusive hints about the location of the map.

When: Parks and green spaces through Calgary
Where: Biweekly from May 8th and during the spring and summer months
Costs: Free

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air channel

What: Wordfest’s broadcast channel has brought “the best writers, greatest thinkers, and most creative creators” together in one virtual place to pique your curiosity. Join these great minds for a live chat and get inspired.

When: May 20th
Time: 19 o’clock
Where: Transfer to wordfest.com
Costs: Free

Take a spring walk

What: Calgary is home to some incredible parks and trails that make the perfect backdrop for a lovely spring stroll. Go outside for some fresh air and exercise while enjoying some of the city’s beautiful green spaces. Check out our list of the best places to hike this spring.

Intersection market

What: This is not your traditional farmers market. In addition to fresh produce and local food, shoppers will find comics, jewelry, vintage items and more at the Crossroads Market.

When: Weekly from Friday to Sunday
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 1235 26th Avenue SE
Costs: Varies depending on the purchase

Look at the high park

What: High Park offers views of the city center, adorable fairy lights, colorful picnic tables and funny signs to take photos of – on top of a parking garage in the Beltline. Take a spring picnic six stories above street level and snap some cool photos while you are at it.

When: Open daily
Time: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: The top level of Center City Parkade at 340 10th Avenue SW
Costs: Free

Zombie Scavenger Hunt

What: Test your survivability after a zombie apocalypse in this scavenger hunt game that will take you around the city. Players have 60 minutes to collect supplies to survive during the interactive game that invites participants to complete challenges and answer quizzes.

When: Every day
Time: One hour of your choice between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Calgary
Costs: $ 29.30 per team (up to 10 people)

Calgary farmers market

What: Get fresh farm produce, hot and delicious baked goods, and locally made handicrafts at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. Pet products, coffee and tea, and flowers are also available.

When: Weekly Thursday to Sunday
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 510 77th Avenue SE
Costs: Varies depending on the purchase

Check out a sculpture covered in flowers and snakes in this Inglewood window

What: While we wait for the Esker Foundation’s main gallery to reopen, their Project Room window brings some art into our lives while providing a concept for thought. Visible from the street, “The Garden” is a clay sculpture that combines elements of nature with the human form and was created by ceramic artist Yvonne Kustec.

When: Now through June 6th June
Where: Esker Foundation project room window (1011 9th Avenue SE)
Costs: Free

Tee off on one of the best golf courses in the world from the Golf Studios des Hotel Arts

What: Choose from simulations of more than 20 of the world’s best golf courses, including Pebble Beach, Oakmont, and Valderrama, and tee off at your own private golf studio in downtown Calgary. During the game, players can enjoy their own stocked carts with food and drink service from the Hotel Arts clubhouse.

When: Open daily
Time: Book one, two, three or four hour time slots from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Hotel art
Costs: From $ 50 for 55 minutes

Glenbow from home

What: Take a virtual tour of Glenbow’s extensive collection and galleries with changing exhibitions and allow yourself to be cultivated without leaving your home.

When: At any time
Where: Online, available from the Glenbow website
Costs: Free

“Escape from the alternative dimension” in this virtual escape room in the style of the 90s

What: In this virtual escape room, the players are transported into a parallel universe of the 90s with the help of a time machine. A live adventure guide will moderate the experience and mentor your group based on the ages of the players, making this a suitable activity for everyone – whether you lived in the 90s or not.

When: Every day
Time: Start times are staggered throughout the day, usually between 9 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. (players have 60 minutes to win the game)
Where: From the comfort of your home
Costs: $ 25 per person

Take photos in PARK PARK

What: PARK PARK has transformed a municipal car park in Inglewood into a modern playground. Visitors will find life-size symbols of a tree, phone, picnic table, bicycle, book, and more. There is also a useful feature built into each of these colorful symbols related to what they represent – check out these curios and be amazed.

When: Open daily
Where: CPA Lot 43 (880 11th Street SE)
Costs: Free

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