What to do this weekend in Calgary

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The weather is expected to improve for Mother’s Day weekend, giving Calgarians the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and attend one of the many events the city has to offer.

Inglewood Night Market

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The Inglewood Night Market returns for the season on Friday, promising 135 vendors, live music and a beer garden. The all-ages market is also a pet-friendly event and features three pet-specific vendors.

Where: 10th Ave & 10th St SE

When: Friday, 5-10 p.m.

Cost: Free

stars on ice

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Stars on Ice features performances by the world’s best skaters. The show celebrates talent, passion and artistry, and there are ticket options for meet and greets, Q&As and the chance to watch the skaters warm up.

Where: Scotiabank Saddle Dome

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $45-150+

The Men’s Expo

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Despite the title of the event, everyone is welcome at the Men’s Expo. It is a fair that showcases sports, wellness, fashion, automobiles and more. There will also be live wrestling and beer and liquor samples. $1 from every ticket sold goes to prostate cancer research.

Where: BMO Center, Room F

When: Friday 3-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Cost: $10

Calgary Reads Big Book Sale

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The Calgary Reads Big Book Sale celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend. The event is so popular that you must schedule a work appointment to go the first two days. There will be more than 175,000 books for sale, and most will cost less than $5.

Where: Calgary Curling Club

When: Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. by appointment. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., no appointment necessary

Cost: Friday and Saturday: $5. Sunday: $3. Fees added to purchase at check out.


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Otafest is a celebration of anime and Japanese pop culture, and it’s so popular that Saturday was already sold out. There are still tickets available for Friday and Sunday. The festival will feature anime screenings, cosplay contests, special guest performances, and more.

Where: Calgary Telus Convention Center and Marriott Downtown Hotel

When: Friday and Saturday, 10 am to midnight. Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cost: Youth: $16.73. Adult: $48.20. Children under 5 years: free

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