Looking for something fun to do in Calgary this weekend?  Here’s Mark Hopkins best picks!  Not in Calgary?  Well maybe you should just get on a plane.  And yes, I have an extra couch.

Wow! This weekend in Calgary is jam-packed with amazing events. Just look at some of the great things that didn’t make the cut for this edition of the Bloggity Weekender:
Amidst all these fantastic possibilities, I’ve decided to focus on three very different community-building events:
Jane’s Walk Calgary
May 7-8, 2011

Jane Jacobs was an urban activist who changed the way we think about cities. Since her passing in 2008, there have been events called Jane’s Walk cropping up all over the world, a series of neighbourhood walks that provide a new perspective on your city’s streets.
This weekend in Calgary, there will be a whopping twenty-one Jane’s Walks, led by city councillors, local journalists and community activists. You can wander through Chinatown, sample Inglewood’s finest cuisine, clean up the Edgemont Ravine, imagine new possibilities for the Sunnyside LRT corridor or venture to the city’s edge in Tuscany. Take some time to look at Calgary through new eyes!

LiveStyle Urban Arts Festival Community Block Party
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Noon to 4:00 pm
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave SE)
Olympic Plaza is going to be bumpin’ this Saturday, as the LiveStyle Urban Arts Festival returns! This free afternoon event features a sick mix of bboys, breakdancers and other urban dancers, plus Edgar Gilbert Reyes from SYTYCD Canada. You’ll also catch slam poets, beatboxers, a host of DJs and more. C’mon down for some of that hippity-hop the kids keep talking about.

The May Melt
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Noon to 10:00 pm
The AREA (1119 10th Ave SE)
Ten straight hours of live music! If that’s not brain-exlodingly awesome, I don’t know what is. The AREA is a new community space in Inglewood that celebrates Arts, Recreation, Education, Environment and Agriculture. (I know, the acronym should technically be AREEA, but what do you want from me?) The May Melt features a full day of rockin’ bands, including Type Monkey Type, peAks, Free Nude Celebs, The Festers, Memory Screen and more.

Mike Morrison