‘Tis the month of a brand new season and we simply cannot contain our excitement! Winter is fun, but it’s time to move on to a new phase, raise the temperature here in the city, and welcome the fresh bloom in our gardens – it’s about time, don’t you agree?
With March comes two major holidays that are both cause for celebration. First up, get ready to raise a green beer, tap your toes, and party like the Irish. You can bet there are many a green shindig happening all over the city, so you’ll have no excuse not to head out to join in on the shenanigans!
Next up, Easter! Brunches, high tea, exclusive feasts, and more, there are plenty of festivities to get the whole family preoccupied and keep the spirit of the Easter Bunny alive!
In-between these grand holidays there are so many cultural events, great performances, foodie experiences, and outdoor activities that will surely fill everyone’s schedules this month.
We have put together a list of 81 exciting events happening in and around the city this month that you simply can’t miss out on!
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Hit the Slopes
What: Our mountainous backyard is just waiting for us with a fluffy layer of the white stuff, perfect for winter sports and activities. Take advantage and get some spring shredding in, or take your snowshoes for an adventure around one of the many picturesque lakes that the Rockies have to offer.
What: There is something surreal about stargazing at the top of a mountain. Glide up to the brand-new observation deck of the Banff Gondola summit and discover star clusters, galaxies, the Milky Way, Mars, and the Moon with two professional guides from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. If it turns out to be a cloudy evening, the astronomers will take you inside the terminal where you will continue to learn about these celestial objects. *Dress in winter appropriate clothing and expect cold temperatures and wind!*
Where: Banff Gondola – 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff AB
When: Fridays and Saturdays until March 9
Cost: Free with regular admission to the Gondola, $62 for Adults and $31 for Children
What: Ski Mt. Norquay for only $2 on March 7 – yes, that is less than a cup of coffee! If you thought this deal couldn’t get any better, think again. Not only do you ski for $2, but your money is also donated to a local charity at the end of the season. Help them beat their $20,000 total from last year!
When: Wednesday, March 7
Time: All day long
Where: Mt. Norquay – 1520 Banff, AB
Take in the crisp outdoor air and the picturesque views as you march your way through the many trails in and around the Calgary area – plus, it’s a great workout! If you’re are more of an inner city roamer, check out Fish Creek Park Or Nose Hill for some fantastic trails closer to home. If you’re interested in taking a drive out to the Rockies, Canmore, Bragg Creek, and Banff all boast unreal trail paths that lead to some magical destinations. Be sure to check trail reports before heading out, and dress for the weather!
Cross Country Skiing
What: Cross Country Skiing can be wildly underestimated as a sport, but it is really a great workout and can be a great way to be active while enjoying the beauty of a snow-covered landscape. The best part is that you don’t even have to go very far from Calgary for a snowy cross-country skiing adventure.
Where: Check out one of the many popular cross-country skiing areas within the city, such as Fish Creek Park, Confederation Golf Course, Lakeview Golf Course, or South Glenmore Park. If you are interested in travelling a little bit further, check out areas just outside of the city limits, such as West Bragg Creek, Ribbon Creek, Canmore Nordic Centre, Mt. Shark Trails, or Sandy McNabb. Explore more great cross-country skiing locations within the city and outside Calgary here.
What: A brew is always better when you’ve earned it! Hop on the bike (SPIN) or reset your intentions on the mat (YOGA). Afterwards, treat yourself to a delicious bevy from Wild Rose Brewery. This will give you the refresh you need and deserve post sweat!
What: Head to Movement U for a music-infused candlelit experience that features intentional standing + flow sequences meant to restore the body, reconnect the mind and rejuvenate the soul through deep stretching and disciplined movements. This is a great way to complete your workout regime while working on challenging your balance, strength, and flexibility.
What: Dress up and have fun as you join 1,000 of your fellow Calgary runners in a race that will test your post-winter fitness abilities. This run will go to support the Calgary Road Runners and the Canadian Diabetes Association as it celebrates it’s 31st year running – literally. After the race you will can enjoy some delicious Irish stew and take your chance at winning your weight in Village Beer!
What: Get ready for Spring by coming out and celebrating the change of the season, while supporting your favourite local artists and makers! You never know what gem you’ll find that will make for a little Easter magic.
When: Saturday, March 10
Time: 10 am
Where: Foothills Centennial Centre #4 – 204 Community Way Okotoks
What: Looking for some inspiration, a place to write that isn’t your kitchen table, or simply some guidance on a writing project? For only $5 you can join White Space Writers every Tuesday morning and receive a work space, unlimited coffee, accessibility to writing resources (aka they will look over a piece you’re working on), and a writing prompt – if that’s what you’re interested in. Plus, you might even make a new creative friend or three, which is priceless!
What: Ever wonder how to make a French macaron? Look no further. Everyone’s favourite macaron shop, Ollia, hosts Macaron Baking Classes, offering exclusive lessons on how to properly engage in some macaronage, get the perfect shell, and create various flavours. Bon appetite!
When: March 6, 13, 20, 21, 27 and 28
Time: 6 pm
Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW
What: Travelling all the way from the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, this exciting exhibition has been travelling North America for the last 10 years and Calgary marks it’s final destination. Excite your senses with this unique cultural experience that will show you everything you need to know about the king of the ocean; the whale. The exhibit shows everything from life-size whale skeletons to the evolution of these creatures and understanding how they communicate. There is so much to know about these beautiful beings.
What: Until March 25, every weekend Banff’s Sulphur Mountain invites you to join them for Family Weekends, which includes epic views, a scavenger hunt, Sugar Shack Maple Toffee, Storytelling, Stargazing and Winter Wonderland with fire pits, a carved ice throne and massive glass bear.Experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in a mountaintop family adventure!
What: There is no better night for an impromptu celebration! Cuddle up by the campfire, dance the night away, and enjoy cozy hot chocolate on Centre Street. The entire street will be transformed into a midnight carnival, including music, beautiful lights, bubbles, giant games, and more! This is a family friendly event and expressive costumes are encouraged.
What: Spring is around the corner, so it’s time to get inspired! Get tips for your next renovation, explore the Tiny Home Village, or create a masterpiece to adorn your walls at a workshop with Heart and Swirl. Also, don’t miss exciting presentations by HGTV stars Todd Talbot Carson Arthur and Tiffany Pratt.
What: PAW Patrol is all the rage right now with the littles so why not make their dreams come true and let them see it in person! Prepare for non-stop laugher as you follow along on the great adventure as the pups save the day once again.
When: March 2 to 4
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
What: Come dressed for a red carpet affair to celebrate Hollywood’s best while raising money for the Calgary International Film Festival. There is no better excuse to get spiffied up! If you can’t make it, you can catch the Oscars on CTV.
What: From camping with wolves on Vancouver’s coastal beaches to filming leopards on the streets of Mumbai, it’s safe to say Bertie Gregory has truly seen it all from the lens of his camera. Bertie’s passion for the wild world is contagious and reflected in each one of his photographs! Join him for a day as he invites you along on his adventures and inspires you to get involved in protecting his wild friends.
When: March 4 and 5
March 4: 2 pm
March 5: 7 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 208 8th Avenue SE
What: Life is one huge game! But what are the laws of chance and why do we get so involved? Listen up, all you competitive people! Come explore the background of gaming and even play a few games for yourself at this month’s Adults Only Night.
What: Consisting of three events, a three point shooting competition, a slam dunk contest, and a celebrity game, this exciting event is celebrating everything to do with basketball, while raising money for Mary’s Meals. It’s their goal to raise $18,206 which would provide a daily meal for 1,138 students in Malawi Africa. Let’s play some ball and help them blow their goal out of the water!
What: Come celebrate Women’s Day with some of Calgary biggest female movers and shakers. Start the night off with a red carpet by Avenue Magazine, sip on hand-crafted cocktails, and enjoy a screening of an exciting fashion film presented by CANIFFF. You’ll then enjoy a delicious three-course meal prepared by Chef Derek Wilkins accompanied by Veuve Clicquot bubbles as you take in a fashion show featuring some of the largest local designers and boutiques.
When: Sunday, March 11
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Wednesday Room – 100, 118 8th Avenue SW
What: Teleport back to the roaring ’20s and party with Decidedly Jazz at their annual fundraiser, The Black and White Ball! This black and white affair will have you dancing the night away to the sounds of the famous local band, Penguins on Broadway, and other dazzling musical performances, while you check out the silent auction or bid on balloons full of magical surprises. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is no average party. Prepare yourself for a wild night, great dance moves, and amazing fashion – in all forms. There ain’t no party quite like a Decidedly Jazz party!
What: Get your toes a-tappin’ with live entertainment all day long at the Calgary Farmers Market. Then use your deductive skills to guess how many coins are in the pot of gold to win $100 in Market Bucks. It’ll be a “top of the morning” that you won’t want to miss!
When: Saturday, March 17
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
What: Jump into your St. Paddy’s suit and celebrate the day at Heritage Park! Sip on one of Big Rock’s finest brews as you enjoy a culinary experience that pays homage to the very best from the Emerald Isle. There will also be live entertainment provided by the authentic Celtic band, Cabot’s Crossing, that’ll have you dancing the night away well on into the morning – Irish style!
What: Join Hudson’s Bay for their Spring Fashion Show in partnership with MODE Models and Oliver & Bonacini. The show begins at the Hudson Event Space and will showcase some of the most exciting trends of the season as you sip on cocktails and munch on tasty canapés. When the show ends, follow the models through the historic grand stairwell to the third floor of Hudson’s Bay, where the party will continue and you’ll have the opportunity to do some exclusive shopping to get ready for the season.
When: Wednesday, March 21
Time: 6:30 to 7 pm
Where: Hudson’s Bay Calgary Downtown – 200 8th Avenue SW
What: At this exclusive event you will get the opportunity to learn more about the former First Lady, what motivates her, how she transformed the position of the First Lady, and how she prioritizes being a role model and champion for women, families, and young people around the world!
When: Friday, March 23
Time: 7 pm
Where: Calgary Stampede Corral – Saddledome Rise SE
What: If you’re in the mood to shop, you’ve come to the right place! As of February 22, the first Saks in Western Canada will be opening in Chinook Centre just in time for the new spring arrivals. Happy Shopping!
What: Hop on over to the Calgary Farmers Market for a full day of Easter fun! Get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, decorate Easter cookies, and give a donation to the Calgary Food Bank to ensure that no one goes hungry this Easter. There is no better way to put a little spring in your step and enjoy some quality time with the whole family. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce for your Easter feast!
When: March 30 and 31
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
What: Between February 16 and March 2 you will receive a little red envelope every time you dine at Two Penny. Every envelope will contain a a little treat, but every day there will be a larger prize to be won. A few prizes that are up for grabs are gift certificates from Village Ice Cream, a mani-pedi from Beach Beauty, the 5-tree patch from TreeEra, a staycation at Hotel Arts, Flames Tickets, and more!
When: February 16 to March 2
Where: Two Penny Restaurant and Bar – 1213 1st Street SW
What: “Holi” is a Hindu festival is traditionally celebrated in Nepal and India to kick off the beginning of spring. It’s often associated with throwing multicoloured powder into the streets! In lieu of this colourful festival, Calcutta Cricket Club is releasing a fun new cocktail to celebrate, available between March 1 to 8 for $10.
What: Take an exciting road trip and enjoy the best food, wine, and cinema that Jasper has to offer at The Canadian Rockies Food Food Film Festival. Embrace your love for the culinary arts as you spend two nights eating your heart out amidst the beauty of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.
When: March 2 to 4
Time 5 pm
Where: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – Old Lodge Road, Jasper
What: Calling all foodies! Calgary’s biggest food festival is returning and we simply cannot wait. There will be more than 85 restaurants around Calgary participating all offering set gourmet lunches and dinners at various price points. Come eat drink and enjoy some of the best eats that Calgary has to offer!
What: Celebrate Canada’s signature sweet treat in all its various forms! This annual festival is meant to not only be tasty, but also to celebrate the French Canadian, Metis, and First Nations cultures, traditions, and stories. Plus, who doesn’t love a classic cabane sucre!
What: Come on down to your favourite caffeine joint, Phil and Sebastian, and learn the ins and outs of how your morning coffee is created. In 20 minutes you’ll learn how their vintage retro-fitted roaster works, get insider information on their operations, and gain knowledge on their green coffee sourcing strategies.
When: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 11 am
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – Simmons Building and Roasterie – 618 Confluence Way SE
What: Come celebrate the newest collaboration brew of Trolley 5 and Bomber Brewing, Over the Mountain Dry Hopped Kolsch, while also enjoying the tap take over by Bomber Brewing. This is a one-night opportunity to enjoy eight Bomber Brews on tap. You’ll also enjoy music and entertainment by Flatline Phoenix.
What: Enjoy a delicious high tea experience in the stunning dining room of the home now known as the “Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women.” From clotted cream and buttermilk scones to ham, brie, and apple finger sandwiches, prepare to leave full from these tasty bites.
When: March 31, April 1 and 2
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Call (403) 268-8500 to reserve your spot, $28.95 for Adults, $20.95 for Children (under 12)
What: Calgary’s newest bakery on the block is now open and serving buttery croissants like it’s their day job – surprise, it actually is their day job! Located in the historical Devenish Building, these guys are serving up small batch pastries, from pretzels to scones. Prepare for a carb overload that is truly delicious and not regrettable in the slightest. Pop by for a visit and #treatyourself!
What: Grab your crew and stroll through your favourite downtown art expo for FREE on the first Thursday of every month. This is the perfect opportunity to check out the latest exciting exhibits that are currently set up at the Glenbow, like Frida Kahlo: Her Photos, Black Gold Tapestry, Eye of the Needle and more!
What: Are you a coffee or a tea person? Regardless of your personal preference, these warm and cozy beverages play an important role in both our social and individual lives. This art exhibit will examine these various routines, rituals, and relationships centred around coffee and tea, while showcasing beautiful ceramics made by five Alberta-based artists.
What: Get inspired as you stroll through beautiful photographs taken by the famous and fascinating Frida Kahlo. There are more than 240 pieces that were kept in her home, ‘The Blue House,” for over 50 years under her estate. Visitors will have the opportunity to better understand the woman behind the artist; her origins, her roots, her friendships and romantic relationships, her fragile health, her political tendencies, and her special relationship with photography. This is the first time this exhibition has ever been presented in Canada!
When: February 3 to May 21, 2018
Where: The Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
What: This enchanting production of everyone’s favourite love story was imagined by artistic director Christopher Anderson and inspired by the 1697 version by Charles Perrault. You can expect to be transported into the world of hilarious evil step-sisters, a magical fairy-godmother, true love, and a special pair of slippers that change the world of one very special girl. Be prepared to be swept off your feet!
When: March 14 to 17
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
What: Calling all rock lovers! Come discover the beauty of the underworld made beneath our soil! Here you can find everything from Jewlery Designers, Palentologists ready to teach you some fun rock facts (unfortunately, it’s not Ross Geller), items to spice up your home, and so much more. Your treasure hunt awaits!
What: Starring one of Calgary’s most renowned actors, Stephen Hair, this productions brings a a Shakespeare classic to life! With life hanging by a thread, watch how an aging king resolves to divide his kingdom between his daughters and, in return, reveals the core to his own humanity.
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Kristy is a creative Communications and PR strategist, freelance writer, coffee enthusiast and wine connoisseur who has a strong passion for travelling, art, style and fashion. Check out her blog (FloralandBows.com) for a taste of YYC through the lens of a refined, sassy, PR girl working on being a successful #girlboss.