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: You saw them all over Instagram last year! Luckily, they’re back again for another year. All week long you can have a beautiful rainbow cloud macaron from Ollia in lieu of St. Paddy’s Day that tastes just as good (if not better) than it looks. The flavour this year is strawberry cheesecake, complete with a candy rainbow and marshmallow clouds. It’s all in the details!
When: Monday March 12 to Saturday March 17
Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810C 16th Avenue SW
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: Tuesday, March 13
Time: 6 pm
Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW
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: 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: Your brain works in mysterious ways. Come crack the code and learn the answers to some of the questions you’ve always wondered. Such as the effects of marijuana on your brain or how daylight savings can mess up your internal clock. Come for stimulating conversation, delicious brews, and a fun community!
When: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Where: Trolley 5 – 728 17th Avenue SW
Admission:Online, $5 – includes a complimentary beverage
What: Calling all rock lovers! Come discover the beauty of the underworld made beneath our soil! Here you can find everything from Jewelry 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 next 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.
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: 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 a 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: 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: Enjoy half priced teriyaki meals, menu samples, new market treats, and exciting activities for the whole family as you celebrate the opening of Edo’s new store concept at the freshly renovated Shawnessy location. Activities throughout the day include face painting and more, along with a visit from the Edo Ninja!
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: 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 what 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 our understanding of how they communicate. There is so much to learn about these beautiful beings.
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
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.