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26 things to do in Calgary this week: March 26 to April 1

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Kristy Archibald Mar 25, 2018 8:30 pm 547

Pinch us if we’re dreaming, but where did March go?

At least with blue skies ahead (we hope!) we can look forward to a beautiful new season as April rolls around this week.

From DIY workshops to Easter Egg Hunts to Easter Brunch, this week is filled with hippity hoppity festivities that will keep the whole family preoccupied.

Aside from the Easter fun, we encourage you to get outdoors and enjoy a few of the last days of winter activities before the snow is gone. Head up to the slopes for spring skiing or simply take a walk through the frosty landscape. Don’t forget your camera; you’ll want to capture the magical beauty that this time of year always brings!

Here are 26 exciting things happening this week in Calgary to close off March and welcome the brand new month!

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Monday, March 26

The Shakespeare Company Presents: King Lear 

  • What: Starring one of Calgary’s most renowned actors, Stephen Hair, this productions brings 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 of his own humanity.
  • When: March 15 to 31
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: 115 9th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $35

The Humans 

  • What: Thanksgiving is always an interesting time for every family, but for the Blake’s it’s the tipping point for old tensions to resurface and personal secrets to be revealed. Join them in their New York City Chinatown apartment and see for yourself why this Broadway sensation is something to be thankful for!
  • When: March 6 to 31
  • Time: Various per show
  • Where: Max Bell Theatre
  • Tickets: Online, $55 to $103

Calgary’s Official Open Mic and Poetry Slam 

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Microphone (Fer Gregory / Shutterstock)

  • What: Looking for a unique first date idea, or just something new to check out around the city? Come as a performer or audience member and see for yourself some of the top spoken word talent in the city!
  • When: Monday, March 26
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Dickens Pub – 9th Avenue at 9th Street SW
  • Cost: Free to attend

Tuesday, March 27

Macaron 101 

  • What: Ever wondered 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 a variety of flavours. Bon appetite!
  • When: Tuesday, March 27
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Call to reserve your spot, $100

LIGHTS: We Were Here Tour

  • What: Catch pop-sensation LIGHTS as she takes her tour to Calgary’s own LMacEwan Hall.
  • When: Tuesday, March 27
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: MacEwan Hall – 2500 University Drive NW
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Whitespace Writers Weekly Write-In

  • 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!
  • When: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 9 am to noon
  • Where: Loft 112 – 535 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: $5

Wednesday, March 28

#COREeaster 2018 

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Easter eggs hidden around the shopping centre (coreshopping/Instagram)

  • What: Family members of all ages are invited to this exciting Easter egg hunt happening at the Downtown core. Peruse retailers and common areas around the shopping centre and don’t forget to check social media for potential clues on where the eggs might be stashed. In each egg you will find an exciting prize voucher for a retailer in the mall. There will also be an opportunity to win Charles, a 25 lbs chocolate bunny from Purdy’s through a photo contest and the hashtag #COREeaster on social media. Good luck!
  • When: March 19 to 31
  • Where: 333 7th Avenue SW
  • Cost: FREE

Macaron 101 

  • What: Ever wondered 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 a variety of flavours. Bon appetite!
  • When: Wednesday, March 28
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Call to reserve your spot, $100

Thursday, March 29

Wreath Making Workshop 

  • What: It might not be Christmas, but that doesn’t mean wreathes are out of style! Learn how to make your own at this hands-on workshop.
  • When: Thursday, March 29
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: 942 17th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $75 to $125

Harlequin & Lee Aaron 

  • What: Don’t miss this band as they play at the Grey Eagle Event Centre.
  • When: Thursday, March 29
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $39 to $49

Watch the Calgary Flames Play the Columbus Blue Jackets

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Image: Calgary Flames / Twitter

  • What: Cheer on the Flames in a sea of red all the way down the Red Mile!
  • When: Thursday, March 29
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $25 to $161

Friday, March 30

Easter at the Market 

  • 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
  • Admission: FREE

Letterkenny LIVE! 

  • What: The boys are coming to Calgary with their quick fists and even faster mouths.
  • When: Friday, March 30
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $29 to $79

Village Ice Cream – Plant Pop-Ups! 

  • What: For the entire month of March Calgary’s favourite ice creamery will be partnering with various companies with a green thumb to feature their pop-ups.
    • Victoria Park x Plant
    • Britannia x Kokedema
    • Garrison x Succulent by Nature
  • When: The entire month of March
  • Where: All Village Ice Cream Locations

Saturday, March 31

Easter Tea

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Image: Tea/Shutterstock

  • 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)

Shinedown

  • When: Saturday, March 31
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $50

Watch the Calgary Flames Play the Edmonton Oilers

  • What: It’s an old time rivalry you won’t want to miss!
  • When: Saturday, March 31
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $56 to $322

Sunday, April 1

Easter Brunch

Free Fitness Classes at the CORE: Yoga 

  • What: For the month of March get re-balanced and start your Sunday off right with a free bootcamp class curtesy of Caron Anderson at the CORE. Time to get your summer bod started!
  • When: Every Sunday in April
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Dome Tower – 333, 7th Avenue SW
  • Cost: FREE

Any Other Day of the Week

Whales Tohora

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Orcas (Centre for Whale Research)

  • What: COming 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.
  • When: January 20 to June 20
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Tickets: Online, $26

Bite into a Croissant from Butter Block

  • What: Calgary’s newest bakery is now open and serving buttery croissants like it’s their day job – surprise, it actually is! 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!
  • When: Now Open!
  • Where: Suite 111, 908 17th Avenue SW

Frida Kahlo: Her Photos

  • 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
  • Admission: Regular admission

Hit the Slopes for Spring Skiing

  • 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.
  • Check the websites for Sunshine, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise to find the hours of operation and trail conditions

March Madness

  • What: Looking for a spot to catch the games with all the basketball fanatics? National on 10th will have EVERY game up on the big screens. So come grab a beer and cheer on your favourite players!
  • When: March 11 to April 2
  • Time: Varies depending on the game
  • Where: National on 10 – 341 10th Avenue SW

Go Snowshoeing

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Snowshoeing (My Good Images/Shutterstock)

  • 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.
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Kristy Archibald
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.

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