What: Support your local independent filmmakers as they defy convention in all genres, at the 14th annual Calgary Underground Film Festival. All screenings after 3PM are licensed (18+), which means you can drink beer during the film but no minors are allowed in.
What: It’s baaaaack! Calgary Poutine week takes over the minds, hearts, and stomachs of YYC from April 21 to 29 this year, and the best part is, when you eat poutine sold as part of Calgary Poutine Week, you are helping get a meal to someone in need. Poutine Week is partnered with Mealshare, the non-profit that basically is a one-for-one donation based model that lets restaurants feed customers and kids in need.
What: It’s not common to see political and hilarious used to describe something in the same sentence, but in this instance, it’s more than appropriate. Laugh until you cry as 1979 Prime Minister Joe Clark, decides whether or not he should put his first budget before parliament, as everyone, including his wife, Brian Mulroney, Pierre Trudeau advise him not too, in this riveting, hilarious political comedy.
What: Law Day is a national event every April that celebrates the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is an occasion for the public to learn about the law, the legal profession and the legal institutions that form the cornerstones of Canadian democracy. Activities include mock trials, courthouse tours, open citizenship courts, as well as public speaking and mock trial contests aimed at junior high and high school students.
What: 2016 was the year of music here in Calgary, and the music industry in our city is now booming as a result. Spend date night at one of the many venues on YYC’s Music Mile, between Inglewood and East Village, and be entertained by some of our city’s best local talent at a live show, while enjoying a few drinks with your significant other. See the list of venues and performances here!
Where: Music Mile – between Inglewood and East Village
What: Brunching for a good cause, there is no better way to spend your Saturday! Try a variety of delicious brunch dishes (yes, they have benny), as DJ Geoff Brown spins old hip hop and soul music in the background at this charity event in support of the Pet Access League Society (PALS) Calgary. There will also be an exciting silent auction featuring a variety of local YYC products and brands, such as Rumble Boxing, Local Laundry, Lace Brick Design, Bark Shop and more.
Where: Roosevelt Eatery – 933 17th Avenue SW
When: April 22
Cost: $33 – includes brunch, 1 mimosa and up to $15 off your first Uber ride
What: The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is keeping David Bowie’s memory alive with this tribute to the legend himself. Join them for an evening of symphonic rock that outlines five decades of Bowie’s iconic classics, such as Space Oddity, Let’s Dance, Rebel Rebel and many many more.
What: Calling all Trekkies! Having opened on February 4, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience will be at TELUS Spark until June 4, 2017. Upon entering the exhibit, you’ll become a Starfleet Academy cadet recruit.
What: If you’re a foodie, this is an event you will want to write down on your calendar. Join YYCFoodTrucks for their first event of the year, kicking off yet another summer full of great food, music, community and fun-filled events.
What: Courtesy of Lolë Calgary, the Core will be hosting free ballet barre classes every Sunday in April at 11am, taught by H/W School of Ballet. Bring your water bottle, yoga mat and towel, and prepare to sculpt and tone that beach bod for summer!
What: Join in for a free day of kite flying! The Kite Guy will be on hand to give kite flying demonstrations and will have kites for sale if you don’t already have one. Head there for some face painting and trampolines!
Where: Riverside Park, Okotoks (corner of 32 Street and North Railway Street)
What: The Calgary Jazz Orchestra teamed up with the New West Symphony Chorus to record Johnny Summers’ Suite Jubilation. Jeremy Brown will be tearing it up with the CJO in the first half of Sunday’s concert on authentic arrangements from the Benny Goodman band and it’s members. This high energy swing will feature the soloists in the group and light up the room as we prepare for the suite!
Where: River Park Church – 3818 14a Street SW
When: Sunday April 23
Cost: $25 General Ticket or $30 at the door, $15 Student Ticket or $20 at the door
Go for brunch!
You can never go wrong with Sunday brunch, or rather brunch on any day of the week! It makes for a great date or if you looking for a place to catch up with old friends that won’t break the bank after the holidays. Bonding over benny is a real thing! Here are a few spots that are either new to Calgary’s brunch scene or are not your classic brunch spots that you have been to millions of times before.