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17 things to do in Calgary this weekend: April 29 to May 1

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DH Calgary Staff Apr 29, 2016 2:37 pm

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between April 29 to May 1.

For a complete list of events, check out our Calgary events calendar.

The Manhattan Series – GOOD TIMES

  • What: The second edition of The Manhattan Series – GOOD TIMES will include complimentary hors d’oevres and sample wine tasting for guests that arrive before 11p.m. The event will feature old school Hip Hop and R&B favourites.
  • Where: Gerry Thomas Gallery – 100, 602 11th Avenue SW
  • When: Friday, April 29 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Cost: $20

Blackheart Burlesque

  • What: The SuicideGirls, an online community that celebrates beauty and culture from all around the world, presents Blackheart Burlesque. They’re taking classic burlesque and giving it a geek makeover. Star Wars and Zelda characters along with many others will all be at the show.
  • Where: Flames Central – 219 8th Avenue SW
  • When: Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m
  • Cost: $32.50 – $132.50

YYC Taco Fiesta 2016

  • What: Combining food and charity, YYC Taco Fiesta, a six day long festival celebrating tacos, makes its debut in Calgary this year.
  • When: Now until Thursday, May 5
  • Where: Various venues throughout the city (click here for participating restaurants)

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2016

  • What: At the Expo you can visit hundreds of vendor booths and exhibits, attend workshops, and panels featuring iconic artists and stars, grab new art from world-class creators, and even meet your favourite heroes for a photo or autograph.
  • Where: Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SE
  • When: Now until Sunday, May 1
  • Cost: Varies

Calgary Expo Official After Party

  • What: Heading the night is metal-pop fusion band Rock Sugar. Jess Harnell’s mash-up band will be be supported by Kirby Krackle and his heartfelt songs dedicated to the best in comic books, video games, pop and geek-culture.
  • Where: Cowboys Dance Hall – 421 12th Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, April 29 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Cost: $20

Alumni Weekend

  • What: It’s University of Calgary’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Whether you graduated in 1966, 2006 or 2015, you’re invited to Alumni Weekend.
  • Where: University of Calgary – 2500 University Dr. N.W.
  • When: Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and
    Sunday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cost: free to $10 (varies with different events)

Cineplex Family Favourites

  • What: The whole family can head down to participating Cineplex theatres every Saturdays throughout April and May for a screening of popular family films. Saturday, April 30 they’ll be showing Pan
  • Where:

    • Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Cinemas – 91 Crowfoot Terrace NW
    • Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum Cinemas – #400, 2555-32nd Street NE
    • Scotiabank Theatre Chinook – 6455 Macleod Trail SW
  • When: Saturday, April 30
  • Cost: $2.99

Fisaco Gelato re-opening

  • What: Those who show up to this re-opening event will not only get first dibs on the gelato marker’s brand new Spring/Summer Collection, but also receive a FREE scoop of gelato with every pint purchased.
  • Where: 110 221 19th Street SE
  • When: Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m

4th Annual Jenga Tournament and Social Mixer

  • What: Join the BUSY team for their 4th Annual Jenga Tournament and Social Mixer. You can enroll a team of your own or just head down and watch the fun. There will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 Draw and DJ all night.
  • Where: Local 522 – 522 6th Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, April 30 from 6 to 11:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $30

Raindrop Gala

  • What: Hosted by Millenium Plus Homes, all proceeds from the night will go to the World Partnership Walk (WPW). The night will consist of a red carpet entrance, silent auction, appetizers, a fun photo booth and much more.
  • Where: Barcelona – 501 8th Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday April 30 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Cost: $35

16th Annual FunnyFest Talent Search

  • What: Be part of the judging as audience reaction and laughter is needed. Watch round 5 of the talent search that will be showcased at the 16th annual FunnyFest Calgary comedy festival from June 2 to 12.
  • Where: Nicastro’s Showroom – 2820 Centre Street N
  • When: Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $15

Charity Food and Wine Festival

  • What: The first ever Charity Wine & Food Festival is in support of the Alex Community Food Centre, for Calgarians to build a foundation for whole health by growing, cooking and sharing healthy food. The Alex Community Food Centre that will open early this summer. Sample dishes prepared by chefs from 15 local restaurants, each paired with a wine from around the world.
  • Where: Willow Park Wines & Spirits – 10801 Bonaventure Dr. S.E.
  • When: Saturday, April 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $40

Comic STRIP: Calgary Comic Expo After Party

  • What: The infamous contortionist performer, Visha Loo will be hosting the third annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo After Party. An evening of burlesque, music, comedy, magic all inspired by our favourite comic and entertainment related film, television, and art. Event is for adults only.
  • Where: The Blind Monk – 918 12th Avenue Sw
  • When: Saturday, April 30 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $20

Hot Mess Dance Party

  • What: See feature performance of Ms. Alyssa Edwards and Alberta Ballet, in a sneak preview of their upcoming show Love Lies Bleeding. Hot Mess is a gay dance party that is hosted once a month.
  • Where: Flames Central – 219 8th Avenue S.W.
  • When: Saturday, April 30 at
  • Cost: $19.99 – $360

Calgary New Music Festival

  • What: The second annual week-long festival is presented by New Works Calgary. The diversity of today’s new music will be presented by a variety of Calgary musicians and ensembles in venues all over the city.
  • Where: Various Locations
  • When: Saturday, April 30 to Monday, May 9
  • Cost: $75 for festival passes

Fitness at the CORE

  • What: Closed on Sunday mornings, the CORE is hosting a free Zumba class before their stores open.
  • Where: The CORE Shopping Centre  – Second level on the glass bridge outside of the Lolë store (across from Banana Republic).
  • When: Sunday May 1 from 11 a.m. to noon
  • Cost: Free

Body Worlds Vital

  • What: Celebrating the human body in its healthy, vibrant, and optimal self. Body Worlds is one of the first showcases to provide human specimens on display.
  • Where: TELUS Science Centre – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: Now until May 31
  • Cost: $24.95 for adults (18 to 64), $22.95 for seniors (65 and over), $20.95 for youth (13 to 17), $17.95 for children (3 to 12)

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