What: YYC Taco Fiesta is a new taco festival that runs at the end of April and into May. Participating eateries (which are to be announced) will offer either individual tacos for $4 to $6, or a larger taco platter that will be anywhere from $12 to $18. YYC Taco Fiesta aims to mobilize the taco-loving community and get people into restaurants to purchase these special dishes. Partial proceeds from the taco sales (15%) will be donated to the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Kids Up Front.
Where: Over 30 participating restaurant in Calgary and the surrounding area
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: Theodore Joeseph Horowitz, aka Popa Chubby is coming to town! Straight from the Bronx, he boasts over 25 years of hard-rocking electric blues and is known as an innovative trailblazer of postmodern blues-rock. Prepare yourself for a night you will surely never forget!
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 beer drinker then you absolutely can’t miss out on this festival! You will have the opportunity to sample more than 500 different types of beers from all over the world, while becoming more educated on the craft. You will also receive a sample festival mug to take home as a souvenir!
Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SW
What: Come and celebrate both Canada’s 150th Birthday and Alberta Ballet’s 50th Birthday in this beautiful ballet married to the music of Canadian Legend, Gordon Lightfoot. You will be transported on a journey through our province and country as the secrets of our nation are portrayed through a series of visual poems and intimate duets.
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
What: Celebrate your neighborhood in the 9th annual Jane’s Walk on May 5-7. This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and create new friendships, while learning funny, informative and exploratory facts about your neighborhood, while sharing with others the unique knowledge that you know. Everyone should be an expert on the place where they live!
What: Spend an evening transported back to an era of hard rock, emotional guitar solos and hair that reached exponential heights, the good ol’ 80s! This lively musical captures the beauty and innocence of small town love, while integrating the influences of classic Rock and Roll in that era. The music line-up is littered with famous songs by Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Journey, Bon Jovi and more, that will have you to singing and dancing along throughout the show!
Where: Stage West Calgary – 727 42 Avenue SE
When: April 21 to June 25 – occurs weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
What: If you’re looking to venture out of the city a for a small adventure, chck out this amazing local market. There will be a ton unique artists and vendors from around the area, along with food vendors and bakers. From Quilts to mis-matched socks, to soaps and body care products – you’ll find it all at this little country market.
Where: Crossfield Community Centre – 900 Mountain Avenue, Crossfield AB
When: May 6
Cost: $5 admission, Children 12 and under are free
What: Both of the founders of the Calgary Bike Swap, Christ and Laura Grant, have a personal connection to biking and feel that biking is extremely empowering for people. So whether you’re looking to make a few dollars on your bike, or looking to find yourself a new set of wheels to get around this summer, they will ensure that you leave with a guaranteed smile on your face!
What: Shop all of your favourite local artists, makers and brands at the May Edition of Market Collective. Also, don’t forget to check out the delicious Food Truck Rally that will be happening outside on 1st Street SW, there will be over 10 of Calgary’s best food trucks for you to choose from each day!
What: With the Canadian marijuana industry evolving at a rapid pace, the Lift-sponsored Cannabis & HempExpo aims to offer education to patients, growers, industry professionals, investors and more. More than 100 exhibits will be on hand, showcasing local and national businesses. An on-site doctor will be available for consultations at the Lift Resource Centre and free educational seminars will be conducted by industry leaders.
Where: Big Four Building in Stampede Park – 1898 Macleod Trail SE
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: Cineplex Family Favourites are the perfect day to take your little one or your big ones to the movies on the cheap. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting Free The Children with this week’s movie being ‘The Lego Movie.’
What: Oh behalf of Canada’s 150 Birthday, My Sporting Life is hosting a series of exciting and inspiring talks with local ambassadors. This month, join Andrew Obrecht, founder and motivator at YYC Cycle, and leave feeling motivated and driven in all areas of your life!
Where: Sporting Life, Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Road SE
What: For 50 years, the Royal Canadian Family Circus has been providing lively entertainment and spectacular shows to multiple generations of family’s. Whether or not your Grandma saw this circus as a kid, or this is the first time for everyone in your family, you’re bound to be awed by the gravity-defying performances and have a magical time under the big top!
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
What: For many years, Model Milk has offered their wildly popular Sunday Supper every week, serving a casual three course family-style meal instead of their regular menu. The meal incorporates a few appetizer plates, two meat proteins, multiple sides, and a sweet finish, all of which can be enjoyed in the comfortable atmosphere that Model Milk provides.
What: RowBody is the newest addition to the work out selection offered at Movement U and soon to be your new little secret as to where you got those killer washboard abs. As with all programs at the studio, music is the backbone to this heart-pounding, 45-minute cardio workout that focuses on full body strength training and is split between the rower and floor exercises. This workout will target and tone over 80% of the muscles in your body, giving you the results that you have been looking for!
Where: 16 4 Street NE
When: Runs at various times throughout the week. Register online or through your MindBody App. See the full schedule here!
Cost: RowBody is included in the price of all of the class packages available at Movement U along with Row, Spin and HIIT.
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.