18 things to do in Calgary over Easter weekend

Mar 31 2021, 12:16 pm

As recommended by health officials, if you choose to participate in events outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent handwashing. If you are sick, please stay home.

While we may be celebrating our second Easter of the pandemic, you can still make the most of the long weekend this year while marking the arrival of spring in Calgary.

The holiday arrives a little earlier in 2021, with Easter Sunday celebrated on April 4. Good Friday is on April 2, and Easter Monday falls on April 5.

Whether you’re hanging out at home, getting outdoors, or visiting with your family virtually this Easter, there are tons of things to do in Calgary over the long weekend.

Calgary Zoo: Eggstravaganza

What: The Calgary Zoo’s annual Eggstravaganza is back with family-friendly fun designed to help you say goodbye to winter and hello to spring weather. Treat stations, a virtual Easter egg hunt, and other fun spring-themed activities add to your zoo experience while visiting the animals.

When: April 2 to 5
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Cost: Included with zoo admission ($24.95 for adults, $14.95 for children)

Grab an Easter treat with Mini Eggs from one of these local Calgary spots

 

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What: Mini Eggs are arguably one of the best parts of the Easter holiday, and lucky for us a number of Calgary bakeries and restaurants have created some delicious treats for us to feast on that incorporate the candy-coated chocolate eggs in one way or another.

Where: Check out our list of the best places to get Mini Egg treats from
Cost: Varies by purchase

Find hidden Easter eggs around Deerfoot City

What:¬†Visit Guest Services in Deerfoot City’s Food Lodge for their Easter Hunt map, or download a digital copy.¬†Find the Easter egg installations in outdoor locations around the property and¬†enter to win a¬†$250 gift card¬†to a Deerfoot City retailer of your choice.

When: Now through April 11
Where: Deerfoot City (901 64th Avenue NE)
Cost: Free

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s virtual concert series: City Spaces

What: While their concert hall remains closed, the CPO has taken their show on the road, playing from iconic Calgary spaces in these free new virtual performances. City Spaces bring music to audiences from a variety of places, including the top of a modern skyscraper, the interior of a brutalist-era gallery, and the grand ballroom of a historic hotel.

When: April 3
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Watch performances virtually, broadcast from Contemporary Calgary
Cost: Free

Visit a sculpture covered with flowers and snakes in this Inglewood window

What:¬†While we wait for the Esker Foundation‚Äôs main gallery to reopen, their Project Space window brings some art into our lives while simultaneously providing a concept to contemplate. Visible from street level, ‚ÄúThe Garden‚ÄĚ is a clay sculpture¬†combining elements of nature with the human form, created by ceramic artist Yvonne Kustec.

When: Now through June 6
Where: Esker Foundation’s Project Space window (1011 9th Avenue SE)
Cost: Free

Pick up Easter brunch from the Calgary Zoo

What:¬†Enjoy an awesome meal at home over the long weekend without having to cook. Grab curbside pick-up and feast on a chef-created menu of classic brunch favourites ‚Äď all you need to do is heat and serve. You can feel good knowing that you are¬†supporting¬†the Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives at the same time.

When: April 3, 4, and 5
Time: Timed pick-up is available every 30 minutes from 6 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Pick up orders from the Calgary Zoo South Security building (1300 Zoo Road NE)
Cost: $100 for brunch for 4 people, or $150 for 6 people

Watch a tournament happening in Calgary’s Curling Canada Bubble

What: Calgary is hosting Curling Canada’s curling bubble in the city right now, with three more events happening at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre between now and May. The 2021 World Men’s Curling Championships tournament starts this week, so be sure to catch all the action on TSN.

When: April 2 to 11
Time: Broadcast schedule available here
Where: Broadcast on TSN and Sportsnet

Celebrate the reopening of River Cafe

 

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What:¬†Calgary’s beloved Prince’s Island Park restaurant is reopening on April 1 for weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner. Join the River Cafe for a meal in an idyllic setting, and perhaps go for a stroll by the river after you eat.

When: 11 am to 10 pm Wednesday through Friday, and 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday and Sunday
Where: 25 Prince’s Island, Calgary
Cost: Varies by meal

Take a photo with the Easter Bunny at Bass Pro Shops

What: Get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny while you shop for outdoor gear. Customers should be aware that they need to make a reservation online for pictures prior to arriving at the store.

When: April 2 to 4
Time: 10 am to 6 pm on Friday, 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday
Where: 112 261055 Cross Iron Boulevard, Rocky View County
Cost: Free

Have brunch at Thomsons Kitchen & Bar

What:¬†Head to Thomsons Kitchen & Bar for an √† la carte Easter Brunch. Thomson’s is putting a new spin on its Easter buffet¬†for enhanced safety.¬†Diners can order endless items from the brunch buffet menu¬†and all items will be safely delivered to their table

When: April 4
Time: 10:30 am to 2 pm
Where:¬†Thomsons Kitchen & Bar (700 Centre Street S ‚Äď in the base of the Hyatt Regency Calgary hotel)
Cost: $73 for adults, $35 for children (ages 6 to 12)

Celebrate with an Easter cocktail kit from Burwood Distillery

What: Burwood Distillery has two cocktail kits available to help you toast the long weekend. The Easter Extravaganza kit includes your choice of a 375-millilitre bottle of Burwood Vodka or Gin, three 250-millilitre bottles of different local juice flavours, four bottles of Fever Tree mixers, and two copper mugs.

The Hop To It kit comes with a 375-millilitre bottle of Burwood Gin, fresh local lime juice, and mixes to make three different cocktails, including the “Kapow Kombucha Mule”.

When: Now available for pick up or delivery
Where: Burwood Distillery (4127 6th Street NE)
Cost: $79.99 for the Easter Extravaganza kit or $56.99 for the Hop To It kit

Catch dinner and a movie at Koi

What: Enjoy a meal at Koi this weekend with a movie on the side. From Friday to Sunday, Koi will be playing classic mob movies each evening. Themed cocktails, costumes, and prizes add to the experience.

When: April 2 (Scarface), 3 (Bonnie & Clyde), and 4 (The Untouchables)
Time: Movies start at 7 pm
Where: Koi (1011 1st Street SW)
Cost: Varies by dish

Order an Easter parcel from Cherry Tree Lane

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What:¬†Cherry Tree Lane is a new toy shop that opened in Calgary in 2020. They’re currently operating online, and have made tons of connections with toy makers and artists in the city. As a result, Cherry Tree Lane created a series of parcels that feature local products, and the next up is an Easter Parcel.

With many unable to celebrate a traditional Easter together, this parcel is perfect to send to distant family or friends, or for your own family to play with. The box is carefully curated to inspire all ages and includes a solid chocolate Easter bunny, coconut-scented Spring Play Dough, a pair of Imagination Lenses by Downton Carpentry, Egg-shaped crayons, and more.

When: Now until April 2
Where: Local deliveries available
Cost: $49.25

Take part in the Muve Team’s virtual¬†Easter¬†egg hunt

What: The Muve Team, part of Re/Max Elite, has come up with a different kind of Easter egg hunt this year. Go through their virtual home video and spot the hidden eggs, then record your guess and be entered to win a $200 VISA gift card.

When: Now through April 4
Time: Anytime
Where:¬†Through the Muve Team’s¬†website
Cost: Free

Cabela’s 2021 Easter Event

What:¬†Come celebrate Easter at Cabela’s. Visit the store over the long weekend for crafts, treats, and free photos with the Easter bunny.¬†Customers should be aware that they need to make a reservation online for photos prior to arriving at the store.

When: April 2 to 4
Time: 10 am to 6 pm on Friday, 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday
Where: 851 64th Avenue Northeast
Cost: Free

Find Easter downtown at The CORE Shopping Centre

What: Each day leading up to Easter, The CORE will be tweeting clues about where the Easter bunny has been while hiding eggs. Comment which store you think the bunny hid the egg in, and be entered to win a gift card for the shopping centre.

When: Now through April 3
Where:¬†Participate via The CORE’s Twitter page
Cost: Free

Enjoy brunch at Heritage Park

What:¬†Hop on down to the Selkirk for one of Calgary’s favourite Easter brunches. This √† la carte brunch menu will be sure to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Reservations are strongly recommended, so act fast.

When: April 4
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: the Selkirk at Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Drive SW)
Cost: Varies by dish

Calgary Farmers’ Market: Hop on Down to the Market

What:¬†Celebrate spring at the Calgary Farmers’ Market this weekend. Add some local to your Easter dinner with everything from ham, chocolate, and tulips available from market vendors.

When: April 1 to 4
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where:¬†Calgary Farmers’ Market (510 77th Avenue SE)
Cost: Varies by purchase

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