72 things to do in Calgary in April

Mar 23 2019, 5:12 am

Let’s have an amazing April! Here are 72 things to do in Calgary this month, including Alpenglow Festival, Hawksley Workman with Calgary Philharmonic, and more.

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

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Get Outside

Alpenglow Festival 2019


Banff Gondola (jesstoomer/Instagram)

What: The festival invites photographers, star-gazers, and sunset chasers alike up to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a view of Alberta’s most beautiful skies. The events run from 4 to 8 pm on the observation deck, where attendees will be able to enjoy special cocktails, smores, and live entertainment during the natural light show.

When: Fridays and Saturdays from now to April 13, 2019
Time: 4 to 8 pm
Where: 100 Mountain Ave, Banff
Tickets: Available online, $58, or $64 at the gate. $49 admission after 5 pm

What’s up with Bow Habitat Station

What: Explore Alberta’s wildlife and natural spaces on the first Friday of the month. Visit investigation stations in the Discovery Centre to discover the wildlife that make their home right here in Calgary! Join in a large group activity at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm to discover how wildlife has adapted to city life with special guests from Alberta Parks. Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will be hosting an investigation station all about some furry and feathered friends you might find in our city. Hands-on activities are designed for learners ages two and up.

When: The first Friday of every month – April 5
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.

Cabin Party 2019

What: Cabin Party is a two-day, adults-only event being held to raise money for Survive and Thrive — a program that helps young adult cancer survivors live their best lives — and will take place this April. The event is expected to feature a wide variety of epic adventures and delicious drinks.

When: Saturday, April 13 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: Arrive at 9 am on Saturday, leave at 10 am on Sunday
Where: Camp Kindle, Box 280, 29479 Range Road 6.1 A, Water Valley
Cost: $150 + cash for drinks, register online, 18+ only

Brewster Banff Gondola

What: Head to the summit for an unreal view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine. Start with a walk along the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to learn more about Canada’s first national park, or go indoors to sample from three restaurant menus. Then get hands-on in the world-class interpretive centre and theatre.

When: Daily until April 18, 2019.
Time: Various
Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
TicketsOnline, various prices

Cardboard Box Downhill Derby

What: Get creative with cardboard for the annual Cardboard Box Downhill Derby – Easter Sunday Edition. Using only cardboard, string, tape and glue, prove your cardboard carpentry by building the fastest sled in town! Prizes will be given for top three times and the best three designs. Get your teams of 1-4 people together and challenge your neighbors and friends to out-design, out-wit and out-sled your creation.

When: April 21, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Lake Louise – 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise Alberta
Admission: Free

Kananaskis Outfitters Stargazing Snowshoe tour

What: Taking groups of adventurers out into the cold via moonlight (and headlamps), the tour will show snowshoers a side of Kananaskis Country that they may have never seen before. Hiking through Kananaskis forest and under a star-filled sky, attendees will ultimately end up in an open meadow to enjoy the cosmos. Bringing a tripod and a camera is encouraged for anyone hoping to get that priceless photo, and anyone will be able to take a look through the supplied telescope to get a closer look at the twinkling lights.

When: Select days throughout the year
Time: From 7 to 9 pm
Where: Kananaskis Village Center — 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Cres
Tickets: $75 for adults, $55 for youth aged 13 to 17. Available online

Shake the Lake 2019

Lake Louise

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What: Apres ski at Lake Louise on Kokanee Kabin deck, where you will hear some sweet tunes by Buffalo Child, Burchill & Troo Knot, while you sip on glacier fresh beer. Plus take part in Pond Skimming and Kokanee Kup, then watch Bikinis for Breast Cancer raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Afterwards, take in the afterparty featuring The Dudes with The Pistolwhips.

When: April 27, 2019
Time: All Day. Doors to Concert at 8:30 pm
Where: Lake Louise – 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise Alberta
Admission: Free for Shake the Lake. Afterparty Concert tickets online

Explore the city

Calgary Peace Prize 2019

What: Under the patronage of Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Calgary Peace Prize recognizes outstanding individuals from the global community who work towards making the world a more just, safer and less violent place. Mount Royal University will recognize his Excellency, Anote Tong for his diligent advocacy of global climate justice and peace.

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Jack Singer Main Lobby, Arts Commons – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Make It! Calgary

What: Over 100 of your favourite Makies (and some brand new ones, too) are bringing their beautiful handmade goodies back to Deerfoot City for Make It! Calgary’s spring show. Stock up on accessories, jewelry, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items, and lots of other beautifully crafted goods.

When: April 5 to April 7, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Deerfoot City – 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary
Admission: $5, children 12 and under are free

YYC Alternative Market

What: Support your local makers, artisans, designers, artists and small business owners at YYC Alternative Market. Creators involved include GF Crochet, The ol Factory Shop, Jewel Vibes, SCD Orginals, Chocco Apple Shop, Pura Vida Apothecary, KLG Knits, Seven Spice Ltd, Shawz Chocolate and many more.

When: April 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Inglewood Community Association Hall – 1740 24 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Admission: Free

Heritage Park 10th Anniversary Celebration

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Heritage Park Historical Village (Bernard Spragg. NZ/flickr)

What: Enjoy unique activities for all ages throughout the museum. There will be live music, outdoor family games and fire pits at Heritage Town Square. Plus visit the cookie decorating station, try some anniversary cake, and sample Big Rock beer in the Interpretive Micro Brewery.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Aggie Days – Family Days

What: Aggie Days’ Family Days are a free educational experience for families. Come and see real farm animals, and find out where your food comes from. Plus take in a Stock Dog Competition on Saturday and an Extreme Cowboy Race on Sunday.

When: April 6 to 7, 2019
Time: 10am to 4pm
Where: Nutrien Western Event Centre at the Stampede Park
Admission: Free, food bank donations appreciated

The Calgary Woman’s Show

What: Experience more than 300 exhibits featuring local and national fashion retailers, artisans, entrepreneurs, health & wellness experts, pet products, food & wine and more. There will also be two stages with non-stop entertainment, including twice daily fashion shows, guest speakers, live music and more.

When: April 6 to 7, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW
Tickets: Online, $12, children 12 and under are free. Save $3 when you purchase online

Curated Market

What: Check out 70 handmade makers, designers and curators, at Curated Market. Plus enjoy live entertainment and food trucks.

When: April 12 and 13, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday)
Where: Bowness Community Hall – 7904 43rd Avenue NW
Admission: $4 at the door, 12 and under are free.

Law Day

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What: Celebrate this national event that commemorates the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Go through mock trials, courthouse tours public speaking and trail contests in order to learn and educate everyone more about the legal profession.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Calgary Courts Centre – 601- 5 Street SW
Admission: Free

Little Modern Pop Up 

What: A modern and local pop up market, bringing amazing small and locally owned shops to the suburbs of Calgary.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: ATCO Park Commons Building – 5302 Forand St SW, Calgary
More Info: Online

Supertrain 2019

What: Canada’s largest model train show is back for another year. This year’s event features 60,000 sq. ft. of operating layout, exhibitions, railroad artists, hobby shops, model manufactures, demonstrations, a Thomas Play Area, LEGO trains, food trucks, and more.

When: April 13 and 14, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Genesis Centre – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE
Admission: $15, children 15 years and under free

Calgary International Auto & Truck Show

What: The Calgary International Auto and Truck Show is one of the largest exhibitions of new cars and trucks in Western Canada. Get up close and personal with the best new vehicles from your favourite brands, plus enjoy special events and chance to win prizes.

When: Wednesday, April 17 to Sunday, April 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre – Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Vaisakhi Mela

What: Celebrate the Indian New Year with this cultural event open for everyone, featuring dances, entertainment, food, and more.

When: April 20 to 21, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: Genesis Centre Feature Gymnasium – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE
Admission: Free

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo 2019


The Goonies (Calgary Expo 2019/Twitter)

What: The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (aka Calgary Expo) is a four-day pop-culture convention held in annually each spring at Stampede Park. Attendees can shop hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, check out panels and workshops, meet their favourite stars and creators, and celebrate what makes them geeky with thousands of other fans in cosplay. This year’s special guests include the stars of Back to the Future, The Goonies, Rose McIver and more.

When: Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: Thursday: 4 to 9 pm, Friday: Noon to 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Stampede Corral — Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $20 to $50 for single day tickets, or $110 for a four-day pass. VIP packages are also available

Circus! Science Under the Big Top

What: Come one, come all and discover the science behind circus at TELUS Spark. Bring your wildest expectations and unravel the secrets behind circus oddities, mysteries and puzzles with over 20 exhibits. This highly interactive exhibition is riddled with circus sights and sounds, ready to bring out the child in all of us.

When: Now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Heritage Park Ghost Tours 2019

What: Curious Calgarians will have a chance to learn about the ghostly figures that haunt their city by taking a Heritage Park Ghost Tour this spring. Each tour is 90 minutes long and will take attendees through the alleyways and streets of the Historical Village and verse them in various spooky stories that will make their skin crawl. They depart from Gasoline Alley at 7 and 7:30 pm, though the truly terrified would be wise to choose the earlier, brighter tour.

When: April 3 and April 10 for both the family and adult tours
Time: Tours begin at 7 and 7:30 pm for adults, 6 pm for families
Where: Gasoline Alley Lobby, Heritage Park—1900 Heritage Drive SW
Admission: $19.95 for family tours, $23 for adult tours, available at heritagepark.ca
Length: Adult tours: three km in 90 minutes. Family tours: two km in 60 minutes

Community Yoga at Sunalta

What: Community Yoga at Sunalta Community Hall aims to help people be conscious in their moments and capable in their bodies. Bring your own mat and any required props for assistance.

When: Every Monday
Time: Doors 5:30 pm, yoga from 5:45 to 6:45 pm.
Where: Sunalta Community Centre – 1627 10 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Dungeons & Dragons at the Ship

What: Learn all about Dungeons & Dragons on the first Monday of the month at The Ship & Anchor. These nights are specifically designed for anyone who has no experience with the world of ‘tabletop role-playing games’ such as D&D, Pathfinder, or any of the others out there. The evening will begin with a first-come-first-served selection of a character to play, followed by a quick Q&A, then diving right into the adventure.

When: The first Monday of every month – April 1
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Ship & Anchor Pub – 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Sign-up: email [email protected]

Print(ed) Word Salon Series: Carolyn Qualle & Rona Altrows

What: Every month, a different artist-writer pair and their collaborative artist books included in Print(ed) Word, on permanent display at Calgary’s new Central Library will be highlighted. This April, join artist Carolyn Qualle and writer Rona Altrows as they discuss their artist book, Roulleauville.

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Central Library – Level 4 – Simons-Harvie Community Reading Room – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Monthly Open House at AVRO Museum

What: Learn more about Avro Canada and its contributions to Canada’s aviation and aerospace legacy, plus see the latest progress on our Arrow II project.

When: The Second Sunday of every month – April 14, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Babes Who Brunch

What: Each Babes Who Brunch event is led by a fierce female keynote speaker who shares her insights, experiences and life story. There are also brunch time eats and sips, and all the inspiration and insight you need to get a grip on your goals and kick-start your hustle long after.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Where: Murrieta’s Bar & Grill – 200-808 1 Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $50-$60

The Hangar Flight Museum – Monthly Movie Night

What: The Hangar Flight Museum hosts movie nights the second Thursday of each month until May.

When: The second Thursday of every month – April 11, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: The Hangar Flight Museum – 4629 McCall Way N.E., Calgary
Admission: By donation

The Hangover – HUMPDay HOUSE Party

What: A night of House music at Habitat Living Sound with OH FUNK and featuring Prairie Chola Ayatollah and Dj Dramatik. Hosted by J9Productions.

When: Every Wednesday night
Time: 9 pm to 2:15 am
Where: Habitat Living Sound – 1217 1st Street SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Adults Only Night at Telus Spark – The Science Behind Science Fiction

Image: telus_spark / Instagram

What: Free reign in our galleries, a fully licensed bar, dance jams and even riskier science. With no children around, Telus Spark brings out more involved challenges, invite innovative collaborators from the community and turn up the excitement.

When: The second Thursday of every month – March 14, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
TicketsOnline, $26

Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam

What: Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam and Open Mic. Slam poetry is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music. The sign-up sheet for both the open mic and the slam will be released at 7:00 pm, and the show will start at 7:30 pm.

When: The last Monday of every month – April 29, 2019
Time: Sign-up 7 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Dickens Pub – 1000 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: $10 cash at door, on a sliding scale for those who identify as low income or students

Movies That Matter

What: Movies That Matter is a monthly series of documentary film premieres at the University of Calgary, co-presented by the University of Calgary Film Society and the Department of Communication and Culture. The series strives to be timely and provocative, allowing viewers to delve into some important issues relevant in our society today. Each screening will include a post-screening discussion, featuring the director of the film itself and/or someone from the community at large known for their expertise or insightful views on the film subject.

When: The last Wednesday of every month – April 24, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Gallery Hall of the Taylor Family Digital Library – University of Calgary
Admission: Free for students with ID and community by donation

Cinematic Sundays at Glenbow Museum

What: A curated series of afternoon film screenings celebrating the world of art, style and fashion on the big screen. Bar service is offered during the films and you can purchase a snack too

When: April 28 and May 26, 2019
Time: 1 pm
Where: The Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Ave SW
Admission: $10, $8 for members. Entrance to the museum not included.

Happy Easter

Easter at the Market

What: Hop on over to the Calgary Farmers Market for 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: April 18, April 19 and April 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Easter Tea

What: A delicious high tea experience in the stunning dining room of the home now known as the “Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women.” Enjoy a tray of tasty sandwiches and treats along with freshly brewed tea or lemonade.

When: April 19 to April 22, 2019
Time: 11 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Call (403) 268-8500 to reserve your spot, $29.95 for Adults, $20.95 for Children (under 12)

Catch the Easter Bunny at Lake Louise

What: The Easter Bunny will make his annual appearance at Lake Louise over the Easter long weekend. Keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny and Griff the Grizzly as they make their way around the lodge and base area handing out Easter Eggs and posing for photos between 11 am and 2 pm

When: April 19 to April 21, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Lake Louise – 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise Alberta
More Info: Online

Marda Egg Fest

What: The Easter Bunny is coming to Marda Loop to hide chocolates all around for your little bunnies to find. Bring your baskets down to Marda Loop for one of their most popular free family events.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Marda Loop – 33rd Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Butterfield Acres Easter Hunts

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What: Starting in one of the barns, the kids listen to the Legend of the Easter Bunny. Then it’s off with their baskets to do his bidding with a special hunt. When the children find the items the Easter Bunny needs, they’ll send them down the tunnels to the Easter Bunny’s Secret Workshop where he’ll magically turn them into Easter Eggs. Advance tickets required.

When: April 13 and 14, April 20 and 21, 2019
Time: Various time slots between 10:20 and 1:40 pm
Where: Butterfield Acres – 254077 Rocky Ridge Road NW
Cost: Adults $14.99, children $12.99

NSD Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs at Calaway Park

What: National Service Dogs’ Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs (and some treats for kids too) is a family event that includes your furry baby. Each year, thousands of plastic eggs are filled with dog treats and hidden over a defined area of a local park. Each egg contains a dog treat and a sticker, representing a chance to win one of hundreds of great prizes. Registrants receive two egg cartons, giving them the opportunity to collect up to 24 eggs.

All monies raised (family registration fee is $25) support NSD’s award-winning Certified Service Dogs for Autism, Certified Service Dogs for PTSD and Canine Assisted Intervention programs.

When: Friday, April 19, 2019
Time: Registration 9 am, hunt at 10 am
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Register: Online, $30

Calgary Zoo Easter Eggstravaganza

What: Stop by the Calgary Zoo this Easter for two jam-packed days of festive fun where kids of all ages can explore, create and learn. All activities are free with regular zoo admission.

When: April 20 and 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Easter Sunday Brunch at Post Hotel & Spa

What:  Post Hotel & Spa’s Easter Sunday Brunch offers a wide variety of homemade baked goods, salads, seafood, cured meats and pâtés, chef’s carving station with Alberta beef and fresh fish and an assortment of our pastry chef’s delicious desserts.

When: Sunday, April 21, 2019
Time: 11:30 am and 2 pm
Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary
Reservations: Call 403 522 3989 or 800 661 1586

Eat fresh at farmers’ markets

Calgary Farmers’ Market

What: Explore over 80 vendors supplying customers with fresh local produce, meat, poultry, international food, organic goods, jewelry, art and more. Whether it’s the arrival of fresh produce or fun events, there’s always something happening at the market.

When: Open year round from Thursday to Sunday
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Address: 510 77 Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

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What: Grab your weekly haul of delicious produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, preserves, florals, and more, all grown and produced on farms right here in Alberta. You can enjoy live entertainment and other fun activities happening at this quaint community farmers’ market. The market will go on rain or shine, so come prepared.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 1320 5th Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Crossroads Market

What: Enjoy farm-fresh produce and tasty treats plus lost of unique finds from the large variety of vendors.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch

What: The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch features over 35 vendors under one roof over one counter. Crafts, food vendors, and more.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Fridays), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Where: Symons Valley Ranch – 14555 Symons Valley Road
Admission: Free

Downtown Market

What: Stroll through your favourite local makers, artists and producers at the monthly Downtown Market series.

When: April 16 and May 14
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Gulf Canada Square – 401 9th Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Explore Art and Culture

Dinner & a Movie at Heritage Park

What: You can’t beat a classic with a classic! This ain’t no typical ‘dinner and a movie,’ as Heritage Park brings it up a notch with their delicious, themed three-course dinner in the Selkirk Grille Restaurant, before presenting a timeless classic film that will truly bring you back to a wonderful time in history.

When: April 2 and April 16, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Cost: $44/person or $8 for movie only

Doc Soup: The Panama Papers

What: Doc Soup Calgary is a monthly feature-length documentary series presented in partnership with the Calgary International Film Festival and Hot Docs. The Panama Papers is a feature documentary that charts the story of the massive data leak that exposed the largest global corruption scandal in history. 

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Eden Brent

What: Singer, songwriter, and boogie-woogie pianist Eden Brent comes to Calgary with her spontaneous and electric style of juke-joint blues. Brent’s rollicking original sound has earned her eleven blues music award nominations with four wins including Acoustic Artist of The Year and Acoustic Album of The Year by the Blues Foundation.

When: Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

2019 Picture this…film festival

What: Picture this…film festival is an international disability film festival. Enjoy a celebration of films by and/or about people with disabilities from around the world. Everyone is welcome and popcorn is free.

When: Wednesday, April 10 to Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Calgary Scope Society – 219-18 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: $5-$10

Hawksley Workman with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

What: Two-time JUNO Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hawksley Workman performs his unique blend of anthemic folk and cabaret pop with the Calgary Philharmonic.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Performing Arts Festival

What: The Calgary Performing Arts Festival is an integral part of the Calgary arts community, encouraging classical and contemporary music and speech arts performance among amateur students of all ages and skill levels. Featuring 12,000 performers in 19 categories over 21 days.

When: April 15 to May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Mount Royal University – 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary
More Info: Online

Fleetwood Mac


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What: The legendary Fleetwood Mac was originally supposed to be in Calgary in November, but had to reschedule their show due to an illness in the band. The ensemble will now hit the Saddledome in April and feature several familiar faces including Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie.

When: Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $89 online

Michael Bublé Love Tour: Edmonton

What: It’s a beautiful day as Canadian crooner and 12-time JUNO Award winner, Michael Bublé is coming Home to Canada this spring, as part of his 2019 Canadian tour. Every full-priced ticket purchased for the tour includes a standard CD or digital copy of Michael’s highly anticipated new album Love.

Love is Michael’s eighth major studio album for Reprise Records and will be available November 16. Bublés has already completed five sold-out world tours, won four Grammy Awards and sold over 60 million records over the course of his extraordinary career.

When: Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, concert begins at 8 pm
Where: Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave NW
Tickets: Tickets range from $69, $99 and $189, online

The 420 Music and Arts Festival

What: Enjoy a three-day celebration featuring performers and Rock n’ Roll Bands surrounding the culture that is 420, along with eclectic art, makers, and many other local vendors and enthusiasts.

When: April 18 to 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: County Line Saloon – 1825 50 St SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Metric with July Talk

What: Two Canadian rock bands in one, what more could you ask for? The Torontonians’ performance in Calgary will be one of twelve Canadian shows they are playing this spring.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 6:45 pm
Where: Stampede Corral – 10 Corral Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $54 online

Calgary Underground Film Festival

What: The annual CUFF returns for one week, bringing films that defy convention. Through the screening of contemporary works in various categories that include: feature, documentary, animation and shorts – they bring Calgarians a unique roster of films rarely seen in North American theatres.

When: April 22 to 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8th Avenue SW
More Info: Online

Beacon Original Art Spring Show & Sale

What: Over 30 artists display and sell high-quality art from a variety of disciplines. Artists have the opportunity to share their inspirations and techniques with each other and the viewing public. Free parking, free admission plus prize draws.

When: April 27 and October 12, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association – 917 Centre Ave NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Free First Thursday at Glenbow Museum

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What: Explore the Glenbow Museum at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month.

When: The first Thursday of every month – April 4, 2019
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Esker Foundation

What: Esker Foundation connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications. The gallery reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of groundbreaking new work, ideas, and research. Admission is free. The gallery is barrier-free.

When: Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed Mondays
Time: Various times
Where: Esker Foundation – 4th Floor – 1011 9th Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Dirty Laundry: Oil Money

What: Dirty Laundry, Calgary’s only completely live, completely improvised soap opera presents their 19th season – Oil Money. It’s 1978 in Calgary, Alberta. There’s plenty of oil and plenty of money. The story centers around two feuding families who run two competing oil companies. Who’s heart will break? Who’s deal will bust? Will Calgary ever get the Olympics? Head to the show to find out.

When: Every Monday until April 15, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 – 115 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10-$16

Bon appetit

Cochon555 Culinary Weekend

What: Happening from April 5­ to 7, 2019, this aptly named event (cochon is French for “pig”) is a celebration of the whole culinary community, from the farmers and chefs to the diners themselves. Cochon555 was created back in 2008 in response to a lack of education around traditional heritage-breed pigs. From long-table collaborative dinners with international guest chefs to breathtaking brunches and outstanding local wines and spirits, prepare yourself for the ultimate culinary weekend.

When: Friday April 5­ to Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Taste of Jamaica 2019

What: A showcase of Jamaican culture to answer many questions about the mystique of Jamaica. Enjoy food, music, dance and a Come to Jamaica zone. There will be prizes, a Kidz Zone with activities for the young children and tweens, and more.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 12 to 8 pm
Where: Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association – 5600 Centre Street, North Calgary
Tickets: Online

Spring Food Truck Frenzy 2019

What: Join YYCFoodTrucks for their Spring Food Truck Frenzy, with over 16 food trucks, live music, DJs and more.

When: April 27 to 28, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: East Village C-Square – 7th Avenue and 4th Street SE
Admission: $5, free for seniors and children under 14

Craving Kensington

What: On this 3-hour walking-tour, you will eat your way through this inner city village at some of the foodie hotspots, while also learning about the charming history and architecture of the area.

When: Every Thursday
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Meet at Brasserie Kensington – 1131 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Roasterie Tour – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

What: This 20-minute tour gives attendees a look at Phil & Sebastian’s vintage retro-fitted roaster and operations, plus learn about their green coffee sourcing strategies.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:15 to 12:35 pm
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – 618 Confluence Way Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Cocktail Classes

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Cocktail hour. (Shutterstock)

What: Interested in upping your cocktail game? Learn the ropes from the experts at Shelter. You’ll learn everything from the comprehensive history of cocktail culture, mixology origins dating back in the 1800s and the resurgence of a craft beverage in the early 2000s. The class includes three cocktails, complimentary bar snacks, muddling, stirring, shaking, and smoking techniques. You’ll also receive your very own cocktail survival guide. Attendees must be 18+.

When: The first Tuesday of each month – March 5
Time: 5:30 and 8:30 pm
Where: Shelter – 1210 1st Street SE
Tickets: Online, $65 per person

Sunday Brunch and Market Tour

What: Join the Calgary Farmers’ Market and Calgary Food Tours as they bring to you a very special Sunday brunch. Enjoy 16 bites and treats as various Alberta ranchers explain what it takes to bring their products to the market. Sample their produce and leave feeling inspired to fill your shopping bag with fresh goodies.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 10:30 am
Where: 510, 77 Street SE – off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
TicketsOnline, $55

Free Brewery Tours at Red Bison Brewery

What: The tour starts off with an explanation of Red Bison’s name and why founder Steve started the brewery. Attendees will then see the homebrew system Steve used to brew beer on the balcony of his downtown Calgary condo, and talk about malt and how each of the flavours impact the recipes. After this, it’s a walk through the processes for the brew day and the fermentation process. Once the tour is complete, guests will be able to buy flights to try out beer and the kitchen is also open.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 1 pm
Where: Red Bison Brewery – 111, 3016 10 Ave NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Cheer on the home teams

Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers

What: The Flames wrap up the NHL regular season with a home game against the Edmonton Oilers.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Calgary Hitmen


Scotiabank Saddledome (cgrossi/Instagram)

What: The Hitmen bring WHL Playoff action to the Saddledome this Spring.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Calgary Roughnecks

What: The Calgary Roughnecks bring National Lacrosse League action to the Saddledome throughout the Spring, with home games against Georgia Swarm on April 13 and Saskatchewan Rush on April 20.

When: April 13 and April 20, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

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