20 things to do in Calgary this week: April 29 to May 2

Apr 12 2019, 6:45 am

So long April, hello May! Start the new month with these 20 fun Calgary events to check out from Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2. Chris Hadfield, Soiree in the Valley, and more.

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

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Monday, April 29

Chris Hadfield Presents Exploration: Where We’re Going Next

What: Spend an evening with Colonel Chris Hadfield as he celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing by discussing the history and future of exploration. Hadfield was the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station.

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – Arts Commons
Tickets: Online

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

Podcast Live! with David Ridgen

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What: Calgary Public Library hosts a speaker series featuring leading podcasters. Award-winning filmmaker and writer, David Ridgen, hosts the true crime podcast, “Someone Knows Something”. Trained as a documentary storyteller, and using his investigative skills as a journalist, Ridgen has created Canada’s most popular and well-crafted podcast. He is now expanding into areas of long form and serial TV drama, which continues the narrative of exploring cold cases, which he will discuss during his presentation.

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Central Library – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Register: Online, Free

Women and Environment Film Night: Chasing Ice

What: As part of the Women’s Centre’s Environmental Issues Discussion series, enjoy a Women and Environment Film night. Attendees will watch Chasing Ice together and take part in a post-film discussion to share thoughts and perspectives. Bring a friend and a snack to share, or just bring yourself and connect with women in the community interested in learning about, and taking action on, environmental issues.

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: The Women’s Centre of Calgary 39 – 4th Street NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free


What: Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm perform in Calgary with guests Palaye Royale and Beasto Blanco.

When: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm
Where: MacEwan Hall – 402 Collegiate Blvd NW, University of Calgary
Tickets: Online, $49.50

Tuesday, April 30

Augmented Reality Experience at The CORE 2019

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Augmented reality at the CORE (INDE)

What: An augmented reality exhibit is open at Calgary’s The CORE Shopping Centre, in partnership with UK-based technology provider INDE. Attendees will stand on a platform in front of a gigantic screen, which will show them standing alongside everything from whales to giraffes to dinosaurs. Three different experiences will be available to try out, — Air, Land, and Sea; Arctic Explorer; and Back to the Jurassic — with each providing a different setting along with different animals to encounter.

When: Now to April 30, 2019
Time: The CORE’s hours
Where: The CORE Shopping Centre — 333 – 7th Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Godsmack and Volbeat

What: American rockers Godsmack and Danish rockers Volbeat team up for a show at Grey Eagle Resort and Casino.

When: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Resort and Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Movie Night at The Hub: The True Cost

What: The True Cost is a documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Join Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking for a screening and discussion surrounding this film and its thought-provoking topic.

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking – 402 Collegiate Boulevard Northwest Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry Fundraiser

What: Cycling enthusiasts and culinary leaders in Calgary – John Jackson, Connie DeSousa, Justin Leboe, Matt Batey, Chad Rittenhouse, Baruch Laskin & Eva Sargeant-Laskin – have teamed up to raise funds to help end childhood hunger for one night only at Alforno Bakery & Cafe on April 30th! Attend and support “The Canadians” team as 100% of the proceeds will go towards Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry.

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Alforno Bakery & Cafe – 222 7 Street Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

25th Anniversary Celebration of Calgary Distinguished Writers Program

What: Join the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program to celebrate 25 years of the CDWP. Hosted by 2002–03 Canadian Writer-in-Residence Suzette Mayr (associate professor, English), this event will feature readings by writers from Calgary, Alberta, and beyond who have consulted with our writers-in-residence over the years. There will also be refreshments and live music by The Sidewinders, along with book giveaways for copies of books by our featured authors.

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Hotel Arts – 119-12 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Wednesday, May 1

Alberta Ballet: Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle & The Drum

What: The 10th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle & The Drum. The Fiddle & The Drum gives passionate expression to Mitchell’s lifelong concern with the issues of conflict, violence and humanity’s continuing devastation of the environment. Alberta Ballet dancers depict Mitchell’s most famous characters from her lyrics and artwork, at times in counterpoint, abstractly illustrating fragile hope and potential for the creation of beauty.

When: May 1 to 4, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm (1:15 pm on Saturday, May 4)
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
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: Now to May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Mount Royal University – 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary
More Info: Online

Dine Under The Stars — Soiree In The Valley

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What: Soiree in the Valley, billed as a garden dinner pop up, is hosted by Dinner4Four Co. The event, which runs for 30 days at a time, promises an elegant four-course menu offered with wine, all while you’re being served in all-weather Garden Domes. The Calgary pop-up will be located at the Native Gardens in Fish Creek Park, with dinner provided by Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant and Great Events Catering.

When: May 1 till May 31, 2019
Time: Seatings at 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm daily
Where: Native Gardens at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Reservations: Online

California Wine Fair

What: Wine lovers have an opportunity to sample premium and super-premium wines from over 90 vintners. This is an all-inclusive, walk-around event with all samples included in the ticket price, no additional coupon purchase required. Participants gain full access to an incredible selection of California wines at pouring stations throughout the venue, while enjoying a delectable hors d’oeuvres menu created under the direction of Oliver & Bonacini Executive Chef, Ryan O’Flynn. Top the evening off with a selection of silent auction packages. Net proceeds go to support Safe Haven Foundation’s mission to Help Give Calgary’s Homeless and At-Risk Girls Their Future Back.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Hudson Calgary – 200 8 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Wordfest presents Kristen Worley

What: Kristen Worley is an Olympic-calibre cyclist who challenged the highest levels of international sport on science, gender and human rights… and won. In her new memoir Woman Enough, Worley tells the powerful and inspiring story of her journey to self-realization, one that will upend assumptions about sexual identity and show how one person can create significant change in the world while staying true to oneself. This event will feature an on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Memorial Park Library – 2nd Floor 1221 2nd Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Thursday, May 2

Dr. Geoffrey Jackson Book Launch and Lecture – The Empire on the Western Front

What: The Military Museums presents Dr. Geoffrey Jackson’s book launch, “The Empire on the Western Front: The British 62nd and Canadian 4th Divisions in Battle” with a lecture to follow.

When: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, event at 7 pm
Where: The Military Museums 4520 Crowchild Trail Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

The West End by Christiane Hirt

What: From the sexual revolution of the 70’s through to the AIDs crisis of the 80’s, three unlikely souls become inextricably intertwined in a heartfelt coming of age story that encompasses the growing pains of life, love, sexual identification, self acceptance and a community who continues to thrive in good times and bad. Presented by Rogues Theatre.

When: Wednesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Joyce Doolittle Theatre, Pumphouse – 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Free Yoga Class in Central Library



What: Join Yoga with Rowena for Slow & Gentle free yoga classes in Central Library Calgary. Attendees will focus on building strength and confidence within ourselves through each asana and through each movement of our breaths.

When: Wednesday, May 1, Thursday, May 2, Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Central Library – 800 3 Street Southeast, Calgary
Register: Online, Free

John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man

What: As part of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Under the Influence Festival, National Music Centre presents internationally acclaimed composer, John Corigliano. Corigliano will present his Grammy-winning work, Mr. Tambourine Man, set to the poems of Bob Dylan and featuring soprano Laura Hynes, and his dynamic work Stomp performed by acclaimed violinist, Lara St. John.

When: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: 6:45 pm
Where: National Music Centre – 850 – 4 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Roar: Exploring Queer History and Gender Identity

What: Calgary’s queer history, historical and contemporary gender roles, and feminine identity will be creatively explored and celebrated at Lougheed House in Roar: Exploring Queer History and Gender Identity, an 11-week festival comprised of two museum exhibits and 11 immersive programs and parties.

When: Now to Sunday, June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Lougheed House – 707 – 13 Avenue SW, Calgary
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