20 things to do in Calgary this week: April 8 to 11

Apr 2 2019, 11:32 pm

Don’t let FOMO get a hold of you! Check out these 20 fun Calgary events happening from Monday, April 8 to Thursday, April 11. Calgary Hitmen, Calgary Dance Stampede, and more.

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

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Monday, April 8

Founders Calgary Vol. 06: Ask Us Anything

What: To shine light on the struggles and support the movers and the shakers in our community, HELCIM and The Ace Class have collaborated to present Founders, a curated series designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. From idea to execution, Founders will showcase first-hand insight of the highs and lows that go along with running your own show. Expect panel discussions with industry leaders and seasoned entrepreneurs with plenty of time for Q&A so you can fire off those burning questions.

When: Monday, April 8, 2018
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Work Nicer Roxbury – 200, 1006-11th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Snyder Institute Mini Medical School – Understanding the biology of pain and itch

What: Mini Medical School is a free lecture series designed for members of the general public who are interested in learning more about their health and wellness. Each lecture will combine basic science with real life clinical situations in order to give Calgarians a better understanding of the effects of certain diseases on the body. On April 8, explore the unique biology of chronic pain and itch.

When: Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: University of Calgary – Foothills Campus, Cumming School of Medicine – Libin Theatre – 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Erín Moure’s The Elements

Erin Moure / Facebook

What: Governor General’s award winning poet and translator Erín Moure returns for her first reading in downtown Calgary in a decade, just a few streets from where she was born. She’ll launch The Elements, her new book of poems about her Dad, parents, translation, and sticking up for your rights, and answer audience questions about growing up in Calgary in the 1960s and about poetry. She’s also bringing colouring pages for children to bring home.

When: Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Shelf Life Books – 1302 4 St SW # 100, Calgary
Admission: Free

Fritters in Kandahar

What: Lisa wants to do something that matters, that will make a difference. Her boyfriend doesn’t understand why that means she needs to take a job with Canada’s national coffee chain and move to an active war zone. A romantic comedy about serving your country a Double Double. Part of the University of Calgary, School of Creative and Performance Art – Alchemy Festival of Student Work.

When: Monday, April 8 to Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 8 pm on Monday and Tuesday, 7 pm on Wednesday
Where: Reeve Theatre – University of Calgary
Tickets: Online

Pink Boots Beer Launch: The Betty

What: A collaboration brew bringing the ladies of Trolley 5 & YWCA together to create a beer in honour of International Women’s Day: The Betty White Peach Cream Ale. Portion of proceeds from each pint sold at our launch party will go to support YWCA Calgary and Pink Boots Society.

When: Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: Launch party starts at 5 pm
Where: Trolley 5 Brewpub – 728 17th Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Tuesday, April 9

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

WHL Playoffs – Calgary Hitmen vs Edmonton Oil Kings

What: The Calgary Hitmen face off with the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 3 of Round 2 of the WHL Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Timely Tasty Talks 2019: Byron Eggenschwiler & Kyo Maclear (Operatic)

What: Operatic is the first collaboration between writer Kyo Maclear (Birds Art Life, Bloom, Julia Child) and illustrator Byron Eggenschwiler (Swerve, the Walrus, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra).

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:15 pm
Where: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor – 1221 2nd Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Women at the Crossroads of Canada

What: Immerse yourself in the great lives and works of women who helped cultivate our shared Canadian history and culture. By learning about them through the eyes of Nine Lives and Big Kitty Crew artist Camille Betts, attendees will gain a great appreciation of how the lives of these amazing women still ripple throughout contemporary lives.

When: Tuesday, April 9 and Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 5:30 and 7 pm
Where: Lougheed House-  707 13 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Veggie Choices for the Chinook Belt

vegan market

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What: Join fellow community gardeners and vegetable enthusiasts to learn about growing veggies in Calgary’s climate. We’ll discuss our planting calendar, selecting seeds and buying plants.

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Banff Trail Community Hall – 2115 20 Ave NW, Calgary
Cost: $10 at the door

Wednesday, April 10

WHL Playoffs – Calgary Hitmen vs Edmonton Oil Kings

What: The Calgary Hitmen face off with the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 4 of Round 2 of the WHL Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Heritage Park Ghost Tours 2019

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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: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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

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

Mount Norquay Cool2CarPool Days

What: The hill’s new Cool2CarPool Day introduces a new pay structure, with each carload costing just $50 — which means that if you can fit five friends into a five-seat sedan, you’re all riding for $10. That price will drop even lower if any of your pals (or their parents) happen to drive a minivan. Anyone who takes the free shuttle in from Banff will also get to hit the slopes for just $10, though it’s encouraged to start the day early as space is limited.

The mountain will also be accepting cash donations that go towards local charities within the Bow Valley and Calgary area, and $2 from every lift ticket will be automatically donated.

When: Wednesdays, April 10, 2019
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Mount Norquay Scenic Drive, Banff
Tickets: $50 per carload, or $10 per person if you take the shuttle from Banff

Studio Bell $10 Date Night 2019

What: Visitors will be able to explore interactive activities, Canadian music memorabilia, and a new temporary exhibit that celebrates many of Canada’s favourite musicians.

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Studio Bell — 850 4th Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Available online, $10

Thursday, April 11

Adults Only Night at Telus Spark – Science + Science Fiction


Photo: Telus Spark / Facebook

What: Free reign in the 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. Explore the behind the scenes science that goes into the making of all of your favourite sci-fi movie effects.

When: The second Thursday of every month – April 11, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $26

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

Augmented Reality Experience at The CORE 2019

What: An augmented reality exhibit is soon to 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

Moon vs. Sun

What: One of Canada’s most influential cultural couples – four-time Juno Award-winner Raine Maida (frontman with Our Lady Peace) and two-time winner Chantal Kreviazuk — are starting a new era of music which promises to be fearless. They perform at Bella Concert Hall with special guests. Every ticket for this show includes a digital download of Moon vs Sun’s forthcoming album, I’m Going to Break Your Heart (Music From The Motion Picture).

When: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Bella Concert Hall -4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $55

2019 Calgary Dance Stampede

What: Calgary Dance Stampede is Canada’s largest and longest running Country, West Coast Swing and Line Dance event. Featuring international dance competitions in all three forms of dance, over 110 instructional workshops, 17,500 sq.ft. of dance floor across 6 rooms, the Campfire Ball Showcase and Dinner plus social dancing.

When: Thursday, April 11 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Hyatt Regency Calgary – 700 Centre Street SE, Calgary
Register: Online