75 things to do in Calgary in March

Feb 23 2019, 5:56 pm

Spring is just around the corner! Get your March going with these 75 things to do in Calgary, including Alpenglow Festival, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, and more.

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

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Get Outside

Alpenglow Festival 2019

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

Night Tubing at Canada Olympic Park 

What: For the remainder of this winter season, the Acura Tube Park will be open on select nights from 5 to 7:30 pm, allowing business-hour-workers the chance to go for a few slides — without the hassle of the crowded slopes on the weekend. If not night tubing, the park is also open on most weekend days from 10 am to 1 pm or 2 to 5 pm.

When: Thursday to Sundays in March (Except for March 8)
Time: 5 to 7:30 pm on March 7, March 14 and March 21. 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm all other dates.
Where: Winsport Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Dogsled Under the Stars 2019

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What: Mad Dogs & Englishmen Sled Dog Expeditions is offering a two-hour Dogsled Under the Stars tour at Kananaskis’ Spray Lakes. The tours start at around 6 pm and include an orientation, 1 1/4 hours of sledding, multiple photo stops, and a finale that includes a warming tent, fire, hot chocolate, and homebaked cookies.

When: Three evenings each month, usually around the full moon
Time: Starts around 6 pm
Where: Spray Lakes, Kananskis. Details on how to get there can be found here
Cost: $530 to $675 per sled. Reserve online

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 – March 1
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.

Human Bonspiel – aka life size curling

What: As part of Calgary’s Corporate Challenge off-season events, anyone with a team of four can participate in this fun winter activity. Often compared to life-size curling, each teammate will have three rounds to be launched along the ice and make it closest to the button. All in support of KidSport Calgary.

When: Various days from now to March 4, 2019
Time: Lunchtimes
Where: Olympic Plaza Outdoor Rink – 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Cost: Online, $200-$250 per team

St. Patrick’s Road Race 

What: Dress up and have fun as you join fellow Calgary runners in a race that will test your post-winter fitness abilities. This run will go to support the Calgary Road Runners and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 9 am
Where: Central Memorial High School – 5111 21st Street SW, Calgary
Registration: Online

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

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Skating at Olympic Plaza (danielaislas/Instagram)

What: Built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games, Olympic Plaza has the only refrigerated outdoor ice surface in the city. You can rent skates down at the plaza if you don’t have a pair of your own. Helmets are strongly encouraged.

When: Now to mid-March
Time: 10 am to 9 pm, Weather dependent
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
Admission: Free. Skates are also available for rent – $12 for adults

The Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

What: Western Canada’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences. There will be over 200 exhibitors, along with presentations, demos, and more.

When: Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: BMO Centre – Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $8, children 11 and under free

Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo

What: 2019 marks the seventh year of the Calgary Zoo Penguin Walk. The king penguin colony heads out on zoo grounds for a daily enrichment walk in the winter months and visitors get to experience the fun. This program allows visitors to get an up close look at the group of King Penguins as they explore, exercise, and waddle their way through the zoo. This is a free-choice activity for the penguins, and is subject to weather conditions.

When: Now to March 31, 2019 (weather permitting)
Time: 11 am daily
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary
More Info: Online

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

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

Mystery Town Tours

Mystery Town Tours

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What: Mystery Town Tours operates just like the escape rooms that we all know and love (though sometimes really, really hate), but the twist is that you’re not actually trying to escape anything. You’ll actually be following clues throughout the town, receiving information via phone, and replying with your answers to the mysteries presented throughout the day. And it could be a full day, at that, as tours can range from 90 minutes to a full afternoon of adventuring around the town.

When: Available for registration now
Time: One to five hours
Where: Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Cochrane, Edmonton, and Fort McMurray in Alberta, and Vancouver and Victoria in BC
Tickets: Ranges from $49 to $99 per group, with groups ranging from two to four people

Explore the city

Parkour Combat Archery

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What: Strike Combat Archery has  partnered up with Calgary’s own Breathe Parkour Calgary to create Parkourbat Archery. Parkourbat Archery brings all the fun of parkour and mixes in a few bows and arrows. The event will be held at Breathe Parkour Calgary but hosted by Strike Combat Archery, ensuring for a heart-pounding evening.

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Breathe Parkour Calgary — 131 – 10550 42nd Street SE
Tickets: Price TBA

Big Rock Brewery Tour

What: Touring Big Rock Brewery to gain insight into the process from the top of a barley bin to the bottom of a pint glass. All tours are hosted by a trained beerologist, and before you head home, you’ll experience a Big Rock tasting session where you get to sample the latest and greatest on tap.

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 12:30 and 3 pm
Where: Big Rock Brewery – 5555 76 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $25

Crescent Heights Community Show & Tell

What: A showcase of talents, skills, hobbies and interests in the Crescent Heights neighbourhood.

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Crescent Heights Community Association – 1101 2 ST NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Maple Festival

What: This annual winter festival will take you through the history of the Sugar Shack – a French Canadian tradition – while showcasing Alberta’s Francophone, Metis and First Nations’ heritage. For its 17th edition, the event will expand within Heritage Park to be bigger and better than ever, providing ample entertainment for visitors of all ages. The two-day festival will feature several folk musicians and dance performances, the opportunity to visit an authentic replica of an early 20th century sugar shack, a sugar shack brunch, many delectable local products at the new Maple Market, and a tasting of a succulent maple taffy on snow.

When: Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, March 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online

A Conversation with President Barack Obama in Calgary 2019

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What: Barack Obama will be landing in Calgary this March for a visit to the Scotiabank Saddledome. “A Conversation with President Barack Obama” is a ticketed event that Calgarians (and visitors) will be able to attend for $104 and up, and will be taking place on March 5.

When: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: Noon
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Available online starting at $104

Calgary Tower 802 Challenge 2019

What: The 802 Challenge is back in Calgary for the third year in a row, offering Calgarians the chance to brave the 802 steps that climb up one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Operating on Tuesdays throughout the month of March, the challenge runs from 4 to 7 pm and charges participants $10 a head for a try. Not a bad deal, seeing as usual admission to the Calgary Tower will run you $18, and that’s without the workout. Advance registration is not required, though your best pair of running shoes is definitely recommended.

When: Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26
Time: 4 to 7 pm
Where: Calgary Tower – 101 9th Avenue SW
Cost: $10

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: March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3 and April 10 for the adult tours, and March 27, April 3, and April 10 for the family 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

International Women’s Day

What: Each year, the Women’s Centre celebrates International Women’s Day with a potluck where community members gather for a special celebration. All genders and ages are welcome to this event. 

When: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Women’s Centre of Calgary – 39 4 Street NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Walk In Her Shoes Challenge at the Calgary Zoo

What: Hundreds of Calgarians will take part in the Calgary Walk In Her Shoes Challenge at the Calgary Zoo, to support Women & Girl Empowerment while getting their families (or up to four people) Calgary Zoo entry for only $25.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: Participants can drop by anytime from 12 to 3 pm
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary
Register: Online

Red & White Calgary Comic and Toy Expo

What: Do you collect comics, toys, manga, art, and more? Then you need to check out Red & White Calgary Comic and Toy Expo.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Red & White Club, McMahon Stadium – 1833 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Admission: $5, 12 and under Free

Crescent Moon Party

What: Crescent Heights Community Association presents the second annual Crescent Moon Party, an outdoor party under the moon, with music, fire, dancing, art and more.

When: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Centre Street and 9th Avenue NE
Admission: Free

City of Calgary Youth Hiring Fair 2019

What: The city will be hosting a hiring fair for job-seekers aged 15 to 24 in the Big Four building in Stampede Park. Dress to impress, bring a pen in case you have to complete any forms, and be ready to provide plenty of copies of your resume. Some of the employers present will be hiring from different people of minimum ages.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: TBA
Where: Big Four Building, Stampede Park – 1801 Big Four Trail SE
Admission: Free

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. Those who attend the date night will also save 15% off food and drinks at the King Eddy (just show them your admission tickets), along with an optional public tour at an additional $7 each.

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Studio Bell — 850 4th Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Available online, $10

Community Yoga at Sunalta

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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 – March 4
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Ship & Anchor Pub – 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Sign-up: email [email protected]

Sashay Sunday Bingo & Drag Show

What: The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Chinook Arch and The Texas Lounge are teaming up for Drag Bingo followed by an amazing Drag Show. Money raised and/or donated will go to support the chosen charities for Reign 42: Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, Alberta & NWT Chapter, The SHARP Foundation, Inn from the Cold and HIV Community Link.

When: March 3 and March 17, 2019
Time: Bingo at 4 pm, Drag Show at 7 pm
Where: The Texas Lounge – 308 B 17th avenue S.W, Calgary
More Info: Online

Print(ed) Word: The Salon Series

What: This free event is the first of 12 in a series of talks to take place each month. 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.

When: Tuesday, March 12, 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 – March 10
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free

Festival of Animated Objects

What: From puppet shows to film screenings, gallery exhibitions to workshops, from March 13 – 17, 2019 Calgary will come alive with original creations, mythical creatures, and curious beasts, objects and gadgets, and thingamajigs beguiled by puppet-masters and artists alike to stir your imagination.

When: Wednesday, March 13 to Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Arts Commons – 205 8th Avenue SE; Royal Canadian Legion #1
Tickets: Online

Social-Lite Social Media Meetup

What: Join Social-lite YYC after work to learn from one another at a meet-up discussing social trends, best practices, case studies, and more in the field of social media. Bring your questions and expertise and gain insights from industry peers.

When: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Where: MarketBar, Sunterra Market, Keynote – 200 12 Avenue Southeast Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Shamrocks & Shenanigans

What: Jump into your St. Paddy’s suit and celebrate the day at Heritage Park. Sip on one of Big Rock’s finest brews as you enjoy a culinary experience that pays homage to the very best from the Emerald Isle. There will also be live entertainment provided by the authentic Celtic band, Cabot’s Crossing, that’ll have you dancing the night away well on into the morning – Irish style!

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online, $69.95

The Black and White Ball

What: Party with Decidedly Jazz at their annual fundraiser, The Black and White Ball. This black and white affair will have you dancing the night away to the sounds of the famous local band, Penguins on Broadway.

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Fairmont Palliser – 133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $125

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, March 16, April 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Where: Murrieta’s Bar & Grill – 200-808 1 Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $50-$60

Music Video Dance Party!

What: Dance to some of the best music videos of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s – aka all the best genres of music – at the Rec Room!

When: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: Doors 9 pm
Where: The Rec Room Calgary – 1180, 901 64th Avenue NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

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 – March 14
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

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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
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
TicketsOnline, $26

Mixed Media Monday + Bonus Background

What: Join Julia and Nicole at The Paper And Ink Boutique on the last Monday of every month for Mixed Media Monday. In each session, attendees will learn to create an art journal page using a variety of mixed media techniques and products. Nicole and Julia will also show attendees how to use these same products and techniques to create a scrapbook page background, cards or tags.

When: The last Monday of every month – March 25
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: The Paper And Ink Boutique – 171, 5330 – 72nd Ave SE, Calgary,
Tickets: Online, $30

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 – March 25
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

YYC Free Market and SOS Open Mic Jam

What: Crescent Heights Community Association hosts the YYC Free Market and SOS Open Mic Jam at the hall on March 25. Give what you can to the YYC Free Market, take what you need, and leave no trace. SOS Open Mic Jam is a platform for hobbies and professional musicians to try out new material and jam together. Bring your instruments and talent.

When: Monday, March 25, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Crescent Heights Community Association – 1101 2 ST NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

WhoKnows Variety Show

What: A monthly variety show that showcases Calgary’s vast array of talented artists. Enjoy music, dancing, comedy, poetry, spoken word, magic, clowning, juggling, and more. Hosted by Dan Dugay, and the event is all ages.

When: Last Tuesday of every month – March 26
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Ironwood Stage & Grill – 1229 9th Avenue S.E., Calgary
Tickets: $15

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 – March 27
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

The Rock-A-Palooza Gem & Mineral Show 2019

What: Silver Cove is partnering with Spruce Meadows Congress Hall to present Rock-A-Palooza Gem & Mineral Show. Family friendly and free admission

When: Thursday, March 28 to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10 am to 8 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Spruce Meadows Congress Hall – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, De Winton
Admission: Free

Eat fresh at farmers’ markets

Happy St. Patrick’s Day at the Market 

What: Get your toes a-tappin’ with live entertainment all day long at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. Enjoy live entertainment, Luck-o-the-Irish games, balloons and more.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Little Vegan Spring Market 2019

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The Little Vegan Market

What: The market will have a full line-up of vegan-friendly businesses selling their products – whether you’re purchasing for yourself or for a friend, there’s plenty to browse, and it’s all 100% vegan. Browse the market to see all the delicious things that can be made without the use of meat, dairy, or any other animal products, and the cruelty-free wares don’t stop at the food (though there will be plenty of that). Possible purchases will also include beauty products, housewares, and more.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Marda Loop Communities Association – 3130 16th Street SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

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: March 12, 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

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert 2019

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in concert (CineConcerts/Facebook)

What: Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dobby the house elf, and the famous, dreamy wizard-celebrity-turned Defense Against The Dark Arts Instructor Gilderoy Lockhart will be seen on the screen at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Theatre for two shows this winter, accompanied by Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra that will bring John Williams’ iconic soundtrack to life.

When: Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 1415 14th Avenue NW
Tickets: Start at $43, available online

Doc Soup: Bathtubs over Broadway

What: Doc Soup Calgary is a monthly feature-length documentary series presented in partnership with the Calgary International Film Festival and Hot Docs. When he started as a comedy writer for the Late Show with David Letterman, Steve Young had few interests outside of his day job. But while gathering material for a segment on the show, Steve stumbled onto a cache of vintage record albums that would change his life forever.

When: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Rush Hour: Brahms

What: Conductor Steve Hackman conducts Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, which is the source material for his boundary-shattering Brahms v. Radiohead project, featured in concert on March 9. Brahms finished this symphony 20 years after he started it.

When: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: Happy Hour at 5:30 pm, Performance from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall — 225 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $30

Artifact Small Format Film Festival

What: The Artifact Small Format Film Festival (formerly the $100 Film Festival) is Calgary’s only celluloid-based film festival. Over the years, Artifact has expanded to include the popular Film/Music Explosion!, commission projects, and various partnerships.

When: Thursday, March 7 to Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Theatre Junction GRAND – 608 1 St SW, Calgary
Price: Varies

Peggy Baker Dance Projects: who we are in the dark

What: Choreographed by acclaimed Canadian dance artist Peggy Baker, who we are in the dark is a contemporary dance performance. Jeremy Gara and Sarah Neufeld, both members of Grammy and Juno award-winning rock band Arcade Fire, are joined on stage by seven dancers in a work that explores and illuminates shifting identities, betrayals, secrets, and intimacies played out in the dark.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Eric Harvie Theatre – Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff
Tickets: Online

justREEL – Namrud (Troublemaker)

What: Marda Loop Justice Film Festival presents Namrud (Troublemaker). Jowan Safadi, born as Palestinian in the State of Israel, is a famous musician and a true free spirit. With his band Fish Samak, he delivers songs ranging from the political and social to the emotional and philosophical. Gathering a huge fan-community in the Arabic world., Jowan is unafraid to speak his mind or tackle taboo subjects.

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: River Park Auditorium – 3818 14A Street SW, Calgary
More Info: Online

Drawn to Nature Workshop

What: Participants of all ages and levels of experience are invited to sketch and draw at Banff Centre’s free ongoing beginner-level drawing workshops. Join esteemed Teaching Artist in Residence Janice Tanton to explore different materials and techniques for mark making in this facilitated class.

When: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Whyte Museum – 111 Bear Street, Banff
Register: Online, Free

Calgary Story Slam: Beware

What: Calgarians take the stage and tell stories of miscommunication in a dynamic competition to find the master storyteller. Stories are (mostly) true, first person narratives about things that have happened and are five minutes long.

When: Monthly – Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Trolley 5 Brewpub – 728 17th Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: $5

Youth Jam at The Blues Can

What: Hosted by the Marcus Trummer Band, Youth Jam invites all youth musicians and bands are invited to come play at The Blues Can the first Monday of every month. Bring an instrument, a few songs and a few friends.

When: The first Monday of every month – March 4
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Blues Can – 1429 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Corb Lund: Banff Mineral Springs Hospital Fundraiser

What: Corb Lund has been named roots Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association five years in a row.  He has picked up JUNO awards, and countless CCMA and WCMA award nominations.  He has also been nominated in the U.S for an “Americana” award in 2010.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Eric Harvie Theatre – Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff
Tickets: Online

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: March 5, March 19, 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

Sunmi: The 1st World Tour Warning

What: Female Korean pop star Sunmi will be visiting eight cities across the United States and Canada with a series of mini-concerts to meet her North American fans. The 26-year-old artist made her debut more than 10 years ago as a member of Wonder Girls. She made her solo debut in 2013 and her first EP, Full Moon, was released by JYP Entertainment. Her most popular songs include Full Moon, 24 Hours, and her most well-known song, Gashina.

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Palace Theatre — 219 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Available online starting Monday, February 4 from $65 to $179

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 – March 7
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

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

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What: The Flames continue their NHL season with March home games versus the Minnesota Wild on March 2, New York Rangers on March 15, and Los Angeles Kings on March 25

When: March 2, March 4, March 10, March 12, March 15, March 19, March 21, March 25, March 27 and March 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Hitmen

What: The Hitmen continue their WHL season in March, with home games against Brandon Wheat Kings on March 1, Kooteney Ice on March 3, and Edmonton Oil Kings on March 8, and more.

When: March 1, March 3, March 8 and March 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Roughnecks

What: The Calgary Roughnecks bring National Lacross League action to Scotiabank Saddledome in March, with games against Toronto Rock on March 9, Colorado Mammoth, on March 16, and San Diego Seals on March 30.

When: March 9, March 16, and March 30, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online