11 things to do in Calgary today: Saturday, March 17

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The stars have aligned and St. Paddy’s Day has finally landed on a Saturday!

While beers and shamrocks may be at the forefront of most people’s minds today, there are also a few other events going on around town to check out if green isn’t quite your style.

No matter what you get up to this Saturday, be sure to have fun, stay safe, and live it up in this beautiful city!

St. Patrick’s Day Macarons

  • What: You saw them all over Instagram last year! Luckily, they’re back again for another year. All week long you can have a beautiful rainbow cloud macaron from Ollia in lieu of St. Paddy’s Day that tastes just as good (if not better) than it looks. The flavour this year is strawberry cheesecake, complete with a candy rainbow and marshmallow clouds. It’s all in the details!
  • When: Monday March 12 to Saturday March 17
  • Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810C 16th Avenue SW
  • Cost: 1 for $6 or 2 for $10

The Black and White Ball

  • What: Teleport back to the roaring ’20s and 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, and other dazzling musical performances, while you check out the silent auction or bid on balloons full of magical surprises. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is no average party. Prepare yourself for a wild night, great dance moves, and amazing fashion – in all forms. There ain’t no party quite like a Decidedly Jazz party!
  • When: SaturdayMarch 17
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Fairmont Palliser – 133 9th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $120

Watch the Calgary Roughnecks play the Rochester Knighthawks

  • What: Come see the Calgary roughnecks kill it on the field this year.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $23 to $64

Happy St. Patrick’s Day at the Market 


Green beer for St. Patrick’s Day/Shutterstock

  • What: Get your toes a-tappin’ with live entertainment all day long at the Calgary Farmers Market. Then use your deductive skills to guess how many coins are in the pot of gold to win $100 in Market Bucks. It’ll be a “top of the morning” that you won’t want to miss!
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
  • Admission: 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 17
  • Time: 6 to 11 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Tickets: Online, $64.95

Alberta Ballet Presents: Cinderella 

  • What: This enchanting production of everyone’s favourite love story was imagined by artistic director Christopher Anderson and inspired by the 1697 version by Charles Perrault. You can expect to be transported into the world of hilarious evil step-sisters, a magical fairy-godmother, true love, and a special pair of slippers that change the world of one very special girl. Be prepared to be swept off your feet!
  • When: March 14 to 17
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $34 to $123

Uncommon Blends 

  • What: Are you a coffee or a tea person? Regardless of your personal preference, these warm and cozy beverages play an important role in both our social and individual lives. This art exhibit will examine these various routines, rituals, and relationships centred around coffee and tea, while showcasing beautiful ceramics made by five Alberta-based artists.
  • When: January 20 to March 17
  • Time:
    • Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
    • Thursday: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: cSPACE King Edward – 1721 29th Avenue SW

EDO’s ‘Fresh Take’ Concept Shop


  • What: Enjoy half priced teriyaki meals, menu samples, new market treats, and exciting activities for the whole family as you celebrate the opening of Edo’s new store concept at the freshly renovated Shawnessy location. Activities throughout the day include face painting and more, along with a visit from the Edo Ninja!
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Where: 296 Shawville Boulevard SE
  • Admission: FREE

Kings Head Pub & Eatery St. Patrick’s Night

  • What: Get your friends together and enjoy St. Paddy’s Day at the pub, drinking $5 Jameson and Jägermeister shots or green beer, while tasting their $10 Irish stew, and playing games to win prizes. There will be onstage live entertainment from Jiggity James, Ryedell, and The Stiffs. The doors will be open at noon, but the live music performances start at 4 pm, going straight into the night until 2 am.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: Noon to 2 am
  • Where: King’s Head Pub & Eatery – 9116 Macloed Trail S, Calgary
  • Admission: Free cover – Reservations are highly recommended

Rock-A-Palooza Gem and Mineral Show 


Precious Gems (Anna Soelberg/Shutterstock)

  • What: Calling all rock lovers! Come discover the beauty of the underworld made beneath our soil! Here you can find everything from Jewelry Designers, palentologists ready to teach you some fun rock facts (unfortunately, it’s not Ross Geller), items to spice up your home, and so much more. Your next treasure hunt awaits!
  • When: March 15 to 18
  • Time:
    • Thursday to Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm
    • Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Spruce Meadows
  • Admission: FREE


  • What: This captivating show beautifully tells the story of the unlikely romance between a beekeeper and a physicist, and was a hit on Broadway. Check it our right here in Calgary!
  • When: February 27 to March 17
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Arts Commons – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $25 to $75

For a full list of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Calgary, click here!