16 things to do in Calgary today: Sunday, March 8

Mar 6 2020, 12:56 pm

Celebrate International Women’s Day this Sunday, March 8 by checking out some female-forward events along with a number of others taking place in YYC!

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.

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

Granary Road Public Market

What: Granary Road Public Market is open year-round and offers fresh produce, artisan cheeses, pizza, tacos, handcrafted home goods, and more.

When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Granary Road Market — 226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
Admission: Free

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

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: Open daily until mid-March
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza — 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free. Skates are also available to rent

Actually

What: Actually, written by Anna Ziegler and directed by Jenna Rodgers, examines the issue of consent while touching on sub-themes of race, gender, and privilege on a university campus. The award-winning play focuses on two characters and their respective points of view in the same situation. Amber comes from a comfortable, well-off Jewish family; Tom is a young African American man who was raised in poverty and is the first in his family to attend university.

When: Now until March 15, 2020
Time: Showtimes start at either 2 or 7:30 pm based on date
Where: Martha Cohen Theatre — 215 – 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Prices vary based on seat, available online

Calgary Farmers’ Market

What: Explore over 80 vendors supplying customers with fresh local produce, meat, poultry, international food, organic goods, jewellery, 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, Calgary
Admission: Free

Tubing at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park

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Tubing at WinSport (@jr_reporteryyc/Instagram)

What: Acura Tube Park at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park is described as one of the fastest of its kind in Western Canada. Tubers can also check out the food truck and enjoy the convenience of washrooms on site.

When: Fridays until Sundays throughout the winter season. Special times are offered during the holidays and on long weekends.
Time: Various times
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – Acura Tube Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Admission info: Online

Crossroads Market

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

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

Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo

What: 2020 marks the eighth 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, 2020 (weather permitting)
Time: 11 am daily
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary
More info: Online

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: March 8, 2020
Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Women’s Centre of Calgary – 39 4 Street NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

International Women’s Day Celebration at Westbrook Mall

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Women supporting women (Shutterstock)

What: Anyone in Calgary hoping to celebrate the women in their lives this International Women’s Day can head over to an event hosted by Westbrook Mall.

When: March 8, 2020
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Where: Centre Court, Westbrook Mall — 1200 37th Street SW
Admission: Free, clothes donations will be accepted

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: March 8, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Red & White Club, McMahon Stadium – 1833 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Admission: $5, 12 and under Free

Calgary Flames vs Vegas Golden Knights

What: It’s an early start this Sunday when the Flames take on the Golden Knights.

When: March 8, 2020
Time: 5 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Kananaskis Country 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

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

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
Tickets: Online, $55

Sunday Fundays at Devonian Gardens

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Devonian Gardens (luirodriguezb/Instagram)

What: Enjoy family-friendly events at Devonian Gardens including painting, puzzles, and learning about nature.

When: Sundays
Time: Noon
Where: Devonian Gardens — CORE Shopping Centre, 333 7 Avenue SW 4th floor, Calgary
Admission: Free