26 things to do in Calgary this week: April 9 to 15

Apr 6 2018, 12:43 pm

With spring well on its way (we hope) there are a ton of exciting events happening throughout the city to celebrate the season.

Try a new DIY class, hit up one of the many festivals, and learn some of the season’s best beauty trends. This week is all about the prep work to get ready for the hot summer months. It’s also a great week to consider getting a head start on that always dreaded spring clean!

Here are 26 things we think you should probably check out this week.

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Monday, April 9

Happy Mondays 

  • What: We all know that the struggle is truly real on Mondays! Luckily, National wants to make them a bit better with 25 cent Happy Hour offered all day long. Yes, you read that correctly! Grab a drink and make Monday’s your new favourite day of the week.
  • When: Mondays
  • Time: 11 am to close
  • Where: National on 17 – 550 17th Avenue SW

Miss Caledonia 

  • What: She can sing, twirl, and pivot the way into anyone’s heart, but is she good enough to win the Miss Caledonia tiara? Set in the 1950s, follow along on the adventures of Peggy Ann Douglas as she pursues her dream of becoming a Hollywood movie star, one step at a time!
  • When: April 12 to 21
  • Time:
    • Monday to Saturday: 12 to 1 pm
    • Thursday to Friday: 6 to 7 pm
  • Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 115 9th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $26

Spring Beauty Week 2018 

  • What: Check out the season’s hottest beauty trends at the Core, all week long! You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to wear each look, all while stepping outside your beauty box and trying something new. A few vendors that you can expect to see are MAC, Rocky Mountain Soap, Eveline Charles, L’Occitane, and more!
  • When: April 9 to 13
  • Time: Varies per event
  • Where: The CORE – 333, 7th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: FREE

Tuesday, April 10

Macaron 101 


AG Macarons/Facebook

  • What: Ever wondered how to make a French macaron? Look no further. Everyone’s favourite macaron shop, Ollia, hosts Macaron Baking Classes, offering exclusive lessons on how to properly engage in some macaronage, get the perfect shell, and create a variety of flavours. Bon appetite!
  • When: Tuesday, April 10
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Call to reserve your spot, $100

Wednesday, April 11

Introduction to Hand Lettering with Alison Martin 

  • What: Learn how to do Hand Lettering at this interactive workshop being held at the Greater Goods Boutique and Tea Bar
  • When: Wednesday, April 11
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Greater Goods Boutique and Tea Bar – #8, 606 Meredith Road
  • Tickets: Online, $70

Macaron 101 

  • What: A second chance this week to learn how to craft your very own macarons!
  • When: Wednesday, April 11
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Call to reserve your spot, $100

Thursday, April 12

Adults Only Night: The Science Behind Science Fiction 


TELUS Spark Adults Only Night (TELUS Spark/Facebook)

  • What: Larger-than-life superheroes and gravity-defying space vessels – how do they do it! Get a behind-the-scenes pass to the movies and see what goes into making your favourite aliens come to life in this month’s Adults Only Night at Telus Spark.
  • When: Thursday, April 12
  • Time: 6 to 10 pm
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Tickets: Online, $26

Curated Market 

  • What: Grab your date or a group of friends and head on down for a day at the market! Delicious eats, exciting shopping, and, of course, good memories – you’ll find it all at the spring edition of Curated.
  • When: April 12 to 14
  • Time:
    • Friday: 5 to 9 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Bowness Community Hall – 7904 43rd Avenue NW
  • Admission: $4 at the door

Air Supply 

  • What: Rock out with Air Supply as they make their way into Calgary this Thursday!
  • When: Thursday, April 12
  • Tickets: 8 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $49 to $147

Electric Six

  • What: Electric Six is bringing their electrifying music to The Gateway, and you can be there for less than $20.
  • When: Thursday, April 12
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Gateway (SAIT) – 1301 16th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $17.50

Calgary Dance Stampede 

  • What: Get you’re dancing feet in shape for Stampede at the 27 Annual West Coast Sing and Line Dance event. This is Canada’s longest running country dance festival of its kind, featuring international dance competitions, over 110 instructional workshops, and a Campfire Ball dinner that will have you on your toes into the wee hours of the morning!
  • When: April 12 to 15
  • Time:
    • Thursday: 6 pm
    • Friday: 8 am to 10:30 pm
    • Saturday: 7 am to 10 pm
    • Sunday: 7 am to 6:30 pm
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel – 700 Centre Street S
  • Tickets: Onsite, $185

California Wine Fair 

  • What: Come sample premium wines from the Golden State as you help to raise money for the Safe Haven Foundation. Drinking wine for a good cause – we’re down for that!
  • When: Thursday, April 12
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Hudson – 200 8th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, By your choice of donation

Art of the European Hand-Tie 

  • What: Discover the how-to of European Hand-Tie at this interactive workshop.
  • When: Thursday, April 12
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: 924 17th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $75

Friday, April 13

Check out Calgary’s Newest Ice Creamery

  • What: XO is located in the heart of one of Calgary’s newest communities, Auburn Bay. Paying tribute to the old fashioned ice cream parlours and mom-and-pop shops, they have aimed to create an ice cream experience with flavours that are both nostalgic and creative, sparking memories across generations – past, present, and future!
  • Where: 808, 100 Auburn Meadows Drive SE

Head to the new Kananaskis Nordic Spa


Artistic rendering of the Kananaskis Nordic Spa (Delta Hotels by Marriott Kananaskis Lodge/Facebook)

  • What: Looking for a quick escape from the every day grind? This brand new spa combines the tranquil rejuvenation of a traditional Nordic Spa and the Alpine stillness of the Canadian Rockies. This spa is meant to provide relaxation and give you the opportunity to discover clarity in the midst of the mountains. Why not make a weekend out of it!
  • Where: 1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis

Saturday, April 14

The Price is Right Life – Stage Show

  • What: Everyone’s favourite game show is coming to Calgary, providing the chance to with $10 million in cash, along with other fabulous prizes!
  • When: Saturday, April 14
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $39 to $45

Supertrain 2018

  • What: Canada’s largest model train show is back for another year! This year’s event features 70,000 sq. ft. of operating layout, exhibitions, railroad artists, hobby shops, model manufactures, demonstrations, a Thomas Play Area, ride-on trains, and so much more!
  • When: April 14 to 15
  • Time: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Genesis Centre – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE
  • Tickets: Online, $14 to $22

Aggie Days 

  • What: Find out where your food comes from, meet real farm animals, and enjoy an entire day of educational farm fun. See a list of this year’s exhibitors here!
  • When: April 14 to 15
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Nutrien West Event Centre – 2500 Stampede Trail SE
  • Admission: FREE

The Calgary Women’s Show

  • What: Grab the ladies and head to the BMO Centre for another year of The Calgary Women’s Show, aka the ultimate girls’ day out! This year’s show will feature a fashion show, PowHERtalks panel, shopping spree giveaway, over 300 exhibitors, and non-stop entertainment.
  • When: April 14 to 15
  • Time:
    • Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: The BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Watch the Calgary Roughnecks Play the Buffalo Bandits 


Image: Calgary Roughnecks / Twitter

  • What: Come see the Calgary roughnecks kill it on the field this year.
  • When: Saturday, April 14
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $23 to $64

Jazz and Jeans 

  • What: Come support some amazing local talent while enjoying live jazz all evening long. There’s no better way to spend a Saturday.
  • When: Every Saturday
  • Time: 8 to 11 pm
  • Where:
    • Vin Room West – 8561, 8A Avenue SW
    • Vin Room Mission – 2310, 4th Street SW
  • Admission: FREE

Rockies Run Collective

  • What: Join Lululemon every Saturday morning for a fun morning run through iconic mountain landscapes and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy town streets!
  • When: Every Saturday morning
  • Time: 9 am
  • Where: Lululemon Banff – 121 Banff Avenue, Banff
  • Admission: Free!

Sunday, April 15

Free fitness classes at the CORE: Yoga 

  • What: For the month of March get re-balanced and start your Sunday off right with a free bootcamp class curtesy of Caron Anderson at the CORE. Time to get your summer bod started!
  • When: Every Sunday in April
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Dome Tower – 333, 7th Avenue SW
  • Cost: FREE

Any Day of the Week

Whales Tohora


Orcas (Centre for Whale Research)

  • What: Coming all the way from the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, this exciting exhibition has been travelling North America for the last 10 years and Calgary marks it’s final destination. Excite your senses with this unique cultural experience that will show you everything you need to know about the king of the ocean; the whale. The exhibit shows everything from life-size whale skeletons to the evolution of these creatures and understanding how they communicate. There is so much to know about these beautiful beings.
  • When: January 20 to June 20
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Tickets: Online, $26

Frida Kahlo: Her Photos

  • What: Get inspired as you stroll through beautiful photographs taken by the famous and fascinating Frida Kahlo. There are more than 240 pieces that were kept in her home, ‘The Blue House,” for over 50 years under her estate. Visitors will have the opportunity to better understand the woman behind the artist; her origins, her roots, her friendships and romantic relationships, her fragile health, her political tendencies, and her special relationship with photography. This is the first time this exhibition has ever been presented in Canada!
  • When: February 3 to May 21, 2018
  • Where: The Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Admission: Regular admission

Experience the new and improved Brewster Banff Gondola

  • What: Head to the summit for a beautiful snowy view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine.
  • Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
  • Tickets: Adult $62, child $31
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