29 things to do in Calgary this week: March 12 to 18

Mar 9 2018, 10:58 pm

This week’s forecast calls for a dash of shamrocks, mixed with a rainbow, clear skies, and one less hour of sleep.

That’s right, we begin the week sprung ahead with daylight savings. But before you complain, remember that just means we are that much closer to spring!

Start the week off with a yoga class, test your skills in a DIY class, or grab your date and head to the ballet. With the weather so nice out there is no reason why you shouldn’t seize the week!

Then prepare yourself for some St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans all weekend long. There’s lots of Irish tomfoolery happening in and around the city that you will want to take part in!

We have rounded up the most exciting activities happening around Calgary this week. Check them out!

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Monday, March 12

Check out Yoga at Movement U

  • What: Head to Movement U for a music-infused candlelit experience that features intentional standing + flow sequences meant to restore the body, reconnect the mind, and rejuvenate the soul through deep stretching and disciplined movements. This is a great way to complete your workout regime while working on challenging your balance, strength, and flexibility.
  • When: Beginning Wednesday, March 7
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Movement U – 16 4th Street NE
  • Tickets: Regular drop-in, $23

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

Tuesday, March 13

Whitespace Writers Weekly Write-In



  • What: Looking for some inspiration, a place to write that isn’t your kitchen table, or simply some guidance on a writing project? For only $5 you can join White Space Writers every Tuesday morning and receive a work space, unlimited coffee, accessibility to writing resources (aka they will look over a piece you’re working on), and a writing prompt – if that’s what you’re interested in. Plus, you might even make a new creative friend or three, which is priceless!
  • When: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 9 am to noon
  • Where: Loft 112 – 535 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: $5

Macaron 101 

  • What: Ever wonder 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 various flavours. Bon appetite!
  • When: Tuesday, March 13
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Call to reserve your spot, $100

Watch the Calgary Flames play the Edmonton Oilers

  • What: Should be an easy win for our boys, right?
  • When: Tuesday, March 13
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $45 to $256+

Wednesday, March 14

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

Downtown Easter Market



  • What: Fill your baskets with local treats, art, and fashion at this exciting Downtown Easter-themed Market.
  • When: Wednesday, March 14
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Gulf Canada Square – 401 9th Avenue SW
  • Admission: FREE

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

Watch the Calgary Hitmen play Kootenay Ice

  • What: Come show the Hitmen some love as they make their way to the Memorial Cup.
  • When: Wednesday, March 14
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $13 to $26

Brews ‘N’ Brains 

  • What: Your brain works in mysterious ways. Come crack the code and learn the answers to some of the questions you’ve always wondered. Such as the effects of marijuana on your brain or how daylight savings can mess up your internal clock. Come for stimulating conversation, delicious brews, and a fun community!
  • When: Wednesday, March 14
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: Trolley 5 – 728 17th Avenue SW
  • Admission: Online, $5 – includes a complimentary beverage

Thursday, March 15

Rock-A-Palooza Gem and Mineral Show 

  • 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

The Shakespeare Company Presents: King Lear 

  • What: Starring one of Calgary’s most renowned actors, Stephen Hair, this productions brings a a Shakespeare classic to life! With life hanging by a thread, watch how an aging king resolves to divide his kingdom between his daughters and, in return, reveals the core to his own humanity.
  • When: March 15 to 31
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: 115 9th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Bite into a croissant from Butter Block



  • What: Calgary’s newest bakery on the block is now open and serving buttery croissants like it’s their day job – surprise, it actually is their day job! Located in the historical Devenish Building, these guys are serving up small batch pastries, from pretzels to scones. Prepare for a carb overload that is truly delicious and not regrettable in the slightest. Pop by for a visit and #treatyourself!
  • When: Now Open!
  • Where: Suite 111, 908 17th Avenue SW


  • 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

Friday, March 16

Watch the Calgary Flames play the San Jose Sharks

  • What: The Flames are playing all their old rivals this week. Come cheer them on and help them get a few more wins!
  • When: Friday, March 16 at 7 pm vs San Jose Sharks
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $34 to $203

Family Weekends at the Banff Gondola: Wonder of Winter

  • What:  Until March 25, every weekend Banff’s Sulphur Mountain invites you to join them for Family Weekends, which includes epic views, a scavenger hunt, Sugar Shack Maple Toffee, Storytelling, Stargazing and a Winter Wonderland with fire pits, a carved ice throne and massive glass bear. Experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in a mountaintop family adventure!
  • When: Fridays and Saturdays until March 25
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Banff Gondola – Sulphur Mountain, 100 Mountain Avenue
  • Admission: Free with regular admission to the Gondola, $62 for Adults and $31 for Children

Saturday, March 17

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 18

Watch the Calgary Hitmen play the Edmonton Oil Kings

  • What: Come show the Hitmen some love as they make their way to the Memorial Cup.
  • When: Sunday, March 18
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $9 to $26

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 yoga class courtesy of Lolë, Calgary at the CORE.
  • When: Every Sunday in March
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Dome Tower – 333, 7th Avenue SW
  • Cost: FREE

Any day of the week

Village Ice Cream – Plant Pop-Ups! 

  • What: For the entire month of March, Calgary’s favourite ice creamery will be partnering with various companies with a green thumb to feature their pop-ups.
    • Victoria Park x Plant
    • Britannia x Kokedema
    • Garrison x Succulent by Nature
  • When: The entire month of March
  • Where: All Village Ice Cream Locations

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

Whales Tohora

  • What: Travelling 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 what 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 our understanding of how they communicate. There is so much to learn about these beautiful beings.
  • When: January 20 to June 20
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Tickets: Online, $26

Hit the Slopes



  • What: Our mountainous backyard is just waiting for us with a fluffy layer of the white stuff, perfect for winter sports and activities. Take advantage and get some spring shredding in, or take your snowshoes for an adventure around one of the many picturesque lakes that the Rockies have to offer.
  • Check the websites for Sunshine, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise to find the hours of operation and trail conditions

Stargazing at the Banff Gondola

  • What: There is something surreal about stargazing at the top of a mountain. Glide up to the brand-new observation deck of the Banff Gondola summit and discover star clusters, galaxies, the Milky Way, Mars, and the Moon with two professional guides from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. If it turns out to be a cloudy evening, the astronomers will take you inside the terminal where you will continue to learn about these celestial objects. *Dress in winter appropriate clothing and expect cold temperatures and wind!*
  • Where: Banff Gondola100 Mountain Avenue, Banff AB
  • When: Fridays and Saturdays until March 9
  • Cost: Free with regular admission to the Gondola, $62 for Adults and $31 for Children 

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

  • What: Skate amidst the beauty of downtown Calgary at everyone’s favourite outdoor rink.
  • When: Now to mid-March
  • Time: weather dependent, from 10 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
  • Admission: Free
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