From Calgary Flames games to all-you-can-eat wings, there’s plenty to check out around Calgary during this first full week of March!
Monday, March 2
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 2
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Ship & Anchor Pub – 534 17 Avenue SW, Calgary
Sign-up: email [email protected]
What: Get a quick spin in surrounded by greenery at Devonian Gardens!
When: Mondays to Thursdays
Time: 11:30 am and 12:30 pm
Where: Devonian Gardens
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
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
What: Check out the Eddy’s Spotlight this Monday featuring writer Kris Demeanor!
When: March 2
Time: 7 pm
Where: The King Eddy — 438 9th Avenue SE
Tuesday, March 3
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
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 Road NE, Calgary
More Info: Online
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
What: Show off your moves at this Super Smash event — cash prizes (and bragging rights) are up for grabs!
When: March 3, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Super Smash Cafe — 1240 16 Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Free, reserve space online
What: Show off your talent — and enjoy seeing others’ — at Mikey’s on 12 every Tuesday.
Time: 9 pm
Where: Mikey’s on 12th Avenue — 918 12th Avenue SW
Admission: Free, register online
Wednesday, March 4
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
What: This documentary explores the life of Oliver Sacks, a legendary neurologist who has battled with homophobia, drug addiction, and “a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact.”
When: March 4
Time: 7 pm
Where: Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas — 200 Barclay Parade Southwest #200, Calgary
What: Head over to Hexagon Board Game Cafe in Kensington on Wednesday nights for some drop in D&D fun!
When: Every Wednesday
Time: D&D starts at 7 pm, though arrive closer to 6:30 pm to ensure a seat (as it’s first come first served)
Where: Hexagon Board Game Cafe — #200 1140 Kensington Road NW
Tickets: $6 to drop in and mandatory drink purchase
What: The Flames take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Saddledome on March 4.
When: March 4, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
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 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1 and April 8 for the adult tours, and April 15 for the family tours
Time: Tours begin at 7 and 7:30 pm for adults, 6:30 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
Thursday, March 5
What: Explore the Glenbow Museum at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month.
When: March 5, 2020
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
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
What: On this three-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
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
What: Gorge yourself on all-you-can-eat wings and support a good cause at Cowboys. There will be over 25 different flavours from Calgary’s top wing pubs and restaurants.
When: March 5, 2020
Time: 5:30 pm
Address: Cowboys Dance Hall — 421 12th Avenue SE
Admission: Starts at $25, available online