What: From camping with wolves on Vancouver’s coastal beaches to filming leopards on the streets of Mumbai, it’s safe to say Bertie Gregory has truly seen it all through the lens of his camera. Bertie’s passion for the wild world is contagious and reflected in each one of his photographs! Join him for a day as he invites you along on his adventures and inspires you to get involved in protecting his wild friends.
When: March 4 and 5
March 4: 2 pm
March 5: 7 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 208 8th Avenue SE
What: “Holi” is a Hindu festival is traditionally celebrated in Nepal and India to kick off the beginning of spring. It’s often associated with throwing multicoloured powder into the streets! In lieu of this colourful festival, Calcutta Cricket Club is releasing a fun new cocktail to celebrate, available between March 1 to 8 for $10.
What: Calgary’s newest bakery is now open and serving buttery croissants like it’s their day job – surprise, it actually is! 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!
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.
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 6
Time: 6 pm
Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW
What: Ski Mt. Norquay for only $2 on March 7 – yes, that is less than a cup of coffee! If you thought this deal couldn’t get any better, think again. Not only do you ski for $2, but your money is also donated to a local charity at the end of the season. Help them beat their $20,000 total from last year!
What: A brew is always better when you’ve earned it! Hop on the bike (SPIN) or reset your intentions on the mat (YOGA). Afterwards, treat yourself to a delicious bevy from Wild Rose Brewery. This will give you the refresh you need and deserve post sweat!
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.
What: Come on down to your favourite caffeine joint, Phil and Sebastian, and learn the ins and outs of how your morning coffee is created. In 20 minutes you’ll learn how their vintage retro-fitted roaster works, get insider information on their operations, and gain knowledge on their green coffee sourcing strategies.
When: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 11 am
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – Simmons Building and Roasterie – 618 Confluence Way SE
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!
What: Get ready for Spring by coming out and celebrating the change of the season, while supporting your favourite local artists and makers! You never know what gem you’ll find that will make for a little Easter magic.
When: Saturday, March 10
Time: 10 am
Where: Foothills Centennial Centre #4 – 204 Community Way Okotoks
Image: Washington Husky Men’s Basketball / Facebook
What: Consisting of three events, a three-point shooting competition, a slam dunk contest, and a celebrity game, this exciting event is celebrating everything to do with basketball while raising money for Mary’s Meals. It’s their goal to raise $18,206 which would provide a daily meal for 1,138 students in Malawi Africa. Let’s play some ball and help them blow their goal out of the water!
What: Dress up and have fun as you join 1,000 of your fellow Calgary runners in a race that will test your post-winter fitness abilities. This run will go to support the Calgary Road Runners and the Canadian Diabetes Association as it celebrates it’s 31st year running – literally. After the race you will can enjoy some delicious Irish stew and take your chance at winning your weight in Village Beer!
What: Come celebrate Women’s Day with some of Calgary biggest female movers and shakers. Start the night off with a red carpet by Avenue Magazine, sip on hand-crafted cocktails, and enjoy a screening of an exciting fashion film presented by CANIFFF. You’ll then enjoy a delicious three-course meal prepared by Chef Derek Wilkins accompanied by Veuve Clicquot bubbles, as you take in a fashion show featuring some of the largest local designers and boutiques.
When: Sunday, March 11
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Wednesday Room – 100, 118 8th Avenue SW
What: Welcome to the land of toys, games, and eclectic fun! Enjoy role-play games, panel discussion and try your luck in the costume contest. Spend hours looking at new comics, experience artist alley, and so much more!
What: Calling all foodies! Calgary’s biggest food festival is finally back. There are more than 85 restaurants around Calgary participating, all offering set gourmet lunches and dinners at various price points. Come eat drink and enjoy some of the best eats that Calgary has to offer!
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 know about these beautiful beings.
Zenstone Coffee offers popular latte art workshops for beginners, happening December 2 and 3 this month. (@zenstone.coffee/Instagram)
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.
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
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.
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 Gondola – 100 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
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Kristy is a creative Communications and PR strategist, freelance writer, coffee enthusiast and wine connoisseur who has a strong passion for travelling, art, style and fashion. Check out her blog (FloralandBows.com) for a taste of YYC through the lens of a refined, sassy, PR girl working on being a successful #girlboss.