38 things to do in Calgary this week: March 5 to 11

Mar 4 2018, 2:59 am

From the looks of it the snow is here to stay… for this week at least! However, the good news is that there are a ton of exciting events happening around the city to distract you from the cold.

From fashion shows to DIY workshops to fitness classes and more, this week is filled with fun activities that will keep smiles on everyones faces, your heart happy, and your schedule full.

We have rounded up 38 of the best things happening in and around Calgary this week – check them out!

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Monday, March 5

National Geographic Live – Wild Life with Photographer Bertie Gregory

  • 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
  • Time:
    • March 4: 2 pm
    • March 5: 7 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 208 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $45 to $88

Grab a “Holi Pyre” From Calcutta Cricket Club

  • 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.
  • When: March 1 to 8
  • Where: Calcutta Cricket Club – 340 17th Avenue SW
  • Cost: $10

Bite into a Croissant from Butter Block

  • 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!
  • When: Now Open!
  • Where: Suite 111, 908 17th Avenue SW

Tuesday, March 6

Dinner and a Movie at Heritage Park: Jurassic Park 

  • What: Take an old-time spin on the traditional date go-to! Enjoy a three-course meal before heading over to Gasoline Alley for a classic flick.
  • When: Tuesday, March 6
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Tickets: Online, $44.95 per person

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.
  • 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 6
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Call to reserve your spot, $100

Terrarium Workshop 

  • What: Build your very own little world and take home a fancy terrarium by the end of this workshop.
  • When: Tuesday, March 6
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: 137 Mahogany Plaza SE
  • Tickets: Online, $60

Beer 101: The Semantics of Craft and Why it Doesn’t Matter


Beer bottles (Africa Studio/Shutterstock)

  • What: Beer lovers rejoice! Check out a few information sessions that leave out all the boring stuff about beer.
  • When: Tuesday, March 6
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: Gravity Coffee – 909 10th Street SE
  • Admission: FREE

Wednesday, March 7

Toonie Day

  • 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!
  • When: Wednesday, March 7
  • Time: All day long
  • Where: Mt. Norquay – 1520 Banff, AB
  • Admission: $2

Ride, Restore, Refresh 

  • 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!
  • When: Wednesday, March 7
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Movement U – 16 4th Street NE
  • Cost: Regular drop-in, $23

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

Roasterie Tour

  • 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
  • Admission: FREE, register here.

Thursday, March 8

Adults Only Night: Games We Play

  • What: Listen up, all you competitive people! Come explore the background of gaming and even play a few games for yourself at this month’s Adults Only Night.
  • When: Thursday, March 8
  • Time: 6 to 10 pm
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Tickets: Online, $26

Drop of Gratitude Bracelet Making Workshop

  • What: There’s no better handmade gift than a bracelet made using you own time and skill! Check out this workshop and you’ll be dazzling up those wrists in no time.
  • When: Thursday, March 8
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Outside the Shape – 1222 10th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $60

Beginner Embroidery Workshop by Bella Love Designs


Embroidery workshop/Eventbrite

  • What: The first step to becoming an embroidery master! Your new hobby is just waiting to be started.
  • When: Friday, March 8
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Outside the Shape – 1222 10th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $60

Brantley Gilbert: The Ones That Like Me Tour 

  • What: Check out Brantley Gilbert live and in person when the Ones That Like Me Tour swings by Calgary’s Grey Eagle Event Centre.
  • When: Thursday, March 8
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $49 to $237

Friday, March 9

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

Alan Doyle

  • When: Friday, March 9
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $29 to $97

Busty and the Bass

  • When: Friday, March 9
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: The Gateway (SAIT) – 1301 16th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $14.50

Saturday, March 10

Okotoks Spring Market 

  • 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
  • Admission: FREE

Music Video Dance Party!

  • What: Dance to some of the best music videos of the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s – aka all the best genres of music – at the Rec Room!
  • When: Saturday, March 10
  • Time: 10 pm to 1 am
  • Where: The Rec Room Calgary – 1180, 901 64th Avenue NE
  • Cost: FREE

Johnny Reid 

  • When: Saturday, March 10
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $50+

Sanatana – Divination Tour

  • When: Saturday, March 10
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $39 to $277

Basketball Bonanza


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!
  • When: Saturday, March 10
  • Time: 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: SAIT – 1301 16th Avenue NW
  • Admission: FREE

Sunday, March 11

St. Patrick’s Road Race 

  • 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!
  • When: Sunday, March 11
  • Time: 9 am
  • Where: 5111 21st Street SW
  • Registration: Online, $55 (for both 5K and 10K)

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

Women’s Day Dinner Party and Fashion Show presented by the Wednesday Room

  • 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
  • Tickets: Online, $95

Spring Comic and Toy Expo

  • 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!
  • When: Sunday, March 11
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Red & White Club – 1833 Crowchild Trail NW
  • Admission: $5 (Children 12 and under are FREE)

Cheer on the Calgary Flames


Image: Calgary Flames / Twitter

  • What: Cheer on the Flames in a sea of red all the way to the Red Mile!
  • When: Sunday March 11 at 5 pm vs The New York Islanders
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster

Any Day of the Week

The Big Taste Foodie Festival

  • 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!
  • When: March 2 to 11
  • Where: See participating restaurants here.
  • Cost: Varies per event

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

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 know about these beautiful beings.
  • When: January 20 to June 20
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Tickets: Online, $26


  • 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 out 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

Uncommon Blends 


Zenstone Coffee offers popular latte art workshops for beginners,
happening December 2 and 3 this month.

  • 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

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

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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