20 things to do in Calgary this week: March 9 to 12

Mar 9 2020, 5:00 am

We’ve got quite the list of events for you this week, with everything from spin classes at Devonian Gardens to Harry Potter in concert!

Monday, March 9

Actually

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

Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo

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Penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium (YoutTube Screen cap)

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 Rd NE, Calgary
More Info: Online

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

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

Fraud Prevention Month at Central Library

What: March marks Fraud Prevention Month in Canada, and the Calgary Police Service is wasting no time in kicking into gear. The service has announced in a release that it will be hosting fraud prevention workshops at the Central Public Library all throughout the month, touching on a range of different topics each week in an effort to educate the public on how to keep their finances secure.

When: Weekdays throughout March
Time: Noon to 5 pm
Where: Central Library — 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Dungeons and Flagons

What: Watch a hilarious band of adventurers get up to all sorts of hijinks at Dickens Pub this Monday. Cover is $5, and make sure to bring your very own D20.

When: March 9, 2020
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Dickens — 1000 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Cover: $5

Tuesday, March 10

Lunch Hour Spin Classes at Devonian Gardens

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Devonian Gardens (luirodriguezb/Instagram)

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 — CORE Shopping Centre, 333 7 Avenue SW 4th floor, Calgary
Cost: $9.25

Esker Foundation

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
Admission: Free

YYC Tuesdays Talent Competition at Mikey’s on 12th

What: Show off your talent — and enjoy seeing others’ — at Mikey’s on 12 every Tuesday.

When: Tuesdays
Time: 9 pm
Where: Mikey’s on 12th Avenue — 918 12th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free, register online

Kananaskis Country Snowshoe tour

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 Crescent
Tickets: $75 for adults, $55 for youth aged 13 to 17. Available online

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Trivia

What: Prove just how much you know about the Nine Nine at this trivia night hosted by Tipsy Trivia Calgary.

When: March 10, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Canadian Brewhouse (Calgary Mahogany) — 7 Mahogany Plaza SE
Admission: $13, register online

Wednesday, March 11

Global Perspectives March: The Burnt Orange Heresy

What: This movie tells the tale of an art critic that steals a rare painting at the behest of JD Salinger.

When: March 11, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Globe Cinema — 617 8 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: $15

Heritage Park Ghost Tours 2020

What: Curious Calgarians will have a chance to learn about the ghostly figures that haunt their city by taking a Heritage Park Ghost Tour.

When: March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1 and April 8, and April 15 for the adult tours, and April 15 for the family tour
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

Drop in D&D at Hexagon Board Game Cafe

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

Roasterie Tour – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

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What: This 20-minute tour gives attendees a look at Phil & Sebastian’s vintage retro-fitted roaster and operations, plus learn about their green coffee sourcing strategies.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:15 to 12:35 pm
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – 618 Confluence Way Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

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
Admission: Free

Thursday, March 12

Calgary Flames vs New York Islanders

What: The Flames take on the Islanders for a Thursday game at the Saddledome.

When: March 12, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert 2020

What: Harry, Hermione, Ron, Sirius Black, and the massively misunderstood Hippogriff, Buckbeak, will be seen on the screen at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium for three shows this winter, accompanied by a full orchestra that will bring the iconic soundtrack to life.

When: March 12, 13, and 14, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 1415 14th Avenue NW
Tickets: Start at $53, available online

Spark After Dark

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Photo: Telus Spark / Facebook

What: TELUS Spark hosts an adults-only experience the second Thursday of every month, with drinks, music, and, new adult-programming each month. Guests can also visit the immersive dome theatre, the various Spark galleries, and more.

When: March 12, 2020
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Farmers’ Market

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
Admission: Free

Craving Kensington

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
Tickets: Online