What: The long wait is finally over! The Calgary Zoo has officially welcomed four pandas, two adults and two cubs, in their newly built habitat, The Panda Passage. These furry black and white friends are charming and have a ton to teach us in the five years that they will be with us before returning to China.
What: We all know that the struggle is truly real on Mondays! Luckily, National wants to make them a bit better with 25 cent Happy Hour offered all day long. Yes, you read that correctly! Grab a drink and make Mondays your new favourite day of the week.
What: Ever wondered 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 a variety of flavours. Bon appetite!
When: May 8, 15, 22, 23, 29
Time: 6 pm
Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810c 16th Avenue SW
Tickets: Call to reserve your spot, $100
Eat to the Beat
What: Let’s be honest, any date that involves tacos is a good date! It might be slightly cliche, but you won’t have to worry about making dinner AND you get to dive into some freshly made guac, with a margarita on the side – that’s a winning combo.
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 is what you’re interested in. Plus you might make a new creative friend or two, which is priceless!
What: Grab your momma and head down to this pop-up market for a fun afternoon of shopping, while supporting your favourite local makers! This is also a great spot to pick up a Mother’s Day gift for all those last minute people out there — they have got you covered!
What: Grab your GF’s and hit up all your favourite local shops in Inglewood for an evening of treats, drinks and a ton of special deals. Pick up your passport at any of the participating businesses and get it validated at a minimum of 10 spots to be entered to win a fabulous gift basket valued at over $2,500. Is there really any better way to spend a Thursday then with your best gals?
TELUS Spark Adults Only Night (TELUS Spark/Facebook)
What: Take on a new identity and experience a special suspended reality experience. In your new identity, you’ll put together a mystery storyline reflecting the story of the ocean, our connection to the sea, and sacrifices that can’t be undone.
What: This exciting children’s event gives your kids the opportunity to take a ride on their favourite tank engine, meet the railway controller (Sir Topham Hall), enjoy the Imagination Station, and so much more! This will be a day your kids will never forget.
What: We cheered them on in South Korea a few short months ago as they won their medals, and now you can cheer them on in person! Come see everyone’s favourite couple on ice, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, along with Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, and so many more. There will be magic on the ice that night, we can guarantee it!
When: Saturday, May 12
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
What: Come on down The Great White Way! The Youth Singers of Calgary presents all the Broadway hits you’ve ever wanted to do in one show, including music from over a 100 years. There will be 250 young singers and dancers in a clever storyline that will reveal how we process life through theatre!
What: Attention dog parents! If you have a sociable pooch — big or small — this is the perfect chance for them to meet another friendly canine, and for you to spoil them rotten with new toys, treats, and accessories from local vendors. Also, if you’ve ever dreamed of having a portrait created of you and your beloved pup, now’s the chance! Portraits are available for $15.
What: When Annie Oakley’s brother goes missing there is only one pair of detectives right for the job. Follow along as Sherlock and Watson work to solve the mystery and end up in some unplanned situations involving inventions, robbery, and murder.
When: May 12 to June 10
Time: Varies per day
Where: Vertigo Theatre – 161, 115 9th Avenue SE
Tickets: Contact the ticket office at 403-221-3708
What: This family-owned-and-operated hotel knows the true meaning of family and wants to help celebrate our mommas in the best way possible. Escape the hustle and bustle and bring the whole family for a delicious buffet-style brunch, along with the opportunity to explore the stunning hotel grounds nestled in the midst of Lake Louise Village.
What: See this beloved classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett come to life on stage in this beautifully composed Broadway musical! See how a young girl used a magical key and a secret garden to warm the hearts of her uncle, family, and the audience during the show.
What: If you’re looking for an experience of a lifetime then it’s time you see the Alberta landscape from a completely different view – the air! Grab a few friends and take a ride in a state-of-the-art helicopter for incredible views of the city and the surrounding Rocky Mountains.
Where: Takes off from the Springbank Airport or Drumheller Airport – 402 Otter Bay
Cost: Between $400 to $1,6000, rate for up to three passengers
What: Come grab a fire-roasted pizza from you’re favourite neighbourhood pizza shop, Famoso’s on 4th, and check out their new renovations. A gorgeous centre bar, natural lighting, cosy booths, and more, they have really taken the concept of a local pizza eatery to the next level. Step into Italy and enjoy!
What: Head to one of Calgary’s favourite eateries for some after-work libation for only $8 a glass. This deal includes the Moscow Mule Grilled Grapefruit Swizzle, a pint of Village Brewery No Bull beer, or a glass of wine. They will also be offering a chicken dinner for two for only $30, which includes half a wood-fired rotisserie Happy Chicken, with NOtaBLE signature salad and bottomless fries on the side – sign us up!
When: Tuesday to Thursday
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Where: 4611 Bowness Road NW
Go on a spring hike!
Rocky Mountains (@lm_little / Instagram)
What: Now that most of the snow has cleared away, grab your hiking shoes and head up to the Rockies for some fresh mountain air and stunning scenic views – just don’t forget your camera! Try Grassi Lakes, Johnston Canyon, or Grotto Canyon if you’re looking for an adventure a bit shorter in length, but doesn’t compromise the quality of the view. If you’re a thrill seeker and up for the challenge try out Ha Ling Peak, Crypt Lake, or Aylmer Lookout, because the end view will take your breath away – literally! Find more hikes to do around Alberta here!
What: Did someone say road trip? Grab some pals and your camera and go cruising on this stretch of highway between Jasper and Lake Louise. The views are tremendous, but just make sure you don’t limit you to one single destination. It’s all about the drive and what you’ll discover!
Where: Highway between Jasper and Lake Louise
Dust off your road bike
It looks like Calgary has seen the last of the snow, for the next five months at least – fingers crossed! So it’s the perfect time to get out your road bike and head down to the river for some beautiful views and a great afternoon of adventures, exploring Calgary’s bike paths.
What: Looking for a quick escape from the everyday grind? This brand new spa combines the tranquil rejuvenation of a traditional Nordic Spa and the Alpine stillness of the Canadian Rockies. This spa is meant to provide relaxation and the opportunity to discover clarity in the midst of the mountains.
What: Come shop the all-natural, preservative-free skin care products from Essentials by Nature throughout the month of May at Greater Goods Boutique and Tea Bar, located in the heart of Bridgeland. You’ll be supporting a local —and extremely talented — small business while purchasing products that are good for you, your home, and the environment.
What: Coming 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 its final destination. Excite your senses with this unique cultural experience that will show you everything 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 understanding how they communicate. There is so much to know about these beautiful beings.
What: Board game cafes make a great first date, as there are lots of icebreaker opportunities to make it very obvious if there will be a second date in the cards. Alternatively, it’s a fun way to hang out with friends and spice up the usual catch-up coffee affair. Plus, there is nothing wrong with some healthy competition!
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
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