16 things to do in Calgary this weekend: April 6 to 8

Apr 6 2018, 12:29 am

While it might not be quite the long weekend we’ve become used to this April, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting out there and living your very best YYC life.

There’s still plenty going on out there, you’ve just gotta follow your two feet (and maybe Google Maps) to find it!

Here are a few suggestions to make this weekend one to remember.

Friday, April 6

Make It!

  • What: Shop over 135 of your favourite local artists, makers, and more at Make It’s spring show. Arrive home with a one-of-a-kind treasure that was made by a small business and holds the memories of an amazing afternoon at the market. Shopping local is a two-way street!
  • When: April 6 to 8
  • Time:
    • Friday: 11 am to 9 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Big Four Building – 1901 Big Four Trail SE
  • Admission: $6 at the door, kids 12 and under are FREE

Head to the new Kananaskis Nordic Spa

  • What: Looking for a quick escape from the every day 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 give you the opportunity to discover clarity in the midst of the mountains.
  • Where: 1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis

Experience the new and improved Brewster Banff Gondola

  • What: Head to the summit for a beautiful snowy view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine.
  • Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
  • Tickets: Adult $62, child $31

Hit the slopes for spring skiing


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  • 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 SunshineMount Norquay and Lake Louise to find the hours of operation and trail conditions

My Favourite Things! Celebrating the music of Julie Andrews 

  • What: This enchanting performance brings to life one of the most beloved actresses in film and broadway history! Relive the special moments of The Sounds of Music, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Cinderella, and more.
  • When: April 6 and 7
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $25 to $85

Saturday, April 7

Little Modern Pop Up 

  • What: One of the city’s favourite markets is bringing some of the very best small businesses to you – right in the suburbs! Join them for a day of craft beer, food trucks, live music, and some of the best shopping you’ll find in Calgary!
  • When: Saturday, April 7
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Caravel Craft Brewery – 12, 10221 15th Street NE
  • Admission: $5 per person, kids 14 and under are FREE

Whales Tohora

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

Rockies Run Collective

  • What: Join Lululemon every Saturday morning for a fun morning run through iconic mountain landscapes and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy town streets!
  • When: Every Saturday morning
  • Time: 9 am
  • Where: Lululemon Banff – 121 Banff Avenue, Banff
  • Admission: Free!

Watch the Calgary Flames play the Vegas Golden Knights


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  • What: Cheer on the Flames in their last few games of the season!
  • When: Saturday, April 7 at 8 pm vs. the Vegas Golden Knights
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $40 to $222

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

Puppy Photoshoot 2018

  • What: Immortalize the adorableness of your favourite pup at this furry photoshoot – all proceeds go towards the Pawsitive Match Rescue Centre!
  • When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: Between 12:30 and 3:40 pm
  • Where: Sue Higgins Dog Park – Southland Drive SE and Deerfoot Trail, Calgary
  • Tickets: Sign up online, $20

Sunday, April 8

Free fitness classes at the CORE: Yoga 

  • What: Get re-balanced and start your Sunday off right with a free bootcamp class curtesy of Caron Anderson at the CORE. Time to get your summer bod started!
  • When: Every Sunday in April
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Dome Tower – 333, 7th Avenue SW
  • Cost: FREE

Rod Stewart 

  • What: Check out the legendary musician as he plays a show at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • When: Sunday, April 8
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $49 to $249

Strongest Self Challenge

  • What: Kick-start spring by getting into a solid fitness routine, AKA: Let’s get that beach bod ready! Take five classes in a week or 20 class in April and be entered to win some very exciting prizes.
  • When: April 1 to 30
  • Where: Barre West – 420, 7337 Macleod Trail SW
  • Cost: Online, $69

Dust off your road bike


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  • It looks like Calgary may have 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.

Check out Calgary’s Newest Ice Creamery

  • What: XO is located in the heart of one of Calgary’s newest communities, Auburn Bay. Paying tribute to the old fashioned ice cream parlours and mom-and-pop shops, they have aimed to create an ice cream experience with flavours that are both nostalgic and creative, sparking memories across generations – past, present, and future!
  • Where: 808, 100 Auburn Meadows Drive SE
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