21 things to do in Calgary this weekend: March 16 to 18

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RISE UP Weekend

Fri, September 25, 6:15pm
Big Art Drive-In at TELUS Spark
Starts at $25.00

We’ve finally made it to the weekend, and oh what a weekend it is!

With one of the biggest parties of the year happening this Saturday, there’s no excuse not to get out into the city and live your very best Calgary life.

Here are a few suggestions for that schedule of yours – get busy, Calgary!

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Friday, March 16

Watch the Calgary Flames play the San Jose Sharks

  • What: The Flames are playing all their old rivals this week. Come cheer them on and help them get a few more wins!
  • When: Friday, March 16 at 7 pm vs San Jose Sharks
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $34 to $203

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

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

Alberta Ballet Presents: Cinderella 

  • What: This enchanting production of everyone’s favourite love story was imagined by artistic director Christopher Anderson and inspired by the 1697 version by Charles Perrault. You can expect to be transported into the world of hilarious evil step-sisters, a magical fairy-godmother, true love, and a special pair of slippers that change the world of one very special girl. Be prepared to be swept off your feet!
  • When: March 14 to 17
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $34 to $123

Uncommon Blends 

  • 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

Rock-A-Palooza Gem and Mineral Show 


Precious Gems (Anna Soelberg/Shutterstock)

  • What: Calling all rock lovers! Come discover the beauty of the underworld made beneath our soil! Here you can find everything from Jewelry Designers, palentologists ready to teach you some fun rock facts (unfortunately, it’s not Ross Geller), items to spice up your home, and so much more. Your next treasure hunt awaits!
  • When: March 15 to 18
  • Time:
    • Thursday to Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm
    • Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Spruce Meadows
  • Admission: FREE

The Shakespeare Company Presents: King Lear 

  • What: Starring one of Calgary’s most renowned actors, Stephen Hair, this productions brings a a Shakespeare classic to life! With life hanging by a thread, watch how an aging king resolves to divide his kingdom between his daughters and, in return, reveals the core to his own humanity.
  • When: March 15 to 31
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: 115 9th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $35


  • 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 our 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

Irish Immersion

  • What: Kick off your St. Paddy’s Day one night before the big event, and explore the taste of different Irish whiskeys and Irish brews. Learn everything about the country’s amazing fermented offerings, and show off your recently acquired whiskey-knowledge to your friends the very next day.
  • When: Friday, March 16
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Co-op Wine Spirits Beer – 39 Crowfoot Way NW, Calgary
  • TicketsAvailable online, $45

Saturday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Macarons

  • What: You saw them all over Instagram last year! Luckily, they’re back again for another year. All week long you can have a beautiful rainbow cloud macaron from Ollia in lieu of St. Paddy’s Day that tastes just as good (if not better) than it looks. The flavour this year is strawberry cheesecake, complete with a candy rainbow and marshmallow clouds. It’s all in the details!
  • When: Monday March 12 to Saturday March 17
  • Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810C 16th Avenue SW
  • Cost: 1 for $6 or 2 for $10

The Black and White Ball

  • What: Teleport back to the roaring ’20s and party with Decidedly Jazz at their annual fundraiser, The Black and White Ball! This black and white affair will have you dancing the night away to the sounds of the famous local band, Penguins on Broadway, and other dazzling musical performances, while you check out the silent auction or bid on balloons full of magical surprises. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is no average party. Prepare yourself for a wild night, great dance moves, and amazing fashion – in all forms. There ain’t no party quite like a Decidedly Jazz party!
  • When: SaturdayMarch 17
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Fairmont Palliser – 133 9th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $120

Happy St. Patrick’s Day at the Market 


Green beer for St. Patrick’s Day/Shutterstock

  • What: Get your toes a-tappin’ with live entertainment all day long at the Calgary Farmers Market. Then use your deductive skills to guess how many coins are in the pot of gold to win $100 in Market Bucks. It’ll be a “top of the morning” that you won’t want to miss!
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
  • Admission: FREE

Shamrocks & Shenanigans

  • What: Jump into your St. Paddy’s suit and celebrate the day at Heritage Park! Sip on one of Big Rock’s finest brews as you enjoy a culinary experience that pays homage to the very best from the Emerald Isle. There will also be live entertainment provided by the authentic Celtic band, Cabot’s Crossing, that’ll have you dancing the night away well on into the morning – Irish style!
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 6 to 11 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Tickets: Online, $64.95

Watch the Calgary Roughnecks play the Rochester Knighthawks

  • What: Come see the Calgary roughnecks kill it on the field this year.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $23 to $64

EDO’s ‘Fresh Take’ Concept Shop


  • What: Enjoy half priced teriyaki meals, menu samples, new market treats, and exciting activities for the whole family as you celebrate the opening of Edo’s new store concept at the freshly renovated Shawnessy location. Activities throughout the day include face painting and more, along with a visit from the Edo Ninja!
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Where: 296 Shawville Boulevard SE
  • Admission: FREE

Kings Head Pub & Eatery St. Patrick’s Night

  • What: Get your friends together and enjoy St. Paddy’s Day at the pub, drinking $5 Jameson and Jägermeister shots or green beer, while tasting their $10 Irish stew, and playing games to win prizes. There will be onstage live entertainment from Jiggity James, Ryedell, and The Stiffs. The doors will be open at noon, but the live music performances start at 4 pm, going straight into the night until 2 am.
  • When: Saturday, March 17
  • Time: Noon to 2 am
  • Where: King’s Head Pub & Eatery – 9116 Macloed Trail S, Calgary
  • Admission: Free cover – Reservations are highly recommended

For a full list of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Calgary, click here!

Sunday, March 18

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

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

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

Watch the Calgary Hitmen play the Edmonton Oil Kings


Image: Calgary Hitmen / Twitter

  • What: Come show the Hitmen some love as they make their way to the Memorial Cup.
  • When: Sunday, March 18
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • TicketsTicketmaster, $9 to $26

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
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