17 things to do in Calgary this weekend: March 9 to 11

Mar 8 2018, 6:52 pm

This week may have been something of a rollercoaster – at least as far as the weather is concerned – but we’ve finally made it through to the weekend!

With sunny skies and warm temperatures in the forecast, this is the perfect time to get outside and try out something new. There’s plenty going on around the city, and we’ve thrown together a list of some of our very favourite events.

Check them out!

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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 a 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

  • What: The Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle will be playing at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Don’t miss him!
  • 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

  • What: This electric-soul and hip-hop band from Montreal is bringing their talent across the country to Calgary’s The Gateway.
  • When: Friday, March 9
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: The Gateway (SAIT) – 1301 16th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $14.50

Uncommon Blends 


Zenstone Coffee offers popular latte art workshops for beginners (@zenstone.coffee/Instagram)

  • 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

Stargazing at the Banff Gondola


Stars in the night sky (Mia Kramer/MOA)

  • 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 Gondola – 100 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 

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 

  • What: See this country music legend live as he makes his way into Calgary.
  • When: Saturday, March 10
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $50+

Sanatana – Divination Tour

  • What: Santana has decided to stop by Calgary on its Divination Tour, and will be rocking the Scotiabank Saddledome this Friday. This is not a show you want to miss!
  • 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

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

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 be 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

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

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)
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