94 things to do in Calgary this spring

Mar 2 2019, 7:17 am

Spring has arrived in Calgary and the new season is full of fun events to check out. From Lilac Festival to Cher, Calgary Stampeders to Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, here are 94 Calgary events you need to check out around the city.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Enjoy the great outdoors

Alpenglow Festival 2019


Banff Gondola (jesstoomer/Instagram)

What: The festival invites photographers, star-gazers, and sunset chasers alike up to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a view of Alberta’s most beautiful skies. The events run from 4 to 8 pm on the observation deck, where attendees will be able to enjoy special cocktails, smores, and live entertainment during the natural light show.

When: Fridays and Saturdays from now to April 13, 2019
Time: 4 to 8 pm
Where: 100 Mountain Ave, Banff
Tickets: Available online, $58, or $64 at the gate. $49 admission after 5 pm

Night Tubing at Canada Olympic Park 

What: For the remainder of this winter season, the Acura Tube Park will be open on select nights from 5 to 7:30 pm, allowing business-hour-workers the chance to go for a few slides — without the hassle of the crowded slopes on the weekend. If not night tubing, the park is also open on most weekend days from 10 am to 1 pm or 2 to 5 pm.

When: Thursday to Sundays in March
Time: 5 to 7:30 pm on March 21. 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm all other dates.
Where: Winsport Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Dogsled Under the Stars 2019



What: Mad Dogs & Englishmen Sled Dog Expeditions is offering a two-hour Dogsled Under the Stars tour at Kananaskis’ Spray Lakes. The tours start at around 6 pm and include an orientation, 1 1/4 hours of sledding, multiple photo stops, and a finale that includes a warming tent, fire, hot chocolate, and homebaked cookies.

When: Three evenings each month, usually around the full moon
Time: Starts around 6 pm
Where: Spray Lakes, Kananskis. Details on how to get there can be found here
Cost: $530 to $675 per sled. Reserve online

What’s up with Bow Habitat Station

What: Explore Alberta’s wildlife and natural spaces on the first Friday of the month. Visit investigation stations in the Discovery Centre to discover the wildlife that make their home right here in Calgary! Join in a large group activity at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm to discover how wildlife has adapted to city life with special guests from Alberta Parks. Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will be hosting an investigation station all about some furry and feathered friends you might find in our city. Hands-on activities are designed for learners ages two and up.

When: The first Friday of every month – April 5, May 3 and June 7
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.

The Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

What: Western Canada’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences. There will be over 200 exhibitors, along with presentations, demos, and more.

When: Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: BMO Centre – Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $8, children 11 and under free

Cabin Party 2019

What: Cabin Party is a two-day, adults-only event being held to raise money for Survive and Thrive — a program that helps young adult cancer survivors live their best lives — and will take place this April. The event is expected to feature a wide variety of epic adventures and delicious drinks.

When: Saturday, April 13 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: Arrive at 9 am on Saturday, leave at 10 am on Sunday
Where: Camp Kindle, Box 280, 29479 Range Road 6.1 A, Water Valley
Cost: $150 + cash for drinks, register online, 18+ only

Brewster Banff Gondola

What: Head to the summit for an unreal view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine. Start with a walk along the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to learn more about Canada’s first national park, or go indoors to sample from three restaurant menus. Then get hands-on in the world-class interpretive centre and theatre.

When: Daily until April 18, 2019.
Time: Various
Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
TicketsOnline, various prices

Kananaskis Outfitters Stargazing 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 Cres
Tickets: $75 for adults, $55 for youth aged 13 to 17. Available online

Mystery Town Tours

Mystery Town Tours

Mystery Town Tours/Facebook

What: Mystery Town Tours operates just like the escape rooms that we all know and love (though sometimes really, really hate), but the twist is that you’re not actually trying to escape anything. You’ll actually be following clues throughout the town, receiving information via phone, and replying with your answers to the mysteries presented throughout the day. And it could be a full day, at that, as tours can range from 90 minutes to a full afternoon of adventuring around the town.

When: Available for registration now
Time: One to five hours
Where: Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Cochrane, Edmonton, and Fort McMurray in Alberta, and Vancouver and Victoria in BC
Tickets: Ranges from $49 to $99 per group, with groups ranging from two to four people

Calgary Outdoor Yoga

What: A 60 minute outdoor vinyasa flow class for all levels. Everyone welcome, including children. Practice in the grass or bring your mat or blanket

When: Every Sunday starting May 5, 2019
Time: 1 to 2 pm (Stanley Park) 4 to 5 pm (Mahogany)
Where: Stanley Park SW – 42 Ave & 1A Street SW; Mahogany – Masters Square & Mahogany Blvd
Admission: Pay what you want

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

What: The 55th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier. It starts and finishes at iconic Stampede Park and winds a scenic course in the heart of Calgary.

When: May 23 to 26 (Calgary Marathon Race Weekend), May 26 (Marathon)
Time: Various times
Where: All race-day activities will start and finish in Stampede Park
Register: Online

Spruce Meadows National

What: Witness the best show jumping athletes and horses from around the World. Enjoy shopping, pony rides, face painting, wagon rides and more.

When: June 5 to 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
Tickets: Online

Roll Out: Calgary’s First Roller Skate Festival

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Woman roller skating/Shutterstock

What: A festival that brings magic on wheels for a weekend of workshops, performances, great music and skating at the Village Square Leisure Center. Watch, dance, skate and learn from international guests, local professionals and skaters from across North America. Featuring a Friday night skate, Saturday night spectacular Gala Showcase featuring international stars, an amateur showcase, park skating and roller dance workshops.

When: Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Village Square Leisure Center – 2623 56 St NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Explore the city

Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama

What: Former First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to Alberta on her Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama tour. As the first-ever African American First Lady, Obama helped create a welcoming and inclusive White House, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls everywhere. In keeping with her commitment to making her events accessible to as many people as possible, Obama and Live Nation will donate a portion of ticket inventory in each market to various charities, schools, and community groups in each city the tour visits.

When: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Online: Online

Calgary Tower 802 Challenge 2019

What: The 802 Challenge is back in Calgary for the third year in a row, offering Calgarians the chance to brave the 802 steps that climb up one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Operating on Tuesdays throughout the month of March, the challenge runs from 4 to 7 pm and charges participants $10 a head for a try. Not a bad deal, seeing as usual admission to the Calgary Tower will run you $18, and that’s without the workout. Advance registration is not required, though your best pair of running shoes is definitely recommended.

When: Tuesdays, March 19 and March 26
Time: 4 to 7 pm
Where: Calgary Tower – 101 9th Avenue SW
Cost: $10

Heritage Park Ghost Tours 2019

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Heritage Park/Facebook

What: Curious Calgarians will have a chance to learn about the ghostly figures that haunt their city by taking a Heritage Park Ghost Tour this spring. Each tour is 90 minutes long and will take attendees through the alleyways and streets of the Historical Village and verse them in various spooky stories that will make their skin crawl. They depart from Gasoline Alley at 7 and 7:30 pm, though the truly terrified would be wise to choose the earlier, brighter tour.

When: March 20, March 27, April 3 and April 10 for the adult tours, and March 27, April 3, and April 10 for the family tours
Time: Tours begin at 7 and 7:30 pm for adults, 6 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

City of Calgary Youth Hiring Fair 2019

What: The city will be hosting a hiring fair for job-seekers aged 15 to 24 in the Big Four building in Stampede Park. Dress to impress, bring a pen in case you have to complete any forms, and be ready to provide plenty of copies of your resume. Some of the employers present will be hiring from different people of minimum ages.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: TBA
Where: Big Four Building, Stampede Park – 1801 Big Four Trail SE
Admission: Free

Community Yoga at Sunalta

What: Community Yoga at Sunalta Community Hall aims to help people be conscious in their moments and capable in their bodies. Bring your own mat and any required props for assistance.

When: Every Monday
Time: Doors 5:30 pm, yoga from 5:45 to 6:45 pm.
Where: Sunalta Community Centre – 1627 10 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: By Donation

Dungeons & Dragons at the Ship

What: Learn all about Dungeons & Dragons on the first Monday of the month at The Ship & Anchor. These nights are specifically designed for anyone who has no experience with the world of ‘tabletop role-playing games’ such as D&D, Pathfinder, or any of the others out there. The evening will begin with a first-come-first-served selection of a character to play, followed by a quick Q&A, then diving right into the adventure.

When: The first Monday of every month – April 1, May 6, and June 3
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Ship & Anchor Pub – 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Sign-up: email [email protected]

Monthly Open House at AVRO Museum

What: Learn more about Avro Canada and its contributions to Canada’s aviation and aerospace legacy, plus see the latest progress on our Arrow II project. There will be a flight simulator on site, used in AVRO’s design and testing, which will be open for the public to take for a spin.

When: The Second Sunday of every month – April 14, May 12 andJune 9
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free. Small donation when using the flight simulator to help maintain its operation.

Calgary Babes Who Brunch

What: Each Babes Who Brunch event is led by a fierce female keynote speaker who shares her insights, experiences and life story. There are also brunch time eats and sips, and all the inspiration and insight you need to get a grip on your goals and kick-start your hustle long after.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Where: Murrieta’s Bar & Grill – 200-808 1 Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $50-$60

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: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: Doors 9 pm
Where: The Rec Room Calgary – 1180, 901 64th Avenue NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Hangar Flight Museum – Monthly Movie Night

What: The Hangar Flight Museum hosts movie nights the second Thursday of each month until May.

When: The second Thursday of every month – April 11 and May 9
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: The Hangar Flight Museum – 4629 McCall Way N.E., Calgary
Admission: By donation

The Hangover – HUMPDay HOUSE Party

What: A night of House music at Habitat Living Sound with OH FUNK and featuring Prairie Chola Ayatollah and Dj Dramatik. Hosted by J9Productions.

When: Every Wednesday night
Time: 9 pm to 2:15 am
Where: Habitat Living Sound – 1217 1st Street SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Adults Only Night at Telus Spark


Telus Spark / Facebook

What: Free reign in our galleries, a fully licensed bar, dance jams and even riskier science. With no children around, Telus Spark brings out more involved challenges, invite innovative collaborators from the community and turn up the excitement.

When: The second Thursday of every month – April 11, May 9 and June 13
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
TicketsOnline, $26

YYC Free Market and SOS Open Mic Jam

What: Crescent Heights Community Association hosts the YYC Free Market and SOS Open Mic Jam at the hall on March 25. Give what you can to the YYC Free Market, take what you need, and leave no trace. SOS Open Mic Jam is a platform for hobbies and professional musicians to try out new material and jam together. Bring your instruments and talent.

When: Monday, March 25, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Crescent Heights Community Association – 1101 2 ST NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

WhoKnows Variety Show

What: A monthly variety show that showcases Calgary’s vast array of talented artists. Enjoy music, dancing, comedy, poetry, spoken word, magic, clowning, juggling, and more. Hosted by Dan Dugay, and the event is all ages.

When: Last Tuesday of every month – March 26, April 30, May 28,
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Ironwood Stage & Grill – 1229 9th Avenue S.E., Calgary
Tickets: $15

Movies That Matter

What: Movies That Matter is a monthly series of documentary film premieres at the University of Calgary, co-presented by the University of Calgary Film Society and the Department of Communication and Culture. The series strives to be timely and provocative, allowing viewers to delve into some important issues relevant in our society today. Each screening will include a post-screening discussion, featuring the director of the film itself and/or someone from the community at large known for their expertise or insightful views on the film subject.

When: The last Wednesday of every month – March 27, April 24 and May 29
Time: 7 pm
Where: Gallery Hall of the Taylor Family Digital Library – University of Calgary
Admission: Free for students with ID and community by donation

The Rock-A-Palooza Gem & Mineral Show 2019

Precious Gems (Anna Soelberg/Shutterstock)

Precious Gems (Anna Soelberg/Shutterstock)

What: Silver Cove is partnering with Spruce Meadows Congress Hall to present Rock-A-Palooza Gem & Mineral Show. Family friendly and free admission

When: Thursday, March 28 to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10 am to 8 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Spruce Meadows Congress Hall – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, De Winton
Admission: Free

Make It! Calgary

What: Over 100 of your favourite Makies (and some brand new ones, too) are bringing their beautiful handmade goodies back to Deerfoot City for Make It! Calgary’s spring show. Stock up on accessories, jewelry, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items, and lots of other beautifully crafted goods.

When: April 5 to April 7, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Deerfoot City – 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary
Admission: $5, children 12 and under are free

Aggie Days – Family Days

What: Aggie Days’ Family Days are a free educational experience for families. Come and see real farm animals, and find out where your food comes from. Plus take in a Stock Dog Competition on Saturday and an Extreme Cowboy Race on Sunday.

When: April 6 to 7, 2019
Time: 10am to 4pm
Where: Nutrien Western Event Centre at the Stampede Park
Admission: Free, food bank donations appreciated

The Calgary Woman’s Show

What: Experience more than 300 exhibits featuring local and national fashion retailers, artisans, entrepreneurs, health & wellness experts, pet products, food & wine and more. There will also be two stages with non-stop entertainment, including twice daily fashion shows, guest speakers, live music and more.

When: April 6 to 7, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW
Tickets: Online, $12, children 12 and under are free. Save $3 when you purchase online

2019 Picture this…film festival

What: Picture this…film festival is an international disability film festival. Enjoy a celebration of films by and/or about people with disabilities from around the world. Everyone is welcome and popcorn is free.

When: Wednesday, April 10 to Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Calgary Scope Society – 219-18 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: $5-$10

Calgary Performing Arts Festival

What: The Calgary Performing Arts Festival is an integral part of the Calgary arts community, encouraging classical and contemporary music and speech arts performance among amateur students of all ages and skill levels. Featuring 12,000 performers in 19 categories over 21 days.

When: April 15 to May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Mount Royal University – 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary
More Info: Online

Calgary International Auto & Truck Show

What: The Calgary International Auto and Truck Show is one of the largest exhibitions of new cars and trucks in Western Canada. Get up close and personal with the best new vehicles from your favourite brands, plus enjoy special events and chance to win prizes.

When: Wednesday, April 17 to Sunday, April 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre – Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Vaisakhi Mela

What: Celebrate the Indian New Year with this cultural event open for everyone, featuring dances, entertainment, food, and more.

When: April 20 to 21, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: Genesis Centre Feature Gymnasium – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE
Admission: Free

Calgary Underground Film Festival

What: The annual CUFF returns for one week, bringing films that defy convention. Through the screening of contemporary works in various categories that include: feature, documentary, animation and shorts – they bring Calgarians a unique roster of films rarely seen in North American theatres.

When: April 22 to 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8th Avenue SW
More Info: Online

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo 2019


The Goonies (Calgary Expo 2019/Twitter)

What: The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (aka Calgary Expo) is a four-day pop-culture convention held in annually each spring at Stampede Park. Attendees can shop hundreds of vendors and exhibitors, check out panels and workshops, meet their favourite stars and creators, and celebrate what makes them geeky with thousands of other fans in cosplay. This year’s special guests include the stars of Back to the Future, The Goonies, Rose McIver and more.

When: Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: Thursday: 4 to 9 pm, Friday: Noon to 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Stampede Corral — Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $20 to $50 for single day tickets, or $110 for a four-day pass. VIP packages are also available

Cannabis Yoga Retreat 2019

What: The Cannabis Yoga Retreat is a three-day event planned for this May courtesy of 420yogaretreats.com. The weekend will consist of “top-shelf” weed, plenty of snacks, and the opportunity to rejuvenate both body and mind with planned yoga sessions, hikes, and massages.

When: Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: Starts at 2 pm on Friday and ends at noon on Sunday
Where: Bragg Creek, Alberta
Cost: $395 for a sleeping bag in the yoga room, $645 for a bed in a shared room. Register online

YYC Rhubarb Fest

What: Rhubarb Fest is a community festival that takes place in south Calgary, in the community of Southwood. Enjoy Village Brewery Beer Garden, live music, a marketplace with various vendors, artists, businesses, organizations and City of Calgary departments, children activities and more!

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Southwood Community Hall – 11 Sackville Drive SW
Admission: Free, donations for Calgary Food Bank are being collected

Lilac Festival

Image: Courtesy Lilac Festival

What: A pedestrian only festival, the Lilac Festival showcases an array of musical talent, vendors, and a perfect opportunity to people watching. There are six stages hosting over 30 performances throughout the day, offering artists exposure to an often brand new audience. 4th Street will also feature over 500 vendors that vary from artisan crafts, to imported wares, to community organizations and more.

When: Sunday, June 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 4th Street SW – between 13 Avenue and Elbow Dr.
Admission: Free

Happy Easter

Easter at the Market

What: Hop on over to the Calgary Farmers Market for Easter fun! Get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, decorate Easter cookies, and give a donation to the Calgary Food Bank to ensure that no one goes hungry this Easter. There is no better way to put a little spring in your step and enjoy some quality time with the whole family. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce for your Easter feast!

When: April 18, April 19 and April 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Easter Tea

What: A delicious high tea experience in the stunning dining room of the home now known as the “Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women.” Enjoy a tray of tasty sandwiches and treats along with freshly brewed tea or lemonade.

When: April 19 to April 22, 2019
Time: 11 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Call (403) 268-8500 to reserve your spot, $29.95 for Adults, $20.95 for Children (under 12)

Marda Egg Fest

What: The Easter Bunny is coming to Marda Loop to hide chocolates all around for your little bunnies to find. Bring your baskets down to Marda Loop for one of their most popular free family events.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Marda Loop – 33rd Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Butterfield Acres Easter Hunts

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BlueOrange Studio/Shutterstock

What: Starting in one of the barns, the kids listen to the Legend of the Easter Bunny. Then it’s off with their baskets to do his bidding with a special hunt. When the children find the items the Easter Bunny needs, they’ll send them down the tunnels to the Easter Bunny’s Secret Workshop where he’ll magically turn them into Easter Eggs. Advance tickets required.

When: April 13 and 14, April 20 and 21, 2019
Time: Various time slots between 10:20 and 1:40 pm
Where: Butterfield Acres – 254077 Rocky Ridge Road NW
Cost: Adults $14.99, children $12.99

NSD Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs at Calaway Park

What: National Service Dogs’ Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs (and some treats for kids too) is a family event that includes your furry baby. Each year, thousands of plastic eggs are filled with dog treats and hidden over a defined area of a local park. Each egg contains a dog treat and a sticker, representing a chance to win one of hundreds of great prizes. Registrants receive two egg cartons, giving them the opportunity to collect up to 24 eggs.

All monies raised (family registration fee is $25) support NSD’s award-winning Certified Service Dogs for Autism, Certified Service Dogs for PTSD and Canine Assisted Intervention programs.

When: Friday, April 19, 2019
Time: Registration 9 am, hunt at 10 am
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Register: Online, $30

Calgary Zoo Easter Eggstravaganza

What: Stop by the Calgary Zoo this Easter for two jam-packed days of festive fun where kids of all ages can explore, create and learn. All activities are free with regular zoo admission.

When: April 20 and 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Celebrate Mothers and Fathers

Sport Chek Mother’s Day Run, Walk, & Ride

What: Sport Chek Mother’s Day Run, Walk, & Ride raises funds for Calgary Health Trust (NICU) and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. Lace them up and get active for a good cause.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 8:40 am warmup, staggered starts throughout the morning
Where: CF Chinook Centre, 6455 MacLeod Trail South, Calgary
Register: Online

Mendelssohn & Mario

What: Alberta Winds presents tenor saxophonist Dave Camwell as the soloist in the Canadian premiere of David Canfield’s new tenor saxophone concerto, Concerto After Mendelssohn.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Christ Church Anglican Church – 3602 8 St SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

2019 CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale

Blue Metropolis


What: Browse the huge selection of gently-used adult and children’s books. There will be thousands of fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles available at amazing prices at the 2019 CBC Calgary Calgary Reads Big Book Sale.

When: Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 9 pm (Friday and Saturday), 9 am to 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Calgary Curling Club – 720 3 Street NW, Calgary
Admission: $2 for adults; children under 16 free.

Celtic Woman Ancient Land

What: Experience the Grammy-nominated Celtic Woman on their all-new tour, Ancient Land. Celebrating the centuries-old Irish tradition of telling stories through song: stories of the land, stories of love and stories of dancing.

When: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Serbian Fest

What: Experience Serbian culture with dances, sports, heritage, food, and much more.

When: May 18 to 19, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Serbian Orthodox Church – 16025-243rd Avenue E
Admission: $5, children nine and under free

Calgary Ukrainian Festival

What: At the 7th annual Ukrainian Festival enjoy stage shows, try Ukrainian food and beverages, and much more.

When: Saturday, June 1 and Sunday June 2, 2019
Time: Starts at 11 am
Where: Acadia Recreation Complex – 240 90 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Rad Dad Day

Image: Calaway Park

What: Bring your Pop’s or even Grandpa to Calaway Park for a fun-filled day that will celebrate just how great they are. Calaway Park is Western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park, with 32 family friendly rides, entertainment, treats and more.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Admission: Dads and granddads get free admission when accompanied by a child.

The Stampeders

What: Juno Award-winning Canadian classic rock band The Stampeders bring all of their hits to Jack Singer Concert Hall.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Common – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Father’s Day BBQ

What: Panorama Hills Community Centre hosts a Father’s Day BBQ. In addition to the BBQ, there will be lots of games and a photobooth to remember your special day with Dad.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: Panorama Hills Community Centre – 88 Panamount Hill NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Jazz Orchestra: The DUKE! Featuring Cory Weeds

What: Join Calgary Jazz Orchestra for their 14th season closer, featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Vancouver Saxophonist Cory Weeds, and CJO Saxophonist Shane Statz.

When: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:15 pm
Where: River Park Church – 3818 14a St SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Bon Appétit

Dine Under The Stars — Soiree In The Valley

Image: Dinner4Four Co.

What: Soiree in the Valley, billed as a garden dinner pop up, is hosted by Dinner4Four Co. The event, which runs for 30 days at a time, promises an elegant four-course menu offered with wine, all while you’re being served in all-weather Garden Domes. The Calgary pop-up will be located at the Native Gardens in Fish Creek Park, with dinner provided by Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant and Great Events Catering.

When: May 1 till May 31, 2019
Time: Seatings at 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm daily
Where: Native Gardens at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
Reservations: Online

Cochon555 Culinary Weekend

What: Happening from April 5­ to 7, 2019, this aptly named event (cochon is French for “pig”) is a celebration of the whole culinary community, from the farmers and chefs to the diners themselves. Cochon555 was created back in 2008 in response to a lack of education around traditional heritage-breed pigs. From long-table collaborative dinners with international guest chefs to breathtaking brunches and outstanding local wines and spirits, prepare yourself for the ultimate culinary weekend.

When: Friday April 5­ to Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Taste of Jamaica 2019

What: A showcase of Jamaican culture to answer many questions about the mystique of Jamaica. Enjoy food, music, dance and a Come to Jamaica zone. There will be prizes, a Kidz Zone with activities for the young children and tweens, and more.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 12 to 8 pm
Where: Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association – 5600 Centre Street, North Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary International Beerfest

What: The Calgary International Beerfest is rated as one of the best beer festivals in the world, with over 700 beers from over 200 breweries. Hear great stories in the Brew Master Seminars or savour the chocolate and cheese pairings in the Cooking with Beer Seminars. Explore the Distillery District, sample delicious food from some of Calgary’s best restaurants, and enjoy live entertainment. The Calgary International Beerfest is also home to the Canadian International Beer Awards.

When: May 3 and 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre (Enter through Halls C or E) – 20 Roundup Way, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Craving Kensington

What: On this 3-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

Roasterie Tour – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

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

Cocktail Classes

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What: Interested in upping your cocktail game? Learn the ropes from the experts at Shelter. You’ll learn everything from the comprehensive history of cocktail culture, mixology origins dating back in the 1800s and the resurgence of a craft beverage in the early 2000s. The class includes three cocktails, complimentary bar snacks, muddling, stirring, shaking, and smoking techniques. You’ll also receive your very own cocktail survival guide. Attendees must be 18+.

When: The first Tuesday of each month
Time: 5:30 and 8:30 pm
Where: Shelter – 1210 1st Street SE
Tickets: Online, $65 per person

Sunday Brunch and Market Tour

What: Join the Calgary Farmers’ Market and Calgary Food Tours as they bring to you a very special Sunday brunch. Enjoy 16 bites and treats as various Alberta ranchers explain what it takes to bring their products to the market. Sample their produce and leave feeling inspired to fill your shopping bag with fresh goodies.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 10:30 am
Where: 510, 77 Street SE – off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
TicketsOnline, $55

Free Brewery Tours at Red Bison Brewery

What: The tour starts off with an explanation of Red Bison’s name and why founder Steve started the brewery. Attendees will then see the homebrew system Steve used to brew beer on the balcony of his downtown Calgary condo, and talk about malt and how each of the flavours impact the recipes. After this, it’s a walk through the processes for the brew day and the fermentation process. Once the tour is complete, guests will be able to buy flights to try out beer and the kitchen is also open.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 1 pm
Where: Red Bison Brewery – 111, 3016 10 Ave NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Cheer on the home teams

Calgary Flames

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What: The Flames wrap up the NHL regular season with home games versus Los Angeles Kings on March 25, Dallas Stars on March 27, Anaheim Ducks on March 29, and Edmonton Oilers on April 6.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Calgary Hitmen

What: The Hitmen bring WHL Playoff action to the Saddledome this Spring.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Calgary Roughnecks

What: The Calgary Roughnecks bring National Lacrosse League action to the Saddledome throughout the Spring, with home games against San Diego Seals on March 30, Georgia Swarm on April 13, and Saskatchewan Rush on April 20.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Calgary Stampeders

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What: The Calgary Stampeders kick off the new CFL season this spring, with a pre-season home game against Saskatchewan Roughriders on May 31, and a regular season matchup against Ottawa Redblacks on June 15 at McMahon Stadium.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

The Little Vegan Spring Market 2019

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The Little Vegan Market

What: The market will have a full line-up of vegan-friendly businesses selling their products – whether you’re purchasing for yourself or for a friend, there’s plenty to browse, and it’s all 100% vegan. Browse the market to see all the delicious things that can be made without the use of meat, dairy, or any other animal products, and the cruelty-free wares don’t stop at the food (though there will be plenty of that). Possible purchases will also include beauty products, housewares, and more.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Marda Loop Communities Association – 3130 16th Street SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Farmers’ Market

What: Explore over 80 vendors supplying customers with fresh local produce, meat, poultry, international food, organic goods, jewelry, 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
Admission: Free

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

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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

Crossroads Market

What: Enjoy farm-fresh produce and tasty treats plus lost of unique finds from the large variety of vendors.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch

What: The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch features over 35 vendors under one roof over one counter. Crafts, food vendors, and more.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Fridays), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Where: Symons Valley Ranch – 14555 Symons Valley Road
Admission: Free

Downtown Market

What: Stroll through your favourite local makers, artists and producers at the monthly Downtown Market series.

When: March 12, April 16 and May 14
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Gulf Canada Square – 401 9th Avenue SW
Admission: FREE

Connect with the arts

Calgary Story Slam: Beware

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What: Calgarians take the stage and tell stories of miscommunication in a dynamic competition to find the master storyteller. Stories are (mostly) true, first person narratives about things that have happened and are five minutes long.

When: Monthly – Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Trolley 5 Brewpub – 728 17th Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: $5

Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam

What: Calgary’s Official Poetry Slam and Open Mic. Slam poetry is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music. The sign-up sheet for both the open mic and the slam will be released at 7:00 pm, and the show will start at 7:30 pm.

When: The last Monday of every month – March 25, April 29, and May 27
Time: Sign-up 7 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Dickens Pub – 1000 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: $10 cash at door, on a sliding scale for those who identify as low income or students

Rigoletto Taste of the Opera

What: Explore opera from the page to the stage with a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring opera to life. Featuring lively discussions with key members of cast and crew of upcoming productions, Taste of the Opera events are held on select Friday evenings prior to each production. Enjoy food samples from the region in which the opera takes place, and mingle with other opera lovers – whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned fan.

When: Friday, March 29, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, panel 7 pm
Where: Mamdani Opera Centre – 1315 7th Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: $30– buy online

Dinner & A Movie at Heritage Park

What: You can’t beat a classic with a classic! This ain’t no typical ‘dinner and a movie,’ as Heritage Park brings it up a notch with their delicious, themed three-course dinner in the Selkirk Grille Restaurant, before presenting a timeless classic film that will truly bring you back to a wonderful time in history.

When: March 19, April 2 and April 16, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Cost: $44/person or $8 for movie only

Free First Thursday at Glenbow Museum

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What: Explore the Glenbow Museum at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month.

When: The first Thursday of every month – April 4, May 2 and June 6
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

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. The gallery is barrier-free.

When: Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed Mondays
Time: Various times
Where: Esker Foundation – 4th Floor – 1011 9th Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Dirty Laundry: Oil Money

What: Dirty Laundry, Calgary’s only completely live, completely improvised soap opera presents their 19th season – Oil Money. It’s 1978 in Calgary, Alberta. There’s plenty of oil and plenty of money. The story centers around two feuding families who run two competing oil companies. Who’s heart will break? Who’s deal will bust? Will Calgary ever get the Olympics? Head to the show to find out.

When: Every Monday until April 15, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 – 115 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10-$16

Fairy Tales Film Festival

What: The annual Calgary Queer Arts Society LGBTQA film festival returns with events guaranteed to provoke, challenge, and entertain.

When: May 24 to June 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
More Info: Online

FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival

What: The 19th annual FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival features 11 nights of comedy, loads of performers, nine venues, and over 20 comedy themes.

When: May 30 to June 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Alberta Ballet’s ‘All of Us’ featuring the music of The Tragically Hip, Calgary 2019

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What: Alberta Ballet is one of the most renowned dance companies in Canada and the highly-acclaimed group will be at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on June 14 and June 17 during their All of Us tour. A highly-anticipated performance, the show is set to feature music from Canada’s beloved rock band, The Tragically Hip. All of Us tells the story of two warring clans who battle to inherit the earth to redesign its future anew.

When: June 14 and June 17, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Theatre Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
Price: Online, $82 – $203

Concerts and Comedy

Fleetwood Mac


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What: The legendary Fleetwood Mac was originally supposed to be in Calgary in November, but had to reschedule their show due to an illness in the band. The ensemble will now hit the Saddledome in April and feature several familiar faces including Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie.

When: Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $89 online

Michael Bublé Love Tour: Edmonton

What: It’s a beautiful day as Canadian crooner and 12-time JUNO Award winner, Michael Bublé is coming Home to Canada this spring, as part of his 2019 Canadian tour. Every full-priced ticket purchased for the tour includes a standard CD or digital copy of Michael’s highly anticipated new album Love.

Love is Michael’s eighth major studio album for Reprise Records and will be available November 16. Bublés has already completed five sold-out world tours, won four Grammy Awards and sold over 60 million records over the course of his extraordinary career.

When: Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, concert begins at 8 pm
Where: Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave NW
Tickets: Tickets range from $69, $99 and $189, online

Metric with July Talk

What: Two Canadian rock bands in one, what more could you ask for? The Torontonians’ performance in Calgary will be one of twelve Canadian shows they are playing this spring.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 6:45 pm
Where: Stampede Corral – 10 Corral Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $54 online

Thomas Rhett

What: One of country’s biggest and brightest stars is coming to YYC. Thomas Rhett will have fans rockin’ out to hits like “Get Me Some of That” and will surely be one of the most talked about concerts of the year.

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $69 online

Twenty One Pilots – The Bandito Tour

What: The American musical duo of Tyler Jospeh and drummer Josh Dun are embarking on a massive, 93-city world tour that includes a stop at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Bandito Tour will promote the band’s fifth studio album, Trench. Twenty One Pilots will also be playing older tunes, especially off their 2015 Blurryface album that skyrocketed the duo to stardom.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Tickets: Online

Alessia Cara

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What: Juno and Grammy Award-winner Alessia Cara will be performing in Calgary as a part of her 2019 Canadian Tour, dubbed “The Pains of Growing.” Cara entered the music scene in 2015 with “Here” and proceeded to capture the public’s hearts with songs like “Stay,” “Scars to Your Beautiful,” and “How Far I’ll Go.” She’s also managed to gather more than 8.5 billion streams worldwide and was named one of the most streamed new female artists of 2017.

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online via Live Nation


What: Apparently Cher doesn’t need to turn back time. At age 72, the ‘Goddess of Pop’ is back at it for her Here We Go Again tour. It will be Cher’s first tour across North America in five years.

When: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $85 online

Sled Island Music and Arts Festival 2019

What: The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival will be back in Calgary and features over 250 amazing bands and performers. The festival spans multiple venues throughout the city, and live music events will be accompanied by comedy, film, and art showings during the five-day bash.

When: Wednesday, June 19 to Sunday, June 23, 2018
Time: A full schedule will be released closer to the date of the festival
Where: Multiple venues throughout Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $214 for a full festival pass, individual tickets vary in price

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