25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: April 12 to 14

Apr 8 2019, 6:31 pm

So many wonderful events to fill your weekend! Check out these 25 fun things to do in Calgary on Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14. Record Story Day, Poutine With Purpose, and more!

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

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Friday, April 12

Calgary Roughnecks

What: The Calgary Roughnecks bring National Lacrosse League action to the Saddledome throughout the Spring, with home games against Georgia Swarm on April 12 and Saskatchewan Rush on April 20.

When: April 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Poutine With Purpose 2019

IKEA Poutine

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What: The annual community event invites customers to try some of Calgary’s top restaurants’ poutines while supporting Mealshare to end youth hunger. This year there are dozens of eateries participating, and some even have vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan poutine options for patrons to try. Last year, Poutine With Purpose sold 13,000 poutines helping 13,000 youth in need.

When: Friday, April 12 to Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Participating restaurants across Calgary
More Info: Online

Curated Market

What: Check out 70 handmade makers, designers and curators, at Curated Market. Plus enjoy live entertainment and food trucks.

When: Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday)
Where: Bowness Community Hall – 7904 43rd Avenue NW
Admission: $4 at the door, 12 and under are free.

A Doll’s House: Wild Rose

What: Nora, a married women, lacks self-fulfilment in a male-dominated world. But determining her destiny disrupts society’s foundation. But what happens when our Nora finds herself in present day Alberta? Does she face a similar dilemma? How have her options changed? And more importantly, does she choose a new beginning?

When: Now to Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Motel Theatre – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary,
Tickets: Online

Alice in Chains

What: Seattle rock legends Alice in Chains perform at Grey Eagle Event Centre with special guests.

When: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Resort & Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Fort Calgary Presents: Black & White Movie Nights – Psycho

What: Join Fort Calgary in the Burnswest Theatre for a night at the movies. Grab snacks and a cocktail at this licensed event, and enjoy a classic black and white movie in Fort Calgary’s newly renovated theatre. Complimentary museum admission included with your ticket to Psycho.

When: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, movie at 7 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $15

Saturday, April 13

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

Avenue Q

What: Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. Presented by Front Row Centre Players.

When: Now to Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Beddington Theatre Arts Centre – 375 Bermuda Dr NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Little Modern Pop Up 

What: A modern and local pop up market, bringing amazing small and locally owned shops to the suburbs of Calgary.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: ATCO Park Commons Building – 5302 Forand St SW, Calgary
More Info: Online

Law Day

Vancouver men

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What: Celebrate this national event that commemorates the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Go through mock trials, courthouse tours public speaking and trail contests in order to learn and educate everyone more about the legal profession.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Calgary Courts Centre – 601- 5 Street SW
Admission: Free

Supertrain 2019

What: Canada’s largest model train show is back for another year. This year’s event features 60,000 sq. ft. of operating layout, exhibitions, railroad artists, hobby shops, model manufactures, demonstrations, a Thomas Play Area, LEGO trains, food trucks, and more.

When: Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Genesis Centre – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE
Admission: $15, children 15 years and under free

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

Record Store Day 2019

What: On Saturday, April 13, vinyl record enthusiasts are invited to celebrate independent record stores all over the world as part of Record Store Day. Here in Calgary, vinyl collectors can look forward to parties, in-store performances, and special releases from bands old and new. This year vinyl collectors can look for releases from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Cage The Elephant, PUP, The Drums, and more. A full list of North American exclusive releases can be found here.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Times vary by store
Where: Record stores throughout the city
Admission: Free

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

Hawksley Workman with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

What: Two-time JUNO Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hawksley Workman performs his unique blend of anthemic folk and cabaret pop with the Calgary Philharmonic.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sunday, April 14

Butterfield Acres Easter Hunts

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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

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.

When: The Second Sunday of every month – April 14, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free

PetSmart Pet Easter Photos

What: With Easter right around the corner, Canadian pet parents can bring their favourite four-legged friends to participating PetSmart locations for an adorable Easter-themed photo shoot. Pet parents will receive a free digital photo from PetSmart and can also take photos with their own mobile device. Don’t forget the bunny ears.

When: Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14
Time: Photos begin at 12 pm
Where: At participating PetSmart stores
Price: FREE

Saskatoon Farm Spring Market 

spring market

Spring market (matkovskaphoto/Instagram)

What: Meet unique local vendors, surround yourself with amazing farm atmosphere, and enjoy amazing plant selections and delicious food.

When: April 13 and April 14, 2019
Time: 9 to 5 pm
Where: Saskatoon Farm – 80181 338 Ave East, Foothills
Admission: Free

ZooStreet Live Show

What: ZooStreet Live is an interactive live show featuring Monkeys that Mambo, Zebras that Zumba, Penguins that Polka and many more. Enjoy a 45 minute show followed by a 15 minute Character experience and dance party.

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 11 am to 12:15 pm
Where: Occasional Notes at INKubator – 5111 Northland Dr NW, Calgary

Calgary Moms Trade Fair

What: Shop, browse and interact with over 70 businesses to find the latest in local products and services that are available for your family. There are swag bags filled with many samples for the first 150 registered moms that attend. Plus instant door prizes for mom, one day show specials, and a grand prize. Admission goes to support the Calgary Food Bank.

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Calgary Airport – 2500 48th Avenue NE, Calgary
Admission: $2 adult, $1 children


What: Missisauga, Ontario R&B singer and songwriter Anders performs and hosts Union Sundays at Music Calgary.

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Address: Music Calgary 1140 10th Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Scotiabank Backbeat presents: Science of Sound

What: Join musician, educator and performer Evan Rothery in the Science of Sound Series, where the National Music Centre will pair musical instruments with the newest technology to gain a deeper understanding of what makes music tick.

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 1 pm and 4 pm. National Music Centre open from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: National Music Centre 850 – 4 Street SE, Calgary
Admission Info: Online

OpportuniTea Calgary 2019

What: The 6th Annual OpportuniTea Calgary features actors from soap opera The Young and the Restless, including Host Kate Linder (Esther Valentine), co-host Christian Jules Le Blanc (Michael Baldwin), Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott), and Bryton James (Devon Hamilton). Jodi Hughes, Global Calgary Weather Anchor, will co-host the event this year. Funds raised at this event support participants of March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education programs to learn new skills and ways to improve mobility and achieve personal goals.

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 12:15 to 4:30 pm
Where: The Westin Calgary – 320 4th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sabrina Benaim’s Slumber Party Tour at The Rec Room Calgary

What: Sabrina Benaim is a writer, performer and teaching artist. She was a member of the Canadian championship-winning 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam team, and in 2015, she represented Toronto at the Women Of The World Poetry Slam. She is also the best-selling author of Depression and Other Magic Tricks, and her poem “Explaining My Depression to My Mother” has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50,000,000 views across social platforms.

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: The Rec Room Calgary – 1180 – 901 64 Avenue NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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