25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: April 26 to 28

Apr 12 2019, 6:40 am

The last weekend of April is here! Fill it with these 25 fun Calgary events happening on Friday, April 26, Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28. Calgary Glow Party, Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, and more!

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

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Friday, April 26

Augmented Reality Experience at The CORE 2019

What: An augmented reality exhibit is open at Calgary’s The CORE Shopping Centre, in partnership with UK-based technology provider INDE. Attendees will stand on a platform in front of a gigantic screen, which will show them standing alongside everything from whales to giraffes to dinosaurs. Three different experiences will be available to try out, — Air, Land, and Sea; Arctic Explorer; and Back to the Jurassic — with each providing a different setting along with different animals to encounter.

When: Now to April 30, 2019
Time: The CORE’s hours
Where: The CORE Shopping Centre — 333 – 7th Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Double Bill

What: Double Bill is two shows in one. Start with MAGNETIKAE, a flamenco tale on an ice floe by Montreal’s acclaimed company La Otra Orilla. Then finish off withLovestruck by DJD – try to keep up with Cupid’s arrow as it ricochets on a bizarre and whimsical flight.

When: Now to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: DJD Dance Centre – 111 12 Avenue SE
Tickets: Online

Canmore Uncorked

What: Eat, drink and eat some more at this annual award-winning food festival, held in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the best Canmore has to offer, delight in sampling new flavours and old favourites as our Canmore chefs tempt you with their creativity and inspire you with amazing food combinations.

When: Now to Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations in and around Canmore
Tickets: Online, prices may vary

Calgary Glow Party 2019

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What: The Calgary Glow Party will be taking over Knoxville’s Tavern with upbeat music, laser lights, and LED sticks. Knoxville’s Tavern, typically a modern country bar, will be converted into a high-energy dance floor featuring hip hop, house, EDM, and top 40 music. Event-goers will have access to complimentary glow sticks and a professional photographer will be onsite to capture all the action.

When: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: Doors 9 pm
Where: Knoxville’s Tavern — 840 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $10, available online

Kenny vs Spenny Live

What: A hilarious, high octane, offensive cringe-filled car crash with Spenny going through the windshield yet again The internationally renowned frenemies are at odds with what each thinks is funny as their set spirals into hilarious personal attacks, lifelong grievances and the airing of dirty laundry. Kenny and Spencer battle in the funniest all out war on today’s comedy circuit.

When: Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Laugh Shop Calgary – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Saturday, April 27

Spring Food Truck Frenzy 2019

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What: Join YYCFoodTrucks for their Spring Food Truck Frenzy, with over 16 food trucks, live music, DJs and more.

When: April 27 to 28, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: East Village C-Square – 7th Avenue and 4th Street SE
Admission: $5, free for seniors and children under 14

Beacon Original Art Spring Show & Sale

What: Over 30 artists display and sell high-quality art from a variety of disciplines. Artists have the opportunity to share their inspirations and techniques with each other and the viewing public. Free parking, free admission plus prize draws.

When: April 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association – 917 Centre Ave NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

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

Beer For Breakfast at Market Wines

What: Join Market Wines’ Advanced Cicerone Kevin Rechsteiner as he walks you through some of Spring’s finest local brews alongside waffles. A perfect way to start your shopping day at the Calgary Farmers’ Market.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market – 510 77 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

8 Bit: The Video Game Dance Show

What: Audiences are taken on a wild ride through iconic video games from Pong to Mario to Fortnite. Expect something for everyone as the break-neck physical comedy is woven together with heartfelt messages of overcoming adversity, anger management, and teamwork. The good, the bad, and the ugly parts of the gamer community is highlighted as the duo sensitively address violence and sexism in video games within this captivating story. Presented by Cloudsway Dance Theatre.

When: Now to Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: West Village Theatre – 2007 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Shake the Lake 2019

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What: Apres ski at Lake Louise on Kokanee Kabin deck, where you will hear some sweet tunes by Buffalo Child, Burchill & Troo Knot, while you sip on glacier fresh beer. Plus take part in Pond Skimming and Kokanee Kup, then watch Bikinis for Breast Cancer raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Afterwards, take in the afterparty featuring The Dudes with The Pistolwhips.

When: April 27, 2019
Time: All Day. Doors to Concert at 8:30 pm
Where: Lake Louise – 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise Alberta
Admission: Free for Shake the Lake. Afterparty Concert tickets online

Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party

What: This three hour trip into the weird and wonderful world of yesteryears animated antics will be accompanied by an all-you-can eat buffet of cereal that is open throughout the show (and yes, there will be non-dairy options too!). The cartoon lineup is always a mystery, but in this all-new program you’ll see both faves and obscurities spanning the ’60s through the ’80s, all punctuated with vintage commercials, PSAs and station IDs. Part of CUFF 2019

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: Doors at 9 am, event from 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

19th Annual FunnyFest Comedy Competition

What: Eleven comedians compete for a spot to perform three nights at the 19th Annual FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Fest, May 30 to June 9.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Stonegate Pub – 7640 Fairmount Dr SE # 10, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Rock for the Rink

What: An evening of live music, dancing, drinks, and food in support of the revitalization of the arena in Bowness. The show will feature Wildrose Band: a 5 piece Country/Rock band featuring Ron McNeill, Georgie Lyons and Odel Badger. Funds raised goes towards the future twinning of the Bowness Sportsplex arena.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Doors 6 pm
Where: Record stores throughout the city
Tickets: Online, $25

Drake Yoga + Chill

What: Stretch out your muscles with some hip-hop yoga. Introducing a Drake themed yoga and brunch at Commonwealth. After an hour-long flow vinyasa class led by the resident yogi, attendees will be seriously thirsty for some Champagne Papi, so stay for brunch.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Commonwealth Night Club – 731 10 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sunday, April 28

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo 2019


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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: Now 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

Cinematic Sundays at Glenbow Museum

What: A curated series of afternoon film screenings celebrating the world of art, style and fashion on the big screen. Bar service is offered during the films and you can purchase a snack too

When: April 28, 2019
Time: 1 pm
Where: The Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Ave SW
Admission: $10, $8 for members. Entrance to the museum not included.

Springfree Movie Sunday

What: Hop on over to Springfree for a free movie afternoon. Lounge on the trampolines to watch the movie Wings. Popcorn, juice and coloring pages provided. All families and ages welcome.

When: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 3:30 pm
Where: Springfree Trampoline Calgary – 6999 11 Street Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Calgary Pet Expo

What: Calgary Pet Expo is a two day consumer tradeshow that is open to the public. At the show you will find hundreds of pets, pet products, service providers, entertainers, clubs and organizations that cater to pets. The show strives to include all types of pets, anything from dogs & cats, to reptiles and other small caged exotics. All of these animals can be seen on-site during the show for you to interact with.

When: April 27 and 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Being an Entrepreneur in YYC

What: Listen to local entrepreneurs who are passionate about sharing their experience in the business world. Learn how they grew their businesses, social media marketing, how funding works, what expansions they have planned, challenges and achievements they have had along the way. Presented by Bumble Bizz.

When: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: cSPACE King Edward – The Treehouse – 1721 29 Avenue Southwest, Calgary

Voices from the North

What: Presented in collaboration with Wordfest, this concert presents three brothers from northern Alberta – a composer, an author, and a playwright – sharing the stage for the first time. Giller-winning author Will Ferguson shares images and stories of growing up in northern Alberta. Leacock medal winner Ian Ferguson reads from his memoir Village of the Small Houses. And composer Sean Ferguson, Professor of Composition and former Dean of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, curates a concert of works with special significance for his musical development, including a new work for chamber ensemble.

When: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Where: St. Stephen’s Anglican Church – 1121 14 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

KaursVote – Sikh Women in Politics 

What: A panel conversation with Sikh women working in the backrooms of politics as campaign managers, advisors, and staffers, across the political spectrum and levels of government. Hear about the challenges and successes that Sikh women face in politics, and how the Sikh community can better support women in the political space. This event is part of Sikh Heritage Month.

When: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Address: The Genesis Centre – 1000 Voices Room – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard Northeast #10, Calgary
Tickets: Online

WERK Drag Brunch 2.0

What: WERK presents another round of Drag Brunch at National on 17th. Featuring some of Calgary and Vancouver’s top drag talent, hosted Mr. Terri Stevens Misty Meadows.

When: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: Doors 10 am, event 11 am to 3 pm
Where: National on 17th – 550 17th Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

2019 Calgary Police Half Marathon

What: The 39th annual Calgary Police Half Marathon features a half marathon, 10K run, 5K run and walk, or the family-friendly Rookies and Legends indoor 1K. Proceeds raised from the race, through sponsorship, corporate, and individual pledges are critical funds that support six youth-based programs that work with the Foundation’s exclusive partner – the Calgary Police Service.

When: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Mount Royal University – 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary
Register: Online

Waiting for Godot at The Grand

What: Samuel Beckett’s tragicomic masterpiece. Waiting for Godot is one of the most iconic and significant plays of the 20th century. Drawing endless interpretations, it crackles with deadpan wit and linguistic invention, as well as offering compelling glimpses into our existential absurdity. Presented by Black Radish Theatre.

When: Now to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Grand – 608 1 St SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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