25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: April 5 to 7

Apr 2 2019, 11:49 pm

Power up your weekend with our picks of 25 fun things to do in Calgary on Friday, April 5, Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7. There’s Make It! Calgary, Sikh Heritage Month, and more!

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

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Friday, April 5

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

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, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.

Eden Brent

What: Singer, songwriter, and boogie-woogie pianist Eden Brent comes to Calgary with her spontaneous and electric style of juke-joint blues. Brent’s rollicking original sound has earned her eleven blues music award nominations with four wins including Acoustic Artist of The Year and Acoustic Album of The Year by the Blues Foundation.

When: Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Cochon555 Culinary Weekend

What: Happening from April 5­ to 7, 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
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Sustainable Fashion Show & Market

What: An evening of sustainable fashion, shopping and fun. Prairie Bazaar is rounding up some of Calgary’s best consignment, handmade and vintage businesses for a collective fashion show and market. There will be refreshments, complimentary Jelly Modern Doughnuts, and a killer photo booth. There will be photographers on site to capture the event.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Crescent Heights Community Association – 1101 2 Street Northwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20

Saturday, April 6

Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers

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Calgary Flames / Twitter

What: The Flames wrap up the NHL regular season with a home game against the Edmonton Oilers.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

YYC Alternative Market

What: Support your local makers, artisans, designers, artists and small business owners at YYC Alternative Market. Creators involved include GF Crochet, The ol Factory Shop, Jewel Vibes, SCD Orginals, Chocco Apple Shop, Pura Vida Apothecary, KLG Knits, Seven Spice Ltd, Shawz Chocolate and many more.

When: April 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Inglewood Community Association Hall – 1740 24 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Admission: 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 and 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

Heritage Park 10th Anniversary Celebration

What: Enjoy unique activities for all ages throughout the museum. There will be live music, outdoor family games and fire pits at Heritage Town Square. Plus visit the cookie decorating station, try some anniversary cake, and sample Big Rock beer in the Interpretive Micro Brewery.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Light it Up Calgary 2019

What: Light It Up Calgary allows Calgarians a chance to rediscover the joys of running outside (without completely freezing) with a 3 km, 5 km, and 10 km route. Registering will run you $40 — no matter which route you choose — with funds going towards supporting cancer survivors through Wellspring Calgary.

Light It Up Calgary is unique compared to some of the other footraces in the city, as it begins right when the lights go out — meaning you’ll need to bring along a headlamp, flashlight, or some other form of light to make your way through Calgary’s streets.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: 3 km, 5 km, and 10 km route maps will become available closer to race day
Registration: $40 for adults, $20 for kids, available online

Pow Wow Dancing

What: The City of Calgary and Northminster United Church are working together to help educate and bridge the cultural gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people in our communities. They welcome Darcy Turning-Robe from the Siksika Nation for a traditional Pow Wow. Bridge cultures in this interactive session and learn about the significance of Pow Wows and the Chicken Dance, a dance significant to the Blackfoot people.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Northminster United Church – 3311 Centre Street Northwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Timely Tasty Talks 2019: Jason Logan (Make Ink)

What: Join Urban Ink Forager Jason Logan and host Shelley Youngblut for a fascinating conversation about the ways we can all become city builders and environmental advocates through engaging with ink, one of mankind’s oldest forms of communication.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 1 to 2:15 pm
Where: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor – 1221 2nd Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Spring Fest 2019 – A Celebration of Beer

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What: Join Mill Street Brewpub Calgary to celebrate Calgary’s local beer community. Each brewery attending will have a guest tap starting on April 6 so you can enjoy pints all day and night, and until they run out. Enjoy samples of each beer and light snacks all afternoon.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Mill Street Brewpub Calgary – 219 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Celebrating Diversity

What: Centre For Newcomers is hosting the 4th Annual Celebrating Diversity fundraiser at Fort Calgary. This year’s big party will once again include the Rueben Kincaids, Capoeira Cajue Calgary, Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre and Oriental Motion Dance Studios. Plus there will be great food, a silent auction, a cash bar, anda few great surprises.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sunday, April 7

Goat Yoga at Granary Road Market 2019

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Goat yoga (granaryroad/Instagram)

What: Goat yoga is on offer at Granary Road Market this spring, bringing together a day at the petting zoo with a seriously stretchy workout.

When: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Where: Granary Road Market — 226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
Tickets: Call 403-453-7623 to reserve a class, $20

Sikh Heritage Month

What: In honour of Sikh Heritage Month, The Military Museums will be hosting an exhibit highlighting Sikh Military involvement from Saragarhi to present day in the atrium until April 30. Opening night on April 7 at 5 pm features light snacks and refreshments followed by a lecture and panel discussion at 6 pm.

When: Opening night on April 7. Exhibition runs from now to April 30, 2019
Time: 5 pm opening night reception.
Where: The Military Museums – 4520 Crowchild Trail Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free on April 6 and 7, 2019

Augmented Reality Experience at The CORE 2019

What: An augmented reality exhibit is soon to 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

Onesie Run

Onesie Run / Facebook

What: Throw on your onesie and join head out for a 1 km or 5 km walk, jog or run in support of the Calgary Humane Society. Free yoga warm-up and cool-off sessions.

When: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: 9 am check-in
Where: 510, 77 Street SE – off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
RegisterOnline. Children under 18 and dogs are free

Fantastic Firebird

What: The Calgary Civic Symphony presents a concert featuring the Firebird Suite. Krzysztof Jablonski performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Other guest artists include the Rocky Mountain Taiko Drums led by Paula Midori in a Canadian work by Rolf Bloom.

When: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: 2:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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

Garden Journaling

What: This Calgary Horticultural Society session will allow students to explore examples of different garden and nature journals and provide several opportunities to practice observing garden plants and micro-climates. Garden tips and ideas for each season will also be discussed.

When: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Calgary Horticultural Society – 208 – 50th Avenue S.W., Calgary
Register: Online. Cost: $45 for members and $60 for non-members.

Fauré: Requiem

What: The Calgary Men’s Chorus, Mount Royal Kantorei, and St. Mary’s University Choir bring over 150 voices together to this intimate piece of death, light and salvation. The choirs are joined by soloists Melissa Jackson and Nicholas Allen, and the Kantorei Academy Strings. Each choir will perform some of their own material before uniting for the renowned Requiem.

When: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Mt Royal University Bella Concert Hall – 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Book Club

What: The book club provides attendees with a monthly dose of literary discussion and meaningful conversations. This month’s selection is Michelle Obama’s “Becoming”. Reading the book is encouraged, but not required. A complimentary Barre + Express class at will kick things off at 5 pm.

When: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: 6 to 7 pm
Where: Barre West – 7337 Macleod Trail #420 Calgary
Tickets: Online

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