25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: March 15 to 17

Mar 12 2019, 7:01 pm

The last official weekend of winter is here! Kick yours off with these 25 things to do in Calgary on Friday, March 15, Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. The Cat Empire, St. Patrick’s Day, and more.

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

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Friday, March 15

Crescent Moon Party

What: Crescent Heights Community Association presents the second annual Crescent Moon Party, an outdoor party under the moon, with music, fire, dancing, art and more.

When: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Centre Street and 9th Avenue NE
Admission: Free

Drawn to Nature Workshop

What: Participants of all ages and levels of experience are invited to sketch and draw at Banff Centre’s free ongoing beginner-level drawing workshops. Join esteemed Teaching Artist in Residence Janice Tanton to explore different materials and techniques for mark making in this facilitated class.

When: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Whyte Museum – 111 Bear Street, Banff
Register: Online, Free

Adults Only Date Night at Regal Cat Cafe


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What: Relax and unwind with the kitties to start your weekend right with a 45 minute adults only kitty visit at Regal Cat Cafe. Guests must by 18+.

When: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm and 8:15 pm
Where: Regal Cat Cafe – 303-10 ST NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10 per person

Calgary Flames vs New York Rangers

What: The Flames face off with the New York Rangers on March 15 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Cat Empire

What: Australia’s The Cat Empire bring their Stolen Diamonds Tour to Calgary with support by Neal Francis.

When: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: MacEwan Hall – 402 Collegiate Blvd NW, University of Calgary
Tickets: Online, $37.50

Saturday, March 16

Shamrocks & Shenanigans

What: Jump into your St. Paddy’s suit and celebrate the day at Heritage Park. Sip on one of Big Rock’s finest brews as you enjoy a culinary experience that pays homage to the very best from the Emerald Isle. There will also be live entertainment provided by the authentic Celtic band, Cabot’s Crossing, that’ll have you dancing the night away well on into the morning – Irish style!

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online, $69.95

The Black and White Ball

What: Party with Decidedly Jazz at their annual fundraiser, The Black and White Ball. This black and white affair will have you dancing the night away to the sounds of the famous local band, Penguins on Broadway.

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Fairmont Palliser – 133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $125

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, March 16, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Where: Murrieta’s Bar & Grill – 200-808 1 Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $50-$60

Calgary Roughnecks vs Colorado Mammoth

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What: The Calgary Roughnecks take on the Colorado Mammoth in National Lacross League action at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Birnton Theatricals presents [title of show]

What: Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. They make a pact to write up until the festival’s deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre—a uniquely American art form—and to the joy of collaboration.

When: Now to Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 – 115 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Puppy Yoga with Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation

What: Join yoga instructor Shelley Bishop as she guides attendees through a gentle and restorative all-levels class with puppies. Adoptable puppies get much needed socialization and all proceeds go to Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation. Please bring your own mat.

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 10 to 11 am
Where: Chasin’ Tails – 2309 Centre Avenue, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $25

Next Big Thing

What: The third annual Next Big Thing is an entrepreneur-focused educational conference for small business owners featuring industry experts. Sessions include digital marketing, problem-solving, finance, pitching the press, branding and industry trends and networking sessions.

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Calgary Central Library – 802 3 Street Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $149

Cocktails & Couture

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What: An evening of haute couture and elevated cocktails at Glenbow Museum. Sugar Water Pop Up Bar has created unique, Dior-inspired handcrafted cocktails just for the occasion, and host Kyo-Jean Chung will share the process behind his bespoke approach to cocktails. Then you can enjoy an intimate guided tour of Calgary’s first major international fashion exhibition, Christian Dior.

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $50

Winter Festival

What: Kincora Community Association’s Winter Festival features Horse drawn sleigh rides (1 to 3 pm), free skate and helmet rental, and food and refreshments on site.

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Kincora Community Association
Admission: Free


What: Ghost River Theatre’s GIANT is the amazing story of professional wrestler André the Giant, told from the perspective of the one person he left behind. Packed with captivating imagery, animated objects, and the raw spectacle of a wrestling match, GIANT features a cast of five women telling the story of one of the most recognizable and beloved public figures ever.

When: Now to Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Theatre Junction GRAND – 608 1st street S.W, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sunday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Paper Street 2019


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What: The party is expected to host over 1,000 people, feature club anthems, top 40, hip hop, house, and mashup music, and have professional photographers and videographers in attendance to capture all of the magic.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 10 pm to 3 am
Where: Paper Street — 630 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $10+

St. Patrick’s Road Race

What: Dress up and have fun as you join fellow Calgary runners in a race that will test your post-winter fitness abilities. This run will go to support the Calgary Road Runners and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 9 am
Where: Central Memorial High School – 5111 21st Street SW, Calgary
Registration: Online

Sashay Sunday Bingo & Drag Show

What: The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Chinook Arch and The Texas Lounge are teaming up for Drag Bingo followed by an amazing Drag Show. Money raised and/or donated will go to support the chosen charities for Reign 42: Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, Alberta & NWT Chapter, The SHARP Foundation, Inn from the Cold and HIV Community Link.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: Bingo at 4 pm, Drag Show at 7 pm
Where: The Texas Lounge – 308 B 17th avenue S.W, Calgary
More Info: Online

Festival of Animated Objects

What: From puppet shows to film screenings, gallery exhibitions to workshops, from March 13 – 17, 2019 Calgary will come alive with original creations, mythical creatures, and curious beasts, objects and gadgets, and thingamajigs beguiled by puppet-masters and artists alike to stir your imagination.

When: Now to Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Arts Commons – 205 8th Avenue SE; Royal Canadian Legion #1
Tickets: Online

Happy St. Patrick’s Day at the Market 

What: Get your toes a-tappin’ with live entertainment all day long at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. Enjoy live entertainment, Luck-o-the-Irish games, balloons and more.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Corb Lund: Banff Mineral Springs Hospital Fundraiser

What: Corb Lund has been named roots Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association five years in a row.  He has picked up JUNO awards, and countless CCMA and WCMA award nominations.  He has also been nominated in the U.S for an “Americana” award in 2010.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Eric Harvie Theatre – Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff
Tickets: Online

Calgary Hitmen

What: The Hitmen wrap up their WHL regular season against the Edmonton Oil Kings at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Dark Phoenix Calgary Comics and Graphic Novel Sale

What: Check out over 80,000 comics including 12,000 new comics and 8,000 graphic novels at Dark Phoenix Calgary Comics and Graphic Novel Sale.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Best Western Village Park Inn – 1804 Crowchild Trl NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

We Are Curators – Curate YYC Social

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What: All Calgary content creators are invited to Bridgette Bar for an afternoon of networking and discussion on content creation and social media in Calgary (and a cocktail, or two). Curate YYC is a brand-new Calgary-based community that is working to connect local content creators with each other.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Bridgette Bar – 739 10 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

A Celtic Celebration with Heather Rankin

What: Heather Rankin, of the legendary Rankin family, is a groundbreaking force in Celtic music. She lends her award-winning vocals to Celtic classics, while the Calgary Fiddlers and dancers from the Casey O’Laughlin Academy of Irish Dance will have you hornpiping down the aisles in this St. Patrick’s Day special.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 3 pm
Where: Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online