25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: March 22 to 24

Mar 19 2019, 12:11 pm

The first weekend of spring is upon us! Enjoy the new season with these 25 things to do around Calgary on Friday, March 22, Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24. French Film Festival, Coming Out Monologues, YYC, and more.

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

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Friday, March 22

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

Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

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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

Great Canadian Sugar Rush Festival 2019

What: Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge is hosting its first ever Great Canadian Sugar Rush Festival to celebrate the start of the Canadian Maple Season. Included in the festivities will be a tooth-melting amount of maple syrup taffy, outdoor activities, and even a maple-inspired cocktail bar for the adults in attendance.

Attendees will be able to partake in a dog sleigh display, wagons rides, a skating party, an ice-chipping station, a beavertail contest, and enjoy the warmth of a bonfire while listening to live music. Outdoor activities will include snowshoe tours, fat biking, mountain yoga, and stargazing.

When: Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: A full schedule of events can be found here
Where: Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge — 1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis
Registration: Prices vary per event, register online

Give a F*ck

What: Give a F*ck is a political art show and cocktail night at Koi that looks at issues including justice and reconciliation for Indigenous women, strengthening our minds against online harassment, mental health & resiliency, body positivity and more. Put on by Payton G Design and New Dawn, this show features local artists from multiple disciplines including design, dance, music, photography and painting.

When: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 10 pm
Where: Koi – 1011 1ST St SW #100, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Fort Calgary Presents: Black & White Movie Nights – Some Like It Hot

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 Some Like It Hot.

When: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, movie at 7 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Saturday, March 23

The Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

Woman hiking (My Good Images/Shutterstock)

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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

Shaun Majumder

What: Shaun is best known for his starring role in the hit Canadian series This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Proven in both comedy and drama, Shaun has held a series regular role on NBC’s The Firm and starred as Detective Vik Mahajan in the critically acclaimed crime drama Detroit 1-8-7 on ABC. He’s also received critical praise for his feature-length documentary Every Word Is Absolutely True on HBO.

When: Now to Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Laugh Shop – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Invisible Vegan

What: VegFest Calgary presents the Calgary premiere for The Invisible Vegan, a 90-minute independent documentary that explores issues of food justice and accessibility through an African-American lens. Filmmaker Jasmine Leyva investigates the health and wellness possibilities enabled by a plant-based lifestyle through recounting personal experiences, interviewing experts, and compiling research on such topics as dietary racism, food history, and plant-based nutrition.

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where:The Globe Theatre – 617 8 Ave SW Calgary
Tickets: Online, $50-$60

YYC French Film Festival 

What: Calgary’s First French Film Festival, presented by Alliance Française Calgary and La Cité des Rocheuses. Discover four popular French movies: Le Grand Bain by Gilles Lellouche, Gauguin – Voyage de Tahiti by Edouard Deluc, Monsieur & Madame Adelman by Nicolas Bedos, and Retour en Bourgogne by Cédric Klapisch.

When: Saturday, March 23 to Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: La Cite Des Rocheuses – 4800 Richard Rd SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Salon Series: A Stylish Session with Leah Van Loon

What: An evening of intimate and insightful discussion about all things Dior, fashion and style, hosted by Calgary-based professional stylist Leah Van Loon. Gain insight into the world of haute couture fashion and learn about what goes on behind the scenes of the most famous fashion houses of Paris! The evening will include insider style advice and a guided tour of the Dior exhibit, as well as light refreshments.

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9 Avenue Southeast Calgary
Tickets: Online

Water 101


What: Curious about water? Where does it come from – how do we protect this precious resource? Join Green Calgary for this family-friendly workshop exploring watersheds and water conservation. Suitable for ages 5 and up, registration is required, donations accepted at the door.

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Green Calgary Association – #100, 301 – 14 Street Northwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

McKenzie Towne Council Home & Garden Show

What: Talk to the experts about remodeling, refreshing, and renewing your home and garden and get all the inspiration you need! MTC will be showcasing dozens of businesses under one roof with innovative products and services in home improvement and design. Plus there will be a kids zone and food trucks.

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: McKenzie Towne Hall – 40 McKenzie Towne Boulevard Southeast Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

PBR Monster Energy Tour

What: Professional Bull Riding comes to Calgary on Stop No. 3 on the 2019 PBR Monster Energy Tour at the Nutrien Western Event Centre.

When: Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Nutrien Western Event Centre – Calgary Stampede 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Coming Out Monologues, YYC

What: The Coming Out Monologues, YYC are a celebration of community that bring a diverse selection of spoken word, movement, and musical pieces to the stage every season. Featuring celebrity guest hosts and stories from LGBTQ+ refugee newcomers to Canada, in partnership with The Centre for Newcomers. Plus enjoy concession offerings, a photobooth and Coming Out Monologues, YYC swag.

When: Now to Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 8 to 10:30 pm
Where: New Central Library – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Mom Community Market

What: The Mothering Vine in association with Mommy Connections Calgary presents The Mom Community Market, sponsored by Global Equity Law. This market is full of products, services and businesses by Moms FOR Moms. Meet over 30 local vendors with incredible businesses.

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Acadia Recreation Complex – 240 90 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $5

Sunday, March 24

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: 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm
Where: Winsport Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online


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 Opera Brunch – Rigoletto

What: Sunday Opera Brunch offers an intimate setting to hear opera selections performed by cast members of upcoming productions. Enjoy a delicious buffet at the Calgary Petroleum Club, while enjoying beautiful singing.

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 11:30 am
Where: Calgary Petroleum Club – 319 5th Avenue S.W., Calgary
Tickets: Online

BBQ Class – Beer & BBQ


What: Award-winning Pitmaster, Kris Valckx, will cover four recipes that will focus on how to get even more beer into your BBQing. The class will focus on complimenting flavors, using four beers in four courses. All recipes below will incorporate some Common Crown beer in unique and creative ways.

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Common Crown Brewing – 943 – 28 St. NE, Calgary
Register: Online, $125

Movie Night at Burwood Distillery – Cocktail

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What: Enjoy a classic movie at Burwood with cocktails and bites in hand.

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Burwood Distillery – 4127 6 St NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Krista Muir

What: Krista Muir was the inaugural artist-in-residence at Fisch Haus in 2016 and FL!GHT Gallery @ Blue Star in 2017. Other projects include composing the score for interactive operetta Kit Operette, Chanson-O-Gramme custom love song project, and a mini album of original bilingual lullabies A Pocket Full of Lullabies. She’s joined in concert by Ashley Velvet, Wyatt Louis and more guests

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: County Line Saloon – 1825 50 Street S.E., Calgary
Admission: $10

Granary Road Latin Festival

What: Calgary and Southern Alberta’s newest Latin Festival. Granary Road will be featuring outdoor activities, crafts for the kids, unique vendors and special performances.

When: Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Granary Road – 226066 112th St W MD of Foothills, Calgary
Admission: Free

Drink and Draw Vol.2

What: Zero Issue Brewing opens up their space up to artists of all mediums and experience levels. Not sure where to start or what to do? That’s just fine because there will be materials and mentor’s here working and willing to share supplies, advice and probably a beer or two.

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 1 to 6 pm
Where: Zero Issue Brewing – 4210 12 St NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Red Deer Taboo Show

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Screenshot of the Taboo Sex Show video (tabooshow.com)

What: The Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show features entertainment, provocative and educational seminars, unique shopping, fashion shows and live demonstrations.

When: Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Westerner Park – 4847A 19 Street, Red Deer
TicketsOnline, $15

Come From Away

What: The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway’s Come From Away takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

When: Now to Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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