25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: March 8 to 10

Mar 5 2019, 3:28 am

Another weekend packed with fun events! Here is our list of 25 fun things to do in Calgary on Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. International Women’s Day, Brahms vs Radiohead, and more.

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

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Friday, March 8

International Women’s Day at Women’s Centre of Calgary


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What: Each year, the Women’s Centre celebrates International Women’s Day with a potluck where community members gather for a special celebration. All genders and ages are welcome to this event. 

When: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Women’s Centre of Calgary – 39 4 Street NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Hitmen

What: The Calgary Hitmen face off with the Edmonton Oil Kings at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

SODO Grand Opening Weekend

What: Calgary’s newest rental building, SODO Residences, offers exactly 305 urban, one and two-bedroom apartments south of Downtown Calgary starting at $1,425 per month. SODO’s grand opening weekend is taking place on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 – visit to find out how you can get up to two months free rent and a $1,000 move-in bonus!

When: Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: 620 10th Avenue SW, Calgary
Register: [email protected]

The Soul Exchange

What: A night merging the various ends of hip-hop with performers of rap, R&B, and spoken word poetry. There will also be a short open mic (five slots) with sign up starting at 5:30 pm. The event is all inclusive, but due to explicit language, this event is not recommended for youth under the age of 15.

When: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: That Empty Space – University of Calgary – 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $8

Cheese & Beer – Springbank Cheese & Annex Ale Project

What: Springbank Cheese Co. pairs their cheeses with beer from Annex Ale Project. Come learn and have fun in a super casual space while getting an appreciation for all things cheese and beer.

When: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Springbank Cheese Co – Marda Loop – 3570 Garrison Gate Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $40

Saturday, March 9

Peggy Baker Dance Projects: who we are in the dark

What: Choreographed by acclaimed Canadian dance artist Peggy Baker, who we are in the dark is a contemporary dance performance. Jeremy Gara and Sarah Neufeld, both members of Grammy and Juno award-winning rock band Arcade Fire, are joined on stage by seven dancers in a work that explores and illuminates shifting identities, betrayals, secrets, and intimacies played out in the dark.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Eric Harvie Theatre – Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff

Artifact Small Format Film Festival

What: The Artifact Small Format Film Festival (formerly the $100 Film Festival) is Calgary’s only celluloid-based film festival. Over the years, Artifact has expanded to include the popular Film/Music Explosion!, commission projects, and various partnerships.

When: Now to Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Theatre Junction GRAND – 608 1 St SW, Calgary
Price: Varies

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 (Except for March 8)
Time: 5 to 7:30 pm on March 7, March 14 and March 21. 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm all other dates.
Where: Winsport Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Brahms vs Radiohead

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Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

What: Conductor Steve Hackman combines Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, first performed in 1882, and Radiohead’s album OK Computer, released over a century later in 1997. This concert features vocalists, Kéren Tayar, Will Post, and Andrew Lipke.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall — 225 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Roughnecks vs Toronto Rock

What: The Calgary Roughnecks take on the Toronto Rock in NLL action at Scotiabank Saddledome

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

YYC Food & Drink Experience

What: For 10 days, enjoy offerings from more than 50 of Calgary’s favourite restaurants, featuring multi-course prix fixe value-priced menus, along with optional Wines of British Columbia pairings. Plus there will be one-of-a-kind chef collaborations, international chef exchanges, intimate winemaker’s dinners, brunches and other delectable culinary events.

When: Now to Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Taste of Congo Presents: Bridging the Gap

What: An interactive family friendly event to explore the connection between Calgary’s Afro-Canadian community and the first inhabitants of this land through food, music, dance, an African style market and storytelling. In honour of Black History Month.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where: The Village – 4039 Brentwood Road Northwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Pour Sportsmanship Latte Art Competition


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What: The Calgary coffee community comes together for the Pour Sportsmanship Latte Art Competition. Guest judges from local roasteries will decide whose latte art reigns supreme. Spectators are welcome but must register to attend. There will be beer, coffee, and snacks throughout the night, plus a live music and an emcee.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: Eight Ounce Coffee Supply – 1-4005 9 Street Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Ticket to Love

What: Patti is a Calgary flight attendant who has been unlucky in love. A chance encounter at a hockey game leads to a first date. But the game of love is not without penalties. Is it going to be a game misconduct or a come from behind victory? This romantic comedy by Cowtown Opera Company uses the greatest hits in opera to tell a tale of modern love.

When: Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Studio Theatre, cSPACE – 1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Meeting Points: Music of France, England and the US

What: GRAMMY-award winning saxophonist Timothy McAllister and pianist Liz Ames present Meeting Points: Music of France, England and the United States. The program highlights the diversity and intriguing overlaps of music styles found among 20th century icons and today’s most exciting composers.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Eckhardt Gramatté Hall – Rozsa Centre – 206 University Ct NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sunday, March 10

Calgary Flames vs Vegas Golden Knights

What: Calgary Flames face off with the Vegas Golden Knights at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Walk In Her Shoes Challenge at the Calgary Zoo

What: Hundreds of Calgarians will take part in the Calgary Walk In Her Shoes Challenge at the Calgary Zoo, to support Women & Girl Empowerment while getting their families (or up to four people) Calgary Zoo entry for only $25.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: Participants can drop by anytime from 12 to 3 pm
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary
Register: Online

Red & White Calgary Comic and Toy Expo


What: Do you collect comics, toys, manga, art, and more? Then you need to check out Red & White Calgary Comic and Toy Expo.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Red & White Club, McMahon Stadium – 1833 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Admission: $5, 12 and under Free

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 their Arrow II project.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free

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

Coffees and Cameras Photo Workshop at the Central Library

What: Join The Camera Store for a special Coffees & Cameras workshop at the new Central Library. Attendees will meet at Luke’s Coffee in the Central library for a morning coffee or drink of choice, then head into the library for before-hours access to shoot the architecture in the building while the library remains closed to the public.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Where:  Luke’s Coffee at the Central Library – 802 3 St SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids Calgary

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What: Travel back in time to remember the good, bad, and awkward parts of growing up. Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids is a live, open-mic storytelling event where courageous adults share their childhood and teenage writing on stage.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: Doors 730 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Leacock Theatre – 4825 Mount Royal Gate Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

International Women’s Day Weekend with The Torchettes

What: The National Music Centre and The Torchettes are teaming up to bring together a heavyweight roster of local ladies in honour of International Women’s Day Weekend. The day will include live performances by locals musicians, the largest female choir collective in Alberta’s ‘herstory’ performing a song of sisterhood by The Torchettes, a temporary photo exhibition from The Ten Percent project, a marketplace with female artisans and entrepreneurs, and more.

When: Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: National Music Centre – 850 – 4 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Included with regular admission

Just for Laughs Comedy Showcase

What: Ten up and coming Alberta comics showcase for their chance to appear at the 2019 Just for Laughs festival in Montreal! Enjoy an evening packed full of comedy from Canada’s finest rising talents.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: The Laugh Shop at Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Wild Seas, Secret Shores with photographer Thomas Peschak

What: A Founding Member of the Manta Trust, a senior fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and the former Director of Conservation of the Save Our Seas Foundation, Peschak has dedicated his career to documenting the beauty and fragility of the world’s oceans, islands, and coasts. He is a twelve-time winner in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, has published several books, and gave a TED Talk on seascapes and hidden ecosystems in 2015.

When: Sunday, March 10 and Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 2 pm (Sunday), 7 pm (Monday)
Where: Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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