14 FREE things to do in Calgary this April

Apr 5 2017, 1:35 am

Between April Fools pranks and Easter events alone – there’s no shortage of fun things to do this month in Calgary. However, having fun while staying penny-wise is a whole other thing.

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So, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Don’t start your spring cleaning too early now – here’s a list of 14 things that you can do this month for absolutely FREE.

CORE Easter

Head over to the CORE this month and hunt out some brightly coloured easter eggs. Just be sure to keep an eye on Twitter and Instagram for clues on where to find the eggs. Prizes include some awesome retailer vouchers!

  • Where: CORE Shopping Centre – 317 7th Avenue SW
  • When: Contest runs until April 15

Calgary Sketch Club Art Exhibition and Sale

In the mood to check out some great art made by local artists? Head over to The Calgary Sketch Club Art Exhibition and you won’t be disappointed. Water colour, pastel, acrylic, oil and a lot of other artwork will be featured.

  • Where: Dalhousie Community Centre – 5432 Dalhart Road NW
  • When: April 8 from 10am-4pm

Aggie Days

Venture over to the grounds for a day of entertainment and fun. On Saturday, watch impressive, cute, and highly trained dogs herd sheep into a pen by the sound of a whistle. On Sunday, watch the Calgary Stampede Spring Extreme Cowboy Race.

  • Where: Agrium Western Event Centre at the Stampede Park
  • When: April 8 and 9 from 10am to 4pm

Art of Our Times / Lunch Tour

If you’re working in the downtown core and need a better way to spend your lunch break, why not check out Contemporary Calgary’s weekly series. Listen to an always developing and interesting talk tied in with current events.

  • Where: Contemporary Calgary, 117 8th Avenue SW
  • When: Every Wednesday until May 31 from 12:10 to 12:50pm


Don’t miss Elephante, an electro house producer and DJ, at Marquee this month. This very talented producer and rising star will be playing a set of #1 remixes all night!

  • Where: Marquee Beer Market & Stage – 4630 Macleod Trail S
  • When: Free entry before 10:30pm on April 14

National Canadian Film Day 150

Celebrate Canada and films with your friends, family and fellow Calgarians for National Canadian Film Day! Venues will include theatres, schools, and libraries.

  • Where: To see locations, film titles, and showtimes, click here.
  • When: April 19

Beacon Original Art Annual Spring Art Show

Participate in building and growing community spirit with friends and family at the Beacon Original Art Annual Spring Art Show. See a variety of artwork such as painting, jewelry, glass, photography, ceramics, textiles and sculpture, all created by 25 amazing artists.

  • Where: Bridgeland, Riverside Community Centre – 917 Centre Avenue NE
  • When: April 22 from 10am to 4pm

Law Day

Whether you’re thinking of pursuing a career in law or simply fascinated and curious about the Calgary Courts Centre and all that goes on there, this free activity is one that everyone will enjoy. View mock trial presentations, tour around the courthouse, and visit exhibits made from over 50 community partners.

  • Where: Calgary Courts Centre – 601 5th Street SW
  • When: April 22 from 9am to 3pm

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis

Gather with your friends and family at Contemporary Calgary to enjoy a night out learning about contemporary art, architecture and design. A combination of film screenings, cocktails, local guest speakers, music, coffee, and food is what you’re in for. Fritz Lang’s Metropolis will be shown in the Top Gallery for the inaugural Late Night Thursday.

  • Where: Contemporary Calgary, 117 8th Avenue SW
  • When: April 22 from 6 to 9pm

Annual Calgary Vegan Bake Sale

It doesn’t matter if you already are vegan, an aspiring vegan, or a meatatarian – delicious food is delicious food. Head over to see what yummy treats can be made from plants.

  • Where: Community Natural Foods, Chinook Station Market – 202 61st Avenue SW
  • When: April 29 from 11am to 3pm

Don’t Judge A Book by its Cover Book Sale

Pre-loved books, crafts and client artwork celebrating indigenous culture will be for sale for a great cause. Helping to raise money for The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary’s SAGE program gives women the opportunity to create better futures for themselves through employment and education.

  • Where: The HUB at West Canadian – 1601 9th Avenue SE
  • When: April 29 and April 30 from 10am to 4pm

Ballet Barre Class in the CORE

Free ballet barre classes taught by H/W School of Ballet are being offered this month at the CORE. So, bring your yoga mat, water bottle, anything else you might need, and get ready to get your dance on.

  • Where: CORE Shopping Centre – 317 7th Avenue SW
  • When: Every Sunday in April

Vintage Antique Sale

From antique furniture to old fashioned toys, classic jewelry and precious china – you’re sure to find yourself an extremely unique and priceless item at this vintage sale in Heritage Park. All sales go towards raising funds for other park initiatives – so it’s even for a great cause!

  • Where: Heritage Park, Celebration Tent – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: Until April 9

YYC Alternative Market

Presented by X92.9, YYC Alternative Market has local fashion and art calling your name. Shop and shop till ya’ drop, Calgarians.

  • Where: National Music Centre – 850 4th Street SE
  • When: April 30
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