16 things to do in Calgary this week: April 4 to 10

Apr 4 2022, 6:51 pm

With the first full week of April upon us, there are plenty of fun things to do in Calgary this spring.

The forecast is looking pretty nice, with some rain predicted on Monday and Tuesday (April showers bring May flowers, right?), before the rest of the week is expected to see sunshine with a high of 19¬ļC on Friday.

Groove to incredible tunes at BIG Winter Classic, take in some live theatre, book a Rockies staycation to visit an immersive display of light and sound at the Banff Gondola, check out an art exhibition, and more.

Here are 16 of the best things to do in and around Calgary this week.

Wild Rose Brewery Brewmaster’s Dinner

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What: Join Wild Rose Brewery for its Just Peachy Brew Dinner, featuring the return of the Sunday Fuzz Peach Hef. Tickets are being sold in groups of two and four, and include a three-course meal with beer pairings and tasting notes from Brewmaster Mark.

Sunday Fuzz relaunched on April 1, 2022, and is aimed at raising awareness and promoting positivity around mental health, while also dismantling harmful narratives and stigmas associated with mental wellness. A portion of the proceeds from all Sunday Fuzz sales will be donated to Winnipeg Jets defenceman and Calgary native Josh Morrissey’s charity, the Glass Half Full Foundation, which benefits mental health organizations.

When: April 7
Time: 6 to 9:30 pm
Where: Wild Rose Brewery (#2 Р4580 Quesnay Wood Drive SW, Calgary)
Cost: Tickets available in groups of two or four for $40 per person

Enjoy some live theatre in Calgary at The Green Line

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What:¬†Downstage has partnered with Chromatic Theatre for this co-production of The Green Line, a poetic, heartbreaking story of intergenerational queer history in Lebanon. Audiences can expect a journey that spans space and time, weaving together civil war Beirut with a contemporary nightclub, following one man’s journey to discovering his family’s past. Don’t miss out on this world premiere of The Green Line from March 31 to April 9 at the Big Secret Theatre in Calgary’s Arts Commons.

When: March 31 to April 9
Time: Varies by date
Where: Big Secret Theatre in Arts Commons (205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary)
Cost: $30

Attend a queer hip hop brunch in your pajamas this weekend

What: If you want to enjoy some awesome hip hop and R&B from DJ Sonidef, chill in an interactive art gallery, and stay in your PJs this Sunday, then this one is for you. Pillow Fight is a queer hip-hop brunch that is changing the brunch game (because who really wants to get out of their PJs on a Sunday?), with food and beverage provided by The Dark Arts at an additional charge. Get ready to put on your favourite onesie and have a great time at Pillow Fight this weekend.

When: April 10
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: The Dark Arts Restaurant & Drink (834 11th Avenue SW, Calgary)
Cost: Tickets starting at $5; food and beverage provided by The Dark Arts at an additional charge

Celebrate spring with cute animals and cowboy competitions at the Calgary Stampede’s Aggie Days

 

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What: Aggie Days is back at the Calgary Stampede this spring, celebrating the event’s 35th Anniversary in 2022. For those who just can’t wait for the Stampede to start in July, Aggie Days is a free, family-friendly weekend providing insight into life on the farm right here in the city.

If you’ve ever wondered where your food comes from and how it makes it from the farm to the table, this one is for you. Aggie Days combines educational activities with plenty of entertainment, cute animals, and cowboy competitions for just the type of western experience that we expect from the Stampede.

When: April 9 and 10
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Nutrien Western Event Centre at Stampede Park (1800 Stampede Trail SE, Calgary)
Cost: Free

Pretend you’re Alice at Hawthorn’s Mad Hatter Tea

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What:¬†Indulge in delectable pastries, dainty finger sandwiches, and oven-fresh scones along to enjoy with Fairmont-curated loose leaf teas at Hawthorn’s Mad Hatter Tea. Alice-inWonderland-themed sweets include the Queen of Hearts Cookie, Eat Me Macaron, Cuckoo Clock Cupcake, and more.

When: Saturdays and Sundays from April 2 to May 1
Time: 11 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Fairmont Pallier’s Hawthorn (133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary)
Cost: $95 per adult

Visit David Wilson’s solo exhibition at Gibson Fine Art

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What:¬†David Wilson has established himself among the most prestigious artists in Vancouver, and, after three decades and more than 20 solo exhibitions in his adopted hometown, Wilson is thrilled to make his debut at Gibson Fine Art in Calgary this month. Wilson marks his arrival in the city with In From the Cold, a characteristically sensitive collection of new works that marry the artist’s vivid technique with an interior narrative matured over his 30 years of work.

When: April 2 to 21
Time: 11 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and by appointment.
Where: Gibson Fine Art (523 Cleveland Crescent SE, Calgary)

Be awed by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

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What:¬†Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition invites visitors to experience the 34 frescoes of the Vatican ceiling in life-sized, close-up detail right here in Calgary. Guests¬†will be able to see reproductions of works such as The Creation of Adam¬†and¬†The¬†Last Judgment,¬†down to each individual colour and brushstroke.

When: March 3 to April 15
Time: Time slots available between 10 am and 7 pm Thursday through Sunday, with the exhibit closing at 8 pm
Where:¬†BMO Centre ‚Äď Hall F (20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary)
Cost: Available online starting at $16.60

Walk into a parallel universe at Calgary’s science centre

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What:¬†Fascinated by the idea of parallel universes? If so, you can now take a deeper trip into the world of the subatomic in a new exhibit at Telus Spark Science Centre’s digital immersion gallery. The team at Calgary’s science centre has taken what many would consider to be the hardest science subject ‚Äď quantum physics ‚Äď and turned it into a floor-to-ceiling visual adventure that everyone can relate to.

When: Open as of March 1, 2022
Time: Science centre hours (9 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm Friday through Sunday)
Where:¬†TELUS Spark Science Centre (220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary)
Cost: Included with general admission ($26 for adults, $19 for children)

Groove to live music during BIG Winter Classic

What:¬†BIG Winter Classic is a multi-weekend music and arts festival, celebrating the vibrancy of Calgary outside of just the warm summer months. Taking place in some of the city’s coolest venues, this festival mashes up music, art, local craft beer, and the “best and funnest” Calgarians for an epic time. “Because we’re Calgarians,” reads BIG’s website, “and dancing under patio heaters ‚Ķ actually sounds perfect.”

When: April 8 and 9
Time: Varies by show
Where: Various venues within The BLOX community (spanning east to west from 2nd and 9th Streets SW and north to south between 10th and 13th Avenues SW)
Cost: $30 for day passes, $139 for multi-weekend passes, and tickets to individual shows available at the door

Watch live theatre during High Performance Rodeo

 

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What: The spring edition of One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts, gives local audiences the chance to watch touring performances from across Canada, acclaimed international shows, and new and experimental work from artists right here in YYC.

The festival boasts theatre, dance, music, film, free lunchtime concerts, late-night cabarets, and much more, with shows in the basement of the Calgary Tower, at the Royal Canadian Legion, in the city’s +15s, a wrestling ring, an elevator, in City Hall, at the Central Library, and other unique and iconic venues around the city.

When: March 27 to May 28
Time: Varies by performance
Where: Various venues in Calgary, ranging from the Globe Cinema to Contemporary Calgary, The GRAND to Big Secret Theatre, and more
Cost: Ticket prices vary by performance

Meet someone new at a WLW Speed Dating event

What: Whether you’re looking for a relationship, interested in getting to know someone new, want to dip your toe back into the dating pool, or just aren’t keen on using dating apps this just might be up your alley. April 7 will kick off the first queer speed dating event at The Dark Arts hosted by Kylee Roman, with WLW-identifying folks. And if you don’t make a romantic connection, you just might meet a new pal ‚Äď plus, you get a glass of bubbles out of it, so it’s a win-win! Please note that this is a 21+ event.

When: April 7
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Dark Arts Restaurant & Drink (834 11th Avenue SW, Calgary)
Cost: $12 (includes complimentary glass of bubbles)

Go on a cheap movie date at select Cineplex theatres

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What: Looking for budget-friendly entertainment options? Cineplex is featuring select movie screenings for $2.99 this month at several of its Calgary locations. The Cineplex Family Favourites series runs every Saturday at 11 am and offers the chance to enjoy a good flick at a great price.

When: April 9 and 16
Time: 11 am
Where: Varies by date; participating Calgary locations include Cineplex Cinemas Seton and VIP, Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum Cinemas, Cineplex Cinemas East Hills, Scotiabank Theatre Chinook, and Cineplex Odeon Westhills Cinemas
Cost: $2.99; tickets available online

Have a “wild” brunch at the Calgary Zoo

 

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What:¬†Enjoy weekend brunch at the Calgary Zoo. Held in the heart of Destination Africa, the zoo’s Safari Brunch features both gourmet and comfort breakfast foods, including a free-flowing chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, a Belgian waffle bar, and much, much more.

When: Every Sunday until November 13, 2022
Time: First seating 9 to 10:30 am, second seating 11 am to 12:30 pm, and third seating on select dates from 1 to 2:30 pm
Where: Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary)
Cost: $44.95 for adults, $27.95 for children

Visit the Otipemisiwak exhibition at Fort Calgary

 

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What: Fort Calgary launched Otipemisiwak, an exhibition of contemporary visual art, to celebrate Métis Week in November, and it remains on display until June 2022. The exhibit showcases recent works by Daphne Boyer, a visual artist and plant scientist, using a photo-based technique that mirrors spectacular traditional Métis beading.

When: Now until June 26, 2022
Time: Fort Calgary hours (currently 10 am to 5 pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
Where: Fort Calgary (750 9th Avenue SE, Calgary)
Cost: $10 for general admission to Fort Calgary, or free for youth age 17 and under and Indigenous peoples

Get topsy-turvy at The Alice: An Immersive Cocktail Experience

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What:¬†If you’ve ever dreamed of drinking tea with Alice in Wonderland characters, munching on an “Eat Me” cake, and playing croquet with flamingos, here’s your chance. Create your own liquid concoctions under the watchful eye of the Mad Hatter at The Alice: Immersive Cocktail Experience. Dive through the looking glass and solve riddles and challenges just like Alice to unlock all the ingredients needed to create your enchanted teapot cocktails.

When: January 27 to April 10
Where: SunnyCider (#1 – 3300 14th Avenue NE, Calgary)
Price: $47 per person; available here

Take in the Banff Gondola’s immersive Nightrise exhibit

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What:¬†Pursuit’s latest experience, Nightrise, combines multimedia, storytelling, and nature at the Banff Gondola for a multi-sensory journey like no other. The event will bring light and sound together to share a new and inspiring perspective in the heart of the Rockies. At Sulphur Mountain’s peak, guests can explore the many levels of the summit building and enjoy Rockies-inspired eats and drinks. Outside on the viewing decks, discover wonders that only emerge as the night begins to rise.

When: On now until April 10
Time: Gondola upload time slots between 5:10 and 8:10 pm
Where: Banff Gondola (100 Mountain Avenue, Banff)
Cost: Starting at $56 for adults and $28 for children (age six to 15)

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