27 distanced things to do in Calgary this week: April 19 to 25

Apr 19 2021, 12:13 pm

As recommended by health officials, if you choose to participate in events outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent handwashing. If you are sick, please stay home.

As Calgary settles into spring, there’s lots to do in the city this week.

Whether you want to get outside, take part in a virtual event from the comfort of your couch, or learn something new, you’re sure to find something on our list that fits your interests.

Here’s what’s on in Calgary this week.

Enjoy dinner and a movie at Hotel Arts

What: Escape for a night with an in-room dinner and a movie at Hotel Arts. The package comes with a night’s stay in the hotel’s luxury accommodations, a gourmet in-room dinner for two, a bottle of wine, two craft sodas, truffled parmesan popcorn and other movie snacks, and a $25 credit towards your in-room movie.

When: Available daily
Where: Hotel Arts (119 12th Avenue SW)
Cost: Package starts at $275

Spark Science from Home

What: TELUS Spark Science Centre hosts a wide variety of fun and educational options online, from virtual programs and Dome Movies at Home to Cereal Science and a collection of experiments and activities.

When: Programming varies, learn more through their website
Where: From the comfort of your own home
Cost: Varies by program

Calgary Zoo Adults-Only Night: QUEST for the Golden Giraffe


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What: The Calgary Zoo is introducing a whole new kind of adults-only night this month with the help of QUEST, a game series that puts players right inside the story, where they’ll choose what happens next. Explore the zoo and stop at bars along the route as you work to find your way to the finish. You can even add a dinner box to your evening, with a variety of delicious options.

When: April 22 
First timed ticket entry at 4 pm, with entry times staggered in 30-minute intervals. The game runs until 8 pm.
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Cost: $45 (or $60 with a dinner box add-on)

Southcentre Mall’s Spring Virtual Egg Hunt

What: Southcentre Mall has used the power of augmented reality to create a Spring Virtual Egg Hunt to help Calgarians get out of the house for a fun and safe adventure. Giant Easter eggs and other surprises have been hidden throughout the halls of Southcentre, ready for you to discover using the free “Virtual Easter” app.

When: On now until April 30
Time: Mall hours (11 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays)
Where: Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Road SE)
Cost: Free

Take a walk through Devonian Gardens

What: Feel like you’re in a tropical paradise in downtown Calgary at Devonian Gardens. Stroll the boardwalk, take in the plants and ponds, and grab a quick bite at the food court.

When: Daily
Time: 11 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sundays
Where: Fourth floor of the CORE Shopping Centre (400 – 317 7th Avenue SW)
Cost: Free

GlobalFest Flavours: Indigenous Cuisine

What: GlobalFest Flavours is celebrating eats from around the world with a 10-episode series featuring food, spices, recipes, and flavours. In this week’s edition, discover Indigenous cuisine with Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park as chefs prepare a featured dish online.

When: April 20
Time: 5:30 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Tickets are $10 each, or $25 to include a Spice & Dry Goods Box

Visit the National Music Centre’s Amplify platform

What: Amplify serves as an extension of the NMC’s onsite programs through an online hub detailing the sounds and stories of music in Canada. Take a guided tour of the museum virtually, delve into articles from their vast collection of historical musical instruments, equipment, and memorabilia, and learn more about the power of music for healing and wellness.

When: Anytime
Where: Online, from the comfort of your own home
Cost: Free

Watch a tournament happening in Calgary’s Curling Canada Bubble


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What: Calgary is hosting Curling Canada’s curling bubble at WinSport’s Markin McPhail Centre right now, and there are still a few tournaments left to watch between now and May. Tune into the action on TSN and cheer on athletes in this truly Canadian sport.

When: April 20 to 25 (Princess Auto Players’ Championship), and April 30 to May 9 (World Women’s Curling Championship)
Time: Broadcast schedule available here
Where: Broadcast on TSN and Sportsnet

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air broadcast channel

What: Wordfest’s broadcast channel has assembled the “best writers, biggest thinkers, and sparkiest creators” in one virtual place to help fuel your curiosity. Join these great minds for a live conversation and get inspired.

When: April 20 and 22
Time: 7 pm
Where: Broadcast on wordfest.com
Cost: Free

Calgary Underground Film Festival

When: April 23 to May 2
Varies by film
Cost: Varies by individual film, or $40 for a five-film pack, $139 for a full pass, and $169 for a household pass

Crossroads Market

What: This isn’t your traditional farmers’ market. Along with fresh produce and local eats, shoppers will find comics, jewellery, vintage items, a hair salon, and more at Crossroads Market.

When: Weekly from Friday to Sunday
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: 1235 26th Avenue SE
Cost: Varies by purchase

Poutine with Purpose

What: Help Mealshare end youth hunger and enjoy some cheesy goodness at the same time during Poutine with Purpose. For every poutine purchased during Poutine with Purpose Week, one simple, healthy meal is provided to a youth in need.

When: April 23 to May 1
Various restaurants
Cost: Varies by restaurant

Tune in to Walk Off the Earth’s virtual concert

What: Catch one of two concerts featuring Walk Off the Earth from your own home, broadcast from Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall.

When: April 23
Time: 1 pm and 7 pm
Where: Virtually
Cost: $16.59

The 2021 Garden Show

The Calgary Horticultural Society presents a virtual edition of the Garden Show in 2021. Hear from plant, soil, and water experts and keynote speakers, win prizes, and check out the exhibitor hall with this online experience.

When: April 24 to 25
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: $30, or $20 for members of the Calgary Horticultural Society

The Kensington Market

What: Support local businesses and celebrate the arrival of spring with this monthly market, offering wonderfully unique finds from a wide array of vendors. The Crack’d YYC food truck will also be in attendance. Breakfast poutine, anyone?

When: April 24
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: The parking lot beside the Kensington Tim Hortons (1204 Kensington Road NW)

Check out High Park

What: High Park offers downtown views, adorable string lights, colourful picnic tables, and fun signs to take photos with – on top of a parking garage in the Beltline. Have a spring picnic six floors above street level and grab some cool photos while you’re at it.

When: Open daily
Time: 7 am to 11 pm
Where: The top level of the Centre City Parkade at 340 10th Avenue SW
Cost: Free

Heritage Park Ghost Tours


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What: Visit Heritage Park after dark for a guided ghost tour through the abandoned streets of its Historical Village. Hear spooky stories and learn a little bit about Calgary’s haunted past during a 90-minute walking tour, covering approximately 2 km of the park.

When: April 22, and 29, and May 6
Time: Two tours each evening, beginning at 7 and 7:30 pm
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village (1900 Heritage Drive SW)
Cost: $22.95

Arts Commons Presents: Love Notes Cabaret

When: April 25
Time: 7 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free, advanced registration required

Zombie Scavenger Hunt

What: Test your ability to survive after a zombie apocalypse in this scavenger hunt game that leads you through the city. Players have 60 minutes to collect supplies to survive during the interactive game that invites participants to complete challenges and answer trivia questions.

When: Daily
Time: One hour of your choosing between 10 am and 9 pm
Where: Downtown Calgary
Cost: $29.30 per team (up to 10 people)

Calgary Farmers’ Market

What: Pick up farm-fresh produce, warm and delicious baked goods, and locally-produced artisan goods at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. Pet products, coffee and tea, and flowers are also available to purchase.

When: Thursday to Sunday weekly
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: 510 77th Avenue SE
Cost: Varies by purchase

Visit a sculpture covered with flowers and snakes in this Inglewood window

What: While we wait for the Esker Foundation’s main gallery to reopen, their Project Space window brings some art into our lives while simultaneously providing a concept to contemplate. Visible from street level, “The Garden” is a clay sculpture combining elements of nature with the human form, created by ceramic artist Yvonne Kustec.

When: Now through June 6
Where: Esker Foundation’s Project Space window (1011 9th Avenue SE)
Cost: Free

Explore fandoms and win prizes during Calgary Library and Calgary Expo’s four-month reading challenge

What: Calgary Public Library and the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo have paired up to host a reading challenge. Over the next few months, kids and adults alike can take on both reading and creative challenges to be entered to win one of 25 prizes.

When: Now through May 15
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Free with your Calgary Library card

Tee-off at one of the world’s best courses from Hotel Arts’ Golf Studios


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What: Choose from simulations of more than 20 of the world’s best courses, including Pebble Beach, Oakmont, and Valderrama, and tee-off from your own private Golf Studio in downtown Calgary. Players can enjoy their own stocked carts with food and beverage service from Hotel Arts’ Clubhouse during the game.

When: Open daily
Time: Book one-, two-, three-, or four-hour time slots from 8 am to 9 pm
Where: Hotel Arts
Cost: Starting at $50 for 55 minutes

Glenbow from Home

What: Tour Glenbow’s extensive collection and galleries of rotating exhibits virtually and get cultured without even leaving the house.

When: Anytime
Where: Online, available through Glenbow’s website
Cost: Free

“Escape from the Alternate Dimension” in this ’90s-themed virtual escape room

What: In this virtual escape room, players are transported to a parallel 1990s universe using a time machine. A Live Adventure Guide will host the experience and cater to your group based on the ages of players, making this a fitting activity for everyone – whether you were alive during the 90s or not.

When: Daily
Time: Start times are staggered through the day, typically between 9 am and 9:30 pm (players have 60 minutes to win the game)
Where: From the comfort of your own home
Cost: $25 per person

Snap photos at PARK PARK

What: PARK PARK took an urban parking lot in Inglewood and turned it into a modern play space. Visitors will find life-size symbols of a tree, a phone, a picnic table, a bike, a book, and more. Each of these colourful symbols also contains a useful feature integrated that relates to what they depict – check out these curiosities and be amazed.

When: Open daily
Where: CPA Lot 43 (880 11th Street SE)
Cost: Free

Watch a musical edition of The Paper Bag Princess


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What: StoryBook Theatre presents the story of The Paper Bag Princess as an online production and musical. Based on Robert Munsch’s book, the story follows a princess as she sets off to battle a dragon after it destroys her kingdom and kidnaps her prince.

When: Weekends from April 9 to 25
Time: Your choice of several time slots each day
Cost: Viewing codes are $32 each

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