25 distanced things to do in Calgary this week: April 26 to May 2

Apr 26 2021, 10:30 am

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.

If you trust the weather forecast (which may not be a good idea in Calgary), it looks like this is gearing up to be a week full of nice weather, and there are lots of things to do in the city right now.

Make some solo plans, or pair up with a household member or cohort buddy, grab some hand sanitizer and a mask, and get out there to take advantage of the sunshine and warm temperatures coming our way.

Check out our list of things to do in Calgary this week.

Le Cirque de la Nuit: Beyond Burlesque


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What: Catch a live burlesque show from your own private hotel balcony, overlooking the indoor atrium at the Delta Calgary South hotel. Let the lights, drama, music, and entertainers draw you into a world of sultry circus spectacles, including high flying aerialists, burlesque dancers, acrobats, and more.

When: May 1
Time: 8 to 11 pm
Where: Delta Calgary South (227 Southland Drive SE)
Cost: Tickets start at $50 per person, based on quad occupancy (includes performance and hotel stay)

Catch the virtual performance of #DanceForth: suspending disbelief

What: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks presents this virtual performance as part of #DanceForth, the National Art Centre Dance’s livestream series that supports and celebrates the Canadian dance environment. suspending disbelief is a series of shifting and morphing dance pieces created in and about this time of instability.

When: April 29 (link available until May 2)
Time: 7 pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free

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

Book exclusive hydrotherapy access at Kananaskis Nordic Spa


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What: Kananaskis Nordic Spa is now taking bookings for private access to their hydrotherapy facility, which includes access to the hydrotherapy pools, steam room, and sauna, plus the spa’s locker rooms and showers. For those who haven’t experience it before, hydrotherapy is the Nordic-inspired cycle of alternating between hot, warm, and cold baths, followed by periods of rest.

Anyone can book the spa from Monday to Thursday, with access limited to hotel guests with reservation at Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge and Crosswaters Resort from Friday to Sunday.

When: Now until May 31
Time: Two-hour time slots are granted per group throughout the day.
Where: Kananaskis Nordic Spa (1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis, Alberta)
Cost: $499 total for up to 4 guests. (Additional household members can join in on the booking for $119 per person, up to 10 people.)

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

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

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

When: 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 27, 28, and 29
Time: 7 pm
Where: Broadcast on wordfest.com
Cost: Free

Go on a spring walk


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What: Calgary is home to some incredible parks and pathways, creating the perfect backdrop for a lovely spring walk walk. Head outside to get some fresh air and exercise while enjoying some of the city’s gorgeous green space. Check out our list of the best places to walk this spring.

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

Currie Tree & Treasure Hunt

What: Take part in the “Currie Tree & Treasure Hunt” this month and learn about some of Calgary’s oldest and largest trees. Enjoy safe, outdoor fun by scanning QR codes at 10 noteworthy trees throughout the community to learn more about various species, historical anecdotes, fun facts, and more.

Urban explorers can enter to win dinner at The Inn on Officers’ Garden and free ice cream treats by posting a photo of one of the 10 trees on Instagram using #currietreecontest.

When: April 22 to 30
Where: The community of Currie, Calgary
Cost: Free

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

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

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 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

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


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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

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


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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

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