23 distanced things to do in Calgary this week: April 5 to 11

Apr 5 2021, 4:40 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.

There’s lots to do in Calgary this week, whether you want to check out a market, attend a virtual event from the comfort of your own couch, or try something entirely new.

The weather is looking like it’s going to be all over the place, from double-digit temperatures to flurries, so we’ve rounded up a variety of things to do in the city no matter what the forecast is.

Grab a family member or cohort buddy, mask up, and have some fun this week, Calgary.

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.

When: April 10
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: The parking lot beside the Kensington Tim Hortons (1204 Kensington Road NW)
Cost: Varies by purchase

Find hidden Easter eggs around Deerfoot City

What: Visit Guest Services in Deerfoot City’s Food Lodge for their Easter Hunt map, or download a digital copy. Find the Easter egg installations in outdoor locations around the venue and enter to win a $250 gift card to a Deerfoot City retailer of your choice.

When: Now through April 11
Where: Deerfoot City (901 64th Avenue NE)
Cost: Free

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

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

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 6, 8, 15, 20, 22, and 29, and May 4
Time: 7 pm
Where: Broadcast on wordfest.com
Cost: Free

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

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 8, 15, 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

The Barn Sessions with Drew Gregory

What: Catch Alberta country star Drew Gregory with special guest Brandon Lorenzo at this Hotels Live concert, where guests watch the concert from their own private hotel balcony looking over the Delta Calgary South’s indoor atrium.

When: April 9
Time: 8 to 11 pm
Where: Delta Calgary South (227 Southland Drive SE)
Cost: Ticket packages start at $50 per person (includes concert and hotel room, based on quad occupancy)

Watch a tournament happening in Calgary’s Curling Canada Bubble

What: Calgary is hosting Curling Canada’s curling bubble in the city right now, with three more events happening at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre between now and May. The 2021 World Men’s Curling Championships tournament is on now, so be sure to catch all the action on TSN.

When: April 2 to 11 (World Men’s Curling Championships), April 14 to 18 (Grand Slam of Curling), and April 30 to May 9 (World Women’s Curling Championship)
Time: Broadcast schedule available here
Where: Broadcast on TSN and Sportsnet

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)

Youth Singers: Hearts Out at Home

What: Youth Singers of Calgary is bringing the party to you. Your entire household can take part in this virtual celebration, complete with a custom dinner box, photo booth props, party favours, entertainment (including music trivia questions and sing-a-long lyrics), and an online silent auction.

When: April 10
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Your home
Cost: Tickets start at $55 per person

Join Olds College for A Celebration of Alberta Ag


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What: Celebrate Alberta’s agriculture industry and the important role that it plays in our world. This livestream show features a performance from country legend Corb Lund, plus it showcases Old College’s hands-on program offerings and student experience and celebrates agriculture industry partners.

When: April 9
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Online, streamed live from the Olds College campus
Cost: Free

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

Glenbow from Home


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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

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

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

Chef + Winemaker Dinner Series

What: Book your table now for a four-course dinner and wine pairing with the Chef + Winemaker Dinner Series. Choose from two different dates, with one evening featuring a Thai-inspired menu and the other with an Italian-inspired menu.

When: April 9 (Thai menu) and 23 (Italian menu)
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: City & Country Urban Winery
Cost: $80.59

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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