20 distanced things to do in Calgary this week: March 22 to 28

Mar 22 2021, 1:50 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.

Spring has sprung in Calgary, and we should probably take advantage of the good weather while it lasts.

Whether you want to get outside, try a unique new activity, or participate in a virtual event from the comfort of your couch, there are lots of things to do in the city this week.

Check out our list of happenings, grab a family member or cohort buddy, mask up, and get out there to enjoy the change of season.

Locked Zoo: Penguin Pursuit (Adults Only Night)

What: Explore the zoo without tiny humans running around, find clues, enjoy a boozy beverage, and solve the puzzles to save the day in this outdoor escape room-style experience. The challenge isn’t timed, so players can visit animals along the way, and delicious dinner boxes can be added on to the experience.

When: March 26
Time: 4 to 8 pm, with staggered entry times
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Cost: $45 or $60 to add a dinner box

Bridgeland Arctic Adventure

What:¬†Participants can choose their own adventure through the neighbourhood of Bridgeland ‚Äď from the full, self-guided course to a scavenger hunt. Afterwards, join Bridgeland Distillery for a drink at their ice bar and relax by the firepits.

When: Now through March 31 
Self-guided (the ice bar is open 2 to 6 pm Friday through Sunday)
Where: Throughout the Bridgeland community, view map for details
Cost: Free, unless you purchase a drink at the ice bar

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

Techstars Start-Up Weekend ‚Äď Online Alberta

What: Platform Calgary, Startup Calgary, and Startup Edmonton have teamed up to bring an online event to Albertans that will give attendees the skills they need to bring their startup idea to life over the course of a weekend. Teams work together and with coaches to validate and develop a tech start-up prototype.

When: March 26 to 28
Where: Online
Cost: $11.76 to $28.47

Check out art installations at Southcentre Mall and #ChooseToChallenge

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Courtesy of Southcentre Mall

What: In celebration of International Women’s Day this month, Southcentre Mall invited three emerging female artists to create mural artwork for shoppers to enjoy, with an interactive graphic design on the flip side of each mural celebrating three of the mall’s female entrepreneurs, for a total of six Instagrammable backdrops.

Southcentre encourages Calgarians to explore the Women’s Day-inspired artwork and participate in the IWD 2021 theme, #ChooseToChallenge, by sharing an image on social media (either taken in front of one of the mall’s backdrops or from the comfort of home) to show support and solidarity in celebrating women’s achievements and challenging inequality.

When: All month long
Time: Mall hours (11 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays)
Where: Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd SE), and virtually
Cost: Free

Take a walk through Devonian Gardens

What: Feel like you’re in a tropical paradise within 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 ‚Äď 317 7th Avenue SW)

Piano to Zanskar Watch Party

When: March 24
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Cost: Free

Visit the National Music Centre’s Amplify platform


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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

Check out High Park

What:¬†High Park offers downtown views, adorable string lights, colourful picnic tables, and fun signs to take photos with ‚Äď on top of a parking garage in the Beltline. Have a winter picnic six floors above street level and grab some cool photos while you‚Äôre 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

Enter the Common Bond contest

Courtesy of Molson Canadian

What: To celebrate the launch of Molson Canadian and J.P. Wiser’s Common Bond whisky-flavoured lager, Canadians are invited to share a photo of themselves with their best friend. Enter through Instagram for the chance to win a Victorian era portrait of the two of you, Bridgerton-style. Post a photo of yourself and a friend, tag @MolsonCanadian and @JPWisers, and use the hashtag #CommonBond to enter.

When: Now until March 26
Where: Enter via Instagram
Cost: Free

Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo

What: Get an up-close look at the group of king penguins as they explore, exercise, and waddle their way through the zoo.

When: Now through March 25, weather dependent
Time: 10 am
Where: The Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Cost: Included with admission ($19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children)

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: March 25, April 1, 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

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 four more events happening at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre between now and April. The 2021 Home Hardware Canadian Mixed Doubles tournament starts this week, so be sure to catch all the action on TSN.

When: Now until March 25
Time: Broadcast schedule available here
Where: Broadcast on TSN and Sportsnet

Check out the Tokyo Chopsticks pop-up at Shelter

What: Grab some Japanese food from this pop-up at Shelter Cocktail Bar, cooked up by Chef Keisuke of Ikemen Calgary, featuring dishes like ramen, edamame guacamole, and spicy sesame chicken.

When: March 23
Where: Shelter Cocktail Bar (1210 1st Street SW)
Cost: Varies by dish

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)

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

What:¬†While we wait for the Esker Foundation‚Äôs 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, ‚ÄúThe Garden‚ÄĚ 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

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

‚ÄúEscape from the Alternate Dimension‚ÄĚ in this¬†‚Äô90s-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 ‚Äď 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

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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

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