23 distanced things to do in Calgary this week: March 29 to April 4

Mar 29 2021, 11:06 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.

Spring is officially here, the Easter long weekend is heading our way, and the forecast is looking pretty good, so make the most of all the things there are to do this week in Calgary.

Whether you want to prove that you’re the ultimate Game of Thrones fan during a trivia night, sit poolside, sip on a drink while listening to a DJ at Hotel Arts’ Latin Night, or watch a concert broadcast from inside a brutalist-era gallery, there’s sure to be something for you to do in YYC over the coming days.

Check out our list of 23 things to do this week in Calgary, grab a family member or cohort buddy, mask up, and plan something fun.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s virtual concert series: City Spaces

What: While their concert hall remains closed, the CPO has taken their show on the road, playing from iconic Calgary spaces in these free new virtual performances. City Spaces bring music to audiences from a variety of places, including the top of a modern skyscraper, the interior of a brutalist-era gallery, and the grand ballroom of a historic hotel.

When: April 3 (Contemporary Calgary) and 17 (Fairmont Palliser)
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Watch performances virtually, broadcast from iconic Calgary spaces
Cost: Free

Calgary Zoo: Eggstravaganza

What: The Calgary Zoo’s annual Eggstravaganza is back with family-friendly fun designed to help you say goodbye to winter and hello to spring weather. Treat stations, a virtual Easter egg hunt, and other fun spring-themed activities add to your zoo experience while visiting the animals.

When: April 2 to 5
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE)
Cost: Included with zoo admission ($24.95 for adults, $14.95 for children)

Bridgeland Arctic Adventure

What: Participants can choose their own adventure through the neighbourhood of Bridgeland – from the full, self-guided activity course to a scavenger hunt.

When: Now through March 31 
Where: Throughout the Bridgeland community, view map for details
Cost: Free

Game of Thrones online trivia

What: The Calgary Sport and Social Club is hosting a trivia event all about Game of Thrones (the TV series, not the books). Battle it out to be crowned the ultimate GoT fan – the top three Trivia Masters will be receiving prizes.

When: March 31
Time: 7 pm
Where: Online via Crowdpurr and Zoom
Cost: $10 per team/household

Spark Science from Home


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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

All Together for Animals

What: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has teamed up with today’s top country music artists to host a private benefit concert. The concert helps the Calgary Zoo and other AZA-accredited facilities to overcome the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Performers include Brad Paisley, Old Dominion, Wynonna Judd, and more.

When: March 31
Time: 8 pm
Where: Virtually
Cost: $30 + optional extra contribution (prices are in USD)

Poolside by Hotel Arts: Latin Night

What: This all-ages event at Hotel Arts brings in DJ Henry to celebrate Latin Night. Book a party for two, four, or six people (household or cohort members only), and enjoy a luxury poolside luxury suite with a fireplace or a pool deck table. Guests can also enjoy a full menu selection from Yellow Door Bistro.

Be aware that, due to current AHS regulations, those who do not have a room at the hotel are not allowed to use the pool during this time.

When: March 31 and April 1
Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 8 pm
Where: Hotel Arts pool (119 12th Avenue SW)
Cost: Tickets start at $60

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: Now through March 31
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), and virtually
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

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: March 30, 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 winter 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 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 three more events happening at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre between now and May. The 2021 World Men’s Curling Championships tournament starts this week, 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

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 30
Time: Starting at 5pm
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’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

Have afternoon tea at Heritage Park

What: Enjoy an afternoon Easter tea at Heritage Park’s Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women. Book your afternoon sitting today for a delicious, traditional tea complete with a tray of sandwiches and treats and freshly brewed tea or lemonade.

When: April 3 and 4
11 am to 2 pm
Heritage Park
Cost: $29.95

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

“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

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