21 things to do in Calgary this week: April 17 to 23

Apr 17 2017, 3:43 pm

The sun is shining and spring is here to enjoy. From the Flames trying to keep their playoff hopes alive to concerts, plays and more!

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Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks

  • What: Help change the Flames’ luck by catching their first home playoff game at the dome tonight. Be part of the CofRed, drink those dome beers and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Where: The Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When:
    • Monday, April 17 at 8 pm vs. Anaheim
    • Wednesday, April 19 at 8 pm vs. Anaheim

The 17th Annual Underground Film Festival

  • What: Support your local independent filmmakers as they defy convention in all genres, at the 14th annual Calgary Underground Film Festival. All screenings after 3PM are licensed (18+), which means you can drink beer during the film but no minors are allowed in.
  • Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8 Avenue SW
  • When: April 17 – 23
  • Cost: $120 pass, $10 single ticket

Dinner and A Movie

  • What: This classic date night standby just got a whole lot more fun, with Heritage Park’s Dinner and a Movie series. Munch on a tasty 3-course meal at the Selkirk Grille Restaurant before heading over to Gasoline Alley for a timeless classic film. There you will find a cash bar and old-fashioned popcorn to snack on during the movie!
  • Where: Heritage Park, Celebration Tent – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When:
    • April 4 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    • April 19 – Canadian Fan Favourite
  • Cost: $42.95/ per person or $8 for film only

Run 5-8K with The Outsiders Run Club

  • What: Is running a marathon or just simply getting back into shape one of your new year’s resolutions this year? Tackle this goal once and for all and join the Outsiders Running Club. There is no charge, just bring yourself and your running shoes and join Joanna Magnik of The Sweat Style for a 5-8K run every Tuesday night at 6:30 pm!
  • Where: East Village Riverwalk plaza – 618 Confluence Way SE
  • When: Every Tuesday
  • Cost: FREE

Spring workshops

Intro to Watercolour Workshop at Greater Goods

  • Where: Greater Goods – 606 Meredith Road NE
  • When: April 19
  • Cost: $80/ person

Heart and Swirl Painting Workshops

  • Where: Outside the Shape – 1222 10 Avenue SE
  • When:
  • April 12 – “Bloom” with Kyla Alty
  • April 19 – Abstract Stripes with Jill Paddock
  • April 26 – “Bloom” with Kyla Alty
  • Cost: $100

Macrame Herb Garden Workshop at Greater Goods

  • Where: Greater Goods – 606 Meredith Road NE
  • When: April 21
  • Cost: $85/ person

Henna Workshop

  • Where: Sonoma – 120, 801 6 Street SW
  • When: April 24
  • Cost: $70

National Canadian Film Day: Angry Inuk

  • What: April 19th is National Canadian Film day, and to celebrate the Glenbow is inviting you to join them in a free screening of the Angry Inuk. Directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, this film features the journey of a tech-savy generation armed with social media, as they campaign and challenge the long-established perceptions of seal hunting.
  • Where: The Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Ave SW
  • When: April 19
  • Cost: FREE

420 Music & Arts Festival and Expo

  • What: Big Rock Brewery & Metalheads United are hosting this years 420 Music and Arts Fest and Expo. Enjoy three days of rad music, eclectic art, food trucks, and many other vendors & enthusiasts.
  • Where: Distortion Live Music Venue – 3828 Macleod Trail S
  • When: Wednesday, April 19 to Saturday, April 22
  • Cost: Single day passes $20-$30

Craving Kensington

  • What: This March, Calgary Food Tours is bringing back everyone’s favourite, Craving Kensington. On this 3-hour walking-tour, you will eat your way through this inner city village at some of the foodie hotspots, while also learning about the charming history and architecture of the area! Bon appétit!
  • Where: Meet at Pulcinella Ristorante – 1147 Kensington Crescent NW
  • When: Thursday’s in March to November 2017
  • Cost: $115

Check out some live Music on Music Mile

  • What: 2016 was the year of music here in Calgary, and the music industry in our city is now booming as a result. Spend date night at one of the many venues on YYC’s Music Mile, between Inglewood and East Village, and be entertained by some of our city’s best local talent at a live show, while enjoying a few drinks with your significant other. See the list of venues and performances here!
  • Where: Music Mile – between Inglewood and East Village
  • Cost: FREE


  • What: It’s not common to see political and hilarious used to describe something in the same sentence, but in this instance, it’s more than appropriate. Laugh until you cry as 1979 Prime Minister Joe Clark, decides whether or not he should put his first budget before parliament, as everyone, including his wife, Brian Mulroney, Pierre Trudeau advise him not too, in this riveting, hilarious political comedy.
  • Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 215 8 Avenue SE
  • When: April 4 to 22
  • Cost: $25 -$72

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy

  • What: Calling all Trekkies! Having opened on February 4, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience will be at TELUS Spark until June 4, 2017. Upon entering the exhibit, you’ll become a Starfleet Academy cadet recruit.
  • Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: Now until June 4, 2017
  • Cost: Adults $29.95

Studio Bell After Hours

  • What: Head to the National Music Centre (NMC) for the second installment of their new nighttime series on Friday, April 21. The night will feature a fresh roster of DJs, along with more games and good times geared towards music fans 18 years of age and older. This is not your typical night at the museum. We’ll be turning down the lights, turning up the tunes, and inviting you to explore five floors of exhibitions and interactives.
  • Where: Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre – 850 4 Street SE
  • When: Friday, April 21 from 6 to 10pm
  • Cost: $18, $14 students (18+) and seniors

Beats. Brunch. Charity

  • What: Brunching for a good cause, there is no better way to spend your Saturday! Try a variety of delicious brunch dishes (yes, they have benny), as DJ Geoff Brown spins old hip hop and soul music in the background at this charity event in support of the Pet Access League Society (PALS) Calgary. There will also be an exciting silent auction featuring a variety of local YYC products and brands, such as Rumble Boxing, Local Laundry, Lace Brick Design, Bark Shop and more.
  • Where: Roosevelt Eatery – 933 17th Avenue SW
  • When: April 22
  • Cost: $33 – includes brunch, 1 mimosa and up to $15 off your first Uber ride

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra: A Tribute to Bowie

  • What: The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is keeping David Bowie’s memory alive with this tribute to the legend himself. Join them for an evening of symphonic rock that outlines five decades of Bowie’s iconic classics, such as Space Oddity, Let’s Dance, Rebel Rebel and many many more.
  • Where: Jacksinger Concert Hall
  • When: April 22
  • Cost: $25.00 – $85.00

Spring Music – Smalltown DJs

  • What: Welcome Canada’s duo, Smalltown DJ’s to the stage as you celebrate spring, enjoy the great outdoors and take in the last few runs of the season.
  • Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort – 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise
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  • When: April 22 and 23
  • Cost: FREE

Spring Frenzy 2017

  • What: If you’re a foodie, this is an event you will want to write down on your calendar. Join YYCFoodTrucks for their first event of the year, kicking off yet another summer full of great food, music, community and fun-filled events.
  • Where: Riverwalk Plaza East Village
  • When: April 22 to 23
  • Cost: $5 Entry

Calgary Poutine Week

  • What: It’s baaaaack! Calgary Poutine week takes over the minds, hearts, and stomachs of YYC from April 21 to 29 this year, and the best part is, when you eat poutine sold as part of Calgary Poutine Week, you are helping get a meal to someone in need. Poutine Week is partnered with Mealshare, the non-profit that basically is a one-for-one donation based model that lets restaurants feed customers and kids in need.
  • Where: Various restaurants around town
  • When: April 21 to 29

Ballet Barre Class in the CORE

  • What: Courtesy of Lolë Calgary, the Core will be hosting free ballet barre classes every Sunday in April at 11am, taught by H/W School of Ballet. Bring your water bottle, yoga mat and towel, and prepare to sculpt and tone that beach bod for summer!
  • Where: COREshopping – 317 7 Avenue SW
  • When: Every Sunday in April beginning April 2
  • Cost: FREE
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