25 things to do in Calgary this week: March 6 to 12

Mar 7 2017, 3:58 am

It’s slightly chillier this week in Calgary but that doesn’t mean you need to go into hibernation.

From Big Taste serving up delicious dishes around town to Eric Church at the dome, there’s lots to keep you occupied.

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Yoga at the GRAND

  • What: Make the most of your Monday and take some time to just breath, while enjoying a relaxing yoga class at Theatre Junction during your lunch hour!
  • Where: Theatre Junction Grand – 608 1 Street SW
  • When: Every Monday at 12:15 pm
  • Cost: $10 Drop-in

The Big Taste Foodie Festival

  • What: Foodie’s rejoice! YYC’s favourite foodie festival is back for another year! Between March 3 and 12 some of Calgary’s best restaurants will be offering up three and five-course fix price menus for every meal of the day. Restaurants are sorted by price point, so you can be sure to expect more than a few options no matter what your budget may be. At the same time, there will also be various one-time only, signature events happening around the city, such as Canada’s tribute Dinner at The Guild, The Winemaker’s Dinner at the Deane House, the Reunion Dinner at Catch and more!
  • Where: Various locations around Calgary. See participating restaurants here.
  • When: March 3 to 12
  • Cost: Varies depending on the location and menu. See website for more details!

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

Dinner & a Movie at Heritage Park

  • What: Put a spin on the go-to dinner and a movie date night and head to Heritage Park for a 3-course meal at the Selkirk Grille Restaurant and then watch an old classic film favourite at Gasoline Alley. This month, dance along with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in Singing in the Rain or sing along to “All that Jazz” in the 2000’s timeless classic, Chicago!
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: March 7 and 21
  • Cost: $42.95 Film only – $8

Wire Wrapped Crystal Jewelry

  • Where: Bank and Baron Pub – 125 8th Avenue SW
  • When: March 7
  • Cost: $60

An Evening with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

  • What: Join one of Canada’s greatest musical treasure, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, for a night filled with good old blues, country music and songs that tell a passionate story. Their most recent album, ‘Kings and Kings,’ which is the companion album to their 2011 collaboration album “Kings and Queens,” features guest appearances from some of the band’s best guy friends in the industry who are all individually a ‘king legend’ in their own facet of the industry.
  • Where: Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall –
  • When: March 7
  • Cost: $16-$62.75

Learn to Ski/Snowboard at Never Ever Days

  • What: Is learning to ski/ snowboard something that has always been on your bucket list, but never gets ticked off? Skiing/ snowboarding can be a large investment and be a bit intimidating for those who haven’t been shredding POW since you were 5 years old. For only in the Never Ever Day’s ultimate beginners package you can rent all the equipment that you need, along with a beginner lift ticket and a lesson all included for only $25 on select days at resorts across Canada. This is the perfect opportunity to see if the sport is right for you!
  • Where: Over 70 participating resorts across Canada
  • When: Throughout the 2016/17 Season
  • Cost: $25

Cheer on the Calgary Hitmen

  • What: The Hitmen have worked hard this season! Come show them some love and cheer them on in their four home games this March. Use the promo code “teen” when buying your tickets to the March 12th Hitmen Game and $2 of your purchase will be donated to the Distress Centre’s ConnecTeen Program.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When:
    • Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00pm vs. Saskatoon
    • Friday, March 10 at 7:00pm vs. Lethbridge
    • Sunday, March 12 at 4:00pm vs. Edmonton

Johnston Canyon Ice Walk

  • What: The National Geographic Traveller Magazine named Banff one of it’s “Best of the World” destinations for 2017, making us Albertans very proud of our hidden little secret, that is no longer very hidden. With your free 2017 Park Pass, head up to Banff for a day trip or a weekend get away and check out some of the beauty it has to offer. This Ice Walk is located only a few minutes away from the Town of Banff, and will take you take you through the frozen waterfalls of Johnston’s Canyon and is a breathtaking experience that you that will leave you in awe of nature’s capacities. Be sure to dress in proper winter gear – it will be a bit chilly!
  • Where: Hotel pick up and drop off provided from Banff
  • Cost: Adult (13 and up) $68, Child (8-12) $42

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

Heritage Park Ghost Tours

  • What: Visit Heritage Park after hours for a 90-minute, spine-tingling ghost tour through the historic village. You ticket includes a complimentary hot chocolate or coffee and access to a cash bar at the Selkirk Grille for a much-needed alcoholic beverage – you may just need it!
  • Where: Heritage Park Historical Village -1900 Heritage Dr SW
  • When: Wednesday evenings between February 15 to March 8
  • Cost: $19.95/person

Cheer on the Calgary Flames

  • What: Will we make it to the playoff’s or not? Who knows! Regardless, come cheer on the Flames in a sea of red, while consuming dome beers and delicious pizza, nachos, and hotdogs. Cheat weekend!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Thursday, March 9 at 7:00pm vs. Montreal

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

Free Fridays: Swing Dance Class

  • What: End off a stressful week by joining a DJD company member for a free community dance class. This month come move with Catherine Hayward in a Swing class and learn how to do the lindy hop and other fun and basic moves in this unique style of jazz dance. All ages and dance levels are welcome!
  • Where: Decidedly Jazz Dance Centre – 111 12th Avenue SE
  • When: March 10
  • Cost: FREE

Go skating outdoors

  • What: Now that winter seems to have finally settled in for the long haul, it’s time for the winter activities to commence. Grab a few friends, some hot chocolate and bundle up in your warmest, yet stylish winter attire and go skating on one of Calgary’s many outdoor rinks that are well maintained by either the city or volunteers within the community. Don’t own a pair of skates? Rent a pair at your nearest outdoor center or at specific rinks around the city – see website more for details!
  • Where: Various rinks throughout Calgary
  • Cost: FREE

Check out WinSport’s Acura Tube Park

  • What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and it opens for the season on Saturday, December 17. The park is located on the main hill, which allows tubers to take advantage of the washrooms, eateries, retail store and other amenities located in the Frank King Day Lodge. It features 10 lanes, each of which are 200 metres in length.
  • Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW

Art + Wine Workshop: Abstract Textures With Artist Robyn Alisat

  • Where: Outside the Shape – 1222 10th Avenue SE
  • When: March 10
  • Cost: $100/ person

Stargazing at the Banff Gondola

  • What: There is just something so peaceful and surreal about stargazing at the top of a mountain. Glide up to the brand-new observation deck of the Banff Gondola summit and discover star clusters, galaxies, the Milky Way, Mars and the Moon with two professional guides from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. If it turns out to be a cloudy evening, the astronomers will take you inside the terminal where you will continue to learn about these celestial objects. *Dress in winter appropriate clothing and expect cold temperatures and wind!*
  • Where: Banff Gondola100 Mountain Avenue, Banff AB
  • When: March 10
  • Cost: Gondola Admission

Eric Church – Holdin’ My Own Tour

  • What: The ‘Mr.misunderstood’ country heartthrob, who is famous for his shades and classic ball cap, is once again coming to rock the Saddledome. Known for hits, such as Springsteen, Kill a Word, Record Year and Give Me Back My Hometown, he will be sure to give you a performance that will leave you listening to his songs on repeat for weeks after the concert, as he always does!
  • Where: The Scotiabank Saddledome
  • When: March 11
  • Cost: $38-$94

Little Modern Market: Winter Edition

  • What: Spend an afternoon sipping on coffee from Calgary Heritage Roasting Co. and browse the many local vendors that will be attending the Winter Edition of Little Modern Market. Each day will also have a different selection of local artists and makers, so you could even make a whole weekend out of it!
  • Where: Earl Grey Golf Club – 6540 20 Street SW
  • When: March 11 and 12
  • Cost: $5 one day pass, $8 weekend pass – Cash only!

Dog Sledding in Canmore

One of the most ancient, and still very practical, means of transportation in frigid climates, dog sledding is an activity Canada is famous for. Luckily for us, a short drive away in Canmore there are three different companies that offer dog sledding tours in the scenic Rocky Mountains.

Howling Dog Tours, Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions, and Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours all offer incredible, personalized experiences. Try out a tour this winter and take part in a long standing Canadian tradition.

They can be reached by phone at:

Go Curling outside

  • Where: St Patricks Island has set up a curling lane for public use so everyone can try their hand at the game. You can play in teams, as pairs, or even make up your own rules (just don’t tell anyone)
  • Where: St Patricks Island – 430 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Daily 9am to 7pm until the end of March


  • What: Written and performed by Rick Miller, this solo performance archives key events that shaped the 25 years that make up the Baby Boomer generation. From the Atomic Bomb all the way to the Apollo 11 landing the first people on the Moon and all of the significant events, influential politicians, activists and musicians in between, this impactful show covers it all in a unique, educational yet entertaining way!
  • Where: Eric Harvie Theatre
  • When: March 11
  • Cost: $25

The Black and White Ball

  • What: Teleport back to the roaring 20’s and come party with Decidedly Jazz at their annual fundraiser, The Black and White Ball! This black and white affair will have you dancing the night away to the sounds of the famous local band, Penguins on Broadway and other dazzling musical performances, while you test your luck in their silent auction or bid on balloons full of magical surprises. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is no average party. Prepare yourself for a wild night, great dance moves and eclectic fashion – in all forms. There ain’t no party, quite like a DJD party!
  • Where: The Fairmont Palliser- 133 9th Avenue SW
  • When: March 11
  • Cost: $95-$120

Red & White Calgary Comic and Toy Expo

  • What: Do collect comics, records, toys and more? Then this expo will be a gold mine for you!
  • Where: Red & White Club, McMahon Stadium – 1833 Crowchild Trail NW
  • When: March 12
  • Cost: 12 and under FREE, 12 and up $5
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