15 things to do in Calgary this weekend: April 22 and 23

Apr 21 2017, 6:03 pm

No matter what you’re in the mood for, there are lots of things happening around Calgary this weekend.

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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

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


  • 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

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

Law Day

  • What: Law Day is a national event every April that celebrates the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is an occasion for the public to learn about the law, the legal profession and the legal institutions that form the cornerstones of Canadian democracy. Activities include mock trials, courthouse tours, open citizenship courts, as well as public speaking and mock trial contests aimed at junior high and high school students.
  • Where: Calgary Courts Centre – 601 5th Street SW
  • When: Saturday, April 22 from 9am to 3pm

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

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

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

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

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

Kite Day Festival

  • What: Join in for a free day of kite flying! The Kite Guy will be on hand to give kite flying demonstrations and will have kites for sale if you don’t already have one. Head there for some face painting and trampolines!
  • Where: Riverside Park, Okotoks (corner of 32 Street and North Railway Street)
  • When: Sunday, April 23 from 11am to 4pm
  • Cost: Free

Concert Sunday: Suite Jubilation & Benny Goodman Music

  • What: The Calgary Jazz Orchestra teamed up with the New West Symphony Chorus to record Johnny Summers’ Suite Jubilation. Jeremy Brown will be tearing it up with the CJO in the first half of Sunday’s concert on authentic arrangements from the Benny Goodman band and it’s members. This high energy swing will feature the soloists in the group and light up the room as we prepare for the suite!
  • Where: River Park Church – 3818 14a Street SW
  • When: Sunday April 23
  • Cost: $25 General Ticket or $30 at the door, $15 Student Ticket or $20 at the door

Go for brunch!

  • You can never go wrong with Sunday brunch, or rather brunch on any day of the week! It makes for a great date or if you looking for a place to catch up with old friends that won’t break the bank after the holidays. Bonding over benny is a real thing! Here are a few spots that are either new to Calgary’s brunch scene or are not your classic brunch spots that you have been to millions of times before.
  • Ten Foot Henry
  • Alforno Bakery and Café
  • Phil and Sebastians on 8th Avenue SW
  • OEB Breakfast Co. on 5th Avenue SW
  • Bridgette Bar
  • Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge
  • Vendome
  • Monki
  • Anju
  • Charbar
  • Native Tongues Taqueria
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