17 things to do in Calgary this weekend

Dec 19 2017, 11:19 am

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between April 8 to 10.

For a complete list of events, check out our Calgary events calendar.

PianoMan Live Blues Happy Hour

  • What: Skip rush hour and grab a drink after work while listening to blues music. Willy Joosen will keep you entertained while you catch up with your friends and start the weekend off right.
  • Where: Blues Can – 1429 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, April 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Banff Centre Talks: Lawrence Hill

  • What: Bestselling author Lawrence Hill is coming to Banff to talk about his new book, The Illegal. Hill’s novel, The Book of Negroes, brought his work into public eye, won numerous awards, and was turned into a six part television miniseries on CBC Television.
  • When: Friday, April 8 at 7:30
  • Where: Rolston Recital Hall, The Banff Centre – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • Cost: $15

Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre art auction gala

  • What: Springbank artists Katie Ohe and Harry Kiyooka are donating their home and fundraising to create a new public art space near Calgary, the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre.
  • Where: Hotel Arts – 119 12th Avenue SW, Calgary
  • When: Friday, April 8 from 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: $100

The Kings of Swing

  • What: A night of swinging tunes showcasing the sounds of Artie Shaw, Woody Herman and the legendary Benny Goodman. With Jens Lindemann on trumpet, David Bannett playing the clarinet and Jeff Tyzik conducting the whole performance.
  • When: Friday, April 8 and 9 at 8 p.m.
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons’ – 205 8th Avenue SW

Taste of the Opera

  • What: Get a taste of each upcoming opera at this behind-the-scenes event as Mamdani Opera Centre opens its doors for a unique insider’s look at the production, followed by a taste of local food and wine from the region where the opera takes place.
  • When: Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Mamdani Opera Centre – 1315 7th Street SW
  • Cost: $25 – buy online

Twenty One Pilots

  • What: Pop-rock duo Twenty One Pilots rose to fame in 2013 as an opening act for Fall Out Boy and scored their first-ever number album with last year’s Blurryface. Expect Tyler Joseph to perform backflips off of his piano and Josh Dun to play drums on a platform raised above the crowd.
  • Where: Big Four Building – 1801 Big Four Trail SE, Calgary
  • When: Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $35. All ages

Koi Presents: Lydia Hol

  • What: Vancouver Folk and Traditional singer is coming to YYC on her Spring mini tour! She’s bringing along her trio, as well as musician Larissa Tandy from Australia.
  • Where: Cafe Koi – 100, 1011 1st Street SW
  • When: Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m.

Taking Flight: Festival of Student Work

  • What: The School of Creative and Performing Arts is displaying work conceived, directed, produced, and performed by graduate and undergraduate students. See a wide range of dramatic material and approaches to theatrical performance.
  • Where: Reeve Theatre – 210 University Court NW
  • When: Now until April 9
  • Cost: $10 single day tickets; $20 festival pass

Bad Jews

  • What: After the death of their grandfather, three cousins are forced to move in together. Watch as the grieving family have ferocious brawls over religious tradition and family legacy.
  • Where: Theatre Calgary – 220 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Now until April 10
  • Cost: $45 – $125

Tomorrow’s Child

  • What: Sit back, relax, and close your eyes for this audio only theatre experience. Created with the latest in sound technology this sci-fi short story from Ray Bradbury is adapted by Matthew Waddell, Eric Rose and David van Belle.
  • Where: West Village Theatre – 2007 10th Avenue SW
  • When: Now until 9 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $25

Cineplex Family Favourites

  • What: The whole family can head down to participating Cineplex theatres every Saturday throughout April and May for a screening of popular family films. Saturday, April 9 they’ll be showing Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip.
  • Where:

    • Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Cinemas – 91 Crowfoot Terrace NW
    • Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum Cinemas – #400, 2555-32nd Street NE
    • Scotiabank Theatre Chinook – 6455 Macleod Trail SW
  • When: Saturday, April 9
  • Cost: $2.99

Aggie Days

  • What: Meet some farm animals and participate in interactive agriculture activities including cow milking, sheep shearing, livestock auctioneering, the amazing corn maze and more!
  • Where: Stampede Park, Agrium Western Event Center
  • When: Saturday, April 9 to Sunday April 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Allan Rayman

  • What: Up and coming singer/songwriter Allan Rayman is a performer known as a compelling storyteller. His lyrics flow like poetry, and his music is an authentic masterpiece. In a space like HiFi Club, this is bound to be a beautiful and intimate show.
  • Where: HiFi Club – 219 10th Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m.
Cost: $14.50. 18+

Troy Turner

  • What: Troy has spent the last decade playing all over the world, and has shared the stage with stars like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert Collins, Etta James, The Neville Brothers to name a few. From New Orleans, when Troy’s on stage playing, his head thrown back, eye’s closed you can feel that he is the living embodiment of the blues.
  • Where: Blues Can – 1429 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday April 9 at 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 in advance, $15 on Saturday. Call 403-262-2666.

Homestyle Breakfast Buffet

  • What: Enjoy comforting homestyle food at the Wainwright Hotel. Step into the past, and savour all of your breakfast favourites.
  • Where: Heritage Park
  • When: Now until May 1 on Sundays only from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $11 kids; $18 adults

Fitness at the CORE

  • What: Closed on Sunday mornings, the CORE is hosting a free Zumba class before their stores open.
  • Where: CORE Shopping Centre
  • When: Sundays until May 1 from 11 a.m. to noon
  • Cost: Free

Everything New is Old Again

  • What: The Young Canadians are taking current hits and twisting them into the musical styles from the last two decades.
  • Where: Bella Concert Hall at Mount Royal University – 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
  • When: April 10 and 11 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $30
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