21 things to do in Calgary this weekend: March 18 and 19

Mar 17 2017, 9:06 pm

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

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Alice in Wonderland

  • What: Jump down the rabbit hole with Alice and relive her magical adventures with Mr. Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts in this beautiful rendition of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic. Choreographed by Edmund Stripe, The Alberta Ballet does a spectacular job of reenacting even the best moments of Alice’s endeavors in Wonderland through colourful sets, costumes and innovative technology, giving life to moments such as when she grows and shrinks from simply eating a biscuit. This show is great for a family night out and will entertain those of all ages. However, don’t be late!
  • Where: Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • When: March 16 to 18
  • Cost: $29

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

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

The Urban Jungle Book

  • What: Michael is a foster kid with a vivid imagination. Whenever the world gets a bit much for him, he retreats into the amazing world inside his head, and the people in his life become the characters from his favourite story – The Jungle Book. But when Michael’s real father comes back to claim him, his world is turned upside down and he must find the courage to live in the real world and find the true meaning of family. The Urban Jungle Book is recommended for ages six and up.
  • Where: Storybook Theatre – Beddington Heights Theatre  – 375 Bermuda Drive NW
  • When: Now until March 18
  • Cost: $22.05

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.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Saturday, March 18 at 7:00pm vs. Cranbrook

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

Curated Market

  • What: Shop the latest and the greatest gems from local artists and makers at this two-day market. Here you will find unique little treasures to decorate your life, that are made with love and the passion of a small business owner. It doesn’t get much better than that!
  • Where: Bowness Community Association – 7904 43 Avenue NW
  • When: March 17 and 18
  • Cost: $4

Tanya Tucker

  • What: You may know her from her very first hits, Delta Dawn and What’s Your Momma’s Name, as Tanya Tucker has been lighting up the stage since the early 70’s. Join her for and evening and relive all her old hits and the memories attached to them. It will be a night that will take you back in time, while you create new memories with this country music legend!
  • Where: Deerfoot Inn & Casino – 11500 – 35 Street SE
  • When: March 18
  • Cost: $60-$70

Drake Yoga and Brunch

  • What: Find your zen while listening to Canada’s greatest. Take part in a Drake themed yoga and brunch at Commonwealth on Saturday. After an hour long vinyasa class led by our resident yogi Bronwyn Hendry stay for a custom brunch crafted by Chef Pigot from Home and Away.
  • Where: Commonwealth Night Club – 731 10 Avenue Southwest
  • When: Saturday, March 18 from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: $20-$33

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.

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Festival of Animated Objects

  • What: Animated objects, also known as puppets, have the ability to capture an audience in all it’s emotions, making them laugh until they cry. Enjoy this 2-week long festival full of various shows happening around the city, along with all ages events, fun workshops, and shows that narrate different stories and adventures, while bringing to light the life of a puppet.
  • Where: Arts Commons – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • When: March 16-19
  • Cost: Free-$40 

A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • What: Based on the bestselling novel by the author of The Kite Runner, this hauntingly beautiful story reveals the strength of the human spirit. In war-torn Afghanistan, two women are brought together by fate and cruelty. Together they will forge an unlikely friendship that leads to an act of unbreakable love.
  • Where: Max Bell Theatre – 220 9 Avenue SE
  • When: Now until April 1
  • Cost: $55 – $106

Cheer on the Calgary Flames

  • What: Will we make it to the playoffs 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. Homestand week, we’re with you Flames.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Sunday, March 19 at 7:30pm vs. LA

Hit the Slopes

  • Begin your New Year by crossing off that pesky “get in shape” goal that seems to weasel it’s way onto your list of resolution’s every year, by hitting the slopes and spending some time in the good ol’ outdoors. There is no better feeling then coming home with rosy cheeks and lungs filled with fresh mountain air as you spend quality time with friends and family. Take a road trip and spend the day skiing or snowboarding at one of Alberta’s best hills, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Nakiska or Mount Norquay, or make a weekend out of it by renting a cabin in the heart of the mountains. Be sure to check the websites to see what exciting events are happening on each hill throughout the month.

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

Go sledding!

There are a number of hills around Calgary that are perfect for sledding! Grab your crazy carpet, (or the more intense, GT racer) some friends, and head to a hill for some fun!

Where: Check out a hill close to you or go to a local City Maintained hill
Things to remember: Tobogganing is an activity that you do at your own risk, and helmets are always recommended!

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

St. Patrick’s Day Sunday Brunch at Azuridge

  • What: Get your shillelagh and shamrocks, and join us at Azuridge for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Sunday Brunch. Bring the whole family for this majestically delicious event. There will wonderful food and face painting for the children, of all ages. And don’t forget to wear some green … you never know if there be a wee leprechaun about.
  • Where: Azuridge Estate Hotel – 178057, 272 Street W, Priddis, AB
  • When: Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 10am or 1 pm
  • Cost: Adults – $70/person, Children (6 to 12) – $35/person, Children (Under 6) – free

The Music of Harry Potter

  • What: Take part in a little “symphonic sorcery” during winter 2017 as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra plays The Music of Harry Potter. Muggles will certainly be lining up for this magical performance that includes music from the first six of the Harry Potter stories. Compositions by John Williams and Nicholas Hooper will fill the air at the South Alberta Auditorium.
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
  • When: Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3 pm
  • Tickets: On sale now. Call 403-571-0849

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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