Events in Calgary: March 24 to 26, 2017

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I. Family & Kids Activities

1. Once Upon a Season

Once Upon a Season takes families back through Alberta’s heritage, in a pioneer themed show set on a farm. An array of barnyard animals play through the seasons, although spring is missing (or perhaps winter this year!). Where is the rain? The puddles of mud? Winter becomes a bothersome playmate who just won’t go away! Details

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March 23, 24, 2017

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Cochrane Ranch house Theatre, 101 Ranchehouse Road, Cochrane

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$12 General Admission
Free children 18 months and under

 

2. The Three Musketeers

D’Artagnan longs to join the King’s Musketeers. But will his sharp sword and quick wit let him survive Paris’ treacherous labyrinth of gossip, slander, intrigue and duels? When the favour for the Queen’s handmaiden brings d’Artagnan afoul of the powerful Cardinal, the daring youth befriends three Musketeers. Together, they fight to defend the Queens honour and save the lady that D’Artagnan loves – but an intriguing woman know as “milady” has other plans. Details

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March 23 – April 8, 2017

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Studio – Vertigo Theatre, 115 – 9th Ave SE
Calgary

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$25 – $35

For all Spring Break Activities, See Spring Break in Calgary

3. Calgary Baby & Tot Show

A fun and interactive event specifically designed to put everything families need all under one roof. We have local and national exhibitors showcasing the latest products plus check out interactive workshops, parented play areas and ongoing entertainment. This season, catch Toopy & Binoo on the Main Stage and don’t miss the many character Meet & Greets, including superheroes, Disney princesses and Star Wars characters! Details

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March 25 – 26, 2017

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BMO Centre – Hall A, Stampede Park
20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary

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$12; Children 12 and under FREE.

 

4. Calgary Unplugged – Earth Hour

The City of Calgary will be hosting Earth Hour – Calgary Unplugged for the third year. This FREE event will feature free hot chocolate, bicycle-powered music and lights, kids’ nature games and an interactive Earth Hour photo booth. Event-goers are encouraged to bring a light, drum, costume, lantern or decorate their bicycle and take part in a procession to signal the beginning of Earth Hour. Details

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Saturday March 25, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 09:30 PM

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St. Patrick’s Island, Confluence Plaza (southeast end of the island)

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Free

 

5. Quantum Technology Open House

Quantum physics predicts extraordinary phenomena such as entanglement, and describes how nature works at the smallest scales. Neil Sinclair will discuss how some scientists are harnessing these weird predictions to develop new technology that could impact our everyday lives.

In the Sky: Mars and Jupiter will be visible in the west and the east creating bookends for a dark spring night.Details

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, Priddis

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$20 per car or $10 per person

 

6. Robin Hood

Join Friar Tuck, the wandering minstrel and man of the cloth, as he introduces you to the Prince of Thieves, Robin Hood! Hear the legendary tale and watch it come to life as you meet Little John, Robin’s right-hand-man, Maid Marian, Robin’s sweetheart and love, and Marian’s dedicated handmaiden, Cassandra. Let’s not forget the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and the despotic monarch King John. It’s an adventure you will not want to miss! Details

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Friday, March 24, 2017 | 08:00 PM
Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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Airdrie Victory Church, 508 3rd Ave SE
Airdrie

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$8 to $10

II. Live Music

1. Kronos Quartet

For more than 40 years, the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. Details

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 7:30 PM

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Mount Royal University Conservatory – 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W., Calgary

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$44 – $69+ charges

 

2. Russian Masters: Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

Acclaimed Sydney International Piano Competition first prize winner Konstantin Shamray brings dazzling virtuosity to Prokofiev’s dramatic Piano Concerto No. 2. Tchaikovsky’s powerful Fourth Symphony, ruminating on the theme of “Fate,” culminates the evening with a glorious cascade of boldly uplifting fanfare. Details

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March 24 & 25, 2017 | 8:00 PM

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Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Concert Hall

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$20.00 – $80.00 + charges.

 

3. Bobby Bazini

At just 26 years old, this Quebec francophone artist’s debut and sophomore albums have gone platinum and gold. Influenced by classic country, folk and vintage pop, his retro-soul songs are delivered in a tremulous, emotive voice. Details

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Friday, March 24, 2017 | 9:00 PM

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The Gateway SAIT Campus Centre – V203, Calgary

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$25.00

 

4. The Zolas

The Zolas’ new album, ‘Ancient Mars’ feels like an isolated summer between college semesters. Instantly nostalgic with touches of New York natives Ambulance Ltd., New York adoptee John Lennon, and the lost riffs of mid-90’s campus radio. Details

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Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 9:00 PM

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The Den – 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary

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$18.50 – $23.50

 

5. Roxanne Potvin

“Can’t stop a bird from singing. Can’t blame a girl for dreaming”. Those words echo throughout the materials of Roxanne Potvin, a singer/songwriter with pop smarts, undeniable soul, and a ceaseless drive to keep pushing herself in new directions. Roxanne’s music grew out of an early love of classic blues and R&B, and she received her first significant attention with her 2006 Colin Linden-produced album The Way It Feels, which earned a JUNO nomination for Blues Album of the Year. Details

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 7:00 PM

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Gallery House, 64 ave & 14 st NW, Calgary

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$25
Supervised children 12 under are free

 

6. Corin Raymond and Red Moon Road

Corin Raymond (band) and Red Moon Road (trio) in concert with opening act Coyote Moon. Raymond is a troubadour who draws comparisons to Johnny Cash and John Prine. His songs are Canadian, slightly apocalyptic and cause sing-a-longs. Red Moon Road is a high energy trio with great vocals and a compelling presence. Details

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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SCA community centre – 277 Strathcona Dr. S.W., Calgary

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$31

 

7. Oh Susanna

Oh Susanna – This award winning Canadian songstress has a voice that can pierce a heart of stone. Her superbly crafted songs often tell stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity. Details

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 7:00 PM

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Crescent Heights Community Hall – 1101 – 2nd Street NW, Calgary

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$25

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Mother Mother: No Culture Tour on Monday, March 20, 2017 | 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers with Special Guest on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 8:00 PM @ Festival Hall – 1215 10 Ave SE, Calgary
Martyn Joseph on Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 8:00 PM @ Festival Hall – 1215 10 Ave SE, Calgary
Chris Stapleton on Friday, March 24, 2017 @ Scotiabank Saddledome
The Tea Party: 20 Years of Transmission on Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 08:00 PM @ the Palace Theatre (Flames Central)

For Food events, Nightlife/Club concerts and events, see section VI.

2017 Music Festivals in Alberta

III. Theatre & Performing Arts

1. Girl Crush

One sunny, summer day, Sharron Matthews stood on a beach in Ontario and suddenly she found herself struck by a controversial idea that changed her life…forever. The Calgary premiere of award winning, world acclaimed cabaret artist Sharron Matthews, Girl Crush is a comic and moving musical tale that weaves Sharron’s singular re-imaginings of the diverse music of artists. Details

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March 20 – April 8, 2017

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Lunchbox Theatre, 160, 115 9 Ave SE, Calgary

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$25 Adult
$20 Student & Senior

 

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns

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. Details

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March 7 – April 1, 2017

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Max Bell Theatre in the Arts Commons

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$35.00 – $117 + charges

 

3. Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival

We are thrilled to present 2 original one-act plays from a diverse array of local artists- Moot Productions and Red String Theatre. The One Act Play Festival will be a unique one night event and offers something for everyone. The Calgary Region One-Act Play Festival is an exciting way to see some of Calgary’s most passionate up and coming theatre artists. Come take in a night of great entertainment while supporting local performing arts! Details

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Friday March 24 2017 | 7:30 PM-10:30 PM

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Pumphouse Theatre – 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary

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$15 Adult, $12 Student/Senior

 

4. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

J. Pierrepont Finch is a window-washer with lots of dreams and some shady schemes, ready to make his ascent up the corporate ladder. Clever, calculating, and charismatic, Finch catapults himself from mailroom to boardroom, catching the eye of Rosemary Pilkington, an equally driven and opportunistic employee, on the way up. Slapstick gags, sharp wit, and show-stopping tunes come together in a musical extravaganza that cements this show’s place as a golden oldie. Details

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March 24 – April 06, 2017

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Front Row Centre Players
Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre – 375 Bermuda Dr NW, Calgary

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$17 to $25

 

5. Funnyfest Talent Search

Funnyfest Talent Search and Comedy Workshop Graduates Compete: The 100 minute show Features: A great headline comic each week with 6 to 8 Competitors & Master of Ceremonies Comedian, Come watch the excitement and LAUGH as competitors compete to be one of the funniest and earn a chance to perform at the 17th annual FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival 2017. Details

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Saturdays, March 25, April 1,8,15,22 & May 6 | 7:00 PM

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North On Centre Pub Showroom (formerly NICASTRO’s), 2820 Centre Street N, Calgary

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$19

 

6. Our Man in Havana

Jim Wormold is a British expatriate living in 1950’s Cuba and is struggling to pay for his daughter’s extravagant lifestyle. When the British Secret Service offers him a plum position as their “man in Havana”, he literally can’t afford to say no. There’s just one problem: he doesn’t know anything! Former Vertigo Artistic Director Mark Bellamy returns to direct this hilarious, fast-paced romp through the world of espionage. Details

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March 11 – April 9, 2017

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Playhouse – Vertigo Theatre
115 – 9th Ave SE, Calgary

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$29 – $61

 

7. Goddamn Millennials

Goddamn Millennials Stand-up Comedy is a professional comedy showcase for the under 40 crowd by the under 40 crowd. Details

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 7:00 PM

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Wine-Oh’s Bistro and Cellar – 811, 1 street SW, Calgary

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$10

 

8. $100 Film Festival

The $100 Film Festival is Calgary’s only celluloid-based film festival. The $100 Film Festival is one of only a handful of festivals worldwide that exhibit exclusively on small-format celluloid. We are proud to be among the select few that continue to keep this unique medium alive, and to draw celluloid lovers to Calgary each year. The festival is now an international celebration of creative story telling on celluloid. Details

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March 22 to 25, 2017

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Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons

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$12 General Admission
$10 CSIF Members/Students/Seniors

 

8. Loose Moose Theatre Events

@ Loose Moose Theatre Company, 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary – Tickets :$12 – $15

Gorilla Theatre

Improvised comedy deluxe!

Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017 | 08:00 PM –Details

IV. Sports, & Related events

1. Night Steps

Join CNIB Calgary’s inaugural Night Steps pledge walk, to step into a night filled with family-friendly events, a Calgary Lions Club BBQ and a walk under the stars to benefit and improve the lives of those who are blind and partially sighted. Details

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 5:00 PM to 08:00 PM

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CNIB Calgary Building in Bridgeland – 15 Colonel Baker Place NE, Calgary

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Registration/Donation fee of $20 provides participants with the 5K, BBQ and Swag.

 

2. Curling at the Cave

Take part in some quintessential Canadian fun with curling activities on the historic pool deck. ParticipACTION team is coming to Banff to get Canadians moving, try something new, and prove how Canadian you really are! Details

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 | Noon to 5 PM

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Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Banff

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Free

V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

1. Week Day Events

Sip n’ Swap Ladies Clothing Exchange: Bring your lightly loved, laundered, clothes, shoes, or accessories to swap with other fashionistas! Sip drinks and shop without paying a fortune! This time, any food and beverages we will order through Signature Lounge and each person responsible for their own order. Details

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March 20, 2017 | 7:00 PM– 9:30 PM @ Ramada Hotel – Signature Lounge

Lyndon Penner – Milkweeds and Greenflowers. Lyndon Penner, Alberta Rockstar Gardener is coming to WHCA to talk about Milkweeds and Greenflowers. Event activities include; giveaways, pages book store on site selling top notch gardening books, & milkweeds for sale!Details

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ Westhill Hurst Community, 1940 6th Avenue NW, Calgary

 

New West Symphony & Chorus’ 5th Annual Fundraising Gala: Join New West at Jubilations Dinner Theatre for an evening of music (including a sneak preview of Easter and Spring repertoire), fine dining, and a stellar silent auction! Details

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 06:00 PM – 09:30 PM @ Westbrook Mall, 1002 37 St SW, Calgary

 

 

 

Charlie Russell: Living and Hiking with Grizzlies:Join us for an evening of stories with one of the world’s most renowned bear experts, Charlie Russell. Hear about Charlie’s journey of discovery into the true nature of grizzly bears, including working with Spirit Bears on Princess Royal Island, British Columbia and raising grizzly bear cubs in Kamchatka, Russia. Details

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central Library

 

2. The Rock-a-Palooza Gem Show

Gemstones, minerals fossils, jewelry, beads and more! You will find it all at The Rock-a-Palooza Gem Show. This all ages, family friendly event will feature amazing minerals from around the world, giving collectors from all walks of life a selection to drool over.Details

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March 23rd to 26th, 2017

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The Congress Hall. Spruce Meadows
18011 Meadows Way SW
Calgary

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Free!

 

3. Market Collective

Market Collective is an independent market, created to showcase the works of local artists, artisans and musicians and to strengthen the local community in Calgary. Join us at the for a weekend of local art, music, interactive displays, yummy treats, cocktails, and much much more! Live music and DJ’s all weekend long.Details

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Friday March 24, 2017 | 4:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Saturday March 25 & Sunday March 26 | 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre 197 1 St SW, Calgary

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$5
Admission is free for kids

 

4. Calgary Night Market

Calgary Night Market is a fun filled event celebrated by local businesses and supporters in Calgary! Latenight shopping and local entertainment for everyone to enjoy! Details

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Friday, March 24, 2017 | 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary

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Free

 

5. NSF Con – Not Safe For Con

Not Safe For Con is a Nerd Culture Show with a mature audience in mind. An 18+, licensed event that will feature live performances on a main stage, with a focus on Nerd Culture. There will be Cosplay Performance Arts, Comedy, Music, Live Readings, Dance and Panels on the Main Stage as well as independent works of art and unique merchandise available. Details

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 2:00 PM – 2:00 AM

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Grey Eagle Event Centre, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr

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$25

 

6. Calgary Golf Show

The show includes an indoor driving with some of the industry’s top suppliers, including PING, Callaway and Cobra Puma Golf, along with a Clearance Centre that is clearing out clubs, clothing and accessories. Get to know about golf facilities from all over the world, FREE private lessons by PGA of Canada Professionals, and activities like, Closest to the Pin, Chipping Challenge and Long Drive. Details

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March 25 & 26 2017

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BMO Centre, Hall B, 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary

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$8 to $10

 

7. Earth Hour River Walk

Join Kathy Coutts of the Okotoks Museum and Archives for a free guided River Walk during Earth Hour. . We will explore the Sheep River’s history –from fords to floods to fishing — during this one-hour free walk. Details

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Saturday, March 25 2017 | 8:30 PM -9:30 PM

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Meet at Okotoks Museum and Archives, 49 North Railway Street, Okotoks

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Free

 

8. Outdoor Adventure Show

Over 200 exhibitors offering the latest camping gear, paddle sports, outdoor clothing, scuba diving & ultimate adventure travel destinations! PLUS – over 60 adventure presentations to help you plan your next adventure. Details

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Saturday March 25, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday March 26, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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BMO Centre – Stampede Park
20 Roundup Way

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Adult: $8, Under 11: Free

 

9. Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience

Experience a “career day” at the Starfleet Academy. Test your knowledge and skills to discover what your true ranking would be in a Starfleet career – will you be a Medical, Engineering or Science Officer, or even a Commander? Exciting possibilities await in this immersive and interactive experience that appeals to life-long fans and new Star Trek enthusiasts alike.. Details

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February 4-June 4, 2017 | Telus Spark Hours

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TELUS Spark, 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary

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General Admission

VI. Food Events/ Sunday Brunch & Night Life Events

1. Pour Decisions – Food & Wine Pairing

Let us take you on a journey, with an overview of beginner wine education. We learn about their unique aromas, food pairings and help you develop a profile of your wine palette accompanied by food pairings.Details

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Friday, March 24, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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The Bro’Kin Yolk
#130, 12580 Symons Valley Road Northwest
Calgary

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$45/Adult

 

2. Grape Escape 2017

Grape Escape includes more than enough coupons to sample, eat and attend everything you could want and probably more! With 100+ wine, spirits and beer vendors on site you are sure to find a new favorite (of each). A selection of YYC’s best food trucks will be on hand, dishing out lots of tasty treats. Details

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 5:00 PM -9:00 PM

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Halls D & E, BMO Center, Stampede Park

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$65 + GST

 

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