Weekend Events & Festivals in Calgary: March 29 to 31, 2019
A weekly digest of What’s On in and around Calgary this weekend including free, fun family & kids’ activities, live music, theatre & performing arts, sports and exhibitions.
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I. Family Fun Activities
Snow White has led a pretty easy life, but when her jealous step mother decides to get rid of Snow White, she’s forced to flee into the woods and take up hiding with cottage of quirky and hilarious dwarves. But her stepmother has a magic mirror and is determined to find and finish her… Will she escape her stepmother’s envious magic? Can she resist a bite of that shiny red apple?
March 21 – 30, 2019
West Village Theatre – 2007 10 Ave SW, Calgary
$15 – $20
Please join us for some free family fun for Earth Hour, “Calgary Unplugged”. There will be a DJ dance Party, activities, fire pits, and games! There will also be a Earth Hour Bicycle Brewery Tour and walk to Cabin and Ol’ Beautiful microbreweries.
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 7:00-9:30PM
St. Patrick’s Island, Confluence Plaza
Spring Rally in the Alley
Rally around the alley following the map to complete a puzzle that will unlock your chance to win our grand prize! See if you can use what’s in the trunk to get your broken-down jalopy back on the road.
Join the pit crew, check the oil, change the tire and get that car back on the racetrack before you lose that lead. Take on the challenge of our Over the Mountains and through the Woods obstacle course and see if you have what it takes to be a highway driver. Don’t forget to dress for the road and snap a selfie in your choice of car-themed costumes! Details
March 22 – 31, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Gasoline Alley Museum, Heritage Park, Calgary
At the library
Calgary Public library offers plenty of free activities to choose from for all ages including toddler story times. Plan ahead to attend some of the free activities in the following weekends:
Details and link for registration.
Airdrie Public Library
Okotoks Public Library
2.By Calgary Recreation – Drop in Programs
Family Favourites Cineplex: Visit participating Cineplex theatres near you and watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. | Saturdays at 11:00 AM
4. Toys in the Waterpark
Climb inside these inflatable 2-meter balls and experience “walking on water.” Check them out at Southland Leisure Centre for some serious hamster-ball fun! Thursdays | 7 – 9 [email protected] Southland Leisure Centre — Details
5. Penguin Walk Calgary Zoo
This year, five new king penguins who arrived from Montreal in 2018 will join Diana, Grace, Hera, Arthur, Caesar, Tut, Solomon, Nero, Edward and Cleo for the daily waddle from Penguin Plunge. January 12 through to March 31 (weather permitting) | Daily at 11:00 AM — Details
6. Circus! Science Under the Big Top
Come one, come all and discover the science behind circus!
Relive those fond circus memories from the smell of sweet cotton candy to the talented sideshow performers! Get ready to discover the scientific secrets behind this nostalgic experience for fascinated kids of all ages. February 2 – June 9, 2019 @ Telus Spark, 220 St. George’s Drive NE, calgary
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II. Live Music
- Marianas Trench : Suspending Gravity Tour on Monday, March 25, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
- Shakey Graves on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 7:00 PM @ MacEwan Hall
- Colin James on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 7:30 PM @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
- Night Beats With Guests Calvin Love and Altameda. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 9:00 PM @ Broken City
- Randy’s Cheeseburger Picnic on Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ The Gateway (SAIT)
- Five Alarm Funk on Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ The Palace Theatre
- Aimee Jo Benoit Duo on Thursday Mar 28 | 7:00 PM @ Hotel Blackfoot
- Comethazine – Bawskee 2 Tour on Friday, March 29, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ MacEwan Hall
- John 5 on Friday, March 29, 2019 | 7:00 PM @ Dickens
- The Blue Stones on Friday, March 29, 2019 | 9:00 PM @ The Gateway (SAIT)
- Sub Chakra Pres Coki and J:Kenzo on Friday, March 29, 2019 | 9:00 PM @ unction – Food . Stage . Bar
- Marc Rebillet on Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 9:00 PM @ HIFI Club
- Jon Bryant on Saturday, March 30 2019 | 7:30 PM @ Festival Hall
- Clay Walker on Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ Grey Eagle Event Centre
- Aria Band & Alia Ansari Live in Calgary on Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 7:00 PM @ Bella Concert Hall
- WERK: ICONIC ft. Todrick Hall & Willam Belli on Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 9:00 PM @ The Palace Theatre
- Virginia To Vegas on Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ The Gateway (SAIT)
With a first-class ensemble of vocal soloists, conductor Timothy Shantz and the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus perform Mendelssohn’s best-known oratorio, Elijah. Written in tribute to the styles of composers such as Bach and Handel, Elijah has long been a favourite with audiences, with its plaintive melodies, rousing choruses, and riveting narrative.. Details
March 29 & 30, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons
$25 to $85
Mary Poppins Sing Along
Join us for this classic movie Sing Along! Fun community event for the whole family. Licensed bar & concession with snacks available for purchase.
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 07:00 PM – 10:00 PM
McDougall United Church, 8516 Athabasca Street S.E. Calgary
Prairie Mountain Fiddlers
Enjoy a toe-tapping evening of old-time fiddle music, featuring tunes from many of the cultures that have contributed to Canadian fiddle music. The Fiddlers will be under the direction of Randy Jones.. Details
Saturday March 30 | 7:30PM
Okotoks United Church, 43 Riverside Drive, Okotoks
Lynn Olagundoye & Titilope Sonuga
Fort Calgary is thrilled to host two of Alberta’s emerging artists, Lynn Olagundoye and Titilope Sonuga. In partnership with Soul in the City YYC, this special event promises to be an inspirational collaboration of poetry and music, including a meet and greet following the performance.
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
$55; includes complimentary beverages from Village Brewery and Rithet Coffee
Complimentary access to Fort Calgary’s Interpretive Centre
III. Theatre & Performing Arts
- Theatre Guide
- Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act on February 8 to April 14, 2019 @ Stage West Theatre Restaurants
- Kinky Boots on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Details
March 29th – April 13th, 2019
Beddington Theatre Arts Centre – 375 Bermuda Dr NW, Calgary
$17 to $25
To be or not to be – it is up to you! The Kinkonauts will trade in their jeans for Elizabethan short pants, and create an improvised Shakespeare play, on-the-spot based on an audience suggestion.
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 8:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Alexandra Centre 922 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Duckface feat. Con Artists
Three improvisers take you on an intimate look at urban ennui through the use of characters, locations, and time. Mostly hilarious, sometimes touching, sometimes silly, sometimes honest, sometimes weird, this show always ventures to find the core of the human malaise. Details
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 9:00-10:00 PM
Alexandra Centre, 922 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Show
Under the artistic direction of Ballet Master, Mykola Kanevets, the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company maintains a strong reputation as a successful and accomplished leader in Ukrainian dance the world over. Rich in intensity, energy and spirit, Cheremosh takes audiences on a colourful and exhilarating journey, thrilling them with intricate choreography, spectacular costumes and dynamic music. Details
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Bert Church Live, 1000 East Lake Boulevard NE, Airdrie
36 to $38
Might As well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe Mystery
Eleven years ago, wealthy businesswoman Mrs. Herold tossed her only son Paul onto the streets to fend for himself. Now, realizing the error of her ways, she has come looking for one last chance to make amends…only to find he’s been accused of murder!
March 16-April 14,2019
Vertigo Theatre, 161, 115 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
$29 to $65
Hamlet: A Ghost Story
Rediscover the spirit of Shakespeare’s most famous play, Hamlet, as the titular prince of Denmark seeks vengeance for the murder of his father at the hands of his Uncle Claudius. Prince Hamlet’s suspicious mind and haunted nights will hold deep resonance for this Vertigo Theatre Presentation. This tale is a ghost story, detective story and revenge story all rolled into one classic plot.
March 20 – April 13, 2019
Vertigo Theatre, 115 9 Ave SE, Calgary
An alluring blend of expressionist dance, music and light, this production explores the ways in which the artist’s model is a tool – a plaything – while also having her own motives, goals, and desires. KLIMT’S PLAYTHINGS is an unsettling and sensual experience for a limited number of audience, who sit in the midst of the action of the performance.
March 27-30, 2019
Studio Theatre @cSpace King Edward
$20.00 to $24.00
Born to Fun
Born to Fun is the story of Canadas most prolific fictional underground folk-rock songwriter, SPRUCE BRINGSTEEN, told as by the legend himself… Canadian folk-rock sensation SPRUCE BRINGSTEEN!
March 28 to 30, 2019 | 8:00 PM
Birds & Stone Theatre
1703 1ST AVE NW, Calgary
$12 to $30
Cock by Mike Bartlett
When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. Filled with guilt and indecision, he decides there is only one way to straighten this out….
March 21-30, 2019
Motel Theatre 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
$19.95 – $24.95
Our best performers try to direct an entire improvised play with hilarious results.
Four or five of our best performers each direct the first part of an improvised play. The audience then votes for their favorite, and the director/play with the least number of votes in eliminated. After each subsequent round there is another elimination until on improvised play is complete and one director is victorious
Saturdays, March 16, 23, 30 | 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Loose Moose Theatre, Calgary
$12 to $15
Calgary International Salsa Congress
Calgary will welcome the Salsa world’s best international performers and world famous salsa dancers for a weekend of workshops, performances, salsa music, and dancing. Watch nightly salsa showcases featuring amateur and professional salsa dancers. Friday evening features local and amateur dancers, and international guests. Saturday showcase features local dancers, professional dancers, and international guests. Sunday features showcases and the exciting Masters Jack & Jill.
March 28 to 31, 2019
Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Centre St. S.E.
$25 & up
Alchemy Festival of Student Work
A fully interdisciplinary, three-week, tri-division celebration of student work in music, drama, dance and interdisciplinary performance of School of Creative and Performing Arts Students.
March 28 – April 10, 2019
University of Calgary 2500 University Dr. N.W.
$10 to $60
IV. Sports & Related Events
vs. Los Angeles Kings on Monday, March 25, 2019 | 7:00 PM
vs. Dallas Stars on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 7:30 PM
vs. Anaheim Ducks on Friday, March 29, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Calgary Hitmen Playoffs
Your Calgary Hitmen are “Good to Go” heading into the 2019 WHL Playoffs! Now it’s time to make sure you’re “Good to Go”. Don’t miss the Hitmen live in action .
March 26, 28, 31(if required), 2019 | 7:00 PM
Live Professional Boxing and Kickboxing!
Watch local boxing stars in action before they emerge on the biggest stages in boxing. Great match ups and entertainment beyond just fights.
Saturday March 30 | 7 PM
Deerfoot Casino 11500-35 St. SE Calgary
vs. San Diego Seals
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Sun’s Out Guns Out Rail Jam
Ski and snowboard competition
March 31, 2019 | 10:00 to 04:00 PM
V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
YOU MAY LIKE:
- Come Dance with Us! A seniors only recreational dance class @ Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association
- YYC Free Market & SOS Open Mic Jam on Monday, March 25, 2019 | 6:00pm- 9:00pm @ Crescent Heights Community Association
- Heritage Park Ghost Tours on March 20, and 27 | 7:00pm and 7:30pm @ Gasoline Alley
- Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series: Judge Karen Crowshoe on March 27, 2019 | 11:30 am to 1:00 pm @ Fairmont Palliser
- Boldly Went: Live Adventure Storytelling Show and Podcast on Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. @ Village Brewery 5000 12A Street SE, Calgary
- Calgary JOB FAIR on Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM @ Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Planted dinner series
The PLANTED dinner series has teamed up with the Community Kitchen to help them raise money and spread the love for vegan and vegetarian cuisine in the city of Calgary. PLANTED is a dinner series curated by WinSport executive chef Liana Robberecht to celebrate and push the limits of vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Details
Kick-off: March 28, 2019 | 7 PM. @ Multi-purpose room, Markin MacPhail Centre, Calgary
Friday, Saturday & Sunday Brunch: March 29 – April 21 @ Dinner Deluxe 804 Edmonton Trail, Calgary & 350 Aspen Glen Landing SW #104, Calgary
Taste of the Opera: Rigoletto
Explore opera from the page to the stage, in a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring opera to life. Featuring lively discussions with key members of cast and crew of upcoming productions. Enjoy food samples from the region in which the opera takes place, and mingle with other opera lovers – whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned fan.
March 29th, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Mamdani Opera Centre: 1315 – 7 Street SW, Calgary
Shelter’s Monthly Spirit Tasting Series introduces a favourite whiskey; Michter’s Distillery. Michter’s is proud to honor a historical legacy tracing back to the founding of America’s first whiskey company in 1753. The US*1 expressions, so named to honor Michter’s heritage harkening back to 1753, consist of some of the finest single barrel and truly small-batch whiskeys available.
Friday, March 29, 2019 | 5:30 PM– 8:30 PM
1 Street Southwest, Calgary
Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow
Spectators will experience one of the world’s last authentic circus sideshows with performances using the human anatomy and death defying stunts of mind over matter, yet with no blood and no pain. This Vaudeville Freak Show of wonder features LIVE stunts of mind over matter like: Fire Eating * Fire Breathing * The Bed of Nails * The Human Block-head * The Razor Sharp Machete Walk * Acrobatic Stunts * Glass Eating * Sword Swallowing * Knife Throwing & Archery using human targets * Illusion’s like the Chinese Blade Box of Death * Human Oddities & Curiosities such as a real-live half-man who walks on his bare hands on broken shards of glass and much more. Details
Friday March 29th, 2019 | 08:00 PM – 02:00 PM
The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club
109 7th AVE SW, Calgary
Calgary Night Market
A night time of fun shopping with friends and family. We are a culturally diverse market that sell handmade and local goods. Come down and enjoy our live market on friday nights!
Friday, March 29 | 5 PM – 11 PM
Eau Claire Market., Calgary
AUArts Show + Sale
The Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association Spring Show + Sale is a public art market that showcases student work from the university’s departments including Painting, Drawing, Glass, Jewellery + Metals, Fibre, Printmaking, Sculpture, Media Arts, Photography, Ceramics, and Design. All proceeds support the ACAD student body.
March 28 to 30, 2019
Alberta University of the Arts, 1407 14th Ave. NW, Calgary
Donation to $25
Veg Speed Date
Looking for love, but tired of the online dating scene, or struggling to find someone who shares your innermost values?
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Broken City, 11 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Ink n’ Intuition Alcohol Ink and Meditation Workshop
Get ready to gain creative confidence through this 2 hour workshop. All supplies including ink, art surface, paint brushes, and other creative tools are included! Light refreshments will be served. Bring a paint shirt or apron to protect your clothes!
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 2-4 PM
Ninth and Brick
1312B 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Dream Board Workshop
Come join us for a fun and inspiring afternoon of Dream Boarding to create a life you love! A Dream Board is a collection of pictures and words that represents one or many of the things you want to do, be, and/or have in your life. When you see your intended outcome clearly, you are more empowered to achieve your vision.
Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
White Cliff Estates Community Building
2715 Dovely Park SE, Calgary
The Rock-a-Palooza Gem Show
Gemstones, Home Decor, Gemstone Jewelry, Loose Facets, Mineral Specimens, Fossils, Crystals, Beads, Cabochons, and as much gem and mineral related pieces that we can fit into one fantastic hall.
March 28 to 31, 2019
Congress Hall, Spruce Meadows, Calgary
Calgary Gun Show
This annual show is Canada’s largest & finest Antique Arms & Military Collectors Show. See over 1000 tables featuring firearms, antique & modern military & related collectibles, western art, custom knife makers, gun smiths & gun makers, hunting wear & supplies, archery, swords & bayonets, collectors cartridges & much much more.
March 30 & 31, 2019
BM.O. Centre Stampede Grounds, Calgary
$10, Children 12 years & under are also free if accommpanied with an adult.
SPOTLIGHT – Judy Sysak
Translating the subtle shifts in light and colour of the Southern Alberta landscape caused by the changing seasons and weather into an exquisite array of handwoven textiles, Judy Sysak explores her daily relationship with her surroundings.
March 14 to April 6, 2019 @ Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary
Christian Dior Exhibition
Drawn largely from the extensive fashion and textile collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, the exhibition includes exquisite gowns and smart daytime apparel, perfumes and accessories – all from the first ten years of the House of Dior (1947 – 1957), when Christian Dior himself designed the pieces.
Feb 3 – June 2, 2019 @ Glenbow Museum – 130 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Anna Burger-Martindale: Chasing the Mountains: Inspired by a bout of homesickness while traversing foreign lands, silversmith Anna Burger-Martindale was compelled to recreate the Rocky Mountains she loved and missed. Dazzling, functional and wearable mountainous masterpieces in silver you can wear and take with you wherever you may roam.. Details
March 2nd – April 27th, 2019 @ The Blackboard Gallery
Exhibitions at Leighton Art Centre
just turn your head a little’ explores the intelligence of the body. Artist Verna Vogel will be creating a site-specific string installation in the main gallery, paired with mixed media cold wax paintings by Frances Vettergreen. March 2 – April 13, 2019
Context is Everything: This project merges the flora of the prairie landscape with the human trait of judging people, events and circumstances too quickly based on our prior knowledge and insight. It touches the soul of any person that has ever been judged on any level, for their race, their religion, their sexual orientation, even to the point to what they are wearing. March 2 – April 13, 2019
More To Do
We do try to make the listings as accurate as possible, but there may be oversight errors or events may get postponed/cancelled without notice. Verify all details from concerned Event Websites/officials before travelling.