Weekend Events & Festivals in Calgary: April 26 to 28, 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
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo
The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (Calgary Expo) is a four-day annual celebration of all things pop culture including comics, sci-fi, gaming, fantasy, horror and more held each spring in Calgary at Stampede Park.
Lynda Carter, TV’s original ‘Wonder Woman’: Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. @ Stampede Corral
2019 POW! Parade of Wonders: April 26, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. @ Stephen Avenue Walk
An Evening with the Cast of BACK TO THE FUTURE 2019 on Friday, April 26, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. @ Stampede Corral
April 25 to 28, 2019
20 Roundup Way SE
Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0 – Activate Creature Power!: Theatrical stage show is based on the hit animated television series Wild Kratts will be coming to Calgary on Saturday, October 05, 2019 | 1:00 PM. PreSale on Tuesday, April 23 | 10:00 AM Code: KIDS
The Further Adventures of The Three Mooseketeers
Wherever the Three Moosketeers are, adventure and fun are sure to follow.
The Loose Moose Theatre Company makes going to theatre an experience that is truly magical for children 4 – 10 years old, as well as fun and entertaining for parents.
April 13 to May 5, 2019
Loose Moose Theatre – 1235 – 26th Avenue SE, Calgary
Come join The Kite Guy, Bud Taylor, who will be onsite with flying demonstrations and kites for sale. Details
Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Riverside Park, Okotoks
Join us and be part of a massive, nation-wide celebration of dance!
Learn the 2019 Sharing Dance routine with a professional dancer at free workshops at Wildflower Arts Centre. The National Ballet School of Canada is partnering with artists across the country to engage all Canadians in this shared expression of joy. Details
April 27 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Wildflower Arts Centre
3363 Spruce Drive SW
Family Museum Adventure
This behind-the-scenes museum adventure is designed for the whole family! Bring your whole gang and get the story behind Glenbow’s new exhibition of modern and contemporary art from our collection On Location: Artists Explore a Sense of Place. After a tour of the gallery, you’ll go behind-the-scenes to explore some of the cool stuff in our secure collections storage areas. Then you can channel all that inspiration into creating a masterpiece of your own in a hands-on art-making workshop. Details
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Glenbow Museum, 130 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Experience the Reservoir
Ready to explore Glenmore Reservoir through a fun and interactive event geared toward all ages? Exercise your brain and body through a scavenger hunt that will provide excitement, education and physical activity while experiencing the beauty of the reservoir. Details
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 1 PM – 4 PM
South Glenmore Park, Calgary
RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND
It’s the story of two brothers who discover their family legacy as they are transported to a mysterious island full of pirates, castaways and singing insects! Will they get home? Will they discover the secret of the hidden treasure? Will their day be full of adventure and slow-mo battle scenes? You’ll need to come in Spring of 2019 to find out! Details
April 19 to May 5, 2019
Beddington Theatre Arts Centre – 375 Bermuda Drive, Calgary
$20 to $25
Alberta Ballet School Open House
Join us for free dance classes, crafts, interactive story time, music, contests and more! Alberta Ballet’s Hayna Gutierrez will be there from 12:30-2:30 to meet everyone and sign autographs. Come one – come all! Details
Sunday, April 28 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Alberta Ballet School – 906 – 12 Avenue SW, 2nd Floor, 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. Motel Transylvania
Remember when your kids were little and they believed that you, their infallible parents, knew all the answers, and would always protect them from the horrible evil humans in the world? And then one day they turn 118 years old and suddenly they think they know everything about everything. Doesn’t it just make you want to send them to their coffin without any desert?!! Saturdays, April 6, 2019 – May 4, 2019 | 11:00 AM @ Jubilations Dinner Theatre Calgary — 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
More To Do
II. Live Music
- Taking Back Sunday on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ MacEwan Hall
- Michael Schenker Fest on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 7:00 PM @ The Palace Theatre
- Provocative: Percussion + Tchaikovsky on Thursday, 25 April, 2019 | 7:30 PM @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
- National Geographic: Symphony For Our World on Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 7:30 PM @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
- Rosie & the Riveters on Friday, April 26 , 2019 | 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM @ Southwood United Church
- Anoushka Shankar on Friday, April 26, 2019 | 07:30 PM @ Arts Commons
- Club Amnesia on Friday, April 26, 2019 | 9:00 [email protected] Junction YYC
- Thomas Thomas ep release with Windigo and The Conversation on Friday, April 26, 2019 | 9:00 [email protected] The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club
- Bad Animal (Album Release) w/ The Ashley Hundred & Hotel on Friday, April 26, 2019 | 9:00 PM @ Broken City
- Matt Andersen & the Mellotones on Friday, April 26, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
- LongWalkShortDock on Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 9:30 PM @ The Hifi Club
- UADA, Wormwitch, Vile Insignia & Dethgod on Saturday April 27 | 8:00 PM @ County Line Saloon
- Vicetone on Saturday April 27th, 2019 | 9:00 PM @ The Palace Theatre
- Outlaws of Ravenhurst, Sandstorm, Henchman on Saturday April 27th, 2019 | 9:00 PM @ The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club
- Lisa Brokop – Legendary Ladies of Country on Saturday April 27th, 2019 | 7:45 PM @ Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Centre
International Jazz Day(s)
Beginning on April 24 JazzYYC and the community are bringing Calgary music fans days of free and ticketed shows to celebrate International Jazz Day(s), including a children’s show, jazz jams, lunch and learns and an all-day JazzWalk in Inglewood. Details
April 24th – 30th, 2019
Various Venues, calgary
Free & Ticketed
In this late-night presentation, JUNO Award and Polaris Prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq stars in the viscerally moving Qiksaaktuq; accompanied by Fausto Romitelli’s haunting and dissonant Dead City Radio and Barber’s First Symphony — an intense masterpiece from one of America’s greatest composers. Details
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 9:00 PM
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons
A free, family-friendly event at various venues throughout Inglewood and the Music Mile! Whether you’re a jazz aficionado, or just want to check out something new, the Jazz Walk has something for you!
Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Various Venues, Inglewood
Music of Louis Armstrong and Maria Schneider
Calgary Jazz Orchestra directed by Johnny Summers presents the music of Louis Armstrong and Maria Schneider. Two juxtaposing concerts with music that will take you to another place and have you grinning cheek to cheek.
Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 7:00 PM -9:15 PM
River Park Church, 3818 14a Street, SW Calgary
Voices Of The North
Presented in collaboration with Wordfest, this unique and extraordinary concert presents three brothers from northern Alberta – a composer, an author, and a playwright – sharing the stage for the first time. Giller-winning author Will Ferguson shares images and stories of growing up in northern Alberta.
Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 3:00PM – 5:00PM
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Calgary
$20 – $25
Mirthe & Meriment
For all the serious, awe-inspiring church music that came out of the Renaissance, there is an equally impressive body of bawdy melodies, drinking songs and outright musical hilarity! Come and experience some Renaissance-era humour with Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players!
Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 7:00PM – 5:00PM
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Calgary
$15 to $25; Under 17: Free
Calgary Performing Arts Festival
Formerly known as the Kiwanis Festival, CPAF is an integral part of Calgary’s arts, music & culture community and is committed to amateur performers of all ages and skill levels.
April 15th to May 4th, 2019
Various Venues, Calgary
Free & Ticketed events.
III. Theatre & Performing Arts
- Theatre Guide
- Belly Laughs 4 Bullies on Thursday April 25th, 2019 | 6:30 PM @ Yuk Yuks
- Cat & Nat #MOMSTRUTH Tour on Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 7:00 PM @ MacEwan Hall
- Chris Hadfield Presents Exploration: Where We’re Going Next on Monday, April 29, 2019 | 7:30 PM @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
Wolf On The Ringstrasse
Wolf on the Ringstrasse is a ferocious, evocative exhumation of artistic life that challenges the romance of the singular, egoist auteur, and the enduring music of monstrous men.
April 19 to 27, 2019
Joyce Doolittle Theatre at The Pumphouse Theatres, Calgary
$20 to $25
Billy Elliot The Musical
This Tony Award-winning musical is an inspiring and moving tale about the importance of following your heart. Set in working-class England, young Billy dreams of trading in his boxing gloves for ballet slippers, but his widowed father cannot understand his passion.
April 9 to May 12, 2019
Max Bell Theatre in the Arts Commons
$50 & up
When the boys from St. Mark’s join the girls from St. Anne’s to present “Cyrano de Bergerac”, three friends get more of an education than they bargained for. Love blossoms, jealousies flare, and secrets are revealed that may end their youthful innocence forever as life imitates art in this funny and poignant coming of age story. Details
April 19 to May 4, 2019
Vertigo Theatre, 115 9 Ave SE, Calgary
$24 to $29
DJD and La Otra Orilla
Premieres by Montreal’s La Otra Orilla and DJD, both featuring live music
MAGNETIKAE — An Arctic flamenco tale by La Otra Orilla.
A fiery love tale by DJD
April 25 – May 12, 2019
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave. SE, Calgary
$29 – $59
Waiting for Godot
Charming, mysterious, hilarious, and poetic – a timeless play about the passing of time.
Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ is one of the most iconic and significant plays of the 20th century. Drawing endless interpretations, it crackles with deadpan wit and linguistic invention, as well as offering compelling glimpses into our existential absurdity.
April 25 to May 12, 2019
608 1st St. SW, Calgary
$30 – $46
Princess Ida is having nothing to do with men, never mind love, or marriage. She is so firm in her belief that she has locked herself away in a University, attended only by women, and that is exactly where she plans to stay. She was betrothed to young Prince Hilarion from a very early age, and her failure to arrive to meet him with her father, King Gama, could be interpreted as an act of war, but still, she is having none of it.
April 26 – May 11, 2019
The Pumphouse Theatre, 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary
$18 – $23
ATP & Wordfest present WordPlay
Word Play takes you behind the scenes in the making of a new Canadian play. Join us for a stage reading of excerpts from four new scripts in development by members of Alberta Theatre Projects’ Playwrights Unit. Plus enjoy a post-show conversation moderated by local playwright and ATP Playwrights Unit Director Meg Braem.
Friday April 26th, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor 1221 2nd Street SW, Calgary
IV. Sports & Related Events
Climb for Wilderness!
The Climb for Wilderness provides learning opportunities and the challenges to climb all 1188 stairs and raise funds for Alberta Wilderness Association.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Bow (skyscraper) – 500 center street SE, Calgary
MEC Calgary Race 2
5K / 10K / 21.1K / 30K
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 08:30 AM to 12:00 PM
North Glenmore Park, Calgary
Police Half Marathon
39th running of the Calgary Police Half Marathon. Half Marathon, 10k, 5 km Run & Walk
Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 8 – 11 AM
Mount Royal University and run along Mount Royal Gate, continuing on 50th Avenue S.W., then running south on 21 Street S.W.
V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
YOU MAY LIKE:
- Come Dance with Us! A seniors only recreational dance class @ Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association
- 2019 Steps to End Homelessness on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10am-6pm @ McHugh Bluff Stairs
- CONFLUENCE TASTING: FROM DRY GIN TO VINLAND AQUAVIT on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM @ Shelter YYC
- XL Spring DIY Doormat Workshop on April 24, 2019 | 7:00 PM @ Pinnovate DIY Studio
- Celebrating 25 Years of Turning Points on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 | 05:30 PM @ Telus Convention Centre
- Burwood Distillery 7 course dinner on Thursday April 25th, 2019 | 6:30 PM @ Burwood Distillery
Calgary Underground Film Festival
Throughout our 7-day festival you will discover unique films, lively Q&A’s with visiting guests, and be swept into the fun atmosphere CUFF has created. The biggest films on the festival circuit, our annual retro all-you-can-eat cereal party, late night movies, parties and custom arcade cabinets with new independent video games, we’ll see you at the 16th annual Calgary Underground Film Festival
April 22-28, 2019
Globe Cinema – 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary
$8 & up
Farm Zoo Table
PLANTED is a dinner series curated by WinSport executive chef Liana Robberecht to celebrate and push the limits of vegan and vegetarian cuisine. The opening event takes place at WinSport on March 28th, while the closing event is scheduled for April 25th at the Calgary Zoo. Details
April 25, 2019 | 7-11 PM
Calgary Zoo – Enmax Conservatory
Canmore Uncorked Food & Drink Festival
The Festival consists of daily set-price menus and other culinary experiences at over 40 locations, as well as a series of signature events including the Long Table Dinner. Details
April 25 – May 5, 2019
Various Venues, Canmore
Half Your Plate Chefs Dinner
Enjoy an evening with guest chefs from around YYC as they create new, produce inspired dishes. Interactive appetizer & cocktail reception followed by a 4 course plated dinner and finished with a gorgeous dessert bar.
Friday, April 26, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Winsport – Markin MacPhail Centre
$99 – $123
Calgary Glow Party
High-Energy Music, Blacklighting, Laser Lights & LED Sticks, Into One Mind Blowing Combination. Experience a perfect balance of Sound Systems mixed with a spectacular Light show!
Friday, April 26, 2019 | 9:00 PM
840 9 Avenue Southwest
$10 to $20
Spring Himalayan Bazaar
We sell Tibetan handmade Arts & Craft, Religious articles, jewellery, Shawls, Scarves, bags, wall hanging and clothing and much more…
Saturday, April 27 2019 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Glamorgan Community Hall, 4207, 41 Ave SW, Calgary
Capitol Hill Community Association are hosting their first ever Craft Beer Festival featuring four of Alberta’s finest craft breweries. Join us to sample some craft beer made locally.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 4 PM -10 PM
Capitol Hill Community Centre, 1531 21 Ave NW, Calgary
Calyx Distinctive Arts Show and Sale
Calyx invites you and your friends to join us for our 37th. semi annual art exhibition and sale. We have a wide variety of Canadian artists joining us with Paintings, Pottery, Jewelry, Glass, Fibre, and more!
April 27 & 28, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Crescent Heights Community Centre, 1101 2nd St NW, Calgary
YYCFoodTrucks Presents: Spring Frenzy
YYCFoodTrucks are fresh out of their winter slumber and awakening from hibernation for another fantastic summer of great food, music, community and great events!
April 27 & 28, 2019
C-Square in East Village, Calgary
$5; Free under 14 & Seniors
Beacon Original Art – Show & Sale
Over 25 artists in attendance showing painting, jewelry, glass, photography, ceramics, sculpture and textiles. Comfortably browse and shop for unique gifts for Mother’s Day, weddings, birthdays, graduations, special holidays, retirements or treat yourself with fine art.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association, 917 Centre Ave NE, Calgary
Calgary Pet Expo
Pet Expo is a 2-day consumer tradeshow that is open to the public. At the show you will find hundreds of pets, pet products, service providers, entertainers, clubs and organizations that cater to pets.
April 27 & 28, 2019
Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
$5.00 – $10.00
Calgary Doll Club Annual Show & Sale
Dolls of all shapes & sizes, teddy bears big and small, Barbie, fashion dolls and scale miniatures from antique to modern.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10 AM – 3 PM
Acadia Recreation Complex, 240 90 Ave SE, Calgary
Wanderlust Showhome Event
Wanderlust is the perfect way to inspire your inner local tourist: see brand new homes, dig into some street food, bring the kids for some face painting, and when you visit the showhomes, you can enter to win an overnight Nordic spa date for two at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge.
Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 12-5 PM
8 Walcrest View SE & 333 Walgrove Terrace SE, Calgary
Celebrity Hor d’Oeuvres
Join Alberta Theatre Projects for the 26th Annual Celebrity Hors d’Oeuvres event.
Local celebrities and the city’s finest chefs team up for an amazing hors d’oeuvres competition!
It’s Calgary’s famous food frenzy!
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 6:30PM
Willow Park Wines and Spirits, 10801 Bonaventure Dr SE , Calgary
EMBODIMENT Fashion Show + Fundraiser
Founded on the belief that garments should inspire confidence, pride and self-assurance, FARI HARA Custom Menswear presents its first ever unisex fashion show: ‘EMBODIMENT’. Powered by 10x Music & Culture, this event bridges the gap by highlighting individual expression, tailoring perfection, and modern artisanal design.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Marquee Beer Market & Stage, 4630 Macleod Trail S, Calgary
$25 – $60
Bard Bash 2019
Join us in celebrating William Shakespeare’s Birthday and recognize some of our long term supporters as well as help us fundraise for our next season. Our silent auction always has a great variety of prizes to bid on from local businesses. All money raised during the event will directly support The Shakespeare Company’s upcoming season and programming.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 7:00PM
Wild Rose Brewery Barracks Room, 4580 Quesnay Wood Drive SW, Calgary
Spring Flings and Easter Things
This event includes a five course traditional easter meal. Everything is vegan, and gluten free options are available. The menu design and creation is by our Head Chef Tara Shepherd. Our menus are always created with care, precision and a deep creative process.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 6:00PM
Koi, 1011 1 St SW, Calgary
WERK: Drag Brunch
We’ll be bringing you some of YYC’s & Vancouvers top drag talent! Hosted by none other than your local hip “G-ma” Mr. Terri Stevens! and her majesty Queen of Vancouver Misty Meadows.
Sunday April 28 2019 | 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM
National on 17th 550 17th Ave SW, Calgary
Airdrie Home & Lifestyle Show
The Airdrie Home & Lifestyle Show, presented by Chinook Gate is an excellent way to connect with your community plus explore home and lifestyle solutions. With over 200 Exhibitors in attendance, there is something for everyone! Come to shop, compare, try and buy. Where else can you spend $5 and be entertained for the day? Shop, eat, listen and learn from experts, enjoy amazing artwork and get a bag full of free goodies for the first 250 attendees each morning!
Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 10 AM to 4 PM
Genesis Place – 800 East Lake Blvd NE, Airdrie
Cinematic Sundays: Kusama : Infinity
Join us for Cinematic Sundays – A curated series of afternoon film screenings. See these fantastic films celebrating the world of art, style and fashion on the big screen! Bar service is offered during the films and you can purchase a snack too – make sure you try the decadent baked goods of Calgary bakery Soy Milk & Vinegar. Kusama: Infinity explores contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s — where she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention — and concludes with the international fame she finally achieved within the art world, in spite of her battles with sexism, racism, and mental illness.
Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 1 PM
Glenbow Museum, 130 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
$8 – $10
Stein & Dine
Join in for one night only for Stein & Dine at Elite Brewing & Cidery, Calgary’s unique military history themed brewery. Paying homage to veterans who serve their country, Elite want to bring awareness of military history to a broader audience. Beverages are named after historical events, places, and people. Chalk boards in the taproom tell stories about the products, written by Elite’s own local PHd in Military History. The historical theme is identifiable, educational and fun!
Don’t miss this opportunity for a short brewery tour, and to eat and drink across Elite’s taproom menu, and enjoy six pairing courses of their military menu. A selection of Recon Patrol appies, Hunker Down salads, Hand to Hand Combat mains, and Mission Evac desserts await
Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 6:30 PM
Elite Brewing & Cidery, 1319 Edmonton Trail N.E.
Fashion Revolution Week YYC
Join the Revolution and ask brands #Whomademyclothes? We have events each night, so make to get involved in the discussion and play your part in creating a more sustainable fashion industry.
Fashion Revolution Week YYC represents Calgary’s participation in a global annual campaign in April, which falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more April 24, 2013.
April 23 to 28, 2019
Various Venues, Calgary
Free & Ticketed events.
SPOTLIGHT: Jill Allan
Glass can reflect, magnify, project and hold light to glow. Jill Allan’s scrumptious glass creations sculpt light, bend colour and bring joy to every home and body.
April 6 – May 4, 2019 @ Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary
Various ceramic pieces by Robin Lambert, Brenda Malkinson and Giselle Peters.
April 6 – May 25, 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
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.