There’s tons to do in Calgary right now as we head into the last full weekend of April (that’s right – next Sunday is May 1st!).
Experience a free art exhibit, step into a parallel universe at the science center, watch a live theater performance, have brunch at the zoo and more.
Here are 12 of the best things to do in and around Calgary this weekend.
Celebrate spring with Pysanky Easter Eggs at the Southcentre shopping center
What: A group of local artists, led by pysanky specialist Daena Diduck, have designed five oversized, three-dimensional Easter eggs ranging from three to six feet tall, on display at the Southcentre Mall through the end of April in an exhibit called “Pysanky for peace”. ”
After April 30, the eggs will be auctioned off to local businesses and organizations, with proceeds going to Canadian Ukrainian Social Servicesa charitable organization that serves the needs and interests of the Ukrainian community in Canada through a wide range of programs, services and humanitarian assistance.
When: By April 30
Weather: Shopping center hours (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday)
Or: Southcentre Shopping Center (100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary)
What: Attention Tea House High School students and teachers! The weather is warming up, which means The Tea House’s spring dance is fast approaching. The drag queens and kings of the Spring Fling are ready to put on one hell of a show, so get yourself a date (or two) and grab your tickets before they’re gone.
When: April 24
Weather: Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.
Or: The Tea House (1213 1st Street SW, Calgary)
Cost: $15 + $1.50 service charge
donate books and help “fill a truck” before the big Calgary Reads book sale.
What: Ahead of the big Calgary Reads book sale, Jayman Built is hosting a “Stuff a Truck” event at its headquarters this Sunday to help ensure this year’s sale is as successful as possible. Calgarians are encouraged to bring their gently used books to donate to this year’s sale, and a food truck will be on hand to serve delicious bites to attendees in return for their generous donations.
When: April 24
Weather: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Or: Jayman Built Headquarters (3132 118th Avenue SE, Calgary)
Recycle “almost anything” at the Earth Day event at the Southcentre Mall
What: To celebrate Earth Day, Southcentre Mall is hosting a special recycling collection this Saturday. Calgarians can recycle a number of materials, including metals, old electronics, paper, cardboard, beverage containers and clothing at a central collection area in the mall’s southeast parking lot, at side of CIBC.
Inside the mall, customers will also have access to a learning center with educational resources featured by recycling partners Village Electronics Recycling and Federal Metals Inc, as well as a World Day art station. Earth, featuring eco-friendly crafts and a giant photo frame decorated with recycled materials for photo ops.
When: April 23
Weather: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Or: Parking lot southeast of Southcentre Mall, next to CIBC (100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary)
Shop at a pop-up sale of vintage Earth Day clothing at Iron Crow Antiquities and Items of Intrigue
What: Shop locally and sustainably in honor of Earth Day at a vintage clothing pop-up this weekend. There will be 10 vintage and pre-loved clothing vendors appearing, and customers will have the chance to win a 1960s bike and several other amazing prizes (no purchase necessary!).
Event vendors include All Things GQ, Pastmade Vintage, Wear Empathy, YMM Vintage, Wild North Trading Company, Washed and Worn Kids, Topography Vintage, The Darning Darling, Vintage Pimpage and RU Mine Vintage.
When: April 22 and 23
Weather: from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday
Or: Iron Crow Antiques and Objects of Intrigue (5746 Burleigh Crescent SE, Calgary)
Cost: Varies by purchase
Discover Glenbow new FREE satellite exhibition at the Edison
What: Glenbow’s main building is currently closed for refurbishment, but its new satellite location at The Edison opens this week, with temporary exhibits on tour. The first exhibition at The Edison, Not Invited: Canadian Women Artists of the Modern Eraallows visitors to discover 200 works of art from a generation of 20th-century female painters, photographers, weavers, beadworkers and sculptors who remained largely unrecognized among famous male artists of the time.
When: From April 9
Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Or: The Edison (150 9th Avenue SW, Calgary)
Cost: Free; timed ticket required for entry
Pretend to be Alice at Hawthorn’s Mad Hatter Tea
What: Indulge in delicious pastries, delicate sandwiches and freshly baked scones to enjoy with Fairmont-selected loose leaf teas at Hawthorn’s Mad Hatter Tea. Alice in Wonderland-Themed candies include the Queen of Hearts cookie, Eat Me macaroon, peekaboo cupcake, and more.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from April 2 to May 1
Weather: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Or: Fairmont Pallier’s Hawthorn (133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary)
Cost: $95 per adult
Discover your favorite yellow square bikini bottom on The musical SpongeBob SquarePants
What: The musical SpongeBob SquarePants is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen
Hillenburg and the stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic show, as SpongeBob SquarePants and all of Bikini Bottom face total annihilation of their underwater world.
When: April 22 to June 4
Weather: 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
Or: Beddington Theater Arts Center (375 Bermuda Drive NW, Calgary)
Cost: Tickets from $33.60 for adults
Enter a parallel universe at the Calgary Science Center
What: Fascinated by the idea of parallel universes? If so, now you can take a deeper journey into the world of the subatomic in a new exhibit at the Telus Spark Science Center’s Digital Immersion Gallery. The Calgary Science Center team took what many would consider the toughest subject in science – quantum physics – and turned it into a floor-to-ceiling visual adventure everyone can relate to.
When: Open from March 1, 2022
Weather: Science Center Hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday)
Or: TELUS Spark Science Center (220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary)
Cost: Included with general admission ($26 for adults, $19 for children)
Watch live theater during High Performance Rodeo
What: The spring edition of One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, the Calgary International Arts Festival, gives local audiences the chance to see performances touring from across Canada, acclaimed international performances, and new and experimental works by artists right here at YYC.
The festival features theatre, dance, music, film, free lunchtime concerts, late night cabarets and more, with performances in the basement of the Calgary Tower , at the Royal Canadian Legion, in the city’s +15s, a wrestling ring, an elevator, at the city hall, at the central library and in other unique and emblematic places in the city.
When: March 27 to May 28
Weather: Varies by performance
Or: Various venues in Calgary, ranging from Globe Cinema to Contemporary Calgary, GRAND to Big Secret Theater, and more
Cost: Ticket prices vary by performance
Go on a cheap movie date at select Cineplex theaters
What: Looking for affordable entertainment options? Cineplex is showing screenings of selected films for $2.99 at many of its Calgary locations this month. The Cineplex Family Favorites series runs every Saturday at 11 a.m. and offers the chance to enjoy a great movie at a great price.
When: April 23, April 30 and May 7
Weather: 11 a.m.
Or: Varies by date; participating Calgary locations include Cineplex Seton and VIP Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum Cinemas, Cineplex East Hills Cinemas, Scotiabank Chinook Theater and Cineplex Odeon Westhills Cinemas
Cost: $2.99; tickets available online
Have a “savage” brunch at the calgary zoo
What: Enjoy a weekend brunch at the Calgary Zoo. Held in the heart of Destination Africa, the zoo’s Safari Brunch offers both gourmet and comfort food for breakfast, including a free-flowing chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, a bar Belgian waffles and much more.
When: Every Sunday until November 13, 2022
Weather: First service from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., second service from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and third service on certain dates from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Or: Calgary Zoo (210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary)
Cost: $44.95 for adults, $27.95 for children