15 Best Things to Do in Calgary This March

This month, check out a new doughnut shop, relax at an urban thermal spa, enjoy a multi-course meal during a culinary festival and more.

Inside SKA's hydrotherapy spa. Photograph by Erin Burns.

Spend the day tubing at WinSport

Get outside and have some fun at WinSport’s tube park this month. The park features eight sliding lanes and a magic carpet that takes you back up to the top after each run. Regular tickets are $27, but on Servus Tube Park Fridays (on March 3 and 10 this month), you can get in for just $16.

88 Canada Olympic Rd. S.W., 403-247-5452, winsport.ca


Go on a women’s history walking tour at Fort Calgary

When: March 4 and 5

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, Fort Calgary is offering two guided walking tours centered around women’s history. The outdoor tours will take you around the Fort Calgary grounds while discussing the role women played in Indigenous winter camps, stories of how women helped and opposed the North West Mounted Police, and more. Both afternoon tours run for an hour and a half.

Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave. S.E., fortcalgary.com


Grab a sweet treat at a new doughnut shop

When: Grand opening is March 10

Calgary will soon be home to a new spot where you can fill up on delicious doughnuts. The Greedy Donut promises doughnut flavours like strawberry cream, London Fog and sweet corn, as well as bagels with cream cheese, sandwiches, coffee and more. Be sure to check this new spot out on or after its March 10 grand opening.

106, 6008 Macleod Tr. S.W., @greedydonut_yyc


Run a 5 or 10K race to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

When: March 12

Calgary’s St. Patrick’s Day Road Race has been going strong for 36 years and there’s still time to sign up for this year’s edition. Runners can choose between a 5K or 10K run that starts and ends at Central Memorial High School. The race supports Calgary Road Runners and Diabetes Canada.

Central Memorial High School, 5111 21 St. S.W., raceroster.com


Eat some pie on Pi Day

When: March 14

Pi Day may technically be about the mathematical constant pi — approximately 3.14 — but it has also become a reason to eat actual pies every March 14th. Use the day as an excuse to buy a pie or two from one of the great pie spots in the city, including Pie Junkie, Pie Cloud and Simple Simon Pies. You may also want to try the iconic flapper pie from Blackfoot Truckstop Diner.



Watch some king penguins take a walk at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

When: Until mid-March

Arthur, Cleopatra, Napoleon, Josephine — these are just a few of the adorable king penguins you could see waddling through the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo during this year’s Penguin Walk. Every winter starting in January, the zoo’s king penguin colony goes on a daily morning walk around the grounds that the public can watch (depending on the weather and animal inclination). The walks start at the Penguin Plunge at 10:30 a.m. — don’t miss your chance to see these awesome animals outside of their usual zoo habitat.

Calgary Zoo, 210 St. Georges Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com


Celebrate the art of masks and puppetry during the Festival of Animated Objects

When: March 14 to April 2

The Festival of Animated Objects showcases mask and puppet performances through shows, exhibits, workshops and film screenings all around Calgary. This year’s events include an adult cabaret that uses masks and puppetry, a photography exhibit that looks at the artists behind the masks and workshops where you can make your own paper mask or “affirmation puppet.”

Multiple locations, puppetfestival.ca


Relax at a new urban thermal spa

If you’re after some rest and relaxation, a trip to SKA Thermal Spa might be just what you need. Located in the Beltline, the new urban thermal spa offers an indoor hydrotherapy experience, as well as massages and facials.

Read more: Calgary’s First Urban Thermal Spa Opens in the Beltline

638 11 Ave. S.W., 403-276-5888, skathermalspa.com


Go on a nighttime ghost tour at Heritage Park

When: Wednesdays running from March 15 to April 19

It’s not Halloween yet, but there’s still plenty of spooky fun to be had at Heritage Park, which brings back its nighttime ghost tours for just over a month starting in March. The 90-minute walking tours promise plenty of chilling tales as you explore the park’s Historical Village after-hours.

1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8501, heritagepark.ca


Treat yourself to a multi-course, prix fixe meal during the YYC Food & Drink Experience

When: March 17 to 26

This exciting culinary festival is back after a two-year hiatus. From March 17 to 26, dozens of Calgary restaurants will be offering special multi-course, prix fixe menus that showcase the city’s culinary talent. Choose from $25 or $35 lunches, $35 or $45 three-course dinners and $65 or $75 gourmet dining experiences. A full list of participating restaurants is available online.



Watch an adaptation of a Victorian thriller at Vertigo Theatre

When: March 18 to April 16

A Victorian thriller has been newly adapted for the Vertigo Theatre stage. Running from March 18 to April 16, Gaslight follows protagonist Bella Manningham, whose world starts to unravel when she begins feeling like she’s losing touch with reality.

The Playhouse, 115 9 Ave. S.E., vertigotheatre.com


Grab brunch at the newly opened Primary Colours


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The team behind Monogram Coffee has opened a new restaurant and café called Primary Colours, located right beside Monogram’s Britannia coffee shop location. Chef Matthias Fong, who you may remember from his time at River Café and Deane House, is behind the menu here. The morning brunch menu provides options like a shrimp omelette or French toast with a mushroom and brie filling. Or you can dine on plates of ginger beets, charred squash ravioli and seafood chowder at dinner.

802 49 Ave. S.W., primarycolours.cafe


Try samples from some of the best restaurants in Calgary

When: March 23

Avenue just released its 2023 list of the best restaurants in Calgary, which gives you tons of suggestions for your next dinner out or takeout pick. And if you want to try many of these restaurants in one place, don’t miss Avenue‘s Best Restaurants Tasting Experience on March 23, where more than 20 of this year’s best restaurants will be offering sample-sized dishes of their award-winning cuisine.

Read more: Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2023

Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 10801 Bonaventure Dr. S.E., showpass.com


Test your film knowledge at a trivia night

When: March 23

Think you know your movie trivia? Put your knowledge to the test at one of the Calgary International Film Festival’s movie trivia nights, which take place monthly from March to June. It costs $40 for a team of four or less, and you can enjoy snacks and drinks from Brüch Bar while you play.

Brüch Bar, Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., ciffcalgary.ca


Go on a day trip

There are plenty of great day trip options from Calgary, and Bill Corbett, author of the book Day Trips from Calgary, knows some of the best. The next time you’re thinking about venturing outside of the city for the day, consider making one of his favourite treks.

Read more: 3 Great Day Trips to Make From Calgary

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