10 Things to Do in Calgary During the April Long Weekend

This long weekend, check out a classic Victorian play, try indoor bouldering, have breakfast at a new Inglewood diner and more.

Vertigo Theatre's production of Gaslight is on now. Photograph by Tim Nguyen & Louise Vessey, courtesy of Vertigo Theatre.

Watch Ella Enchanted reimagined as a musical

Based on the 2004 film starring Anne Hathaway, this family-friendly Storybook Theatre production is a fun-for-all-ages musical reimagining of the tale. Ella Enchanted follows Ella, who is cursed with obedience and must say yes to everything, as she learns how to be herself. Children will love the songs and storybook characters, and adults will enjoy seeing this movie from their childhoods come to life on the stage. Ella Enchanted runs until April 22.

375 Bermuda Dr. N.W., 403-216-0808, storybooktheatre.org


Try bouldering at Calgary Climbing Centre’s newest facility

At SoCal Bouldering, Calgary Climbing Centre’s newest facility in the city, bouldering is the focus. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing involving no ropes and shorter (but generally harder) climbs. SoCal opened in September 2022 and is a huge facility with climbing routes that change weekly. Challenge yourself at this compelling sport — once you get to the top of your first climb, you’ll want to keep going until your hands can’t take any more.

75 Shawville Link S.E., 587-603-6200, calgaryclimbing.com


Attend a local professional wrestling match

Dungeon Wrestling, created by legendary local wrestling family, the Hart family, is hosting Unfinished Business on April 7. It’s a series of matches featuring local wrestler Mo Jabari and more in high flying, top-rope action. Attendees also get a chance to meet the wrestlers before the show. Tickets start at $35.

Victoria Pavillion, 1800 Stampede Tr. S.E., dungeonwrestling.ca


Eat gourmet hot dogs at Tubby’s

The Tubby Dog, pickled eggs and Tubby Lager. Photograph by Chris Landry.

When Tubby Dog closed down, a lot of Calgarians were upset about the loss of this funky joint. But now, this Calgary institution has evolved into the newly opened Tubby’s, a bar that focuses on providing great service and simple classics. Tubby’s is a comfortable place to stop in for a drink, and of course, it still serves its famous hot dogs like the Tubby Dog or the A-Bomb, which many people will remember.

Read more: The New Tubby’s Bar is a No-Nonsense Evolution of a Calgary Institution

100A, 1210 8 St. S.W., tubbybar.com


Go on an Easter egg hunt at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

From April 7 to 10, the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is hosting its Easter Eggstravaganza with Easter-themed games, activities and experiences. Head to the grounds for a new Easter Safari game, Easter photo opps, treats and more surprises. All activities are included in admission.

210 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com


Grab breakfast at Jam’s Diner

Jam’s Diner, which took over the space of Kane’s Harley Diner in Inglewood, brings a fresh take on diner fare to the area. An extension of the flagship Airdrie location, Jam’s Diner makes almost everything made from scratch, and sources locally if it can’t be made in-house. Stop by for a classic pastrami and swiss sandwich with a not-so-classic black garlic sauerkraut, or go for the classic breakfast with bacon, eggs, sausage and bottomless hashbrowns.

1209 9 Ave. S.E., 403-452-5174, jamsdiner.ca


Visit an Easter celebration in Marda Loop

On April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring the kids down to Marda Loop for an Easter celebration. More than 15 businesses will be participating in activities like handing out treats in the Easter egg hunt (the map will be released closer to the day). Afterwards, head to the Marda Loop Community Centre for the Easter Extravaganza Market with 65 local vendors and photo ops with the Easter Bunny.



Immerse yourself in a comic book at Telus Spark

Photograph courtesy of Telus Spark Science Centre.

In Telus Spark’s latest Digital Immersion Gallery experience, step inside Sacred Defenders of the Universe: The Four Sacred Elements, a comic book universe where visitors learn Indigenous stories through a new lens. During the 20-minute presentation, visitors can interact with a series of comic book-style illustrations projected all around the exhibit, which showcase four superheroes with backgrounds based in Indigenous stories.

Read more: This New Telus Spark Exhibit Brings Indigenous Superheroes to Life

220 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-817-6800, sparkscience.ca


Head to Banff for a cocktail and food festival

Starting on April 10, head to the mountains for Made With Love, a new food and cocktail festival in Banff. Head to one (or more) of the 25 participating restaurants like Bluebird, Park Distillery or Una Pizza + Wine to try special cocktail recipes and food pairings. The culmination of this event takes place on April 21 and 22 on Bear St. in the form of the outdoor cocktail tasting event, with participating restaurants serving their special recipes in one place.



Watch the classic Victorian thriller, Gaslight, on stage

If you’ve ever heard the term “gaslighting,” this classic Victorian-era play is where the term comes from. In this adaptation by Vertigo Theatre, protagonist Bella Manningham begins to question her grip on reality as items in her home move and disappear, while her husband tells her none of these strange events are really happening. This show runs at The Playhouse until April 16.

161, 115 9 Ave. S.E., 403-221-3708, vertigotheatre.com

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