9 Things to Do in Calgary During the Easter Long Weekend

Check out a classic Chinese dance performance, hunt for Easter eggs around the city, dress up for a movie marathon and more.

Pysanky for Peace. Photo by Tanya Zayats.

View giant decorated eggs at Southcentre Mall

This weekend is your last chance to visit the third annual Pysanky for Peace, an exhibition of 50 huge, decorated eggs celebrating Ukrainian Easter traditions. The eggs are decorated in intricate colours and styles, and can be viewed at Southcentre’s Centre Court until March 30. The artworks will then be available for purchase, with proceeds aiding victims living in Calgary affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

100 Anderson Rd. S.E., southcentremall.com


Catch a choreographed performance celebrating Chinese culture and heritage

From March 29 to 31, catch Shen Yun, an incredible performance of classic Chinese culture. Through dance, movement and a live orchestra, this colourful show shares stories of love, loss and heroism, from depictions of epic battles to the magical realms of Chinese mythology. Choose from four showtimes, running at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

1415 14 Ave. N.W., 403-297-8000, shenyun.org


Eat incredible egg sandwiches at this new restaurant

Eggs may be a symbol of Easter, but they’re also the star at a new eatery. Egg Club, a Toronto-based restaurant, opens its first Calgary location on March 30. The egg sandwiches here are the specialty, made with Japanese milk bread, filled with your choice of meats like lobster, bacon and ham, and topped with Egg Club hollandaise and other ingredients like chili sauce, balsamic onions and more. Try one of these tasty and incredibly aesthetic sandwiches for breakfast this weekend.

140 11 Ave. S.W., eggclub.ca


Check out an ethereal and interactive art exhibit at CF Chinook Centre

Mirror Mirror. Photo by Chris Landry.

If you thought you missed your chance to check out the mind-bending Mirror Mirror, you can rest easy as the exhibit has extended its stay at CF Chinook Centre, now on until April 14. Make your way through the nine interactive exhibits, each exploring a different theme of the human experience.

Read More: Inside Mirror Mirror, a New Immersive Art Experience in Calgary

CF Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Tr., mirrormirrorexperience.com/calgary


Hunt for Easter eggs at The Rec Room

Easter egg hunts aren’t just for kids. The Rec Room takes this Easter activity to a new level, putting on an adults-only hunt that includes raffle prizes for the best hunters, followed by mimosas and brunch. The Easter Eggstravangaza starts at 9 a.m. on March 30. Stick around afterwards to play some of the many arcade games with friends and win more prizes. Tickets for this event cost $40.

1180, 901 64 Ave. N.E., 587-535-6077, therecroom.com


Watch a Lord of the Rings movie marathon

Catch an all-day showing of this classic trilogy on March 30 at Fort Calgary, starting at 11 a.m. — dressing up in your best Middle Earth-fit is strongly encouraged. Tickets cost $30 for the full marathon, or $12 per movie, but then it wouldn’t be a marathon, would it? Admission includes a small popcorn, with additional food and beverages available for purchase on-site.

750 9 Ave. S.E., 587-288-1406, fortcalgary.com


Check out the Easter Eggstravaganza at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

From March 29 to April 1, the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo hosts its annual Easter Eggstravaganza, with Easter-themed games, activities and experiences. Head to the grounds for Easter photo opps and treats, and watch the animals get their own Easter enrichment activities. All activities are included with regular admission.

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


Eat at a new modern Vietnamese restaurant

There’s a new spot to try a fresh take on Vietnamese cuisine. Ăn Ăn Vietnamese Kitchen & Bar opened in the Beltline, and offers a mix of classic Vietnamese dishes and more fusion-style dishes like a Vietnamese beef carpaccio or pan-seared scallops with seaweed tempura.

1111 7 St. S.W., 403-226-9293, @anankitchenandbar


Hone your mixology skills at a bartending workshop

Presented by Metropolitan School of Bartending and Bridgeland Distillery, this event lets you try your hand at cocktail creation. Learn the tips and tricks of the pros, and grow your drink-making skills through this evening of creating unique and creative cocktails. Book your ticket for the March 30 workshop or for later classes happening on April 13 and 27.

609 9 St. S.W., metropolitanschoolofbartending.com

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