What to Do in Calgary Every Day This Spring

Celebrate the arrival of spring (at last) by checking out exciting sporting events, seasonal markets and plenty of local festivals.

March 2023

Lamb mixiote, quesabirria and papas bravas dishes at Milpa. Photograph by Chris Landry.

Monday, March 27: Play some 10-pin bowling or arcade games at The Banquet’s new Mahogany location.

Tuesday, March 28: Go shopping at Hello Vintage, a new vintage clothing store in Inglewood.

Wednesday, March 29: Check out a National Music Centre exhibit showcasing the mighty guitar (runs until December 31).

Thursday, March 30: Dine on contemporary Mexican cuisine at the newly opened Milpa.

Friday, March 31: Catch one of the last performances of Theatre Calgary’s production of Forgiveness (runs until April 1).

April 2023

Sacred Defenders of the Universe: The Four Sacred Elements exhibit at Telus Spark. Photograph courtesy of Telus Spark Science Centre.

Saturday, April 1: Attend a spring tasting festival at local winery City & Country.

Sunday, April 2: Head to the ski hill one last time for the Winsport Winter Wrap 2023.

Monday, April 3: Go to the Saddledome to watch a Calgary Hitmen playoff game.

Tuesday, April 4: Watch as the 1990 film Pretty Woman is turned into a musical (runs from April 4 to 9).

Wednesday, April 5: Hear spooky stories on a ghost tour at Heritage Park (multiple dates).

Thursday, April 6: Check out Contemporary Calgary exhibits for free at this month’s Free First Thursdays event.

Friday, April 7: Pick up some doughnuts from a new doughnut shop in Discovery Ridge.

Saturday, April 8: Bring some friends to watch Calgary’s professional lacrosse team play against Panther City.

Sunday, April 9: Grab a bite (and enjoy Easter-inspired desserts) at Hawthorn’s Easter brunch buffet.

Monday, April 10: Cheer on the Calgary Flames as they take on Nashville at the Saddledome.

Tuesday, April 11: Eat at one of Calgary’s best restaurants.

Wednesday, April 12: Relax at a new urban thermal spa.

Thursday, April 13: Have some sushi at Satsuki, a new Japanese restaurant in Kensington.

Friday, April 14: Shop for jewellery, bath products, tasty treats and more at Market Collective (runs April 14 to 16).

Saturday, April 15: Watch a production of Richard lll by The Shakespeare Company (runs April 14 to 29).

Sunday, April 16: Practice your swing at a golf lounge.

Monday, April 17: Check out a new Telus Spark exhibit about Indigenous superheroes.

Tuesday, April 18: Cast your readers’ choice vote for the 2023 Made in Alberta Awards.

Wednesday, April 19: See the world premiere of a musical featuring lyrics from 19th-century poets and minstrels (runs April 12 to 23).

Thursday, April 20: Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Calgary Underground Film Festival (runs from April 20 to 30)

Friday, April 21: Sample delicious eats from local restaurants, caterers and businesses at Taste of Bragg Creek.

Saturday, April 22: Get tickets to the next edition of the TD Amplify Cabaret Series, Earth: Mothership (runs April 21 to 22).

Sunday, April 23: Learn about agriculture at Aggie Days (public days run on April 22 and 23).

Monday, April 24: Dine at a local Filipino restaurant during Filipino Restaurant Month in Canada (runs throughout April).

Tuesday, April 25: Try to win some prizes at Punk Rock Bingo at Ship & Anchor (runs every Tuesday).

Wednesday, April 26: Snack on mochiko chicken, stir-fry pork, loco moco and more at Island Plate.

Thursday, April 27: See the stars of Stranger Things, The Mandalorian, Daredevil and more at the Calgary Expo (runs from April 27 to 30).

Friday, April 28: Drop in to play beach volleyball with some friends at The Beach YYC.

Saturday, April 29: Go on a day trip in Alberta.

Sunday, April 30: Support the Cavalry FC at the team’s first home soccer game of the season.

 

May 2023

Congress Coffee. Photograph by Chris Landry.

Monday, May 1: Go see a movie (and have a cocktail) at Plaza Theatre.

Tuesday, May 2: Check out Avenue‘s first Future of the City Festival.

Wednesday, May 3: Watch Nervous Systems, featuring dancers from Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and a four-piece band playing live music (runs from April 27 to May 14).

Thursday, May 4: Sip on a beer at Stonyslope Brewing Company, a new nano-brewery in Haysboro.

Friday, May 5: Try some amazing brews at Calgary International Beerfest (runs from May 5 to 6)

Saturday, May 6: Plan a day trip to Canmore to try some of the many awesome restaurants there.

Sunday, May 7: Go on a free walking tour for Jane’s Walk (runs May 5 to 7).

Monday, May 8: Hear about deep-sea creatures from a marine biologist at a National Geographic Live event (runs May 7 to 8).

Tuesday, May 9: Head to Inglewood for a night of delicious Indian food at Mumbai Bites.

Wednesday, May 10: Swing by Begonia Bakehouse for a loaf of bread or some baked goods.

Thursday, May 11: Go bowling at National on 10th.

Friday, May 12: Pick up some local produce, fresh meats, fun treats and more at one of the two Calgary Farmers’ Market locations.

Saturday, May 13: Shop for locally made products at the Authentically Indigenous Mother’s Day Craft Market (runs May 13 and 14).

Sunday, May 14: Work up a sweat at this year’s Mother’s Day Run, Walk and Wheel event.

Monday, May 15: Start your week with a cup of coffee from a new ’90s-style coffee shop, Congress Coffee.

Tuesday, May 16: Relax during a yoga class at Junction 9 in Inglewood.

Wednesday, May 17: Treat yourself to a manicure or facial at Diva Salon and Spa.

Thursday, May 18: Watch the 2018 film Black Panther while the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra plays the score live (runs from May 18 to 19).

Friday, May 19: Check out Otafest, a Japanese anime and pop culture festival (May 19 to 21).

Saturday, May 20: Sample dozens of Caesars and snacks at YYC Caesarfest (runs May 20 to 21).

Sunday, May 21: Catch up with a friend over a pot of fondue at Frenchie Wine Bar (fondue is half price on Sundays).

Monday, May 22: Race around an indoor track on a go-kart at Speeders.

Tuesday, May 23: Learn how to make French macarons at one of Ollia’s Macaron 101 baking classes.

Wednesday, May 24: Go exploring in the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.

Thursday, May 25: Enjoy ramen, sushi, pasta, rice bowls and more at Tokyo Street Market’s newest location on Macleod Trail S.W.

Friday, May 26: Go to the Okotoks Dawgs’ first home baseball game of the season.

Saturday, May 27: Listen to dozens of musical artists and bands play along International Avenue during the East Town Get Down music festival.

Sunday, May 28: Watch a movie at the third annual Calgary Black Film Festival (runs from May 26 to 29).

Monday, May 29: Shop for apparel, leather goods, shaving gear and more at Adesso’s new store in The Shops at Avenue Thirty Four in Marda Loop.

Tuesday, May 30: Cheer on Calgary’s new professional basketball team at one of its first home games.

Wednesday, May 31: Shop from local vendors at the first U/D Night Market of the season (multiple dates).

 

June 2023

Inglewood Night Market. Photograph courtesy of Inglewood Night Market.

Thursday, June 1: Grab a drink at Veranda, a new taproom featuring Burwood Distillery and Vacay Brew Co.

Friday, June 2: Learn about dozens of breweries and beers at Willow Park Wines & Spirits’ Summer Beer Festival.

Saturday, June 3: Go on a Calgary brunch bike tour (multiple dates starting June 3).

Sunday, June 4: Spend the day shopping and eating at Lilac Festival.

Monday, June 5: Drop in at The Sentry Box for one of the shop’s weekly Monday board game nights.

Tuesday, June 6: Play arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man and Mario Kart at Greta.

Wednesday, June 7: Learn how to make Korean cuisine at a local cooking class.

Thursday, June 8: Watch the Calgary Stampeders play their first home game of the regular season.

Friday, June 9: Spend a night exploring Inglewood during the Inglewood Night Market (multiple dates).

Saturday, June 10: Enjoy dinner and a show at Stage West’s production of 9 to 5, The Musical (runs April 21 to June 25).

Sunday, June 11: Try to get out of an escape room at one of The Locked Room’s three Calgary locations.

Monday, June 12: Go rock climbing at the Calgary Climbing Centre.

Tuesday, June 13: Enjoy modern French and European cuisine at one of Kensington’s newest dining destinations, The Continental Restaurant YYC.

Wednesday, June 14: Attend Avenue‘s 2023 Innovation Event.

Thursday, June 15: Enjoy a hearty brunch at Ranchi Cafe + Bistro.

Friday, June 16: Attend an adults-only, Alice in Wonderland-themed garden party at The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo.

Saturday, June 17: Listen to some live music at the King Eddy.

Sunday, June 18: Mark National Indigenous History Month by attending some of the events happening during Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary (runs June 18 to 24).

Monday, June 19: Bring some friends to play games together at Activate, an active gaming facility.

Tuesday, June 20: Go swimming or skating at the largest YMCA in the world.

Wednesday, June 21: Go to a Sled Island concert (runs June 21 to 25).

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