30 Things To Do This April In YYC

Written By: Sandhya Patel and Chloe Wong

Spring is finally here and man, are we excited.

We can finally say "Bye Felicia," to the winter blues and say hello to warmer weather. While we dust off our spring clothes, get ready for summer, and prepare ourselves for patio season (start training those livers now), we’ve got a jam packed April to keep us busy. From a food truck spring frenzy *drool*, to beer festivals, and geeking it out at comic con, we’ve got a little something for everyone.  

1. Coors Light Apres Ski Party ft Classified
April 1st to 2nd from 12pm - 4pm
Sunshine Village, 1 Sunshine Access Rd, Banff, AB
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Join the best apres-ski party of the year with Coors Light at Sunshine Village! You can hit the ski hills in the morning and then enjoy some live music from Classified up at the Mad Trappers Stage. There will even be a chance to win a trip for 2 to Coors Light Snowbombing April 6th - 10th.

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2. Speed Networking
April 4th from 6pm - 8pm
Last Best Brewing & Distilling, 607 11 Ave SW
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Join us and The Calgary Chamber of Commerce as we take our dating skills to the boardroom with speed networking. Manage who you connect with based on our pro matching system to minimize the awkwardness of juggling business cards at your typical networking event. Enjoy a beer at Last Best, mingle with new people and expand your network.

3. Calgary International Beer Festival Launch Event
April 4th at 4pm
CRAFT Beer Market, 345 10 Ave SW
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Join Alberta Beer Festivals and CRAFT Beer Market for the Calgary International Beer Fest launch event on April 4th. Alberta Beer Festivals will be sampling 'The Lion, the Wit, & the Wardrobe' Wit beer they brewed as part of the Be the Brewer Contest, celebrating the winners of the label and ad design contests, sharing highlights of the upcoming festival, giving out great prizes, and more.Try the beer that will be served at exclusive locations across Alberta.

4. Sweet Dreams Dessert Campaign
April 4th to 10th
All Cactus Club Locations
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From April 4th to 10th, Cactus Club will be kicking off their annual Sweet Dreams Dessert Campaign where $1 from every dessert sold will be going towards supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year, funds raised will help send 13-year-old Morgan to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with her family. Eating dessert and helping a child's wish come true? Now that's definitely something we can get behind. 

5. Rodney’s Wild Rose Beer Dinner
April 6th from 6pm - 9pm
Rodney's Oyster House, 355 10 Ave SW
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Come Join Wild Rose for their Beer Dinner event at Rodneys Oyster House for an evening of amazing culinary and craft beer. For $45 you will get the chance to learn how food and beer pairs together for an enjoyable dinner experience. In addition, you get to hang out with some of the best from Wild Rose and Rodneys Oyster House. Ticket includes a welcome beer, three course and three beer pairings.

6. Make It! Calgary's Handmade Market
April 7th to 9th at Various Times
Big Four at Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE
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Get crafty and check out one of the most popular craft-fairs in YYC. You can see the latest trends in crafts all from local artists and maybe get inspired to get creative and be pinterest worthy. Tickets are $5 and kids under 12 get in for free. Check out this great handmade shopping experience from April 7th - 9th.

7. HeART of Sport
April 8th at 7pm
DC Dance Studio, 235 26 Ave. SE
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On April 8th, join KidSport for Calgary's HeART of Sport marquee event at DC Dance Studio as they celebrate the beauty of sport with a focus on the arts. Enjoy live art, live entertainment, and a silent auction, all while supporting KidSport Calgary.

8. Asian Cultural Night Market
April 8th from 6pm - 9pm
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 1st St SW
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** Please note this event has been cancelled **

9. Spring Woman’s Show
April 8th to 9th from 10am - 5pm
BMO Centre Calgary Stampede, 1410 Olympic Way SE
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The Calgary Woman's Show returns to Stampede Park on April 8th and 9th for two days of boutique shopping, fashion shows, educational seminars, and celebrity appearances. Featuring more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space and more than 300 vendors, the show is back and ready to delight with new entertainment, a food sampling area, and more variety than ever before. Don't miss the samples, free swag and non-stop entertainment.

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10. Trivia Night: Grey’s Anatomy
April 11th from 7pm - 9pm
WURST, 2437 4 St SW
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Paging Grey’s Anatomy fans, Tuesday is no longer the wurst day of the week. Join us for some cocktails and a little friendly competition on Tuesday, April 11th at Wurst. Get your crew together for a Grey’s marathon and get ready to bring your A-game and scrub in to answer some trivia questions. There are awesome prizes to be won and tons of laughter that will remind you that feeling like a doctor after watching a few episodes is totally normal.

11. Singles Night : Cooking With Confidence (26+)
April 13th from 7pm - 9pm
Rodney's Oyster House, 355 10 Ave SW
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We've turned our traditional "Speed Dating" nights on its head. Join us for the first ever "Singles Night" where we've paired with Rodney's to bring you a Fish & Chips cooking class, beer drinking and a more interactive and connective experience. Ages 26+. 

12. TELUS Spark: Adults Only Night
April 13th from 6pm - 10pm
TELUS Spark, 220 Saint Georges Dr NE
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Telus Spark’s monthly Adult Only Night is back again this month. This month’s theme? The FInal Frontier (a perfect theme since Comic Con is coming up). Take a walk through the Final Frontier galaxy and see the impact of Star Trek. Look up at the stars and see what might be out there? Will we go beyond the stars?

13. Good Charlotte
April 13th at 9pm
The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Ave SW
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The Palace Theatre welcomes the pop-punk band Good Charlotte. The Madden brothers are back with a new album and ready to rock with their old and new hits for their Youth Authority Tour. Get ready to rock with them along with opening acts, Silverstein, Waterparks, and Movements.

14. Hip Hop Yoga & Brunch
April 15th from 11am - 2pm
Commonwealth Bar & Stage, 731 10 Ave SW
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This is how we do it. On Saturday, April 15th, we are getting our downward dogs on to a little 90's hip hop. Join us for a morning of stretching to Biggie, Tupac, Dr. Dre and all our other notorious legends at Commonwealth Bar. Following yoga will be a delicious brunch created by Chef Pigot from Home & Away. No better way to enjoy a Saturday you Natural Born Killaz, you. Mike and Jamie with Calgary Heritage Roasting Co. will be brewing up their coffee before and after yoga so come enjoy a coffee, latte, or check out their amazing swag and coffee for sale.

15. National Burrito Day at Los Chilitos
April 16th
Los Chilitos, 1309 17 Ave SW
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As if you needed an official reason to celebrate this holiday, Los Chilitos is making National Burrito Day even better. On April 16th, come in, buy a burrito, and get the second half price. Whether you're sharing with your sweetie or keeping them for yourself, we ain't judging. 

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16. Movie Night at the Plaza : Clueless
April 18th from 7pm - 9pm
The Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Rd NW
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We're bringing back cheap movie night. Round up your squad, grab your date and come on down to The Plaza Theatre to satisfy all your movie night cravings. We’re totally buggin’ over this month’s movie selection, Clueless. Roll in with your homies and watch the story of Cher and her friends in this classic chick-flick movie. Presented in partnership with Kensington BRZ, spend a night out in Calgary's favourite neighbourhood.

17. The Naked Magicians
April 20th from 7:30pm - 9pm
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW
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Following sold out shows and rave reviews across the world including London's West End, Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand the world's naughtiest and funniest magic show is coming to Calgary, April 20th! This boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants. This show proves just that.

18. Poutine Week
April 21st to 29th
Various Locations
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Calgary's Poutine Week is the 7 days of the year you can eat poutine guilt free. Thanks to our non-profit partner, Mealshare, every poutine sold during Poutine Week, in any participating restaurants, provides a free meal to someone in need. Last year, #PoutineWeekYYC sold 5,000 poutine and provided 5,000 meals for people in need. This year, let's do more. Bring your appetite, Calgary. 

19. Studio Bell After Hours
April 21st from 6pm - 10pm
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, 850 4 St SE
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Join the National Music Centre (NMC) for the second installment of their new nighttime series on April 21st. They'll be featuring a fresh roster of DJ's including Esette (techno/house) and OAKK (bass music), a multi-level dance party, pop-up bars and bites, and other interactive activities. This is not your typical night at the museum. 

20. Babes Who Brunch
April 22nd from 10am - 12pm
Cassis Bistro, 2505 17 Ave SW
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Calling all girl bosses: On Saturday April 22nd, join us for mimosas, a three course brunch and stimulating conversation led by our resident girl boss, Mallory Chapman. With mimosas, bold conversations and takeaways curated just for you - this brunch will fuel your fire and keep that grind ignited. Grab your girl squad and your appetite - we can't wait to see you. Sponsored by Glenmore Audi; YYC's chosen Audi dealership. 

21. Changes: A Tribute to David Bowie
April 22nd from 8pm - 10pm
Arts Commons - Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 - 8 Ave SE
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On April 22nd, experience the ultimate symphonic rock tribute to the late, great David Bowie. Starring five decades of classics including hits Space Oddity, Rebel, Heroes, and China Girl, this is a show all Bowie fans will need to be at. 

22. YYCFoodTrucks Spring Frenzy
April 22nd to 23rd from 11am - 7pm
Riverwalk Plaza, East Village
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As soon as the snow melts away, the food trucks come out to play. On April 22nd and 23rd, YYCFood Trucks is back again with their Spring Frenzy. Join us at East Village where 15+ food trucks will be there with some great food, giveaways, entertainment and more. Tickets are $5 (free for kids under 12). 

23. Singles Night : Bowling & Brewing Romances
April 24th from 7pm - 9pm
National on 10th, 341 10 Ave SW
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We've teamed up with National on 10th to bring you Singles Night, bowling edition. On April 24th, grab your fabulous single friends and head to the bowling alley of National on 10th to enjoy a few cocktails, get paired into groups of 8, and show off all your bowling skills. The ultimate goal would obviously be to fall in love and return to National for your wedding.   

24. Trivia Night : The Mindy Project
April 25th from 7pm - 9pm
WURST, 2437 4 St SW
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Join us for another great Trivia Night at Wurst. The theme this time? The Mindy Project. Grab your squad and bring on your A-Game as you answer questions about every woman's spirit animal, Mindy Lahiri. Tickets are $20 and include one drink.

25. Calgary Comic Entertainment Expo
April 27th to 30th at Various Times
Calgary Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE
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The Calgary Comic Entertainment Expo is back this year bigger and better. Dress up in your fave comic character (optional) and head on down to check out comic books, exclusive merchandise and special events. Special guests such as Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven from Stranger Things), Jeremy Rener, Aly Michalka (Any Aly and Aj fans out there?), John Cusack and more will be there.

26. Retail Therapy - Take Me To Paris
April 28th from 6pm - 9pm
Festival Hall, 1215 10 Ave SE
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Because Paris is always a good idea, join The Clothing Bar for their second annual Retail Therapy Night in support of the Women in Needs Society. Spend an evening enjoying a spring fashion show, shopping local vendors, nibbling on Parisian themed food and indulging in cocktails. Vendors include Adorn Infusion, Drizzle Honey, Esme Beautiful, First Date Confections, and more. 

27. YYC Taco Fiesta
April 28th to May 5th
Various Locations
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iAy Caramba! YYC Taco Fiesta is back again with even more tasty tacos we could ever dream of. YYC Taco Fiesta is a taco festival where restaurants across YYC and surrounding areas will be serving their best tacos (individual and platters). A portion of the sales will be going towards the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Kids Up Front. WIth such an amazing event like this, who wouldn’t to eat all the tacos in the world? The fiesta kicks off on April 28th and ends on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th). Make sure to taco ‘bout it with your amigos and check it out.

28. Canadian Rockies
April 29th at 6:30pm
Vin Gogh Paint & Sip, 7004 Macleod Trail
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On Saturday, April 29th, grab your date and join Vin Gogh Paint & Sip for some wine and painting. Doors open at 5:30pm if you want to grab a bite to eat. Otherwise, please arrive at 6:30pm to check in, get a glass of wine and your apron. Painting starts at 7pm. Use promo code PAINTDATE to receive $5 off each ticket. 

29. Relationship Goals
April 29th from 6pm - 9pm
Phil & Sebastian - Stephen Ave, 102 8 Ave SW
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This is not your parents' relationship advice. #RelationshipGoals is an honest, useful, and fun look at what makes a relationship work and what tears it down. Get real AF as they dive into communication, conflict, and sex and intimacy. Learn to fight better and make love last while enjoying a delicious meal and drinks. You'll have so much fun you won't even know you are learning.

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30. Commonwealth Collectors Club
April 30th from 1pm - 6pm
Commonwealth Bar & Stage, 731 10 Ave SW
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Commonwealth Collectors Club, is coming back from hibernation featuring vintage clothing, local art, handmade jewelry, records and other interesting knick-knacks. The curated market has something for everyone; including most of the original vendors from previous editions as well as lots of new great talent. DJs will be spinning records and the bar will be open, so there’s no better way to start off your Sunday. Admission is $5 and this event is 18+ only. Email commonwealthcollectorsclub@gmail.com for more information.