Written By: Chloe Wong
Spring is officially upon us and there are so many ways to celebrate – from live plays and productions to foodie events, here’s what’s up this March in YYC.
February 27th – March 17th at 2pm or 730pm
Alberta Theatre Projects, 220 9 Ave SE
An international hit on Broadway and in London’s West End, Constellations is a spellbinding love story about an unlikely romance between Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a physicist. After a chance encounter at a barbeque brings them together the possibility of a spark seems unlikely, but what happens next defies the limits of our understanding of time and space. Unfolding in a series of parallel moments over the course of their relationship, the play explores the infinite trajectories that love can take to bring us together or pull us apart.
2. Register for Calgary Sport and Social Club
February 28th – March 28th (or April 11th for outdoor sports)
Calgary Sport and Social Club, #180 4411 6 St SE
Looking to meet some new friends or try something different with your homies this year? Calgary Sport and Social Club has got you covered. Spring registration is on until March 28th so you can break a sweat and expand your Facebook friends list. Don’t miss their drop-in tournaments on March 3rd, March 24th and April 14th.
3. Calgary Home & Garden Show
March 1st – 4th, 1st & 2nd from 12pm-9pm, 3rd from 10am – 9pm, 4th from 10am-6pm
BMO Centre & Corral, 20 Roundup Way SW
Planning on sprucing up your space? Then you’ll want to head over to the 2018 Calgary Home and Garden Show. With special features including a tiny home village, workshop series, and a wine lounge, there are plenty of reasons you’ll want to check out the show. Plus, stick around to gain some expert insight from celebrity guests like Todd Talbot of Love it or List it and Tiffany Pratt of Home to Win.
4. Jazz Nights at the Ranche
March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th at 630pm
Bow Valley Ranche, 15979 Bow Bottom Trail SE
Bring your date to escape for the evening at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. Nestled in the heart of Fish Creek Park, Jazz Nights happens every Thursday at 630pm and stars a new weekly artist. Enjoy a delicious meal by a romantic fireplace complemented by the smoothest melodies.
5. The Big Taste
March 2nd to 11th
Various locations and various times
Foodies rejoice! The Big Taste is back and more delicious than ever. The annual food festival is back in YYC from March 2nd to March 11th and features specially curated three-course lunches or dinners and $65 five-course gourmet masterpieces from participating restaurants. If you’ve always wanted to take your bae to a special venue in town, this is the perfect opportunity. With more than 90 participating restaurants, this is one festival you definitely won’t want to miss.
6. Five Alarm Funk at the Palace Theatre
March 2nd from 8pm – 2am
The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Ave SW
Look no further than The Palace Theatre for your Saturday night plans. Vancouver-based band Five Alarm Funk hits the stage on March 2nd. With the release of five acclaimed albums and no plans to slow down anytime soon, you can expect to be dancing all night. RSVP for FREE entry before 1030pm.
7. Calgary Maple Festival
March 3rd and 4th from 10am-4pm
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW
Back for its 16th year, The Calgary Maple Festival is an annual winter event held since 2016 at Heritage Park. This festival is a two-day-long celebration of the French Canadian, Metis, and First Nations cultures. Find shows of traditional music and dance, a Sugar Market of local vendors, a visual arts exhibition, maple taffy on snow, and more all weekend.
8. AARCS Rescue Adoption Event
March 3rd from 12pm-4pm
Pet Valu Cooper’s Crossing, 401 Cooper’s Blvd, Unit 1001, Airdrie, AB
Looking to add a little extra love in your life? AARCS Rescue will be hosting an adoption event at Pet Valu on March 3rd. Come meet some adorable puppies looking for their forever homes. We can’t think of a better way to start your Saturday.
9. Cold Garden Afterhours
March 3rd from 11pm-3am
Cold Garden Beverage Company, 1100 11 St SE
We’ve got that disco fever. On March 3rd, join in for an unforgettable silent disco experience at Cold Garden Beverage Company. With over 12 types of craft beer on tap and 2 channels of music feature some of Calgary’s best DJ’s, you and your BFF’s are sure to dance the night away.
10. Walk in Her Shoes 2018
March 4th from 12pm – 4pm
Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Drive NE
On Sunday, March 4 join hundreds of Calgarians on a 5,000 step walk around the Zoo to support women and girls in poverty around the world. End with a celebration at the ENMAX Conservatory with appetizers and activities. This event is great for a date or for a fun afternoon with the whole family – all for a great cause. Tickets include admission into the Calgary Zoo and children under 17 years old are free when accompanied by an adult.
11. A Red Carpet Affair
March 4th at 6pm
The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Ave SW
On March 4th, Calgary’s red carpet event of the year makes its return. Join the Calgary International Film Festival at The Palace Theatre for their annual Oscar Party. Get dolled up to walk the red carpet as you celebrate Hollywood’s best and most successful films of the year. There will also be entertainment, food and libations, a silent auction, door prizes, and an Oscars ballot where you can cast your own vote on who you think should win. Proceeds from this event will help raise funds for the Calgary International Film Festival.
12. The Humans
March 6th – 31st at Various Times
Max Bell Theatre, 240 9 Ave SE
Set inside a duplex apartment in New York City’s Chinatown, you’ll want to take a look inside Theatre Calgary’s production of The Humans. Join the Blake family’s Thanksgiving get-together
as old tensions boil over and secrets are revealed. Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Place and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, this play is sure to be something you’re thankful for.
13. Trivia Night at Jamesons Pub Brentwood: The Office Part II
March 6th from 7pm-9pm
Jamesons Pub, 3790 Brentwood Rd NW
On Tuesday, March 6th, we’ll be hosting Trivia Night at Jamesons Pub Brentwood: The Office Part II edition. Round your homies, brush up on all the classic favourites and prepare to bring your A-game. We can’t wait to see you there. This is an 18+ event.
14. Hands On: Terrarium Workshop
March 7th from 7pm-930pm
Mill Street Brewpub, 219 17 Ave SW
Grab your bestie for an evening of reconnecting with nature and creating stunning terrariums to inspire life into your office or home. Held at Millstreet Brewery on 17th Ave, there will be plenty of delicious bites and tantalizing libations to keep your belly happy.
15. We Rise Together
March 8th from 1130am-1pm
The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Ave SW
On Thursday, March 8th, join Barre Body as they celebrate all women in honor of International Women’s Day. Join in for a sweat sesh led by Barre Body Studio Found, Marlo Brausse, followed by meaningful conversation and connection with like-minded women. Space is limited so sign up now and get ready for a morning of movement and music.
16. She[EMPOWERS]: International Women’s Day Event
March 8th from 4pm-9pm
Festival Hall, 1215 10 Ave SE
This International Women’s Day, join in for an event dedicated to celebrating, empowering and inspiring women in the city. She[EMPOWERS] will feature a female-entrepreneur marketplace, live performances by talented female performers and a keynote speech by a powerful woman leader in the community. This event is in support of Women in Need Society (WINS).
17. Adults Only Night: Games We Play
March 8th from 6pm-10pm
TELUS Spark, 220 St George’s Dr NE
Our favourite nerdy date is back this month with a brand new theme: Games We Play. Come test the laws of chance and find out why we get so involved in games. You can even have a competition against your date at a few of your favourite games. With free reign in their galleries, a fully-licensed bar, dance tunes, and no children around, you can truly let loose – all while keeping an ‘ion’ science.
18. Half Your Plate Chefs Dinner
March 9th from 6pm-1130pm
Winsport – Markin MacPhail Centre, 88 Olympic Rd SW
This foodie event was created to showcase how produce can bring your meal to the next level. Back for its second year, you’ll learn how to get creative with your fruits and veggies while enjoying unique dishes from nine local chefs. The evening will feature a hor d’oeuvres reception, seated five-course experience, live entertainment, culinary demonstrations, and alcohol pairings from local distilleries. Each dinner guest will receive a Culinary Chef’s Bag filled with items to take home and try in the kitchen. Proceeds help support the Community Kitchen of Calgary and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.
19. Music Video Dance Party
March 10th from 10pm-1am
The Rec Room, 1180-901 64 Ave NE
Strap on your best light-up shoes and get ready to throw it back with The Rec Room’s Music Video Dance Party on March 10th. They’ve got the best videos from the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s to keep your dance party going until late.
20. Trivia Night at WURST: This is Us
March 13th from 7pm-9pm
WURST, 2437 4 St SW
On Tuesday March 13, we’ll be hosting Trivia Night at Wurst. Round your homies, brush up on all the classic favourites, and prepare to bring your A-game. We’re bringing you the best of binge-worthy Netflix shows, starting with This Is Us.This is an 18+ event.
21. O2 The Dance Company Presents: Mind Games
March 13th to 17th at Various Times
Big Secret Theatre, #21, 225 8 Ave SE
Come immerse yourself in a unique dance experience starring the music of Banks. Based on the unraveling of love, Mind Games will take you through a story that explores tension both within and with others. Audience members will be encouraged and have the opportunity to move around the space throughout the performance.
22. Alberta Ballet’s Cinderella
March 14th – 17th at 730pm with an additional 2pm Saturday matinee
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW
Alberta Ballet brings one of our favourite classical fairytales to stage this month with Alberta Ballet’s Cinderella. This world premiere, inspired by the 1697 Charles Perrault edition, introduces all the characters and elements we’ve come to know and love like the Fairy Godmother, Stepsisters, Prince Charming, and of course, a magical pair of sparkling shoes.
23. Yuk Yuks Comedy Night Fundraiser
March 15th from 6pm-1030pm
Yuk Yuk’s, 218 18 Ave SE
Do some good in your ‘hood. On March 15th, comedian Tom Ness will be taking over the stage at Yuk Yuk’s for a fundraiser event in support of breakthrough cancer research and patient support services. The evening promises laughter, friends, a silent auction and a good time for all attendees.
24. St. Patrick’s Day
March 17th from 11am-2pm
Calgary Farmers Market, 510 77 Ave SE
The Calgary Farmers Market is hosting a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On March 17th, head over for a toe-tapping good time as you browse local vendors and enjoy live entertainment on their stage. Performances include Celtic Folktale, Ian Gott Irish Dance Academy and the Bow Valley Fiddlers. There will also be a chance for you to guess how many coins fill the point of gold to win $100 in Market Bucks.
25. How to Drink Whiskey Like A Pro
March 17th from 7pm-9pm
ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, 909 11 Avenue SW
If you enjoy sipping on a fine whiskey then this is an event for you. Join ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen as they explore 4 hand-selected styles of whiskey all the way from the Highlands to Iowa’s most notorious rye whiskey. Take a break between sips to enjoy deliciously curated food pairings that will perfectly complement the individual flavour notes of each whiskey. * Additional beer and wine will be available for sale at this event.
26. Trivia Night at Jamesons Pub Brentwood: Game of Thrones Part 1
March 20th from 7pm-9pm
Jamesons Pub, 3790 Brentwood Rd NW
On Tuesday, March 20th, we’ll be hosting Trivia Night at Jamesons Pub Brentwood. Round your homies, brush up on all the classic favourites and prepare to bring your A-game. Join us with an exciting trivia series of Game of Thrones. This is an 18+ event.
27. Wing Woman
March 21st from 6pm-8pm
Bourbon Room, 341 10 Ave SW
Taking a speed dating format, Wingwoman’s monthly event is designed to connect women with other women in a fun, approachable and non-boring networking way – trust us, there will be no unflattering power suits or stuffy conference rooms here. Instead, this casual power hour will give you the opportunity to chat it up with other fierce, like-minded women for three minutes at a time, with the goal of finding the perfect match for what you’re missing in your tribe. Think of Wingwoman as the event that builds your coveted contact list, as opposed to your little black book. You can thank us later.
28. Adulting 101
March 22nd from 7pm-9pm
Trolley 5, 728 17 Ave SW
The Adulting 101 series is going to help you make sense of this whole ‘being a growing up’ thing. Budgeting, purchasing a first condo, the rent vs. buy dilemma, taxes, making the perfect cocktail, and finding your own personal style. This month’s theme: Budgeting. Join us and ATB Financial for a drink or two and learn a few things about handling yo’ money.
29. Sno-Pitch Tournament
March 24th with games from 8am-6pm
Okotoks On Deck Diamond, 370 Ave E, Aldersyde, AB
Looking for something unique to do with your squad? S’no problem! On March 24th, the Calgary Sport & Social Club will be hosting a Sno-Pitch Tournament. Expect bonfires, multiple beer gardens, an on-site restaurant and activities between games. Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned pro, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Pro Tip: register early as this popular tournament sells out every year.
30. Babes Who Brunch
March 24th from 10am-12pm
MARKET, 718 17 Ave SW
Don’t let the cute name fool you, this is one bad ass brunch. On Saturday, March 24th, join The Ace Class for mimosas, a two-course brunch and stimulating conversation led by featured speaker, Marlo Brausse, Owner of Barre Body Studio. Sponsored by ATB Financial.
31. Army of Sass: High Heel Revolution
March 24th from 730pm-11pm
Marquee Beer Market, 4630 Macleod Tr
As a young person transitioning, the world can often seem heartless and isolating. At some point, you may decide: Enough is enough. It’s time to take back what is yours. It’s time for a REVOLUTION. Enter: The School of Sass!
32. Toast Volume 3 Health & Well Being
March 27th from 730am-9am
ATB Financial, 102 8 Ave SW
Invest in your best self with our morning mindfulness speaker series designed to showcase the foundations of successful living and provide valued tools to motivate our guests to live an intentional, empowered life. The Ace Class and ATB Investor Services are bringing you a new theme each month with a desire to activate bold conversations, cultivate connections and inspiration and empower you with the tools to be the best version of yourself. Join us for toast, coffee and invigorating vibes to start your day.
33. Speed Dating (Ages 25-36)
March 28th from 6pm-8pm
Bourbon Room, 341 10 Ave SW
Put down your phone and join us for 3D Tinder. Each event has 20 single women and 20 single men to connect with. The women stay in the same seat and the men rotate. Each date will last from 4-5 minutes. You can practice your flirting skills and game while meeting new people. We collect your matches at the end of the night and will contact you with your matches the following day. This is so you don’t have the awkward phone number exchange at the end of the conversation. Your contact info is only shared with permission and if you have a match. Try something a little out of your comfort zone – your couch won’t miss you.
34. Taste of Jamaica 2018
March 31st from 12pm-8pm
Thorncliffe Greenview Community Centre, 5600 Centre St N
Immerse yourself in a showcase of Jamaican culture at the 2018 Taste of Jamaica. The event has been going on for more than 20 years and features day-long surprises, live performances, activities, and fun for the entire family. Entry to the event for all adults includes a teaser of authentic Jamaican cuisine – including Jamaican dumplings, jerk chicken, patties and ackee and saltfish. Don’t miss out on the Taste of Jamaica raffle where one lucky winner will walk away with the grand prize of a Jamaican vacation for two.