With the spring sun shining and the birds chirping outdoors, it’s time to get out of that winter hibernation mode and check out the multitude of events happening in and around the city this month. Get ready to be creative, get inspired, eat your heart out and be entertained day-in and day-out with trivia nights, live music, local markets and more.
Vegan Wing Night
April 2nd, 6th, 9th, 13th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th from 5-10pm
The Street Eatery, 890 4 Avenue SW
Calling all vegans and vegetarians: you don’t have to miss out on wing night anymore. Try their variety of delicious flavours with a side of vegan ranch: Thai chili, cajun, BBQ, hot, spicy BBQ and pineapple curry.
Easy Backyard Beekeeping
April 3rd from 7-8:30pm
Community Natural Foods, 202 61 Avenue SW
Learn several simple, inexpensive ways to boost the bounty of your garden, how to help protect these precious pollinators and what effects they have on our society. And don’t forget to taste some of Community’s favourite sweet bee products throughout the evening.
Live Music in the Park
April 4th from 5-8pm
Seasons of Bowness Park, 8900 48 Avenue NW
Join this serene restaurant for dinner and a show as you are serenaded by musical stylings of Nevin Matheson and other local talents. Reservations are required to ensure you get a table.
Make It! Calgary
April 5th from 11am-9pm, April 6th from 10am-6pm & April 7th from 11am-5pm
901 64 Avenue Northeast
Over 120 local, creative makers in one room – yes, you read that right. Get ready to stock up on accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items – all the beautifully crafted goods you can think of.
Cork & Canvas
April 5th from 6-10pm
Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 5 Avenue SW
Enjoy a five-course meal, each with their own wine pairing, as you listen to a live performance from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and bid on luxury items. Proceeds of the event go towards keeping the Philharmonic Orchestra running smoothly throughout the year.
Calgary Woman’s Show
April 6th from 10am-6pm & April 7th from 11am-5pm
BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way SW
Grab your gals and enjoy a day at the Calgary Women’s Show, exploring 300 exhibits featuring local & national fashion retailers, artisans, entrepreneurs, health & wellness experts, pet products, food & wine and so much more. You’ll also be entertained by daily fashion shows, inspiring guest speakers and live music throughout the day.
YYC Alternative Market
April 6th from 10am-4pm
Inglewood Community Association Hall, 1740 24 Ave SE
Help support your local makers and creators at this year’s YYC Alternative Market. The best part? This fun, family-friendly event is completely free to attend.
Spring Fest 2019
April 6th from 1-4pm
Mill Street Brewpub Calgary, 219 17th Avenue SW
Mill Street is just one of sixteen participating breweries offering up samples of their old-time classics and new spring favourites. Visit the website above for a full list of participating breweries.
April 7th from 5-7pm
Junction 9 Yoga & Pilates, 919 9 Avenue SE
As if the practice of yin wasn’t already relaxing enough, combine it with beautifully played acoustic music for an evening of ultimate body, mind and soul relaxation.
Pink Boots Beer Launch: Betty White
April 8th from 5-11pm
Trolley 5 Brewpub, 728 17 Avenue SW
“Butterflies are like women: we may look pretty & delicate but, baby, we can fly through a hurricane.” — Betty White. Join Trolley 5 for the launch of their new beer, the Betty White Peach Cream Ale, in celebration of International Women’s Day and in collaboration with the YMCA.
Founders Calgary Vol. 06
April 8th from 7-9pm
From idea to execution, Founders has showcased first-hand insight of the highs and lows that go along with running your own business. Attend the very last night of the series to ask your questions to industry pros like Mandy Balak, Nicolas Beique, Alex Putici and Hannah Cree.
Date Night at Studio Bell
April 10th from 5-8pm
National Music Centre, 850-4 Street SE
The perfect after-work date night destination: Studio Bell. Explore five floors of exhibitions, interactive activities, memorabilia from four Canadian music halls of fame and new temporary exhibitions celebrating iconic Canadians with your date for only $10.
Taste of Bragg Creek
April 12th from 5-9pm
Bragg Creek Community Centre, 23 White Avenue
Find out what your inner foodie has been missing as you sample countless booths filled with the finest local cuisine the area has to offer. Pour over the event map to find purveyors of fine wine and delicate foods to satisfy your palate.
Black & White Movie Night
April 12th from 7-9pm
Fort Calgary, 750 9 Avenue SE
Travel back in time as you relax for a night at the movies in the Burnswest Theatre watching the 1960s film Psycho. Snack and sip away on a craft cocktail at this licensed event while you imagine life in black and white. Buy your tickets online or at the door.
Calgary Babes Who Brunch
April 13th from 10am-12pm
Call up your female friends or attend this event solo – you’ll love it either way. Come with the intention to grow, connect with one another and become comfortable in the uncomfortable while you hear from a fierce female keynote speaker sharing her insights, experiences and life story.
Friends Trivia Seasons 6-10
April 16th from 7-9pm
Wurst, 2437 4 Street SW
Four or five rounds of questions, head-to-head battles and one team will be named the Friends Trivia Champion. Test your knowledge at this event while sipping on German beer and sampling all the wurst appies you can stomach.
April 19th-20th from 9am-5pm daily
Calgary Zoo, 210 Saint Georges Drive NE
The Calgary Zoo is super egg-cited about Spring! Visit the zoo during this Easter event so the kids can partake in face painting, arts, crafts and other activities. Plus, everyone ages 12 and under will receive one free chocolate.
National Service Dogs’ Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs
April 19th with registration at 9am, the hunt starting at 10am
Calaway Park, 245033 Range Rd 33
Join in on this fun, family-friendly event that includes your fur-baby. Register your pup so that it too can enjoy the holiday by Easter egg hunting this year.
NMC AiR Workshop: Jae Sterling
April 20th at 1pm
Performance Hall, Studio Bell, 850 4 Street SE
Calgary-by-way-of-Jamaica rapper-producer Jae Sterling was raised on a healthy dose of jazz, reggae and golden-era hip hop, strongly influencing his musical creations. Sterling’s time in residence will be followed by a hip hop workshop for youth at Studio Bell.
Metric & July Talk in Concert: Art of Doubt Tour
April 20: Doors at 6pm, show at 6:45pm
Stampede Corral, Saddledome Rise SE
Indie rock fans of Calgary unite at this performance of exquisite musical talent. Tickets are bound to go quick, so get them while you can.
Calgary Underground Film Festival
Globe Cinema Calgary, 617 8 Ave SW
Forget everything you know about watching a movie in theatres; the Calgary Underground Film Festival brings about the oddest, strangest, most creative filmmakers you may ever encounter. Browse this year’s options and find one that piques your interest.
Toast Vol 04
April 23th from 7:30-9am
Who doesn’t need a Tuesday morning breakfast meeting before the work day starts? Be both empowered and inspired from the second you walk in the door to this month’s discussion on style and personal brand.
April 24th from 7-9pm
Bourbon Room, 341 10 Avenue SW
Meet someone new this month through means other than Internet dating. Chat with single people a few minutes at a time while the organizers match you with your potential dates at the end of the evening -only if you both say you’re interested.
Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo
April 25th from 4-9pm, April 26th from 12-8pm, April 27th from 10am-7pm & April 28th from 10am-5pm
Calgary Stampede Grounds, 1410 Olympic Way SE
Get ready for a weekend filled with celebrity autographs, photo opportunities, costume contests and live performances. Don’t miss the POW! Parade on April 26, as thousands of Calgarians storm the streets in their finest cosplay costumes.
Cocktails & Couture
April 25th from 7pm-9:30pm
Glenbow Museum, 130 9 Ave SE
Learn the secrets behind Kyo-Jean Chung’s chic cocktails before an intimate guided tour of Calgary’s first major international fashion exhibition, Christian Dior. An evening of haute couture and elevated cocktails never sounded so glamorous.
City Nature Challenge
This city-wide event encourages Calgarians to become a citizen scientist and help Calgary compete in the 2019 City Nature Challenge by documenting all living things within city limits like insects, fungi, plants, birds, fish, reptiles, mollusks, amphibians, arachnids, mammals, microorganisms, etc.
April 26th from 8pm-1:30am
Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 1 Street SW
The theme? Neon. Dress in your brightest and head on down to this one-night only 18+ event for a night of upbeat music, $4 drink specials and hundreds of Calgarians ready to party.
YYCFoodTrucks 2019 Spring Frenzy
April 27th-28th from 11am-7pm
East Village, C-Square 7 Avenue & 4 Street SE
Eat and drink until your belly is bursting at this year’s food truck festival. Sixteen food trucks, live music and local DJs will be found at this fun, family- and dog-friendly event for only $5 entry.
April 27th from 7pm-1am
Calgary Zoo Enmax Conservatory, 210 St. George’s Drive NE
Enjoy a luxurious night out at this red carpet event. Appetizers, silent auction items, a fun photo booth, cash bar – this event will have you laughing and relaxing in no time.
Chris Hadfield Presents Exploration: Where We’re Going Next
April 29th: Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm
Arts Commons, 205 8 Avenue SE
Yes, it’s true – Canada’s most renowned astronaut is coming to Calgary. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, hear what Chris has to say about history and the future of space exploration.
With so many fun and exciting upcoming events, how can you choose? Happy April, Calgary!
Kelsey is the Editorial & Events Manager for Date Night. Monday-Friday she works as an independent Marketing & Communications Contractor, providing writing, editing and digital marketing services for small businesses here in YYC. When she’s not busy writing about our city, you can usually find her trying the newest fitness studio, exploring the Rockies or chasing the sun – whether here in AB or halfway across the world.