When visiting Calgary, there are endless options to keep yourself busy. From dining and drinks, to shopping, spas and beautiful green spaces, the sky’s the limit. With spring finally here, we went ahead and compiled a list of top picks for April events to make your visit even more memorable.
April 9 to May 11
Head to Vertigo Theater until the 9th to catch their rendition of ‘Our Man in Havana’. This comedy tells the story of an English man living in 1950s Cuba, and being recruited as a spy by the British Secret Service despite having no espionage knowledge. Make an evening out of it and grab dinner at rotating restaurant Sky 360, at the top of the Calgary Tower just next door.
Coined ‘The Unfinished Symphony’, Schubert’s symphony No. 8 remains a mystery almost 200 years later. Leaving his symphony at only 2 movements, but living for 6 more years has been a source of confusion for musicologists and historians, but the fact remains that this composition was one of Schubert’s most influential pieces. See the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra perform it live as a part of the ‘Rush Hour’ series at Jack Singer Concert Hall.
April 17 to 23
With over 30 films and practically every genre you can think of, from Sci-fi and romance to mockumentary and crime, the Calgary Underground Film Festival will have something for film buffs and casual moviegoers alike. Experience a 14-year long Calgarian tradition with a single movie pass, or really immerse yourself in the culture with a flex pass or festival pass.
Experience 5 different sides of Calgary’s culinary scene with Cibo’s Chef Collaboration Dinner. This family style feast will focus on Wild Boar sourced locally from Hog Wild in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, and will feature five-courses from Cibo, Mill Street Brewpub Calgary, Bonterra Trattoria, Scopa Neighbourhood Italian and Lina’s Italian Market. Look forward to dishes like Wild Boar Linguini Carbonara, all with cocktail, beer or wine pairings.
David Bowie was not only an icon, but an innovator of rock music through his lifetime. Show your love and appreciation for this musical idol by seeing the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra pay tribute with symphonic rock performance Changes that will include some of Bowie’s greatest hits, like Space Oddity, Heroes and Let’s Dance. The perfect evening for any music lover!
The California Wine Fair is the place to be for any wine lover or connoisseur. This unique festival gives guests the opportunity to choose from over 400 wines to sample, all in one spot – no ticket to Napa required. Get a chance to take home a rare bottle that you can’t find in stores with the festivals silent auction, or maybe even win yourself a special experience package.
Get out and support Canadian talent all for a good cause. Picks & Plates welcomes George Canyon to the stage in support of type 1 Diabetes research. This event will also include delicious food and full access to Studio Bell, so you will get the chance to see Calgary’s Newest state of the art musical institution. Get your tickets here, and help turn type one into type none!
Simons is downtown’s newest fashionable addition, having opened in The Core just a few weeks ago. Originating in Quebec, this is Calgary’s first location and Alberta’s second, and features five stories in the historic Lancaster Building (built in 1919). Experience a bit of Calgary’s past while getting in touch with Canada’s fashion scene, from clothing and outerwear to bed and bath.
Tourist attractions like Fort Calgary, Heritage Park and The Calgary Zoo are all worth checking out, but don’t miss out on the City’s culture while you’re here. With so many great events happening within walking distance of the Calgary Hyatt Regency, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to engage in all the Calgary action.