There are countless reasons to love Calgary, even in the dead of winter—but, we’re still pretty excited to move on to spring. Here are 30 things we absolutely adore about Calgary in March and April.
1 Skiing and snowboarding as late as mid-April at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.
2 Slurping up a bowl of spicy chili goma ramen at Shikiji Japanese Noodles & Sushi.
3 Canada’s Queen of Improv, Rebecca Northan, whose off-the-cuff comedy Legend Has It is part of the Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays.
4 Stomping and twirling the night away at the Calgary Dance Stampede, Canada’s largest country, swing and line-dancing event.
5 Geeking out with Bruce Campbell and the cast of The Walking Dead at Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.
6 The “Win Your Weight in Beer” grand prize draw at the Original St. Patrick’s Day Road Race.
7 Letting our dogs run in the off-leash areas of Nose Hill Park, the huge natural prairie grassland preserve located in the city’s Northwest.
8 Tasting liquid art at the three-day mix and mingle event Art of the Cocktail.
9 Mixing and matching to create our own jewellery masterpiece at Suzie Q Beads, Buttons & Bijoux.
10 Cheering for our NHL team, the Calgary Flames, during their home games at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
11 A full-throttle dining scene that drives innovation and reinvention, such as that of the newly renovated and renamed Rush Ocean Prime.
12 Eating dinner at a restaurant bar for the bartender banter, cocktail clatter and sociable setting that deliver an instant dose of nightlife.
13 The off-chance that a famous comedian like Zach Galifianakis or Bob Odenkirk might swing by Comedy Monday Night at Broken City.
14 Catching live folk, blues and jazz music every single night of the year at Ironwood Stage & Grill.
15 Touring the stables, watching horses in training and attending equestrian events like Spruce Meadows Spring Welcome.
16 Going behind the scenes with the adorable inhabitants of Calgary Zoo’s Penguin Plunge.
17 Wishing the cute, hip kid’s clothes at Purr Petite were big enough for adults to wear.
18 Getting our hot yoga groove on at a Yoga Santosha drop-in class.
19 Shopping for local produce and baked goods year-round at Calgary Farmers’ Market.
20 The Downtown Public Art Circuit self-guided tour of the city’s Public Art Program and Civic Art Collection.
21 Trying out the hottest new camera technology at Canon Image Square.
22 The tenacity and determination of businesses like WURST Überkitchen. Hit hard by flooding in spring 2013, the contemporary German eatery is back and better than ever.
23 Drinking premium, artisan High Stick Vodka out of a giant, hockey-stick-shaped bottle.
24 Adults-only night every second Thursday of the month at TELUS Spark science centre.
25 Bellying up to the city’s gourmet food trucks, snow or shine, to sample the finest cuisine on four wheels.
26 Thought-provoking art exhibitions at Esker Foundation, the largest privately funded, non-commercial contemporary art gallery of its kind in Calgary.
27 The chic lumberjack vibe at North American Quality Purveyors, a rugged men’s clothing boutique.
28 Gearing up for camping and hiking season (including outdoor sports from ice climbing to kayaking) at Mountain Equipment Co-op.
29 Taking in first-run art-house flicks at Globe Cinema.
30 The bohemian, freewheeling atmosphere of the Kensington Village district, which is bursting with boutique shops, public art and organic coffee.