It’s a new month, a new week, and a new season! From markets to city exploration and mountain adventures, YYC has a ton of wonderfully exciting, COVID-safe activities and events happening in celebration of spring. The best part? A lot of them won’t cost you a dang thing! Here are 10 totally free things to do this April in Calgary.
FLY ON OVER TO THE INGLEWOOD BIRD SANCTUARY
From April 5th until April 9th, between 11 am and 3 pm, the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary invites you to come squawk, waddle, and fly with their 270 species of birds. Play games and breathe in some fresh air all while learning about Calgary’s rich natural history totally free of charge! Sounds like a good afternoon to us!
When: Monday, April 5th – 9th
Where: 2405 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
CHASE SOME WATERFALLS
From Lundbreck to Athabasca, where there are mountains, there are also plenty of breathtaking waterfalls. This April we’d recommend seeing as many of them as you can, but not just because it’ll give you something to do. The spring is actually the best time to go waterfalls watching due to the water pressure being so high from all of the ice melting and trust us, you won’t want to miss out on all of the action.
STEAL SOME SUNSHINE ON A DOG-FRIENDLY PATIO
This month, leash up your best furry friend and hit the town! Calgary is spoiled for choice when it comes to pet-free patios, so really, it’s just a matter of where and when! Check the link above for some of our favourite dog-friendly restaurants in YYC.
WATCH PAUL BRANDT’S YYC HOMAGE
Alberta’s golden boy is back at it, but this time his love for YYC won’t be heard on any radio station, it’ll be seen on the big (ish) screen! Calgary sweetheart Paul Brandt is making his cinematic debut this April with Beauty of Pursuit, an ode to his hometown and the sport of fly fishing.
When: Friday, April 9th
Where: Online here
When: 5 pm MT
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EXPLORE THE KENSINGTON MARKET
Warmer weather is well on its way which means so are late-night walks, flip-flops, and sunny day activities! One of our free and easy favourites? The Kensington Market! If you’re a big fan like we are, hold on to your bags, because they’ve already set a date for the first one of the season!
When: Saturday, April 10th
Where: Parking lot next to the Tim Horton’s, Kensington Road NW, Calgary, AB
CATCH THE LYRID METEOR SHOWER
This month, look up for another spacey spectacle of meteors and madness! As long as the sky is clear, Calgarians will be able to catch the Lyrid shower between April 16th and the 25th. Want to double your chances? Maybe take a drive out of the city on April the 21st, the peak of the event.
When: Friday, April 16th – 25th (peak on Wednesday, April 21st)
HIT A DUSTY TRAIL
The sun is out and the snow and ice are melting. That can only mean one thing! Spring has sprung and the mountains are calling our name! This month lace up your boots, pack up the car and head to the Rockies where trails aplenty await. Click the link above for the most beautiful hikes you can do near Calgary this spring!
WANDER THE LITTLE MODERN MARKET
This month, check out the Little Modern Market totally free of charge! During this two-day celebration, Calgarians can support local vendors, entrepreneurs, and artists, get some fresh air, and ring in sunnier days ahead! Don’t miss it!
When: Saturday, April 24th and 25th
Where: 11500 35 St SE #1000, Calgary
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
TAKE A SELF GUIDED ART MURAL TOUR
From East to West, Calgary has some incredible art murals. Now that the weather is a little bit nicer, why not check some of them out by using the map in the link above! Take photos, get some fresh air and stretch those legs!
CHECK OUT A YYC DOG PARK
Whether you’re looking to bond with your furry pal, get some exercise, or just to pup watch, there’s really nothing better than grabbing a coffee and wandering one of Calgary’s dog parks! Not sure which one you should check out? Click the link above for our favourites.
Well, there you have it, friends. 10 things to do in Calgary this April for FREE! What will you do first?! Let us know and don’t forget to tag us in your adventures!
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