They say that time flies when you’re having fun and with so many incredible events already behind us this year, it’s hard to deny that this is just a matter of fact. Of course, these next 31 days will be no expectation, with everything from outdoor adventures and festivals to comedy shows ahead. Not sure where to start this month? Here are 20 things to do in Calgary this March!
OUTDOORS AND IN THE MOUNTAINS
Clip into a pair of snowshoes and breathe. Over the course of this one-of-a-kind, 4-hour tour, Calgarians will see Marble Canyon in all of its frozen glory AND will even get the opportunity to make some maple taffy and a few friends. What could be better?
When: Tours run until Saturday and Sunday, April 10th
Where: Marble Canyon – Directions here
Time: Times vary
Described on their website as the ultimate mashup of “rednecks, horses and ski bums,” the 5th ever Pole and Spur Skijoring competition will also have a beer garden, DJ, and food trucks in addition to the contest itself. Believe us when we say that this event will be unlike anything we’ve seen before.
When: Saturday, March 12th
Where: Blairmore, Crowsnest Pass, AB
Time: 11 am
We’ll be honest – skiing is just not our thing, but we’d be willing to bet a lot of you feel the same way! This March, check out Winsport, where almost anyone can hit the slopes and enjoy the breeze for a day of inner tubing!
When: See dates above
Where: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
Time: See times above
Cost: Prices vary
Have you hit the ice yet? If not, don’t fret because there’s still time! As Calgary’s only outdoor refrigerated ice rink, Olympic Plaza remains open and available to the public. Check it out and enjoy, folks!
Where: 228 8 Ave. SE, Calgary
Time: 6 am – 11 pm
Drinks, taffy, and a view to boot. This March, start your engine and head to the mountains for a day of skating, laughter and sipping. From now until the bar literally melts away in mid-April, check out the magically delicious ice bar on Lake Louise and grab a cold one!
When: Until mid-April (weather permitting)
Where: 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB
Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
There is no place like the Rockies! This March – with the help of a professional guide – tour 30-metre high icy cave-like passages, majestic frozen waterfalls, and the frozen canyon floor of Maligne in Jasper National Park. You’ll hardly believe your eyes!
When: Tours run until March 31st
Where: Directions here – Jasper National Park, AB
Cost: $69 / Adult
FOOD AND DRINK
Curiouser and Curiouser! From now until the end of March, Calgarians are encouraged to sip, play and explore an unusual event where colours are a little brighter, directions are up for interpretation and unbirthdays are as merry as can be. Check it out and enjoy!
When: Until March 31st
Where: #1 – 3300 14th Ave NE, Calgary
Stretch your legs, because Pedal Pub Tours are back! Starting March 17th, thirsty Calgarians will be able to enjoy sun, fun, and alcohol all at the same time as they cruise their way through YYC’s downtown on a pedal-powered patio.
When: March 17th
Where: See available tours above
Time: See times above
Hurry hard and embrace that competitive spirit! This Month, check out the Human Bonspiel event at Calgary’s Olympic Plaza. Competitions will be held every day during the lunch hour with the finals falling on March 11th.
When: March 7th – 11th
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Time: 11: 30 pm
Cost: $250 per team
It won’t melt the snow, but it’ll melt your heart! This March, if the weather permits Calgarians can waddle over to the Zoo for their adorable 10th annual Penguin Walk! This event is truly as cute as can be, so check it out!
When: Every day until mid-March (weather depending)
Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Time: 10:30 am
Back and bigger than ever, Calgary’s Big Winter Classic returns for three weekends starting this March. Check out bands, drink local beer and support local artists at various venues throughout the city!
When: March 24th | March 31st – April 2nd | April 8th – 9th
Where: See calendar above
It’s back, Calgary! Heritage Park’s Dinner and movie series will return this month withThe Greatest Showman, Brooklyn and Slumdog Millionaire. Serving a themed meal and strong leads, this even will have you stuffed full of food and fun!
When: Wednesday, March 2nd, 16th & 30th
Where: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW, Calgary
Time: 5:30 pm
Looking for something truly enchanting? This March, check out the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens – one of the most beautiful places not just in Alberta, but all of North America! Though it’s best known for its flowers, this season, guests can experience the magic of its Winter Light Festival – an event that will take your breath away.
When: Until Mid-March
Where: Corner of 9th Ave S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge
ARTS & CULTURE
Starting this month, Calgary’s iconic National Music Centre will be shifting to a pay-what-you-can admission model to weekend guests! In addition to exploring five floors of exhibitions, you can catch regular weekend performances – it’s all included with the admission of your choosing. Check out the link above for more information!
Where: 850 4 St SE, Calgary, AB
Brave enough to take the plunge? This month, in support of Special Olympics Alberta, Calgarians are encouraged to strip down to their skivvies and take part in the virtual 2022 Polar Plunge. Register now and good luck!
When: Until March 20th
Where: online above
This March, gaze upwards and inwards during Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition a celebration of one of the most famous Renaissance painters in history. From Melbourne and Frankfurt to Vancouver and Montreal, this incredible event has already brought the art of Michelangelo closer to audiences all over the world, and this spring, it’s Calgary’s turn.
When: Thursday, March 3rd – April 15th
Where: 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Calgary’s longest-running drag show is back! This March, every Saturday watch as some of YYC’s best and most energetic dance, sing and entertain in heels higher than your highest expectations. For more information check out the link above or their Instagram here!
When: Every Saturday
Where: 1413 9th Avenue SW
Time: 9:00 pm
An event that encourages a new and inspiring perspective, the Banff Gondola’s Nightrise brings the mountains to life with lights, projections and incredible storytelling. For more information and tickets, check out the link above
When: Until March 12th
Where: 100 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB
Time: 5 pm
Eat, laugh and enjoy! From now until March 19th, Calgarians can check out Shipp’s Creek just a unique to Calgary parody of the popular beloved TV show starring Canadian royalty. For more information or to get your tickets now, check out the link above!
When: Until March 19th
Where: 1002 – 37th Street SW Calgary
Time: 6:15 pm
Looking for an art attack? This March, Calgary’s Glenbow Museum will finally open its FREE short-term exhibition space which features incredible pieces from all over the world. Check it out and enjoy!
When: March 2022
Where: 150 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Whew, there you have it, friends. 20 things to do in Calgary this March. What will you check out first? Let us know and remember to stay safe, wash your hands and have fun. We’ll see you out there!