TV & Movies

What to Do in Calgary: Ania Boniecka's April Picks

Your monthly round-up of everything cool, stylish and fun going down in Cowtown from Calgary Localist-at-large Ania Boniecka

1. Check Out This New Nail Spot
A new player in Calgary’s primping scene, Uptown Nail Boutique & Spa (2012 4th St. SW) is probably one of the biggest nail salons in the city. Services include mani/pedis, hair removal, facials, eyelash extensions and eyebrow tinting, and the retail front offers delish products you can take home with you to keep the spa zen vibes going strong long after your visit.

what to do in calgary

2. Catch a Flick
Now in its 13th year, Calgary’s Underground Film Festival is known for programming films that defy convention. Screening categories include feature, documentary, animation, short, horror, sci-fi, comedy and thriller—think indie film heaven for just about anyone. Check it out from April 11-17 at Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave. SW).

3. Flex Your Green Thumb
One of my favourite shops in all of Calgary just moved to a bigger, even more beautiful space, taking over the old Dade Gallery at 1327 9th Ave. SE. Plant‘s new location is bound to please anyone with a green thumb (aspiring or experienced) and give you plenty of Instagram inspo. Shop owner Kyle rescues my ailing plants on a regular basis, and now has an amazing showcase with big windows, lots of light and even a dedicated workshop space for those looking to craft some DIY terrariums. OBSESSED!

what to do in calgary

4. Chow Down
Whoever came up with the idea for YYC Taco Fiesta is clearly a genius! Kicking off on April 29, the festival includes a major Cinco de Mayo bash. And it’s not just about food and fun: $1 from every $5 taco and $2 from every $13 platter will be going back to the community, supporting three local charities. Follow @YYCTacoFiesta on Instagram for all the details.

5. Play Some Games
Located in Victoria Park, Boxcar Café (1215 1 St. SW) is Calgary’s first board game cafe. With more than 300 games to chose from, you have unlimited game time from Monday to Thursday for $5 ($2.50/hour on the weekends). There are no reservations and seating is available on a first come, first served basis, but the shop is also available for private bookings (board game party, anyone?).