Easter Eggstravaganza, Jamaican soul food, free live music in Calgary this weekend

It's that time again — time to put the worries and troubles of your week aside and start planning your weekend.

A bouncy castle, an award-winning play, free live performances and Easter fun for the whole family

The Jamaican Canadian Association of Alberta hosts Taste of Jamaica this weekend, with food, music and a bouncy castle for the kids. (Getty Images)

It's that time again — time to put the worries and troubles of your week aside and start planning your weekend.

These are five things you won't want to miss, as highlighted by the Homestretch's Susan Holz.

1. Family friendly Easter fun

The Calgary Zoo and Telus Spark are both hosting special Easter activities this weekend. (Telus Spark)

The Calgary Zoo is holding its Easter Eggstravaganza with bunny races, face painting and a scavenger hunt.

For those looking for something a bit more educational, celebrate the arrival of spring with Telus Spark's Spring Sparktacular.

Build your own tiny, mossy ecosystem, unleash your inner engineer by designing a device to protect a fragile egg from a fall, or maybe just show off your best chicken dance moves on the dance floor. 

When: Friday and Saturday. See the full Calgary Zoo schedule and Telus Spark list of activities here.

2. Taste of Jamaica

Baked Creole ham and side dishes represent some bright Caribbean flavours. (Getty Images)

This weekend is your chance to sample some of Calgary's best soul food and Jamaican music, hosted by the Jamaican Canadian Association of Alberta.

Make sure your kids don't miss the bouncy castle and face painting on site.

When: Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. at Thorncliffe Community Centre

3. In On It

Siminovitch Prize-winning playwright Daniel MacIvor, left, poses with the theatre award's namesake, Lou Siminovitch, in 2008. In 2002, his play In On It earned him a GLAAD award and a Village Voice Obie Award. (Siminovitch Prize)

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, In On It opens this weekend, telling three separate but interrelated stories.

Follow the narratives of two aspiring playwrights, a man facing death and a couple struggling to make their relationship work. 

When: Now until Saturday at Lunchbox Theatre. See full schedule for details

4. Kensington Music and Culture Week

To celebrate the Juno Awards coming to ‪Calgary‬, Kensington BRZ is hosting a Music and Culture Week – an entirely free roundup of events. (Ara Shimoon/Flickr)

In celebration of the Juno Awards coming to Calgary next weekend, Kensington BRZ will host an entirely free Music and Culture Week.

Film screenings, live performances and free Easter chocolate are just a few of the things you won't want to miss. 

When: Thursday through Sunday. See the full schedule for details

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