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14 free things to do this winter in Calgary

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DH Calgary Staff Jan 12, 2016 10:51 am

Looking for fun ways to spend your cold winter days that won’t cause a gaping hole in your wallet? Here are 14 fantastic free events occurring in Calgary this winter:

World Snow Day WinSport

  • What: Helping everyone discover the world of sport, WinSport is offering free skiing to kids under the age of 12 who are accompanied by a paying adult. A race course will be up all day too with prizes to be won.
  • Where: WinSport, COP – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • When: Sunday, January 17

Japan Film Festival

  • What: The Consulate of Japan in Mount Royal University and Calgary Japanese language Program Present two Japanese films, Brave Story and ROBO-G, at Mount Royal University.
  • Where: Jenkins Theatre, Mount Royal University – 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
  • When: Friday, January 22 at 4:10 and 6:10 p.m.

Yoga at the Library

  • What: The Calgary Public Library would like to celebrate National Yoga Month with a Gentle Yoga class that is great for beginners.
  • Where: Village Square Leisure Centre
  • When: Saturday, January 30 at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest launch

  • What: Kick off the 5th Annual Hot Chocolate Fest with free hot chocolate samples, a showcase of participating vendors and the official “inaugural sip” to commence the festival.
  • Where: Calgary Farmer’ Market – 510 77 Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, January 30 at 11 a.m.

World Wetlands Day

  • What: Celebrate the importance of the wetlands by getting an up-close view of a mini wetland, go on a themed scavenger hunt, learn how wetlands improve the quality of our water, and provide valuable habitat for plants and wildlife.
  • Where: Devonian Gardens – 400 317 7th Avenue SW
  • When: Sunday, January 31 at 1 to 3 p.m.

Experts in Education

  • What: Listen to Future of Education and Learning Expert, and award-winning author Michael Horn.
  • Where: Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School –  306 Avenue W
  • When: Wednesday, Febuary 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free; Register here.

Family Valentine’s Day Crafts and Cookies

  • What: Celebrate family month and Valentine’s Day by making crafts and enjoying refreshments.
  • Where: Southland Leisure Centre – 2000 Southland Drive
  • When: Wednesday, February 10

An Evening with Zadie Smith

  • What: Presented by the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program, British writer Zadie Smith will be coming to the University of Calgary to do a reading and book signing.
  • Where: MacEwan Hall, University of Calgary
  • When: Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Funtastic Family Fair

  • What: Come with your whole family, participate in games, face painting, get creative with crafts, sit back and be entertained.
  • Where: Village Square Leisure Centre – 2623 56 Street NE
  • When: Wednesday, February 17 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Fish Creek CommUnity Fair

  • What: Get the chance to learn about the different volunteer opportunities that Fish Creek Park has to offer in 2016.
  • Where: Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre – 13931 Woodpath Road SW
  • When: Saturday, February 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Art!Flicks: The Peel

  • What: Join Arts Commons for Art!Flicks, where there will be free screenings of art appreciation. In February, they will be presenting The Peel.
  • Where:  Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons – 205 8th Avenue S.E
  • When: Monday, February 29 at  7:30 p.m.

Mommylicious Trade Fair and Fun Event

  • What: A show primarily offering services and products geared towards families offering over 40 vendors, face painting, a bouncy castle, and more.
  • Where: Carriage House Inn – 9030 Macleod Trail SE
  • When: March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where to go tobogganing

Find a hill near you and take the day to just have fun riding down the slopes.

Where to go outdoor skating for free

  • Big Marlborough Park
  • Bowness Park Lagoon
  • Carburn Park
  • Olympic Plaza
  • Prairie Winds Park
  • Prince’s Island Lagoon

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DH Calgary Staff
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