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82 things to do in Calgary this month: February 2018

Kristy Archibald Feb 02, 2018 11:52 am 643

It may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s certainly not lacking in adventures and exciting events that will make this February one to remember!

From celebrating love to spending quality time with the whole family, there are events happening in and around the city that honour each occasion.

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Head out on a snowy endeavour, plan a romantic date night, or spend an evening enjoying some of the amazing talent this city has to offer. We have no doubt your schedule will be packed with things to do every single day.

Here are 82 exhilarating things happening in Calgary this February that you simply can’t miss out on!

Get Outdoors


Lake Louise/Facebook

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

  • What: Skate amidst the beauty of downtown Calgary at everyone’s favourite outdoor rink.
  • When: Now to mid-March
  • Time: weather dependent, from 10 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
  • Admission: Free

Toonie Day

  • What: Ski Mt. Norquay for only $2 on February 7 – yes, that is less than a cup of coffee! If you thought this deal couldn’t get any better, think again. Not only do you ski for $2, but your money is also donated to a local charity at the end of the season. Help them beat their $20,000 total from last year!
  • When: Wednesday, February 7
  • Time: All day long
  • Where: Mt. Norquay – 1520 Banff, AB
  • Admission: $2

Go ice fishing


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  • Looking for a new winter activity to try your hand at? Test the waters with ice fishing. In the city, try spots like Chestermere Lake, Bearspaw Reservoir, Bruce Lake, Ghost Lake, and MORE! If you’re looking for more of an epic adventure, try out one of the many lakes up in the Rockies, or book a guided tour to show you the ropes!

Go Tobogganing 

  • What: This fun outdoor winter activity is one that the whole family can enjoy – no one said it was reserved for children! Bundle up and grab your sled to head to one of the many city-maintained hills for a fun, snowy, adrenaline-filled afternoon. Don’t forget your helmet!
  • See a list of city-maintained hills here.

Experience a Dog Sledding Expedition

  • What: Cuddle up under a blanket and enjoy the scenery as you glide through the trail or head up your own team of home-bred Canadian huskies – you choose!
  • Where: Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours – 109, 829 Street Canmore or Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions in Canmore

Go Tubing at Canada Olympic Park

  • What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and now boasts 12 lanes, a four person tube option, and a dedicated magic carpet. A village including a food trailer, a deck with heaters, a fire pit, and washrooms have also been added for the 2017-18 season.
  • When: During the winter season
  • WhereWinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, The Acura Tube Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • Admission: Tickets cost $28 for an adult to slide for two hours, and senior, youth, and family discounts are available.

Stroll through a frozen waterfall


Johnston Canyon (camm_eng/Instagram)

  • What: Johnston Canyon is one of Banff’s most famous areas for a reason! Walk hand-in-hand through a winter wonderland with your love and bask in the surreal frozen views. It’s a moment that will feel frozen in time!
  • Where: Bow Valley Pkwy, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Bourgeau Bonfire Bash

  • What: Warm up from a day shredding on the slopes with an outdoor bonfire at the base of the mountain and delicious BBQ – did someone say comfort food?
  • When: Weekends in February (See exact dates here)
  • Time: 2:30 to 5 pm
  • Where: Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort
  • Admission: Use your lift ticket to enter

Go Snowshoeing

  • Take in the crisp outdoor air and the picturesque views as you march your way through the many trails in and around the Calgary area – plus, it’s a great workout! If you’re are more of an inner city roamer, check out Fish Creek Park Or Nose Hill for some fantastic trails closer to home. If you’re interested in taking a drive out to the Rockies, Canmore, Bragg Creek, and Banff all boast unreal trail paths that lead to some magical destinations. Be sure to check trail reports before heading out, and dress for the weather!

Cross Country Skiing

  • What: Cross Country Skiing can be wildly underestimated as a sport, but it is really a great workout and can be a great way to be active while enjoying the beauty of a snow-covered landscape. The best part is that you don’t even have to go very far from Calgary for a snowy cross-country skiing adventure.
  • Where: Check out one of the many popular cross-country skiing areas within the city, such as Fish Creek Park, Confederation Golf Course, Lakeview Golf Course or South Glenmore Park. If you are interested in travelling a little bit further, check out areas just outside of the city limits, such as West Bragg Creek, Ribbon Creek, Canmore Nordic Centre, Mt. Shark Trails or Sand McNabb. Explore more great cross-country skiing locations within the city and outside Calgary here.

Hit the Slopes

  • What: Our mountainous backyard is just waiting for us with a fluffy layer of the white stuff, perfect for winter sports and activities. Take advantage and get some shredding in, or take your snowshoes for an adventure around one of the many picturesque lakes that the Rockies have to offer.
  • Check the websites for Sunshine, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise to check hours of operation and trail conditions

Get Active


Human Bonspiel at Olympic Plaza (Calgary Corporate Challenge)

Human Bonspiel – AKA life size curling

  • What: The aim is to get the stone as close to the centre target as possible (much like curling) but the stones are actually tubes, and the competitors are, you guessed it, on those tubes. Anyone hoping to try their hand at this new take on an old sport can sign up for this Calgary Corporation Challenge event. You and your team of four will compete with other sliders to make it into the finals, which will be held on a later day.
  • When: Monday, February 5 to Friday, February 9, finals on Monday, February 12
  • Time: Sign in at 11:30 am each day, finished by 1:15 pm
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Registration: $154.50 per team of four, register online


  • What: Wild Rose Brewery is in the house! Jump on the bike with Lindsay and row to the rhythm with Kat. Afterwards, reward yourself with the brand-new Czech Pilsner “License to PIL” post sweat. You deserve it!
  • When: February 7
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Movement U – #16 4th Street NE
  • Admission: Online, Regular drop in fee

Go skating on Lake Louise

  • What: Lake Louise was rated by CNN and HuffPost as the world’s most beautiful skating rink in 2014, and trust us – it definitely lives up to the reputation. Glide hand-in-hand with your special someone as you enjoy the tranquil views and fresh mountain air. The lake is even lit during the evening so you can skate under the stars and then warm up by a cozy campfire. Skate rentals are available.
  • Where: 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise
  • Admission: Email or call the Concierge Team for prices and ice conditions before heading up.

Rockies Run Collective

  • What: Join Lululemon every Saturday morning for a fun morning run through iconic mountain landscapes and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy town streets!
  • When: Every Saturday morning
  • Time: 9 am
  • Where: Lululemon Banff – 121 Banff Avenue, Banff
  • Admission: Free!

Coldest Night of the Year


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  • What: Homelessness and being hungry are two things that plague way too many Canadians, especially during this time of year. For this annual fundraiser, walk with hundreds of others in Canada’s ‘Unofficial” Walk for Homelessness, and raise money for select charities to help out those in need in our communities.
  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • When: Wednesday, February 24
  • Cost: Online, $25 or raise a minimum of $150 (Adults 18+), $25 or raise a minimum of $75 (youth 13-17)

February Markets

Local Love Notes Pop-Up 

  • What: At all three Village Ice Cream locations there will be a pop-up featuring different local stationary designers between February 1 and 14. Heather Buchanan will be at Victoria Park, ImPaper at Brittania Plaza, and Feast Letter Press at Garrison Woods. Follow each of the artists on Instagram for a chance to win a free Valentine’s date night at Village Ice Cream!
  • When: February 1 to 14
  • Time: See hours for each location
  • Where:
    • Victoria Park – 431 10th Avenue SE
    • Britannia Plaza – 820 49th street SW
    • Garrison Corner – 2406 34th Avenue SW

Downtown Valentine Market

  • What: Stroll through your favourite local makers, artists and producers at the monthly Downtown Market series, with this month’s being Valentine’s Day themed. This is a great spot to find your loved one a special gift or simply spend the afternoon perusing locally made gems.
  • When: Wednesday, February 7
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Gulf Canada Square – 401 9th Avenue SW
  • Admission: FREE

The Galentines Market 

  • What: Grab a coffee at a local cafe and then head over the YYC Girl Gang Galentines Market to shop some incredible local vendors, all the while spending the afternoon with your significant other. You might even find each other the perfect Valentines Day gifts, handmade right here in Calgary, that makes for a special memory that you can both cherish for years to come.
  • When: Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: The Commons – 1206 20th Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Admission: $3

February Workshops


Salvage + Bronze Himmeli Workshop/Calgary Fall Home Show

Stacking Ring Workshop with Ashleigh Amber Moore

  • When: Friday, February 9
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Outside the Shape – 1222 10th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $80

Drops of Gratitude Self Love Bracelet Making Workshop 

  • When: Tuesday, February 13
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Outside the Shape – 1222 10th Avenue SE
  • Tickets:  Online, $60

Glassblowing Workshop

  • When: February 14 to 18
  • Time:
    • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 5 to 9pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 6pm
  • Where: cSPACE, The King Edward – 1721 29th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $80

Festivals and Other Events

Whales Tohora

  • What: Travelling all the way from the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, this exciting exhibition has been travelling North America for the last 10 years and Calgary marks it’s final destination. Excite your senses with this unique cultural experience that will show you everything you need to know about the king of the ocean; the whale. The exhibit shows everything from life-size whale skeletons to the evolution of these creatures and understanding how they communicate. There is so much to know about these beautiful beings.
  • When: January 20 to June 20
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Tickets: Online, $26


  • What: This is Alberta’s only photography festival and it’s coming to Calgary for the month of February. Check out over 40 photography exhibitions at galleries around the city, get your portfolio reviewed by professionals, and participate in exciting workshops as you let your inner photographer become instantly inspired!
  • When: February 1 to 28
  • Where: Various locations around the city
  • Tickets: Varies per event, many are free

Enjoy the Canmore Winter Carnival

  • What: Winter in the Rocky Mountains is truly magical, and the Town of Canmore invites you to come celebrate this beautiful season with them. Spend the afternoon out of the city as you check out the variety of indoor and outdoor events throughout the town, such as the ice carving competitions, art crawls, skating parties, log sawing competitions, cardboard sledding, a pooch parade, and more!
  • Where: Throughout the Town of Canmore
  • When: February 1 to 11, 2018
  • Cost: Varies per activity

Brown Bagging 4 Calgary Kids Valentine Station

  • What: At each Village Ice Cream location there will be a Brown Bagging 4 Calgary Kids Valentine station. Here you will be encouraged to write words of encouragement and BB4CK will share them with the lunches they deliver to local kids. Let’s spread the love!
  • When: February 1 to 14
  • Time: See hours for each location
  • Where:
    • Victoria Park – 431 10th Avenue SE
    • Britannia Plaza – 820 49th street SW
    • Garrison Corner – 2406 34th Avenue SW

Give Your Man a Hand 2018 – Gloves on Gala for Men’s Health 

  • What: Come enjoy an exciting evening with a live band, silent auction, and delicious eats as you help to raise funds for the Women for Men’s health initiative at Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre.
  • When: Friday, February 2
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Hotel Arts – 119 12th Avenue SW, Calgary
  • Ticket: Online, $275

WowFest Magic Spectacular

  • What: Voted two of Canada’s Best Magicians, Murray Hatfield & Teresa are starring in the sixth annual WowFest Magic Arts Festival. Come expecting a night full of magic, comedy, illusions, and other jaw-dropping performances! A portion of all ticket sales will go towards Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids.
  • When: February 2 to 4
  • Where: Sait Main Campus – 1301 16th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Online, $15

The Calgary Boat and Sportsmen’s Show

  • What: If you have a passion for the outdoors then this is an event you should definitely consider checking out. From gear to accessories to guides and more there are shows, events and exhibits that the whole family will enjoy.
  • When: February 8 to 11
  • Time: 1 to 5 pm
  • Where: BMO Centre – Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way SE
  • Tickets: Online, $8 to $35

That’s Amore! Valentines Day at the Market

  • What: Spend a romantic afternoon with your special someone at the Calgary Farmers Market. Some of the exciting festivities include Valentine’s Day postcards, a themed Photo Booth, duelling pianos, and the chance to enter to win a one-night stay at any Canadian Rocky Mountain Resort. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce for a romantic dinner to sweep your hunny off their feet!
  • When: Saturday, February 10
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: The Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
  • Admission: FREE

Greater Goods Turns 2!

  • What: Everyone’s favourite little shop nestled in the midst of Bridgeland is turning two! There will be $2 cafe drinks and FREE birthday treats available all-day long to accompany you while your shop. You’ll also have the opportunity to win an amazing gift basket full of local goodies. Join them in celebrating this exciting milestone. Cheers to year three!
  • When: Saturday, February 10
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Greater Goods Boutique and Tea Bar – 60 Meredith Road NE

Dinner and a Movie at Heritage Park 

  • What: Take an old-time spin on the traditional date go-to! Enjoy a three-course meal before heading over to Gasoline Alley for a classic flick.
  • When:
    • February 12 – Chocolat
    • February 27 – Sideways
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Tickets: Online, $44.95 per person

Valentine’s Day Adults Only Night: Discover your Brain on Love 

  • What: Ever wonder what emotions look like? What is the act of falling in love from a scientific point-of-view? Discover it all and more by looking at the neuroscience behind it and explore how certain hormone levels trigger the brain in various ways. You will even have the opportunity to perform emotional experiments on yourself – come prepared for anything!
  • When: Wednesday, February 14
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Tickets: Online, $26

Family Quest 

  • What: Bring the whole family down to Heritage Park for a fun-filled day of travel-themed adventures. Take in their Journey of a Lifetime exhibit, participate in interactive puzzles, drive an old Model T, learn how to change a tire, get your family portrait done the old school way, build your own train, and so much more!
  • When: February 15 to 19
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Admission: Regular admission to the park

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the CORE 

  • What: From Chinese Lion Dancers to exciting pop-ups, traditional tea demonstrations to cultural performances, there are a ton of New Year’s festivities happening all weekend long at the downtown CORE.
  • When: February 16 to 18
  • Time: Varies on the day
  • Where: Dome Tower – 333 7th Avenue SW
  • Admission: Suggested $10 donation to the Calgary Zoo’s Panda Exhibit

Build a Terrarium with Legend 7 Brewing 


Build Your Own Terrarium poster

  • What: Calgary’s newest brewery, Legend 7, is giving you and the whole family the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and create your very own terrarium. Brunch will also be offered, along with $5 sleeves of Legend 7 beer so you can tantalize your taste buds with the newest addition to Calgary’s craft brewing community.
  • When: Saturday, February 17
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: 550 17 Avenue SW
  • Admission: FREE

Speaking of the Past 

  • What: Join Heritage Park in their new speaker series that brings to life the colourful people, places, and events that helped shape western Canada. This month, hear from David Peyto as he recounts the adventures of his Grandfather, Walter H. Peyto, who was one of the earliest fire and game wardens in Rocky Mountains Park.
  • When: Thursday, February 22
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park, Gasoline Alley – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Admission: included in paid admission to Gasoline Alley

The Engaged Wedding Show

  • What: Recently engaged or just looking for a little inspiration to kick-start your wedding planning? Book venue tours, talk to the professionals, meet local photographers, book a complimentary suit or dress consultation, get a mini make up trial and so much more, all while sipping on a delicious mimosa. After the show, get dressed up and head to the Engaged reception gala event where you will enjoy a six-course dinner paired with wine, take home a stunning floral arrangement, enjoy a mock first dance with instructor Christine Mooney, and find yourself falling in love as you see your wedding day come to life.
  • When: Saturday, February 24
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: The Hyatt Downtown Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, Trade Show $50, Gala Dinner $195

Food and Drink Festivities


La Poutine Week Vancouver kicks off on Feb 1 (@lapoutineweek/Instagram)

La Poutine Week

  • What: Perfectly timed for all the carb cravings caused by a Canadian winter, the great French-Canadian classic is cause for celebration when La Poutine Week kicks off in Calgary. You’ll have the opportunity to try out and vote for your favourite poutine creations, and the winner will be announced at the end of the week. Bon appetite!
  • When: February 1 to 7
  • Where: Participating restaurants in Calgary

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

  • What: For the entire month of February, various cafes, restaurants and chocolatiers are featuring their very own creative twists on a traditional hot chocolate. Spend an afternoon touring the city, trying out the various concoctions, and voting for your favourite – just be prepared for a serious sugar coma afterwards. Proceeds from each drink will go towards Calgary Meals on Wheels.
  • When: February 1 to 28, 2018
  • Where: Various locations around the city

All Day Happy Hour on Daily Featured Breweries


FeBREWary poster

  • What: February has been declared as “FeBREWary.” Essentially, it’s a month long celebration of craft brewers, craft beer lovers, the craft beer community, and, really, just about everything to do with craft beer! Each day in February will have an all-day happy hour at each corresponding brewery – see full calendar here.
  • When: February 1 to 28
  • Where: All national locations

Good Hood Feast #1 

  • What: Join Donna Mac for their very first Good Hood Feast in a collaborative dinner series happening monthly. This month will feature a six-course meal created by Roy Oh from Anju restaurant and Chef Justin Tino from Donna Mac. $5 from every meal will go towards supporting Calgary CUPS.
  • When: February 5
  • Where: Donna Mac – 1002 9th Street SW
  • Reservation: email [email protected]

Brunch at Calcutta Cricket Club

  • What: As if we needed yet another reason to visit this beautiful space! The turquoise castle that adorns 17th Avenue is now serving brunch, and of course they have killed it yet again with their take on traditional Indian infused dishes. From chips and curry to Chai Pancakes and Parsi Akuri, your taste buds be doing a happy dance  as you try each uniquely flavoured dish – paired with a pineapple mimosa, of course!
  • When: Weekends
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Calcutta Cricket Club – 340 17th Avenue SW

Grab some ice cream


Earnest Ice Cream/Facebook

  • What: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to dabble in some frozen deliciousness. There are various great local ice creameries situated throughout Calgary’s most popular neighbourhoods, which makes it the perfect excuse to do a bit of exploring. Pssst… we hear monogram has recently launched hot chocolate ice cream – no, we’re not kidding!
  • Where:
    • Monogram – View all locations 
    • Lukes Drugmart – 112 4th Street NE, Calgary
    • Village Ice Cream – View all locations
    • Made by Marcus – 1017 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
    • UTCA Chimney Cakes – 207 13th Avenue SW, Calgary

Romantic Chateaubriand Dinner for Two

  • What: Unable to celebrate the big red holiday on the day of? Reserve a spot for you and your date at this pre-Valentine’s Day dinner and celebrate early!
  • When: February 9 and 10
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park, Selkirk Grille – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Tickets: Online, $85 per couple

Valentines Day Dinner at the Selkirk Grille

  • What: Spend Valentine’s Day connecting with your love, while enjoying a delicious four-course meal created by chef Leighton Smyth. You’ll surely get whisked away into a fairytale… at least for a few hours!
  • When: Wednesday, February 14
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1990 Heritage Drive SW
  • Tickets: Online, $74.95 per person

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Two Penny Chinese 

  • What: Between February 16 and March 2 you will receive a little red envelope every time you dine at Two Penny. Every envelope will contain a a little treat, but every day there will be a larger prize to be won. A few prizes that up for grabs are gift certificates from Village Ice Cream, a mani + pedi from Beach Beauty, the 5-tree patch from TreeEra, a staycation at Hotel Arts, Flames Tickets, and more!
  • When: February 16 to March 2
  • Where: Two Penny Restaurant and Bar – 1213 1st Street SW

Love and Chocolate Festival 

  • What: This festival will showcase over 40 booths of chocolate, cheese, and wine. Need we say more?
  • When: February 16 to 17
  • Where: Winsport – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • Tickets: Online, $36

Shop Western Canada’s First ever Saks Fifth Avenue Store

  • What: If you’re in the mood to shop, you’ve come to the right place! As of February 22, the first Saks in Western Canada will be opening in Chinook Centre just in time for the new spring arrivals. Happy Shopping!
  • When: February 22
  • Where: Chinook Centre – 6455 Macleod Trail SW

Winefest Calgary 

  • What: Sniff, swirl and sip at Calgary’s favourite wine event of the year. Each ticket includes wine samples from the world’s most celebrated wine regions, delicious hor d’oeuvres, and a keepsake wine glass. Cheers!
  • When: February 23 to 24
  • Time:
    • Friday, February 23, 7 to 10pm
    • Saturday, February 24, 2 to 5pm
    • Saturday, February 24, 7 to 10pm
  • Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW
  • Tickets: Online, $84 to $89

Pink Shirt Day

  • What: With it’s roots in Nova Scotia, Pink Shirt day aims to bring awareness to bullying. Join National on 17 Avenue for pink beers (all month long) and $1 from each drink purchase will go towards the initiative. Remember on Wednesday’s (and February 28) we wear pink!
  • When: February 1 to 28 (day of the celebrations)
  • Where: All national locations

Concerts and Performances


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Milky Chance: Blossom Tour

  • When: Thursday, February 1
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where:  MacEwan Hall – 2500 University Drive NW
  • Tickets: Online, $38.50

Marc Cohn featuring special guests The Blind Boys of Alabama

  • When: Thursday, February 1
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: 205 8th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $50 to $80

Stone Sour + Halestorm 

  • When: Friday, February 2
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $59.50

Platinum Blonde 

  • When: Saturday, February 3
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $35 to $39

Sleeping With Sirens – Gossip World Tour 2018

  • When: Saturday, February 3
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: MacEwan Hall – 2500 University Drive NW
  • Tickets: Online, $33.49

Old Dominion Happy Endings World Tour

  • When: Monday, February, 5
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $59 – $240

Portugal. The Man

  • When: Tuesday, February 6
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: MacEwan Hall – 2500 University Drive NW
  • Tickets: Online, $45

Hedley Cageless Tour With Special Guests Shawn Hook & Neon Dreams

  • When: Monday, February 12
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Stampede Corral – Saddledome Rise SE
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $39-$157

Block Heater Music Festival

  • What: It’s winter’s answer to festival season! Join the Calgary Folk Music Festival in the third edition of this winter music extravaganza. The festival kicks-off at Festival Hall with a Valentine’s Day Dave Kelly special, followed by amazing live performances and opportunities to snuggle up next to your hunny.
  • When: February 15 to 17
  • Time : Varies by performance
  • Where: Festival Hall, Ironwood Stage and Grill, Studio Bell and the King Edward Hotel (See full schedule here).
  • Tickets: Online, $15 to $42

Serena Ryder

  • When: Sunday, February 18
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 208 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $43 to $57

The Sheepdogs 

  • When: Wednesday, February 21
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Palace Theatre – 219 8th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $33

Josh Ritter 

  • When: Thursday, February 22
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Banff Centre, Eric Harvie Theatre – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Dashboard Confessional 

  • When: Tuesday, February 27
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: MacEwan Hall – 2500 University Drive NW
  • Tickets: Online, $39.50

Art and Culture


Americano/Blenz Coffee

Uncommon Blends 

  • What: Are you a coffee or a tea person? Regardless of your personal preference, these warm and cozy beverages play an important role in both our social and individual lives. This art exhibit will examine these various routines, rituals, and relationships centred around coffee and tea, while showcasing beautiful ceramics made by five Alberta-based artists.
  • When: January 20 to March 17
  • Time:
    • Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
    • Thursday: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: cSPACE King Edward – 1721 29th Avenue SW


  • What: Experience works of art that explore light in different forms created by various artists.
  • When: January 25 to February 7
  • Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
  • Where: Wallace Galleries – 500, 5th Avenue SW
  • Admission: FREE

Twelfth Night 

  • What: Join Theatre Calgary for this romantic, hilarious misadventure of two twins as they are forced to find their way through a foreign land after a tragic shipwreck.
  • When: January 30 to February 24
  • Time: 2 pm or 7:30 pm
  • Where: Theatre Calgary – 220 90th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $35 to $124

Particle and Was Media Arts Festival 

  • What: Immerse yourself in the media arts as you explore featured art installations, an electromagnet workshop, film screenings that explore the relationship between art and technology, and so much more!
  • When: February 1 to 3
  • Where: Various locations around the city
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Frida Kahlo: Her Photos


Image: Glenbow Museum Facebook

  • What: Get inspired as you stroll through beautiful photographs taken by the famous and fascinating Frida Kahlo. There are more than 240 pieces that were kept in her home, ‘The Blue House,” for over 50 years under her estate. Visitors will have the opportunity to better understand the woman behind the artist; her origins, her roots, her friendships and romantic relationships, her fragile health, her political tendencies, and her special relationship with photography. This is the first time this exhibition has ever been presented in Canada!
  • When: February 3 to May 21, 2018
  • Where: The Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Admission: Regular admission

Eugene Onegin 

  • What: Join the Calgary Opera and be blown away by this epic Tchaikovsky Russian masterpiece! You’ll have your heart ripped in many directions as you follow the story of Oregon and Tatyana.
  • When: Saturday, February, 3
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Online, $31 to $164

A Symphonic Tribute to Prince 

  • What: Pay tribute to the Purple Rain legend in a performance that truly captures Prince’s larger-than-life stage personality.
  • When: Saturday, February 10
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 208 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online or call to put your name on the waitlist

BC Ballet: Romeo and Juliet 

  • What: Join the BC ballet for an evening of reliving this timeless classic! Choreographed by Medhi Walerski and set to Sergei Prokofiev’s original score, this beautiful performance will bring together dazzling landscapes woven with poetic unpredictability and complex imagery.
  • When: Saturday, February 10
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Banff Centre, Eric Harvie Theatre – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • Tickets: Online, $25 to $35

Calgary Jazz Orchestra: The Art of Romance / The Art of Soul

  • What: It’s a Valentines tradition! Come explore the romantic side of Jazz before it gained the influences of soul and funk.
  • When: Sunday, February 11
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: River Park Church – 3818 14th Street SW
  • Tickets: Online, $21 to $28

Happenings 11: The Architecture of Sculpture

  • What: Celebrate at this experimental art party where the art is never flat! The Architecture of Sculpture looks to inspire conversations about place making, community, and experimental art collisions. This party will be taking over the Arts Commons +15 walkway and will have a unique blend of activities and performances all night long. This is a party you won’t want to miss!
  • When: Monday, February 12
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Arts Commons – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • Admission: FREE and welcome to anyone

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story 

  • What: Come see the famous musical that tells the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame. From his first hit in 1957 (That’ll Be the Day) to his tragic death two years later, this performance will have you tapping your toes and singing as you relive the hits of this rock and roll legend.
  • When: Sunday, February 18
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $65 to $85

Motown Musical 

  • What: Live the American Dream as you follow along Berry Gordy’s musical journey from a featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music pro who played a hand in launching the careers of some of the greats, including Micheal Jackson, Diana Ross, and more!
  • When: February 20 to 25
  • Time: 8 pm or 2 pm (Varies on the date)
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Online, $35 to $130

Sporting Events


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Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday at Home and Away

  • What: See the Patriots and Philly showdown at the 2018 Superbowl. Will the Patriots take the cup for the second year in a row? If Brady has anything to do with it, they will! Watch the game at Home and Away and enjoy happy hour prices all day long, delicious eats, and free games. There is a party to be had regardless of the outcome!
  • When: Sunday, February 4
  • Time: 1 to 11 pm
  • Where: Home and Away – 1331 17th Avenue SW

Spots to watch the Super Bowl

  • What: To all of you who have been training your stomachs and livers hard all year to eat and drink to Super Bowl Sunday party levels, this is for you.
  • When: Sunday, February 4
  • Time: 4:30 pm Kickoff
  • Where: See all locations here

Cheer on the Calgary Hitmen

  • What: Come show the Hitmen some love as they make their way to the Memorial Cup.
  • When:
    • Sunday, February 14 at 2 pm vs Medicine Hat Tigers
    • Wednesday, February 14 at 7 pm vs Tri-City Americans
    • Sunday, February 18 at 2 pm vs Saskatoon Blades
    • Wednesday, February 21 at 7 pm vs Red Deer Rebels
    • Friday, February 24 at 7 pm vs Edmonton Oil Kings
    • Sunday, February 25 at 4 pm vs Brandon Wheat Kings
    • Tuesday, February 27 at 11 am vs Swift Current Broncos
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster 

Cheer on the Calgary Flames

  • What: Cheer on the Flames in a sea of red all the way to the Red Mile!
  • When:
    • Thursday, February 1 at 7 pm vs Tampa Bay Lightning
    • Saturday, February 3 at 8 pm vs Chicago Blackhawks
    • Saturday, February 17 at 8 pm vs Florida Panthers
    • Monday, February 19 at 2 pm vs Boston Bruins
    • Saturday, February 24 at 2 pm vs Colorado Avalanche
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster

Cheer on the Calgary Roughnecks

  • What: Come see the Calgary roughnecks kill it on the field this year.
  • When:
    • Saturday, February 10 at 7 pm vs Colorado Mammoth
    • Friday, February 16 at 7 pm vs Vancouver Stealth
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary

WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania 

  • What:Come check out some heart-pounding wrestling as these pros make their way to Wrestlemania.
  • When: Saturday, February 10
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Stampede Corral – Saddledome Rise SE
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $20 to $70
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