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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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)
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!
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.
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
Salvage + Bronze Himmeli Workshop/Calgary Fall Home Show
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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).
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.
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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Kristy is a creative Communications and PR strategist, freelance writer, coffee enthusiast and wine connoisseur who has a strong passion for travelling, art, style and fashion. Check out her blog (FloralandBows.com) for a taste of YYC through the lens of a refined, sassy, PR girl working on being a successful #girlboss.