Short week, short month – we’re more than okay with this combination!
Starting the week off with Family Day, there are a ton of exciting activities and winter family fun to be had around Calgary to fill up your extended weekend. See a Flames game, explore some of Alberta’s history at a national historic site, or get active with on of the many free swims or skates happening around the city.
Throughout the rest of the week, it’s back to business as usual, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a fun evening of wine, shopping or a laugher filled show. End the month off with a bang as we move into a (hopefully) warmer month.
We’ve rounded up 43 of the best things happening this week that you simply have to check out!
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: Back for yet another year, join Fort Calgary as they explore stories told by a Blackfoot knowledge keeper in a tipi, cabana a sucre, games, crafts, an opportunity to try on a Mountie uniform and so much more family fun!
What: Free hot chocolate, food trucks and the best tunes from the 70’s and 80’s – there is no better combination. Lace up your skates and head down to Olympic Plaza for their Family Day skate happening all afternoon long.
When: Monday, February 19
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: 228 8th Avenue SE
Admission: An optional donation will go towards the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.
What: Attend the “Full Moon of the Eagle” event from 10 am to 4 pm. You’ll get to see Alberta birds of prey, a simulated archaeological dig, guided building tours, artifact demonstrations, and storytelling. You can even participate in a hunt re-enactment.
When: Monday, February 19
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 8 kilometres (15 minutes) north and west of Fort Macleod on secondary Highway #785
What: If you haven’t had the chance to check out Studio Bell yet, this is the perfect opportunity to bring the whole family and enjoy some musical events perfect for all ages. There will be all day musical video games, Sound Sandwich instrument building, musical show and tell, instrument demos, campfire singalong, a rocking performance by scratch DJ, Kid Koala and so much more!
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: 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: Looking for some inspiration, a place to write that isn’t your kitchen table, or simply some guidance on a writing project? For only $5 you can join White Space Writers every Tuesday morning and receive a work space, unlimited coffee, accessibility to writing resources (aka they will look over a piece you’re working on) and a writing prompt – if that’s what you’re interested in. Plus, you might even make a new creative friend or three, which is priceless!
What: Think think think! Dig into your think tank and remember all your favourite Disney Princesses, characters, evil step mothers and sorcerers, and compete to win hundreds of dollars worth of Disney prizes. Team sizes range from one to six people.
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: Grab all of the official Team Canada gear and look the part when you’re cheering for our ladies and gents over in PyeongChang. There will also be a lounge for you to take a break from shopping and enjoy some live coverage of the games. $3.90 from the sale of every pair of Team Canada mittens goes to support our athletes through the Canadian Olympic Foundation.
When: Weekdays until February 23
Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Bankers Hall Hudson’s Bay – 315 8th Avenue 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: 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: 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: 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: 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!
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: 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: 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: 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 Wednesdays (and February 28) we wear pink!
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: 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.
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.
Stroll through a frozen waterfall
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
Head out on an Urban Snowshoeing Adventure
What: Grab your partner and a pair of snowshoes and head out into the crisp winter air. Take in the picturesque views as you march your way through the many trails in and around the Calgary area, while getting a great cardio workout in at the same time. Couples who workout together stay together, right?
If your are an inner city roamer, check out Fish Creek Park or Nose Hill for some fantastic trails close 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.
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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.