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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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!
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: 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.
Screenshot of the Canmore Winter Carnival Preview video (Tourism Canmore Kananaskis/YouTube)
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: 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: 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: 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.
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: 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: 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
The Fence in Atlanta, US (Exposure Photography Festival)
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: 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
Grab some ice cream
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: 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: 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: 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.
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.