It may be the beginning of the shortest month of the year, but don’t expect it to be uneventful.
Warm up this week with a feast of poutine and a delicious hot chocolate, as two yummy festivals kick off February. There is also a ton of fun to be had outdoors as a fresh new layer of snow is scheduled to cover the city, but don’t miss out on the many concerts and performances lined up this week, either.
January ends on a high note and February starts off strong with these 33 things you simply can’t miss out on this week!
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 take you through everything you need to know about the king of the ocean; the whale. From enormous life-size whale skeletons to learning the evolution of these creatures and understanding how they communicate. There is so much to know about these beautiful beings.
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: Let’s be honest, any date that involves tacos is a good date! It might be slightly cliché, but you won’t have to worry about making dinner AND you get to dive into some freshly made guac, with a margarita on the side – that’s a winning combo.
What: Get ready to celebrate hump day properly! Grab four to five friends and register for Ceili’s 2nd ever trivia night. Kicking off on January 31 you’ll compete every Wednesday for the next 6 weeks for nightly prizes and one grand cash prize at the very end. You’ll also receive 10% off your bill every trivia night!
What: Perfectly timed for all the carb cravings caused by winter in Canada, 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 twist on a traditional hot chocolate. Spend an afternoon touring the city, trying out the various concoctions, and voting for your favourite one. Prepare for a serious sugar coma afterwards. Proceeds from each drink will go towards Calgary Meals on Wheels.
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: 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 magical happenings, comedy, illusions, and other jaw-dropping performances! A portion of all ticket sales will go towards Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids.
What: Get inspired as you stroll through beautiful photographs, done by the famous and fascinating artists, 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: 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!
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: End the weekend off with a delicious and classic French meal rooted in tradition, with a contemporary twist!
When: Sunday, February 4
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Royale Brasserie – 730 17th Avenue SW
Any Day of the Week
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!
Looking for a new winter activity to try your hand at? Test the waters with ice fishing. In the city try spots like Chestemere 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.
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.
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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.