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20 things to do in Calgary this weekend: February 23 to 25

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DH Calgary Staff Feb 22, 2018 7:00 pm 483

It may be only two days long this time around – but the weekend is still something to celebrate!

Besides, Friday is basically a part of the fun, anyway.

Live it up in Calgary during your days off by checking out any of these Calgary events.

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Friday, February 23

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!
  • 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

Hudson’s Bay Olympic Pop Up Store

  • 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

Winefest Calgary

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  • 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 10 pm
    • Saturday, February 24, 2 to 5 pm
    • Saturday, February 24, 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW
  • Tickets: Online, $84 to $89

What the Calgary Hitmen Play the Edmonton Oil Kings

  • What: Come show the Hitmen some love as they make their way to the Memorial Cup.
  • When: Friday, February 23 at 7 pm vs Edmonton Oil Kings
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • TicketsTicketmaster, $13 to $26

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

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

Saturday, February 24

Exposure 

  • 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

Whales Tohora

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Killer Whales/Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

  • 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

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

  • 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

Coldest Night of the Year

  • 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
  • CostOnline, $25 or raise a minimum of $150 (Adults 18+), $25 or raise a minimum of $75 (youth 13-17)

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

Watch the Calgary Flames Play Colorado Avalanche

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  • What: Cheer on the Flames in a sea of red all the way to the Red Mile!
  • When: Saturday, February 24
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $26 to $174

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

Sunday, February 25

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

What the Calgary Hitmen Play the Brandon Wheat Kings

  • What: Come show the Hitmen some love as they make their way to the Memorial Cup.
  • When: Sunday, February 25
  • Time: 4 pm vs Brandon Wheat Kings
    • Tuesday, February 27 at 11 am vs Swift Current Broncos
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • TicketsTicketmaster, $8 to $24

Sunday Supper at Royale

  • 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

Stroll through a frozen waterfall

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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

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.

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?
  • Where:
    • 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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