With both Valentines Day and the Family Day long weekend, the month of February is all about celebrating love and spending quality time with your friends, families and significant others.
It may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s definitely not lacking in adventures and things to do! This month is jam-packed with a ton of date night ideas, excuses to get out of town or spend the day outdoors with the people that you love.
What: The National Geographic Traveller Magazine named Banff one of it’s “Best of the World” destinations for 2017, making us Albertans very proud of our hidden little secret, that is no longer very hidden. With your free 2017 Park Pass, head up to Banff for a day trip or a weekend get away and check out some of the beauty it has to offer. This Ice Walk is located only a few minutes away from the Town of Banff, and will take you take you through the frozen waterfalls of Johnston’s Canyon and is a breathtaking experience that you that will leave you in awe of nature’s capacities. Be sure to dress in proper winter gear – it will be a bit chilly!
Where: Hotel pick up and drop off provided from Banff
What: For those of you have seen the 90’s movie “Balto” and have forever wanted to experience Dog Sledding, here’s your opportunity! This tour will take you from the base of Giant Peaks in Lake Louise to the Continental Divide, also known as the Great Divide Arch, which is the watershed division between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. You will also get the opportunity to learn the basics of dog sledding and driving a team, while getting to know the dogs and their guides. If you’r comfortable you’ll be encouraged to drive the team home – with the help of the guides of course! Talk about an experience of a lifetime!
Where: Meet at the Great Divide Trailhead in Lake Louise
What: As part of Calgary’s Corporate Challenge off-season events, anyone with a team of 4 can participate in this fun winter activity. Often compared to life size curling, each teammate will have 3 rounds to be launched along the ice and make it closest to the button. If you win you’ll be invited to participate in the finals on February 10.
What: Is learning to ski/ snowboard something that has always been on your bucket list, but never gets ticked off? Skiing/ snowboarding can be a large investment and be a bit intimidating for those who haven’t been shredding POW since you were 5 years old. For only in the Never Ever Day’s ultimate beginners package you can rent all the equipment that you need, along with a beginner lift ticket and a lesson all included for only $25 on select days at resorts across Canada. This is the perfect opportunity to see if the sport is right for you!
Where: Over 70 participating resorts across Canada
What: Homelessness and being hungry are two things that plague way too many Canadians, especially during this time of year. On the 25th 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: February 25
Cost: Registration – $25 and a minimum of $125 (Adults 18+) or $75 (youth 13-17) must be raised
What: As part of Snowdays, enjoy this FREE family friendly event and cheer on the ski and snowboard pros as they wow you with their crazy tricks and impressive moves. There will be a live DJ, food and beverages, and a chance to win some pretty sweet prizes!
Where: The Banff Train station – 327 Railway Avenue
What: In honor of Sharing Dance Day (on June 2nd) Decidedly Jazz Danceworks is offering a free dance class weekly to get you ready for the festivities happening across Canada in June. Dancers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to participate, as you help DJD celebrate the benefits of dance, while becoming healthy, active and artistically engaged!
What: Skiing and snowboarding can be a hefty investment, even just for one day up on the hill! Mount Norquay is offering $2 lift tickets on February 8th and all proceeds will be going to The Alex, community health center in Calgary! Skiing cheap and for a good cause – you can’t go wrong with that!
What: In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday Downtown Calgary is hosting a FREE all ages interactive light festival to kick off this special year. There will be a variety of art installations created by local artists, along with family-friendly activities and workshops all located at various locations throughout downtown.
Where: Downtown Calgary: see website for exact locations
What: In honor of Canada’s 150th, the Okatoks Art Gallery has but together a special exhibit, celebrating all things Canadian. Go check it out and support all the things we love about our wonderful country!
Where: Okotoks Art Gallery – 53 North Railway Street
What: If you haven’t had a chance to see this delightful performance, you still have time! Transport yourself back through 6 decades worth of riveting events during Queen Elizabeth’s reign in the UK. From Churchhill to Thatcher, she has met with the current Prime Minister weekly since she became queen and worked with them to bring the UK to where it is today. Though each Politician has come and gone, she has remained constant and in this exciting performance, you will get a glimpse of the elegant and graceful woman behind the crown.
What: Bootlegging, murder execution – this thrilling drama has it all! Based in the 1920’s during the prohibition era in the Crowsnest pass, this performance works to tell a true story about an important part of Canada’s history.
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
What: The North East is probably the closest to the ghetto that you will find in Calgary. Watch this improvised comedy show and find out just what it’s like to not only grow up, but survive Calgary’s North East quadrant!
Where: Loose Moose Theatre – 1235 – 26th Avenue SE
What: After 5 decades and 36 albums we think it’s safe to say that Eric Bibb really has a true passion for music. Join him and Montreal’s, Jerome Brown, an award-winning multi- instrumentalist, as they hit the stage for an unforgettable performance!
Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 829 Macleod Trail SE
What: Environmental anthropologist, Kenny Broad has not lived an unadventurous life to say the least. Join him as he recounts stories of when he was stranded on a remote island running out of oxygen or chasing after venomous snakes through land and water and other triumphs, tragedies and crazy adventures. The best part – through everything he has experienced, he finds quite a lot to laugh about in his stories. He will make you want to pack your bags and go on your own wild adventure!
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
What: Come see this all-male company that has been named one of the hottest dance companies in the world. They will be performing “Life,” choreographed by internationally acclaimed choreographers Javier de Frutos and Pontus Lidberg, a performance that will explore the world around us with a dynamic energy and cultural artery in their distinguished style of contemporary dance.
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
What: There is nothing better than spending an afternoon strolling a market with your special someone as you sip on hot chocolate, coffee from Café Rosso or some Kombucha from Truch Buch Kombucha! Make this Valentines Day memorable by shopping local and spending time with your significant other, rather than spending a fortune on lavish gifts – no one got money for that!
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st Street SW
What: If you haven’t heard of them already, YYC Girl Gang is a group of amazingly talented #bossbabes working to build a community and help lady entrepreneurs around Calgary grow their businesses successfully. Join them for their first ever market at the Commons and shop some of your favorite local vendors!
What: Calgary’s favourite, cozy and delicious foodie festival is back for the 6th year in a row! During the entire month of February, be sure to warm up by checking out your favourite cafes, sweet shops and restaurants for their unique spin on everyone’s beloved winter drink. The best part is that a portion of every drink will go towards supporting Calgary Meals on Wheels, an even better reason to indulge in some warm chocolate goodness!
Where: At participating locations
When: The entire month of February
Cost: Price of the Hot Chocolate + $1 will be donated to Meals on Wheels
What: Drink wine & eat cheese to support a good cause – sounds easy enough! Join Vine Styles and the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association for an evening that celebrates friends and neighbours as they raise money for the HSCA Community Food Program.
Where: Vine Styles – 1127B Kensington Road NW
When: February 7
Cost: $35 – must be 18 years of age with a photo ID to attend.
What: Eat, drink and be merry at this delicious event brought to you by Wild Rose Brewery. You will have the opportunity to try Chef Robert Bellavance’s delicious 4-course meal that will be paired with Brewmaster, Brian Smith’s selection of carefully curated beers that will compliment every flavour in the food and the brew. You will also get to learn more about the beer, as well as the history behind Wild Rose Brewery and the food being featured.
Where: 4580 Quesnay Wood Drive SW
When: February 8
Cost: $40 – must be 18 years of age with a photo ID to attend.
What: If you love beer, then this is an event you won’t want to miss! You will get the opportunity to work alongside brewmasters, Alan Yule and Neil Bamford and earn “amateur brewmaster status” as you participate in the brewing process from start to finish. Eight weeks later you can come back and pick up a bottle of your very own craft beer, hand-crafted by you!
Where: Heritage Park, Big Rock Interpretive Brewery – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
When: February 9
Cost: $95/person – must be 18 years of age with a photo ID to attend.
What: Impress your date with your cocktail making skills at this great event held by Eau Claire Distillery. A bus will pick you up promptly at 6pm at Hotel Arts and bring you to the Turner Valley Distillery, where you will get the chance concoct different cocktail creations and pair them with delicious cheese from Janice Beaton Fine Cheeses. Now that’s taking “dinner and a movie” up a notch!
Where: Eau Claire Distillery – 113 Sunset Boulevard NW (Bus pickup at Hotel Arts)
When: February 11
Cost: $70 – must be 18 years of age with a photo ID to attend.
What: Wine lovers rejoice! Spend an evening sampling wines from the most celebrated wine regions all over the world, while snacking on tasty hors d’oeuvres and delectable treats. You will also have the opportunity to be entered to win some pretty great door prizes that will potentially continue your wine tasting experience on to anther day!
Where: Stampede Park BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW
When: February 24 and 25
Cost: $84-$89 – must be 18 years of age with a photo ID to attend.
What: If you haven’t had the chance to check out “Snowdays” in Banff and Lake Louise, there is still time! Check out unique events, such as Winter Carnival at the Cave, Banff… By the Light of the Moon, Skibig3 Slide N Ride, Gadgets and Grizzlies and so much more, to help celebrate the magic of this beautiful frosty season!
What: Calling all Trekkies! You’re invited to be to be the first in Calgary to witness the unbelievable traveling exhibition, “Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience”. As we know most of you have been waiting your entire lives for this ultimate fan girl/ boy experience and your dreams are about to come true, as you will get the chance to have a photo-op with ALL three Star Trek celebrities, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Garrett Wang – but just wait, it gets better! Not only will you have first access to the show, but you will get a customized autographed photo, an opportunity to learn to speak Klingon, guide the U.S.S. Enterprise through the maze of threats and access to an on-stage panel discussion with the 3 celebrities – we’re blowing your minds, we know. If you do happen to miss this exclusive one-time-only event, the exhibition will be at Telus Spark from February 4 to June 4 – but we recommend that you don’t!
What: Winter in the Rocky Mountains is truly magical and the Town of Canmore invites you to come celebrate this beautiful season with them. For two weeks there will be a variety of snowy, family friendly indoor and outdoor events happening throughout the town, such as Ice Carving Competitions, Log Sawing Competitions, a pooch parade, Snowy Owl Kid n Mutt Races and more!
What: You can’t beat a classic with a classic! This ain’t no typical ‘dinner and a movie,’ as Heritage Park brings it up a notch with their delicious, themed three-course dinner in the Selkirk Grille Restaurant, before presenting a timeless classic film that will truly bring you back to a wonderful time in history!
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
What: What is the ultimate algorithm for love you ask? Well you’ll find out along with how androids can possibly trick us into thinking they’re human, while exploring the future of LOVE at this Valentines Day themed, Adults Only Night at Telus Spark.
What: They say a photo tell’s a 1000 words! However, sometimes learning the backstory helps with the context of the photo. Join local wildlife photographer, Amar Athwal as he goes through some of his favorite photos from the past year and recounts the stories of how he got the ‘perfect shot.’
What: Visit Heritage Park after hours for a 90-minute, spine-tingling ghost tour through the historic village. You ticket includes a complimentary hot chocolate or coffee and access to a cash bar at the Selkirk Grille for a much-needed alcoholic beverage – you may just need it!
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village -1900 Heritage Dr SW
When: Wednesday evenings between February 15 to March 8
What: Are you a dreamer and a goal setter, but looking for a little inspiration to give your motivation a bit of a boost? Join Cham Mungoshi, a Performance Strategist for an event that will help you set a roadmap and give you the overall confidence to begin tackling those goals with passion and excitement!
What: This beautiful boutique, located in the historic Dewall Block, has become a local favorite over the past year and on February 18th they are inviting you to celebrate with them! There will be an all-day candy bar, along with $1 coffee from Calgary Heritage Roasting Co & tea from Tearrific. You will get the opportunity to shop some of your favorite local artists and there may even be a surprise pop-up shop throughout the day. Stay tuned on social for more details!
What: Tired of Calgary’s wedding show scene? Well than you and your friends might be interested in the Divorced Divas Show geared towards divorced/separated women who are interested in self-help, fitness, health, beauty, fashion etc. From vendors such as wedding ring appraisers to self help life coaches specializing in change, our show will have something to make an exit out of marriage an easy one!
What: Come cheer on your favorite skaters at the 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships. Watch as over 40 teams compete for national titles in the senior, junior, open, intermediate and novice categories and the two senior teams will go on to represent Canada at the 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships.
Where: Markin MacPhail Centre – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
What: The Roughnecks just recently unveiled their Star Wars themed Jersey’s to play at a game earlier this year, how sweet is that! In all seriousness the Roughnecks are killing it this season and could use your support during their 3 home games this month!
What: This Canadian rock band just released their single “a Speedy Recovery” in January and their new EP, “Grace Street” will be soon to follow. In 2013 the band faced a crossroads, as their van full of equipment was stolen. However, they decided to keep at it and are making a come back that is stronger than ever. Currently, they are doing a North American tour and that will be bringing them to Calgary on February 2nd. How exciting!
What: This urban cowboy will be joined by special guests, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi to bring you an unforgettable night full of toe-tapping country music. These three have an unapologetic chemistry on stage together, which makes this concert a must see for all country fans!
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
What: The famous Canadian Rockband, who made their debut in 2008 just released their new album “Morning Report” and are making their way to Calgary to celebrate with you! This new album balances the champagne –room party with the more sobering time that you experience in your late 20’s, where transitions take place and youthful exuberance begins to give way.
What: In honor of Canada’s 150th Birthday, This and That are doing a full nationwide Canadian tour, and stopping in Calgary February 8th. In this live improvised radio comedy you can expect a healthy mix of character interviews and mockumentry stories that will leave you laughing for days after the show is over!
What: In this hilariously unpredictable show, Dave Kelly personally curates a show full of performances, stories, conversations, videos and really anything that will get you up and off your seat laughing!
Where: Theatre Junction GRAND – 608 1st Street SW
When: Tuesday, February 14
Cost: $59 General, VIP Reception $149 & VIP Dinner $189
What: For all those 90’s babies out there, this concert should bring back vivid memories for you! Their new album “Afraid of Heights” is the band’s fifth studio album and the most recent work that they have produced in 4 years. Come see them perform in a rocking concert as they come back better than ever before!
What: Pierece the Veil was formed in 2006 and have since gone on to win nuersou awards at the Alternative Press Music Awards and Kerrang! Awards. Join them for a night of punk rock as the celebrate the release of their 4th album “Misadventures.”
What: The 5 Grammy-winning jazz singer, Dianne Reeves is coming to Calgary. Throughout her 30-year career, she has soaked up influences and styles from all over the world, blurring the lines from old-school scat singing to contemporary pop and R&B of today. Join her, along with Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully as they light up the stage for an unforgettable night of steamy American jazz.
What: Join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for a night that pays tributes to all the Country Music greats, including Jonny Cash, Hank Williams, Kenny Rogers, the wonderful Dolly Parton and more. It will be a toe-tapping night you won’t forget!
When: February 24 and 25
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
What: Keep it casual this Valentines Day and head to the Calgary Farmers market for some good ol’ romantic fun. There will be live entertainment as well as the opportunity to make fruit flower Valentines with Poppy Innovations and capture the moment in a romantic photo booth. This is also a great destination to pick up anything you need for a romantic dinner in!
Where: The Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
What: Nothing is more romantic and Cinderella-esque than attending an elegant ball with your significant other on Valentines Day! Held at the Crystal Ballroom at the Fairmont Palliser, you will be whisked away in a night full of dancing, d love stories and lots of laughter as Calgary’s Opera raises money for their Emerging Artist Development Program.
What: If you’re single on Valentines Day, then this is a fresh new way to spend the day. Put down those online dating apps and throw on a pair of skis and meet someone new on every chair at Mount Norquay – in person! This fresh new approach to speed dating may or may not end in finding your special someone, but at least it will be a ton of fun and make for some hilarious memories!
What: Fishing is a great Winter and Summer activity that is perfect for the whole family. Kick-off your long weekend by learning the basics of fishing through games, fun activities and various workshops happening throughout the day so you can be a pro next time you venture out on the water.
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE
When: Saturday, February 18
Cost: Indoor activities: $5/person (Children 3 and under – FREE), Outdoor Activities FREE
What: This family orientated event is a great way to spend the long weekend. You will have the opportunity to go on a guided walk throughout the park to try and spot some of the sanctuary’s high flyers, along with participating in a fun afternoon of wildlife crafts, nature games, scavenger hunts and more!
Where: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – 2425 9th Avenue SE
What: Head downtown and enjoy this FREE event that is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Watch an ice carving demonstration, get your face painted, play some carnival games, check out an artisan market by Market Spot YYC and more. This fun filled day will have the whole family leaving with big smiles on their faces!
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
When: February 20
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.