What: Everyone’s favourite local market is back for yet another month! Sip on delicious beverages, while munching on delectable bites and shopping a whole slew of local brands, artists, and makers. They have everything from clothing designers to home decor to photography artists available all weekend at the market. Also, don’t forget to participate in their famous photo booth! What will their theme be for this month?
Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 – 1 Street SW
What: Now that winter seems to have finally settled in for the long haul, it’s time for the winter activities to commence. Grab a few friends, some hot chocolate and bundle up in your warmest, yet stylish winter attire and go skating on one of Calgary’s many outdoor rinks that are well maintained by either the city or volunteers within the community. Don’t own a pair of skates? Rent a pair at your nearest outdoor center or at specific rinks around the city – see website more for details!
What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and it opens for the season on Saturday, December 17. The park is located on the main hill, which allows tubers to take advantage of the washrooms, eateries, retail store and other amenities located in the Frank King Day Lodge. It features 10 lanes, each of which are 200 metres in length.
What: Konstantin Shamray, an Internationally Acclaimed piano Performer, will blow you away with his dazzling performance as he brings to life Prokofiev’s dramatic Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 4.
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons – 205 8 Avenue SE
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: Head down to the Calgary Golf Show where two adults can get in for $15 and kids 12 & under are free. There will be a junior clinic at 1pm (Saturday & Sunday), a face painter and other junior activities. There will be a clearance centre, long drive competition, chipping, putting and closest to the pin contests.
Where: BMO Centre, Hall B – 20 Roundup Way SW
When: Saturday, March 25 from 9am to 5pm & Sunday, March 26 from 10am to 4pm
What: If you love the outdoors and are looking for inspiration for your next adventure, then this show is a must see! There will be over 60 adventure presentations, along with camping gear, outdoor clothing, travel adventure destinations, photography workshops and so much more to help you plan your next outdoor endeavor.
What: A completely different comic-con is coming to Calgary. This adult only event that will feature live performances on a main stage, with a focus on Nerd Culture. There will be Cosplay Performance Arts, Comedy, Music, Live Readings, Dance and Panels on the Main Stage as well as independent works of art and unique merchandise available. Get tickets online.
Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive
What: Get your running shoes on Calgarians! For a great cause, you can participate in a free Zumba class held at The Core. You’ll have so much fun dancing your butt off that you’ll forget it’s an actual workout.
What: 2016 was the year of music here in Calgary, and the music industry in our city is now booming as a result. Spend date night at one of the many venues on YYC’s Music Mile, between Inglewood and East Village, and be entertained by some of our city’s best local talent at a live show, while enjoying a few drinks with your significant other. See the list of venues and performances here!
Where: Music Mile – between Inglewood and East Village
What: Based on the bestselling novel by the author of The Kite Runner, this hauntingly beautiful story reveals the strength of the human spirit. In war-torn Afghanistan, two women are brought together by fate and cruelty. Together they will forge an unlikely friendship that leads to an act of unbreakable love.
What: Join in on Calgary’s free lights out party this month! Unplug all of your lights and electronics at home, and head over to St. Patrick’s Island for a night filled with games, fire pits, a DJ dance party, and some other activities.
Where: St. Patrick’s Island – Confluence Plaza (SE end of the island)
What: Start your day off right and join Lululemon’s, Erin Evans for a one-hour Ashtanga yoga session above the Rocky Mountains in the Citizenship Pavilion, on the 4th level of the new Banff Gondola Summit.
Where: Banff Gondola – 100 Mountain Ave, Banff AB
When: March 26
Hit the Slopes
Begin your New Year by crossing off that pesky “get in shape” goal that seems to weasel it’s way onto your list of resolution’s every year, by hitting the slopes and spending some time in the good ol’ outdoors. There is no better feeling then coming home with rosy cheeks and lungs filled with fresh mountain air as you spend quality time with friends and family. Take a road trip and spend the day skiing or snowboarding at one of Alberta’s best hills, SunshineVillage, Lake Louise, Nakiska or Mount Norquay, or make a weekend out of it by renting a cabin in the heart of the mountains. Be sure to check the websites to see what exciting events are happening on each hill throughout the month.
What: Calling all Trekkies! Having opened on February 4, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience will be at TELUS Spark until June 4, 2017. Upon entering the exhibit, you’ll become a Starfleet Academy cadet recruit.
Where: St Patricks Island has set up a curling lane for public use so everyone can try their hand at the game. You can play in teams, as pairs, or even make up your own rules (just don’t tell anyone)
Where: St Patricks Island – 430 8th Avenue SE
When: Daily 9am to 7pm until the end of March
Go for brunch!
You can never go wrong with Sunday brunch, or rather brunch on any day of the week! It makes for a great date or if you looking for a place to catch up with old friends that won’t break the bank after the holidays. Bonding over benny is a real thing! Here are a few spots that are either new to Calgary’s brunch scene or are not your classic brunch spots that you have been to millions of times before.