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21 things to do in Calgary this week: February 6 to 12

DH Calgary Staff Feb 06, 2017 9:06 am 995

Now that Calgary winter is feeling a little bit more like we know it, it’s time to get out of hibernation.

From awesome date night ideas to the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest warming up for the whole month of February.

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Human Bonspiel – AKA life size curling

  • 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.
  • Where: 228 8th Avenue SE
  • When: January 30 to February 10
  • Cost: $150 per team of 4

Wait Until Dark

  • What: This adaptation of Frederick Knott’s classic thriller will be sure to send chills down your spine and hold you in captive suspense for the 2 hour duration of the play!
  • Where: The Playhouse – 115, 9th Avenue SE
  • When: January 21 to February 19
  • Cost: $20-$70

Date Night at Telus Spark

  • 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 and get the opportunity to compose a love poem to your favorite robot, while exploring the future of LOVE at this Valentines Day themed, Adults Only Night at Telus Spark.
  • Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: Thursday, February 9
  • Cost: $19.95

 The Audience

  • What: If you saw the Netflix Original, “The Crown” you’ll be familiar with the Queen’s famous weekly meeting with the Prime Minster, called an audience. This spectacular performance will replay some of the most famous audience’s throughout Queen Elizabeth’s reign, with many familiar political faces making an appearance, such as Churchill, Thatcher, Cameron and more. Take a peak at the woman behind the crown, the most famous and influential yet private woman in the world.
  • Where: Max Bell Theatre – 1201 5 St SW
  • When: January 24 to February 18
  • Cost: $45-$64

Dinner & a Movie at Heritage Park

  • 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
  • When:
    • February 7 – Casablanca
    • February 21 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Cost: $42.95/person or $8 for movie only

Toonie Day

  • 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!
  • Where: Mount Norquay – Mount Norquay Road, Banff
  • When: Wednesday, February 8
  • Cost: $2

Sharing Dance – Free Dance Classes at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

  • 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!
  • Where: 111 – 12th Avenue SE
  • When: February 8, 15 and 22
  • Cost: FREE

Calgary Night Market

  • What: Calgary Night Market is back! Enjoy live music and entertainment as you shop from local artisans, while snacking on some delicious sweets.
  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • When: Friday, February 10
  • Cost: FREE

Eric Bibb with Michael Jerome Browne

  • 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
  • When: February 10 and 11
  • Cost: $49

Go skating outdoors

  • 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!
  • Where: Various rinks throughout Calgary
  • Cost: FREE

Date Night at the Distillery: Cheese and Cocktail Pairing

  • 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: Saturday, February 11
  • Cost: $70 – must be 18 years of age with a photo ID to attend.

Canmore Winter Carnival

  • 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!
  • Where: Throughout the town of Canmore
  • When: February 4 to 12
  • Cost: Varies per activity


  • 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
  • When: February 4, 8 and 10
  • Cost: $31-$164

National Geographic LIVE: The Risky Science of Exploration with environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad

  • 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
  • When: February 12 to 13
  • Cost: $29-$69

Check out WinSport’s Acura Tube Park

  • 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.
  • Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW

Dog Sledding in Canmore

One of the most ancient, and still very practical, means of transportation in frigid climates, dog sledding is an activity Canada is famous for. Luckily for us, a short drive away in Canmore there are three different companies that offer dog sledding tours in the scenic Rocky Mountains.

Howling Dog Tours, Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions, and Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours all offer incredible, personalized experiences. Try out a tour this winter and take part in a long standing Canadian tradition.

They can be reached by phone at:

Chinese New Year Carnival

  • What:  The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is having their biggest event of the year, celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year – the Year of Rooster. The annual celebration will take place on Saturday and Sunday over 4 weekends, attracting 20 to 30 thousand people with traditional Chinese food, lion dance, firecrackers, fun games, and professional dance performances.
  • Where: The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st Street SW
  • When: January 21 and 22 to February 11 and 12
  • Cost: Free admission

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

  • 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

Seities Studio: The Photographic Blue

  • What: Take a stroll through the Window Galleries of the Arts Commons and see this beautiful exhibit that includes works by Jaime Erin Johnson, Emma Powell, and Juilee Pryor. The gallery brings together the aesthetics of the traditional photographic process of Cyanotype photography, also called blue print, and the different views of the female identity, body and spirit.
  • Where: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
  • When: December 5 to February 27
  • Cost: FREE

YYC Girl Gang Galentines Market

  • 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!
  • Where: The Commons – 1206 20th Avenue SE
  • When: Sunday, February 12
  • Cost: $3 cash entry at the door

Go Curling outside

  • 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
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