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.
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: 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: 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 the next 4 weekends, attracting 20 to 30 thousand people with traditional Chinese food, lion dance, firecrackers, fun games, and professional dance performances.
Where: TheCalgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st 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: 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: 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)
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.’
When: Saturday, February 11 at 7pm vs Swift Current
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.
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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
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.