16 things to do in Calgary this weekend: January 26 to 28

Jan 25 2018, 10:47 pm

Keep yourself warm this chilly weekend by constantly moving those old bones of yours!

There’s plenty to do around the city over the next few days, including some FREE sporting events and fitness classes. So make the most of it!

Friday, January 26

High Performance Rodeo

  • What: This “rodeo” is a fantastic showcase that animates the city with some of the best live performances from around the world and is essentially known as Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts. View this year’s exciting lineup here!
  • When: January 3 to 28
  • Where: Varies for each performance
  • Tickets: Online, bundle of four tickets – $120

Matt Mays

  • When: Friday, January 26
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Palace – 219 8th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $27.50 (18+ years)

From Russia with Love: Tchaikosky 


Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra/Facebook

  • What: Join the Calgary Philharmonic as they pay tribute to one of the largest classical music greats, Tchaikovsky. Hum along to some of his most lyrical and heartbreaking tunes while tapping your toes to his celebratory pieces. It will be a night that will truly pull at the heart strings!
  • When: Friday, January 26
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall
  • Tickets: Online, $15 to $35

Empire of the Son 

  • What: In this one-man, autobiographical show by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematu, you’ll travel from Hiroshima after the Second World War to London in the 1960s. Along the way you’ll learn about the incredible history of Shigematu’s father and the rocky relationship the two had trying to create a connection and express their love for each other.
  • When: January 16 to 28
  • Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 215 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $26 to $75

Saturday, January 27

Ice Magic Festival 


Banff snow sculptures (Banff & Lake Louise Tourism/Facebook)

  • What: Lake Louise’s Ice Magic Festival is a truly magical and unreal experience that Canadian’s look forward to year round. This event boasts over 20 years of history and it gathers talented ice artists from around the world to compete and create artistic masterpieces out of ice, within 34 hours. During this time you can watch the process in action and see the detailed sculptures unfold, while you get the unique opportunity to talk to the carvers, asking them questions and vote for your favorite masterpiece. If you miss the action you can still view the sculptures the following weekend and even get the chance to try your hand at some ice carving yourself!
  • When: January 18 to 28
  • Where: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise
  • Tickets: Online, Adults $12.50, Youth $5 (3 to 12 years), Seniors $7.50 (55 + years), Family $30 (2 adults + up to 4 children aged 3-17 years)

Ben Nicky: Electric Winter Nights

  • When: Saturday, January 27
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Palace – 219 8th Avenue SW
  • Admission: Online, FREE

Miss Mary Campbell Day

  • What: In honour of Robert Burns, Eau Claire Distillery wants to pay tribute to the women in his life! Come celebrate his wife, and his mistress Miss Mary Campbell as you cheers with a scotch and indulge in a delicious take on the traditional Burns Supper.
  • When: Saturday, January 27
  • Time: 6 pm (Limo pick up at Hotel Arts)
  • Where: Eau Claire Distillery – 113 Sunset Boulevard NW, Turner Valley
  • Tickets: Online, $90

Watch the Calgary Roughnecks Play Saskatchewan Rush 

  • What: Come see the Calgary Roughnecks kill it on the field this year.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, January 27
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $23 to $64

Kick off the 7th Annual Hot Chocolate Fest


Toasted While Chocolate Mocha (Photo courtesy Starbucks)

  • What: It’s time to kick off everyone’s favourite time of year! Join Southcentre Mall for the inaugural sip to commence the festival and get the opportunity to try FREE samples from some of the participating businesses. Don’t forget to grab a photo in the themed photo booth!
  • When: Friday, January 27
  • Time: 10 am
  • Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Road SE
  • Admission: FREE

Inner Elder

  • What: Come along on a journey of discovery with Lunch Box Theatre’s new production as part of High Performance Rodeo. This one woman show, created by award-winning Calgary actress Michelle Thrush, uses real moments and real memories to tell the story of how her Grandmother impacted her life as she transforms from a child to an elder throughout the show.
  • When: January 15 to 27
  • Time: 12 pm / 6 pm (depending on the day)
  • Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 115 9th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $26

Try out some sports or fitness classes… for free

  • What: All Sport One City is a week-long initiative that’s taking place all over Calgary, where fitness and sport classes will be made free for anyone willing to give them a go.
  • When: Monday, January 22 to Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: Throughout the day
  • Where: At participating venues throughout the city
  • Admission: Free!

Sunday, January 28

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

  • What: On it’s grand tour, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is stopping in Calgary to give us a taste of some of the best films that were screened at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival last November. Expect films that truly capture the essence of adventure and the great outdoors throughout the world.
  • When: January 17 to 28
  • Time: Vary’s depending on the schedule
  • Where: Roza Theatre – 2500 University Drive NW
  • Tickets: Online or in person at MEC, $28

Boozy Brunch at Buttermilk Fine Waffles

  • What: Breakfast has just been taken to a whole other level! Enjoy a delicious waffle paired with Spiked Eggnog, a Mimosa (or two) and/or an Irish coffee.
  • When: On now
  • Where: Buttermilk Fine Waffles – 330 17th Avenue SW

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

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, January 14
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Royale Brasserie  – 730 17th Avenue SW


  • What: Experience works of art that explore light in various forms created by multiple artists.
  • When: January 25 to February 7
  • Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
  • Where: Wallace Galleries – 500, 5th Avenue SW
  • Admission: FREE
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