60 things to do in Calgary this February

Jan 28 2020, 9:13 am

Let’s make this February a memorable one by filling in the shortest calendar page of the month with a wide variety of fun events!

Oscar Nominated Shorts 2020

What: Watch all the Oscar-nominated short films over the course of a weekend so that you’re ready to head into the big awards night.

When:
Live Action Shorts: January 31 at 8:30 pm, February 1 at 8:45 pm
Animated Shorts: February 1 at 6 pm, February 2 at 2:30 pm
Documentary Shorts: February 1 at 3 pm, February 2 at 2 pm
Where: Globe Cinema
Tickets: $15, $13 for students and seniors, $40 for weekend pass

Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers

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What: The Battle of Alberta continues as the Flames take on the Oilers.

When: Saturday, February 1
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Jasper in January 2020 winter festival

What: Jasper in January has kicked off its 31st year as of last Friday, with three weekends full of art, music, dance, food, and winter activities taking place in the mountain paradise.

When: January 17 to February 2
Time: Times vary by event
Where: Jasper, Alberta
Tickets: Varies by event, some are free to attend

The FENCE Exhibit Opening

What: Head over to the UofC Downtown Campus to enjoy a presentation of The FENCE Exhibit and a talk from co-founder Dave Shelley.

When: Saturday, February 1
Time: 10 am to noon
Where: UofC downtown campus — 906 8th Avenue SW
Admission: Free, child friendly

Calgary Hitmen vs Red Deer Rebels

What: The Calgary Hitmen face the Red Deer Rebels to start the month off at the Saddledome.

When: Saturday, February 1
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Hunchback of Notre Dam

What: Catch a production of this classic Disney tale put on by the Cappuccino Musical Theatre from Saturday, February 1 to Saturday, February 15.

When: February 1 to 15
Time: 8 pm
Where: Vertigo Theatre
Tickets: $36, available online

Jim Gaffigan

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What: Jim Gaffigan, recently named one of the world’s highest-grossing comedians, is on his way to Lethbridge this winter. Presented by Just For Laughs, the actor, writer, producer, four-time Grammy-nominated comedian, two-time New York Times bestselling author, and father of five will be performing his The Pale Tourist show at the Enmax Centre on February 1.

When: Saturday, February 1
Time: 8 pm
Where: Enmax Centre — 2510 Scenic Drive S, Lethbridge
Price: $45.50 – $65.50, available online

Keep ’em Rolling Roller Nights

What: Keep ’em Rolling hosts roller skate nights at Hounsfield/Briar Hill Community Hall, featuring skate music provided by DJ Plasma. All skates must have toe stops or jam plugs to prevent damage to the floor.

When: Saturday, February 1
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Hounsfield/Briar Hill Community Hall — 1928 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: $10, $20 for a family (max of four), additional family members $5. Skate rentals $2, email [email protected] for sizing and availability.

Touchdown at Poolside by Hotel Arts

What: Hotel Arts has announced that they’re planning to host a Super Bowl viewing/pool party for the big event this Sunday, February 2, according to a release from the hotel.

Your ticket will land you access to the year-round covered pool, a view of the live-streamed game, a buffet, a live DJ, and 24-hour parking.

When: Sunday, February 2, 2020
Time: Doors at 3 pm, kickoff at 4:30 pm
Where: Hotel Arts — 119 12th Avenue SW
Tickets: $54, available online

Watch the Superbowl on the big screen

What: Head over to a Cineplex theatre in Calgary and enjoy the big game on the big screen.

When: Sunday, February 2, 2020
Time: Kickoff at 4:30 pm
Where: These Cineplex locations:

  • Scotiabank Theatre Chinook (Calgary, AB)
  • Presented in VIP at Cineplex Cinemas Seton and VIP (Calgary, AB)
  • Galaxy Cinemas Red Deer (Red Deer, AB)
  • Cineplex Odeon Sunridge Spectrum Cinemas (Calgary, AB)

Tickets: $10, available online

Entry level Dungeons & Dragons at the Ship & Anchor

What: Try out the world’s most popular role-playing game and meet some cool people while you’re at it by giving D&D a go at the Ship & Anchor on 17th.

When: First Monday of the month
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: The Ship & Anchor — 534 17th Avenue SW
Cover: Free

2020 Brain Freeze Trivia Night with Branch Out

What: Not only is February 3’s 2020 Brain Freeze Trivia Night with Branch Out touted by organizers as the largest trivia night of its kind in the whole city, it also directs its proceeds towards the Branch Out Neurological Foundation.

The event has been organized by Calgary Corporate Challenge, and encourages teams of four and up to sign up for $100 per team — though no one will complain if you opt for the $150 charity option, which will see more cash going towards Branch Out.

When: Monday, February 3, 2020
Time: Check in between 5:30 and 6:15 pm, trivia starts at 6:30 pm
Where: Schanks South — 9627 Macleod Trail
Tickets: $100 for a team of four

Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks

What: It’s the Flames vs the Sharks for a Tuesday night showdown.

When: Tuesday, February 4
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Exposure Photography Festival: Travel and Landscape Seminar

What: Photographer David Wilder will tell tales of his life on the road and how to incorporate photography into travel.

When: Tuesday, February 4
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Camera Store Classroom — Unit 210 3060 9th Street SE
Admission: $50, available online

Doc Soup February: The Booksellers

What: This documentary delves into the small yet fascinating world of Antiquarian booksellers in a celebration of book culture and a glimpse into the stories of some amazing books.

When: Showing February 5
Time: 7 pm
Where: Eau Claire
Tickets: $15, $13 for students and seniors

Instagram Live Tour of The FENCE Exhibition

What: @exposurephotofestival’s Instagram account will take anyone who tunes into their live story on a curated tour of the FENCE Exhibition.

When: Wednesday, February 5
Time: 12:30 pm
Where: On Instagram @exposurephotofestival
Admission: Free

Pinball Beer Night at Revival Brewcade

What: A $5 entry gets you the chance to come out victorious as Pinball Wizard at Revival’s light-hearted competition on February 5.

When: Wednesday, February 5
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Revival Brewcade — 1217B 9th Street SE
Admission: $5

Calgary Flames vs Nashville Predators

What: The Flames take on the Predators at the Saddledome this Thursday.

When: Thursday, February 6
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Free First Thursday at Glenbow Museum

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What: Explore the Glenbow Museum at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month.

When: Thursday, February 6
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum — 130 9th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Calgary Hitmen vs Prince Albert Raiders

What: The Raiders will be at the Saddledome this Friday for an exciting game against the Hitmen.

When: Friday, February 7
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online

What’s up with Bow Habitat Station

What: Explore Alberta’s wildlife and natural spaces on the first Friday of the month. Visit investigation stations in the Discovery Centre, then join the group activity with special guests from Alberta Parks at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, or 2:30 pm and discover how wildlife has adapted to city life. Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will also be hosting an investigation station about furry and feathered friends found in the city. Note: hands-on activities are designed for learners two-years-old and up.

When: Friday, February 7
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station — 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission

Lightroom 101 for Photography Seminar

What: Learn the basics of Lightroom from photographer Tim Nguyen at the Camera Store’s Classroom.

When: Saturday, February 8
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Camera Store Classroom — Unit 210 3060 9th Street SE
Admission: $150, available online

WinterSucks BikeJam Rodeo 2020

What: Show off your biking moves by trying out different skills throughout the facility — open to all skill levels!

When: Saturday, February 8
Time: 3 to 9 pm
Where: B-Line Bike Park — 401 33rd Street NE, Calgary
Admission: Register online, $15

Calgary Roughnecks vs New York Riptide

What: Cheer on the boys as they take on New York Riptide this February 8.

When: Saturday, February 8
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online

Theory of a Deadman

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What: Theory of a Deadman is bringing their Say Nothing world tour to Grey Eagle Resort and Casino on February 8.

When: Saturday, February 8
Time: 8 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Resort and Casino — 3777 Grey Eagle Drive, Calgary
Tickets: Available online

Bowness WinterFest

What: Bowness WinterFest features games and prizes, zorb bowling, a photobooth, a bouncy castle, a concession, special guests, and more.

When: Saturday, February 8
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bowness Community Association — 7904 43 Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Available online

Calgary Hitmen vs Lethbridge Hurricanes

What: A hurricane is blowing into town this February 9 in the form of the Lethbridge hockey team.

When: Sunday, February 9
Time: 4 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online

A Red Carpet Affair: Oscar Viewing Party

What: Enjoy the 92nd Academy Awards at The Grand for a black-tie event that includes food and drink, games, a silent auction, and much more.

When: Sunday, February 9
Time: 4:30 pm
Where: The Grand
Tickets: $92, available online

Date Night: Mario Kart Tournament

What: Take to the (virtual) racetrack with your partner at this Revival Brewcade tournament! First place wins an Inglewood prize pack.

When: Tuesday, February 11
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Revival Brewcade — 1217B 9th Avenue SE
Tickets: $10, available online

Calgary Hitmen vs Regina Pats

What: Take your partner to a pre-Valentine’s Day date night as the Hitmen take on the Pats.

When: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online

Global Perspectives February: Beanpole

What: Beanpole is a story of two young women who rebuild their lives following WWII in 1945’s Leningrad.

When: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 7 pm
Where: Globe Cinema
Tickets: $15, $13 for students and seniors

Spark After Dark

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What: TELUS Spark hosts an adults-only experience the second Thursday of every month, with drinks, music, and new adult-programming each month. Guests can also visit the immersive dome theatre, the various Spark galleries, and more.

When: Thursday, February 13
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Telus Spark — 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online

Night Photography Seminar

What: Learn how to perfect that nighttime shot with photographer Monika Deviat.

When: Thursday, February 13
Time: 6:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: The Camera Store Classroom — Unit 210 3060 9th Street SE
Admission: $50, available online

Studio Bell $10 Date Night 2020

What: Studio Bell is bringing back its $10 Date Night events starting on Friday, February 14, making for an ideal Valentine’s Day party to start the weekend off right.

When: Friday, February 14
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Studio Bell — 850 4th Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $10

Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks

What: The Calgary Flames are hosting the Chicago Blackhawks after a week on the road.

When: Saturday, February 15
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Glow Party 2020

What: The Calgary Glow Party will be taking over Knoxville’s Tavern with upbeat music, laser lights, and LED sticks on Saturday, February 15.

When: Saturday, February 15
Time: 9 pm to 2:30 am
Where: Knoxville’s Tavern — 840 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $10, available online

Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks

What: It’s the Flames vs the Ducks for an afternoon game this Family Day Monday.

When: Monday, February 17
Time: 2 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Dear Evan Hansen

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What: Dear Evan Hansen, the story of a teenage boy who gets wrapped up in a tragic event by happenstance, is playing in Calgary this February as part of the Broadway Across Canada 2019/20 Season. Dear Evan Hansen picked up six Tony awards in 2017, including best musical, as well as a 2018 Grammy Award.

When: February 18 to 23, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

MoS Docs February: Say Amen, Somebody

What: George Nierenberg’s music documentary Say Amen, Somebody celebrates African American culture and features the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey.

When: Wednesday, February 19
Time: 7 pm
Where: Studio Bell National Music Centre
Tickets: $15, $13 for students and seniors

Block Heater Music Festival

What: Calgary Folk Music Festival’s fifth annual Block Heater is a weekend of music and events. Featuring over 25 local, Canadian, and international artists performing concerts and collaborative sessions at National Music Centre, King Eddy, Festival Hall, and the Central Library.

When: February 20 to 22, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Available online

Calgary Flames vs Boston Bruins

What: The Boston Bruins will take on the Flames at the Saddledome for the last home game of the month.

When: Friday, February 21
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Winefest Calgary

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What: Winefest Calgary offers an all-inclusive sampling of wines from all over the world, as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres on February 21 and 22. There are three sessions to choose from — Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday evening.

When: February 21 and 22, 2020
Time: Friday and Saturday, 7 to 10 pm; Saturday, 2 to 5 pm
Where: Stampede Park BMO Centre Hall E – 20 Roundup Way SW
Tickets: Available online

The Ship and Anchor’s Annual Johnny Cash Tribute Jam

What: Enjoy the music of the Man in Black himself for this free concert.

When: Saturday, February 22
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: Ship and Anchor Pub — 534 17th Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Calgary Corporate Challenge Human Bonspiel 2020

What: You’ve tried tubing, you’ve tried curling – now how about combining the two at the Human Bonspiel? This is basically the love child of riding that tube and sliding those stones.

The aim is to get the stone as close to the centre target as possible (much like curling) but the stones are actually tubes, and the competitors are, you guessed it, on those tubes.

When: Monday, February 24 to Thursday, February 27, finals on February 28
Time: Sign in at 11:30 am each day, finished by 1:30 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Registration: $200 per team of four, register online

Calgary Hitmen vs Winnipeg ICE

What: The ICE are making their way across the Prairies to take on the Hitmen on Calgary’s home turf.

When: February 27
Time: 11 am
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Home + Garden Show

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What: The Calgary Home + Garden Show features a huge variety of vendors in its exhibition area, speakers and celebrity guests, contests, and more.

When: February 27 to March 1, 2020
Time: Thursday and Friday, 12 to 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Canmore Winter Carnival

What: Canmore Winter Carnival features a variety of snowy, family-friendly indoor and outdoor events from February 28 to March 1, including ice carving competitions, log sawing competitions, a pooch parade, Snowy Owl Kid n Mutt Races, and more.

When: February 28 to March 1, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Throughout the town of Canmore
Price: Varies per activity

Calgary Hitmen vs Brandon Wheat Kings

What: It’s the Hitmen against the Wheat Kings in this end of February showdown.

When: February 28
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Keep ’em Rolling Roller Nights

What: Keep ’em Rolling hosts roller skate nights at Hounsfield/Briar Hill Community Hall, featuring skate music provided by DJ Plasma. All skates must have toe stops or jam plugs to prevent damage to the floor.

When: February 29
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Hounsfield/Briar Hill Community Hall — 1928 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: $10, $20 for a family (max of four), additional family members $5. Skate rentals $2, email [email protected] for sizing and availability.

Calgary Roughnecks vs San Diego Seals

What: It’s Hitmen against Seals for the last NLL game of February, which will be celebrated with a Superhero Party — make sure to wear your costumes.

When: February 29
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

What: Built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games, Olympic Plaza has the only refrigerated outdoor ice surface in the city. You can rent skates down at the plaza if you don’t have a pair of your own. Helmets are strongly encouraged.

When: Open daily until mid-March
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Olympic Plaza — 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free, skates are also available to rent

Tubing at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park

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Tubing at WinSport (@jr_reporteryyc/Instagram)

What: Acura Tube Park at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park is described as one of the fastest of its kind in Western Canada. Tubers can also check out the food truck and enjoy the convenience of washrooms on site.

When: Fridays until Sundays starting December 20, 2019, and throughout the winter season. Special times are offered during the holidays and on long weekends.
Time: Various times
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – Acura Tube Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Admission Info: Online

Farmers and Makers’ Market at cSPACE

What: Check out 60 local farms, food-makers, bakers, brewers, distillers, and artisan vendors, food trucks, live music, kids arts and cultural activities, and more every Saturday at the Farmers and Makers’ Market at cSPACE.

When: Every Saturday, year-round
Time: 10 am to 1 pm (Now until to May 2020)
Where: cSPACE King Edward — 1721 29th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Farmers’ Market

What: Explore over 80 vendors supplying customers with fresh local produce, meat, poultry, international food, organic goods, jewellery, art, and more. Whether it’s the arrival of fresh produce or fun events, there’s always something happening at the market.

When: Open year-round from Thursday to Sunday
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Address: 510 – 77 Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out

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Body Worlds (Derek Dormer/I Am Calgary)

What: Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out features over 100 preserved animal specimens ranging from the common pigeon to an expertly dissected camel. Visitors will be able to check out what’s under the skin of some spectacular animals and determine what makes us the same — and different.

When: Now until March 1, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: TELUS Spark — 220 Saint George’s Drive Northeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

What: Grab your weekly haul of delicious produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, preserves, florals, and more, all grown and produced on farms right here in Alberta. You can enjoy live entertainment and other fun activities happening at this quaint community farmers’ market. The market will go on rain or shine, so come prepared.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 1320 5th Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Crossroads Market

What: Enjoy farm-fresh produce and tasty treats plus lots of unique finds from the large variety of vendors.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26 Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Esker Foundation

What: Esker Foundation connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications. The gallery reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of groundbreaking new work, ideas, and research. Admission is free.

When: Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed Mondays
Time: Various times
Where: Esker Foundation – 4th Floor – 1011 9th Avenue SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Craving Kensington

What: On this three-hour walking tour, you will eat your way through this inner-city village at some of the foodie hotspots while also learning about the charming history and architecture of the area.

When: Every Thursday
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Meet at Brasserie Kensington — 1131 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Roasterie Tour – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

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What: This 20-minute tour gives attendees a look at Phil & Sebastian’s vintage retro-fitted roaster and operations, plus learn about their green coffee sourcing strategies.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:15 to 12:35 pm
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters — 618 Confluence Way Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, free

Sunday Brunch and Market Tour

What: Join the Calgary Farmers’ Market and Calgary Food Tours as they bring to you a very special Sunday brunch. Enjoy 16 bites and treats as various Alberta ranchers explain what it takes to bring their products to the market. Sample their produce and leave feeling inspired to fill your shopping bag with fresh goodies.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 10:30 am
Where: 510 – 77 Street SE — off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
Tickets: $55, available online