50 things to do in Calgary this January

Dec 31 2019, 12:53 am

This January is absolutely packed full of fun events to check out and send this new year in the right direction! Take a look below to fill your calendar.

Lougheed House Christmas

What: Lougheed House will be filled to the brim with holiday spirit designed by eight top Calgary interior designers using a “repurpose/reuse/thrifting” method to decorate the house’s three floors in Christmas decor. Guests can also take family Christmas photos, enjoy a meal at the restaurant, and shop for local artisan crafts.

When: Wednesday to Sunday until January 5, 2020
Time: 11 am to 4 pm (Wednesday to Friday), 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Lougheed House – 202-13 Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Ranging from free to $8.50

WILD Wednesdays at Boudoir Rouge

What: Enjoy free cover, drink specials, and a wild night out on the town at Boudoir Rouge’s weekly bash!

When: Wednesdays
Time: 6 pm to 2 am
Where: Boudoir Rouge – 907 9th Avenue SW
Admission: Free cover

Watch Wayne’s World at Backseat Cinema

What: Party on, Wayne! Watch the classic 90s hit Wayne’s World at Backseat Cinema for a seriously righteous experience.

When: January 3, 2020
Time: 9 pm to midnight
Where: The Grand – 608 1st Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $15 to $20

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: January 3, 2020
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.


What: The 23rd year of Zoolights features millions of lights, new themes, classic activities, and special guests. Bundle up and check out Wizarding Wednesdays, fire pits, the Wishing Tree, ice skating, and more.

When: Now until January 4, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 St. Georges Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, General (16+) $19.95, Child (3-15) – $14.95

Latin Nights at the Rec Room

What: Dance to Latin music as DJs spin the tracks at the Rec Room this Saturday! Free cover, but make sure to dress to impress.

When: January 4, 2020
Time: 9 pm to 1 pm
Where: The Rec Room, Calgary
Tickets: Free

Hillhurst Flea Market

What: Find yourself a treasure (for cheap!) at the Hillhurst Flea Market this Sunday.

When: January 5, 2020
Time: 7 am to 3 pm
Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association – 1320 5th Avenue NW
Cover: Free

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows

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What: Drive or walk through Spruce Meadows this holiday season to enjoy over 90 kilometres of lights sparkling with over 305,000 individual light bulbs.

When: Now until January 5, 2020 (closed Christmas Day)
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

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

Nikka Yuko Winter Lights Festival

What: Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden comes alight with intricately placed bulbs in the fourth annual Winter Lights Festival. Note that Nikka Yuko closes when the weather drops below -25°C.

When: Every Friday and Saturday from January 3 until January 31, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden – 9 Avenue S and Mayor Magrath Drive, Lethbridge
Tickets: Online

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 long weekends.
Time: Various times
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – Acura Tube Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Admission Info: Online

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz

What: Drink some beers and attempt to answer some geeky questions at Inner City Brewing Company. Teams of six, max.

When: January 6, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 11:30 pm
Where: Inner City Brewing Company — 820 11th Avenue SW, Calgary
Cover: Free

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

FOX Women’s Ride Night at B-Line Bike Park

What: Women shred on the cheap at B-Line Bike Park this Tuesday, January 7, with admission at $20 and bike rentals going for just $15.

When: January 7, 2020
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: B-Line Bike Park — 401 33rd Street NE, Calgary
Admission: $20 for women, $15 rentals

Doc Soup: Picture Character

What: Doc Soup Calgary is a monthly feature-length documentary series presented in partnership with the Calgary International Film Festival and Hot Docs.

When: January 8, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas — 200 Barclay Parade Southwest #200, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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: The second Thursday of every month — January 9, 2020
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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 January 9.

When: January 9, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Revival Brewcade — 1217B 9th Street SE
Admission: $5

Calgary Motorcycle Show

What: Check out some stunning rides at Calgary’s BMO Centre all throughout the weekend at the Calgary motorcycle Show.

When: January 10 to 12, 2020
Time: Varies by day
Where: BMO Centre — 20 Roundup Way, Calgary
Admission: $15, available online

Disney Trivia at the Gateway

What: You’ve been studying your entire childhood for this! Show off just how much you know about Disney’s classics at a free trivia night at the Gateway.

When: January 15, 2020
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: The Gateway – 1301 16th Avenue, Calgary
Admission: Free

Clothing Swap Fundraiser for the Calgary Food Bank

What: Bring up to six items, trade them in for tokens, and use those tokens to get some new (though technically old) clothing!

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Where: Deerfoot City – 901 64th Avenue NE, Calgary
Admission: $5 cash donation or one donation to the food bank

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: January 4, January 18, 2020
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.

Ice Magic Festival Banff 2020

What: Running 12 days from January 15 to 26, the Ice Magic Festival hosts teams in a competition to create the most stunningly shiny work of frozen art.

Tickets are required to visit the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise lakeside Competition Carving Site during peak periods. Ice Magic is free to attend from Monday to Friday, and on weekends before 10 am or after 5:30 pm.

When: January 15 until January 26, 2020
Time: Times vary, check schedule for details
Where: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise
Tickets: Online, free to attend from Monday to Friday, and on weekends before 10 am or after 5:30 pm.

Half Moon Run

What: Indie-rock band Half Moon Run is coming to Calgary on the Canadian leg of their A Blemish in the Great Light world tour.

The four members, Conner Molander, Dylan Phillips, Devon Portielje, and Isaac Symonds released their first album Dark Eyes in 2012. After the record went platinum in Canada, Half Moon Run followed up their success with 2015’s Sun Leads Me On. They received a JUNO nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2016.

When: January 17, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: MacEwan Hall — 402 Collegiate Blvd NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Lunar New Year Celebration

What: Celebrate Lunar New Year with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at Jack Singer Concert Hall on January 17 and 18. The programme is a showcase of East Asia’s top contemporary composers and musicians, fresh orchestral arrangements of traditional Chinese folk songs, and includes Academy Award-winning Tan Dun’s YouTube-commissioned Internet Symphony.

When: January 17 and 18, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall — 225 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Renovation Show

What: Get inspired for your home renos at the 2020 Calgary Renovation Show. Discover the year’s hot new trends, find products and services, and learn how to do your renos the proper way.

When: January 17 to 19, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s 2nd Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition

What: Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s second annual Indigenous Art Exhibition is being showcased at a number of venues around Calgary this winter, including the Central Library. The exhibition features work from 17 artists.

When: Now until January 18, 2020
Time: Various times
Address: Calgary Central Library — 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Alexisonfire with The Distillers

What: Southern Ontario–born indie band Alexisonfire is coming to Calgary in January. Opening the shows for Alexisonfire on all dates are reunited modern-day punk icons The Distillers. Meanwhile, Montreal garage punk rockers Nobro will be opening all Canadian show dates.

When: January 23, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Smash Room Golf Pop-Up – Calgary

What: In January 2020, Smash Room Golf will pop-up in the city, giving Calgarians the chance to blow off some steam as they break things while they play.

When: January 24, 2020
Where: Location TBA
Tickets: Register for pre-sale tickets here

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre Chinese Lunar New Year Festival

What: Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. There will be live performances, games and crafts, lion dances, and much more to enjoy.

When: January 18 to 26, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1 Street SW, Calgary
More InfoOnline

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

The Bash

What: The Bash showcases Calgary’s innovative and trendsetting wedding creatives. Meet bridal boutiques, caterers, photographers, and more.

When: January 25 and 26, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm (Saturday), 11 am to 3 pm (Sunday)
Where: Hudson 6th Floor – 200 8 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Free First Thursday at Glenbow Museum

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

When: The first Thursday of every month — January 2, February 6, March 5, 2020
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
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

High Performance Rodeo

What: The High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts, is an annual festival that features live performances from Calgary artists, across Canada, and around the world. Expect to see theatre, music, dance, multidisciplinary art, and more.

When: January 8 to 26, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: 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

Granary Road Public Market

What: Granary Road Public Market is open year-round and offers fresh produce, artisan cheeses, pizza, tacos, handcrafted home goods, and more.

When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Granary Road Market — 226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
Admission: Free

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

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: Online, $55

Free Brewery Tours at Red Bison Brewery

What: The tour starts off with an explanation of Red Bison’s name and why founder Steve started the brewery. Attendees will then see the homebrew system Steve used to brew beer on the balcony of his downtown Calgary condo, and talk about malt and how each of the flavours impact the recipes. After that is a walk through the processes for brew day and the fermentation process. Once the tour is complete, guests will be able to buy flights to try out beer and a snack from the kitchen.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 1 pm
Where: Red Bison Brewery — 111, 3016 10 Avenue NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Calgary Flames

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What: The Flames continue their NHL season this winter at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Hitmen

What: Calgary Hitmen bring CHL action to Scotiabank Saddledome this winter.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Roughnecks

What: The Calgary Roughnecks take on teams throughout the NLL for some seriously fun games at the Saddledome.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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