38 things to do in Calgary this week: January 15 to 21

Jan 12 2018, 9:21 am

The year started off slow, but now that 2018 is well underway things are getting busy!

From exciting outdoor activities, to brunching with your best buds, to entertaining performances and heated hockey matches – this week is full of all sorts of fun to keep you and the entire family moving.

Here is our haul of 39 fun things to check out in Calgary this week!

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Monday, January 15

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

Pure ’90s 

  • What: Get your scrunchies, butterfly hair clips and your frosted tips ready because Stage West is bringing back the ’90s and it’s going to be bigger than ever!
  • When: Now to February 4
  • Time: Two hours from start time
  • Where: Stage West Calgary – 727, 42nd Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $119

Quiz night at Swanz of Inglewood


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  • What: There’s no theme here, just sheer knowledge about whatever they throw at you (and your team of up to four other people). Think you’ve got what it takes?
  • When: Mondays
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Swanz of Inglewood – 1336 9th Avenue SE

SalvEdge Boutique January Sale

  • What: Looking for a new wardrobe to kick-start the new year in? At SalvEdge Boutique’s January sale you can find chic, trendy items that will give you a new look that won’t break the bank. They’re also offering a unique opportunity to get a $500 gift card toward future purchases at the shop. Learn more information on how it works in the store!
  • When: The month of January
  • Time:
    • Monday to Friday: 10 am to 6 pm
    • Saturday: 11 am to 5 pm
    • Sunday: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: 1013 17th Avenue SW

Tuesday, January 16

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

Quiz Shoe Broken trivia at Broken City

  • What: Every Tuesday competitors gather at Broken City to win the glory, renown, and spoils that come with a Quiz Shoe victory… and because there’s cheap wings and $15 pitchers of PBR.
  • When: Tuesdays
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Broken City – 613 11th Avenue SW
  • Admission: $4

See “Bill Nye: Science Guy” at the Globe Cinema 


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  • What: Come see your favourite Science Guy as he launches a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocates for the importance of science, research, and discovery in life. Of course you can expect the typical hilarious behind-the-scenes shenanigans in the lab as he breaks down scientific views on climate change and evolution. It’s time to relive your childhood science class movie time!
  • When: Tuesday, January 16 (see all showtimes here)
  • Time: 9:10 pm
  • Where: The Globe Cinema – 617 8th Ave SW, Calgary
  • Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Youth and $6 Children

Wednesday, January 17

Lloyd’s Roller Rink Last Skate Event 2018

  • What: This could be your last chance to enjoy one of Calgary’s favourite roller disco rinks. Well, there’s no maybe about it, actually, because Lloyd’s Roller Rink – the only disco roller rink in Calgary, unsurprisingly – is barring its door for good come February 18.  Come say good-bye to the roller rink we all grew up with at their “Last Ride” happening exactly a month before the doors are closed. All sales from the event will be going towards charity.
  • When: Wednesday, January 17
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: Lloyd’s Roller Rink – 7520 Macleod Trail SE
  • Admission: $5, roller blade rentals are $3

6th Annual Plate Swap

  • What: Be prepared to be blown away with delectable food as six top chefs from across Canada interrupts each other’s signature dishes. This event is not only delicious, but many of the proceeds go towards Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, which have already served over 75,000 children thus far. Come hungry and eat the highest quality dishes while raising money for an important cause – it’s a win win!
  • When: Wednesday, January 17
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Model Milk – 308 17th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: RSVP at [email protected]

Disney Trivia at The Gateway


Moana/Disney Pictures

  • What: Test how well you remember everything about Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Disneyland, and the whole cast of princesses!
  • When: Wednesday, January 17
  • Time: 5 to 8 pm
  • Where: The Gateway – 1301 16th Avenue NW
  • Prize: $100 Visa giftcard

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

Thursday, January 18

Banff and Lake Louise: Snow Days

  • What: Winter is more than just cold and snowy, as it is a season that brings magically frosty views, fun activities, and beautiful memories for all ages. Banff National Park invites us all to celebrate the magic of winter in its month long festival of Snowdays, featuring a variety of events, shows, and activities that combine history, culture, and winter traditions that the whole family will enjoy. Be sure to check out the website for daily events and activities!
  • When: January 18 to 28
  • Where: Throughout Banff National Park
  • Admission: Varies per event

Ice Magic Festival 

  • 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 gathers talented ice artists from around the world to compete and create artistic masterpieces out of ice, all 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 favourite 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)

Cats and Yoga


Group of cats/LAPS

  • What: There is truly no better combination! Get a relaxing yoga sesh in among the kittens at the Regal Cat Cafe and end the session with a complimentary loose-leaf tea or brewed coffee. Attendees are asked to bring their own yoga mat and show up in appropriate attire. This is an 18+ event.
  • When: Thursday, January 18
  • Time: 9:15 am
  • Where: The Regal Cat Cafe – 303 10th Street NW
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Barre Body Studio: Year of Living Well 

  • What: Barre Body Studio is turning five and they are inviting you to celebrate this milestone with them! Mix and mingle with fellow barre mates, have your tarot cards read, relax with a quick massage, or build your own terrarium to bring home and adorn your house with. It’s going to be a night packed with a whole lot of fun that will leave you feeling inspired to live life well.
  • When: Thursday, January 18
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: Barre Body Studio (Ramsay Location) – 1202 20th Avenue SE
  • RSVP: Online, FREE

Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team vs AMHL

  • What: In the effort to promote grassroots hockey and support the minor hockey league, Canada’s National Women’s Team will be playing 24 games agains the AMHL. Come see them on their road to PyeongChang where they will hopefully bring home their fifth Gold Medal in the Winter Olympic Games.
  • When: Thursday, January 18 vs Calgary Northstars
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Markin MacPhail Centre – WinSport Arena, 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Friday, January 19

PCL Blues Presents: Mr. Sipp

  • When: January 19 to 20
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Engineered Air Theatre
  • Tickets: Online, $48 to $53

Alberta Ballet Presents: Shaping Sound – After the Curtain 

  • What: Come see a electrifying mash-up of dance styles and music genres in this lively number done under the artistic director of Emmy Award Winner, Travis Wall from ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ Allow yourself to feel the emotional heartbreak in this uplifting story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the tragic death of his one true love.
  • When: January 19 to 20
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $34 to $144

Saturday, January 20

PSAC Stars and Spurs Gala 

  • What: Join country heartthrob, Brett Kissel, at the 24th annual Stars and Spurs Gala in support of STARS Air Ambulance. Get fancied up and enjoy a champagne reception, plated dinner, dancing, a virtual reality experience, and the opportunity to win big in a live and silent auction.
  • When: Saturday, January 20
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: 20 Roundup Way SW
  • Tickets: Online, $300 to $4000

Your Yoga Collective 

  • What: Work on creating the perfect space to clear your heart and mind to properly set your goals and intentions for the New Year in this one day yoga event. You’ll get the opportunity to practice under the guidance of master teachers in two physical yoga practices, a guided meditation, mantra, and more!
  • When: Saturday, January 20
  • Time: Noon to 8 pm
  • Where: Prospect Place – 505 2nd Street SW
  • Tickets: Online, $45 to $65

Watch the Calgary Flames Play the Winnipeg Jets 


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  • What: Cheer on the Flames in a sea of red all the way to the Red Mile!
  • When: Saturday, January 20
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $38 – $234

The Bash 

  • What: Looking to be inspired while planning your magical day? The Bash is known as Calgary’s most trend-setting wedding event where you will have the opportunity to peruse over  30 local vendors such as Pretty Sweet, Distilled Beauty Bar, The Teatro Group, Pearl & Dot, Paperdoll events, and more. The event also features a Village Ice Cream Social and a door prize that includes dinner for two at River Café, a Cookware set from Hudson Bay, and Jewelry from Joanna Bisley.
  • When: January 20 to 21
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: The Hudson – 200 8th Avenue SW (6 floor)
  • Tickets: Online, $31.25 per day

Frosty’s Birthday 

  • What: “Happy Birthday!!” They were Frosty’s first words, so naturally it would be rude not to celebrate! Join the Calgary Farmers Market for some indoor winter fun, as they raise awareness for Project Warmth and collect donations of winter gear for shelters and families in need throughout the city. Bring a donation of gently used winter clothing and receive a voucher to decorate a doughnut at Jelly Modern, between 10 am and 1 pm. There will also be a live Frosty magic show, photo booth, and more!
  • When: Saturday, January 20
  • Time: 10 am to 1 pm
  • Where: The Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
  • Admission: FREE

Punch and Brunch



  • What: Join Rumble Boxing studio for a 50 minute sweat as you punch it out in the ring, then head over to Trolley 5 for a delicious brunch and complimentary mimosas. This year is all about balance!
  • When: Saturday, January 20
  • Time: 10 am
  • Where: 720 17th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Brunch at Calcutta Cricket Club 

  • What: As if we needed yet another reason to visit this beautiful space! The turquoise castle that adorns 17th Ave 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, January 21

National Geographic Live: View from Above with Astronaut Terry Virts

  • What:  Join Astronaut Terry Virts and learn about his experience in the International Space Station, where he eventually became the commander and broke a record for taking more photographs than any astronaut that came before him. According to Virt’s, no photo can truly capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise in outer space, but to us his photos capture the magic perfectly!
  • When: January 21 to 22
  • Time: Sunday: 2 pm, Monday: 7 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $37 to $88

Watch the Calgary Hitmen Play Prince Albert

  • What: Come show the Hitmen some love as they make their way to the Memorial Cup.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When: SundayJanuary 21
  • Time: 4 pm
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $8-$19

Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team vs AMHL

  • What: In the effort to promote grassroots hockey and support the minor hockey league, Canada’s National Women’s Team will be playing 24 games agains the AMHL. Come see them on their road to PyeongChang where they will hopefully bring home their fifth Gold Medal in the Winter Olympic Games.
  • When: January 21 vs Calgary Royals
  • Time: 2:30 pm
  • Where: Markin MacPhail Centre – WinSport Arena, 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • Tickets: Online, $10

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

Sunday Supper at Royale 

  • What: End the weekend off with a delicious 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

Any Day of the Week

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

Hit the Slopes

  • What: Our mountainous backyard is just waiting for us with a fluffy layer of the white stuff, perfect for winter sports and activities. Take advantage and get some shredding in, or take your snowshoes for an adventure around one of the many picturesque lakes that the Rockies have to offer.
  • Check the websites for Sunshine, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise to check hours of operation and see which trails are open!

Try out ClassPass

  • What: Mix up your fitness routine by purchasing a ClassPass membership and trying out exciting new fitness classes and studios around the city!
  • Where: See the list of participating studios here.
  • Cost: $25 for three classes, $40 for five classes, and $80 for 10 classes per month

Winter ice skating at Olympic Plaza

  • What: Skate amidst the beauty of downtown Calgary at everyone’s favourite outdoor rink.
  • When: Now to mid-March
  • Time: weather dependent, from 10 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
  • Admission: Free

Go Tubing at Canada Olympic Park


WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park/Facebook

  • What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and now boasts 12 lanes, a four person tube option, and a dedicated magic carpet. A village including a food trailer, a deck with heaters, a fire pit, and washrooms have also been added for the 2017-18 season.
  • When: During the winter season
  • WhereWinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, The Acura Tube Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • Admission: Tickets cost $28 for an adult to slide for two hours, and senior, youth, and family discounts are available.

Go ice fishing

  • Looking for a new winter activity to try your hand at? Test the waters with ice fishing. In the city try spots like Chestemere Lake, Bearspaw reservoir, Bruce Lake Ghost Lake and MORE! If you’re looking for more of an epic adventure try out one of the many lakes up in the rockies, or book a guided tour to show you the ropes!

Go Tobogganing 

  • What: This fun outdoor winter activity is one that the whole family can enjoy – no one said it was reserved for children! Bundle up and grab your sled to head to one of the many city-maintained hills for a fun, snowy, adrenaline-filled afternoon. Don’t forget your helmet!
  • See a list of city-maintained hills here.

Experience a Dog Sledding Expedition


Dog sled (@blackcombsnow/Instagram)

  • What: Cuddle up under a blanket and enjoy the scenery as you glide through the trail or head up your own team of home-bred Canadian huskies – you choose!
  • Where: Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours – 109, 829 Street Canmore or Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions in Canmore
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