20 things to do in Calgary this week: January 6 to 9

Jan 6 2020, 8:02 am

The first full week of the brand new year is officially underway, and with it comes plenty of great events to check out this January 6 to 9.

Monday, January 6

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

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

Go Sledding

What: There are more than a dozen hills around Calgary that are perfect to go sledding down, and the best part is that it’s completely free! Well, as long as you already have the sled, that is.

When: Anytime there’s snow!
Time: Daylight
Where: One of these 22 hills
Cost: Free

Hit the Slopes

What: Take advantage of the fresh POW and get some great ski days in this upcoming season.

Check the websites for SunshineMount Norquay Naskiska Marmot Basin and Lake Louise to check hours of operation, hill conditions, snow reports and to see which trails are open!

Dungeons and Flagons

What: Watch a hilarious band of adventurers get up to all sorts of hijinks at Dickens Pub this Monday. Cover is $5, and make sure to bring your very own D20.

When: January 6, 2020
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Dickens — 1000 9th Avenue SW
Cover: $5

Tuesday, January 7

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

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

Go Snowshoeing

What: Take in the crisp outdoor air and the picturesque views as you march your way through the many trails in and around the Calgary area – plus, it’s a great workout! If you are an inner city roamer check out Fish Creek Park Or Nose Hill for some fantastic trails close to home. If you’re interested in taking a drive out to the Rockies, Canmore, Bragg Creek, and Banff all boast unreal trail paths that lead to some magical destinations. Be sure to check trail reports before heading out, and dress for the weather.

Celebrate Nic Cage’s birthday

What: A group has organized a truly exciting celebration of the man, the myth, the legend, Nic Cage. While the movie star won’t actually be in attendance, those who do show up for the festivities will enjoy prizes, celebratory drinks, and four big screens “filled with the best of Nic Cage freak outs.”

When: January 7, 2020
Time: 6 pm to 2 am
Where: Oak Tree Lounge — 124 10th Street NW
Cover: Free

Wednesday, January 8

Roasterie Tour – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 9

Calgary Flames

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

When: Thursday, January 9
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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

Spark After Dark

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

Snow Bunny Student Night at Cowboys

What: Students get into Cowboys for free if they show up before 9:30 pm with a valid student ID — because cover is always better spent on a few drink inside!

When: January 9, 2020
Time: Doors open at 8:30 pm
Where: Cowboys Dance Hall — 421 12th Avenue SE
Admission: Free for students before 9:30 pm, $10 otherwise