19 things to do in Calgary this weekend: January 3 to 5

Jan 3 2020, 5:00 am

Get the first weekend of 2020 going by heading out into the city and checking out any one of these wonderful events!

Friday, January 3

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

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.

Zoolights

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

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

Saturday, January 4

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sunday, January 5

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

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 Hitmen

What: Calgary Hitmen take on the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Scotiabank Saddledome this Sunday.

When: Sunday, January 5
Time: 4 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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

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

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