20 things to do in Calgary this weekend: January 31 to February 2

Jan 31 2020, 1:00 pm

This weekend marks both a celebration of the end of January and the start of February, so make sure to make the most of it at these great events!

Friday, January 31

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.

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

Exposure Launch Party

What: Celebrate the festival’s launch at Exposure’s HQ, Contemporary Calgary!

When: Friday, January 31
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Contemporary Calgary — 701 11th Street SW
Admission: Free, just register online

Exposure After Party

What: Keep the party going by heading over to Last Best Brewing directly after the launch party.

When: Friday, January 31
Time: 9 pm
Where: Last Best Brewing — 607 11th Avenue SW
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 on long weekends.
Time: Various times
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – Acura Tube Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
Admission Info: Online

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

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, February 1

Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers

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Calgary Flames / Twitter

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

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 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

Jim Gaffigan


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.

Sunday, February 2

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

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

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out

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

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

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

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