25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: December 28 to 30

Dec 21 2018, 7:20 pm

December is just flying by! Fill the last weekend of 2018 with these 25 fun Calgary events happening on Friday, December 28, Saturday, December 29, and Sunday, December 30. Cowboy’s Yule Ball, Beer and Yoga, and more.

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Cowboy’s Yule Ball 2018

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire/IMDb

What: Inspired by the gigantic holiday party featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Cowboys is planning on hosting a Yule Ball of its own this December. For the third year in a row, Cowboys will deck out their dancehall in HP-themed decorations, music, and costumes, and all attendees are encouraged to dress as their favourite Harry Potter characters.

When: Friday, December 28, 2018
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where: Cowboys Dancehall — 421 12th Avenue SE
Tickets: Available online, $10 to $15

Get Together Holiday Massive 2018

What: Headlining the festival will be Diplo and Illenium, while other performers set to take the stage on either December 27 or 28 include Alison Wonderland, Troyboi, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Loud Luxury, Ghastly, Crankdt, Svdden Death, and Phantoms. The festival will be held at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre, a 23,000-sq-ft space with a capacity for 5,000 guests.

When: Now to Friday, December 28, 2018
Time: Doors open at 8 pm
Where: Shaw Conference Centre — 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: 18+ event. Tickets available online. $119.50+

Calgary Roughnecks

What: The Calgary Roughnecks take on the San Diego Seals in National Lacrosse League action at the Saddledome.

When: Friday, December 28, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Honeymoon Suite and Headpins

What: Canadian rock legends Honeymoon Suite and Headpins team up for a show at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino.

When: Friday, December 28, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Resort & Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive S.W., Calgary
Tickets: Online

Roast Battles Vol. 18

What: Comedians roast the crowd, roast celebrities and roast each other. Sam Walker is champion but must defend the title against #1 contender, Sam Pichonsky. Other competitors include Pete Zedlacher, Michael Moses, Aimee Beaudoin, and Conner Christmas. Hosted by Brett Forte.

When: Friday, December 28, 2018
Time: 10 pm
Where: Elbow River Casino Yuk Yuks – 218 18 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks

What: The Flames face off with the Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

The Holly Jolly Christmas Caper 2018

What: Calgary’s Lougheed House is being taken over by Escape Capers YYC from December 26 to 29, allowing Calgarians the chance to test their wits against the puzzles, brain-teasers, and riddles that bar their freedom. Taking a regular escape room up quite a few notches, the Holly Jolly Christmas Caper will include up to nine teams of six to nine people working their way through the house and solving clues as they go.

When: Now to Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: Multiple times available for booking
Where: The Lougheed House — 707 13th Avenue SW, Calgary
Price: Online, $50 to $55, booking available

Billy Kenny

What: British producer, DJ and engineer Billy Kenny brings his Set Me Free Tour to The Hifi Club with special guests Dr. Dance, Nic Nemesis, and NTHN.

When: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: Doors 9:30 pm.
Where: The Hifi Club – 219 10th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $18

Family Night at Al-Salam Centre

What: Muslim Association of Canada is hosting a family night at Al-Salam Centre. Featuring an evening of family trivia, games, halaqat, face painting and henna. Food and snacks will be sold separately. Registration is required and no drop-ins.

When: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Al-Salam Centre – 6415 Ranchview Drive NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $5

Jersey Boys

What: Best Musical winner at both the Tony Awards and Olivier Awards, Jersey Boys takes you up the charts, across the USA and behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Discover the secret of a 40-year friendship as four blue-collar kids work their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of stardom. Experience the electrifying performances of the golden greats that took them all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame including “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “Dawn”, “My Eyes Adored You”, and more.

When: Now to February 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Stage West Calgary – 727-42 Avenue SE Calgary
Tickets: Online

Tsuut’ina Nation Chief & Council Christmas Feast & Powwow 2018

What: The Tsuut’ina Nation Annual Chief & Council Christmas Feast and Powwow is open to everyone and all ages are welcome. Featuring male and female dance categories, a feast, and a powwow. Hosted by the Tsuut’ina Nation Youth Program.

When: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: 1 pm to 11 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Resort & Casino 3777 – Grey Eagle Drive S.W., Calgary
Admission: Free

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Workshop Tour

What: A tour of Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s Canmore Workshop. See how we make their 100% natural products, start to finish, and get the chance to tour the different departments to learn about all the different aspects of the business. Attendees will also receive a $20 gift card with an adult ticket, or a $5 gift card with a child ticket to purchase products online or in-store.

When: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: 11 am to 12:15 pm
Where: Rocky Mountain Soap Company Workshop – 201-106 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore
Tickets: Online, $5-$25

The Ladies Community Calgary – Free Holiday Mixer

What: Join The Ladies Community for a different kind of ladies night, featuring cocktails, conversation, and connection with amazing women.

When: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: 5 to 7 pm
Where: The Metropolitan – 318 8 Avenue Southwest #150 Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Tool Shed Brewery Tour & Tasting



What: Join Tool Shed Brewery for a backstage tour and see where their delicious beer is born. The 90-minute brewery tour includes a sampling of all of their beers as well as a guided tour around the brewery. Once the tour is complete you can enjoy fresh beer in our taproom, and enjoy 10% off in our retail store.

When: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: 12 to 2 pm
Where: Tool Shed Brewing Company – 801 30 St NE Unit 9, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $15

Farmers’ Market and Craft Fair

What: New Horizon Mall’s Farmers’ Market and Craft Fair features fresh fruit and craft vendors’ booth, live entertainment and more.

When: Saturday, December 29 to Sunday, December 30, 2018
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: New Horizon Mall – 260300 Writing Creek Crescent Rockyview County, Balzac
Tickets: Online, Free

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sunday Brunch at Fort Calgary

What: Enjoy a scrumptious brunch featuring fresh brunch classics like eggs benny, farm fresh sausage and bacon, house-made scones and more. Brunch includes admission to the museum.

When: Every Sunday to December 30, 2018
Time: 10 am
Where: Knox United Church – 506, 4th St. SW, Calgary
Price: Adults $30, children (5-12) $17, children under five free. Call 403-290-1875 to book.

Banff Gondola Mountaintop Christmas 2018

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Banff Gondola (hoodiexo/Instagram)

What: Christmas has truly come alive at the top of Sulphur Mountain, all thanks to Banff Gondola’s stunning Mountaintop Christmas event. From now until the end of December, the Banff Gondola has turned its sky-high destination into a Winter Wonderland, cookie decorating, star gazing, and a mulled wine bar.

When: Now until December 30, 2018
Time: 10 am to 8:30 pm from Wednesday to Sunday, and any day after December 20; 10 am to 4:30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Where: 100 Mountain Ave, Banff
Tickets: Available online, $58, or $64 at the gate. $49 admission after 5 pm

Calgary Hitmen vs Vancouver Giants

What: The Hitmen hit the ice against the Giants in WHL action at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Sunday, December 30, 2018
Time: 2 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Handcuff Comedy

What: Handcuff Comedy is a weekly stand-up comedy show at Juliet’s Castle presented by Dale Ward. Featuring touring headliners, local comedians, and more.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Juliet’s Castle –  440 16 Ave NE, Calgary
Admission: Free or pay-what-you-want

Beer and Yoga

What: Kat from Black Dog Yoga YYC leads a yoga session at Zero Issue Brewing on their last open day of 2018. Stretch and bend and melt away all those Christmas cookies and eliminate the stress of the season. Registration is $20 which includes the yoga session and a pint of the beer of your choice.

When: Sunday, December 30, 2018
Time: 11 am to 12 pm
Where: Zero Issue Brewing – 4210 12 St NE, Calgary
Register: email [email protected]

Firehouse Open Jam

What: The Langdon Firehouse Hosts an ongoing weekly Local Jam Night every Sunday, hosted by Local Smoke. All local musicians and bands are invited to perform.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 4 to 8 pm
Where: Langdon Firehouse Bar & Grill – 716 Centre Street N, Calgary
Admission: Free

ZORRO: Family Code

ZORRO: Family Code (Arts Common)

ZORRO: Family Code (Arts Common)

What: A swashbuckling, adventure-filled comedy about family, honour and choosing the mark you want to leave on the world. When Zorro’s arch nemesis, Capitán Juan Ramon, escapes a California prison and flees across the ocean to a tiny Spanish town – the masked crusader is hot on his heels, ready to see justice served once and for all. But nothing can prepare our ageing hero for an encounter with a mysterious swashbuckler who also calls themselves “Zorro.”

When: Now to Sunday, December 30, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 215 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Devery Bess Drag Brunch

What: Devery Bess presents an all ages Drag Brunch, showcasing local Calgarian drag talent.

When: Sunday, December 30, 2018
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Upper Deck Public House – 1104 6 Avenue Southwest #201, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $12


What: Blackout kicks off Electric Winter Nights with a special performance featuring Headhunterz, with support by Titus1, Unoriginated, and James Bayliss

When: Sunday, December 30, 2018
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Palace Theatre – 219 8 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $35-$40

Winter CARnival in Gasoline Alley Museum

What: Enjoy the fun of winter, minus the boots, parka and mitts at Winter CARnival in Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park. Enjoy all sorts of family-friendly winter-themed games, indoors, such as floor curling, snowball toss and table hockey. Make your own snow fort and explore the museum while on a Snowbizz scavenger hunt! Games and crafts for the entire family.

When: Daily from now to Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Gasoline Alley Museum – Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary
Admission: Regular Gasoline Alley admission rates apply.

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