25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: February 1 to 3

Jan 31 2019, 7:38 am

February has arrived! Fill your weekend with these 27 things to do in Calgary on Friday, February 1, Saturday, February 2, and Sunday, February 3. La Poutine Week, Locked Library 2019, and more.

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

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Friday, February 1

La Poutine Week 2019

What: La Poutine Week kicks off all across Canada for the seventh time, and we can taste the squeaky cheese curd-goodness already. In the past, the annual week-long celebration of fries, curds, and gravy has seen hundreds of participating restaurants dish out original takes on the iconic Quebecois dish. The fest takes place during the first week of February for the dining public to eat and vote on their favourites before a winner is announced at the end of the week.

When: Friday, February 1 to Thursday, February 7, 2019,
Time: Various times
Where: Various restaurants
More Info: Online

Canmore Winter Carnival

What: Winter in the Rocky Mountains is truly magical and the Town of Canmore invites you to come celebrate this beautiful season with them. For two weeks there will be a variety of snowy, family friendly indoor and outdoor events happening throughout the town, such as Ice Carving Competitions, Log Sawing Competitions, a pooch parade, Snowy Owl Kid n Mutt Races and more.

When: February 1 to 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Throughout the town of Canmore
Cost: Varies per activity

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 to discover the wildlife that make their home right here in Calgary! Join in a large group activity at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm to discover how wildlife has adapted to city life with special guests from Alberta Parks. Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will be hosting an investigation station all about some furry and feathered friends you might find in our city. Hands on activities are designed for learners ages 2 and up.

When: The first Friday of every month.
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.

Locked Library 2019

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A woman enters into a book maze. (Calgary Public Library Foundation)

What: Locked Library is an event that will see teams of contestants entering New Central Library on February 1, trying to escape the newly-opened building within the allotted time. The event is expected to last up to two hours and will run from 7:30 to 9:30 pm — giving attendees a chance to experience the architecturally stunning building after hours. All proceeds go towards supporting the Calgary Public Library.

When: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: New Central Library — 800 3rd Street SE, Calgary
Admission: $42 per person (or $102 with a $60 tax receipt), registration available online

Calgary Hitmen vs Brandon Wheat Kings

What: The Hitmen take on the Wheat Kings on February 1 at the Stampede Corral.

When: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Stampede Corral
Tickets: Online

Saturday, February 2

Lunar New Year Festival 2019

What: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre hosts their annual Lunar New Year Festival celebration. There will be a marketplace, performances, and lantern and firecracker displays.

When: Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st Street SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

Hot Chocolate Fest

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What: YYC Hot Chocolate Fest is back again for another year, raising money for Calgary Meals on Wheels, while giving you the opportunity to sip upon a variety of creative hot chocolates throughout the city.

When: February 1 to 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various restaurants and cafe
More Info: Online

The Robber Bridegroom by the Brothers Grimm 

What: Jupiter Theatre and Chimera Theatre bring new life to this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale through puppetry and physical theatre in this dark adaptation that explores intuition and the uncertain nature of humanity. The Robber Bridegroom tells the tale of an impoverished miller who seeks a better life for his only daughter. To save the mill, they arrange for her marriage to a wealthy man from out of town. She wants to help her family and do what is right, but something wicked lurks in the woods where the bridegroom lives.

When: Now to Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vertigo Theatre – 115 9th Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Nikka Yuko Winter Lights Festival

What: Throughout the months of December, January, and February, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden comes alight with intricately places bulbs, casting a new glow on the already-astounding sights. Over 115,000 lights have been set up in a display that is sure to delight.

When: Select nights from now to February 2, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden — Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge
Tickets: Available online, $8

PARTICLE + Wave – Feature Night

What: On the feature night of PARTICLE + WAVE,  explore the many facets of media arts, including audio, video, animation and digital interfaces. Be immersed in media arts with performances incorporating projections and soundscapes that are mixed live before your eyes.

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Festival Hall – 1215 10 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $15

Calgary Roughnecks vs Vancouver Warriors

What: The Calgary Roughnecks take on the Vancouver Warriors in National Lacross League action at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

YYC Alternative Market

What: The YYC Alternative Market supports many talented local makers, artisans, small business owners, and designers by providing venues for them to showcase their passion and product. Family friendly and free.

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Inglewood Community Association Hall – 1740 24 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free


What: Calgary Opera’s Canadian premiere. Bad weather has affected this year’s climbing season, and now multiple expeditions are attempting to summit Everest on the same day. A bottleneck of climbers has delayed the progress of Rob Hall’s group, and he now finds himself near the top of the mountain with his client Doug Hansen, long after the agreed turnaround time has passed. Unbeknown to the two mountaineers, a ferocious storm is brewing below. Meanwhile, further down the mountain, another of Rob’s clients, Beck Weathers, lies unconscious as the storm rages around him. Everest the opera will move, inspire and enthrall you.

When: Saturday, February 2, Wednesday, February 6, Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Wedding Show



What: Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre showcases Calgary wedding professionals and their services, who will be offering promotions and prizes. There will also be wine tasting, and swag bags for the first 50 brides.

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 10:30 to 2:30 pm
Where: The Glenmore Inn & Convention Centre – 1000 Glenmore Court SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Circus! Science Under the Big Top

What: Come one, come all and discover the science behind circus at TELUS Spark. Bring your wildest expectations and unravel the secrets behind circus oddities, mysteries and puzzles with over 20 exhibits. This highly interactive exhibition is riddled with circus sights and sounds, ready to bring out the child in all of us.

When: Saturday, February 2 to Monday, March 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sunday, February 3

Calgary Book Club

Reading/ Shutterstock

What: The book club provides attendees with a monthly dose of literary discussion and meaningful conversations. Reading the book is encouraged, but not required. A complimentary Barre + Express class at will kick things off at 5 pm.

When: Sunday, February 3, 2019
Time: 6 to 7 pm
Where: Barre West – 7337 Macleod Trail #420 Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10

Queer Art Night

What: Run through the Calgary School of Informal Education, Queer Art Night with Selina is an inclusive evening once a month for anyone who identifies as queer to make art. It is a drop in event where you can make friends and be creative in a safe environment. Materials will be supplied for different projects each month, though the projects don’t have to be followed. Open to anyone, allies welcome.

When: Sunday, February 3, 2019
Time: 5 to 7:30 pm
Where: Calgary School of Informal Education – #101 223 12th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free, donations are welcome

Sashay Sunday Bingo & Drag Show

What: The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Chinook Arch and The Texas Lounge are teaming up for Drag Bingo followed by an amazing Drag Show. Money raised and/or donated will go to support the chosen charities for Reign 42: Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, Alberta & N.W.T Chapter, The SHARP Foundation, Inn from the Cold and HIV Community Link.

When: Sunday, February 3 and 17, 2019
Time: Bingo at 4 pm, Drag Show at 7 pm
Where: The Texas Lounge – 308 B 17th avenue S.W, Calgary
More Info: Online

PJ Masks Live! Save the Day

What: The hit Disney Junior children’s animated show PJ Masks save the day in a live show at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

When: Sunday, February 3, 2019
Time: Doors 1 pm, show 2 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary,
Tickets: Online

Cowboys Super Bowl LIII Bash

tom brady patriots

Image: NFL / Twitter

What: Cowboys Super Bowl LIII Bash is hosted by former Calgary Stampeder and Grey Cup Champion Nik Lewis. This year Cowboys offers attendees three ways to celebrate: a Backyard Boozy Brunch, Madden ’19 Tournament and the Tailgate and Viewing Party.

When: Sunday, February 3, 2019
Time: Starts at 12 pm
Where: Cowboys Dance Hall – 421 12 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Fort Knox Five with Duplex and MollyFi

What: Fort Knox Five is known for bending genres and using a broad range of musical elements in their creation of highly original music. This approach ultimately pioneered a funky scene where FK5 continues to top charts today. Featuring support by Duplex and MollyFi.

When: Sunday, February 3, 2019
Time: 9:30 pm
Where: The Hifi Club – 219 10 Ave SW, Calgary,
Tickets: Online, $12

Shakespeare in Love

What: Adapted from the Oscar-winning movie by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love will delight and inspire as only the poetry and art of Shakespeare can

When: February 1 to February 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Pumphouse Theatre – 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Firefighter Storytime

Fire Chief Steve, Calgary-Fire Department / Photo by CPL Bryce Maruk

What: Read a story with a local firefighter and then, availability permitting, take a tour of a working fire engine.

When: Sunday, February 3, 2019
Time: 2 to 2:30 pm
Where: Various locations
More Info: Online

A Day at the Movies!

What: Project Nightlight is registered to become a non-profit organization focused on breaking the silence around mental health and normalizing thoughts and feelings to create stronger foundations for families. After a short presentation regarding the non-profit’s purpose and outlook, along with a mindfulness practice by the Orenda Society, there will be a screening of The Princess Bride.

When: Sunday, February 3, 2019
Time: 2:45 to 6 pm
Where: Plaza Theatre 1133 Kensington Road Northwest Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Just So Stories

What: The Loose Moose Theatre Company makes going to theatre an experience that is truly magical for children 4 – 10 years old, as well as fun and entertaining for parents. A selection of fictional and fanciful stories about the origin of various things including The Elephant’s Child (How the Elephant Got Their Trunk), The Cat That Walked by Himself, and How the First Letter Was Written.

When: Every Saturday and Sunday in February
Time: 1 to 2 pm on Saturday, 1 to 2 pm and 3 to 4 pm on Sunday
Where: Loose Moose Theatre for Kids – 1235 – 26th Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $14

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