30 things to do in Calgary this weekend: February 15 to 18

Feb 12 2019, 8:36 am

Happy Family Day weekend, everyone! Here are 30 great events in Calgary on Friday, February 15, Saturday, February 16, Sunday, February 17, and Monday, February 18. Halfpipe World Cup, Lloyd’s Legacy Skate, and more.

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

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Friday, February 15

Calgary Zoo’s In the Heat of the Night 2019

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Dinner date at the Calgary Zoo (Armand Flores of Profolio Photography)

What: Admission to In the Heat of the Night will include a four-course meal, an on-site photographer to capture all the magic, and romantic games throughout the night. Given that you are at the zoo, after all, the night will also feature information about romance in the wild, and how it differs (or doesn’t) from the way humans fall in love.

When: Now to Friday, February 15, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Enmax Conservatory, Calgary Zoo — 210 St. George’s Drive NE
Tickets: Available online, $115 each

Calgary Hitmen vs Medicine Hat Tigers

What: The Hitmen take on the Tigers at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Friday, February 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Tickets: Online

2019 FIS Freeski & Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup

What: See the world’s top freeski and snowboard halfpipe athletes compete at the 2019 FIS Freeski & Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup. Plus enjoy DJ parties, a pancake breakfast on Saturday, and more.

When: Now to February 16, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park
More Info: Online

Fort Calgary Presents: Black & White Movie Nights – Double Indemnity

What:Join Fort Calgary in the Burnswest Theatre for a night at the movies. Grab snacks and a cocktail at this licensed event, and enjoy a classic black and white movie in Fort Calgary’s newly renovated theatre. Complimentary museum admission included with your ticket to Double Indemnity.

When: Friday, February 15, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, movie at 7 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $15

Michelle Shaughnessy

What: Michelle Shaughnessy has appeared on The Comedy Network, CBC, and MTV. She has also performed in the Sudbury Comedy Festival, Moncton Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Fest and Halifax Comedy Fest.

When: Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm and 10 pm
Where: The Laugh Shop at Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Saturday, February 16

Family FISH-tival

What: Visit Investigation Stations to learn about Alberta’s fish, wildlife and winter recreation. Enjoy snowshoeing, marshmallow roasting, family fishy games and more.

When: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 10 to 4 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE
Cost: Indoor activities: $5/person (Children 3 and under – FREE), Outdoor Activities FREE

GLOW – Downtown Winter Light Festival

What: An annual family-friendly light and music festival in the heart of downtown Calgary. This all-ages event welcomes everyone to warm up winter’s darkest days, and experience one-of-a-kind interactive light displays, art, entertainment, food trucks and activities.

When: Now to February 18, 2019
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Downtown Calgary: see website for exact locations
Admission: FREE

Buttermilk Pop-up



What: The much-loved purveyor is officially opening a pop-up located at 1919 4th Street SW in Mission, the former home of Belle Southern Kitchen + Bar. Buttermilk’s pop-up will run every Friday to Sunday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. The space can seat 80 people at a time, and the menu offers patrons some serious comfort food at lowered prices. Eats available here will include southern grub like chicken fried steak and waffles, mac and cheese, buckets of drumsticks, and pitchers of beer to name a few.

Where: Every Friday to Sunday
Time: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W., Calgary

Little Modern Market Winter Edition 2019

What: The Little Modern Market is coming back for its winter edition, and will be featuring more than 50 vendors at the south Calgary event. Whether you’re looking for original artwork, hand-knit clothing, delicious drinks, or some new bling, there’s plenty of small and locally-owned shops that will be represented at the market.

When: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: The Official Rally Pointe Volleyball Club – 11511 35th Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: $5 per person at the door, kids 14 and under are free

Valentine’s Singles Party

What: Enjoy delicious Mexican food, Valentine’s specials and live DJs at TROPICALYYC’s Valentine’s Singles Party.

When: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 2 am
Where: Tropicalyyc – 1424 17th avenue SW Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10

Curator’s Tour of Before Digital with Mary-Beth Laviolette

What: Illingworth Kerr Gallery Curator Mary-Beth Laviolette will tour visitors through the exhibition to facilitate discussion about the works on display and answer questions.

When: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 11 an to 12 pm
Where: Illingworth Kerr Gallery – 1407- 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: Online, Free

Lloyd’s Legacy Skate 2019

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Woman roller skating/Shutterstock

What: Hosted by the Roller Recreation Association (RRA), the event invites skaters of all levels out to Don Hartman NE Sportsplex for a night of cruising, dancing, and showing off your stuff.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blades or skates out to the double gymnasium-turned-roller-rink, though noted that there are limited $5 rentals available for those who need them — however it is suggested that you get there earlier in the night to snag a pair, as they’re expected to go fast.

When: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 8 pm to midnight
Where: Don Hartman NE Sportsplex — 5206 68th Street NE
Tickets: Available online, $10 per person, or $20+ for families

Peppa Pig at the Calgary Zoo

What: To celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig, the Calgary Zoo will be hosting characters from Treehouse’s, Peppa Pig. Peppa and her younger brother George will be spending Family Day Weekend, February 16th and 17th, with their Calgarian fans as part of their Chinese New Year celebrations. The costume characters will be taking photos and meeting fans, and have brought plenty of activities with them.

When: Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Enmax Conservatory, Calgary Zoo — 210 St. George’s Drive NE
More Info: Online

Derek Seguin and Kathleen McGee

What: Derek Seguin is a Top Comic winner, a comedy festival favourite, a regular on CBC’s “The Debaters” and has appeared on numerous Just For Laughs galas. He’ll be joined by Kathleen McGee.

When: Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Calgary – 218 18 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

African Influence at The GRAND

What: Connect and celebrate culture with The GRAND during Black History Month. Enjoy an evening of spoken word, drumming, film, dance performance, and a late-night DJ keeping the dancing and drinks going. Everyone is welcome.

When: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 8 pm to 12:30 am
Where: THE GRAND – 608 1 St SW, Calgary
Register: Online, $17

Sunday, February 17


Humans/Lauren D Zbarsky

What: Vancouver’s HUMANS return to Calgary on their Going Late tour with Smalltown DJs and special guests.

When: Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20 plus fees


What: This is Alberta’s only photography festival and it’s coming to Calgary for the month of February. Check out photography exhibitions at galleries around the city, get your portfolio reviewed by professionals, and participate in exciting workshops as you let your inner photographer become instantly inspired.

When: Now to February 28, 2019
When: Various times
Where: Various locations around the city
Tickets: Varies per event, many are free


What: Maurice Pialat’s 1980 film Loulou casts emergent stars Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu as ill-suited and combative lovers from what one might call opposite sides of the track. The presentation of Loulou will include a short introduction and lecture by Calgary Cinematheque board member Jason Wierzba.

When: Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Calgary Central Library – 800 3 St SE Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Joy of Painting with Certified Bob Ross Instructor Tracey Leigh Crozier

What: Unleash your inner artist for a few hours and share the joy of painting with Tracey Leigh Crozier, a Certified Bob Ross Landscape/Seascape Oil Painting Instructor at Kensington Art Supply. Beginners are welcome, no experience required. All supplies provided.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Kensington Art Supply & Instruction – 6999 11 Street Southeast #120, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $95

BARE: A Pop Opera

What: The Honest Collective presents BARE: A Pop Opera by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo. Bare is a coming-of-age musical that follows a group of teens as they wrestle with their identities, sexuality, religion, and even a little bit of Shakespeare, in a co-ed Catholic boarding school.

When: Various dates from now to Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Living Spirit United Church – 629 49th Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $25

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer/Vancouver Civic Theatres

What: The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer are relentless touring artists known for their high-energy, sweaty, dance-floor-boogying performances. They have recently toured the UK with St. Paul & The Broken Bones, the EU with Dr. Dog and XIXA and the US with Tinariwen. They have also shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Booker T Jones, Mother Mother, The Sheepdogs, and Serena Ryder and have played their fair share of festivals including: Winnipeg Folk Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest, Calgary Folk Fest, Montréal Jazz Fest, Vancouver Jazz Fest, Festival D’Été de Québec, and Regina Folk Festival.

When: Friday, February 15, Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: King Eddy YYC – 438 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Film Presents: 2019 OscarⓇ Nominated Shorts

What: Calgary Film invites Calgarians to enjoy this year’s Oscar-nominated short films. Nominated short film nominees in all three categories (Animated, Live Action, and Documentary Short Subject) will screen at Globe Cinema.

When: Friday, February 15, Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

WowFest Magic Spectacular

What: Astonishing magic and comedy for adults and teens. Starring the illusions of Michael Berends, featuring Aytahn Ross of the Acme Circus, plus more magical guests.

When: Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge – 11300 Rocky Ridge Road N.W., Calgary
Tickets: Online


What: An exploration of consent, accountability, memory and attraction. Jordan, Aiden’s ex, shows up at Aiden’s apartment to confront her about the allegation that Jordan sexually assaulted her two years ago. This new play by Albertan playwright Elena Eli Belyea will be staged featuring an opposite-sex and same-sex couple on alternate nights.

When: Various dates from now to Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Big Secret Theatre, Arts Commons – 225 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $25

Sundays Are A Drag

What: Knoxville’s YYC welcomes some of the world’s top drag stars for Sundays Are A Drag! Featuring The Vixen from Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 10, hosted by Visa Deklein and Valentina Bitton, with a special performance by Elektra Kute.

When: Sunday, February 17, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: Knoxville’s YYC 840 9 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Monday, February 18

Parks Canada Presents: A Beary, Berry Good Day

What: Join illustrator, Stéfanie Gignac, and author, Laurie Schwartz, to see Banff National Park’s storybook, “A Beary, Berry Good Day” brought to life in a puppet show. Then, stick around to discover amazing bear facts with Laurie.

When: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 9:30 am and 2 pm
Where: Banff Centre – Max Bell 253
Tickets: Online, Free

GLOW – Downtown Winter Light Festival

What: An annual family-friendly light and music festival in the heart of downtown Calgary. This all-ages event welcomes everyone to warm up winter’s darkest days, and experience one-of-a-kind interactive light displays, art, entertainment, food trucks and activities.

When: February 14 to 18, 2019
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Downtown Calgary: see website for exact locations
Admission: FREE

Family Fun Day at Eau Claire Market

What: Spend family day at Eau Claire Market. This free, family event includes a Care Bear Dance Party, children’s crafts, face painting, balloon animals, carnival games and an interactive reptile display and more.

When: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 11 am
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
Admission: Free

Calgary Flames vs Arizona Coyotes

Image: Calgary Flames / Twitter

What: The Calgary Flames hit the ice against the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Family Quest at Gasoline Alley

What: Bring the whole family to Gasoline Alley for a custom built Family Day adventure. Build a racer and go head to head in a little friendly family competition on our downhill drag strip. Test your skill as a digital car designer. Scavenge parts to create the vehicle of your dreams that’s yours to take home.

When: Now to Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Gasoline Alley Museum – 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary
Admission: $5.70 to $11

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