25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: January 18 to 20

Jan 15 2019, 3:55 am

Find your weekend vibes with our list of 25 things to do in Calgary on Friday, January 18, Saturday, January 19, and Sunday, January 20. Music at the Movies, PSAC STARS & Spurs Gala, and more.

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

Friday, January 18

Music at the Movies Wolfgang Patron Programme event

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Wolfgang patron programme (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra)

What: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s first Wolfgang Patron Programme performance of  2019 will be a concert titled: Music of the Movies: Avengers, Frozen, Titanic, and more. Members of the program will be able to meet, greet, and converse over cocktails as well as hear some of their favourite movie soundtracks performed live.

When: Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall — 225 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Available online, $50+, or membership with the Wolfgang Patron Programme

Calgary Flames vs Detroit Red Wings

What: The Flames face off Red Wings at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Cafe Daughter

What: In 1950’s small-town Saskatchewan, nine-year-old half-Chinese, half-Cree Yvette Wong struggles to find her in place in a small-minded community until an unexpected ally helps set her on a path that’s destined for greatness. Based on the life of Chinese-Canadian and Cree Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, Café Daughter tells an uplifting story of finding yourself and defining your place in the world against all odds.

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 215 – 8th Ave SE, Arts Commons, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Megan Hamilton

What: Megan Hamilton is a producer and vocalist out of Minneapolis. With her debut on Bristol’s Ghetto Funk, Hamilton brings a European influence to funk. Featuring special guests FunkinRight, Ninjette, Dirty Leroy Brown, and Rabbyt.

When: Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where:  Junction – 628 8th Ave SW Calgary, Alberta
Tickets: Online, $15

Heroes and Villains

What: Heroes and Villains: a sneak-peek inside the Studio is the first chance for audiences to get a look at Imagine Performing Arts’ brand new Disney revue. With 35 songs spanning over 80 years, this production takes audiences on a journey through the wonderful worlds, characters and songs, plus the life and struggles of Walt Disney himself.

When: Friday, January 18 to Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Theatre – Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge – 11300 Rocky Ridge Road NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Saturday, January 19

Ice Magic Festival Banff 2019


Ice Magic Festival (Banff Tourism)

What: The Ice Magic Festival hosts 10 teams of two in a competition to create the most stunningly shiny work of frozen art. The artwork will then be on display until the end of the festival on January 27, accompanied by live DJs and nighttime lighting displays. Snowshoeing, skiing, ice skating, and sleigh riding could also fill your days – while you aren’t sitting cozily by the fire, that is – as Banff is home to many great wintertime activities.

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Times vary, check schedule for details
Where: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise
Tickets: Online, $9.99 (tickets only needed for weekend days, weekdays are free to attend)

The Bash

What: The Bash showcases some of the most innovative, and trend-setting wedding creatives you can find in Calgary.

When: January 19 and 20, 2019
Time: 6 pm (Saturday), 11 am (Sunday)
Where: Hudson 6th Floor – 200 8 Avenue SW, Calgary
TicketsOnline, $30

Third Annual Women’s March YYC

What: The theme for the 2019 Women’s Marches around the world is Ending Violence Against Women. Everyone is welcome at the Women’s March YYC. The event is accessible, open, and inclusive, and will happen snow or shine.

When: Saturday January 19, 2019
Time: 12 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: Banker’s Hall – 315 8 Ave SW, Calgary
More Info: Online


What: From the director of Mump & Smoot and creator of The Pochsy Plays. A perfect little coach house turns into a real-life nightmare in Karen Hines’ comic, Kafkaesque tale about the darker side of home ownership. Inspired by true events, Crawlspace moves past “cautionary” as it snakes through the brutal battleground of the contemporary real estate, decorative twig orbs and the transcendence of the human soul.

When: Now to Sunday, January 19, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Studio at The Grand – 3rd Floor, 608 – 1st Street SW Calgary,
Tickets: Online

Amore! by Quartetto Gelato

What: Join Quartetto Gelato – the highly unusual classical quartet with oboe, cello, accordion and violin – for Amore!, an evening dedicated to romance featuring classics like Bésame Mucho, La Vie en rose and O sole mio. With Peter De Sotto (tenor, violin), Charles Cozens (accordion), Colin Maier (oboe) and Kirk Starkey (cello).

When: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall – Rosza Centre – 206 University Ct NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $19-$26

Live Your Prime, With Damien Frost

What: A world premiere from the creative force that brought you Ilsa Queen of the Nazi Love Camp, Calgary, I Love You, But You’re Killing Me, and last year’s Rodeo fan favourite cabaret Moon, Moon, No Moon; comes to an all-new comedic journey that takes you behind the scenes of self-help gurus and the trials of ageing with (or without) grace. If getting old is getting old for you, join Damien Frost, his son Damien Junior and his wife Darlene as they share with you the secrets of how to LIVE YOUR PRIME. In several easy payments, of course.

When: Now to January 19, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BIG SECRET THEATRE #21, 225 8th Ave SE (Second Floor) Arts Commons Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Babes Who Brunch

The January edition of Calgary Babes Who Brunch features Mandy Balak, CEO + Founder of The Ace Class. Plus enjoy a networking event and delicious brunch time eats and sips. Michelle Berg of Elevated HR will be hosting the special occasion.

When: Saturday, January 19, 2018
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Where: Murrieta’s Bar & Grill – 200-808 1 Street SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $50-$60

Alberta Spotlight: Karella with JusWata and Drew Atlas

What: The National Music Centre presents Edmonton soul-soca singer Karella and The Kalabash Band as part of the Alberta Spotlight series. Karella is a DJ, producer, singer and actress originally from Trinidad, but now based in Edmonton. Featuring openers JusWata Muzik and Drew Atlas.

When: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: King Eddy YYC – 438 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

25th Annual PSAC STARS & Spurs Gala

What:For the past 25 years, The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) has hosted this signature fundraiser for STARS air ambulance. The event brings together industry leaders for a western-themed night of great food, live entertainment, and dancing along with live and silent auctions. Live entertainment featuring George Canyon, Gord Bamford and Aaron Pritchett.

When: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm to 12 am
Where: Hall E, BMO Centre, Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Duke Robillard Acoustic Trio

What: Duke Robillard comes to Calgary with his acoustic trio, performing acoustic takes on songs spanning his illustrious 50 year career in blues, including several selections from The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard, which won the 2016 Blues Music Awards Acoustic Blues Album of the Year. Duke also has two GRAMMY nominations and has performed alongside Bob Dylan, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Tom Waits, just to name a few.

When: Friday, January 18 to Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Engineered Air Theatre – 234 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sunday, January 20

Calgary Hitmen vs Red Deer Rebel


Image: Calgary Saddledome / Shutterstock

What: Calgary Hitmen face off with the Red Deer Rebels at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Kawiarenka z Krakusami

What: Come experience amazing Polish Food at Krakusy Polish Folk Dance Association’ annual Kawiarenka z Krakusami. Taste authentic Polish Cousine like Pierogi and Bigos, as well as some desserts like Pączki and Bułeczki! Zapraszamy.

When: Sunday, January 20, 2018
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where:  Krakusy Polish Folk Dance Association – 3015 15 St NE, Calgary
More Info: Online


What: Olena Kilchyk, cellist extraordinaire, and Kathleen van Mourik, pianist and co-Artistic Director of The Mountain View Festival of Song and Chamber Music, performs live at Instrumental Society of Calgary.

When: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Where: St. Stephen’s Anglican Church – 1121 14 Avenue Southwest Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Kombucha Workshop

What: Class includes discussion covering why you want to drink kombucha, why you might not want to drink kombucha, a step-by-step demonstration of batch and continuous brew kombucha, recipes, tastings and a scoby with starter liquid to take home. Continuous brew crocks are available for an additional $60.

When: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Where: Cornerstone Music Cafe – 14919 Deer Ridge Drive Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $47

Sunday Opera Brunch – Everest

What: Sunday Opera Brunch offers an intimate setting to hear opera selections performed by cast members of upcoming productions. Enjoy a delicious buffet at the Calgary Petroleum Club, while enjoying beautiful singing.

When: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: 11:30 am
Where: Calgary Petroleum Club – 319 5th Avenue S.W., Calgary
Tickets: Online

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, January 20, 2019
Time: Bingo at 4 pm, Drag Show at 7 pm
Where: The Texas Lounge – 308 B 17th avenue S.W, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Jerry Cans

What: Iqaluit’s The Jerry Cans perform at The Gateway with guests Josh Q and The Trade-offs, and The Ashley Hundred

When: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Gateway – Calgary SAIT Campus Centre – V203, 1301 16th Avenue, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo

What: 2019 marks the 7th year of the Calgary Zoo Penguin Walk. The king penguin colony heads out on zoo grounds for a daily enrichment walk in the winter months and visitors get to experience the fun. This program allows visitors to get an up close look at the group of King Penguins as they explore, exercise, and waddle their way through the zoo. This is a free-choice activity for the penguins, and is subject to weather conditions.

When: Now to March 2019 (weather permitting)
Time: 11 am daily
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary
More Info: Online

TB Weekends: Family Edition

What: An interactive jazz music concert, a solo tap dance performance and mini lesson, and an interactive visual art project for children. Featuring performers Music With Mandy and Alicia Ward, with visual art project leader Natalie Lauchlan.

When: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: 3 pm
Where: Evergreen Community Spaces – 1709 8 Avenue NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20

Rawmaste: Make Your Cake and Eat It, Too!

What: Learn the basics in ingredients, equipment, and core principles to eating raw with owner of Rawmaste, plant-based pastry chef, Sky Hutchins. Learn how to achieve colours and tones through superfoods, decorative details with flowers, nuts, and jams, and pipe flowers with raw plant based cashew butter cream, and more.

When: Sunday, January 20, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Dandelion Gallery – 1048 8 St SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $65

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