25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: January 25 to 27

Jan 21 2019, 3:40 pm

The last weekend of January is here! Fill yours up with these 25 things to do in Calgary on Friday, January 25, Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27. Glow Party, Dierks Bentley, and more.

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

Friday, January 25

Banff Musicians in Residence Open Concert Featuring Brendan Canning

What: Join Brendan Canning and participants from theBanff Musicians In Residence program for an evening of musical exploration.

When: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Club at The Banff Centre – St Julien Way, Banff
TicketsOnline, free

Calgary Glow Party 2019

What: The Calgary Glow Party will be taking over Knoxville’s Tavern with upbeat music, laser lights, and LED sticks on Friday, January 25. Knoxville’s Tavern, typically a modern country bar, will be converted into a high-energy dance floor featuring hip hop, house, EDM, and top 40 music. Event-goers will have access to complimentary glow sticks and a professional photographer will be onsite to capture all the action.

When: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 10 pm to 3 am
Where: Knoxville’s Tavern — 840 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Starting at $10, available online

Snowed In Comedy Tour


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What: Five international comedians come together for the Snowed In Comedy Tour. Featuring Just for Laughs winner Dan Quinn, Great Canadian Laugh Off winner Paul Myrehaug, five-time Canadian Comedian of the year nominee Pete Zedlacher, Arj Barker from HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, and three-time female comedian of the year Debra DiGiovanni.

When: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Robbie Burns Bash 2019

What: The event features Scots-inspired food from various Calgary restaurants including Teatro, The Nash, Rouge, The King Eddy and Lukes, plus beer, wine and scotch tastings, all in support of The Alex Community Health Centre. In partnership with East Village, 18+ only.

When: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: St. Louis Hotel – 430 8 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $60

Big Winter Classic

What: A celebration of some of the best music, art and local beer that Alberta has to offer. Featuring performances by Bison, Terra Lightfoot, and many more.

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Saturday, January 26

Dierks Bentley

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What: Country star Dierks Bently is coming to Calgary this January for his Burning Man Tour. Along with him on tour will be special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Towns, and Hot Country Knights.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Silver Springs 13th Annual LEGO Competition

What: View LEGO at its best made from people in the Silver Springs community ages two to 102. For those who love LEGO, why not join in the LEGO Completion. Space is limited so get your entry in early.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: Public viewing from 12 to 2 pm
Where: 5720 Silver Ridge Drive NW
Price: $5 entry fee to build (register online), free entry for public viewing

Après Le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues

What: Lounge lizard Buddy Cole from famed Kids in the Hall makes a return to the limelight in an evening of humorous monologues. Scott Thompson has been creating and performing monologues as Buddy for stage and screen appearances for over 30 years. Buddy is a world-weary, openly gay man, who is utterly unafraid to offer his dry takes on the most incendiary topics. He’s been a special correspondent for The Colbert Report at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and is currently on Vulture Magazine’s recent list of 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy.

When: Now to Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Big Secret Theatre – #21, 225 8th Ave SE (Second Floor) Arts Commons Calgary
Tickets: Online

An Intimate Evening with Royal Wood

What: A widely-acclaimed musician, Royal Wood has been featured on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, recipient of the iTunes Songwriter of the Year award, and JUNO-nominee for both the Songwriter of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year. As a headliner, he has graced the stages of Massey Hall in Toronto, Winspear Centre in Edmonton, and The Grand Theatre in Kingston, Ontario, and his music has been featured in episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and This is Wonderland.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Hammered Hamlet (Drunk Shakespeare)

What: What happens when Hamlet has a little too much to drink before swooning audiences with prose? Prepare yourself as part of the cast begins by consuming enough shots to trip even the most well-trained tongue.

When: Now to Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Royal Canadian Legion #1 – 116 7 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Tommy Savitt

What: Multi-award winning comedian, Tommy Savitt, has won 2007 Boston Comedy Festival, 2008 Seattle Comedy Competition, and was honored for the “Best In Comedy” category at the 2009, and 2012 LA Comedy Awards. Tommy has been seen on WGN’s “The Bob & Tom Show,” SI Tv’s “Funny is Funny,” Comcast On Demand’s “Man up, Stand-Up” on mav.tv and on JLTV’s “James and Sunda.”

When: Now to Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Laugh Shop at Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Cow Love

What: Hailing from France, Cow Love is an offbeat show that mixes dance, circus, and theatrical comedy. Using the universal language of laughter, audiences are taken on a wild journey that will captivate people of all ages.

When: Now to Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Pumphouse Theatre – 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW Calgary
Tickets: Online

Flamenco Tablao VI

What: Join Salero Caló Flamenco group for an intimate Flamenco performance of song, music and dance at Junction Stage and Bar. Come and enjoy this Spanish cultural evening while sipping on a glass of wine, savouring a tapa or delighting in a pre-show dinner to complete your cultural experience.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: Doors 5:30 pm, show 6:30 pm
Where: Junction – 628 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online


What: Front Row Centre Players presents Evita. Set in Argentina between 1934 and 1952, Evita charts the story of a young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to sainthood. With one of Lloyd Webber’s most-loved scores, combining Latin, jazz, pop and more traditional influences, Evita is a classic for the ages!

When: Now to Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Beddington Theatre Arts Centre – 375 Bermuda Dr NW, Calgary,
Tickets: Online

Panel One Comic Creator Festival Launch Party and Fundraiser

What: The launch party and fundraiser for the 2019 Panel One Comic Creator Festival. Featuring a performance by Ghost Factory, board games, D&D and more.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Annex Ale Project – 4323 1st Street S.E., Calgary
Admission: By donation, suggested $5

Sunday, January 27

Ice Magic Festival Banff 2019

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)

Calgary RV Expo & Sale

What: Explore the latest RV models and learn about the RVing lifestyle at the 50th Annual Calgary RV Expo & Sale.

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Hitmen vs Kooteney Ice


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What: The Hitmen face off with the Ice in WHL action at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Sunday, January 27, 2018
Time: 2 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

Scotiabank Backbeat presents: Science of Sound Series

What:Join the National Music Centre for the first installment in a new series presented by resident sound scientist Evan Rothery. The Science of Sound Series will pair musical instruments with the newest technology to gain a deeper understanding of what makes music tick. Included with admission.

When: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: National Music Centre 850 – 4 Street SE, Calgary
More Info: Online

The Search for Life Beyond Earth with astrobiologist Kevin Hand

What: Astrobiologist and Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand works with NASA to search for life beyond Earth. His mantra is, “follow the water,” has led to him investigate Europa, Jupiter’s fourth largest moon. Although his focus is a world millions of miles away, Hand also explores the extremes of Earth, like the north slope of Alaska and the glaciers of Mount Kilimanjaro, to see how microbes survive in harsh climates.

When: Sunday, January 27 and Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: 2 pm on Sunday, 7 pm on Monday
Where: Arts Commons – 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Bruce McCulloch with guest Cathy Jones

What: Alberta-born Bruce McCulloch is a 3-time Emmy Nominee for his work on the infamous Canadian classic sketch comedy show, The Kids in the Hall. As a director, he has helmed episodes of series including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Schitt’s Creek and Trailer Park Boys and wrote and starred in Young Drunk Punk, a biographical series that celebrated his own observations growing up in Calgary in the 1980s. Featuring special guest Cathy Jones from This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

When: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Bella Concert Hall – 18 Mt Royal Circle SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20-$42

BIG at Broken City! with Shout Out Out Out Out and guests!

What:  BIG & Broken City present the Big Winter Classic 2019 wrap-up. Featuring Mark Mills, Viva Non, The Octopus Project and Shout Out Out Out Out.

When: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: 5:15 to 11 pm
Where: Broken City – 613 11 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Shoe Project

What: The Shoe Project is a writing and performance workshop where immigrant women tell the stories of their journeys in Canada. Immigrant women are coached by veteran Canadian writers and theatre professionals. Writing and performing their shoe memoirs allows members to be heard in the Canadian mainstream. These powerful stories are bridges carrying us all to deeper understanding. Now in its sixth year, The Shoe Project was created by novelist Katherine Govier and incubated at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Calgary Central Library – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Free Brewery Tours at Red Bison Brewery

What: The tour starts off with an explanation of Red Bison’s name and why founder Steve started the brewery. Attendees will then see the homebrew system Steve used to brew beer on the balcony of his downtown Calgary condo, and talk about malt and how each of the flavours impact our recipes. After this, it’s a walk through our process for brew day and the fermentation process. Once the tour is complete, guests will be able to buy flights to try out beer and the kitchen is also open.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 1 pm
Where: Red Bison Brewery – 111, 3016 10 Ave NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

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