25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: January 4 to 6

Dec 31 2018, 2:48 pm

The first weekend of the new year is here! Enjoy these 25 great events in Calgary on Friday, January 4, Saturday, January 5, and Sunday, January 6. The Motorcycle Show, Southwood Winter Festival, and more.

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

Friday, January 4

The 2019 Motorcycle Show

Motorcycle (Jag_ca / Shutterstock)

What: A new event is occurring every day from stunting to drag racing and is perfect for those who are into motorcycles. See all of the latest products, services, and gear while touring around.

When: Friday, January 4 to Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $13 for adults, $11 for kids (6 to 14) and $12 for seniors (over 65)

Calgary Hitmen vs Red Deer Rebels

What: Calgary Hitmen take the ice versus the Red Deer Rebels at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Friday, January 4, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

What’s up With Urban Wildlife

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: Friday, January 4, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission.

ICED 2019: Dripping in Diamonds

What: The 23rd annual ICED: Dripping in Diamond features RuPaul Drag Race: All Stars Trinity the Tuck, Naomi Smalls and AJA. Kick the night off with Calgary’s premier salons and an Avant Garde Hair Show.

When: Friday, January 4, 2019
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where: Cowboys Dance Hall – 421 12th Ave. SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $19-$149

Real Canadian Wrestling’s New Year’s Revolution

What: Real Canadian Wrestling’s New Year’s Revolution features a return grudge match between Matt Hart versus Raj Singh, Zack Mercury versus Sydney Steele, Barricade versus Scotley Crue, and more.

When: Friday, January 4, 2018
Time: 7:45 to 10 pm
Where:Royal Canadian Legion – 116-7th Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20-$24

Saturday, January 5

Super Scene at Loose Moose

What: Loose Moose’s performers try to direct an entire improvised play with hilarious results. Four or five performers each direct the first part of an improvised play. The audience then votes for their favorite, and the director and players with the least number of votes is eliminated. After each subsequent round there is another elimination until one improvised play is complete and one director is victorious.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 8 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – Second Floor -1235 – 26th Ave. SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Mini Pop Kids

What: The Mini Pop Kids bring their Take Flight Tour to Calgary with special guests Absolute Dance.

When: Saturday, January 5, 2018
Time: 2 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $29.99 plus fees

Barbarian Movie Night

What: Dickens Pub’s Barbarian Movie Night is back to swing some swords (terribly) at the new year. Featuring another trio of bewildering tales to keep the attendees all entertained. There will be no cover all night plus a free cone of popcorn for everybody who shows up.

When: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Dickens Pub – 1000 9 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Southwood Winter Festival

What: Southwood’s Winter Festival returns with skating and shinny, sleigh rides, Butterfield Acres petting zoo, face painting, games, crafts and more. Bring an instrument and join in a community jam session. And don’t forget to bring along a donation for the Calgary Food Bank.

When: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Where: Southwood Community Association – 11 Sackville Drive SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Hitmen vs Medicine Hat Tigers

October 5

Image: Calgary Hitmen / Twitter

What: The Hitmen face off with the Tigers at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Chris Powell

What: Chris “Comedian CP” Powell had recurring roles on Detroiters and Empire, starting pre-production for a pilot he’s writing and starring in for Adult Swim, performed on All Def Comedy on HBO, created and starred in The D, a pilot for TBS, and hosted MTV2’s clip series World Star TV.

When: Now to January 5, 2019
Time: 7:30 and 10 pm
Where: The Laugh Shop at Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Music Video Dance Party

What: The Rec Room’s music video dance party features some of the best videos from the ’80s, ’90s, 2000s and today. Time to show off your best dance moves!

When: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Rec Room Calgary – 1180 – 901 64 Avenue NE, Calgary,
Admission: Free

Free Class Day at Free Spirit Dance

What:A full day of free classes at Free Spirit Dance. Try out Beach Body Barre, Hip Hop Beginner, Zumba and more.

When: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Free Spirit Dance – 112 16 Ave NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Baby New Year’s Pinball Tourney

What: Pin-Bar’s first full room tournament of 2019. Prizes for top players in various categories. All ages are welcome.

When: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Pin-Bar – 501 17th Ave S.W, Calgary
Admission: $15 for adults $5 for junior division


What: Breathe Parkour Calgary’s annual party. Earn your spot in this year’s Speed Comp with their Parkour Olympic Challenges and race to the finish on this year’s course. Categories for Ages 6-10, 11-15, and 16+. All skill levels welcome.

When: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Breathe Parkour Calgary – #131 – 10550 42 Street SE, Calgary,
Price: $10 to compete, $12.50 for audience members

Sunday, January 6

Calgary Roughnecks vs Colorado Mammoth

What: The Calgary Roughnecks take on the Colorado Mammoth at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: 1 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows

What: This two-kilometre drive through in Spruce Meadows is lit up so festively that it’s undeniably special for anybody to see.

When: Now to Sunday, January 6, 2018
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

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.

Unboxed at TELUS Spark

Image: Robin Font

What: Enjoy special activities at TELUS Spark that will have you seeing your holiday recyclables in a whole new light. Cardboard Playground, Giant Snowglobe, and more. Plus, ring in the New Year with their family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve bubble wrap dance party on December 31.

When: Now to Sunday, January 6, 2018
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Music for a 12th Night

What: Over the past 17 years, Legacy Kitchen’s annual benefit concert has raised over 1 million dollars for Calgary charities. All proceeds from the 2019 ‘Music for a 12th Night’ concert will benefit Investing Hope Foundation, an Opportunity International partner serving the working poor.

When: Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Mt Royal University Bella Concert Hall – 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $29.93

Light Up Haysboro Skate Party

What: The skate shack and concession will be available from January 4 to 6th. Plus bring a potluck food items for the Community Feast-a-val from 4 t0 6 pm.

When: Now to Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: 12 to 7 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 to 4 pm Sunday
Where: Haysboro Community – 1204-89th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Calgary Book Club: January Meet-up

What: The next meet-up of the Wild Woman Book Club features Brene Brown’s “Dare to Lead”. 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, January 6, 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, January 6 and 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

Traditional Irish Music Session

What: Enjoy a Traditional Irish Music Session with the Irish lads and lassies at Oak Tree Tavern. Children are welcome.

When: Daily until Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Oak Tree Tavern – Level 2, 124 10 St NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Cake Nite

What: Unleash your inner cake decorator at Cake Nite by Classy Cakes & Cookies. During this 90 minute class attendees will learn how to prepare, store, and use white chocolate mirror glaze. A wide variety of decorations will be provided to let your imagination run wild. You will also learn basic piping techniques to finish off your designs. And yes you get to keep and eat your cake.

When: Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26 Avenue Southeast Calgary
Tickets: Online, $35-$100

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