11 FREE things to do in Calgary this January

Jan 10 2017, 6:30 pm

Written for Daily Hive by Kylee Williams

Well, the time has come to put away your Christmas decorations and to start making some empty promises consisting of dieting and exercising to kick off the New Year.

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You’re in luck though, because we understand that the transition out of the holiday season can be a complete readjustment.

So, here’s a list of 11 things that you can do for free this January. Stay warm, stay safe, and have a low-budget January!

Killarney-Glengarry Winter Wonderland Skating Party

Killarney is kicking off the New Year the way it should be, with a party. Head on over and expect to receive free hot chocolate and snacks while lacing up your skates, because the party begins on the rink. If that hasn’t convinced you to check it out, there will also be face painting, a movie, and an appearance from the Calgary Flames’ very own, Harvey the Hound. A guaranteed great time for all ages, this skating party is the perfect way to ring in the New Year with some loved ones.

Where: Killarney-Glengarry Community Association – 2828 28th Street SW

When: January 15 from 4 to 7pm

Go For A Walk in One of Calgary’s Parks

It may be too late to take photos for your Christmas card, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your camera along to go for a walk in some of the most beautiful places in Calgary. Whether you decide to head over to Fish Creek Provincial Park, Bowness Park or many others, going for a walk is a great way to stay active this winter while also getting some fresh air. Here is a list of some parks in Calgary that are worth visiting this month.

Live Music at Café Koi

Watching a musician preform or participating in an open mic night at Café Koi is undoubtedly a great way for you to let loose and take your mind off of the viciously cold weather Calgary is experiencing at the moment. If you’re looking to hear some great music right away, head over this Friday for Hayden McHugh’s album release.

To look at Café Koi’s music calendar for this January click here.

Where: Café Koi, 1101 1 st Street SW

When: January 13 from 8pm to 11pm

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

Let the 6th Annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest commence! If the promise of free hot chocolate isn’t quite enough to motivate you to stop by, hopefully the fact that portions of the proceeds from each drink are being donated to Calgary Meals on Wheels is. This free event in Calgary this January could simply not get any better.

Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE

When: January 28 at 10am

Go Tobogganing

Tired of skating? Go tobogganing! Tobogganing is a great family-fun activity for everyone to enjoy during the winter season, especially if you take pleasure in watching both adults and children face plant into a pile of snow. Here is a list of some of Calgary’s most popular tobogganing hills.

ProArts @ Noon

What better way to spend your lunch break than watching some amazing musicians preform? Frank Rackow and The Black Sea as well as John Rutherford and Allison Lynch will all be preforming in Calgary’s cultural district, for free, throughout the month of January. So, grab your lunch and head on over for some literally priceless entertainment.

Where: Cathedral Church of the Redeemer – corner 7th Avenue & 1st Street SE

When: January 11, 18 and 25 at 12pm.

Visit Seities Studio’s The Photographic Blue Window Gallery

The Photographic Blue exhibit in Arts Commons’ Window Galleries showcases diverse views regarding female identity in collaboration with photography. Work from Jaime Erin Johnson, Emma Powell, and Juilee Pryor in the exhibit introduces Cyanotype photography, more commonly referred to as blue print. This unique display is impressive as well as intriguing, so be sure to check it out this month before it’s too late.

Where: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)

When: Until February 27

Have a Netflix Night In

Sometimes it’s just too difficult to leave the comfort of your own home. Not only can the roads be horrific this time of year, but it’s also very cold outside. Staying in and snuggling up with some popcorn and a blanket may be just what you need this month. Whether you decide to binge watch a TV series or watch a movie(s), Netflix will not disappoint you. Here is a list of some of the up and coming Netflix releases heading your way in 2017.

Yoga Unravelled Free Class

Looking for a way to relax while also working up a sweat? Well, look no further because Yoga Passage is hosting a free sample class this month. The class is called Yoga Unravelled, which is described as an intermediate to advanced level yoga class. Click here for more details.

Where: Yoga Passage, 524 11th Avenue SW

When: January 18 from 6:30pm to 8:15pm

Hair Massacure at MC College

MC College is hosting a free pinking day to all recipients (who have booked an appointment ahead of time) in order to kick off and highlight the Hair Massacure event. Not only will you be helping to raise awareness for Make-A- Wish Southern Alberta and Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern Alberta, you finally have an excuse to get those pink streaks you’ve secretly always wanted.

Where: MC College – 1023 7 Avenue SW

When: January 19 from 7am to 3pm

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