11 things to do in Calgary this weekend: January 7 to 9

Jan 7 2022, 4:00 pm

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We’ve officially made it through the first workweek of the new year, and it’s time to celebrate with one (or several) of the many fun things to do in YYC right now.

Cozy up in a Hygge Hut, enjoy some live dinner theatre, meet someone new at Calgary’s largest singles event, glide around one of the city’s many outdoor skating rinks, take a day trip out to the Rockies for an incredible immersive exhibit at the Banff Gondola, and more.

Calgary’s weather is expected to warm up later this weekend, so we suggest sticking to indoor activities for the next day or so, and then venturing outside on Sunday.

Here are 11 of the best things to do in and around Calgary this weekend.

Get cozy at the East Village Hygge Hut

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What: East Village is bringing snuggly vibes to Calgary with the return of its popular Hygge Hut this winter. The Scandinavian-style seasonal pop-up is open in a new location this year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Visitors will find the Hygge Hut in C-Square, at 4th Street and 7th Avenue SE, with fire pits to warm up by, food trucks, live music, ice sculptures, and games, along with a jam-packed schedule of more community programming.

When: Open January 7 through March 2022 (weather dependent)
Time: Fires lit on Fridays from 2 to 6 pm and Saturdays, Sundays, and stat holidays from noon to 6 pm. Complete list of community programming can be found here
Where: C-Square in East Village (4th Street and 7th Avenue SE, Calgary)
Cost: FREE community programming

Up your photography game with a course at SNAP Foto Club


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What: Learn how to use your camera to shoot in manual mode with this course at Calgary’s “selfie studio,” SNAP Foto Club. Participants will come away from the workshop comfortable with shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, focus modes, the histogram, and other essential methodology. Get access to the classroom, SNAP Foto’s 4,000-square-foot studio, hands-on practice with models, and one free ticket to use at the studio at a later date. The course is open to beginner and intermediate photographers.

When: January 9
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: SNAP Foto Club (#200 – 118 8th Avenue SW)
Cost: $350

Enjoy Stage West’s The Soul of Motown

What: Groove to Stage West’s tribute to Motown — members of the Soul Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nibble on a delicious meal while you take in the sounds of one of the most iconic bands from the 1960s and ’70s.

When: On until February 6
Time: Varies by date; see schedule for showtimes
Where: Stage West Theatre Restaurant Calgary (727 42nd Avenue SE, Calgary)
Cost: Tickets available from $78.75

Catch some speed at WinSport’s Tube Park

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Tubing at WinSport (winsport.ca)

What: If skiing and snowboarding aren’t your thing, try a different way of flying down the hill this season with the tube park at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park. The Servus Tube Park boasts eight lanes, a dedicated magic carpet, and the option for sliders to link together and go down at the same time.

When: Saturdays, Sundays, and select Fridays through the winter season (weather dependent)
Time: 4 to 8:30 pm on select Fridays, 10 am to 5:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park (88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary)
Cost: $20 for morning sessions and $25 for afternoon sessions on weekends, $15 for Friday evenings

Take in a magical candlelit concert

What: Hear music spanning Bach to the Beatles during a candlelit concert at the iconic Lantern Community Church this Friday night. The Listeso String Quartet will perform an enchanting one-hour concert featuring classical pieces, with two showtimes on January 7.

When: January 7
Time: 6 and 8:15 pm
Where: Lantern Community Church (1401 10th Avenue SE, Calgary)
Cost: Tickets starting at $40

Meet someone new at 17th Ave’s massive “Get Off The Apps And Onto The Ave” singles event


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What: If you’re tired of swiping right, swiping left, going on first dates that never lead to a second, getting ghosted, and spending countless hours online trying to find that special someone, then Calgary’s biggest singles event is for you. The Get off the Apps And Onto the Ave campaign starts on January 7 and runs until February 28, with a huge calendar of events designed to help singles meet other singles, all hosted in various venues along the 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District.

When: January 7 to February 28
Time: Varies by event
Where: Various businesses along 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Cost: Varies by event

Bounce back with the Harlem Globetrotters

What: The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Calgary to spread game in this all-new, family-friendly experience. Don’t miss ankle-breaking crossovers, ball-handling wizardry, and an in-game dunk contest. Take your outing to the next level with the Magic Pass Pre-Show event, Celebrity Court Pass, or one-on-one meet and greets.

When: January 8
Time: 3 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome (555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary)
Cost: Tickets available starting at $31.70

Glide around one of Calgary’s many outdoor skating rinks

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Skating at Olympic Plaza (Shutterstock/Jeff Whyte)

What: Take part in a classic Canadian activity this season and get some fresh air and exercise while you’re at it. There are a number of outdoor rinks around Calgary where you can get your skate on over the winter months.

When: Open daily through the winter (weather dependent)
Time: Hours vary by rink
Where: There are many City of Calgary, volunteer-run, and community rinks around YYC
Cost: Free; equipment rental available at some locations for a fee

Take in the Banff Gondola’s immersive Nightrise exhibit

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What: Pursuit’s latest experience, Nightrise, combines multimedia, storytelling, and nature at the Banff Gondola for a multi-sensory journey like no other. The event will bring light and sound together to share a new and inspiring perspective in the heart of the Rockies. At Sulphur Mountain’s peak, guests can explore the many levels of the summit building and enjoy Rockies-inspired eats and drinks. Outside on the viewing decks, discover wonders that only emerge as the night begins to rise.

When: On now until March 12
Time: Gondola upload time slots between 5:10 and 8:10 pm
Where: Banff Gondola (100 Mountain Avenue, Banff)
Cost: Starting at $56 for adults and $28 for children (age six to 15)

Watch some dinner theatre at Jubilation’s Summer of ’69 or Beauty & The Grinch

What: Enjoy a drool-worthy meal along with a lively show at Jubilations Dinner Theatre. Watch the story of peace, love, long hair, and music that would change the world in Summer of ’69, inspired by the popular Bryan Adams song, or bring the whole family to Beauty & The Grinch, a fun-filled production of laughter written with kids in mind.

When: Both shows on now through January 15
Time: Various showtimes; see website for availability
Where: Jubilations Dinner Theatre Calgary (1002 37th Street SW, Calgary)
Cost: Tickets available from $36.95 for Beauty & The Grinch or from $69.95 Summer of ’69

Check out the Otipemisiwak exhibit at Fort Calgary


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What: Fort Calgary launched Otipemisiwak, an exhibition of contemporary visual art, to celebrate Métis Week in November and remaining on display until June 2022. The exhibit showcases recent works by Daphne Boyer, a visual artist and plant scientist, using a photo-based technique that mirrors spectacular traditional Métis beading.

When: On now through June
Time: Fort Calgary hours (currently 10 am to 5 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
Where: Fort Calgary (750 9th Avenue SE, Calgary)
Cost: $10 for general admission

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