23 things to do in Calgary this week January 23 to 29

Jan 24 2017, 1:39 am

Now that Calgary winter is feeling a little bit more like we know it, it’s time to get out of hibernation.

From Chinese Lunar New Year festivities to the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest kicking off, there’s lots to do.

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High Performance Rodeo

  • What: One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts, is the largest festival of its kind in Western Canada, featuring theatre, music, dance and more.
  • Where: Various locations around town
  • When: Now until February 2

Banff + Lake Louise: Snowdays

  • What: Winter is more than just cold and snowy, as it is a season that brings majestic frosty views, fun activities a beautiful memories at all ages. Banff National Park invites us all to celebrate the magic of winter in its month long festival of Snowdays, featuring a variety of events, shows and activities that combine history, culture and winter traditions that the whole family will enjoy. Check the website for daily events and activities!
  • Where: Throughout Banff National Park
  • When: January 13 to February 5
  • Cost: Varies per event

Decidedly Jazz’s Winter Production: Juliet + Romeo

  • What: Decidedly Jazz is known for their extraordinarily creative performances that allow their audiences to experience dance and music in a different, fluid and collaborative way. Join them for their second show in the new spectacular DJD Dance Centre, that will take on a unique perspective of the passionate and tragic tale of Shakesphere’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.”
  • Where: DJD Dance Centre – 111 12th Avenue SE
  • When: January 18 to 28
  • Cost: $41 – $69

 The Audience

  • What: If you saw the Netflix Original, “The Crown” you’ll be familiar with the Queen’s famous weekly meeting with the Prime Minster, called an audience. This spectacular performance will replay some of the most famous audience’s throughout Queen Elizabeth’s reign, with many familiar political faces making an appearance, such as Churchill, Thatcher, Cameron and more. Take a peak at the woman behind the crown, the most famous and influential yet private woman in the world.
  • Where: Max Bell Theatre – 1201 5 St SW
  • When: January 24 to February 18
  • Cost: $45-$64

Joel Plaskett in Concert Presented by Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

  • What: Presented in partnership with Sled Island, the Canadian music Icon Joel Plaskett makes his debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. In this live performance Plaskett’s charisma will light up the stage in celebration of his twenty year long Juno award-winning career with the help of the powerful orchestral arrangements. You will get the unique opportunity to hear music from his first albums, ‘Light of the Moon and ‘Nowhere With You’ to his most recent album ‘The Park Avenue Sobriety Test.
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
  • When: Tuesday, January 24
  • Cost: $25-$85

Mountain Film Wednesday

  • What: Enjoy a free film hosted at the Banff Avenue Brewing company, every Wednesday during the month long festival of Snowdays. See what is playing each week here!
  • Where: Banff Avenue Brewing Company – 110 Banff Avenue
  • When: January 18 and 25
  • Cost: FREE

Ice Magic Festival

  • What: Lake Louise’s Ice Magic Festival is a truly magical and unreal experience that Canadian’s look forward to year round. This event boasts over 20 years of history and it gathers talented ice artists from around the world to compete and create artistic masterpieces out of ice, within 34 hours. During this time you can watch the process in action and see the detailed sculptures unfold, while you get the unique opportunity to talk to the carvers, asking them questions and vote for your favorite masterpiece. If you miss the action you can still view the sculptures the following weekend and even get the chance to try your hand at some ice carving yourself!
  • Where: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise- 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB
  • When: January 19-29
  • Cost: Adults $10 (18 – 54 years), Children $5 (3 – 17 years), Seniors $5 (55 + years), Family $25 (2 adults + up to 4 children aged 3-17 years) Tickets can be purchased here!

6 Guitars

  • What: See the critically acclaimed professional actor and musician, Chase Padgett perform his award winning solo show, ‘6 Guitars.’ He initially performed this show in 2010 and it quickly became the most successful show in the history of the North American Fringe Festival circuit. During this 85-minute show Padgett will become 6 different guitar players, ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87 year old blues man, all with their own unique voices, views and musical styles. You will leave feeling so in love with music!
  • Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 115 9 Avenue SE
  • When: January 9 to 28
  • Cost: Adult – $25, Student + Senior – $20

Go skating outdoors

  • What: Now that winter seems to have finally settled in for the long haul, it’s time for the winter activities to commence. Grab a few friends, some hot chocolate and bundle up in your warmest, yet stylish winter attire and go skating on one of Calgary’s many outdoor rinks that are well maintained by either the city or volunteers within the community. Don’t own a pair of skates? Rent a pair at your nearest outdoor center or at specific rinks around the city – see website more for details!
  • Where: Various rinks throughout Calgary
  • Cost: FREE

Winter Workshops with MakerYYC

Take the opportunity to learn something new this January while bonding with old friends and making new ones. Choose from a variety of different workshops happening around the city this month that will either tantalize your taste buds or give you something fun to take home that can represent the beginning of a fabulous year.

  • Macaron 101 Baking Class

    • Where: Ollia Macarons & Tea – 810C 16th Avenue SW
    • When: January 17, 24 and 31
    • Cost: $100/ person
  • Create your Own Terrarium

    • Where: Home and Away – 1331 17th Avenue SW
    • When: Wednesday, January 25
    • Cost: $50

    Tea Blending Workshop

    • Where: Ollia Macarons & Tea – 810C 16th Avenue SW
    • When: Sunday, January 29
    • Cost: $65/ person

Check out WinSport’s Acura Tube Park

  • What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and it opens for the season on Saturday, December 17. The park is located on the main hill, which allows tubers to take advantage of the washrooms, eateries, retail store and other amenities located in the Frank King Day Lodge. It features 10 lanes, each of which are 200 metres in length.
  • Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW

Cheer on the Calgary Hitmen

  • What: Give the Calgary Hitmen some love this season and come cheer them on in their 8 home games this month!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SW
  • When:
    • Friday, January 27 at 7pm vs. Regina
    • Sunday, January 29 at 4pm vs. Brandon

Watch the Calgary Roughnecks

  • What: The Roughnecks are back at it for another year and stronger than ever. Cheer them on in their two home games this January!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SW
  • When: Saturday, January 28 at 7pm vs. Colorado

Dog Sledding in Canmore

One of the most ancient, and still very practical, means of transportation in frigid climates, dog sledding is an activity Canada is famous for. Luckily for us, a short drive away in Canmore there are three different companies that offer dog sledding tours in the scenic Rocky Mountains.

Howling Dog Tours, Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions, and Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours all offer incredible, personalized experiences. Try out a tour this winter and take part in a long standing Canadian tradition.

They can be reached by phone at:

Stargazing Snowshoe Tour

  • What: With the assistance of a professional guide you will snowshoe through a frosty forest to a dazzling starlit meadow, where you will enjoy a hot drink and be awed by the beautiful northern lights. Snow shoes and head lamp is included in the cost of the tour.
  • Where: Kananaskis Village Center – 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Cres
  • When: Friday, January 27
  • Cost: $69

Chinese New Year Carnival

  • What:  The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is having their biggest event of the year, celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year – the Year of Rooster. The annual celebration will take place on Saturday and Sunday over 4 weekends, attracting 20 to 30 thousand people with traditional Chinese food, lion dance, firecrackers, fun games, and professional dance performances.
  • Where: The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st Street SW
  • When: January 21 and 22 to February 11 and 12
  • Cost: Free admission

The Kick Off of YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

  • What: Yes you read that correctly! YYC Hot Chocolate Fest is back again for another year, raising money for Calgary Meals on Wheels, while giving you the opportunity to sip upon a variety of creative hot chocolates throughout the city. Join them for the launch at the Calgary Farmers Market, where you will get the chance to taste test some hot chocolate, see a showcase of participating businesses and witness the inaugural sip that will officially start this fun month-long festival of our favourite warm beverage!
  • Where: The Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, January 28
  • Cost: FREE

19th Annual Bill Brooks Prostate Cancer Benefit

  • What: Help raise money for the fight against prostate cancer by attending the 19th Annual and FINAL Bill Brooks Prostate Cancer Gala. This year the event will be themed after the Billy Horror Picture Show and be held at the infamous Hotel Arts. All ticket purchases will include cocktails, food, live music and the chance to participate in an unreal silent auction to raise additional money for the cause.
  • Where: Hotel Arts – 119 12th Avenue SW
  • When: Sunday, January 27
  • Cost: $300

New North Collective

  • What: This unforgettable musical performance is done by a group of individual performers from the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, who call themselves the New North Collective. They come together to share their stories, influence each other and collaborate in order to paint a picture for the audience about the ideas of the ‘north’ and what it really means, through music and lyrics.
  • Where: Margaret Greenham Theatre, Banff Centre – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
  • When: Sunday, January 29
  • Cost: $20

Seities Studio: The Photographic Blue

  • What: Take a stroll through the Window Galleries of the Arts Commons and see this beautiful exhibit that includes works by Jaime Erin Johnson, Emma Powell, and Juilee Pryor. The gallery brings together the aesthetics of the traditional photographic process of Cyanotype photography, also called blue print, and the different views of the female identity, body and spirit.
  • Where: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
  • When: December 5 to February 27
  • Cost: FREE

Go Curling outside

  • Where: St Patricks Island has set up a curling lane for public use so everyone can try their hand at the game. You can play in teams, as pairs, or even make up your own rules (just don’t tell anyone)
  • Where: St Patricks Island – 430 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Daily 9am to 7pm until the end of March
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