23 things to do in Calgary this weekend: February 11 and 12

Feb 10 2017, 10:43 pm

A little more snow than we’re seen in the last little bit is expected to dump on us this weekend, but it’s February, so what did we expect?

Check out one of these events happening in and around Calgary to help you stay warm.

 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:Theatre Calgary – 220 9th Avenue SE
  • When: January 24 to February 18
  • Cost: $45-$64

Canmore Winter Carnival

  • What: Winter in the Rocky Mountains is truly magical and the Town of Canmore invites you to come celebrate this beautiful season with them. For two weeks there will be a variety of snowy, family friendly indoor and outdoor events happening throughout the town, such as Ice Carving Competitions, Log Sawing Competitions, a pooch parade, Snowy Owl Kid n Mutt Races and more!
  • Where: Throughout the town of Canmore
  • When: February 4 to 12
  • Cost: Varies per activity

Eric Bibb with Michael Jerome Browne

  • What: After 5 decades and 36 albums we think it’s safe to say that Eric Bibb really has a true passion for music. Join him and Montreal’s, Jerome Brown, an award-winning multi- instrumentalist, as they hit the stage for an unforgettable performance!
  • Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 829 Macleod Trail SE
  • When: February 10 and 11
  • Cost: $49

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 the next 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

Impossible Really By Catherine Ross

  • What: Have you ever wanted to see a statue of a dachshund? Well, this exhibit will provide you with plenty!
  • Where: Okotoks Art Gallery – 53 North Railway Street
  • When: January 14 to February 11
  • Cost: Admission to gallery

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

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

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

  • What: Calgary’s favourite, cozy and delicious foodie festival is back for the 6th year in a row! During the entire month of February, be sure to warm up by checking out your favourite cafes, sweet shops and restaurants for their unique spin on everyone’s beloved winter drink. The best part is that a portion of every drink will go towards supporting Calgary Meals on Wheels, an even better reason to indulge in some warm chocolate goodness!
  • Where: At participating locations
  • When: The entire month of February
  • Cost: Price of the Hot Chocolate + $1 will be donated to Meals on Wheels

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

Photo Moments

  • What: They say a photo tell’s a 1000 words! However, sometimes learning the backstory helps with the context of the photo. Join local wildlife photographer, Amar Athwal as he goes through some of his favorite photos from the past year and recounts the stories of how he got the ‘perfect shot.’
  • Where: 311 Cave Avenue, Banff AB
  • When: February 11
  • Cost: $3.90/ person

Valentines Day Dinners at the Selkirk Grille

  • What: Treat your special someone to an elegant candle-lit dinner for two, at Heritage Park’s Selkirk Grille.
  • Where: The Selkirk Grille at Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: February 10, 11 and 14
  • Cost: $100/couple (10 and 11) OR $75/person (14)

Cheer on the Calgary Hitmen

  • What: The Hitmen have made some interesting moves recently at the trade deadline. Hopefully, it will be in their favour? Regardless, come show them some love this month at one of their 8 home games!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SW
  • When: Saturday, February 11 at 7pm vs Swift Current

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:

That’s Amore! Valentines Day At the Market

  • What: Keep it casual this Valentines Day and head to the Calgary Farmers market for some good ol’ romantic fun. There will be live entertainment as well as the opportunity to make fruit flower Valentines with Poppy Innovations and capture the moment in a romantic photo booth. This is also a great destination to pick up anything you need for a romantic dinner in!
  • Where: The Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
  • When: February 11
  • Cost: FREE 

The Calgary Opera: Valentine Ball

  • What: Nothing is more romantic and Cinderella-esque than attending an elegant ball with your significant other on Valentines Day! Held at the Crystal Ballroom at the Fairmont Palliser, you will be whisked away in a night full of dancing, d love stories and lots of laughter as Calgary’s Opera raises money for their Emerging Artist Development Program.
  • Where: Calgary Fairmont Palliser, Crystal Ball Room
  • When: February 11
  • Cost: $350/person

Hit the Slopes

  • Begin your New Year by crossing off that pesky “get in shape” goal that seems to weasel it’s way onto your list of resolution’s every year, by hitting the slopes and spending some time in the good ol’ outdoors. There is no better feeling then coming home with rosy cheeks and lungs filled with fresh mountain air as you spend quality time with friends and family. Take a road trip and spend the day skiing or snowboarding at one of Alberta’s best hills, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Nakiska or Mount Norquay, or make a weekend out of it by renting a cabin in the heart of the mountains. Be sure to check the websites to see what exciting events are happening on each hill throughout the month.

Go sledding!

There are a number of hills around Calgary that are perfect for sledding! Grab your crazy carpet, (or the more intense, GT racer) some friends, and head to a hill for some fun!

Where: Check out a hill close to you or go to a local City Maintained hill
Things to remember: Tobogganing is an activity that you do at your own risk, and helmets are always recommended!

National Geographic LIVE: The Risky Science of Exploration with environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad

  • What: Environmental anthropologist, Kenny Broad has not lived an unadventurous life to say the least. Join him as he recounts stories of when he was stranded on a remote island running out of oxygen or chasing after venomous snakes through land and water and other triumphs, tragedies and crazy adventures. The best part – through everything he has experienced, he finds quite a lot to laugh about in his stories. He will make you want to pack your bags and go on your own wild adventure!
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • When: February 12 to 13
  • Cost: $29-$69

Cheer on the Calgary Roughnecks

  • What: The Roughnecks just recently unveiled their Star Wars themed Jersey’s to play at a game earlier this year, how sweet is that! In all seriousness the Roughnecks are killing it this season and could use your support during their 3 home games this month!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SW
  • When: Sunday, February 12 at 2pm vs Toronto

Go Curling outside

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

YYC Girl Gang Galentines Market

  • What: If you haven’t heard of them already, YYC Girl Gang is a group of amazingly talented #bossbabes working to build a community and help lady entrepreneurs around Calgary grow their businesses successfully. Join them for their first ever market at the Commons and shop some of your favorite local vendors!
  • Where: The Commons – 1206 20th Avenue SE
  • When: Sunday, February 12
  • Cost: $3 cash entry at the door

Date Night at the Distillery: Cheese and Cocktail Pairing

  • What: Impress your date with your cocktail making skills at this great event held by Eau Claire Distillery. A bus will pick you up promptly at 6pm at Hotel Arts and bring you to the Turner Valley Distillery, where you will get the chance concoct different cocktail creations and pair them with delicious cheese from Janice Beaton Fine Cheeses. Now that’s taking “dinner and a movie” up a notch!
  • Where: Eau Claire Distillery – 113 Sunset Boulevard NW (Bus pickup at Hotel Arts)
  • When: February 11
  • Cost: $70 – must be 18 years of age with a photo ID to attend.

Go for brunch!

  • You can never go wrong with Sunday brunch, or rather brunch on any day of the week! It makes for a great date or if you looking for a place to catch up with old friends that won’t break the bank after the holidays. Bonding over benny is a real thing! Here are a few spots that are either new to Calgary’s brunch scene or are not your classic brunch spots that you have been to millions of times before.
  • Ten Foot Henry
  • Alforno Bakery and Café
  • Phil and Sebastians on 8th Avenue SW
  • OEB Breakfat Co. on 5th Avenue SW
  • Bridgette Bar
  • Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge
  • Vendome
  • Monki
  • Anju
  • Charbar
  • Native Tongues Taqueria
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