17 things to do in Calgary this weekend

Dec 19 2017, 10:57 am

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between January 8 and 10.

For a complete list of events check out our Calgary events calendar.

High Performance Rodeo

  • What: The High Performance Rodeo is Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts, hosting theatre, music, etc. It is the largest festival of its kind in Western Canada.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: Until January 31
  • Cost: Varies

Lion’s Festival of Lights

  • What: Drive or walk by this Festival of Lights designed by Dean McKenzie, if you’re stopping by bring your sled as there is a small hill behind the lights. The Lion’s Festival of Lights is now considered 99% green with 115,000 LED light bulbs.
  • Where: 14th Street NW, Calgary
  • When: Friday, January 8 at 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

The Rockefeller Project

  • What: Conman Clark Rockefeller is serving a life sentence in a California state prison when iconic Canadian musician and provocateur Torquil Campbell want to “try him on for size”.
  • Where: Royal Canadian Legion #1 – 166 7th Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, January 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: By donation, $10 suggested

evalyn parry’s SPIN

  • What: Go on an innovative and live musical journey about women, cycling, and liberation.
  • Where: Alberta Theatre Projects, Martha Cohen Theatre – 220 9 Avenue SE
  • When: Until January 10; Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free with admission to evalyn parry’s SPIN

Lurrie Bell

  • What: A passionate musician, Lurrie Bell, has been playing guitar since the age of five and has been noted as a favorite among festivals and clubs from around the world.
  • Where: Arts Commons, Engineered Air Theatre – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, January 8 and Saturday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $42

The Fab Four

  • What: A tribute band, the Fab Four, will cover top hits such as “Hey Jude,” “Help,” and more.
  • Where: Grey Eagle Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive
  • When: Friday, January 8 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: Starting at $39

Calgary Hitmen vs Vancouver Giants

  • What: The Calgary Hitmens plays Vancouver Giants.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
  • When: Friday, January 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

The 2016 Motorcycle Show

  • 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.
  • Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SE
  • When: Friday, January 8 to 10; Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $14 for adults, $10 for kids (6 to 14) and $11 for seniors (over 65)

Rose Bowls 32d Annual Rose Bowl Synchronized Skating

  • What: Watch an intense competition in synchronized skating at the Max Bell Centre.
  • Where: Max Bell Centre, Arena 1  – 1001 Barlow Trail SE
  • When: January 9 and 10
  • Cost: Starting at $5

Inflatable Art and Design Workshop

  • What: Participants in this hands-on workshop will journey into the backstage magic of The Little Prince- The Musical and Bretta Gerecke, award-winning Set and Costume Designer, will teach you how to re-ignite your imagination to create a collaborative inflatable floating artwork of moons and planets.
  • Where: Theatre Calgary, Scenery Shop – 220 9 Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, January 9 at 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $35

10-Minute Play Festival

  • What: The annual performance rodeo favourite is back, where theatre companies are given 24 hours to create a 10-minute play using a prop and a line of text given to them the night before the show.
  • Where: The Boyce Theatre – 1410 Olympic Way SE
  • When: Saturday, January 9 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $35

NBA All-Star Challenge Calgary

  • What: The Bell NBA All-Star Challenge, presented by AIRMILES, is on the hunt for the best basketball players in Calgary and you could win an all-expense paid trip to compete in the NBA All-Star Challenge 2016,.
  • When: Saturday, January 9
  • Time: Pre-qualifier 12 p.m. / Women 5 p.m. / Men 7 p.m.
  • Where: University of Calgary, Jack Simpson Gymnasium – 2500 University Drive, Calgary

Deep Freeze: a Byzantine Winter Festival

  • What: Bringing together Ukrainian, Franco-Albertan, Franco-African, First Nations and South American communities together to celebrate Russian/ Ukrainian “Olde New Year.”
  • Where: 90 Avenue NW & 91 Street, Edmonton
  • When: January 9 and 10
  • Cost: Free

No Pants CTrain Ride Calgary 2016

  • What: Who needs pants? If you think they’re overrated then join forces with like-minded Calgarians for a ride you won’t soon forget.
  • When: Sunday, January 10 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club – 109 7th Ave SW


  • What: Tyler Klein Longmire has created a series of animated portraits of the One Yellow Rabbit performance ensemble to make an animated film. This series was inspired by Andy Warhol’s screen tests.
  • Where: Arts Commons, Laycraft Lounge – 225 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Thursday, January 7 to 31; Tuesday to Saturday at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

80 Solid Gold 2: A Musical Revue

  • What: Stage West is back to perform all of the top influential new wave pop and rock songs in this second part of their show.
  • Where: Stage West Calgary – 727 42 Avenue SE
  • When: Now through until February 7
  • Cost: Varies

Jubilations Dinner Theatre: Modern Family Vacation

  • What: Enjoy a dinner theatre play about a couple that decide to go on a Titanic II cruise for their anniversary only for their family to decide to come along too. Nothing could go wrong right?
  • Where: Jubilations – 1002 37 Street SW
  • When: Now until February 14
  • Cost: $70 to $80 for adult; $48 for Students and Seniors; $34 for children
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