11 Cool Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Calgary

From candlelit music performances to a Palentine’s Day tea service, here are a few unique things to do on or around Valentine’s Day this year.

Fever's candlelit concerts. Photo by Oliver Davies.

Whether you’re single or in a relationship, it can be hard to keep Valentine’s Day interesting. Here are a few suggestions for celebrating a little differently this year.

 

Fall in love with the arts at cSpace Marda Loop

When: February 8

Celebrate the creativity of Calgary’s local artists at cSpace Marda Loop’s Valentine’s Day art showcase, I Heart Arts! From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., you can check out activities like artists demos, live music performances and Exposure Photography Festival exhibitions, as well as signature cocktails, Valentine card making stations and a silent auction.

125, 1721 29 Ave. S.W., 403-476-2025, cspacemardaloop.com

 

Learn about the science behind tingly feelings at Telus Spark

 

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When: February 9

Tender Tingles and Tantalizing Science, this year’s first adults-only event at Telus Spark, explores the science behind goosebumps, butterflies and all those other lovely, tingly feelings. Bring your partner for a heated night of science-based fun with activities like The Science Behind a Sensational Massage workshop or a sensory symphony with the Joy and Vitality Centre, as well as a full-service bar with themed drinks and a specialty menu.

220 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-817-6800, sparkscience.ca

 

Say no to Valentine’s Day at Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Co.

When: February 10

Sick of the lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day events? Newly single? Then Ten Things I Hate About You is the perfect party to say no to relationships. This “anti-Valentine’s Day rager” at Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Co. is full of break-up anthems and dance hits all night long (because singles deserve to celebrate the holiday, too).

1103 12 St. S.E., olbeautiful.com

 

Take your best friend out for tea

When: February 10 and 11 at Heritage Park; February 11 at Lougheed House

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your platonic bestie at a high tea service. On February 10 and 11 at Heritage Park, join your friends for an afternoon of finger sandwiches, sweets and more at a Palentine’s tea service. Or, head to the Lougheed House on February 11 for the historic restaurant’s Galentine’s tea service.

 

Shop at the Broken Hearts, Friends & Lovers Market

When: February 10 to 12

Presented by Market Collective in partnership with Chinook Blast, the Broken Hearts, Friends & Lovers Market brings local artists and makers together to sell their work in the Municipal Complex Atrium. The market also features art, DJs, live music, card making stations, a Valentine’s Day-themed photo booth and more.

800 Macleod Tr. S.E., marketcollective.ca

 

Wine, dine and learn about how animals show affection at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

When: February 10, 13 and 14

Can you feel the love tonight? At the 30th annual In the Heat of the Night event at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, enjoy a romantic, four-course meal inside the Enmax Observatory featuring a menu that includes Valentine’s Day-themed dishes. After dinner, there will be an “adults-only” presentation exploring how animals demonstrate their love.

210 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com

 

Catch a romance-themed jazz orchestra performance

When: February 11

Some would say that jazz is the most romantic music, with natural ebbs and flows of rhythm that can take you on an emotional journey like few other styles. If you agree, head to Bella Concert Hall for Calgary Jazz Orchestra’s romance-themed jazz performance. The first half of this show is all about “The Art of Romance,” while the second half focuses on the classic rhythms with “The Art of Soul.”

Bella Concert Hall, 18 Mt. Royal Cir. S.W., 403-440-7770, taylorcentre.ca

 

Listen to a romantic, candlelit musical performance

When: February 14

What could possibly be more romantic than a candlelit concert performed by live musicians? On Valentine’s Day, Fever presents Candlelight: Romantic Jazz, a candlelit concert played by the Malcolm Aiken Jazz Quartet featuring romantic songs by Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé and more.

The Commons at ATCO Park, 5302 Forand St. S.W., feverup.com

 

Watch a play about love, longing, and letting go

When: Various showtimes until February 18

Playing at Lunchbox Theatre and written by Calgary playwright Bianca Miranda, Kisaptama follows the love story of two Filipino women as they navigate their relationship. This queer love story is playing until February 18 and includes a lunch matinee show and a 7 p.m. showing on Valentine’s Day.

161, 115 9 Ave. S.E., 403-265-4292, lunchboxtheatre.com

 

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner featuring Canadian ingredients

 

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When: February 14

Head to Primary Colours for a four-course dinner inspired by the way love brings unique people together. The menu features fresh-caught Atlantic lobster alongside other important local ingredients as a love letter to Canadian cuisine. This dinner has a drinking pairing option as well, featuring Canadian wines and whiskies alongside each course.

802 49 Ave. S.W., 403-764-2607, primarycolours.cafe

 

Attend a wine and cheese tasting at Willow Park Wines & Spirits

When: February 14

What’s more romantic than a glass of wine and fondue? At Willow Park Wines & Spirits, enjoy this Valentine’s Day date night with six wines chosen by the experts, along with great cheese and fondue pairings for each.

10801 Bonaventure Dr. S.E., 403-296-1640, willowpark.net

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