What to Do in Calgary Every Day This Winter

This winter, go skating on an outdoor rink, stay warm indoors at a local theatre performance or dance the night away at a music festival.

December 2023

The Carol Barrel cocktail from the Miracle pop-up. Photo by Melissa Hom.

Thursday, December 21: Catch a performance of A Chrismoose Carol at Loose Moose Theatre.

Friday, December 22: Go to the Bear Grease Christmas Special, a Christmas-inspired, Indigenous take on the Grease musical (runs on December 21 and 22).

Saturday, December 23: Pick out some art for your home at the Deck the Walls! exhibition at Newzones Gallery (runs from November 2023 to January 2024).

Sunday, December 24: Grab a drink at a Christmas cocktail bar called Miracle on 1st Street (runs until December 24).

Monday, December 25: Dress like Santa or the Grinch and ski for charity at Banff Sunshine Village.

Tuesday, December 26: Dine at a new Korean restaurant in Calgary.

Wednesday, December 27: Enjoy a beer at Eighty-Eight Brewing Company’s Home Alone-inspired taproom activation (runs until December 31).

Thursday, December 28: Pay-what-you-can to visit the National Music Centre during the month of December.

Friday, December 29: Sip on some Shipnog at Ship & Anchor Pub.

Saturday, December 30: Bask in more than a million holiday lights at Glow Calgary.

Sunday, December 31: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at a downtown fireworks show.

 

January 2024

Olympic Plaza skating rink. Photo courtesy of Travel Alberta / Roth and Ramberg.

Monday, January 1: Check out the light displays at the Lions Festival of Lights (runs until January 8).

Tuesday, January 2: Say hi to the new polar bears at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo.

Wednesday, January 3: Order some pizza made with green tea dough from Pizza Maru.

Thursday, January 4: Take your pooch for a run in a new off-leash dog park.

Friday, January 5: Kick off Dry January with some drinks from Santé, a new dry bottle shop in Crossroads Market.

Saturday, January 6: Start planning your wedding with the help of the experts at Unveiled.

Sunday, January 7: Sign up for a yoga class at Fort Calgary.

Monday, January 8: Plan your next trip to the mountains with the help of Avenue‘s Best of the Mountains winners and runners-up.

Tuesday, January 9: Grab a coffee from Aroma Café’s new location in Marda Loop.

Wednesday, January 10: Sign up for one of Calgary Circus Studio’s adult aerials classes.

Thursday, January 11: Warm up in the sauna at Cedar & Steam.

Friday, January 12: Plan your next home project at the Calgary Renovation Show (runs January 12 to 14).

Saturday, January 13: Take a friend to see Front Row Centre Players’ production of A Chorus Line (runs January 12 to 27).

Sunday, January 14: Shop for fun toys at Cherry Tree Lane’s new store in Bridgeland.

Monday, January 15: Catch one of the more than two dozen shows in this year’s High Performance Rodeo (runs from January 15 to February 4).

Tuesday, January 16: See Cady Heron and Regina George battle to rule the school in Broadway Across Canada’s production of Mean Girls (runs from January 16 to 21).

Wednesday, January 17: Pick up some tiramisu doughnuts or funfetti cookies from Hey Sugar bakery.

Thursday, January 18: Go skating outdoors at Olympic Plaza.

Friday, January 19: Head to Banff for a self-guided art gallery tour over the weekend.

Saturday, January 20: Cheer on the Calgary Flames as the team takes on the Edmonton Oilers.

Sunday, January 21: Take advantage of one of the city’s many wing specials any day of the week.

Monday, January 22: Enter a locally made product in the 2024 Made in Alberta Awards.

Tuesday, January 23: See Step by Step, a musical about some of the best boy bands in the world (runs until February 4).

Wednesday, January 24: Learn how to make handmade pasta with Calgary Cookbook Co. Cooks.

Thursday, January 25: Browse the vintage apparel at All Things GQ.

Friday, January 26: Go to one of the more than 70 concerts happening during Big Winter Classic (runs from January 24 to 28).

Saturday, January 27: Attend a music performance that showcases Indigenous stories and opera.

Sunday, January 28: Start reading one of these mountain adventure books.

Monday, January 29: Ride a robot roller coaster at Telus Spark.

Tuesday, January 30: Try your luck at a new claw machine arcade in Sunridge Mall.

Wednesday, January 31: Dine at Salt & Brick (where the menu changes weekly) and pop into its secret speakeasy.

 

February 2024

Thin-sliced beef brisket on the grill at Korilla. Photo by Chris Landry.

Thursday, February 1: Order some delicious poutine during La Poutine Week (runs from February 1 to 7).

Friday, February 2: See a lacrosse game between the Calgary Roughnecks and New York Riptide.

Saturday, February 3: Watch an opera about a love triangle and a magical love potion (runs on February 3, 4, 7 and 9).

Sunday, February 4: Grab a hot chocolate during the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest (runs from February 1 to 29).

Monday, February 5: Take your family to Chinook Blast (runs February 2 to 19).

Tuesday, February 6: Enjoy a few sushi rolls at Sushi Sora.

Wednesday, February 7: Reserve a ticket to see Glenbow at the Edison’s latest exhibition featuring graphic textiles made in Kinngait, Nunavut (runs until March 3).

Thursday, February 8: Check out a new immersive art experience (launches February 2).

Friday, February 9: Attend the next TD Amplify event curated by Calgary’s Poet Laureate, Wakefield Brewster (runs on February 9 and 10).

Saturday, February 10: Attend the lineup reveal party for the 2024 Festival of Animated Objects.

Sunday, February 11: Visit one of the best restaurants in Calgary for wine.

Monday, February 12: Treat yourself to a delicious slice of crepe cake at The 6 in downtown Calgary.

Tuesday, February 13: Head to Lunchbox Theatre for a lunchtime showing of Kisapmata, a play about the love story between two Filipino women (runs from January 30 to February 18).

Wednesday, February 14: Spend a romantic Valentine’s Day enjoying fondue together at Frenchie Wine Bar.

Thursday, February 15: Watch 27 bands and musical artists perform at Block Heater, a winter music festival by the Calgary Folk Music Festival (runs from February 15 to 17).

Friday, February 16: Try a bowl of hand-pulled noodles at Mogouyan’s first Calgary location.

Saturday, February 17: Visit some photo exhibits during the 20th annual Exposure Photography Festival (runs throughout February).

Sunday, February 18: Order a box of mochi doughnuts from Sweet Rice.

Monday, February 19: Take your loved ones to Heritage Park for Family Day brunch.

Tuesday, February 20: Go to Alberta Theatre Projects’ production of The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (runs from February 20 to March 10).

Wednesday, February 21: Enjoy Vietnamese food with a French twist at Bonjour Saigon.

Thursday, February 22: Get inspired at the Calgary Home + Garden Show (runs from February 22 to 25).

Friday, February 23 : Shop for streetwear at Momentum Clothing’s new Beltline store.

Saturday, February 24: Ride down a snow hill at one of Western Canada’s largest tube parks.

Sunday, February 25: Watch the Calgary Hitmen play hockey against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Monday, February 26: Go sledding on one of these hills around the city.

Tuesday, February 27: Watch a musical that blends Shakespeare and The Beatles (runs from February 27 to March 24).

Wednesday, February 28: Go out for some Korean barbecue at Korilla with your friends.

Thursday, February 29: Nominate a Calgarian as the Innovator of the Week.

 

March 2024

Vivo’s new indoor park. Photo by Tom Arban.

Friday, March 1: Sip on some wine at Winefest (runs on March 1 and 2).

Saturday, March 2: Get some treats from the new Willow bakery.

Sunday, March 3: See a Downstage Theatre satire that examines how women are portrayed in film and television (runs from February 29 to March 10).

Monday, March 4: Stay warm by spending the day at Vivo’s new indoor park.

Tuesday, March 5: Get a new toy for your pooch at Doodle Dogs’ new location in Marda Loop.

Wednesday, March 6: Learn about aquatic ecosystems, fish and more at the Bow Habitat Station.

Thursday, March 7: See Alberta Ballet’s take on the classic, candy-filled story of Hansel & Gretel (runs March 7 to 9).

Friday, March 8: Shop for apparel, cute toys, candles, bath products and more at the newly opened Moonlight Books and Gifts.

Saturday, March 9: Check out the exhibits and walk the trails at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.

Sunday, March 10: Play baseball or tennis at a new multi-sport simulator facility.

Monday, March 11: Treat yourself to a manicure or skin treatment at Esmé Beauty Boutique.

Tuesday, March 12: Snack on a croongee (a flattened croissant with toppings) at MIK Coffee & Shop on 17th Avenue S.W.

Wednesday, March 13: Check out a free art exhibition at the Esker Foundation in Inglewood.

Thursday, March 14: Order a sweet or savoury pie from Pie Junkie for Pi Day.

Friday, March 15: Go for dinner at a new Indian restaurant called Bombay Tiger in Kensington.

Saturday, March 16: Learn more about airplanes up close at The Hangar Flight Museum.

Sunday, March 17: Wear green to run in the 2024 St. Patrick’s Day Road Race.

Monday, March 18: Grab a post-St. Patrick’s Day beer at an Irish pub like James Joyce.

Tuesday, March 19: Get tickets to Vertigo Theatre’s production of The Girl on the Train (runs March 16 to April 14).

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