The great thing about living in Calgary is that there is always something fun going on, especially on a long weekend. Here are some fun things to do this Family Day Long Weekend in Calgary.
GLOW Winter Festival
Enjoy free activities, light displays, ice sculptures, music, and entertainment on Stephen Avenue from February 14-16. For complete details, visit https://glowyyc.com/ .
When: Friday, February 14 & Saturday, February 15 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Sunday, February 16 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Stephen Avenue (8 Ave) from 1st SE SE to 3rd St SW
YYC Hot Chocolate Festival
Over 60 cafes, restaurants, and chocolatiers compete for YYC’s Best Hot Chocolate, Best Spirited Hot Chocolate, and the Cup That Runneth Over Award from February 1-29, 2020 in support of Calgary Meals on Wheels. $1 (non-spirited) & $2 (spirited) from every cup sold goes to this charity. Check out the participating venues and vote for your favorite hot chocolates at https://yychotchocolate.com/ .
When: February 1-29, 2020
Where: various locations around Calgary
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
With an incredible musical score, witty (and colorful) language, and a dark and twisted love story, Old Stock is by far my favorite show of Alberta Theatre Projects’ 2019/2020 season. Ben Caplan’s energetic vocals and his co-stars’ music will have you dancing in your seat – in between the darker scenes. Based on the true story of Hannah Moscovitch’s Jewish-Romanian great-grandparents who emigrated to Canada in 1908. Make it a date night! 14+ for explicit language.
When: February 5-16, 2020
Where: Martha Cohen Theater
Cost: Book your tickets from Alberta Theatre Projects.
Bow Habitat Station FISHtival
Bow Habitat Station will host its annual FISHtival on Saturday with tours of the newly-renovated Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery (and the opportunity to feed the fish!), snowshoeing, marshmallow roasting, and casting practice. For more information, visit Bow Habitat Station.
When: February 15, 2020 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station (1440 17a St SE)
Cost: $5 per person, fish feeding included
Fiasco Gelato Tour & Tasting
Tour Fiasco Gelato’s headquarters, learn about its history and culture, then enjoy a flight of made-in-house gelatos and sorbettos. There are loads of gluten-free and dairy-free desserts (I recommend strawberry rhubarb!), and you can buy your favorites to take home. For more information, please visit https://www.fiascogelato.ca/shop/tour-tasting .
When: Tuesday – Saturday (allow 45 minutes – 1 hour, last tour of the day at 3 pm)
Where: 221 19 St SE
Cost: $15/adult, kids 9 & under: FREE (with accompanying adult)
Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at Telus Spark
“Travel on an anatomical safari” through skeletons, muscle, circulatorysystems, and organs of 100 preserved specimens of land and aquatic animals from around the world. “No animals were harmed in the making of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT.” Learn more about this fascinating exhibit here.
When: until March 1, 2020.
Where: Telus Spark 220 Saint George’s Drive NE
Penguin Walk at Calgary Zoo
The winter penguin walk at the Calgary Zoo is a great opportunity to get a closer look at the king penguins while they get some exercise. As long as temperatures aren’t too extreme (above +5 or below -25, or too windy), you can expect to see the king penguin colony out for a stroll at 11 am until the end of March. Read more about the Penguin Walk here.
When: 11 am daily until March 31, 2020 weather permitting
Where: Calgary Zoo
Cost: Included with Calgary Zoo admission ($19.95-$29.95)
Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks
Cheer on the Flames this Saturday as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Go Flames Go!
When: February 15, 2020 at 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome (555 Saddledome Rise SE)
Cost: $46-$269 at time of writing. Get tickets from Ticketmaster.
Family Day Dance Party at Studio Bell with Smalltown DJs and Skratch Bastid
For Family Day, Studio Bell will have a Family Dance Party; Fun Zone featuring hula hoops, flip flop tubes, music drawing, bowling; Evan Rothery’s Family-Friendly Sing-Along ; Music Making Lab; and more. Details at Studio Bell | Events.
When: February 17, 2020 10 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Studio Bell: Home of the National Music Centre 300-851 4 Street SE
Cost: Free with National Music Centre membership (get 20% off memberships from February 3-17, 2020)
SOGO Winter Try It Ski-O and Skate-O
Try fun ski and skate navigation courses at this all-ages event, then enjoy some treats and hot chocolate. For more information, visit SOGO Running | Events.
When: Saturday February 15, 2020 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Bowness Park (near the tea house; 8900 48 Ave NW)
Cost: $3 per person
Family Day at the Hangar
Enjoy discounted family admission to The Hangar Flight Museum on Monday, February 17. Only $30 for 2 adults and up to 4 children.
Have a safe and happy Family Day long weekend, everyone!