You know you’re already dreaming of a quick getaway to kick off the New Year. January and February are a great time for a weekend trip to Calgary with great arts and culture, mega concerts, and outdoor activities galore. Here’s 12 things to check out right in the middle of Winter.
1. High Performance Rodeo
Saddle up for the best of contemporary theatre, music, and dance with High Performance Rodeo and see why it has become the largest festival of its kind in Western Canada. The 2017 edition features 29 shows across 17 venues around the city worthy of a standing ovation.
2. Come a Little Closer to Dierks Bentley
You won’t find country music superstar Dierks Bentley Somewhere on a Beach when he plays the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Different for Girls performer brings his own style of country music to Calgary with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi on February 3.
3. Celebrate 10 Years of Bingo Players
Dutch dance and electro house superstar Bingo Players celebrate 10 years of club success with a concert experience that will bring you right into the action. Get Up close and personal with your favourite artists at Marquee Beer Market & Stage with VIP bottle service and wine on tap.
4. Slide Into the New Year at WinSport
Race down 200 metres of snow covered track with the brand new Acura Tube Park at WinSport for a winter ride that will take your breath away. The largest tube park in Western Canada has 10 thrills ready for the ultimate winter adventure.
5. Graduate from The Starfleet Academy
Learn to speak Klingon, test your hand at phaser target practice, and guide the U.S.S. Enterprise away from danger at Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience. Discover the science behind Star Trek at TELUS Spark and meet the stars of the Star Trek universe at the launch event on February 3.
6. Cheer on the Calgary Roughnecks
Come for the party and stay for the game with the exciting lacrosse action of the Calgary Roughnecks. Get out of your seat and kick off the New Year with action that is sure to make you spill your beer and popcorn as you scream out every time the house DJ asks you to.
7. Go Through & Through & Through with Joel Plaskett
Flickr Image: Joel Plaskett - Crustina!
Canadian singer songwriter Joel Plaskett brings his charismatic live performance to town with a little help from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
8. Warm Up with Block Heater
Sing away your winter blues with a folk music festival that will warm your heart. Block Heater brings local and international folk musicians together for live concerts and songwriting workshops in the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood. Sykamore, who recently appeared in SING TALK PLAY – Calgary Sessions, is one of 25 artists who will perform as part of this music festival just before Valentine’s Day.
9. Trust Yourself with Blue Rodeo
Flickr Image: Blue Rodeo - Mike Bouchard
Sing along with one of Canada’s most iconic bands with two shows at the Jubilee Auditorium. Make a night with Blue Rodeo part of your weekend getaway and check one more concert off your bucket list.
10. Get the Royal Treatment at Theatre Calgary
Feel like royalty and get a glimpse into the storied reign of Queen Elizabeth II with Theatre Calgary’s The Audience. Churchill, Cameron, and Thatcher visit the woman behind the crown for the perfect start to a royal weekend getaway in Calgary.
11. Take a Family Quest at Heritage Park
Make Family Day Weekend count with fun fueled racing action at Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park. Test your skills at the RC race track, challenge yourself in the tricycle obstacle course, and take the checkered flag with the ultimate Family Quest.
12. Sing Along to DreamWorks Animation in Concert
Get swept away with your favourite DreamWorks Animation stories and characters with a family friendly orchestra experience. Footage from 20 years of movie classics are projected onto the screen with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performing the scores live