January in Calgary

20+ Things to Do in Calgary this January
20+ Things to Do in Calgary this January
Things to Do

January in Calgary

20+ Things to Do in January

These listings were compiled for January 2020.  Please verify the status of all events with the event organizer and refer to our COVID-19 Traveller Update for more information.

 

Start the New Year off with a bang with great things to see and do in Calgary. From the Harlem Globetrotters and Dierks Bentley to the FIS Moguls World Cup and High Performance Rodeo, here’s how to warm up your January plans in Calgary.

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Winter CARnival

Snowball toss, floor curling, table hockey, historic snow day selfies, and an indoor snow fort make Winter CARnival a great way to spend some quality time with the whole family at Gasoline Alley Museum.

Where: Gasoline Alley Museum

When: January 2-5

 

Cheer on the Flames

Join the C of Red and cheer on the Calgary Flames with 4 home games in January at the Scotiabank Saddledome. There’s nothing like NHL action in Calgary.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

When: January 2, 9, 11, 28

 

The Jim Cuddy Band: Countrywide Soul Tour

The Jack Singer Concert Hall hosts The Jim Cuddy Band: Countrywide Soul Tour with a setlist of reimagined solo and Blue Rodeo gems from Canadian legend Jim Cuddy.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall

When: January 5

 

Spark After Dark (18+)

Join TELUS Spark Science Centre for Spark After Dark and experience the BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT Edition. Spark After Dark is an adults-only experience with drinks, tunes, speakers, and exclusive programming the second Thursday of each month.

Where: TELUS Spark Science Centre

When: January 9

 

Calgary Hitmen Pucks for Paws

Cheer on the Calgary Hitmen Pucks for Paws event as they play a charitable hockey game in support of the Four Feet Companion Foundation against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

When: January 10

 

The Motorcycle Show

The Motorcycle Show brings together the hottest makes and models of motorcycles with the latest products, services, accessories, workshops and a riding academy for kids age 6 to 12.

Where: BMO Centre

When: January 10-12

 

Paw Patrol Live – The Great Pirate Adventure

All paws on deck for Paw Patrol Live – The Great Pirate Adventure, an action-packed, music filled production at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

When: January 10-12

 

10 Minute Play Festival

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the 10 Minute Play Festival, where 6 local indie theatre companies have 24 hours to create a 10 minute play inspired by a line of text and one prop, as part of the 34th Annual High Performance Rodeo.

Where: The GRAND, Flanagan Theatre

When: January 11

 

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life

The inspirational true story of actor Keith Alessi leaving the corporate world for his true passion, playing the banjo, comes to life with Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life, as part of the 34th Annual High Performance Rodeo.

Where: Lunchbox Theatre

When: January 11-25

 

The Strumbellas: Rattlesnake Canadian Tour (POSTPONED)

The Strumbellas: Rattlesnake Canadian Tour makes a stop in Calgary with a live show of anthemic pop-folk and special guests Neon Dreams.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

When: January 14

 

The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

If you missed The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival, adventure lovers everywhere can catch some of the best features from the festival in Calgary, with features at Mount Royal University (January 15-19) and the University of Calgary (January 23-26).

Where: Mount Royal University and University of Calgary

When: January 15-19 & 23-26

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Speak Up! at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Speak Up! at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.

Speak Up!

Featuring Indigenous artists who make a social impact, Speak Up! is a featured exhibition at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. New artifacts and video will be added throughout the year to this powerful new exhibit.

Where: Studio Bell

When: Opens January 14

 

Juliet & Romeo

The classic Shakespeare classic is reimagined with Juliet & Romeo by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks as part of the 34th Annual High Performance Rodeo for a limited run in Calgary.

Where: DJD Dance Centre

When: January 16-26

 

Calgary Whisky Festival

Sample over 100 whiskies from more than 30 vendors at the 9th annual MS Calgary Whisky Festival and learn about whisky from the people who make it. All proceeds benefit the MS Society of Canada.

Where: Glenbow Museum

When: January 16

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The wave pool at Southland Leisure Centre

The wave pool at Southland Leisure Centre.

Get Active at the Southland Leisure Centre

A wave pool, wading pool, water slides, dive tank, climbing wall, fitness studio, weight room, and hot tub are ready for your family to get active this January at the Southland Leisure Centre.

Where: Southland Leisure Centre

When: Open daily

 

Diavolo

Dance and architecture collide with Diavolo presented by Alberta Ballet. Diavolo has been seen by over 95 million people as finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Where: Alberta Ballet

When: January 16-18

 

Murder Mystery Dinner: Double Diamond Death

Take your best guess at “who done it” with Murder Mystery Dinner: Double Diamond Death at Fort Calgary and enjoy a carefully curated dinner buffet while you solve the crime.

Where: Fort Calgary

When: January 17

 

Ryan McMahon

Canadian singer-songwriter Ryan McMahon performs a live set of folk, roots, and rock at the intimate Gallery House Concerts Society in Calgary.

Where: Gallery House Concerts Society

When: January 17

 

The Boy From Oz

The Front Row Centre Players present the Canadian premiere of The Boy From Oz, the most successful Australian musical of all time and the first production to make it to Broadway.

Where: Front Row Centre Players

When: January 17 – February 1

 

Pitched Perfect Golden Girls

It may not be too late for the ladies of Maple Oaks Seniors home to compete in the Collegiate Singing Group Competition in Pitched Perfect Golden Girls at Jubilations Dinner Theatre.

Where: Jubilations Dinner Theatre

When: January 18 – March 21

 

The Wedding Fair

More than 250 exhibitors make The Wedding Fair a must attend event for planning the big day, including bridal fashions, menswear, florists, invitations, registries, and party planning.

Where: BMO Centre

When: January 19

 

Scotiabank Backbeat presents: Carolina Slim and Natalia

Discover “The New Mexican Music” with Carolina Slim and Natalia at The King Eddy, bringing together two singer songwriters exploring the sounds of their hometowns in Mexico.

Where: The King Eddy

When: January 19

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Tubing at the WinSport Tube Park

Go tubing at the WinSport Tube Park (Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Steve Tuchiwsky).

Go Tubing

Go for a wild ride in the snow at the WinSport Tube Park, one of the largest tube parks of its kind in Western Canada. The WinSport Tube Park will be open daily from December 26, 2019 – January 5, 2020 and Friday evenings to Sunday beginning January 10, 2020.

Where: WinSport Tube Park

When: Friday – Sunday

 

Chinatown Ice Sculpture Showcase

Discover the Chinatown Ice Sculpture Showcase in Chinatown Calgary with 12 unique carvings in James Short Park to celebrate the  Year of the Rat in 2020.

Where: Calgary Chinatown

When: January 22 - February 8

 

Alexisonfire

Canadian indie rock superstars Alexisonfire return to Calgary, with special guests NOBRO, at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

When: January 23

 

Big Winter Classic

Big Winter Classic is a fun party in the middle of winter that’s already become a classic. Local arts, music, and beer come together for a four-day winter festival with performances by I Am The Mountain, Ezra Furman, Bully, Jennifer Castle, and Ron Gallo.

Where: Where

When: January 23-26

 

Harlem Globetrotters

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters come to Calgary with some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet for a family friendly day of one-of-a-kind sports entertainment.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

When: January 24

 

Nordic Greats

Nordic Greats captures the landscape and folk spirit of Norway in this world premiere collaboration featuring violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, as part of the 34th Annual High Performance Rodeo for a limited run in Calgary.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall

When: January 25

 

The Louder We Get

Theatre Calgary presents The Louder We Get, a dazzling musical that tells the inspirational true story of Marc Hall’s fight with the Catholic school system to take his boyfriend to prom.

Where: Max Bell Theatre

When: January 28 – February 22

 

We’ve Read This Book Club: Three Women

The We’ve Read This Book Club returns to discuss Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, a book described as a “nonfiction literary masterpiece.” This event is hosted by blogger and book reviewer Anne Logan at the Memorial Park Library.

Where: Memorial Park Library

When: January 29

 

FIS Freestyle Ski Moguls World Cup

Watch the world’s best freestyle mogul skiers compete at the FIS Freestyle Ski Moguls World Cup, including 2018 Olympic gold-medalist Mikaël Kingsbury. Over 100 athletes from 15 different countries challenge Team Canada in men’s and women’s single moguls. Meet the athletes, take pictures, and get autographs at this FREE event.

Where: WinSport

When: January 31 – February 2

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