Written by: Kayla Pearcey & Chloe Wong
Roses are red, violets are blue. Date nights in the city are cool and so are you (yes, we went there). Leave it to the month of February to bring lots of love, snow, travel, midterms, and hopefully tons of chocolate to our lives.
From sipping on wine at Winefest to trivia nights galore, we’ve got what you need to make chapter two of twelve the best one yet. Here are 32 things you need to get a pulse on in YYC this February:
1. Whales | Tohorā Exhibit
January 20th-June 20th
TELUS Spark, 220 St Georges Dr NE
This whale-y impressive exhibit is included in your admission fee to Telus Spark, so there’s no reason not to check it out. Whales | Tohorā has been touring across North America for the last 10 years and Calgary is the last stop on our continent. As an added bonus you’ll learn a thing or two about the biggest mammals living in our oceans, key facts that you can use when you’re on your next Tinder date.
2. Twelfth Night
January 30th-February 24th
Theatre Calgary, 240 9 Ave SE
The perfect date night out. Watch as twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and forced to find their way in a strange new land on their own. Fortunately, Illyria holds much misadventure, love, and laughter for them both. This refreshing take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy will leave you rolling in the aisles and begging for a thirteenth night.
3. 2018 YYC Hot Chocolate Fest
February 1st-February 28th
Hot chocolate lovers rejoice! February comes with cold AF temperatures and what goes well with frosty fingertips? All the hot beverages you can ask for. Join in on the friendly competition to find Calgary’s Best Hot Chocolate and visit the various local venues participating in the festival. A portion of the proceeds from each purchase will be donated to support Calgary Meals on Wheels.
4. February Cats & Yoga
February 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th at 9:15am-10:30am or 7:45-9pm
Regal Cat Cafe, 303 10 St NW
Come get your na-meow-ste on with the Regal Cat Cafe. With a few dates to get your yoga on this month, you won’t want to miss getting your downward dog on with the kitties. This event includes a complimentary hot beverage – just bring your yoga mat and lulu’s.
5. Adrenal Fatigue Recovery
February 3rd from 1-3pm
Light Cellar, 6326 Bowness Rd NW
If you’ve been feeling exhausted, anxious, or have sugar cravings and brain fog, you’re not alone. Something could be up with your adrenals and The Light Cellar is here to help. Join Madeline MacKinnon, certified nutrition consultant and the founder of Natural Hormone Healing, to begin your recovery. Learn the cause of your adrenal fatigue, how to determine which stage you’re in, how to heal yourself with nutrition, as well as self-care rituals, lifestyle shifts and key nutrients to get your body healed.
6. The Blue Gala
February 3rd at 7:30pm
Art Commons, 205 8 Ave SE
This is a one of a kind show featuring some of Canada’s most coveted ballet, hip hop, contemporary, tap and ballroom dancers, which is meant to celebrate the winter blues (and more particularly, lift our audience’s collective spirit following Blue Monday). The performance is followed by a beautifully decorated gala reception with drinks, artisan hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, the proceeds of which benefit Pancreatic Cancer Canada. Everyone wears blue so you won’t have to worry about matching.
7. The Big Game
February 4th from 12-8pm
National on 10th, 341 10th Ave SW
National’s pulling out the big guns this year. And by guns we mean screens. Watch the Superbowl while enjoying All Day Happy Hour specials on all Wild Rose Brewery pints, a Footlong Smokie feature, and game-day pricing on their famous wings. Game day has never been so easy. Reservations recommended, not required. Email email@example.com to reserve a spot.
8. Superbowl 52 at Home & Away
February 4th from 1pm – 11pm
Home & Away, 1331 17th Ave SW
Looking for Superbowl plans? Home & Away’s gotchu covered. With food specials from the talented Chef Pigot and Chef Burtch, happy hour pricing, drink specials and free games all day, this is one party you won’t want to miss. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your table.
9. Wine & Bingo
February 6th from 6-9pm
The Metropolitan, 317 7 Ave SW #150
B-I-N-G-O with V-I-N-O! Join It’s Date Night at The Met for Wine + Bingo every second Tuesday night. Your ticket includes a fun night of Bingo and an opportunity to win our awesome wine themed prizes!
10. Babes Who Brunch
February 10th from 10am-12pm
MARKET, 718 17 Ave SW
Don’t let the cute name fool you, this is one bad ass brunch. On Saturday, February 10th, join The Ace Class for mimosas, a two-course brunch and stimulating conversation led by featured speaker, Sheenah Rogers, Founder and CEO of Anstice Communications.
11. Valentine’s Day Celebrations at the Ranche
February 10th, 11th, 14th, 17th & 18th at various times
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, 15979 Bow Bottom Tr SE
Amp up those romantic vibes with this two-week celebration of love featuring special brunch and dinner menus from Chef Jenny Kang and her team. Nothing beats elegant dining deep in the south at the beautiful ranche, special menu $84 per person.
12. Barre & Brunch
February 11th from 10:30am-2pm
Trolley 5, 728 17th Ave SW
Spend your Sunday getting a little bendy with some barre and brunch at Trolley 5. This $30 package includes a 50-minute barre class instructed by Barre Belle followed by a Trolley 5 Brunch Buffet. The perfect balance between food and working out – all in the same place.
13. YYC Girl Gang Galentines Market
February 11th from 10am-4pm
The Commons, 1206 20 Ave SE
Get yo’ shop on and join YYC Girl Gang for their Galentines Market on February 11th. Featuring some amazing talent and girl bosses in our local community, this 1 day market will include 23 vendors and products everyone is sure to love. $3 cash entry at the door.
14. Brewers’ Brunch
February 11th from 11am-3pm
National on 17th, 550 17th Ave SW
National on 17th is kicking off FeBREWary with another Brewer’s Brunch, aka. a party to show how much they love their beer community. Come chat with local brewers, enjoy a special brunch menu and build you own caesar. Plus, sip on some $5 Last Best pints – all day long.
15. Valentine’s Day Week
February 12th-February 17th from 5-9pm
Cravings Market Restaurant, 7207 Fairmount Dr SE
Food is the way to our hearts – and Cravings Market Restaurant has figured that out. From February 12th to February 17th, bring your bae down for some good eats from their special Valentine’s Day Week menu. Choose from a 2-course or 3-course Chateaubriand set menu, heart-shaped seafood medley en croute, heart-shaped pizzas, or their feature soup and salad.
16. Trivia Night at Wurst: Sex and The City
February 13th from 7-9pm
WURST, 2437 4 St SW
On Tuesday February 13th, we’ll be hosting Trivia Night at Wurst with Sex and The City. Round up your gal pals and let’s make this the best galentines. We can’t wait to see you there. This is an 18+ event.
17. In The Heat of the Night
February 13th and 14th from 6-10:30pm
The Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Dr NE
The Calgary Zoo has been cranking up the Valentine’s Day heat in Calgary for over two decades. Join them for In the Heat of the Night. This adult only event runs for just two nights, on February 13 and 14—basically the two most romantic nights of the year. Your ticket includes a delicious meal, romantic wandering violinists, educational talks, games and a playful intimate exchange about romance in the wild. Not sold yet? They’ll say hello when you get there with a welcome prosecco.
18. Pop-Up Market
February 14th from 11am-1pm
South Health Campus – Market Cafe, 4448 Front St SW
The Calgary Farmer’s Market will be hosting a pop-up market at South Health Campus this Valentine’s Day. Swing by their mini market and pick up gifts from 11 local market vendors including Flowers at the Market, Crafted, Master Chocolat, Totalitea, Cherry Pit, Going Nuts, and more. Whether your boo is into flowers or chocolate (or both), this is a one-stop shop you’ll definitely want to swing by.
19. February Brewmaster’s Dinner
February 14th from 6-9pm
CRAFT Beer Market – Southcentre, #273A 100 Anderson Rd SE
You better put your stretchy pants on for this one. Whether celebrating Valentine’s Day with bae or hitting the town with your friends and family, this four-course dinner paired with beer and wine tastings will be sure to impress. Hosted by a local Cicerone & Sommelier, guests will enjoy an Amuse Bouch followed by three courses that are selectively paired with complementing wine or beer and of course, dessert. Get involved in the evening by casting your vote for which pairing you digged the most for each course – a winner will be chosen by the end of your meal.
20. Adults Only Night: This is Your Brain on Love
February 14th from 6-10pm
TELUS Spark, 220 St Georges Dr NE
“Must be love on the brain that’s got us feeling this way”, as Rhianna would say. Get nerdy this Valentine’s Day by exploring all things about human emotion from learning how dopamine affects the brain’s reward and pleasure centres to identifying which triggers drive your oxytocin levels sky high. Elevate this experience even more and make reservations for a romantic Spark the Love dining experience.
21. Valentine’s Day Trivia
February 14th from 7-10pm
National on 17th, 550 17 Ave SW
Valentine’s Day is here and love is in the air. On February 14th, join Ayla & Twyla for another night of trivia sponsored by Wild Rose Brewery. With buckets of Wild Rose cans on special for $15, the introduction of National nachos, and a night of love songs, candy hearts, prizes, and more, you’ll want to bring your crush, your squad, or your single brother out for a night of fun. Email email@example.com for reservations.
22. Dave Kelly Live Valentine’s Day Special
February 14th from 7:30-9:30pm
Theatre Junction GRAND, 608 1 St SW
This Valentine’s Day, bring your boo to Theatre Junction GRAND and celebrate the day of love with a special Valentine’s edition of Dave Kelly Live. Enjoy special musical guests from the Calgary Folk Music Festival and kick off this year’s Folk Fest with unique performances and conversations. We’ll see you there.
23. Build a Terrarium with Legend 7 Brewing
February 17th from 11am-2pm
National on 17th, 550 17 Ave SW
Celebrate Family Day long weekend with National on 17th. Bring the family over to enjoy some brunch and put your DIY skills to the test by building your own terrarium – courtesy of Calgary’s newest brewery, Legend 7. Sleeves of Legend 7 will only be $5 during brunch making it the perfect opportunity for you to sample one of Calgary’s newest additions to the local craft brew commmunity.
24. Family Brunch and Kidlympics
February 18th from 10am-3pm
National Westhills, 180 Stewart Green SW
National Westhills has got the whole family covered for entertainment. On February 18th, bring the gang down for an afternoon full of games and prizes to celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics. Fill up on brunch, and then while the kids are kept busy with games like scooter curling, Olympic ring toss, and more, parents can enjoy Happy Hour pricing on all Fernie Brewing Co. pints. You can thank us later.
25. Wine & Bingo
February 20th from 6-9pm
The Metropolitan, 317 7 Ave SW #150
Miss out on the one earlier this month and have FOMO? We’ve gotchu covered with another night of B-I-N-G-O with V-I-N-O. Your ticket includes a fun night of Bingo and an opportunity to win our awesome wine themed prizes!
26. Trivia Night at Jamesons Pub Brentwood: The Office
February 20th from 7-9pm
Jamesons Pub Brentwood, 3790 Brentwood Rd NW
On Tuesday, February 20th, we’ll be hosting Trivia Night at Jamesons Pub Brentwood. Round your homies, brush up on all the classic favourites and prepare to bring your A-game. We can’t wait to see you there. This is an 18+ event.
February 23rd from 7-10pm and February 24th from 2-10pm
BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way SW
When in doubt, wine is the answer. Swirl, sip and savour at Winefest, one our favourite events of the year. One ticket includes an all-inclusive sampling of wines from all over the world and an array of delectable hors d’oeuvres.
28. Engaged Wedding Show
February 24th from 10am-4pm
Hyatt Regency Calgary, 200 Centre St South
The Engaged Experience does things differently. With an aim to help guide you through all steps of your wedding planning journey, join them on February 24th for a wedding show you’ll be eager to attend. There will be beer and prosecco to wet your palettes, dance lessons to enjoy as a couple, beer flights available for purchase, hot shaves and a custom suit tailor on-site to help you get started with your Groom’s suit. Following the daytime show, there is a 6-course wine pairing dinner gala, a live jazz singer, and a DJ to show couples what their weddings could be.
29. Toast Volume 02. Habits of Success & Leadership
February 27th from 7:30-9am
ATB Financial, 102 8 Ave SW
Invest in your best self with our morning mindfulness series designed to showcase the foundations of successful living and provide valued tools to motivate our guests to live an intentional, empowered life. The Ace Class and ATB Investor Services are bringing you a new theme each month with a desire to activate bold conversations, cultivate connections and inspiration and empower you with the tools to be the best version of yourself.
30. Trivia Night at Wurst: Disney – Lion King Part I
February 27th from 7-9pm
Jamesons Pub Brentwood, 3790 Brentwood Rd NW
On Tuesday February 27th, we’ll be hosting Trivia Night at Wurst. Round your homies, brush up on all the classic favourites, and prepare to bring your A-game. We’re bringing a fun series of Disney hits starting with Lion King.
31. Constellations by Nick Payne
February 27th – March 17th from 7:30-9pm
Alberta Theatre Projects, 215 8 Ave SE
An international Broadway hit, Constellations is coming to Alberta Theatre Projects this month. This captivating love story tells the tale of an unlikely romance between a beekeeper and a physicist. After an unexpected encounter brings them together, romance doesn’t seem likely, but what happens next defies the limits of our understanding of time and space. Called “the most sophisticated date play broadway has seen,” by The New York Times, this play makes you think about how love can either bring us together or pull us apart.
32. Speed Dating (Singles 25+)
February 28th from 6-8pm
Bourbon Room, 341 10 Ave SW
Put down your phone and join us for 3D Tinder. Each event has 20 single women and 20 single men to connect with. The women stay in the same seat and the men rotate. Each date will last from 4-5 minutes. You can practice your flirting skills and game while meeting new people. We collect your matches at the end of the night and will contact you with your matches the following day. This is so you don’t have the awkward phone number exchange at the end of the conversation. Your contact info is only shared with permission and if you have a match.
Kayla adores all things pretty and pink. She loves storytelling through visuals and is continuously inspired by what our city has to offer in terms of lifestyle. When she’s not at her desk, you can find her exploring local coffee shops and shopping at her favourite Calgary-based boutiques.