Valentine’s Day has almost arrived in Calgary and so have the local holiday events. Single or attached this February 14, you won’t have a hard time finding lovey-dovey, romantic dinners or holiday-themed movies, parties, events or even workout classes to attend. Whether you and your date want to cuddle up in front of the screen or bundle up and explore the outdoors, check out these seven unique ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Calgary.
Opening night for this magical festival happens to fall on Valentine’s Day – the perfect excuse to hold hands with your date as you wander through gorgeous light tunnels and light-up displays. Make and design your very own ‘love light’ free of charge, placing it in Olympic Plaza to be part of a large light installation. Can’t make it on Valentine’s Day? No worries! This festival runs February 14-18 with new events happening each night. Visit the Facebook page above for more details.
Location: Downtown Calgary
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#MeetTheArtists – An expanse of long, waving crystalline stems planted in the heart of the city. A tribute to fields of wheat that shimmer in the wind as the seasons pass, Entre les rangs by Kanva covers a public space with thousands of flexible white stems topped with white reflectors that capture the rhythm of the surrounding urban space and reflect its life. . . #glowfestyyc #yycevents #yycliving #lightfestival #lightart #yycfestival #downtownyyc #yycnow #iamdowntown #winterfest #interactive #yycmusic #familyfriendly #accessible #yycart #localartists
Fall in love with the melodies played at the Ship & Anchor this Valentine’s Day. Grab your date, your dudes, your dad – anyone! – and head on down to see The Northern Coast, Beta Boys and Shuffalo one night only! With daily specials and local beers, you and your date can relax and indulge the senses this Valentine’s Day.
Location: Ship & Anchor Pub
Get ready to rumble and refuel with this Valentine’s Day workout package. Loosen up with a lively boxing session with your date and reward yourselves for a job well done with a delicious dinner of hearty pub food and local beer. Space is limited so arrive early, get your gloves on and your game face ready!
Location: Rumble Boxing @ 17 Ave, Trolley 5 Brewpub
Time: 5:30 class
Cost: $35 includes 50 minute class, glove rentals & $15 to Trolley 5
Enjoy a night filled with delicious food and hilarious entertainment, keeping you guessing until the very end! This interactive theatre show is unlike any you’ve seen before, with actors moving through the audience before, during and after the show. Enjoy a locally-sourced buffet and solve the mystery over a mouth-watering dessert.
Location: Fort Calgary
Yoga flow, yin, nidra and … CHOCOLATE! This 90-minute session is just what you need on Valentine’s Day – a good sweat, relaxation and sweet, sweet chocolate to top it all off. Flow through the evening with your date and connect mindfully through the peaceful yoga room.
Location: Studio 85 HIIT & Yoga
Maybe your date isn’t into all the hearts, roses and romantic candlelit meals that Valentine’s Day implies. Check out the Plaza Theatre screening the original Scream for all those horror-movie-loving-souls out there.
Location: Plaza Theatre
Cost: $11/single ticket or the $35/couple’s special
This deal may not be Valentine’s Day themed, but who doesn’t love a good deal, especially when it falls on the most romantic day of the year?! Enjoy all your Mexican favourites at Blanco, before or after your Valentine’s night plans. We know you want to try their new Raspberry Jalapeno Margarita!
Location: BLANCO Cantina
Time: 3-5pm & 9pm-close
Cost: $6 margartias & beer, 1/2 price tacos, nachos & tequila
Happy Valentine’s Day Calgary!
Kelsey is a content writer, contributor and editor for Date Night. Monday-Friday she works as an independent Marketing & Communications Contractor, providing writing, editing and digital marketing services for small businesses. When she’s not busy writing about our city, you can find her hanging out in coffee shops, trying the newest fitness studio or hittin’ the road to explore the Rockies. And ice cream, always, always seeking out the best ice cream.