Things to do – Family Day Weekend in Calgary 2016

Family Day Weekend in Calgary 2016:  A go-to list of activities and events taking place in Calgary during the family weekend.  For Valentine’s day specific activities, see Valentines Day in Calgary.

Visit Sylvan Lake:  Sylvan Lake Winterfest 2016 is ON this weekend. Polar Bear Dip: Feb 13 | 01:00 PM. Fireworks: Feb  14 | 07:00 PM

I. Family & Kids Events 

Family Fishing Weekend – No license required. Albertans and visitors are invited to give fishing a try on water bodies with open fishing seasons (not in national parks). Keep in mind that fishing regulations still apply. – February 13 – 15, 2016 – Details

1. The Little Prince

LittlePrince_verical_hi-resA pilot crashes his plane in the Sahara Desert, where he meets a young prince from a distant asteroid who tells him a story of life among the stars. The Little Prince is one of the most universally cherished books of all time, selling millions of copies worldwide. Now it comes to life in a spectacular new musical celebration of the imagination and the artist within us all. Details

When: January 19 to February 28, 2016

Where: Max Bell Theatre at Arts Commons, 220 9 Ave SE Calgary

How much: $45 – $135


2. Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery

4-Kids-Actors-03-1024x831Symphony Sundays for Kids –Vivaldi, Venice and violins: all three are celebrated in this compelling mystery story about an orphan girl in the early 1700’s who meets the famed composer Vivaldi, befriends a Venice gondolier, and searches for an elusive Stradivarius violin. More than 25 excerpts of Vivaldi’s most popular works are feature, including The Four Seasons. Pre-concert entertainment from Dixieland band The Dixie Knights. Details


Sunday, February 14, 2016 | 03:00 PM
Instrument Petting Zoo | 02:00 PM

Where:  Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Avenue Northwest,Calgary

How much: $35.00 – $40.00 + charges


3. Cinderella, a British Pantomime

Cinderella – the classic fairy tale – with a delightful twist! This production is a British Pantomime – a traditional British production involving cross-dressing grande dames, lots of music and satire, and fun for the whole family.  Details

When: January 29 – February 13, 2016

Where: RPAC, 3 Elma Street East, Okotoks

How much: 

Adults $20.00 + GST
Seniors, Children, Students $15.00 + GST


4. Village of Idiots

The village of Chelm is known throughout the land as “the village of idiots,” full of fools and frivolity. Of course, the citizens of Chelm don’t see it that way, and when an outsider arrives in the village with a dark and dangerous secret, it’ll take more than a little Chelmnik wisdom to prevent disaster. From renowned Canadian playwright John Lazarus comes the smartest comedy you’ll ever see about a bunch of idiots. Ages – 4+ Details

When: February 11 – 20, 2016

Where: West Village Theatre, 2007 10 Ave SW, Calgary

How much: $14 – $17


5. Into the Woods

“Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical, Into the Woods. …..Details

When: February 11 – 27, 2016

Where: St. Peter’s Anglican Church – 903 75 Ave SW, Calgary

How much: $15.00–$20.00; Dinner Theatre on select days ($25.00)


6.  Snow White

The classic story of an evil queen, a young girl and some very helpful little people. Performed in the fun and unique Loose Moose style. Details


January 30 – February 21, 2016

Saturday, February  13, 2016 | 01:00 PM
Sunday, February  13, 14, 2016 | 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM

Where: Loose Moose Theatre Company, 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary

How much: $12

7. Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies is based on the 1954 dystopian novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results. Recommended: 10+


February 5 to 20, 2016
Tuesdays to Saturdays | 7:00 PM; Saturdays and Sundays | 02:00 PM

Where: Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre, 375 Bermuda Drive NW, Calgary

How much: $20.00 – $25.00


8. Family Quest

Come to the Gasoline Alley Museum for a Family Day long weekend filled with family friendly motorcycle inspired fun and excitement. Games, activities and crafts will awaken your road warrior spirit! Details


Thursday, February 11 – Monday, February 15, 2016 | 09:30 AM – 04:00 PM

Where: Gasoline Alley Museum, Calgary

How much: 

Regular Admission


9. Canmore Winter Carnival

The Canmore Winter Carnival is a celebration of the season and a popular community tradition for more than 20 years with events including ice carving, snow sculpting, dog sled racing, the Bonhomme Carnival, and more!  Slide down the snow slide and check out the snow and ice carvings. Two World Cup events will be part of the carnival along with 45 days of events including ice carving, snow sculpting and the popular Snowy Owl Kid N Mutt races plus more! Details


February 1 – March 13, 2016
Bonhomme Carnival | February 14, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM : Enjoy an afternoon on the pond with ice skating, music, a snow castle, and maple sytrip snow taffy. You can also learn the sport of Curling or just bring your friends for a fun day of playing a popular Canadian Sport.

Where: Downtown, Canmore

How much: Free


10. Chinese New Year Carnival

Enjoy programs and performances of traditional Dragon & Lion Dance, festival music and dance, martial art demonstration, vocal singing, folk art demonstration, festival food, games, artworks exhibition and an indoor bazaar of trade booths selling all sorts of gifts and festival items. at the “2016 Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year Carnival” Details

WhenWeekends – January 30, 31 – February 21, 22, 2015

February 12 – 14Market Collective

Where: China Town, Calgary

How much: Free, Market Collective – $5.00


11. Telus Spark Weekend Fun! 

Learn through fun & play during the family Day Weekend with a full roster of live science demonstrations, exciting hands-on programs and, more! Details 

BODY WORLDS Vital is your opportunity to see, first-hand, the connection between body and movement. Understand the impact that healthy choices and lifestyle changes have on our physical body and wellbeing through this amazing exhibition.


February 12, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
February 12-14, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Family Day, February 15, 2016 | 09:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Telus Spark

How much: Regular Admission.

 Butterfield Acres Easter Egg Hunt tickets go on sale on Feb 15.

12. Skate in Nature

Wipe away those winter blues! Grab your skates and join us at two of Calgary’s beautiful outdoor skating rinks. Enjoy some fresh air with family and friends, get toasty by the fire, and learn how local plants and animals adapt to the cold weather with some fun nature activities. Details

When & Where:

Saturday, February 13, 2016 | 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM @Carburn Park
Sunday, February 14, 2016 | 12:30 PM – 04:00 PM @Prince’s Island Park 

How much: Free

 Day out with Thomas Tickets are on Sale (May 7 – 15) – Sell out risk is high.

13. Family FISH-tival

Bow Habitat Station CalgaryDid you know February 13-15 is Family Fishing Weekend in Alberta? Before you head out on a fishing adventure, join us for some family fun as you learn the tips & tools you’ll need at our Family FISH-tival! Details

When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Bow Habitat Station, Calgary

How much: Outdoor – Free; Indoor: $5.00

Disney on Ice – March 24 – 29 at Saddledome – Details

14. Winter Carnival

Enjoy fun winter activities including sleigh rides, indoor carnival games and special shows in the theatre.  Details

When: Monday, February 15, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Where: Fort Calgary

How muchFree


15. Eau Claire Market Family Fun Day

Children’s musician, circus performer, carnival games, face painting, balloons, prizes & more!  Details

When: Sunday – Monday, February 14 – 15, 2016 | 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Eau Claire Market Centre Court, 200 Barclay Parade S.W.

How muchFree


16. U of C Olympic Oval Family Day Skate

familyday2016_1The U of C Olympic Oval is pleased to once again be the host of Olympic Oval Family Day Skate, in celebration of the provincial Family Day holiday. The Tim Horton’s Truck will be on hand to serve up coffee with proceeds going towards support for Oval Program Athletes and the Intact Oval Bursary Program.  Big thanks go out to Tim Horton’s as well as to our media partner for this event Shine FM & AM 700 The Light.  Details

When: Monday, February 15, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Where: University of Calgary Olympic Oval, 2500 University Drive NW

How muchFree


17. Family Favourites

Cineplex Family Favourites:

Hotel Transylvania 2 on February 13, 2016 | 11:00 AM | $2.99 – Details


18. Free Public Skate

Enjoy free skating! Details

Special Program at Shouldice Aquatic Centre: Come join us for a FREE day of fun & games, skating, music, swimming , snacks, horse drown wagon ride and much more!


Monday, February 15th, 2016 | 01:00 PM – 04:30 PM


Ernie Starr Arena, 4808 14 Avenue S.E., Calgary
Frank McCool Arena, 1900 Lake Bonavista Drive S.E., Calgary
Murray Copot Arena, 6727 Centre Street N.W., Calgary
Optimist and George Blundun Arenas, 5020 26 Avenue S.W., Calgary
Rose Kohn and Jimmie Condon Arenas, 502 Heritage Drive S.W., Calgary
Shouldice Arena, 1515 Home Road N.W., Calgary
Stew Hendry and Henry Viney Arenas, 814 13 Avenue N.E., Calgary
Stu Peppard Arena, 5300 19th Street S.W., Calgary


19. Free Public Swim



Monday, February 15th, 2016 | 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM & 03:00 PM –  04:30 PM

Where: Select Indoor Pools. – Calgary Recreation.


20. Devonian Gardens Family Day

Drop by Calgary’s garden oasis for some family-friendly entertainment, including games, crafts and an up-close view of feathers, furs and bones. Details

When: Monday, February 15th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 03:00 PM

Where: Devonian Gardens, Core Shopping Centre – 400, 317 7 Ave. S.W., Calgary

How much: Free


21. Okotoks Family Day

​​​Family day activities Details


Monday, February 15th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 03:30 PM

Outdoor Skating & fire pits, Outdoor Rink
with free hot chocolate and popcorn | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Live Entertainment | 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Where: Okotoks Recreation Centre

How much: Free

II. Live Music

1. Romeo and Juliet & Rachmaninoff

2012 HONENS Prize Laureate Pavel Kolesnikov’s interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini electrifies. Pavel and Samson Tsoy then demonstrate four hands are better than two in an energetic performance of Bruch’s duoconcerto. The Orchestra’s sweeping performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite crowns an evening of romance. Details


Friday, February 12, 2016 | 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 13, 2016 | 08:00 PM

Where: Arts Commons – Jack Singer Concert Hall

How much: $20.00 – $80.00 + charges.

54-40 @ The Deerfoot Inn & Casino on February 14

2. Block Heater

The Calgary Folk Music Festival presents the inaugural edition of Block Heater, a winter music extravaganza at three live music venues on the Music Mile in the historic community of Inglewood. Throughout the Family Day long weekend, over 20 local, national and international artists will perform concerts and collaborative songwriter-in-the-round sessions . Details

When:  February 12 – 14, 2016


Festival Hall, 1215 10 Avenue SE and other venues.

How much:  Tickets: $15 – $80 (wristband)


3. Royal Wood

A prolific songwriter and one of Canada’s major talents, the JUNO Award nominated We Were Born To Glory, firmly established him as one of the country’s most accomplished alt-pop singer/songwriters, producers, arrangers and multi-instrumentalists. Details

When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Where: Bert Church Live Theatre, Airdrie

How much: $28.95


4. Celestial Sounds

New Odyssey 3 is the musical trio Lucie Jones (flute), Kirill Kalmykov (cello) and Julia Haager (piano). Together, they explore beautiful compositions for flute, cello and piano featuring works by Weber, and Gaubert. Romantic writing at its best, from the dawn of the Romantic period to the 20th century. Details

When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 | 8:00 PM

Where: Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall – Rozsa Centre, Uof C Calgary

How much: $25 Adults – $18 Students/Seniors

III. Theatre & Performing Arts

1. Just Acts Play Festival 2016

Theme – Examining Sexuality. Six days, six original plays by local playrights and directors, 10 minutes each. Join us at Playfest to watch live theatre and support local performing arts!. Details

Optimized-playfest-bannerWhen: February 9 – 14, 2016

Where: Lower Theatre @ Knox United Church – 506 4th Street S.W, Calgary

How much: $20 Adults, $15 Students/Seniors, Premiere Night (Feb 9) $10 Special Pricing


2. Dynamic Directions

Celebrating Western Canada’s choreographic stars, this thrilling evening of contemporary and neo-classical ballet will feature the visionary work of three of Canada’s best known dance makers – Aszure Barton, Wen Wei Wang and Yukichi Hattori. Details

When: February 11 – 13, 2016

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary

How much: $20 – $116


3. Isolde

Isolde is inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde. In his play, the marriage of Patrick and Isolde appears happy. Patrick is the owner of a successful construction company and Isolde is a star actress. But Isolde finds herself increasingly unable to remember her lines. When she decides to build her dream house, her husband is eager to help. But, the project is jeopardized by Massimo, an award-winning architect whom Isolde hires. Details

When: February 10 – 13, 2016

Where: Theatre Junction Grand, 608 1st St. S.W. Calgary

How much: $27 Students and artists under 30 / $45 Regular


4. Book Club

Jenny is the perfect wife and mother. At least that’s what her book club thinks until one day she disappears and they have to turn detective and follow her trail! Details

When: February 8 – 27, 2016

Where: Lunchbox Theatre 160 115 9 Avenue SE, Calgary

How much: $20 – $25


5. Calamity Town

2for1_300x250 ticketmasterIt’s 1940, and there is nowhere in the country seemingly more charming than Wrightsville. The Depression has abated, and the New England town is booming once again. There is hope in Wrightsville, but Ellery Queen has come looking for death. The mystery author is hoping for fodder for a novel, and he senses the corruption that lurks beneath the apple-pie façade. A jinxed house, poisonings and murder are all on the menu, as Queen sits back, waiting for crime to come to him…. Details

When: January 23- February 21, 2016

Where: The Playhouse,Vertigo Theatre, 115 – 9th Avenue SE, Calgary

How much: $20.00 & up


6. Grim and Fischer by WONDERHEADS

he Grim Reaper meets his match in Mrs. Fischer, a stubborn senior whose will to live is a force to be reckoned with. Equal parts hilarious and touching, this award winning physical comedy by mask imagineers the WONDERHEADS is the story of a tenacious granny who comes face to face with the Grim Reaper himself and must pull up the fight of her life to escape his definitive grip. AGES 10-Adult. Details

When: Sunday, February 14, 2016 | 2:30 PM

Where: Bert Church Live Theatre, Airdrie

How much: $16.00


7. Summer on Fire

Gwynn Simmons is a folk music star on the rise, about to embark on her first national tour. But when the house that she and her girlfriend have booked for a long weekend get-away is double booked by infamous right-wing media hatchet man Frank Flanagan and his estranged wife, the weekend descends into rivalries of politics, ideologies, lifestyles, and lovers. Passions flare, alliances are forged and broken, and no one leaves unchanged. Details

When: February 12 – 20, 2016

Where: Joyce Doolittle Theatre – Pumphouse Theatres, 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary

How much: General Admission: $21.00
Student/Senior: $17.00

V. Sports and Related events

 1. Raven Cup

Sr.Timbit Hockey Tournament. Details

When: Februray 12 – 13, 2016

Where: Winsport Arena Complex, COP, Calgary


2. Calgary Hitmen


 vs. Red Deer Rebels – Friday, February 12, 2016 | 07:00 PM

vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes – Sunday, February 14, 2016 | 04:00 PM

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary

How muchTickets


3. Calgary Roughnecks


vs. Colorado Mammoth – Saturday, February 13, 2016 | 07:00 PM

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary

How muchTickets


4. Calgary Flames


vs. Anaheim Ducks –  Monday, February 15, 2016 | 02:00 PM


Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary

How much:


V. Exhibitions, Festivals, Fundraisers & Other Events

1. Winterpalooza

Winter Bike Fun Events! Details

When: February 10 – February 14, 2016 | Multiple Events

Where: Various venues, Calgary

How much: Free & ticketed events.


2. Feather Gallery Presents Disclosure

Disclosure FB 3Revealing Lesser Seen Moments + Perspectives
Celebrating the human body; Works vary from clothed portraits to nude figures. Details


Friday, February 12, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Saturday, February 13, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Where: Feather Gallery – 36 Woodfern Court SW, Calgary

How much: Free


3. YYC Chocolate Fest

During the month of February, participating Calgary cafes and restaurants create delicious and unique signature Hot Chocolates to support Calgary Meals on Wheels. Fest Details



February 1 – 28, 2016


Various Vendors, Calgary

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