Free Things to Do in Calgary in January

A list of FREE fun things to do in and around Calgary in January including free activities, places to visit, live music, and more!

For more free activities, see Free Family Activities in Calgary

FIS Freestyle Ski Moguls World Cup
31 Jan

WinSport's Canada Olympic Park, 88 Canada Olympic Rd. SW, Calgary

January 31, 2020 To February 2, 2020

Free and Ticketed areas

Join us for one of the most exciting events on Canadian soil this winter!Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, we will welcome the world’s ...  »

Exposure Photography Festival
31 Jan

Various Venues, Calgary

January 31, 2020 To February 29, 2020

Free & Ticketed Events

2020 marks the sixteenth edition of the annual Exposure Photography Festival and promises an exciting program, with festival headquarters located at Contemporary Calgary. Look for our outdoor exhibition, ...  »

Celtic Night
31 Jan

Irish Cultural Center, 6452 35th Avenue Northwest, Calgary

January 31, 2020


Featuring Vintage Express Enjoy “a hundred thousand welcomes” at Celtic nights, which take place on the last Friday of most months at the ICS. Enjoy live music ...  »

Takeaway - a Tribute To Illenium
31 Jan

No Filter, 840 9 Avenue SW, Calgary

January 31, 2020

Free with RSVP

“Takeaway” is a song by American production trio The Chainsmokers and American EDM musician Illenium, featuring Canadian singer Lennon Stella. 18+ HOW MUCH Tickets : Free RSVP – valid till 1030...  »

Weekend Used Book Sale for Alberta Guide Dogs
31 Jan

Books Between Friends Bookstore, 3434 34 Ave NE, Calgary

January 31, 2020 To February 2, 2020



Choose from over 40,000 books and fill your bookshelves with hours and hours of reading fun. Great prices for everything in stock (ie: pocket books $1, hard cover $2 and ...  »

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest Launch
31 Jan

Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Rd SE, Calgary

January 31, 2020


Bring your friends, family, and sweet tooth over to Southcentre Mall as we kick off the 9th Annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest! Be the first to sample ...  »

PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival
30 Jan

Various Venues, Calgary

January 30, 2020 To February 1, 2020

Free and ticketed

Presented by EMMEDIA, this unique three-day festival celebrates the critical innovation and creativity present in the media arts community. An art form that by its very nature ...  »

Live Jazz at Hotel Blackfoot
30 Jan

Hotel Blackfoot, 5940 Blackfoot Trail Southeast, Calgary

January 30, 2020



Catch some live jazz, enjoy a cocktail and unwind with colleagues or friends on Thursday evenings at Hotel Blackfoot’s trendy Lobby Lounge. No cover, full menu. ...  »

Open Studio with Cassie Suche
30 Jan

cSPACE King Edward, 29 Avenue Southwest, Calgary

January 30, 2020


Join our current resident, Cassie Suche, at the CAAF studio to see the drawings she has been working on throughout the month of January. Cassie is interested ...  »

Bell Let’s Talk Day at Studio Bell
29 Jan

Studio Bell, 4 Street Southeast, Calgary

January 29, 2020

Free & Ticketed Events

An important national discussion, head to the National Music Centre to mark Bell Let’s Talk Day and enjoy a full day of events dedicated to education ...  »

Calgary JOB FAIR
28 Jan

Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Calgary Airport, 36 Street Northeast, Calgary

January 28, 2020


Looking for a job? New Career? Immediate Hiring? Direct Interview? JOBS CANADA – FAIR Meet face to face with recruiters, HR Managers and Hiring Companies from Calgary and ...  »

Pop Up Winter Picnic & Game
26 Jan

South Glenmore Park, 24 Street Southwest, Calgary

January 26, 2020


Embrace the winter and come out and play with your family. This play experience is for children to explore, create and imagine. Staff will provide basic materials ...  »

2020 Chinese New Year Festival
25 Jan

Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 1st Street Southwest, Calgary

January 25, 2020 To January 26, 2020


Join the Chinese Cultural Centre as we celebrate the Lunar New Year as we transition from the Year of the Pig to the Year of the Rat! ...  »

Marlborough Mall: Chinese New Year 2020
25 Jan

Marlborough Mall, 433 Marlborough Way Northeast, Calgary

January 25, 2020



Come out to Marlborough Mall on Saturday, January 25, 2020, for a Chinese New Year Celebration! To celebrate the Year of the Rat, there will be special performances, a ...  »

24 Jan

No Filter, 840 9 Avenue Southwest, Calgary

January 24, 2020

Free with RSVP

Toni-Ville Henrik Virtanen, better known by his stage name Darude, is a Finnish DJ and record producer from Eura, Finland. He started making music in 1995 and released ...  »

Planetary and Museum of the Moon
23 Jan

Contemporary Calgary, 701 11 Street Southwest, Calgary

January 23, 2020 To March 15, 2020


Please join us for the opening reception of our latest exhibitions; Planetary and Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon. Planetary & Luke Jerram’s Museum of ...  »

All Sport One City
18 Jan

Various Locations, Calgary

January 18, 2020 To January 26, 2020



All Sport One City is the perfect way for adults to try a new sport – or to get back into activities they’ve been away from. Over ...  »

Round Dance
18 Jan

The Genesis Centre, 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary

January 18, 2020

403 247-5003

By donation

14th Annual Miskanawah Friendship Round Dance. Steeped in tradition, the Round Dance is a social gathering that brings thousands of people together to celebrate friendship, family, diversity, ...  »

Pottery Sale
15 Jan

Galleria Inglewood, 907 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary

January 15, 2020 To January 31, 2020


Annual pottery sale at Galleria, the place for Canadian made art, fine handcrafts and pottery. Take 20% off all the functional pottery in the store. A great time ...  »

No Pants C-Train Ride
12 Jan

The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club, 109 7th Avenue Southwest, Calgary

January 12, 2020

Free to attend/C Train Tickets

Take part in the 12th annual ride in Calgary. Happening simultaneously in 50+ cities around the world, the No Pants Subway Ride is a celebration of silliness to ...  »

YouthWorks 2020: photo-synthesize
11 Jan

Leighton Art Centre, 144 Street West, Millarville

January 11, 2020 To February 15, 2020


Admission by donation

Back for its sixth year, Youth Works features artwork by local high school students. This year’s theme is photo-synthesize; students will make use of photography – as ...  »

Winter Pop Up n' Play
11 Jan

New Brighton Athletic Park, 130 Avenue Southeast, Calgary

January 11, 2020


Embrace the winter and come out and play with your family. This play experience is for children to explore, create and imagine. Staff will provide basic materials ...  »

Lovenote Calgary Turns ONE!
10 Jan

Lovenote Bride, 1317 9 Ave SE, Calgary

January 10, 2020 To January 12, 2020

403 475 4177


We love any excuse to spoil our brides. Thats why, to celebrate our first birthday, we have a special shopping weekend planned for all brides who book ...  »

Champagne Drip & Luzcid
10 Jan

No Filter, 840 9 Avenue SW, Calgary

January 10, 2020


Double Vision' Tour featuring Champagne Drip & Luzcid. Champagne Drip & and Luzcid are some of the bass music most respected, and they are teaming up for an unforgettable ...  »

Tackle Debt | Free Financial Class
08 Jan

Central Calgary Public Library, 800 3 St SE, Calgary

January 8, 2020


Are you struggling with your debt? If so, this FREE in-person financial class is for you! What you’ll learn: – Strategies for paying off your debt quicker – ...  »

Southwood Winter Festival
04 Jan

Southwood Community Hall, 11 Sackville Drive Southwest, Calgary

January 4, 2020


Southwood’s Winter Festival returns! Join us for: – skating and shinny – sleigh rides – Butterfield Acres petting zoo – face painting – games – crafts and more. HOW MUCH Tickets : Free ...  »

Free First Thursday Nights January
02 Jan

Glenbow Museum, 130 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary

January 2, 2020


It’s time for the January edition of FREE FIRST THURSDAY NIGHTS! Presented by Servus Credit Union Free Admission from 5pm – 9pm on the first Thursday of ...  »

The Ashton Twins Classic Pro/Amateur
02 Jan

Grey Eagle Event Centre, 3777 Grey Eagle Drive S.W., Calgary

January 2, 2020 To January 5, 2020

Free to $70

The Ashton Twins Classic is teaming up with the powerful women of the WPBA (Women’s Professional Billiards Association) to bring the toughest competition together at the ...  »

Curling on the Island
05 Dec

St. Patrick's Island, Calgary

December 5, 2019 To March 13, 2020


Try your hand at one of Canada's most beloved winter sports! Playing outside this winter on the synthetic curling sheet on St. Patrick's Island. Play solo or ...  »

More Free Things to Do



Join for Nature Calgary Birding Activities


Join Nature Calgary to search various birding activities including bird counts, day trips etc.


Various Dates in January @ Various Venues



Jeans & Jazz

Join for Jeans and Jazz – Enjoy great music with no cover charge.

Saturday nights | 8 PM – 11 PM @ Vin Room Mission (2310-4th St SW) and Vin Room West (8561-8A Ave SW).



Saturday Jam Session


Come check out Kawa’s Saturday afternoon jam session! The jam is open to all ages and levels of experience.


Saturdays | 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM @ Kawa Espresso Bar, 1333 8th Street SW, Calgary



Enjoy Winter in Calgary


Go outdoor skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing at the many locations in Calgary. Try spotting winter birds at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.

Winter Season @ Calgary
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