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 

31 Jan

Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Rd SE, Calgary

January 31, 2019


It’s back! Kick off the 8th annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest at Southcentre Mall. Enjoy delicious free hot chocolate samples from our participating vendors and learn ...  »

31 Jan

Various Venues, Calgary

January 31, 2019 To February 2, 2019

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 ...  »

31 Jan

Commonwealth Bar & Stage, 731 10 Avenue Southwest, Calgary

January 31, 2019

Free RSVP - valid till 1130pm

Soulection’s own Dutch R&B/Soul DJ Jarreau Vandal brings the vibes to the Commonwealth Basement. Born in Maastricht, raised in Amsterdam, Jarreau grew up ...  »

30 Jan

Craft Beer Market, 345 10th Avenue Southwest, Calgary

January 30, 2019

No Cover

Out with the old and in with the new! We are giving our Beer Menu an overhaul. 25 beers will be coming off the current menu to make ...  »

29 Jan

Alberta College of Art + Design cafeteria, 1407 14 Ave NW, Calgary

January 29, 2019 To January 31, 2019



In order to raise money for the annual ACAD Design program trip to New York City, the ACAD Design students are hosting a three-day Pop-Up Thrift Shop ...  »

28 Jan

Ship & Anchor Pub, 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary

January 28, 2019


Ship Arcade Is a free monthly event at the @Ship and Anchor featuring all your favorite consoles and arcade cabinets from the 80’s to the modern era. ...  »

26 Jan

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

January 26, 2019 To February 3, 2019


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

26 Jan

Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton, Market Street Southeast, Calgary

January 26, 2019 To February 23, 2019


Free Carnival Activities

Join us for a free fun-filled family carnival each Saturday from January 26 – February 23 to help celebrate the opening of Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton. Festivities will include ...  »

25 Jan

Irish Cultural Center, 6452 35th Avenue Northwest, Calgary

January 25, 2019


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

21 Jan

Various Locations, Calgary

January 21, 2019 To January 26, 2019


$0.00 - FREE

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 ...  »

20 Jan

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, 200 198070 Hwy 22, Priddis

January 20, 2019



Join us to witness the earth’s shadow as it passes across the face of the full moon.   »

19 Jan

Calgary Farmers' Market, 510 77th Avenue Southeast, Calgary

January 19, 2019



Laugh and Play with Frosty at the Calgary Farmers’ Market! In partnership with Strategic Group & Project Warmth*, they’ll be having a celebration with the jolly ...  »

16 Jan

Various Venues, Banff

January 16, 2019 To January 27, 2019


In the heart of the winter months, Banff National Park invites visitors to embrace the cold, vigour, and fun that winter brings. The annual SnowDays celebration is ...  »

16 Jan

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise

January 16, 2019 To January 27, 2019

Free & Ticketed Days

Set in the spectacular surroundings of Lake Louise, the Ice Magic Festival is a world class event with over 20 years of history. Watch as talented ice artists ...  »

15 Jan

Galleria Inglewood, 907 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary

January 15, 2019 To January 31, 2019


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 ...  »

14 Jan

Calgary JCC, 1607, 90 Avenue Southwest, Southwest Calgary, Calgary

January 14, 2019 To January 20, 2019



Between January 14 and 20, the Calgary Jewish Community Centre will be offering 95 free classes during our annual FitWeek event including aquafit, group exercise, and fitness classes for people ...  »

11 Jan

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

January 11, 2019 To January 13, 2019

Free and Ticketed areas

Join us for one of the most exciting events on Canadian soil this winter! On Friday, January 11th at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, we ...  »

11 Jan

Granary Road, 226066 112th Street West, De Winton

January 11, 2019 To January 13, 2019



Come out to Granary Road and enjoy our Ukrainian Festival where we will be celebrating everything Ukraine. With specialty market vendors, traditional cuisine along side our great ...  »

10 Jan

Hotel Blackfoot, 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary

January 10, 2019 To January 31, 2019



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. ...  »

05 Jan

Southwood Community Hall, 11 Sackville Drive Southwest, Calgary

January 5, 2019


Southwood’s Winter Festival returns! Join us for: – skating and shinny – sleigh rides – Butterfield Acres petting zoo – face painting – games – crafts and more. KidSport Skate Shack will ...  »

03 Jan

Glenbow Museum, 130 9th Avenue Southeast, Calgary

January 3, 2019


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 ...  »

09 Dec

Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary

December 9, 2018 To January 6, 2019



Running throughout the Holiday Season, Spruce Meadows invites your entire family – together with your Christmas guests – to enjoy the Christmas Lights @ Spruce Meadows. Each evening Scotiabank, Bennett ...  »

08 Dec

The Blackboard Gallery, #225, 1721 29th Avenue Southwest, Calgary

December 8, 2018 To January 26, 2019



The Blackboard Gallery Presents:Jennifer Park True North: Faith in Nature Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. Imagine nature as religion. Animals and plants as saints and forests ...  »

01 Dec

14 St NW & 24 Ave NW, Calgary

December 1, 2018 To January 8, 2019


The Festival of Lights is the largest FREE drive-by Christmas Lights showcase in Calgary. It’s comprised of over 450,000 bulbs on 16,000 strings along 14 th St NW.  »

01 Dec

Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary

December 1, 2018 To March 15, 2019


Enjoy ice skating at Olympic Plaza. Bring your own equipment or rent skates and helmets from the Skate Hut. Skating is free of charge Who is it ...  »

01 Dec

Leighton Art Centre, 282027 144 Street West, Foothills No. 31

December 1, 2018 To January 5, 2019



Back for its fifth year, Youth Works features artwork by local Junior & Senior High School students. 2018 Participating Schools: – Alberta School of Fine Arts – Bishop Carroll High ...  »

01 Dec

St. Patrick's Island, Calgary

December 1, 2018 To March 31, 2019


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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