26 Things to Do This January in YYC

New year, new feels, new chances. Same dreams, fresh starts.

And just like that it’s officially two years until 2020, people born in 2000 are starting to hit the clubs and it’s an even numbered year – aka you’ve made it to 2018. Yaass.

Ring in the new year by setting intentions for the what’s to come. Whether this is through recommitting to your workout routine, planning, redefining your idea of a date night with your bae, you do you because this year is your year.

Cheers to all the bad ass things you’ll do this year, here’s some ideas to get you started:

1. Make It: Visual Arts Residency at Koi
January 2nd-8th from 430-11pm
Cafe Koi, 1011 1ST St SW #100

Let your creativity run wild with this visual arts event. A new fabricated stellar, futuristic collection by Make It YYC includes 3D psychedelic art pieces playing on texture, shape, light, sacred geometry and imagination to transport your mind.

2. Calgary Zoo Lights
Runs until Saturday, January 6th
Nightly from 6-9pm
Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George’s Drive NE

The traditional Calgary Zoo Lights is back again for its 20th year and sure to be more lit. A perfect evening with your family or a date night awaits you as the Calgary Zoo transforms its grounds at night into a festival showcase of lights shaped in your favorite animals. Enjoy some hot chocolate and activities as you walk in this Winter Wonderland. Tickets are $14.95 for 16+ and $11.95 for kids ages 3yrs – 15yrs.

3. Electric Winter Nights – Feed Me
January 1st from 9pm-2am
The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Avenue SW

Music fanatic and love electronic? Electric Winter Nights music festival is coming to The Palace Theatre in January 2018. Enjoy a night of electronic music in the heart of downtown.

4. Southcentre DIY Night with Pinnovate
January 11th from 7-9pm
Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Road SE

The best way to start a new year? Create a Bucket List board to get you inspired to take on 2018. All the materials you need will be provided to get yo’ craft on. Meet in the Inner Circle (Centre Court) at 7pm. Guests will also receive a Southcentre Mall swag bag to take home.

5. Calgary Renovation Show
January 12th-14th
BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way SE

Get ready to deck out your place. Find fresh inspiration, helpful tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces with hundreds of experts all under one roof.

6. Clear Your Head
Clear Float Spa, 1800 4 St SW #105

Whether you’re looking to float all your worries away with bae or give yourself a little treat, Clear Float Spa is a must this January. Start off the new year worry-free as you enter an euphoria of total relaxation.


7. Babes Who Brunch
January 13th from 10am-12pm
MARKET Calgary, 17 Avenue SW

Don’t let the cute name fool you, this is one bad ass brunch. On Saturday, January 13th, join The Ace Class for mimosas, a two-course brunch and stimulating conversation led by featured speaker, Amber Romaniuk a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, holistic health food expert and speaker dedicated to educate on healthy eating and overcoming self-sabotage with food.

8. The Wedding Fair
January 14th from 930am-5pm
BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way SE

The one-stop shop for all things weddings, The Wedding Fair is back this January featuring some of the top wedding specialists from Calgary and surrounding areas. You’ll get to compare, taste, touch, and see all the latest wedding trends.

9. Trivia Night at Wurst: Star Wars
January 16th from 7-9pm
Wurst, 2437 4 Street Southwest

On Tuesday January 16th, 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 can’t wait to see you there. This is an 18+ event.

10. Women’s March Calgary
January 20th from 12-3pm
Women are Persons Monument, 205 8th Ave SE

Ladies – make a statement and march it out with this one. This will be in solidarity with cities across North America for this anniversary event. Speakers/performers to be announced.

11. Box It Out
UNDRCARD, 349 10 Ave SW

Start 2018 with a breakthrough and one of our fave sweat dates: boxing. Leave all those frustrations out on the floor as you go through a series of moves sure to have you feeling like a bad ass afterwards (and sore). 1 2 3, HOOK. 1 2 3, UPPERCUT. Bye 2017, we ain’t looking back.

12. Your Yoga Collective: INTEND
January 20th from 12-8pm
Prospect Place, 505 2nd Street SW

Get your yogi on with this series of four, one-day yoga events hosted throughout 2018. Their first event, INTEND, is focused on creating a space to clear your hearts and minds and prepare you set your intentions for the new year. There will be yoga, meditation, yoga nidra, restorative yoga, live mantra music and even options for seniors or those with limited mobility. And, of course, a marketplace to pick yourself up some yogi-approved goodies.

13. The Bash
January 20th-21st
The Hudson, 6th Floor, 200 8 Ave SW

Brides – this one’s for you. Find all the local wedding inspiration you need from Calgary’s most trendsetting and stylish wedding vendors in one place. Gather your bridesmaids and get ready for this unique and inspiring wedding event.

14. Toast Volume 01. Wealth & Investment
January 23rd from 730-9am
ATB Financial, 102 8 Avenue 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.

15. New Year New Brewmaster’s Series #1
January 23rd from 6-9pm
CRAFT Beer Market Southcentre, #273A 100 Anderson Road SE

A unique dinner experience with craft beer pairings from a local Craft Brewery. Hosted by Executive Chef Dave Philips and the Brewery themselves. Each guest will enjoy an Amuse Bouch followed by three courses paired with complimenting beer and of course, there will be dessert (also paired with beer).

16. Speed Dating (Singles 25+)
January 24th 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.

January 25th-27th at 8pm daily
Theatre Junction, 608 1 St SW

“Monster, this F**KING word persecutes me.” Experience a different kind of show with MDLSX presented by Theatre Junction and One Yellow Rabbit as part of the 32nd annual High Performance Rodeo.

18. Game On
The Rec Room, 1180 – 901 64 Avenue NE

Your go-to social playground, The Rec Room is the perfect place to keep those playful vibes strong from the holiday break in the New Year. Round up your fave couple(s) and make it a double date or triple date but make sure to bring your A-game – it’s about to get competitive. Disclaimer: we are not responsible for any relationship disputes.

19. Parkforum
January 27th-28th from 9am-5pm
cSPACE, 1721 29 Avenue SW

Drawing artists & designers from all levels of experience, the PARKFORUM Creative Entrepreneur Seminars is an educational weekend event focused on teaching attendees how to grow and sustain their businesses in the creative industry.

20. Electric Winter Nights – Ben Nicky
January 27th from 9pm-2am
The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Avenue SW

Music fanatic and love electronic? Electric Winter Nights music festival is coming to The Palace Theatre in January 2018. Enjoy a night of electronic music in the heart of downtown.

21. 2018 YYC Hot Chocolate Fest Launch
January 28th from 10am-12pm
Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Road SE

It’s that delicious time of year again. To kick off the 7th Annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest, you are invited to the official launch. Join in the hot chocolate fun for the official “inaugural sip” to formally commence the festival at 10am sharp. Enjoy free hot chocolate samples from some of the competing local businesses.


22. Trivia Night at Wurst: Friends
January 30th from 7-9pm
Wurst, 2437 4 Street Southwest

Cue the famous Friends claps. On Tuesday January 30th, 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 can’t wait to see you there. This is an 18+ event.

23. Ride It Out
YYC Cycle
Get out of your head and tune into the beat with a spin class. The best way to sweat all those holiday toxins and to work on that cardio is on the bike. Escape from your day-to-day and let the music drift you away – don’t let off that beat fam. You got this.

24. 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.

25. Wing Woman
January 31st from 6-8pm
Commonwealth Bar & Stage, 731 10 Ave SW

Taking a speed dating format, Wingwoman’s monthly event is designed to connect women with other women in a fun, approachable and non-boring networking way – trust us, there will be no unflattering power suits or stuffy conference rooms here. Instead, this casual power hour will give you the opportunity to chat it up with other fierce, like-minded women for three minutes at a time, with the goal of finding the perfect match for what you’re missing in your tribe. And since not all women have the same needs (duh!), we offer different themes monthly so you can get the most of your time and get back to building your empire.

26. Pulse It Out
Barre Body Studio, Ramsay or Bow Trail

A low impact but highly intensive way to spring back into your workout routine. Grab your sweat dates, your best workout gear and we’ll meet you at the barre to tap into our mind-body connection.

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