These Calgary Date Ideas Are Perfect for Sticking to Your Dry January Goals

January is the month for setting new goals and these activities are great to keep you on track!

Now that the holidays have winded down, we often feel like we need a break and a reset. January is a time for setting goals, wellness, focusing on you, and taking your time starting anew.

Calgary is buzzing with exciting events for those participating in Dry January. There’s something for everyone to enjoy without the need for a drink in hand.

Check out these events all around Calgary happening this January and February!

Mean Girls (Broadway)

January 16-21, various showtimes at Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14 Ave NW)

What could be better than spending your Dry January with a fun musical? This one’s a classic – Coming straight from Broadway, Mean Girls is a hilarious musical brought to you by Tina Fey, the genius behind “30 Rock.” It’s all about a new girl getting caught up with a trio of popular frenemies. Mean Girls brings the laughs with loads of energy, a wicked sense of humour, and some awesome inside jokes. It’s located at Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium with various showtimes!

Get your tickets here.

Stage West Theatre Restaurants presents Step by Step 

Until February 4, various showtimes at Stage West Calgary  (727 42 Ave SE)

Check out how the coolest boy bands evolved, starting from the Beatles and The Bee Gees, moving on to New Kids on the Block, and then rocking with *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. It’s the a journey through the best of boy band history! Get ready to jam to all the wild hits like “Hard Day’s Night,” “Daydream Believer,” “Night Fever,” “Step by Step,” “Bye, Bye, Bye,” and “I Want It That Way.” You’ll be screaming and chair-dancing to the ultimate playlist from the most talented boy bands in music history.

Get your tickets here.

Films at the Fort 

 January 6, 7, 13, 14, 27, various times at Fort Calgary Burnswest Theatre (750 9 Avenue SE)

Dry January is the month for movies! Get ready for some great movie nights at Films at the Fort this January at Fort Calgary’s Burnswest Theatre! They’re showing classic movies that are lined up like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Princess Bride, and Star Wars: A New Hope. Every ticket includes popcorn and entry to the interpretive center. What a chill way to kick off the new year!

Get your tickets here.

Winter Sleigh Rides at Boundary Ranch

January 6, 7, 13, 14, 27, various times at Boundary Ranch (AB-40, Kananaskis)

Snuggle up in a horse-drawn sleigh with a warm blanket and take in the breathtaking winter wonderland and snowy mountain views along the awesome trails around Boundary Ranch. Ditch the alcohol and sip on some hot chocolate instead!

Book your sleigh ride now here.

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival 

February 3, 4, 10, 11, 11AM – 6PM at Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st Street SW)

Gear up for The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre’s Chinese New Year Festival 2024! It’s a fun filled event celebrating the rich culture in the city. Dive into two weekends packed with multicultural performances, a cool vendor market, dragon and lion dances, art exhibits, and loads more—all for free! Bring your friends and family for an unforgettable night filled with cultural richness and community spirit. 

Free admission!

Curling On St. Patrick’s Island

January 26 – February 24, 8AM-6PM at Confluence Plaza (St. Patrick’s Island, 1300 12 St NE)

Get set to create some winter memories without the need of alcohol at the curling rink located on St. Patrick’s Island! It’s the East Village’s 31-acre backyard with a cool synthetic curling setup is right by Confluence Plaza, close to the island washrooms and the Calgary Zoo parking lot.

Free admission!

Skate the Olympic Oval 

Until March 14, various times at The Olympic Oval (288 Collegiate Blvd NW)

Forget the cocktails, and settle for some public skating fun at The Olympic Oval, Calgary’s biggest ice rink! Check out the skating schedule for hours and rates. Need skates? No worries, rentals are available too!

View the skating schedule here.

Beyond the Run: The Terry Fox Van of Hope Exhibit

Until January 28, 10AM-4PM at Gasoline Alley Museum (1900 Heritage Dr SW)

Beyond the run is the iconic Terry Fox van at Gasoline Alley Museum’s exhibit. Head to the Gasoline Alley Museum and go on a historical date through the exhibition with interactive elements and images of Terry Fox’s inspiring journey.

Get your tickets here.

Start your year with wellness and make a plan for your goals ahead! Learn how here.

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