Just when you thought you had seen all that Calgary has to offer in terms of winter dates, Chinook Blast – powered by Shaw, enters the chat. With Calgary’s biggest winter festival launching Thursday, February 4th for four weeks of fun, you’ll want to get off that couch, take your date out and warm up your winter with some unique dates at Chinook Blast!
2020 was the first year of Chinook Blast, born with the intention to bring Calgarians together in the midst of what can sometimes be a cold, harsh winter. This inclusive winter initiative is intended to bring us together and prove that YYC is an energized place to be, filled with culture, inspiration, not to mention a hub for local artists and creators.
Luckily, this amazing festival is on throughout Valentine’s Weekend, so you can plan a super unique V-Day date that you won’t soon forget!
Experience unique winter dates at Chinook Blast – Calgary’s winter festival celebration.
This year, Chinook Blast will be heating up our city with a celebration of community, while The best of Calgary’s art, music, theatre, sport and recreation sits proudly on display – with safety measures in place.
The Pillar Events
- Glow will be taking place across two weekends of Chinook Blast. From Friday, February 10th until Saturday, February 12th, and from Friday, Feb 17th – Saturday, Feb 19th, you will be able to come see the magic of Glow, the annual winter light festival, happening right in the heart of downtown.
- Block Heater is a live music program fuelled by the Calgary Folk Music Fest that should not be overlooked. This year, Block Heater 7.0, features two free outdoor shows at Olympic Plaza on Friday, Feb 18 and Saturday, Feb 19. They will also hold two physically-distanced concerts in Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Concert Hall on Sunday, Feb 20. A special, free, digital Black History Month panel discussion kicks off Block Heater on Thursday, Feb 17.
- This year’s Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture will be on Saturday, Feb 26, as a Black History (Excellence) Month Celebration. They will be showcasing the vibrancy and resilience of Afro Canadian/ Caribbean people through amazing cultural heritage.
Events at The Hub
Over four weeks, The Hub features free festivities in Calgary’s city centre, including three unique areas of art installations, pop-up performances, a community stage, an artists pavilion and more. Each weekend will host unique programming – click here for updates!
Chinook Blast HQ at Olympic Plaza
Asian Night Market, the Atrium at City Hall
Artists Pavilion at Calgary Central Library Sponsored by TD Bank Group
Northern Reflections Augmented Art Tour Inglewood + East Village
Friends of Chinook Blast: Calgary’s local artists and organizations are planning sporting, recreation, and arts and culture events and other activities as part of Chinook Blast.
Community Pop-Ups: Calgary’s community associations will be lighting up their neighhourhoods and creating their own Chinook Blast experiences.
Visit the Chinook Blast social channels to see all the fun!
- Instagram – @ChinookBlast
- Facebook – @ChinookBlast
- Twitter – @ChinookBlast