It’s here, party people! After much anticipation, Family Day is just around the bend and so are some incredible events perfect for you and yours. From immersive exhibits to galas, festivals and hockey games here are 12 things to do in Calgary this week, February 16th to the 19th. Enjoy!

Alberta Museums

Looking for something cheap and exciting? This long weekend, families will be able to learn from and explore some of Alberta’s very best and brightest spots for FREE! From the Royal Alberta Museum to the Lougheed House, the province will be offering free admission on Family Day.

When: Monday, February 19th, 2024

Diversecities’ Lunar New Year Gala

Featuring cultural entertainment and activities, networking, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, a photo booth, lucky draws, and more the 2024 Diversecities Gala will return in celebration of the Lunar New Year.

When:  Friday, February 16th, 2024
Where: 130 3 Avenue Southeast Calgary
Time: 6 pm – 10 pm
Cost: $95

Sponsored pick: Family Day at The Military Museums

You’re in for a full day of fun activities planned for the whole family! From kid’s crafts, military board games, and scavenger hunts, there’s something for everyone. You can hold genuine artifacts, join gallery tours, trace your military genealogy, and even “Ask a Conservator” all about preserving personal historical artifacts! As for live events, catch the Black Powder demonstration and be sure to leave time for a tour of the Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Canadian Military Medicine exhibition & a family photoshoot

When: Monday, February 19th (Family Day) from 9 AM to 5 PM
Where: The Military Museums, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW
Cost: click here for all ticket options

Ice Dragon Boat Festival

Up for a bit of a drive? With a ‘pass the poutine contest,’ a beer garden and sleigh rides, Sylvan Lake’s Ice Dragon Boat Races kicks off this Friday! This Family Day weekend, check out Alberta’s favourite Lake Town for a series of exciting events, fun activities and fresh air.

When: Friday, February 17th – 20th, 2023
Where: See directions here
Time: 8 pm – 9 pm
Cost: Prices vary per activity

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Sponsored pick: Chinook Blast


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Chinook Blast is back for another year with old favourites along with some new and exciting features. Expect activations throughout Calgary’s downtown from Friday, February 2 until Monday, February 19. There will be live performances, dazzling light displays, lots of Instagramable moments, and interactive winter events. Check out the Chinook Blast website for a full breakdown of scheduled events and locations. This might just be the best year yet!

When: Friday, February 2 – Monday, February 19, 2024
Where: Various locations through Calgary’s downtown
Cost: Free to attend

Da Vinci: The Exhibition 

This weekend a new immersive experience will take you on a journey through time! Described as a hands-on examination of the artist’s life and research, this experience will feature 60 fully-built life-sized inventions, more than 20 studies and dozens of beautiful displays.

When: Until May 5th, 2024
Where: TELUS Spark Science Centre – 220 Saint George’s Drive Northeast, Calgary
Cost: $26

Sponsored pick: Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo

It’s no secret that we embrace winter here in Calgary, and you’ll find things to do in some of the most unexpected places – like the zoo! You might think the zoo is just for summertime, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. What better season to see polar bears frolicking in the snow, or penguins strutting their stuff through the boulevards? Yes, you read that right. From the Wild Canada exhibit to the daily penguin walk that’s exactly as cute as it sounds, there’s tons to see at the zoo this winter, and no two visits are the same!

When: 9 AM – 5 PM, 7 days a week
Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE Calgary
Cost: Priced day-to-day, see website for details

SPACE: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond

Can’t get enough of TELUS Spark? Aptly named SPACE: A Journey to the Moon and Beyond, the science centre’s newest exhibit will feature beautiful effects and stunning visuals. From the Apollo 11 lunar landing to constellations, attendees are in for an immersive experience that will feel as though they’re exploring star clusters and planets – a dream of any jr. astronomer.

Where: TELUS Spark Science Centre – 220 Saint George’s Drive Northeast, Calgary

Sponsored pick: Family Day Portraits at Deerfoot City

We all love a day off, but why not really celebrate Family Day this year by getting a professional family portrait? Deerfoot City will be offering black and white family portraits by donation to The Alex, a non-profit that provides care to the city’s most vulnerable. You’ll get a digital copy of your photo, with prints available on-site for purchase. Stop by Deerfoot City on Family Day weekend to get your photos!

Check out the link in @curiocitycalgary’s bio to book your timeslot!

When: 1 PM to 4 PM, Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18
Where: Deerfoot City, 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary,
Cost: By donation

Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets

Love hockey?! Head over to the Saddledome where you’re encouraged to grab a pocket dog and a beer, then cheer the Flames to victory when they take on the Philidelphia Flyers. For their tickets head to the link above.

When:  Monday, February 19th, 2024
Where: 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Time: 2 pm
Cost: $51+

Studio Bell National Music Centre

Appreciate Canada’s music scene? If you don’t already prepare to be amazed! This Family Day, you can check out The National Music Centre, where admission will be FREE in hopes of getting your entire unit out and about!

When: Monday, February 19th, 2024
Where: 850 4 St SE, Calgary, AB


Pop some corn and grab the whole family! Cineplex Canada’s Family Favourites deal is back and every Friday this February you enjoy a kid-approved classic for just $2.99.

When: Fridays this February
Where:  See Cineplex locations near you above
Cost: $2.99+

Whew, there you have it, friends. 12 things to do in Calgary this week, February 16th to the 19th. What will you check out first?