The excitement of December may be over for another year, but there is plenty of fun to be had in Calgary in January. From sports to outdoor festivals and eye-catching theatre shows, check out the events taking place for families in YYC in the first month of 2023!
Family Fun Things to Do in Calgary in January
Harlem Globetrotters World Tour | scotiabanksaddledome.com
Saturday, January 7 at 3 pm at Scotiabank Saddledome
If you’ve never had a chance to check out the Harlem Globetrotters, you won’t want to miss their show on Saturday January 7 at the Saddledome. Tickets are super affordable for this show that’s a mix of basketball handling skills and hilarious comedy. Slam dunks, trick shots, jokes galore, and on-court fan interaction is just the beginning of your Globetrotters experience. It’s the perfect way to wrap up your holidays before sending the kids back to school! Tickets start at $26.25.
Chinese New Year Festival | culturalcentre.ca
January 14, 15, 21, 22 from 11 am – 6 pm
West Side of the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1 Street SW
The Year of the Tiger is giving way to the Year of the Rabbit and the Chinese Cultural Centre wants you to join in the celebration of the Lunar New Year! The four-day celebration takes place in accordance with the Chinese Cultural Centre’s mission of enriching and educating a traditional holiday with the public. The event features dragon and lion dances, multicultural performances, an art exhibition, food stalls, games, and a marketplace.
Calgary Renovation Show | calgaryrenovationshow.com
January 13-15 at the BMO Centre
Have you been dreaming about renovations but aren’t quite sure how to get started? If it’s Calgary in January you can head to the Calgary Renovation Show! Check out home-related products and services, get inspired by stunning displays, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local and international home professionals. With 150+ booths to explore, you’ll have all the inspiration (and maybe even the contractors and tools!) to get going on whatever project you’ve got in the works. General Admission is $13 for anyone 13 and over, Seniors are $10, and admission after 4 pm is $6.50. Buy your tickets online to save $2 per admission. Donations to Habitat for Humanity International and Youth Central are also being collected.
Charlotte and the Music Maker | calgaryphil.com
January 15 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall
Symphony Sundays for Kids presents Charlotte and the Music Maker – the story of a girl who plays the trumpet on a cardboard tube, the xylophone with two knitting needles, and the drums on anything that bangs. Her musical talents are not appreciated at home, so she sets off into the wide world, where the Music Maker comes to her rescue. Families are encouraged to come early for the Instrument Discovery Zoo at 2PM. Tickets start at $30 for children, $36 for students and seniors and $41 for adults.
Chinook Blast | chinookblast.ca
January 27 – February 12
Who says we need to lock ourselves inside all winter while we wait for things to warm up? Chinook Blast is Calgary’s winter festival that brings together partners from the arts, nonprofit, neighbourhood, tourism, and sports communities to create an inclusive event that showcases the best of our city. This multi-day celebration includes tons of must-see events including light and art installations and family skating located at the Chinook Blast Hub every day, and the following events on specific dates:
High Performance Rodeo | hprodeo.ca
January 16–February 5
High Performance Rodeo is a 37-year performing arts festival in Calgary in January that runs through to February. This year’s festival will present artists from here at home and from around the world – as far as Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and further from the United Kingdom, Spain, and the USA. Performances range anywhere from massive orchestras riffing on Radiohead to immersive performances for audiences of five and everything in between! Some shows require tickets and others are free. See the High Performance Rodeo and Chinook Blast websites for show locations and ticket information.
BIG Winter Classic | bigwinterclassic.com
This 4-day music and arts festival may be a bit more suitable for older members of your family, but check out the lineup to see if there are performers you’ve been dying to check out! Day passes and pricing will be available early January 2023, when the schedule is released. A day pass gives you the freedom to check out all of the venues on the selected day, but entry is subject to venue capacity. Full weekend passes ($111+tax) will get you access to all shows for the entire festival period (subject to venue capacity). Tickets for single venues guarantee you entry to specific venues on specific nights.
Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer | theatrecalgary.com
January 31-February 19
For some thought-provoking satire that will leave you with plenty to talk about after the lights come up, check out Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer – a story by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Kevin Loring. This play follows Little Red, who is the last remaining member of the Little Red Warrior Nation. When Red discovers that a land development firm has violated his traditional territory, he attacks one of the engineers, gets arrested, and is assigned a court–appointed lawyer, who he ends up moving in with. Theatre Calgary is proud to present this show as a joint presentation with Making Treaty 7. Tickets start at $67.
Do you plan to take part in any of the events from our list? Is there something else you’re looking forward to doing with your family in and around Calgary in January? Let us know in the comments!
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