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10 things to do in Calgary on Family Day weekend


There are plenty of local events and activities you can check out in Calgary this weekend.

Here's a look at just 10 things happening around the city:

Wildlife Festival

  • What: Meet a sloth, wrangle a Wallaby or pose with a porcupine at Cobbs Exotic Animal Rescue's Wildlife Festival.
  • When:
  • Friday, Feb. 16 from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and then 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (adults only)
  • Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Nutrien Western Event Center, 1800 Stampede Trail S.E.
  • Cost: Free for kids three and under, $16 in advance ($20 at the door) for general admission and $26 in advance ($30 at the door) for adults-only night.


  • What: Head to the Bow Habitat Station for Calgary's 12th annual Fishtival. The vent includes family-friendly games and activities, fish feeding and theatrical performances.
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Bow Habitat Station in Pearce Estate Park, 1440 17A St. S.E.
  • Cost: Children (three and under) are free, youth (four to 17) are $6, seniors (65+) are $8 and for adults (18-64) tickets are $10. Family passes (two adults and four kids) are available for $30.

Chinook Blast

  • What: Chinook Blast is a celebration of community, culture and civic pride featuring art, music, theatre, sport and recreation.
  • When: Until Feb. 19.
  • Where: Various venues throughout Calgary.
  • Cost: Prices vary depending on the event, but some are free.

Family Day Brunch at Heritage Park

  • What: Round up your loved ones and celebrate Family Day with brunch at Heritage Park.
  • When: Monday, Feb. 19 from from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Gasoline Alley Museum Mezzanine, Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W.
  • Cost: $43.95 for adults (16+), $28.95 for children (three to five) and free for children two and under.

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

  • What: Dozens of vendors will be selling specialty hot chocolates for charity during Calgary's annual YYC Hot Chocolate Fest. A portion of the sales go to Calgary Meals on Wheels.
  • When: Until Feb. 29.
  • Where: Various locations throughout Calgary.
  • Cost: Prices vary


  • What: Kids and their family members can head to Loose Moose to watch a performance of Thumbelina, aimed for those between four and 10 years old.
  • When: Loose Moose Theatre, 1235 26 Ave. S.E.
  • Where: Saturdays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m and 3 p.m., until Feb. 25.
  • Cost: $18.89

Heist at Vertigo Theatre

  • What: Heist is a play about a diamond heist gone wrong, described by the Vertigo Theatre as fast-paced and full of guns, lasers and betrayal.
  • When: Until Feb. 25
  • Where: Vertigo Theatre, 115 Nine Ave. S.E. 
  • Cost: Prices vary

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