Fun Winter Festivals in Calgary
It's no secret that Calgarians live through a significant winter season each year, with lots of snow days that can sometimes result in the winter blues. If you're running out of things to do inside, and another ski day doesn't sound like the way you want to spend the weekend, consider some of the festivals taking place this winter in Calgary instead.
East Village Hygge Hut
Hygge, the Scandinavian idea of of a special kind of well being and togetherness, is celebrated in East Village at the cozy Hygge Hut. Cozy up with your loved ones in this special space and enjoy seasonal entertainment like ice carving demos, fireside story time, live music performances, and more.
Drive just an hour outside of Calgary to Banff SnowDays this January. This annual celebration is a family friendly favorite, where the streets are filled with giant snow sculptures, fun activities for all ages, a SnowDays play zone, and special menus from local bars and restaurants. Don't forget to check out skijoring, a thrilling combination of skiing and cowboy culture.
Chinese New Year Festival at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
Ring in the New Year at the Calgary Chines Cultural Centre's Chinese New Year Festival. Celebrations will include a lantern exhibition, Calligraphy demonstration, food trucks and kiosks, artisan crafts for sale, and even ice sculptures in Chinatown if weather cooperates.
For two weekends in February, Downtown Calgary is transformed into a dynamic world of light for GlowFest. Immersive art displays, special performances, and outdoor dining with fire pits and extended patios make the city come alive. Explore with kids of all ages to see how creative arts use light as a medium to create breathtaking displays, making winter's darkest days into the perfect canvas.
Before GlowFest, Calgarians noticed how gloomy the short days could begin to feel toward the end of the winter. This is the perfect way to take something no one loved about the city and transform it into one of the best parts of the year.
What better way to celebrate being a Calgarian than at Chinook Blast? Bundle up and enjoy the vibrance of the city this February. Every penny of the budget for Chinook Blast is spent on Calgary-owned businesses, so you can rest assured that however you enjoy the celebrations you will be supporting local. The best of the city's art, theatre, sport, recreation, and food scene are all on display to remind you just how much there is to love about Calgary.
Teams of local artists have teamed up to make this year's Chinook Blast even more memorable, with Northern Reflections. The project takes over business windows in Inglewood with augmented reality murals to celebrate the power of art, music, and local businesses.