Things to do for Valentines Day in Calgary (2019)

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Valentines Day in Calgary

There are always a number of events taking place around Calgary ahead of Valentines day, as well as on February 14th itself. We thought it would be fun to list some of the lesser known things you can do for valentines day in Calgary. Have a really fun night out as a couple! Or just end up staying at home anyway and watching Netflix but maybe ordering food and buying ice cream? Something like that. Here’s a list of things to do in Calgary for Valentines day.

Valentines Day Events for 2019

Below is a list of things to do in Calgary for Valentines Day 2019. Is there something missing from the list? Drop in a comment at the bottom!

PSA! Edible Arrangements downtown on 7th Avenue always has a good selection of gifts for Valentine’s Day! Plus birthdays, Christmas etc.

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Calgary Opera’s 3rd Annual Valentine Ball

Treat your valentine to an unforgettable night on the town and celebrate romance in style with Calgary’s most glamorous gala. Tickets include a champagne reception, gourmet meal, showstopping musical performances, and revelry in support of the arts in our community.

  • When: Saturday, February 9th, 2019
  • Where: Crystal Ballroom – Calgary Fairmont Palliser Hotel
  • Cost:
    • Individual Tickets $400/ticket ($200 tax receipt)
    • Reserve a Table $4000/Table ($2000 tax receipt)
    • Sweetheart Package $975/couple ($400 tax receipt). Includes2 Valentine Ball tickets. 1 Night at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in a Fairmont Room (room & taxes included), Valet Parking and a Valentine Gift.

Click here for more info/to purchase tickets.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra: Rush Hour Romance

In this special Valentine’s Day concert, let three giants of French music infuse your evening with the sensual romance of Paris! Whether with your special someone or flying solo, bask in an explosion of sumptuous French delicacies: the rich bravado of Berlioz’s Le Corsaire, Ravel’s fiery Tzigane, and Debussy’s La mer. The perfect date night!

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Cat Cafe Adults Only Valentines Date Night (18+)

Join us this Valentines Day for an Adults Only Date Night with the kitties. Includes a 45 minute kitty visit, two small hot beverages of your choosing, and a shareable mini-heart cake from Baked From the Heart (vegan & gluten friendly) per couple. Treat that special person in your life to a one-of-a-kind experience with this PURRfect date night.

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Calgary Zoo – In The Heat Of The Night (18+)

The Calgary Zoo is cranking up the Valentine’s Day heat with this special event. Wine and dine your date with a delicious 4-course meal, romantic music, games, onsite photographer and a playful intimate exchange about romance in the wild. Choose from two available dates: Thursday, February 14 or Friday, February 15.

Looking to purchase a gift for your date? Marmot stuffies are available for $15 and will be delivered to your table during dinner.

  • When: Choose from Thursday, February 14 or Friday, February 15
  • Cost: $115.00
  • Time: 6 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Plated Dinner Service: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (menu)
  • Naughty Talk: 8:45 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Members receive a 10% discount (see below link for details).

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Dave Kelly Live Valentines Day Special

A unique live show experience, packed with performances, interviews, games, stories, and anything else that makes Dave laugh. Our tradition of making Dave Kelly Live a date night continues in 2019. Bring a date! Bring a friend! Bring yourself!

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GLOW – Downtown Winter Light Festival

Back again for another year of awesome light installations lighting up the downtown, GLOW is back with ‘Love Lights’, on Valentines day in Calgary. It’s free and spectacular. It includes not only one of a kind mind blowing light installations, but some are even interactive. Last year the had exhibits placed throughout downtown were really fun, kids loved them.

It runs from February 14th – 18th, 5 pm – 11 pm. Free!

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Here’s where you can find the 2019 GLOW installations: (the below info is taken from their website)

  • Entre Les Rangs. Olympic Plaza 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2P 2M5
    • An expanse of long, waving crystalline stems planted in the heart of the city. A tribute to fields of wheat that shimmer in the wind as the seasons pass, Entre les rangs covers a public space with thousands of flexible white stems topped with white reflectors that capture the rhythm of the surrounding urban space and reflect its life.
  • The Passage. 2 ST & 8 Ave SW
    • An interactive work that will warm hearts of all ages . The space is transformed into a space of urban play through a series of interactive illuminated see‐saws that respond and transform when put into motion by people. When activated by users and inclined, the see‐saws, augmented by LED lights and speakers, will increase in light intensity and emit a randomized sound sequence.
  • No Control. 3 ST & 8 Ave SW
    • An interactive LED sculpture that invites the audience to use their hands and body to act on its sound and graphics. The full cycle of audio-graphical compositions goes through five states, each exploring a geometric pattern, its properties, its audio representation and how it reacts to bodily gestures.
  • CUBE. 4 ST & 8 Ave SW 
    • This large scale 2 story installation will have hanging strings of LED lights to wander in and out of and explore.
  • Impulse. Harley Hotchkiss Gardens. 611 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1T1
    • An interactive work that will warm hearts of all ages . The space is transformed into a space of urban play through a series of interactive illuminated see‐saws that respond and transform when put into motion by people. When activated by users and inclined, the see‐saws, augmented by LED lights and speakers, will increase in light intensity and emit a randomized sound sequence.
  • Nightlight (Feb 16). Olympic Plaza. 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2P 2M5
    • An annual large scale music and art production curated and produced by BassBus. This event based on a theme inspired by Bioluminescence. Art installations, performers costumes, stage and lighting design will all be brought together in a way to create an environment that feels and looks alive with creatures and organisms which emit bioluminescence.
  • Summoning Rainbows. Harley Hotchkiss Gardens. 611 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1T1
    • A projection of cascading rainbows over the courthouse plaza. The tumbling rainbows moving slowly across the plaza offers an opportunity for spectators to engage directly with the light piece.
  • The Face. Olympic Plaza. 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2P 2M5
    • The sculpture that becomes everybody’s face! A true interactive installation, Face is a video-mapped sculpture that allows the user to play with its own identity. Video-mapping allows it to capture people’s faces and map them onto the sculpture in real-time. The installation is a spectacular light display: the projection plays with portraits, mixing them with innovative animations and visual effects.
  • Rhizome. Olympic Plaza. 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2P 2M5
    • Tom & Lien Dekyvere explore the ideas behind individualism and groups of people living together, which all illustrate togetherness and collaboration in contrast with nature and technology through the metaphoric symbols of sound and vision. The (dis)connections made between people can be displayed as a web. The work mirrors this web idea, as hundreds of meters of light emitting rope is tied together to form a network. This network is the reflection of our current society that merges with nature and where people express themselves.
  • The Machine. South Bow Park. 636 Centre St S, Calgary, AB T2G 2C7
    • Utilizing simple analog devices, The Machine brings an animated scene to the viewers with the use of light, shadow, and imagery inspired by the biological illustrations of Ernst Haeckel. The Machine renders the microscopic visible; creating a fantastical world of the unseen. Viewers will be able to peer inside the mechanism and interact with it through the use of switches and dials.
  • The Luminuits. Olympic Plaza. 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2P 2M5
    • Three shadows come alive in a flash: The Luminuits have taken refuge here tonight. These large shadows, usually lurking in the night, come out of hiding and await you. Be careful, the Luminuits are shy! The only way to reveal them is to take a picture with the flash and then you will discover their personality!
  • Beakerhead Garden Featuring “Nibbles”. Harley Hotchkiss Gardens. 611 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1T1
    • Come explore a laminated garden complete with life size artichokes, carrots and our friends Nibbles. The gardens is brought to you buy Beakerhead an annual Science and art festival – for more information.
  • Winter Oasis. Brookfield Place. 225 6 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3S9
    • An illuminated realm of glowing light, pulsing, whimsical 3D printed leaves and plants, crystalline structures, black-light lit mushrooms, birds, and reflecting mirrored floor rocks, all encapsulated in a snow globe-like geodesic dome. Viewers are encouraged to walk around and approach the outside of the globe activating proximity sensors causing interior plants and flowers to glow, change colour, and bloom. This tropical environment acts as a contradictory oasis within our downtown Calgary snowy winter landscape and invites viewers to gather, engage, and experience their perceptions of our city and our northern climate through the use of technology, light, and colour.
  • Orb. 3 ST & 8 Ave SW
    • A large globe with LED strips are programmed to be like a clock, the second hand ticks around the outside of the frame, the inner and outer colors represent the minutes and hours of the day
  • Journey. Watermark Tower. 530 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3S8
    • This installation of a large-scale video projection features as a central motif, the image of a white horse approaching the camera in an endless loop. Overlaid on this image are constantly shifting layers of imagery gleaned from the artist’s photographs, paintings and drawings. The dream-like mood is enhanced by the natural sounds of wind and water, and an evocative violin tune. Creating a contemplative and immersive space, the interplay of images and sound may call up the viewer’s own dreams and reflections
  • Blinken Brix. ATB Back Wall. 102 8 Ave SW Calgary, AB T2P 1B3
    • Come warm your eyes with a new large-scale, interactive projection mapping party: Blinken Brix. Watch as an ordinarily wall transforms into a sea of looping geometries filled with strange animated characters and shape shifting textures that will make your mind GLOW. Hop on our stationary Blinken Bike that lets you control the larger-than-life projections, or just hang out amongst the illuminated landscape.

Movies at The Grand: Chocolat (18+)

Chocolat tells the story of when a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop – with Sunday hours – across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed.

This is an evening to fall in love with our beautiful, Flanagan Theatre. Your ticket will include your admission, a sweet treat and a glass of bubbly curated by Workshop Kitchen and Culture. This is date night. This is “Galentine’s”. This is your night to enjoy! Early arrival is recommended and encouraged.

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Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Death By Chocolate

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Fort Calgary is an interactive evening featuring fabulous food and entertainment that will have you laughing all night long. You’ll interact with the actors and take your best guess at ‘who done it’, all while enjoying a locally sourced dinner buffet.

  • About the show – DEATH BY CHOCOLATE

Tillie Tonka’s chocolate factory turns out confections by the truckload. Cherry Cream, her secretary, has designs on the chocolates herself. Carob Chipps is one of Tillie’s competitors but is at best a weak and pale imitation. Rock Candie is the foreman of the Lumpy-Wumpies and wants better benefits for all of them. Al Mond is one of Tillie’s suppliers. He’s getting tired of getting paid peanuts for all his hard work. And Sugar Maple, Tillie’s daughter, just got married to Sir Uppy Maple and doesn’t want to be reminded of her plebe origins any more. It’s a bittersweet situation that will end up spreading Death by Chocolate

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My Lady Valentine at Junction

Dinner & Show with 3-course Valentines Menu. Music of Love by Suza. Guest Jazz Saxophonist. 3-course menu by a 5 Star Chef! Wine bottle specials. Reservation required online or at 587-354-6161.

Click here for more information. to purchase tickets.

SAIT – Couples Cooking Classes Date Night

SAIT Culinary Campus

Ignite your passion for great food and great conversation with the person you adore. Spend quality time in the kitchen, learn a new recipe and connect over a delicious meal you’ve prepared together. These classes are fun, romantic and memorable. Food brings people together and tastes best when shared with your significant other. Join us for an evening of quality time in the kitchen as you experiment with new cuisine and prepare a fresh meal to share. Then sit down, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour with a glass of wine.

Click here for more information/to register for Saturday February 9th.
Click here for more information/to register for Saturday February 14th.

The Tastemarket by SAIT

Join us for an interactive evening of tasting great food and wine as you explore the story behind the food with instructional demonstrations by esteemed SAIT chefs and students.

Start by tasting local, hand-crafted charcuterie prepared in-house. Then, help prepare your main course as our chefs discuss where the ingredients come from and where to find them, why different flavours work together, and how to prepare the meal using trade secrets. Finally, enjoy dessert expertly demonstrated by our chef. All three courses are served with paired wine. You’ll work hands-on to prepare your main course in this class.

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TELUS Spark: Valentines Day Adults Only Night – Love & Sex (18+)

Are you hopelessly in love? Or perhaps you’re single and ready to mingle? Either way, there’s something for you this Valentine’s night at TELUS Spark. Learn about the biology of breakups, fun pheromones, and discover what happens under our skin when we get between the sheets with someone else.

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Valentine’s Day: Beer vs. Wine

Join us at CRAFT Beer Market Southcentre for a special Valentine’s edition of our Brewmaster’s Dinner. If you have a partner, bring them down! If you’re single, bring your friends! Who will win this Valentine’s Day battle? You decide!

  • Ticket includes: Welcome beer & Amuse Bouche, four-course dinner with wine & beer pairings, taxes and gratuities. You don’t want to miss this!

Guests will enjoy an Amuse Bouch followed by three courses that are selectively paired with complimenting wine or beer and finally dessert! Guests will cast their vote for which pairing they liked the best for each course and will decide the winner! The champion will be crowned at the end of the dinner.

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Valentine’s Day Singles Games & Mingle, F 28-42, M 30-44

Introducing Secret RSVP, the world’s 1st live-matched singles events experience – a fun, relaxed and modern way to meet singles.

  • Secretly Choose
    Use your smartphone to secretly add people at the event. No one will know you’re interested.
  • No Pressure
    We match and invite you to meet in small groups.
  • Meaningful Connections
    Get to know others naturally without expectations through fun games & activities.

How it works

You can expect a fun, relaxed and modern way to meet around 40+ singles in one evening over games and group-based activities. Originally invented in Canada, this new patent-pending way of meeting has been the talk of the town since launch, with sold-out events that appeal to professional singles. It’s like Tinder but without all the negative drawbacks and is run completely offline at the event. And yes, matching happens LIVE at the event! Nothing beats the opportunity to meet and discover chemistry through natural in-person interactions.

  • When: February 14, 2019
  • Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Cost: $35 – $45
  • Where: Calgary downtown venue (revealed to ticket holders only)

Click here for more information/to purchase tickets.

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