7 Calgary festivals to mark on the calendar in January

December 12, 2017

By Seema Dhawan

When the holiday season wraps up and the New Year rings in full of promise, you might think festival season is set to slow down – but that's not the case in Calgary. Continue the celebrations at these 7 festivals scheduled this January in our city. [Photo credit: BIG Winter Classic]

7 Calgary festivals to mark on the calendar in January

BIG Winter Classic

Why wait until the summer to have some fun? Big Winter Classic is a big party in winter, featuring art, music and local beer. The 2018 lineup includes stars of the underground music scene from Calgary (including Madcowboys and Jung People), Siksika Nation (Chief N' Council, Iron Tusk) and other artists from all over the continent.

  • When: Jan. 18 to 21
  • Where: Multiple locations
  • Website: Located here

Best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival

The highly-acclaimed Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival brings 18 of the more than 40 films screened in the mountain town to Calgary during this event. From rock climbing and mountaineering to wildlife and adventure, this film festival is an exciting peek into the world of mountain culture.

Discover the story of Apa Sherpa, who was forced to become a porter when he was 12 years old and has since climbed Mount Everest 21 times, or the story of Johanna Nordblad, who freedives under ice. No matter what film you decide to check out, it's certain these screenings are sure to be captivating and inspirational.

High Performance Rodeo

Settle in for a month-long celebration of art in the city! High Performance Rodeo (HPR) features music, dance, theatre and various forms of art and is the largest festival of its kind. Produced by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, HPR has been held in Calgary since 1987 and continues to surprise with its edgy performances and progressive shows.

  • When: Jan. 3 to 28
  • Where: Various venues
  • Website: Located here

Prana Yoga Festival

Prana Yoga Festival's INTEND is the first of a four-part yoga festival scheduled in Calgary. Get out your yoga mats and set your goals and intentions for 2018. The festival includes yoga practices with master teachers, guided meditations, live music and more.

Winter CARnival

Heritage Park is bringing a world of winter celebrations to Cowtown, so dress warm and join in on the fun. Festivities scheduled include a Peruvian coin toss game and Tuho, a Korean game played during New Year festivities. Events scheduled also include curling and the opening of a time capsule from 2017 with messages to the future.

Calgary Renovation Show

Keep up with renovation trends and get ideas for your remodeling goals at the Calgary Renovation Show. Hear HGTV experts Sabrina Smelko and Sarah Richardson discuss their renovation and budgeting tips and get ready to be inspired.


Didn’t get a chance to check out Calgary Zoolights at Christmas? There's still time – the electric displays stay on into early January! Grab a cup of hot chocolate and spend an evening among 1.5 million Christmas lights.

January is far from a dull month in Calgary. From yoga festivals to musical celebrations, festival season in our city continues long after the Christmas trees are packed away and the New Year's Eve fireworks wrap up. Get out there and enjoy the month in Calgary!

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