5 things to do in Calgary this weekend
A history of black leather, the Birkenstock Ball - and of course, the Olympics
If you're looking for somewhere to watch — or not watch — the 2014 Sochi Olympics, this weekend has no shortage of options. Despite the chilly weather, Calgary is full of exciting things to do and there are plenty of things to keep you entertained this weekend.
As always, this list is not exhaustive. Please feel free to add your suggestions of things to do in Calgary this weekend to the comments section below.
Winter Olympics viewing at WinSport
From Feb. 7 to 23, WinSport is welcoming Calgarians to come and enjoy the Olympic spirit at their facilities. There are three viewing areas including their ReMax Vision Screen right on the hill, giving plenty of choice for those looking to take in the competitions. Staff will be keeping their athlete recognition wall up to date with the latest results and will draw attenton to the more than 180 athletes who train or compete at WinSport. You can also send good wishes to the athletes on Saturday and Sunday in the Frank King Day Lodge, and there will be marshmallow roasts throughout the Games. For a full list of activities, head to the WinSport website.
Until Feb. 23
WinSport, suite 140-88 Canada Olympic Road S.W.
Dirty Laundry makes great Valentine's date
If you're a fan of hilarious improv — which is a forté of Calgary's theatre scene — Dirty Laundry is back and they have the ultimate Valentine's date idea for you. If you haven't been following Dirty Laundry, it's an improvised soap opera now kicking off the second half of its 14th season. Every season, they feature a different satirical setting — this year, it's a legal drama set in the offices of a powerful and pricey law firm specializing in defending the richest and sleaziest of clients. On Monday, Feb. 10, they are doing an all-musical Valentine's Day episode at the Lunchbox Theatre.
Lunchbox Theatre, 160 Ninth Ave. S.E.
'Worn to be Wild' at the Glenbow
A new exhibit opens at the Glenbow Museum this weekend. It's called Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket and is all about the history of the black leather jacket. On display you'll find around 150 artifacts, including leather jackets worn by Elvis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, numerous punk rock bans and even a full leather studded suit from Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Saturday is the official launch party of the exhibit with live music and a DJ. The event starts at 7 p.m. MT. For more information, head to the Glenbow's website.
Lego building contest in Wildwood
If you're looking for a child-friendly activity, the Wildwood Community Centre is hosting a Lego building contest on Sunday. You can enter a creation and compete for prizes, or just drop by and see what the other children have built. The contest is open to children. Entries must be built at home using your own Lego, or similar bricks. Entries must be submited on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and public viewing will be on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded in each age category and age class.
Wildwood Community Centre, 4411 Spruce Drive S.W.
Birkenstock Ball at Calgary Folk Fest
For those nostalgic for summer and the perennial tradition of listening to live music on Prince's Island Park, the Calgary Folk Fest has just the cure. The Birkenstock Ball is a fundraising concert being held Saturday night at Festival Hall. The event will pay tribute to Folk Fest's history and future ahead of its 35th anniversary this year and will feature live music and other surprises. The Compradres and Calgary's very own Wil will be performing and each $75 ticket includes two cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, door prizes and a $25 tax receipt. For more information, head to the Calgary Folk Fest website.
Festival Hall, 1215 10th Ave. S.E.