Let's address the elephant in the room really quickly. It is absolutely freezing outside. Therefore, you've probably been hibernating a bit this week apart from your regularly-scheduled responsibilities. Though it's not exactly going to be summer weather this weekend, it will be a little warmer than it's been and it's time to get out and see some people other than the ones on your computer screen. There are tons of things to do in Calgary this weekend and you should take advantage.

We've pulled together a list of things to do in Calgary this upcoming weekend and we know you'll find at least one thing that will strike your fancy.

If you're into leaving the city on the weekends, we've got something for you, too. In fact, there are a couple can't-miss things going on this weekend in the Rocky Mountains and you should probably be there.

We get it, it's painfully cold in Alberta right now. But we're Albertans and braving the cold is what we do best. People were literally drinking on a bar patio last night in Edmonton in -32 C.

We've never let a little cold stop us in the past, why should this weekend be any different?

Check out this list, call up your friends, and plan for a memorable weekend in YYC.

Ice Magic Lake Louise

Price: Free

When: Wednesday, January 5 to Sunday, January 26

Address: 111 Lake Louise Dr., Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: Ice Magic officially opens today and it's the perfect opportunity to go visit the iconic Chateau Lake Louise. The 12-day ice carving exhibition turns the frozen lake into a beautiful ice palace with stunning carvings everywhere you look. There are also ice bars so you can sip drinks while you explore. 

Calgary Zoo Penguin Walk

Price: $29.95

When: Daily at 11 a.m. until March 2020

Address: 210 St. George's Dr. N.E., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: The Calgary Zoo has just started up their Penguin Walk for another season and it might just be the cutest thing in the world. The penguins go out for their daily walk at 11 a.m. and you can be there to watch and walk with them. Be sure to check the zoo's social media to ensure the walk is taking place before you go as it's weather dependant.

Ski Cross World Cup

Price: Free

When: Saturday, January 18

Address: 2 Mt. Allan Dr., Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: Come on out to cheer on your fellow-Canadians as they fly down the mountain and through obstacles in the ultimate ski cross competition. Bring your Canadian flag to show your support and get ready for a couple of apres drinks. 

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival

Price: Free

When: Saturday, January 18 & Sunday, January 19

Address: 197 1 St. S.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: The Lunar New Year is upon us and they're doing it up big at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. Enjoy a massive market place, food stalls, a lantern display, tons of live entertainment, firecrackers, and more.

Skijor On Banff Ave

Price: Free

When: Sunday, January 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: Banff Ave., Banff, AB

Why You Need To Go: This weekend you have the unique chance to watch cowboys and cowgirls ride down Banff Avenue pulling skiers for 200 blocks. The exhibition of horse-riding and ski stunts is truly like nothing you’ve ever seen before. 

Beer and BBQ Pairing

Price: $50

When: Saturday, January 18

Address: Prairie Dog Brewing, 105D 58 Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Prairie Dog Brewing and Rocky Mountain Wine and Spirits are going head to head for an event you won’t soon forget. Enjoy three BBQ plates paired with two beers each. One beer will be picked by Prairie Dog and the other by Rocky Mountain Wine and Spirits, you get to pick who paired it best.

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