Who ever said Valentine’s Day was just for couples? This February, Calgary will be host to a variety of events and activities that any family, individual or couple can attend. From wine pairings to winter sports, the city has something to offer everyone – all in the name of love!
Valentine’s Day is traditionally seen as a time to celebrate with the one you love, and the city has no shortage of romantic events that will appeal to multiple interests:
Chocolate and Wine on Valentine’s Day
Where: Co-op Wine Spirits Beer – Shawnessy (250 Shawville Boulevard SE)
When: Wednesday, February 14 from 7-9 p.m.
Prepare for an evening of indulgence: Co-op Wine Spirits Beer will be pairing a selection of fine wines with gourmet chocolates from local chocolatier Epiphanie Chocolates. This event is just in time for dessert, and is a great way to end the evening off if you also have a dinner reservation or have plans to eat at home. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased here.
In the Heat of the Night
Where: Calgary Zoo (1300 Zoo Road NE)
When: Tuesday, February 13 and Wednesday, February 14 from 6 – 10:30pm
The zoo’s annual event invites guests to learn about animals and romance while enjoying live music, food and drinks. In addition to the speaker presentation, a dinner and dessert buffet, photo booths and touch tables will be available for guests. This event is for adults only, and tickets are $110.
Where: Avec Bistro (550 11 Avenue SW #105)
When: Saturday, February 10 from 2 – 5 p.m.
The creative minds behind Beakerhead are hosting another unique blend of science and art with a Valentine’s Day event at Avec Bistro. Guests will construct their own model of a heart out of felt under the guidance of an artist and physiology professor. During this activity, guests will learn about the science of the heart. After, chefs from the restaurant will prepare snacks, appetizers and cocktails for guests to enjoy before they leave. Tickets are $89, but this event is only open to 20 people, so be sure to book your tickets as soon as possible!
Where: Riverside Spa, Serene Escapes, Relaxing Wellness, VMediSpa
If you’re unable to attend a scheduled event, you can always make one on your own by planning out a spa experience! Many spas and wellness centres around the city offer special promotions and packages for individuals and couples like massages, pedicures and other treatments.
For people who may be busy on Valentine’s Day, another option could be to purchase a treatment or gift certificate to give as a gift. This way, couples can enjoy a treatment or experience on their own time. Give a loved one the gift of beauty and wellness from VMediSpa , a gift certificate (and a bonus gift certificate for yourself!) from The Relaxing Wellness, or a massage from your loved one’s favourite spa.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with everyone you love! Instead of leaving your children home, consider bringing them along to these family-friendly events:
Torchlight Dinner & Ski Event
Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort (1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise, AB)
When: Wednesday, February 14 from 4:30-9:15 p.m.
The whole family is welcome to spend Valentine’s Day on the slopes! For the full package, guests will be taken to the Whitehorn lounge for drinks, appetizers and live entertainment before skiing by torchlight to the Sitzmark lounge for a buffet dinner and dance. After the event, buses are available to bring guests back to their hotel at Lake Louise or Banff. A separate package is also available for those just interested in attending the buffet dinner and dance. For information on package prices, go here.
Valentine’s Day at Southland Leisure Centre
Where: Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Drive SW)
When: Wednesday, February 14 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This event is perfect for families with busy schedules – two drop-in times will be offered throughout the day, and no registration is required. Families are welcome to drop by between the designated times whenever is convenient for them. Valentine’s Day crafts and treats will be available for children of all ages to experience. To learn more, visit the Southland Leisure Centre website.
Whether you’re looking to meet someone new or spend time with your friends, Calgary has options for single people looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day:
Truly, Madly, Deeply – Valentine’s Day Speed Dating
Where: Société Coffee Lounge (1223 11 Ave SW)
When: Wednesday, February 14 at 7 p.m.
Truly, Madly, Deeply events will be taking place on Valentine’s Day in 11 different cities across the country! In Calgary, this event is open to people aged 35 to 40 years old and will take place at Société, which serves a combination of local and international coffees. In addition to offering a speed dating activity, this event also includes a complimentary glass of wine, appetizers, an introductory game and a small gift exchange. Tickets are $39 and can be purchased online here.
Unvalentines Singles Party
Where: Apik Art Gallery (200 Barclay Parade SW)
When: Friday, February 23 from 7-10:30 p.m.
Single Calgarians are invited to participate in this artistic event, where they will have the chance to create a piece of art and meet other people in the city. Guests will have access to all the necessary paint supplies as well as live music, food and prizes. Purchase tickets for $30 hereto attend the event. A portion of the event proceeds will be put towards a community development fund.