Whether it's Valentine's Day or Family Day, there are plenty of ways to celebrate both occasions in Calgary. Ellis Choe of The Homestretch has put together a roundup of entertainment options to keep couples and families busy all weekend.
The Locked Library
Let's start with Valentine's Day, which actually falls on a Friday this year. There are some pretty creative events out there. You can go to the library. No, really, The Locked Library.
The Central Library is hosting a massive escape event — you and your team have two hours to quest through a fairytale adventure and escape.
Tickets are $31.50 per person and the event is expected to last about an hour and a half, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday.
And then there's the Family Day long weekend.
Glow Winter Festival
Glow Winter Festival kicks off Friday. It's a family-friendly outdoor event on Stephen Avenue Walk that will shine a light on Stephen Avenue, literally, through thousands of light installations.
"We'll have 35 artists performing on three stages," said Marco De Iaco, chair of Glow Fest and executive director of the Calgary Downtown Association.
"Some great artists — Tyler Shaw, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Neon Dreams, The Static Shift — so lots of music, lots of lights, fire pits, ice-carving competition. We're going to have an 18-passenger train that'll be going up and down the avenue. So it's going to be a great event, and it's all free."
Glow Winter Festival starts Saturday and goes until Sunday.
For more information, go to glowyyc.com.
Assassin's Creed music in concert
For those fans of the Assassin's Creed video game, there is a concert made just for you.
The music of La Nef — a traditional French-Canadian music group — is featured in a series of Assassin's Creed games. Now, La Nef is coming to Calgary to perform two concerts that include music from the video games.
"So what happened is this group was asked to put together music for a number of the Assassin's Creed video game series, and the music in the series of games includes sea songs and shanties and pirate songs. And the music is incorporated into the playing of these games," said Julie Harris, artistic director of Early Music Voices Concert Society, who organized the concerts.
"The interesting result is that you know this long-standing early music group called La Nef suddenly has a huge following of … lots of young people, who play these Assassin's Creed games and who want to hear them live. So we were excited to give them that opportunity here in Calgary."
The concert is called Sea Songs and Shanties, and it will take place Saturday at the Den at the University of Calgary, and on Sunday at Christ Church.
The Year of Beethoven
Beethoven turns 250 this year, and to celebrate, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is launching The Year of Beethoven. Starting Friday, there will be a series of concerts from now till June.
Each concert will open with the world premiere of a new work by a Canadian composer who has been influenced by Beethoven's legacy. For more information and the full schedule, go to Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Calgary Jazz Orchestra
The Calgary Jazz Orchestra presents Art of Soul, Art of Romance this Sunday at 7 p.m. at River Park church. The 22-piece live jazz orchestra will play everything from Motown hits and Alicia Keys, to Prince. For tickets and more information, go to Calgary Jazz Orchestra.
Learn to tie a fly
On Saturday, you can check out the "FISHtival" event at Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery, you can learn how to fly-tie and cast your fishing rod properly, learn about Alberta's fish species, and play fish games.
Then, if you want to try fishing for real, this weekend is one of only two weekends of the year where Albertans are allowed to fish without a licence.
Then there's a Naughty by Nature event called InSex, with Todd Reichardt, the city's foremost entomologist. Reichardt is giving a lighthearted talk about the world of insect sex. The event includes a buffet dinner and a drink, and it takes place at the Devonian Gardens, Friday at 5:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.
If you have a Lego-lover in your household, head down to the third annual Break-A-Lego event.
You can compete in the Lego Olympics or just have fun making your own creation
That happens on Family Day. It starts at 10 a.m. Monday and goes until noon at Vivo, formerly known as Cardel Place, in Country Hills Village.
With files from The Homestretch.