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If you’re visiting Calgary this February, you’re in luck – there are tonnes of events, shows and festivals happening around the city!


Powered by the legendary Calgary Folk Music Festival organization, Block Heater is a 3-day celebration of all things blues, rock, folk and indie. This year’s venues are iconic: The Palace Theatre, the Royal Canadian Legion #1, The IronwoodThe Blues Can, Central United Church, The Horizon Heating stage at Festival Hall, and Olympic Plaza (yes – if it’s cool enough out there will be skating!). Now in its 9th season, this festival draws music fans from across the country and beyond, providing a memorable experience for everyone with ears!

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Get your tickets here and get ready to groove!


The Ethnik Festival’s mission is “to create moments, memories and shared experiences through the lens of Afro-Canadian Artistic traditions.” They embrace diversity through forms of cultural expression, including dance, art – and it all starts off with the Calgary Food War, where 4 notable culinary artists go head-to-head, judged by an International award-winning chef.

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Photo credit: @ethnikfestivals on Instagram

This leading, all-encompassing celebration is held each February in honour of Black History (Excellence). Bringing together Afro-Canadian and Caribbean communities, this festival fosters diversity, inclusivity, and the sharing of vibrant cultural traditions with fellow Canadians. Their mission is to encourage leadership, while also inspiring and informing younger generations about authentic self-expression through Afro-Canadian and global art traditions. In 2024, this event will showcase creative brilliance from artists in Calgary, across Canada, and around the world, accessible to a global online audience. Additionally, festival participants have the exciting opportunity to win numerous consolation prizes through the festival quiz competition. Join them in celebrating culture, history, and creativity!


YYC Hot Chocolate Fest, an annual extravaganza proudly hosted by Calgary Meals on Wheels since its inaugural launch in 2011, stands as a testament to the city’s vibrant culture and unwavering support for local businesses.  Each February, a spirited competition unfolds among participating cafés, restaurants, and chocolatiers, all vying for prestigious titles such as YYC’s Best Hot Chocolate, Best Spirited Hot Chocolate, and the much-coveted Cup That Runneth Over Award. This year, our in-house restaurant Fonda Fora will be participating with their own exciting submission: the Chocolima!

At its core, this event is a heartwarming blend of community spirit and charity, creating a unique space where more than 70 vendors gather every year. YYC Hot Chocolate Fest has firmly cemented its place in the winter plans of countless Calgarians.

CHINOOK BLAST (Feb. 2nd-19th)

Chinook Blast is a winter festival that celebrates arts, culture, and the spirit of winter in Calgary. It features various outdoor installations, light displays, performances, and interactive experiences spread across the downtown area. The festival aims to embrace the unique climate and winter beauty of Calgary while providing residents and visitors with an opportunity to engage in creative and immersive activities during the winter months.

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Photo credit: @chinookblast on Instagram

Events are happening all over the city – and several are within close proximity to the Westley! – so be sure to check out the interactive map to plan your perfect experience.


Mirror Mirror is an exciting interactive art installation, where you get to control your whole experience. Your imagination is the limit as you step into a brand-new world of light and sound, taking you on an unforgettable journey across the realms of your mind. This event is hosted at Chinook Centre mall, and is a great option for both individuals and families alike.

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NITROCROSS CALGARY 2024 (Feb. 2nd & 3rd)

When visiting Calgary this February, catching the Nitrocross event is an exhilarating experience that should not be missed. This adrenaline-fueled motorsport spectacle promises heart-pounding action and pure excitement for attendees of all ages. With a backdrop of Calgary’s picturesque landscapes, Nitrocross transforms the rallycross racing scene into a thrilling, one-of-a-kind event.

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What sets Nitrocross apart is its combination of high-octane racing, challenging tracks, and world-class drivers. The event features powerful rallycross cars racing on dirt and tarmac surfaces, navigating jaw-dropping jumps and hairpin turns. Whether you’re a motorsports enthusiast or a first-time spectator, the spectacle is a visual and auditory feast, resonating with the roar of engines and the cheers of passionate fans.

CATCH A HITMEN GAME (Feb. 4th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 23rd, 25th, 28th)

Attending a Calgary Hitmen game is a must-do experience for anyone visiting Calgary. As a premier Western Hockey League (WHL) team, the Hitmen offer a thrilling and authentic taste of Canada’s beloved sport, ice hockey. With a rich history and a dedicated fan base, these games provide an unforgettable opportunity to immerse yourself in the city’s sporting culture. The atmosphere at the Saddledome is electric, filled with passionate fans cheering on their team.

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Photo credit: @whlhitmen on Instagram

Conveniently located in the heart of Calgary, attending a Hitmen game is easily accessible from our hotel, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable evening. So, grab your jersey, join the sea of red, and immerse yourself in the thrilling world of Calgary Hitmen hockey during your stay in the city!

Where to stay in calgary

Come stay at the Westley! We offer luxury amenities in the heart of downtown – combine that with affordable rates and packages, and you’ll be right at home while you take in everything Calgary has to offer this February (and beyond)!

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