No Plans this weekend? Melrose has you covered!

With the winter season still upon us, it’ll be a few months until we can enjoy the thaw of spring and even further still until we can embrace the warmth of summer. And even though the weather has warmed up these past few days, we Calgarian’s know that the weather can change on a dime.

So if you’re looking for a fun way to stay warm and enjoy the nights out this upcoming weekend, why not try one of these activities.

Friday February 20th

If you’re yearning for those long summer nights during the Calgary Stampede, or just feel like getting into the Cowboy spirit, why not join the Calgary Flames for their annual Western Night when they take on the Anaheim Ducks!

Wear your western best and not only cheer on the home team, but take in the sounds of local Country superstar Paul Brandt!

More details here.

Saturday February 21st

Love the winter and not afraid of the cold? Then take in the Audi-Coupe Nor-Am Cup in its final weekend at Canada Olympic Park!

The season comes to an end in March, but you can cheer on both the Men and Women alpine slalom competitors this weekend at the slopes in Northwest Calgary!

The competition started this Tuesday and goes until Sunday and the event is free for spectators. Just visit the Day lodge at Winsport for more information on times and ski hill locations.

More about Winsport here.

More on the Nor-Am Cup here.

Sunday February 22nd

Now if you want something more glamourous and are willing to spend a little money, then join Calgary’s theatre and film lovers for a Night with the Stars!

Taking on a James Bond theme, attendees are encouraged to dress in your 007 best as you enjoy drinks, a silent auction and even an Oscar prediction contest complete with an Oscar feast that coincides with the 87th Academy Awards.

Tickets are priced at $250 for this night of glitz and glamour.

More details here.

And finally, for the wine connoisseurs out there, you could spend both Friday and Saturday night enjoying hors d’oeuvres and wines from all over the world at the 2015 Wine fest, then stop in at Melrose to see us for a night cap!

More info and tickets here.

So there you go, just a few ways to enjoy the dark and the cold until Winter leaves us and the Spring season approaches. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, just remember to have a fun and safe time. Cheers.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Calgary!

Its Valentine’s Day weekend, and great news lovebirds, it falls on a Saturday this year which gives you and your significant other an entire day to celebrate your love!

But if you’re still unsure as to how to show your affection or stuck on what to do, don’t fret! We’ve compiled a list of great events and happenings in and around Calgary this weekend for both couples and singles alike.

For Couples

If you’re looking for something simple that only costs you time, why not enjoy the day at the Calgary Farmer’s Market for That’s Amore’!

Starting at 10am and going until 4pm, you’ll enjoy live music, performances, vendor specials and much more!

Don’t want to spend your day shopping? Then you can try another free event, by enjoying a Skate in Nature down at Prince’s Island Park.

Then you can warm up with some hot chocolate at the 2015 YYC Hot Chocolate Fest as participating cafes and restaurants create some unique cups of coco, with proceeds going to help Meal on Wheels!

But if you’re looking to take in the nightlife, we think nothing is better for date night than dancing it away with a loved one. That’s why we suggest you take in a class with the Arthur Murray Dance Centre where you can learn the basics like 2 step, tango and salsa.

And if you’re still feeling adventurous, why not end the night by enjoying time with your loved one under the stars. It might be a bit of a drive, but the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is holding a Mythology in the Night Sky Open House where they will not only view the heavens, but also discuss Greek heroes and goddesses, like Cupid and Venus, and it’s only $20 per car or $10 per person to take in the wonder of the night sky.

For Singles

But of course, Valentine’s Day isn’t just for those already in love, but for those still looking for love, that’s why this next list of events has the single person in mind when it comes to having a great time this weekend.

If you’re looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right, one way to get out there is to enjoy a Singles event, and the Aloft University Calgary has one you just might enjoy.

$25 online, $35 at the door will get you in to enjoy some beer, cocktails and appetizers, with dancing going late into the night.

But if you would rather enjoy a meet and greet while shredding the snow, gather a few other single friends and head out to Banff and enjoy the mountains at Norquay for their Lifts of Love for just $25!

If you’re not looking for your significant other just yet and you want to enjoy things a little closer to home, and maybe even get your inner slob on, why not celebrate the day with Randy and Mr. Lahey of the Trailer Park Boys!

This Saturday, the Gateway Bar located on SAIT campus is hosting the 2 for A Valentine’s to Forget and it’ll only cost you $10!

But if your idea of debauchery involves a little more skin, then perhaps you’d enjoy the stylings of the Rhinestone Affair burlesque troupe at their 4th Annual Cinnamon Heartbreak Cabaret!

It’s just an easy $22 to enjoy a sexy evening of fun and raucousness.

Looking to cut loose? Then spend your night dancing to the beats of DJ Deemaks in Kensington at a Valentine’s Day Singles Party!

Admission is free.

Now, if what you really wanted was something simple, then there are, of course, 2 final options that work great for both couples and singles, and that is to take in a great game of Hockey!

Because even though it is Valentine’s Day this weekend, it’s also the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and that’s why you can join the Calgary Hitman on Friday night for just $11 as they celebrate the Year of the Sheep at their annual Lunar Celebration!

But if you can’t make it Friday, you can still cheer on the home team when the Calgary Flames take on the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night for what is sure to be a great battle.

Can’t get tickets? Then you’re always welcome to join us in our lounge at Cowboys Casino for a pint and a good meal as you take in the action because the most important thing about this holiday is spending time with those you love, whether that’s a partner, a good friend or even just good family.

Cheers and we hope you have a great Valentine’s Day weekend!