Free and Low Cost Things to Do

The Town of Banff has put together a list of free and low cost things to do over the winter of 2019/2020. See below for the list, or download the Free and Low-Cost Things to Do (PDF).

Mondays

  • Drop-in 50+ Fitness, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at 101 Bear St. Cost
  • Drop-in Public Skate, 12 – 1:30 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop-in Shinny 16+, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Lululemon Run, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at store, all welcome. FREE
  • Drop-in Yin Yoga 16+, 7 – 8 p.m. at 101 Bear St. Cost
  • Drop in Pickleball 16+, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Banff Elementary School. Cost
  • English Conversation at Banff Public Library, 5:45 – 7:45 p.m. $5
  • Beer Club, 8 p.m. at Banff Ave Brew Co. $5

Tuesdays

  • Cascade Mall Walking, 10 – 11 a.m. January 7 – March 31 with Primary Care Network. Clean indoor shoes. FREE
  • Drop-in Public Skate, 12 – 1:30 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop-in Shinny, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop-in Shinny 40+, 2 – 3:15 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop-in Broga 16+, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 101 Bear St. Cost
  • Drop-in Badminton, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Banff Elementary School 16+ & kids playing with a parent. Cost
  • Drop-in Go with the Flow Yoga 16+, 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. & 6:45 –  7:35 p.m. & 7:45 –  9 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop-in Basketball 16+, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Banff Elementary School. Cost
  • Soups On at Banff Park Church, 455 Cougar St. Noon. FREE
  • Banff Food Bank at Banff Park Church, 455 Cougar St. 11:45 a.m – 12:15 p.m. FREE
  • Strummers Ukulele & Guitar at St. Paul’s Church, Wolf St. door. Beginner 6 – 6:30 p.m., Music Jam & Sing 6:30 – 8 p.m. Donations welcome. Ukuleles available. FREE
  • Bow Valley Naturalists Speaker Series, 4th Tuesday of month (not December) 7:30 p.m. at 101 Bear St. FREE
  • Music Jam (instruments available) at HI Alpine Centre. 
  • Karaoke & Bull Riding at Wild Bill's. FREE
  • Trivia at The Beaver & the Waldhaus. FREE
  • Poker at the Legion, 6:30 p.m. 
  • Pool at Rose & Crown. FREE

Wednesdays 

  • Drop-in Gentle Yoga, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at The Fenlands. FREE
  • Drop-in Shinny 50+, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop-in Public Skate, 12 – 1:30 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop-in Shinny, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop-In Dance 50+, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at 101 Bear St. Cost
  • Drop-in Pickleball 16+, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Banff Elementary School. Cost
  • Drop-in Volleyball 16+, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Banff Elementary School. Cost
  • Drop-in Skate & Stroll, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m at Fenlands. Cost
  • BanffLIFE Pasta Night at 101 Bear St., 6 – 8 p.m. $2.
  • Board Gamers of the Bow Valley, 7 – 11 p.m. at the Banff Legion. FREE
  • Music Jam (instruments available) at Tommy’s. FREE
  • Bowling at High Rollers, 9 p.m. $2
  • Trivia at Bruno's. FREE

Thursdays

  • Drop-in 50+ Fitness, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at 101 Bear St. Cost
  • Drop-in Public Skate, 12 – 1:30 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop-in Shinny 16+, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop-in Shinny 40+, 2 – 3:15 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop in Table Tennis & Badminton 13+, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Banff Elementary School. Cost
  • Drop-in Soccer 16+, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Banff Elementary School. Cost
  • Drop-in Shinny 16+, 9 – 10 p.m. at The Fenlands. Cost
  • Storytime for 3-5 year olds, 10 – 10:30 a.m. & 0-2 year olds, 11-11:30 a.m. at the Banff Library with parent or caregiver. FREE
  • Community Lunch, 12 – 1 p.m. at 101 Bear St. $3
  • MAGIC The Gathering, 6 – 9 p.m. Last Thursday of the month at 101 Bear St. Cards & instruction provided. FREE
  • Community Dinners, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Last Thursday of the month at 101 Bear St. Suggested $4 donation.
  • Rockywood Reels film nights, November 14 & Febuary 13 at the Whyte Museum, 111 Bear St. $5.
  • Open Mic at The Beaver. FREE
  • Karaoke at Bruno’s. FREE
  • Bingo at The Legion, 8 p.m.

Fridays

  • Drop-in Public Skate, 12 – 11:30 p.m. at Fenlands. Cost
  • Drop-in Sticks & Pucks, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. & Youth Shinny Age 4+, 3 – 4 p.m. on PD half day Fridays. Cost
  • Fun Friday! 8-12 years, 12 – 2 p.m. at Banff Library, PD half day Fridays. FREE
  • Chili Night 6:30 – 10 p.m. at Banff Park Church, 455 Cougar St. Play table tennis, pool & games. FREE
  • Get Out! Grades 7-12, 7 – 10 p.m. at Banff Community High School. FREE
  • Music & events taximike.com & Outlook The Buzz

Saturdays

  • Once Upon an Alphabet, 0-5 years with parent or caregiver, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Banff Public Library. FREE
  • Library Fun! 3-5 years, 1 – 2 p.m. & 6-8 years, 3 – 4 p.m. FREE
  • Yoga, 5 – 6:15 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Yoga. By donation.

Sundays

  • Yoga 8 – 9 a.m. at Lululemon Store. FREE
  • Motoring Munchkins, 1-3 years, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Banff Elementary School. $2
  • Yoga, 7 – 8 p.m. at the Patagonia Store. By donation.
  • Public Swim at Banff Centre Sally Borden Pool the last Sunday of the month, 1–4 p.m. FREE
  • Theatre Collective, 7 p.m. at 101 Bear St. FREE

Learning & Personal Interest

Connecting with the Community

Christmas Events

  • November 16, Santa Claus Parade 6 p.m. Carol Singing 7- 8 p.m.
  • December 7, FREE Whyte Christmas 1- 4 p.m. crafts, cookies, carols & Santa visit at the Whyte Musuem.
  • December 15, FREE BanffLIFE Christmas dinner 5:30 – 7:30 p.m at 101 Bear St. Donations welcome.
  • December 25, FREE Christmas Day Pancake breakfast 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 101 Bear St.

Food Programs

  • Banff Food Bank at Banff Park Church, 455 Cougar St. Tuesdays at noon.
  • Banff Food Rescue ensures food stays out of the landfill & goes to Banff residents. Suggested Donation $2. At Lower Sundance Mall. 
  • Banff Good Food Box fruits & vegetables purchased from Community Kitchen Program in Calgary $30 ($25 for Access Program).
  • Santa's Anonymous Volunteer run Christmas program for those in need. 

Community Spaces

  • Fenlands Recreation Centre, 100 Norquay Road, 403.762.1235 Open 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Public welcome anytime to play, watch, eat or hang out. 
    • Concourse (open area by food concession) ping pong table and fooseball & sports TV & seating. 
    • Kids Play Area (upstairs) under 10 years with parents
    • Meeting Rooms - free use non profits 6 times/ year
    • Board games at the front desk & free Little Library
  • Banff Public Library, 101 Bear St. 403.762.2661.
    • FREE membership for books, magazines, audio, computers & internet, kids & adult programs & events, passes to the Whyte Musuem
    • New in 2020 monthly Book Club, Craft Night, Yoga, Sketching & weekly Games Night
  • Banff Centre Archives & Library, print & audio materials, working space, all welcome. Food allowed.
  • Cascade Shops, explore the shops or food court.
  • Community Café. Some cafés have games available.
  • Museums: The Whyte Museum, Banff Park Museum, Cave & Basin National Historic Site, Buffalo Nations, Walter Phillips Gallery. Free or check for locals discount or Access discounts.
  • Bus rides around town or to Canmore or Lake Louise. Discounts for Access Program & multi-ride passes.
  • FREE meeting space for non profit groups:
    • Banff Canmore Community Foundation, Town of Banff The Fenlands & Library. Fee for other groups.
    • Rental meeting spaces: churches & hotels, Middle Springs Cabin 403.762.1142 & YWCA 403.762.3560
2019-2020 Winter Free low/cost things to do