What: With an interpretive guide, take a moonlit walk through the forest and feast your eyes on the beauty of the Northern Lights and a sky full of stars, while sipping on steamy hot chocolate – it really doesn’t get much better than that. All photography levels welcome.
What: Getting snow early this year means that our mountainous backyard is waiting for us with a fluffy layer of the white stuff, perfect for winter sports and activities. Take advantage and get some shredding in during this great pre-season, or take your snowshoes for an adventure around one of the many picturesque lakes that the Rockies have to offer – don’t forget to bring your camera!
What: The caves have a story to tell! Scoot, wiggle, crawl and slide into the heart of a mountain and enjoy a private, exclusive performance by The Raven and the Fox with 23 others. This is a raw, unplugged, sensory experience that you won’t ever forget!
What: Calling all boss babes! Running into the busy season as a small business owner can only lead to a dreadful amount of stress. YYC Girl Gang has partnered up Your Mindful Collective to bring a workshop entirely dedicated to relaxation techniques. Kristen Layton will walk you through yoga asanas, breathing sequences, meditation, and more!
What: Breath, restore and rebalance at this three-day yoga retreat at Mount Engadine Lodge. You will enjoy both Asana & Nidra Yoga, along with Pranayama Meditation, self-guided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the breathtaking serenity of the Rocky Mountains.
What: On November 26 Movement U, one of Calgary’s favourite fitness studios is turning 1! Celebrate with them on the day of and the weeks leading up to the date with themed rides, deals and one big exciting bash! Follow them on social media for more information.
When: Leading up to and including Sunday, November 26
Where: Movement U – #16 4 Street NE, Calgary
Finding the perfect gift for that special someone can prove to be a challenge, however if you start early enough you can beat the rush and snag some great finds before everything is either picked over or out of stock. Support our local economy and check out these holiday markets on throughout November and find a unique gift that gives in more ways than one!
What: This month’s pop up begins today and it’s insanely cozy! Flannel Foxes is a local brand that pride’s itself in producing clothing that is reminiscent of our home and native land, while also ensuring that all their products are designed, printed, sewn and snit on Canadain soil.
When: Wednesday, November 1 to 30
Time: 11 am to 6 pm (weekdays), 11 am to 5 pm (weekends)
What: This famous handmade market is back for its biannual show this year. Shop all of your favourite local makers, artists, and vendors during this four day market, while supporting Calgary’s talented small business community!
When: November 2 to 5
Thursday, November 2, 11 am to 9 pm
Friday, November 3, 11 am to 9 pm
Saturday, November 4, 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, November 5, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Big Four Building – 1898 Maclous Trail SE
Tickets: $8 at the door. Free for kids 12 and under
What: Established in 1988, this annual market is one you’ll want to make the trek out for! You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy four exciting days of lights, food, hay rides, photos with Santa and his reindeer, roast chestnuts, and a live nativity while picking up treasures from your favourite local seasonal vendors.
When: Thursday, November 9 to 12
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society – Box 68 Millarville
What: Head to the 24th annual Willow Park Wines & Spirits Charity Wine Auction and find 20 food station and 75 famous wines from around the world. After a fast-paced and thrilling live auction the floor will be cleared so people can dance the night away. This year the theme for this annual auction is ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, so dress accordingly.
When: Saturday, November 4
Time: 7 pm to midnight
Where: Willow Park Wines & Spirits – 10801 Bonaventure Drive SE, Calgary
What: Come grab an authentic taste of the Ukraine on your trip to the market this weekend. The first 400 people in the door will receive a free bowl of homemade borscht. Hurry, it’s first come first served!
When: Saturday, November 4
Time: While supplies last
Where: The Market on Macloud – 7711 Macloud Trail SW
What: Join the Calgary Farmers’ Market and Calgary Food Tours as they bring to you a very special Sunday brunch. You will have the opportunity to listen to 10 various Alberta ranchers as they explain what it takes to bring their products to the market, sample their produce and leave feeling inspired to fill your shopping bag with fresh goodies.
When: Every Sunday
Where: 510, 77 Street SE – off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
What: What do drool-worthy menus created by award-winning chefs, appetizing special events, and one of a kind culinary experiences have in common? They will all be featured during an epic food fest called Taste for Adventure.
What: Beginning on November 1, over 3,400 white crosses will be placed along memorial drive as part of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project. Stop by over the next 11 days to pause, reflect and remember the many Southern Alberta soldiers who have sacrificed their lives during various wars and missions. You can visit the site anytime during the day, or catch their flag raising and lowering ceremonies at both sunrise and sunset.
When: From Wednesday, November 1 to Saturday, November 11
Time: All day. Flag raising and lowering ceremonies vary depending on sunrise and sunset. See the schedule here.
Where: Memorial Drive between 3 Street and Centre Street, Calgary
What: Tourism Calgary is urging everyone to get social and share why you #LoveYYC as they gear up for #LoveYYC Day on November 5. During this day various businesses around YYC will be hosting events and special offers, such as beer tastings, free admission to some of Calgary’s iconic historical spots and discounts on food at different spots around the city. Let’s celebrate how remarkable it is to be Calgarian!
What: Join 25 of Calgary’s top 25 ambassadors who are helping to shape the cultural scene in our city for a night of delicious food, drinks and fashion all in support of the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.
When: Thursday, November 9
Time: 7 pm
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Calgary South – 3750 Market Street SE, Calgary
What: The second Thursday of every month, mark it in your calendar. Don’t worry, there will also be a fully licensed bar so you can start the night off with an ice cold bevy. This month is all about getting hands-on with food and chemistry.
When: Thursday, November 9
Time: 6 pm
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
What: In lieu of Kate’s recent trip to Shanghai Fashion Week, she is transforming the entire first floor of the Devenish to feature a high fashion runway, themed rooms, cocktail lounges and tons of shopping.
When: Thursday, November 9
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: The Devenish Building – 908 17 Avenue SW, Calgary
What: Take advantage of some unreal sales and get your Christmas shopping out of the way with a full day of shopping and special events. Join them in the evening for a VIP Cosmetic Gala and enjoy complementary music, refreshments, appies and other holiday surprises.
What: Join local jewellery maker, Alora Boutique for an evening of holiday-themed drinks, jewelry, shopping and giving back to our community. Each ticket includes one free drink, a chance to create your own gratitude piece and the chance to shop the limited “Diane Collection.” 50% of the proceeds from each ticket will go towards supporting the Mustard Seed.
When: Saturday, November 18
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Raw Canvas – 100-1130 Kensington Road, Calgary
What: There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then with a special appearance from Kris Kringle himself, aka Santa Claus. Come down early in the day for the opportunity to get your picture taken with Santa, verify your spot on the naughty or nice list, and make a Christmas wish. Then stick around for dusk, when Banff avenue magically lights up with a procession of lively performers, colourful floats and, of course, the jolly ol’ man himself!
What: Satisfy your inner craving for adventure by enjoying exciting and thrilling tales of ground-breaking exhibitions as told by authors, photographers, adventurers and filmmakers from around the world at this 10-day festival held in the heart of Banff.
When: Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, November 5
Time: Varies per event
Where: Various locations in and around the Banff area
What: Celebrate European cinema at the 6th edition of this exciting and worldly film festival. See films from over 18 various countries with a mix of all genres (with subtitles of course) and get more than your typical Hollywood fare at the cinema.
What: A murdered spy, a jealous husband and an on-stage plane crash, missing fingers and good ol’ fashioned romance. This two-time Tony Award-winning play will have you clutching the edges of your seats in both laugher and suspense all night long.
Kristy is a creative Communications and PR strategist, freelance writer, coffee enthusiast and wine connoisseur who has a strong passion for travelling, art, style and fashion. Check out her blog (FloralandBows.com) for a taste of YYC through the lens of a refined, sassy, PR girl working on being a successful #girlboss.