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37 things to do in Calgary this week: November 20 to 26

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Kristy Archibald Nov 20, 2017 7:28 am 702

It may not be December yet, but the holidays are practically already here!

There’s plenty to do around Calgary this week, so make sure to fill up that calendar with a few great events – believe us, you won’t want to miss out on these.

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Monday, November 20

Barenaked Ladies – Fake Nudes Tour

  • What: See the Barenaked Ladies live in concert at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.
  • When: Monday, November 20
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where:  Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $47-$307.25

2017 Major Midget Series

  • What: Come cheer on Team Canada and be entered to win a $100 Esso gift card when you purchase your ticket.
  • When: Monday, November 20 vs. Okotoks
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Winsport Arena A, Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $10

BYOW Date Night 

  • What: Bring your own wine and enjoy it over your favourite board games – with no corkage fee! Monday night date night just got turned up a notch.
  • When: Every Monday
  • Where: Boxcar Cafe – 1215 1 Street SW

Check out Calcutta Cricket Club’s New Fall/Winter Menu

  • What: Opened this past summer, this spot has become wildly known for its stunning turquoise interior, Instagram-famous jungle cats, and delicious family style menu of curries and traditional Indian bar snacks. They recently launched their new fall/winter menu, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. Roasted bone marrow vindaloo anyone?
  • Time: Sunday to Thursday, 5 pm to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday, 5 pm to 1 am
  • Where: Calcutta Cricket Club – 340 17 Avenue SW

Tuesday, November 21

DJD Presents: Velocity

  • What: A raw, never been seen before production choreographed by the DJD company on creating movement. Come get to know another side of the dancers that make up DJD.
  • When: Thursday, November 16 to Sunday, November 26
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: DJD Dance Centre – 111 12 Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, Adults- $27-$45, Seniors – $23-$38, Students – $19-$31

Parts + Labour X BUTTER Beauty Parlour

  • What: Get ready for the holidays at this private custom nail art party as you shop the P+L [Heart-Work] Collection.
  • When: Tuesday, November 21
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BUTTER Beauty Parlor – 2429 4 Street SW
  • Registration: Online, FREE

Wednesday, November 22

Games Night

  • What: Need a new date night idea? How about board games and waffles!
  • When: Every Wednesday
  • Where: Buttermilk Fine Waffles – 330 17 Avenue SW, Calgary
  • Cost: $5 waffles, games are free to play

Watch the Calgary Hitmen Play Portland

  • What: The Hitmen are officially in their regular season, come show them some love as they make their way to the Memorial Cup.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When: Wednesday, November 22 vs Portland
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $13 to $26

Disruptive Digital: Media and Content that Gets Results 

  • What: Calling all marketing pros! Join IABC/Calgary, Tool Shed Brewing Company and BottomLine Marketing for a night of delicious brews, networking and a panel talk on how to create a successful “disruptive” digital marketing campaign. A brewery tour and your first drink are both included in the price of the ticket.
  • When: Wednesday, November 22
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Tool Shed Brewing Company – 801 30 Street NE
  • Tickets: Online, IABC Member – $45, IABC Student Member – $35, IABC Non-member – $55, IABC Student Non-Member – $45

Thursday, November 23

Yoga Mountain Adventure Retreat

  • 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.
  • When: Thursday, November 23 to 26
  • Where: 1 Mount Shark Road, Canmore
  • Tickets: Online, $935-$1375

A Christmas Carol

  • What: It’s not the Christmas season without Scrooge and this annual production of Dickens’ classic tale.
  • When: Thursday, November 23 to December 24
  • Time: 2 and 7:30 pm
  • Where: Theatre Calgary – 220 9th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $71-$135

Canadian Maple Shack: Make your own Maple Taffy

  • What: Eating maple taffy on snow is a Canadian culinary tradition and you can pour your own tire sur la neige at the Calgary Christmas Market!
  • When: Thursday to Sunday from November 16 to December 23 with the exception of November 23 to 26.
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Admission: Free

Friday, November 24

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

  • What: With over 300+ vendors Spruce Meadows evokes a magical world of Christmas at Reindeer Alley, Candy Cane Lane, Founders Plaza, Twin Peaks and so many more!
  • When: November 24-26
  • Time:
    • Friday: 10am – 8pm
    • Saturday: 10am – 7pm
    • Sunday: 10am – 5pm
  • Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
  • Tickets: Online, $12 (save $2 when you buy online)

Enjoy the Kick-off  Weekend of Zoolights

  • What: See the Calgary Zoo light up for seven weeks straight and help celebrate the 20th anniversary of everyone’s favourite holiday experience.
  • When: Friday, November 24 to January 6
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 St. Georges Drive NE, Calgary
  • Tickets: General (16+) $14.95, Child (3-15) – $11.95

Dinner + A Movie at Heritage Park

  • What: Date night just got turned up a notch!
  • Where: Gasoline Alley – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
  • When: Friday, November 24 – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Time: 7:45 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $44.95 + GST per person (includes dinner + film), $8 (Film only)

Banff Christmas Market

  • What: Head to Banff for a unique holiday shopping experience, featuring goods inspired by the Rocky Mountains.
  • When: Friday, November 24 to 26
  • Time:
    • Friday from 10 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday from 10 am –  6 pm
    • Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: Warner Stables – 1 Sundance Road, Banff
  • Tickets: $5 Adults, Children 10 and under are FREE

Curated. Holiday Market

  • What: Shop over 85 different vendors for four weekends leading up to the Christmas season. Come get your photo with Santa, while enjoying live entertainment, children’s workshops, and more!
  • When: Friday, November 24 to 26
  • Time: Hours vary, check the schedule
  • Where: Deerfoot City – 901 64th Avenue NE
  • Tickets: $5

Calgary Night Market: Holiday Market 2017

  • What: On each Friday of November, shop for the perfect gift at this Holiday Night Market!
  • When: November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • Admission: Free

Black Friday on the Ave

  • What: There are some great savings to be had all along the Avenue. A good excuse to begin your holiday shopping, perhaps?
  • When: Friday, November 24
  • Where: Various businesses along 17th Avenue SW

Saturday, November 25

Marda Loop Christmas Market

  • What: Come shop the many local vendors at this exciting holiday market and bring a food donation to support the Calgary Interfaith Foodbank.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Marda Loop Community Association – 3130 16th Street SW
  • Admission: Non-perishable donation

Little Modern Market: Holiday Edition

  • What: Get started on your holiday shopping at this exciting market featuring all of your favourite local vendors, makers, and artists.
  • When: Saturday,  November 25
  • Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Rally Pointe – 11511 35th Street SE
  • Admission: $5 entry

Calgary Expo Holiday Market

  • What: Get in the holiday spirit at this Christmas extravaganza. Stroll through the Nerdy Wonderland consisting of comic book vendors, toy dealers, collectible retailers, and so much more. Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick will even be making an appearance.
  • When: Saturday, November 25 – 26
  • Time: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: BMO Centre, Halls B and C – 20 Roundup Way SW
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market

  • What: Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at this holiday market in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
  • When: Saturday, November 25-26
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Canmore Collegiate High School – 1800 8 Avenue
  • Admission: $3 in support of the Canmore Preschool Society

Artisan Winter Market

  • What: Holiday shopping made easy at this Christmas market in the heart of the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Time: 11 am to 5 am
  • Where: Inglewood Community Hall – 1740 24th Avenue SE
  • Admission: $3 entry at the door

Holiday Pop Up Series at Greater Goods

  • What: Sip on a Lavender Earl Grey Tea Latte as you shop and get your loved ones a unique and local treasure this Christmas!
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm

Mission: Red Mile – Scavenger Hunt 

  • What: The construction on 17th is complete – for now. To celebrate they’re hosting an exciting scavenger hunt in partnership with many of the businesses on the Avenue. This is a family-friendly event, so sign up with the kids (teams of four) and come down for an exciting and challenging hunt.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: Kick off is at McHugh House – 1515 Centre Street S
  • Admission: FREE

The Great Sweater Run

  • What: Grab the ugliest of Christmas sweaters and get ready to run the Tacky 10 km, the Festive 5 km or the Shih Tzu 2 km, all while supporting the Calgary Food Bank.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Where: South Glenmore Park – 8415 24 Street SW & 90 Avenue, Calgary
  • Registration: Online

The Barra MacNeils: An East Coast Christmas

  • What: This beautiful Christmas concert will be sure to blow you away with seasonal melodies, entertaining stories, lush harmonies, and classic favourites done with a twist.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Time 7:30 pm
  • Where: Eric Harvie Theatre – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • Tickets: Available online: Adult $25, Senior/ Student $30

Watch the Calgary Hitmen Play Red Deer 

  • What: The Hitmen are officially in their regular season, so come show them some love as they make their way to the Memorial Cup.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When: November 25 vs Red Deer
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $13-$26

Sunday, November 26

Movement U Turns 1!

  • What: On November 26 Movement U, one of Calgary’s favourite fitness studios, is turning 1! Celebrate with them on the day of and in 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 4th Street NE, Calgary

Festive Wagon Rides

  • What: Spend the afternoon sipping on a mug of hot cocoa as you tour around Banff in a snowy wagon ride with Banff Trail Riders! Be sure to dress accordingly.
  • When: Every Sunday between November 19 and December 17
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: The wagon leaves from the parking lot of the Whyte Museum – 111 Bear St, Banff
  • Admission: Free!

Any Day of the Week

Hit the Slopes

  • What: Getting snow early this year means 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!
  • Check the websites for Sunshine, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise to see hours of operation and which trails are open!

Grab some warm gear at the newly opened Canada Goose Flagship Store

  • What: Now is the time to get your cozy goose down parka – we hear you may need it this winter. They have many original designs that are exclusive to the Calgary location for you to choose from.
  • Where: Chinook Centre – 6455 Macleod Trail SE
  • Time: 10 am to 9 pm

Lace up your skates 

  • What: Grab your skates and your significant other for an evening spent on gliding on the ice in the great outdoors. It’s officially ODR season so bundle up!
  • When: Mid-November to mid-March
  • Where: See list of free city-run parks here.

Try Ollia’s new “Holiday Collection”

  • What: There is nothing better than biting into a Candy Cane, Turtles, Mulled Cranberry, Tiramisu, or Eggnog flavoured macaron during the Holiday season.
  • Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810C 16 Avenue SW

Kananaskis After Dark: Stargazing and Photography Tour

  • 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.
  • When: See the schedule here!
  • Where: Kananaskis Village Centre – 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Crescent
  • Tickets: Online, $69

Experience the new and improved Brewster Banff Gondola

  • What: Head to the summit for a beautiful snowy view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine.
  • Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
  • Tickets: Adult $62, child $31

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Kristy Archibald
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.

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