September is the month that kids head back to school, a Pumpkin Spice Latte provides a familiar comfort, and Calgary begins to change colour!
It’s that time of the year where Calgarians are questioning where the time went and how it’s September already. Nonetheless, it’s time to begin transitioning (slowly) into the new season that brings some beautiful views and presents some great opportunities to head outside and enjoy the last few months of warmth… before the big freeze!
From markets to festivals to corn mazes to new fitness routines, here’s everything exciting happening around Calgary in September.
What: Bid summer adieu with a final float and admire the beautiful views that are beginning to change colour along the banks of the Bow!
Tips: Make sure that you have enough life jackets for your entire group, book your raft ahead of time, park a vehicle at the beginning and the end of your route and check weather advisories before heading out.
What: There is no better way to welcome fall then heading out to one of Calgary’s many corn mazes and enjoying a fun-filled farm adventure. Don’t forget to check out the Kangaroo Petting Zoo new to Cobb’s Adventure Park and Corn Maze!
What: Join Parts + Labour founder, Jennifer Mehlko as she collaborates with various fitness studios around the city to bring you a fun workout series. Come sweat it out with her and then shop her athleisure “Heart Work” collection afterward in a fun studio pop-up .
What: 12 makers, 12 shipping containers, and one parking lot makes the best retail shopping Calgary has ever seen. There are also various performances, a pop-up library, Junction jams and group runs hosted by Lululemon happening at different times throughout each week, so you just have to go more than once!
What: It’s the last Night Market of the summer and it’s revving up to be the biggest and best one yet! Be sure to come with an empty stomach and the desire to shop till the sun goes down. The event goes on rain or shine, so come prepared.
What: Join the Calgary Farmers Market in their harvest celebration where you will have the opportunity to shop fresh, local fruits and vegetables, nuts, tea, kombucha and more in their mini market at South Health Campus.
What: Market Collective is celebrating their 9th anniversary with a by hosting a large market full of new and old makers, artists and vendors from all over Alberta. There will also be various interactive art installations, along with food trucks, live music and more! Come celebrate 9 years of community building and the arts here in Calgary!
Where: The Yellow Warehouse in Inglewood – 1390 17th Avenue SE
What: Pick yourself up a felt letter board during the Words and Co. Pop Up at Greater Goods during the month of September. These are great for lightening up a room with a hilarious pun or displaying the table settings at your wedding!
Where: Greater Goods Boutique and Tea Bar – 606 Meredith Road NE
What: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a delicious brunch in the midst of the untouched natural beauty of Spray Valley Provincial Park at Mount Engadine Lodge. This is the perfect way to unplug and unwind as you enjoy breakfast with an unreal view!
Where: 1 Mount Shark Road, Canmore
When: Every Sunday
Cost: $25 per person, $17.50 for kids (includes coffee/tea)
What: You know it’s going to be a great event when it starts off with a beer flight! Learn the details on how exactly yeast is used in the brewing process as you make your way through a complete brewery tour with Christina Owczarek. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Calgary Women’s Shelter!
What: Calling all craft beer connoisseurs! For only $2 a drink ticket, sample various local brews from breweries across Alberta and BC. Some of the confirmed breweries thus far are Trolley 5 Brewpub, Grizzly Paw Brewing Co., Lonetree Cider, Labatt Brewing Co. and so many more! There is also a free shuttle available to take you to and from the village – now that’s an offer you can’t refuse!
Where: Bear’s Den Smokehouse and Patio – 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise
What: Eat for a good cause, sounds simple enough to us! This year’s second annual Food Fest will be supporting The Calgary Food Bank and She Rescue Homes with plans to increase the event’s impact and continue to make the world a better place.
What: The first outdoor festival centered in Calgary around all things vegan! Learn and be educated on all things vegan, while you munch on delicious eats from a variety of vegan kitchens, shop exciting local makers, artists and designers at their mini market, listen to some inspiring speakers and enjoy a ton of live entertainment and family fun.
What: Get Thanksgiving started early this year by sampling 5 delicious pie’s made from the market vendors and voting for your favourite in support of the Calgary Food Bank. The winning vendor will be given the opportunity to take home the trophy and bragging rights for the BEST pie in the market.
Where: The Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77 Avenue SE
What: The road may be closed, but the stores and restaurants are definitely open for business! This exciting event grew over from the creative response to the city’s plan to reconstruct 17 Avenue. The businesses on the Avenue decided to remind Calgarians that the doors of the businesses are still open during construction. The Block Party will feature live music, entertainment and a pop-up retail market happening all day. There are also five unique restaurants (Anju, Calcutta Cricket Club, Buttermilk, Pigeonhole and Model Milk) that will be serving up exclusive dishes, cocktails and more that you can’t miss out on! Come celebrate the beginning of September and see what exciting things 17 Avenue has to offer!
What: A town named “Derry,” a group of feisty childhood friends reunited in a group called “The Losers Club” and a horrifying clown named “Pennywise” combined makes for a thrilling and suspenseful movie experience. Come see the premiere of Stephan King’s ‘IT’ at this Creepy CarnEvil themed party being held at Banff’s Lux Cinema.
What: Hacking is the art of making something the way you want it and exactly what humans have been doing since the beginning. Why not try this in your own life with your mood? Come find out how at this months Adult Only Night at Telus Spark.
What: See Calgary from a unique perspective and celebrate its cultural heritage, as you gain free access to 40 different sites around the city with behind the scenes activities and revealing tours all day long.
What: As you may have heard the lemurs can officially call the Calgary Zoo their home! This event is for budding photographers of all experience levels to have the chance to experience the Zoo and capture it in the beautiful morning light – a unique experience that not many people can say they have done!
Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 St. Georges Avenue NE
What: As one of the only sites in North America that has two steam locomotives on site Heritage Park and CP Rail invite you for a weekend of demonstrations, hands-on activities, exciting exhibits and everything and anything train related.
What: Be inspired to fall in love with your home again at the Calgary Fall Home Show! Spend the weekend doing fun interactive workshops presented by Outside the Shape and Heart & Swirl, gaining expert advice from home reno pros, such as HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler, Tiffany Pratt and DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perraul and meeting some of the Calgary’s top designers. By the end of the weekend, you’ll have all the tools you need to make your home the sanctuary it should be!
What: Calling all fashionistas! Enjoy this luxury art and fashion show featuring some of Canada’s best high-end fashion designers and artists, such as Paul Hardy, Lauren Bagliore, House of Nonie and more. Come and celebrate the Canadain fashion industry at Calgary’s best, most exquisite fashion event of the year!
Where: Spruce Meadows, Equi-plex – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
What: Everyone’s favourite interactive art show is back for another year of exciting scientific fun. Explore the city and visit the 14 different sites that are interconnected with a common theme, the ups and downs of the journey of invention. At each stop you can go two different directions. Who knows the where the route you choose will take you!
What: As the sixth largest film festival in Canada, this 12-day showcase will feature up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from over 45 countries including Canada. Come support and engage with local artists of the big screen and come together with the like minded community who share your love of film!
What: To no one’s surprise, The Sound of Music continues to be the most successful and popular movie musical in history. Come see this heartwarming, beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trap Family and singalong to iconic numbers, “My Favourite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi and more!
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
What: Learn how Mary Schäffer’s art is reflective of her adventures in the Canadian Rockies back in the early-twentieth century, along with how it resonates with audiences today in the launch of this new book by Colleen Skidmore.
What: Come cheer on The Harlem Globetrotters as they make a stop in Calgary on their 2017 World Tour!
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
When: September 28
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.