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21 things to do in Calgary this Thanksgiving long weekend

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DH Calgary Staff Oct 07, 2015 5:00 pm

Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on everything we have and giving thanks for our blessings. It’s about family togetherness and the bonds we share with the ones we love.

It’s also a great opportunity to relax and have some downtime with the extra day off. There are so many exciting things to do around Calgary this long weekend, so set aside some time and enjoy an excursion with family or friends.

Here are 21 things to do around town over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Places to grab a Thanksgiving meal if you don’t feel like cooking

Wainwright Hotel at Heritage Park

  • What: This weekend only, the Wainwright Hotel Dining Room will be offering a sumptuous three-course Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.
  • Where: Wainwright Hotel at Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive Southwest, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, October 10 to Monday, October 12; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 to $25

Carriage House Inn

  • What: The Carriage House Inn is hosting Thanksgiving dinners (and brunch) all weekend to make it easy for you this holiday season. You can even choose from a full takeout menu.
  • Where: Carriage House Inn – 9030 Macleod Trail South, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, October 10 to Monday, October 12; 4:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
  • Cost: $19 to $38

The Glenmore Inn

  • What: The Glenmore Inn is hosting both a Thanksgiving brunch and dinner this coming weekend. The dinner includes prime rib and turkey, pumpkin soup, various salads and mashed potatoes.
  • Where: The Glenmore Inn – 2729 Glemore Trail Southeast, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, October 11; 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $18 to $30

Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

  • What: The Grey Eagle Resort and Casino’s buffet will be doing a Thanksgiving brunch and dinner buffet. Dinner includes a number of salads, prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, pasta, and chicken pot pie, among other things.
  • Where: Grey Eagle Resort and Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12
  • Cost: $30

Aspen Crossing Thanksgiving Train Tour

  • What: Join us on this Thanksgiving Feast Train, as we tour the prairies. Enjoy a full Turkey Dinner as we give Thanks for a Bountiful Harvest. The Guns of the Golden West just may be looking to relieve you of your hard earned bounty.
  • Where: Aspen Crossing – Box 30, Mossleigh
  • When: Sunday, October 11; 2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $66-$110

Embarcadero Wine and Oyster Bar

  • What: Freshly roasted Winter’s free range turkey and traditional trimmings, house made with an imaginative flair: rich gravy, seasonal vegetables, sausage sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, garlic smashed potatoes plus choice of featured dessert.
  • Where: Embarcadero Wine and Oyster Bar – 208 17th Avenue Southeast, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12; starts at 4 p.m. (while supplies last)
  • Cost: $28 per person

The Rimrock at Fairmont Palliser

  • What: Enjoy a delicious four-course turkey dinner prepared by executive chef, Craig Nazareth and team. Indulge in curried pumpkin soup, an organic salad, slow-roasted free-range turkey with traditional stuffing, whipped potatoes and cranberries and house-made pumpkin pie for dessert.
  • Where: The Rimrock at Fairmont Palliser – 178057 272 Street West, Priddis
  • When: Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12
  • Cost: $34.50 to $69

Azuridge Estate Hotel

  • What: The Azuridge Estate Hotel is serving some delicious, upscale fare for Thanksgiving this weekend, with butternut squash soup, aged Angus beef tenderloin with sautéed wild mushroom demi sauce and tiramisu for dessert, among other tasty treats.
  • Where: Azuridge Estate Hotel – 178057 272 Street West, Priddis
  • When: Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12; 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $95 per person

River Café on Prince’s Island Park

  • What: On the menu, Chef Matthias Fong is preparing a Thanksgiving celebration including wood-grilled-free-range Winters Turkey served with delicious seasonal accompaniments from our local farmers, and house made artisanal breads and sticky toffee pudding from our bakery.
  • Where: River Café – 25 Prince’s Island Park, Calgary
  • When: Monday, October 12; lunch and dinner

Hotel Blackfoot

  • What: Hotel Blackfoot is hosting a Thanksgiving evening buffet, complete with all the trimmings and more. Enjoy a variety of salads, cold platters, hot dishes and even some kid-friendly choices. It’s a true family-friendly event.
  • Where: Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail Southeast, Calgary
  • When: 5940 Blackfoot Trail Southeast, Calgary
  • Cost: Free to $40

Coast Plaza Hotel

  • What: Coast Plaza Hotel’s Horizon Bistro is hosting a Thanksgiving brunch and dinner buffet. Rice pilaf, tortellini, tilapia and pineapple and cucumber salad, as well as traditional favourites like turkey and garlic mashed potatoes.
  • Where: Coast Plaza Hotel – 1316 33 Street Northeast, Calgary
  • When: Monday, October 12; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (brunch is happening this day as well)
  • Cost: $16 to $32

Run or walk for a cause

The 25th Annual Investors Group Alzheimer Thanksgiving Walk & Run

  • What: Raise some money for Alzheimers research and get in shape with this run through Calgary. What better to give thanks than to give back?
  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade Southwest, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, October 11; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Family Activities

Illuminasia at Calgary Zoo

  • What: The authentic Chinese lanterns will light up the zoo and set the stage for a unique experience like no other in Calgary. The festival lanterns will highlight some of the zoo’s animals while showcasing culturally symbolic animals such as the crane and iconic Chinese symbols like the Phoenix. The Dorothy Harvie Gardens will provide the backdrop through lush mosaic cultures and vegetation tapestries.
  • Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road Northeast, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, October 8 to Sunday, October 11; 7 to 10 p.m. (Thursday – Saturday), 6 to 9 p.m. (Sunday)

Flashlight Nights & Freaky Fridays at Cobb’s Corn Maze

  • What: Bring a flashlight and find your way through our corn mazes in the dark. Take a ride on our creepy tractor ride, and if you’re brave enough, you can go through our two haunted houses, and there’s a big bon fire to keep you warm.
  • Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park – 1500 84th Street Northeast, Calgary
  • When: Friday, October 9; 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: free to $13

Thanksgiving Pie Bake Off

  • What: Four pies will be going head-to-head in this exciting competition. Join in the fun by making a cash donation to the Calgary Interfaith Food- Bank, trying all 4 pies and voting for your favourite.  All entries will have a chance to win a huge gift basket full of Thanksgiving goodies from the market.
  • Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market – 510 77 Avenue Souteast, Calgary
  • When: Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Cost: By donation

Bugs Bunny at The Symphony II

  • What: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II celebrates the world’s most beloved Looney Tunes and their legendary starts projected on the big screen – Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, and Road Runner – while their extraordinary original scores are played live by your Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Where: Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue Southeast, Calgary
  • When: Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10; 7:30 p.m. (Friday), 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Saturday)
  • Cost: $20-$80

Cinderella at Storybook Theatre

  • What: The classic tale of poor Cinderella who’s mistreated by her evil stepmother and stepsisters is coming to the Storybook Theatre. Recommended for children ages three and up.
  • Where: Storybook Theatre – 375 Bermuda Drive Northwest, Calgary
  • When: Friday, October 9 to Sunday, October 11; check schedule here.
  • Cost: $16-$21

Thanksgiving Weekend at Heritage Park

  • What: This weekend only, the Wainwright Hotel Dining Room will be offering a sumptuous three-course Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.  This holiday meal will be served all weekend long between on a first come, first served basis.
  • Where: Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Drive Southwest, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, October 10 to Monday, October 12; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $5.25 to $10.50

Free public skating

  • What: It’s the time of year where numerous skating rinks in Calgary are offering free public skates for Thanksgiving. Get out your scarves, mitts and toques and go skating with friends and family.
  • Where: At select skating rinks. Click here for more.
  • When: Monday, October 12; 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Sports

2015 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships

  • What: The Canadian Soccer Association Sport Chek National Club Championships runs from 7-12 October. Through 8 competitions in four venues, the National Championships will welcome more than 2,700 players, staff and officials in October. The National Championships are Canada’s premier amateur competitions, from the   senior level Challenge Trophy and Jubilee Trophy competitions down to the U-14 youth levels
  • Where: Calgary Soccer Centre & Shouldice Athletic Park; 7000 48 Street Southeast, Calgary and 1515 Home Road Northwest, Calgary
  • When: Wednesday, October 7 to Monday, October 12; various times.

Calgary Stampeders vs. Edmonton Eskimos

  • What: The Calgary Stampeders are taking on the Edmonton Eskimos at McMahon Stadium. This is one game you won’t want to miss.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail Northwest, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, October 10; 5 p.m.

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