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17 things to do in Calgary this Thanksgiving weekend: October 7 to 10

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DH Calgary Staff Oct 07, 2016 8:30 am

Lots of fun things happening around town including a Disney concert, Pumpkin Festivals, free swims and more!

Get out and do something, with our list of things to do this weekend.

WHL Calgary Hitmen hockey game

  • What: Cheer on the Calgary Hitmen as they take one the rest of the Western Hockey League.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Friday, October 7 at 7 pm vs Kamloops

Disney in Concert: Tale As Old As Time

  • What: For the big kids, get taken back to the time of VHS – for the little ones use your imagination as The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra takes you into the land of Frozen, Tangled, Cinderella and more!
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8
  • Cost: Starting at $20

Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival

  • What: This festival is a 3 day event held during the Thanksgiving weekend where Hungarian culture, music, art and dance come alive and bring together hundreds of dancers, musicians and folk enthusiasts.  This year, Calgary has the immense pleasure of hosting the 38th annual event in this beautiful and vibrant city.  Calgary’s folk dance groups, Bartók Dancers and Vadrózsa, look forward to welcoming the many dancers, folk enthusiasts and wonderful guests.
  • Where: The Westin Calgary – 320 4th Avenue SW
  • When: October 7 to 10

The Big Sleep

  • What: A private investigator in a trench coat, possible femme fatales, and LA’s seedy backstreets …all the right ingredients for a classic film noir. Calgary’s premiere mystery theatre company, Vertigo Theatre, kicks off its season by bringing the film noir genre to the stage with The Big Sleep. A blackmailed millionaire hires private investigator Philip Marlow to solve his problems. But when Marlowe stumbles upon the first corpse in this case, he knows this is not going to be easy. Check out this world premiere stage adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s classic story.
  • When: September 17 – October 16
  • Where: Vertigo Theatre, Calgary Tower

Freaky Flashlight Nights

  • What: Find your way out of corn mazes in the dark! All weekends in October, head to Cobb’s Corn Maze for Freaky Flashlight Nights every Friday and Saturday. You can also take a ride on their creepy tractor (tell us how it goes) or brave their haunted houses.
  • Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze -1500 84th Street NE
  • When: Fridays and Saturdays October 1 to 29
  • Cost: Children under 3 are free, Children $12.50, Adults $13.50

Train of Terror

  • What: Head to Aspen Crossing Railway for their Train of Terror event. Aboard the Train of Terror, you will experience haunted railway cars, disturbing entertainment and ultimate FEAR! If you make it through the fright cars alive, join us on the other side where you will find a Halloween party, with food and drinks for purchase!
  • Where: Aspen Crossing – Highway #24, Mossleigh, AB
  • When: Runs October 8 to October 30 – Check website for exact dates
  • Cost: $69.99

Screamfest’s Cornfield of Terror

  • What: ScreamFest is Canada’s biggest Halloween festival, and runs this year from October 14 through October 31 at The Grandstand Building at Stampede Park. Limited $20 tickets are now available for the Cornfield of Terror. If you miss out, don’t worry there are plenty of tickets still going for the ScreamFest Festival.
  • Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze – 1500 84th Street NE
  • When: Saturday, October 8, from 7 to 10 pm, with entrances every half an hour
  • Tickets: At ScreamFest.ca, $20

Wordfest 2016

  • What: Wordfest is a 10-day festival which sparks lively, illuminating and meaningful conversations between Calgary’s readers and the world’s most engaging writers. Wordfest’s trademark events include readings, workshops, panel discussions and in-school presentations from authors writing in every genre and for all ages.
  • Where: Locations all around Calgary
  • When: October 7 to 16
  • Cost: Varies – see website for tickets to events

Tegan and Sara concert

  • What: Everything is awesome for The Quin twins in 2016 – they just released their eighth studio album Love You To Death to rave reviews and their fall tour is selling out quickly. Fans can expect the 100-minute show to include new singles “Stop Desire” and “White Knuckles”, both of which were produced by Greg Kurstin of Sia and Adele fame.
  • When: Friday, October 7 at 6:30 pm
  • Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SE
  • Tickets: Available online for $38.50. All ages

13th annual Pumpkin Festival

  • What: Head to Blue Grass this weekend for their 13th annual Pumpkin Festival! Tons of fun family activities including petting zoo, hay rides, Cinderella pumpkin coach ride, pumpkin carving, balloons, face painting, giant straw maze, sand dig, trampolines, food trucks, raffles and the grande finale! – 500lb pumpkin drop to smash a car!
  • When: Saturday, October 8 from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Blue Grass Ltd. Nursery, Sod, Garden Centre – 260130B Writing Creek Crescent, Rockyview County, Balzac
  • Cost: Donation to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Autumn Pumpkin Festival

  • What: Taking place over four weekends in October, The Autumn Pumpkin Festival does not take place on weekdays except for Thanksgiving Monday. Enjoy the Fun Farm,Petting ZooCorn Mazes, Pony rides, Pumpkin Patch games, crafts and more!
  • Where: 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview, Alberta
  • When: October 8 to 10, October 15 and 16, October 22 and 23
  • Cost: 13.80+gst (kids under 2 free)

The Proclaimers concert

  • What: Another set of famous twins are set to rock Calgary this month, as Charlie and Craig Reid of The Proclaimers will take over the Deerfoot Inn & Casino stage on October 8. The dynamic duo have released ten albums over the course of their 30 year career, but we have it on pretty good authority that “500 Miles (I’m Gonna Be)” will be included in their set.
  • When: Saturday, October 8 at 9 pm
  • Where: Deerfoot Inn & Casino – 11500-35 St SE
  • Tickets: Available online from $40.95 to $51.45. 18+

Alzheimer walk and run

  • What: The 26th Annual Investors Group Alzheimer Walk & Run takes place this Thanksgiving Sunday. Funds raised are applied to local programs and services that serve thousands of people affected by dementia in Calgary and surrounding areas.
  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade
  • When: October 9 from 10 am to 12 pm

Million Dollar Quartet

  • What: The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956. History was made when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest impromptu jam sessions ever. It brings to light the extraordinary story of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is altogether poignant, heartwarming and funny.
  • Where: Stage West – 727 42 Avenue SE
  • When: September 9 to November 13
  • Tickets: $119 (includes dinner)

Cecil Hotel by Mark Clintberg

  • What: Cecil Hotel (2014-2016) is an exploration of the recently demolished site of The Cecil Hotel, opened in 1912, ordered to close by Calgary’s city officials in 2008, and purchased by the city for nearly $11 million in 2009. The hotel has been considered an “epicentre of prostitution, drugs, murder, and desperation by some, and its erasure has since been both contested and praised. This project includes a large-scale modified replica of the hotel’s neon sign and an edition of custom-made pint glasses.
  • Where: Main Space/Parkade/U-Hall – 2009 10th Avenue SW
  • When: September 16 to October 15 (closed Sunday’s and Monday’s)

Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival 2016

  • What: The Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival returns to the Calgary Zoo for the second year in a row, and this time around there are 145 extra lanterns to dazzle you. The lanterns are seasonal-themed this year, so you’ll be taken on a journey from winter to spring, and they’ll depict culturally significant animals as well as zoo favourites. Relish in the arts of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean cultures, and check out live music, an art gallery, and garden displays as well.
  • Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, October 16

Free Swim at Renfrew Aquatic & Recreation Centre

  • What: Get a few hours of swimming free courtesy Renfew Aquatic & Recreation Centre. Two session times with a half an hour break in the middle that might be waived if capacity permits.
  • Where: Renfrew Aquatic & Recreation Centre – 810 13 Avenue NE
  • When: October 10 from 1 to 2:30 pm and 3 to 4:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
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