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. Rated PG13, ScreamFest features a huge array of haunted houses, Halloween-themed carnival games, and plenty of creepy and disturbing entertainment.
Where: The Grandstand Building at Stampede Park – 3rd Street SE
What: For over 25 years Haunted Calgary has been the largest yard hunt, and longest running. Step into St. Abbadon’s Reformatory School as their 2016 walk-through haunted yard attraction. If you’re a bit too scared, there is also a low scare option with no actors on October 28, 29 and 31 from 2pm-4pm.
What: A new Canadian musical brings to life the company town of Fortune Falls. The sweet smell of chocolate fills the hearts of all who work at the Mercey Chocolate Factory, but when the factory suddenly closes the company’s last employee, a young security guard, is left to uncover the secrets that it shut down.
What: Join Lunchbox Theatre as they combine music and history and take you on an adventure back to WW2, examining the lives of soldiers and how our daily lives are changed by war throughout time up to 2016. This engaging and authentic performance that will pull at the heart strings and make you proud to be a Canadian!
What: The annual Field of Crosses is back! Take time out of your day to walk through the 3,000 crosses that were set-up by volunteers, to pay tribute for those fallen for our country. If you are looking to become more involved in the Remembrance Day festivities, help out with the Calgary Poppy Fun annual fundraising campaign or the Canadian Legacy Project’s Veterans Food Drive, both which coincide with the field of crosses.
What: Calling all ABBA fans, this has your name written all over it. The songs are all culled from the Swedish super-group’s songbook, and this is one Broadway show where singing along (and dancing in the aisles) is encouraged
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
What: Enjoy an evening of Latin American beats with the Fiesta Latin America Festival in town. On Wednesday, November 2 get transported to Brazil as three time grammy winner Branford Marsalis plays the saxophone. On Saturday, November 5 listen to the sexy, sultry sounds of the Tango from Argentina with Sarah Chang accompanying with the violin.
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE
When: Wednesday, November 2 and Saturday, November 5
Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Calgary’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of a few.
What: Legendary bands Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire are bringing their Heart and Soul Tour 3.0 to Calgary.Following their successful summer co-headlining 2015 Heart and Soul Tour and spring 2016 Heart and Soul Tour 2.0, the two well-established bands will reform and hit the road for a 15-city trek across the US and Canada this fall.
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
What: Hannah Georgas just released her third album For Evelyn, a lovely collection of tunes that was named after her grandmother, and first single “Don’t Go” is getting major airplay at Canadian Alternative radio. Georgas is a seasoned live performer, having opened for City and Colour and Sara Bareilles on past tours.
What: If you love strolling through the monthly night market that happens monthly during the summer season, then this will be right up your alley! Grab your date and some delicious hot chocolate and baileys and get some early Christmas shopping done at the only Calgary fall/winter night market.
What: Calgary is best known for its unbelievably tight knit, supportive community, and #LoveYYC Day is just one example of that. Right now Calgary could use a little love and this is an event to bring us together and remind everyone of Calgary’s unwavering strong spirit to overcome anything that is thrown our way. Tourism Calgary is urging everyone to get social and share why you #LoveYYC as they gear up for #LoveYYC Day on November 5. 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 like Gasoline Alley and discounts on food at different spots around the city.
What: Brunch is one of the most sought after meals of the day, as it’s hard to resist a buttery eggs benny or golden flapjacks. Every Sunday until Novmeber 13, Heritage Park is offering a delectable breakfast buffet at the beautiful historical Wainwright Hotel. If you are interested in indulging one Sunday, which we highly suggest you do, they recommend calling and making reservations, as seats tend to fill up quickly – we are not surprised in the slightest!
What: If you have been to Italy or one of Calgary’s amazing Italian restaurants, you will agree that nothing compares to the taste of fresh pasta done right. With a professional chef instructor and a room full of students, learn how to make the perfect ravioli with various fillings that will bring a delicious piece of Italy into your home.
Where: The Spice Chica at Raw Canvas – 1130 Kensington Road NW
What: If you have a passion for the mountains, unexpected journeys and diving into a great book or film, then this festival is definitely something that is worth taking a road trip up to Banff for. Spend nine days indulging in worldwide expeditions, epic adventures told by international authors, photographers and filmmakers and feel alive in the Canadian Rockies!