50 things to do in Calgary this November

Dec 19 2017, 2:43 am

If you like to plan ahead, here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary this November.

For a complete list of events, check out our Calgary Buzz events calendar.

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

  • What: The 40th anniversary of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival plays host to a wonderful variety of events like The Snow Show, Hot Topics Seminars and more.
  • Where: The Banff Centre -107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • When: Now through until Sunday, November 8. Check Schedule here.
  • Cost: Varies; most are free.


  • What: Performed by Broadway Across Canada, Once is a story of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a woman takes interest in his haunting love songs.
  • Where: Southern Jubilie Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • When: Tuesday, November 3 to 8
  • Cost: Varies

Dinner in the Dark

  • What: Join Light Up The World (LUTW) at Dinner in the Dark to support families living without electricity.
  • When: November 5 at 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Cost: $100

Calgary Flames vs the Philadelphia Flyers

  • What: The Calgary Flames face the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Thursday, November 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championship

  • What: Over 300 skaters from across Alberta and the Northwest Territories will be competing in the 2016 Skate Canada: Alberta – NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships presented by the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation.
  • Where: Don Hartman North East Sportsplex – 5200 68 Street NE
  • When: Thursday, November 5 to 8
  • Cost: Varies

Read for the Cure

  • What: Annually this event hosts a series of Author Events and each year three authors who speak about their work rather than reading. This year Camilla Gibb (this is happy), Colleen Jones (Throwing Rocks at Houses) and Nino Ricci (Sleep) will be featured in Calgary.
  • Where: The Westin – 320 4 Ave SW
  • When: Thursday, November 5
  • Cost: $90
Image: The Greek Ladies of Philoptochos

Image: The Greek Ladies of Philoptochos

Greek Annual Bazzar

  • What: The Greek Ladies of Philoptochos, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping those in need in the community, will once again host their Annual Greek Bazaar.
  • When: Friday, November 6, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 7, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Where: Demetrios Orthodox Community Hall – 1 Tamarac Crescent SW
  • Price: Admission is $2. Free for children under the age of 12.

22nd Charity Wine Auction – the Moulin Rouge Gala

  • What: Featuring fabulous foods and wines alongside dramatic décor, there will be no shortage of fun at this gala. Proceeds made from the gala go towards local Alberta charities.
  • Where: Willow Park Wines & Spirits – 10801 Bonaventure Drive SE
  • When: Saturday, November 7 from 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Cost: $225

Calgary Flames vs the Pittsburgh Penguins

  • What: The Calgary Flames face the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Saturday, November 7 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

BikesnBrews Fall Gala

  • What: Help children and teens ride a bike for the first time and support the Cerebral Palsy Adaptive Bike Program at this upcoming gala.
  • Where: Brewsters – 11 Avenue SW, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, November 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: Starting at $80

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

  • What: Celebrate sustainable sea food at this event as selection of Calgary’s top chefs compete against one another for the title of 2015 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion.
  • Where: Hyatt Regency – 700 Centre Street SE
  • When: November 10 from 7p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Cost: $52.50

Remembrance Day Ceremony

  • What: Come to remember those who are passed and the end of hostilities.
  • Where: Central Memorial Park – 1221 2 Street SW
  • When: Wednesday, November 11
  • Cost: Free

Remembrance Day Service

  • What: Everyone is welcome to be apart of the Kerby Centre’s remembrance Day Service.
  • Where: Kerby Centre Gymnasium – 1133 7 Avenue SW
  • When: Wednesday, November 11 at 10:50 a.m.; doors are open at 10:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Russell Peters Almost Famous World Tour

  • What: Comedian Russell Peters will be returning to Calgary. His show will feature his latest take on some of his favorite communities, jobs he can understand, cell phones, dating and his uncle who’s never been punched in the mouth.
  • Where: Grey Eagle Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive, Calgary
  • When: Wednesday, November 11 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: Starting at $110

Fort Calgary artisan Fair 

  • What: Every year just before the holiday season fully takes hold, Fort Calgary hosts a fine collection of locally-made, one-of-a-kind products created by local crafters and artists, and this year is no exception.
  • Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9th Avenue SE
  • When: Wednesday, November 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free admission with a donation of a non-perishable food item to the Veteran’s Food Bank

Calgary European Film Festival

  • What: 12 European countries have joined the CEFF to bring you high quality movies from the Old Continent.
  • Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8 Avenue SW
  • When: Thursday, November 12 to 15
  • Cost: $12; $115 for a full pass; $60 for a half pass (any 6 movies)

Adults Only Night: Games We Play

  • What: No kids allowed at this event, only adults. Learn about why we get so involved in games? What they teach us, if anything? And more.
  • Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St Georges Drive NE
  • When: Thursday, November 12
  • Cost: $20

Dinner for Doors

  • What: Feel what it is like to have limited mobility or reduced vision for just a few hours at this event. The evening aims to raise awareness of accessibility challenges.
  • Where: Executive Royal Hotel – 2828 23 Street NE, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, November 12 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $100; $650 for a table of seven

ISU World Cup Speed Skating

  • What: Watch Ladies and Mens speed skating in all distances. You can buy tickets for November 14 and 15.
  • Where: Olympic Oval, Calgary
  • When: Friday November 13 to 15
  • Cost: $30 for November 14 at 12:30 p.m. and November 15 at 12 p.m.

Jordan Suckley with Yula, Mackwa and Sundown

  • What: A beat dropping party that features DJ Jordon Suckley, a rising star, with guests Yula, Mackwa and Sundown.
  • Where: Marquee Beer Market & Stage – 4630 Macleod Trail South, Calgary
  • When: Friday, November 13 from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $15

Jubilations Dinner Theatre: Modern Family Vacation

  • What: Enjoy a dinner theatre play about a couple that decide to go on a Titanic II cruise for their anniversary only for their family to decide to come along too. Nothing could go wrong right?
  • Where: Jubilations – 1002 37 Street SW, Calgary
  • When: November 13 to February 14
  • Cost: $70 to $80 for adult; $48 for Students and Seniors; $34 for children

Sausage Party

  • What: Calgary Farmers’ Market is having a party to celebrate their more than 100 sausages. There will be sausage samples, cooking demos, music, contests, a sausage castle and more.
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market- 510 77 Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, November 14
  • Cost: Free admission

Sight Night (8K, Other)

  • What: Run or walk to support the Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind.
  • Where: Eau Claire
  • When: Saturday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $45 for adults; $20 for kids

The Group Art Society’s Fall Show and Sale

  • What: Enjoy beautiful pieces of original art at this showcase and sale. You will get a chance to meet some of the artists too.
  • Where: St Peter’s Anglican Church – 903 75 Avenue SW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free refreshments, admission, and parking; donations for the Calgary Food Bank are accepted.

The Mousetrap

  • What: Written by Agatha Christie, this play follows a group of characters that are trapped together in a remote country house only to discover there’s a murderer in their midst.
  • Where: Vertigo theatre- 115 9 Avenue SE
  • When: Saturday, November 14 to Friday, December 13
  • Cost: Starts at $29

Mount Pleasent Potters’ Guild’s Fall/Winter Potter Sale

  • What: The Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild is a non-profit organization that supports local ceramic artists. So Bring your friends and family to explore this semi-annual event full of various types of pottery from cups to vases.
  • Where: Triwood Community Hall – 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, November 15
  • Cost: Free

Caglary Flames versus the New Jersey Devils

  • What: The Calgary Flames will face the New Jersey Devils.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

  • What: Sharing human rights, environmental, and socially significant documentaries is what this Film Festival specializes at.
  • Where: Various venues
  • When: Tuesday, November 17 to Sunday, November 22
  • Cost: Free admission

Wonders of Devonian Gardens- Children Nature Program

  • What: Take the kids to one of the Devonian Garden’s interactive nature programs. Kids will learn about plants, insects, and wildlife through crafts, games and stories.
  • Where: Devonian Gardens – 400, 317 7 Avenue SW
  • When: Now through until December 16; Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Cost: Free

Startup Calgary Launch Party 2015

  • What: The Launch Party 2015 recognizes Calgary’s most innovative startups in the information and communication technology (ICT) market.
  • Where: Ross Glen Hall in the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning at Mount Royal University – 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, November 19 from 6 to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: $36

Not From Around Here

  • What: A magic show that will have you on the edge-of-your-seat with clever stunts and astonishing demonstrations.
  • Where: The Barracks at Fort Calgary – 750 9 Avenue SE
  • When: Thursday, November 19 and Thursday, December 17
  • Cost: $85

Christmas Art Market and Craft Show

  • What: With over 200 professional artisans offering a wide variety of Christmas shopping and Professional collecting, you are almost guaranteed to find something at this art market.
  • Where: 2nd level of the Calgary Telus Convention Center – 136 8 Avenue SE
  • When: Thursday, November 19 to 20 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $10; $8 for students or seniors; once you pay you can return everyday free

Banff Christmas Market

  • What: A shopping experience that allows for unique fashions and handcrafted gifts as well as live entertainment and delicious food.
  • Where: 100 Sundance Road- Warners Stables, Banff
  • When: Friday, November 20 from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Alberta Peak Performance Project Finale

  • What: Come to Flames Central to watch three bands compete in the one night Alberta Peak Performance Project finale to win $225,953.
  • Where: Flames Central – 219 8 Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 at the door; $10 in advance

Dance Montage

  • What: Creates opportunities for both beginning and experienced dance artists to reach out to the community and provide a wide spectrum of dance styles, forms and practices.
  • Where: University of Calgary
  • When: Thursday, November 19 to 20 at 8 p.m. and November 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Cost:  $15 for adults; $10 for students/ seniors

Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks

  • What: The Calgary Flames face the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
  • When: November 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

CRR Edworthy EC (8K, 4K and Other)

  • What: Combines the essential ingredients of “real running” where there will be varied terrain, natural surfaces and lots of food.
  • Where: Edworthy Park – 5050 Spruce Dr SW
  • When: November 21
  • Cost: $12, $6 Students, and $6 for children

First Annual Winter Hafla

  • What: Enjoy Egyptian performances, finger foods and dancing during this Winter Hafla. Hafla which means “get-together” or “party” in Arabic.
  • Where: West Village Theatre – 2007 10 Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, November 21 at 5 p.m.; Dance floor entry starting at 10 p.m.
  • Cost: $30; $10 for the dance only


  • What: The Calgary Opera presents Lakme a story of a Hindu Priestess who goes against her own father to be with a British officer whom she fell in love with.
  • Where: Southern Jubilee – 1415 14 Avenue NW
  • When: Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, November 27 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

Heritage Park’s Once Upon a Christmas

  • What: Get into the spirit of Christmas by taking a wagon ride, singing carols and visiting Santa. Perhaps decorating gingerbread cookies or visiting the petting zoo is more your style, there are plenty of activities to do at this traditional Christmas event.
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • When: Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, December 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $10.50; $8.25 Senior (65+); $6.50 Youth ( 7 to 14); $5.25 Child (3 to 6) and free for ages 2 and under

Between shadow + light

  • What: Like shoes? Swing by to see the new pieces in time for the gift giving season.
  • Where: John Fluevog Shoes – 207. 8 Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, November 21 at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

A Christmas Carol

  • What: A festive classic, the Theatre Calgary are bringing this Charles Dickens’ novel to life just in time for the festive season.
  • Where: Theatre Calgary – 220 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, November 26 to Thursday, December 24
  • Cost: Varies

Calgary Story Slam

  • What: Have the courage to slam down a story or listen as a judge. Remember there are prizes to be won and everyone there is a friendly face. The theme of this Story Slam is “The Horror”.
  • Where: Rose and Crown – 1503 4 Street SW
  • When: Monday, November 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $5

Festival of Crafts

  • What: Known as one of Canada’s largest holiday handcrafted shopping events, Festival of Crafts runs four days showcasing items from fashion to gourmet treats from over 250 talented artisans, artists and designers.
  • Where: BMO Centre at Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary
  • When: November 26 to 29; Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for youths aged 13 to 17 and seniors, and free for children under 12

Banff Craft Beer Festival

  • What: Alberta Beer Festivals is introducing the first ever Banff Festival at the Cave and Basin. Each ticket gives you a four ounce sample mug and grants you access to the event.
  • Where: Cave and Basin – 311 Cave Avenue, Banff
  • When: Friday, November 27 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Cost: Starts at $29

ACAD’s Show and Sale Weekend Market

  • What: This semi-annual retail event showcases student work from several ACAD programs such as painting, drawing, ceramic, fibre, printmaking, jewellery, etc. Proceeds support the students.
  • Where: ACAD Main Mall – 1407, 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
  • When:  Friday, November 27 from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Donation

Annual Holiday Market and Book Sale

  • What: Check out TRUCK Gallery’s second annual Holiday Market and Book sale, where you can purchase handcrafted artisanal products created by some of Calgary’s most talented artists.
  • Where: TRUCK Main Space – 2009 10 Avenue SW
  • When: Friday, November 27 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, November 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free; accepting donations of art books in good conditions

Market Collective: Holiday Dates

  • What: Market Collective will be showcasing a roster of artists and musicians during each weekend and you can follow them along on social media.
  • Where: Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1 Street SW
  • When: Friday, November 27 to Sunday, November 29 and runs in December as well; Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Cost: $5; Free for kids

Charlie Brown’s Christmas featuring Jerry Granelli’s trio

  • What: Listen to the original score of A Charlie Brown Christmas performed by renowned drummer Jerry Granelli, the only surviving member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio who had written as well as performed A Charlie Brown Christmas’ soundtrack.
  • Where: Central United Church – 131 7 Avenue SW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, November 28 at 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 for advance; $18 at the door

The Polar Express Train Ride

  • What: Be whisked away on the Polar Express where passengers will get to drink hot chocolate, eat treats and listen to the motion pictures sound track. Passengers on the train are encouraged to wear pyjamas.
  • Where: Aspen Crossing 1 km west of Mossleigh on Highway 24, Mossleigh
  • When: Saturday, November 28 to Thursday, December 24, on select dates.
  • Cost: $57.25


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