50 things to do in Calgary this September

Dec 19 2017, 2:34 am

The following are some of the top events to check out in Calgary this August.

If we are missing any events just send us a tip and we’ll try to cover it. For a complete list of events, check out the Calgary Buzz events calendar.

Calgary Pride

  • What: Calgary Pride is in partnership with a number of communities and groups resulting in an entire week of events that celebrate equality and acceptance of Calgary’s LGBTQ community.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: Saturday, August 28 to Monday, September 7

Downtown Street Piano series

  • What: For four years, Downtown Calgary has commissioned outdoor street pianos to encourage people to play and listen to music. On Thursday, Dave Marshall (pop/rock) will play on the piano.
  • Where: Woodlands piano – 3 St and 6 Ave SW, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, September 3 from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Easter Seals Drop Zone Calgary

  • What: Drop down Sun Life Plaza in downtown Calgary dressed as your favourite superhero or just stand by and watch as your favourite superheros repel down the side of the building. They will be Raising money for Albertans with disabilities and special needs.
  • Where: Sun Life Tower 144 – 4 Ave SW, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, September 3 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $1,500 to participate in the “drop down”; Free for spectators

Honens Festival & Piano Competition

  • What: The festival is 10 days of music-making. Honens searches for the complete pianist, a 21st century artist, from the 10 contestants.
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons – 205 8 Ave SE,
  • When: Thursday, September 3 to Saturday, September 12, times vary
  • Cost: $460 festival pass, Single tickets range in price

St.Patrick’s Island: Outdoor Movie Series

  • What: Watch movies on the Rise in their 9-metre high natural amphitheatre. You are welcome to bring blankets but don’t bring chairs as it is on a slope. On September 3 the movie is Jaws and on September 10 it’s Jurassic World.
  • Where: St. Patrick’s Island
  • When: Thursday, September 3 and Thursday, September 10 from 9 to 10:45 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Mad Decent Block Party

  • What: Listen to artists like Daktyl, Klingande, Major Lazer, ODESZA, Party Favor, RL Grime, Sam Feldt, Smalltown DJs and more!
  • Where: Shaw Millennium Park – 1220 9 Ave SW, Calgary
  • When: Friday, September 4 from 2 to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: $65 and up

Star Search

  • What: An inflatable planetarium will provide a 180° night sky view. Outside, guides with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will allow you to use their top notch telescopes to view night sky.
  • Where: Cave and Basin- 311 Cave Ave, Banff
  • When: Saturday, September 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: $10.80 for admission

Calgary Highland Games

  • What: Some of the world’s top pipers, drummers, dancers and heavy event athletes compete and perform during the games. So, come and watch competitors from across the Western Canada and the USA. If you bring food item for the Calgary Food Bank you will receive early bird pricing at the gate.
  • Where: Springbank Park, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 5 at 9 a.m.
  • Cost: $20 for adult admission, $15 for youth and senior admission and Free for kids under 5; early bird pricing on site

Scots on the Run

  • What: Always wanted to run in your kilt? Well, now you can, it’s encouraged but not mandatory. If you register for the run you will help support Reach for the Cure while doing it.
  • Where: Springbank Park for All Seasons, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 5 at 9 a.m.
  • cost: $15 for registration

U of C Dance Theatre event: Rooms

  • What: Family-friendly performance work that addresses how we will adapt in the obstacle of climate change. kloetzel&co. and the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary will presenting the event.
  • Where: containR Art Park, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 5 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 6 at noon
  • Cost: Free

25th Canmore Highland Games

  • What: Join the Canmore Highland Games for its 25th anniversary on the Labour Day weekend and immerse yourself in Celtic culture.
  • When: Saturday, September 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, September 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m.
  • Where: Centennial Park 6th Street, Canmore
  • Cost: $5 to $79 depending on event

X-FEST 2015

  • What: The fifth annual X-FEST 2015, Calgary’s Alternative Music Festival, is happening at Fort Calgary over the Labour Day weekend.
  • Where: Fort Calgary – 750-8th Avenue SE, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 at 11 a.m.
  • Cost: Varies

Disney’s The Lion King Calgary 2015 at Southern Jubilee Auditorium

  • What: Travel to the African savanna to marvel at the jumping gazelles, swooping birds, majestic lions and more in the Broadway musical. Listen to the unforgettable songs, like “The Circle of Life”, and the incredible vocalists and musicians producing them.
  • Where: Southern Jubilee Auditorium – 1415, 14 Avenue NW, Calgary
  • When: Now through September 6, Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 6:30 p.m. Matinee Performances Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $40 to $110

National’s Maui Brewing Labour Day Wknd Party

  • What: If you’re not ready to say good-bye to summer yet then come to National 10th. Featuring exclusive beers from Maui Brewing, a Soul Food Sunday pig roast, free bowling and DJ’s.
  • Where: National on 10th – 341 10 Ave SW, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, September 6 at 7 p.m.

Calgary Tennis Club: Men’s ITF Pro Circuit Tennis

  • What: Supporting Tennis Canada and Tennis Alberta, a week long International Tennis Federation Men’s Pro Circuit Tournament will take place where athletes can compete for an ATP World Tour.
  • Where: 1445 16 St SW, Calgary
  • When: Now through Sunday, September 6
  • Cost: free

Heritage Park: Labour Day

  • What: Observe Strathcona Mounted Troop as they bring history to life in their legendary musical ride. The Canadian Forces soldiers will be dressed in uniforms from the 1920’s. First 500 guests before 10:30 a.m. will receive a pancake breakfast. There will also be the Chinook Country line dancers, calligraphy, live theatre and more.
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary
  • When: Monday, September 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Admission to the Park

Calgary Stampeders

  • What: The Calgary Stampeders face the Edmonton Eskimos.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
  • When: Monday, September 7 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

The Fate of Dance

  • What: The 34th Annual Alberta Dance Festival will be hosting their production, The Fate of Dance.
  • Where: Victor Mitchell Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre – 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, September 10 to Friday, September 11 and Thursday, September 17 to Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $30 and up; $50 for a 2-ticket pass

Inglewood Night Market

  • What: With many vendors, fantastic food trucks and live music it’s a must visit the expanded Market.
  • Where: 10 St and 9 Ave SE, Calgary
  • When: Friday, September 11 from 6 to 11 p.m.

The Art of Leadership Calgary 2015

  • What: The Art of Leadership is coming to Calgary on September 11, where five internationally renowned authors and leaders will share their own unique experiences and achievements in the world of leadership.
  • Where: Telus Convention Centre – 120-9th Avenue South East, Calgary
  • When: Friday, September 11, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

Daring Deco 1920s Fashion Show

  • What: Hosting a rare fashion show of the Gardens 1920’s pieces from an extensive private fashion collection. Unique performances, food catered by the restaurant and more will be present.
  • Where: Lougheed House
  • When: Friday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $50 to $150

Dino Dash

  • What: Run to fund the University of Calgary Students Dino cross-country and track & field teams.
  • Where: U of C Foothills Track
  • When: Saturday, September 12 at 11 a.m.
  • Cost: $25 to $40

Kensington Commons Run for Zambia

  • What: This is the 1st annual run for Zambia. All proceeds will go to help Orphans and vulnerable children in the Kalende community of Zambia.
  • Where: 2404 Kensington Road NW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 12 from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $25 per person

Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association Saturday Farmers’ Market Launch

  • What: These markets will be every Saturday rain or shine. They strive for quality food and goods that are produced from local farmers, food creators and artisans.
  • Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association – 1320 5 Ave NW, Calgary
  • When: now to Saturday, September 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Run for the little ones

  • What: This is a run held to that raises money for the Neuro-critical Care Unit at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Coordinated by a group of neuroscience students from the U of C the run will be 1 km for kids and 5 km for adults.
  • Where: Glennfield Area B, Fish Creek Provincial Park, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 12 at 11 a.m.
  • Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for kids

Heritage Park Harvest Sale

  • What: Come support the local community and stock up on healthy fruits and vegetables at low prices. Funds raised will go to support local charities.
  • Where: Green Space in Historical Village at Heritage Park, Calgary.
  • When: Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $26 to $33 for adult, $14 to $16 for children, $19 to $23 for youth and $20 to $25 for senior

Princess Prance

  • What: Children’s Wish Foundation presents this enchanted race where everyone gets to be a princess for a day to help grant wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.
  • Where: 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, September 13 at 9 a.m.
  • Cost: $30 for early Bird, $40 for regular and free for kids under 10


  • What: Beakerhead combines together art and engineering and brings talent from far and wide to compete, build and exhibit interactive works of art. Beakerhead advances the understating of science and engineering as part of everyday life. Come immerse yourself and learn something new at their spectacular events.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: Wednesday, September 16 to Sunday, September 20
  • Cost: Varies; most events are free

Illuminasia garden and lantern festival

  • What: Come see authentic Chinese lanterns that will light up the zoo and its animals. There will also be authentic Chinese, Japanese and Indian entertainment and programs.
  • Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo road NE, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, November 1
  • Cost: $24 for adults and $18 for children

Calgary Home and Design Show

  • What: Is the authority on all things design, entertaining and home improvement. There will be informative presentations and 350 exhibitors.
  • Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, September 20
  • Cost: $16 for adults over 13 ($13 online), $13 for seniors over 60 ($10 online), and free for children 12 and under

Kraftwerk 3-D Concert

  • What: German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will hit Calgary this September as part of their North American tour. Come check out some futuristic beats at this one of a kind concert.
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, September 17 at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

Calgary Stampeders

  • What: The Calgary Stampeders face the BC Lions
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
  • When: Friday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

BowValley College 50th Anniversary Block Party

  • What: It will be a party to celebrate BowValley Colleges 50th anniversary and will feature Dean Stanton, Michael Fitzgerald, food trucks and more.
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 19 at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free to public

Bella Concert Hall Opening Festival

  • What: This festival will feature 4 concerts that will include opera, choir, ballet, piano and more.
  • Where: Bell Concert Hall, Mount Royal University, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 19 to Saturday, October 3
  • Cost: Varies

Neon Run Calgary

  • What: Go for a 5km run and a neon festival afterward. Everything will be neon, there will be glowing neon water, laser lighting, fog, music and more.
  • Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 19 from 8 to 11 p.m.
  • Cost: $72 and up depending on the day you register

Chrome ’15

  • What: Featuring 100 luxury exotic and classic cars, Chrome ’15 is a new car rally to gather all car enthusiasts and community in support for Big Brothers Big Sisters in a drive through Kananaskis.
  • When: Sunday, September 20 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Grey Eagle Resort and Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary
  • Cost: $20 donation

Terry Fox Run 

  • What: Come commemorate Canadian Terry Fox and raise funds for cancer research. The run will have 1, 5, and 10 km routes. The run will also feature face painting, music and a BBQ.
  • Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St Georges Dr NE, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CAMP Festival

  • What: Celebrates creative technology, art and design by bringing professionals, students and artists to share and shape experiences.
  • Where: Theatre Junction Grand – 608 1 St. SW, Calgary
  • When: Monday, September 21 to Tuesday, September 22
  • Cost: $199 to $299 for registration

Calgary International Film Festival

  • What: This is a 12 day showcase of 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. The evening will host gala events, screening, award ceremonies and more.
  • Where: 207, 214 11 Ave S, Calgary
  • When: Wednesday, September 23 to Sunday, October 4
  • Cost: Varies

Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

  • What: A host to 27 international balloons from Belgium, UK, USA and Canada. The balloons will compete by navigating from one place to the next. The event will also feature Night Glow where the balloons will be lit up for viewing.
  • Where: 1104 11 Ave SE, High River
  • When: Wednesday, September 23 to Sunday, September 27, 2015
  • Cost: Free


  • What: Watch the Alberta Ballet’s production about tracing a young woman who abandons her hometown for romance.
  • Where: Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, September 24 to Saturday, September 26
  • Cost: $29 to $116 for adult, $20 to $116 for child and $29 to $95 for students and seniors

Calgary Oktoberfest

  • What: Come check out brew from Germany and Calgary’s breweries. There will be live music, great food and beer.
  • Where: The BIG Four Building – 20 Roundup Way, Calgary
  • When: Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26
  • Cost: $19 to $30

Run for Calgary

  • What: Run in support of providing a grassroots program to raise funds and awareness for non-profit and other social organizations in Calgary. Complimentary refreshments and kids entertainment will be present.
  • Where: Eau Claire Market SW, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 26
  • Cost: $30 for adult 5 and 10 km run and $15 for children ages 5 to 15 and Seniors 5 and 10 km run

Print it Yourself Festival

  • What: Come participate in printmaking activities, taught by professional printmakers and engage yourself in arts and culture.
  • Where: 4025 – 4 street SE, Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Autumn Pumpkin Festival

  • What: Celebrate fall and take part in some great attractions. There will be a variety of pumpkins available for purchase and photos. There will be games and crafts area along with the corn maze. Featured is the Pumpkin Destruction Zone where you can watch pumpkins being launched from and old fashion trebuchet.
  • Where: Calgary Corn Maze – 284022 Township Road 224
  • When: Saturday, September 26 to Sunday, October 25, every weekend 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $14 general, free for ages 2 and under

Calgary Food Bank: Anahata Yogathon

  • What: Be in a team of six or as an individual, there will be vendors, a silent auction, a drum circle, and guest yoga teachers. This event supports the Calgary Food Bank and the Kennedy Advocacy Centre.
  • Where: Anahata Yoga Energy Studio – 7711 Macleod Trail S, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Calgary International Flamenco Festival

  • What: A week of presenting international and local Flamenco featuring Flamenco star, Karen Lugo.
  • Where: University Theatre – 230 University Court NW and
    University Way NW, Calgary
  • When: Sunday, September 27 to Saturday, October 3

Theatre Calgary: The Shoplifters

  • What: A comedy about  a women named Alma who thinks that her discount is of the “five-finger” variety and when she gets caught by a security guard more is revealed.
  • Where: Max Bell Theatre – 220 9th Ave SE, Calgary
  • When: Tuesday, September 1 to Sunday, September 27
  • Cost: $35 and up

Loose Moose Plays

  • What: Theater Company that presents weekly performances this month they are Emporor’s New Clothes, Theatresports, Super Scene and Past your bed time.
  • Where: second floor of the Crossroads Market 1235 – 26th Ave SE, Calgary
  • When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September
  • Cost: Varies

Jubilations: Dinner Theatre

  • What: Have dinner and enjoy Once Upon a Time With Elvis. It’s about an Evil Queen who places a spell on out most beloved fairy tale characters making them forget their own stories.
  • Where: Jubilations – 1002 37 St SW, Calgary
  • When: Friday, September 11 to Sunday, November 8; Wednesdays to Saturdays starting at 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. and Sundays starting at 5 to 5:20 p.m.
  • Cost: $70 to $80 for adult, $48 for Students and Seniors, $34 for children
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