20 things to do in Calgary this week: December 3 to 6

Nov 30 2018, 7:08 am

The first week of December has arrived. Start the new month off with these 20 events happening in Calgary from Monday, December 3 to Thursday, December 6. Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Make It!, and more.

Monday, December 3

30th Annual Community Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony

What: With sharing and gifts of warm clothing for those in need, Calgary’s Jewish community invites the public to join  the 30th Annual Community Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony at City Hall’s Atrium. Each year hundreds of Calgarians come to join community leaders and dignitaries as they celebrate with the lighting ceremony, traditional Klezmer music, dancing, and eating traditional potato pancakes called “latkes.” Members of Calgary City Council will be participating in this year’s ceremony, and highlights of the past 30 years of celebrations will be shown.

When: Monday, December 3, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm
Where: Calgary’s New Central Library – 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

University of Calgary Students’ Union StressLess Week 2018

stressless week

University of Calgary student with a dog (U of C Students’ Union)

What: The University of Calgary Students’ Union has put together a whole host of events to help students reduce stress. Pet Therapy, yoga, cookie decorating and more.

When: Monday, December 3 to Friday, December 7, 2018

  • SU Spa Day: Monday, 11 am to 1 pm — MacHall Courtyard
  • Pet Therapy: Monday 1:30 to 3 pm, Tuesday 2:30 to 4 pm, and Friday noon to 1:30 pm — That Empty Space
  • Yoga: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 am to 2 pm — That Empty Space
  • Terrarium Workshop: Wednesday, 11 am to 1 pm — MacHall Courtyard
  • Workshop with Lucy Dunne: Wednesday, 1:30 to 3:30 pm — That Empty Space
  • Cookie Decorating and Card Making: Thursday, 11 am to 1 pm — MacHall Courtyard
  • “Are You Game?” Carnival: Friday, 11:30 am to 2 pm — MacHall North Courtyard

Where: University of Calgary – 2500 University Dr NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Disney Trivia

What: 50 questions spanning the classics to the modern movies that have made Disney the powerhouse that it is today. This is what we’ve been training for since we were kids, people — we just didn’t know it at the time!

When: Monday, December 3, 2018
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Hudsons Canadas Pub Shawnessey — 16061 MacLeod Trail SE
Cost: $11

Dirty Laundry: Oil Money

What: Dirty Laundry, Calgary’s only completely live, completely improvised soap opera presents their 19th season – Oil Money. It’s 1978 in Calgary, Alberta. There’s plenty of oil and plenty of money. The story centers around two feuding families who run two competing oil companies. Who’s heart will break? Who’s deal will bust? Will Calgary ever get the Olympics? Head to the show to find out.

When: Every Monday until April 15, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 – 115 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10-$16

Jeremy Brown Collective

What: The Jeremy Brown Collective – an ensemble of Calgary musicians including Laura Reid, Mark Limacher and JiaJia Li – start this concert armed with only blank music sheets and their own ideas and inspirations.

When: Monday, December 3, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: University Theatre – University of Calgary – 230 University Ct. N.W., Calgary
Tickets: Online, $19-$26

Tuesday, December 4


What: Fozzy – with professional wrestling star and actor Chris Jericho as lead singer – brings The Judas Rising Tour to Calgary.

When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: The Gateway – Calgary SAIT Campus Centre – V203, 1301 16th Avenue, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $25

So You Think You Can DJ

What: Think you have what it takes to be Calgary’s next top DJ? Show off your skills at Knoxvilles Calgary’s So You Think You Can DJ competition. Winner receives a $500 Long and Mcquade gift card along with the chance to open for a headlining DJ in the new year. Everyone is invited to cheer on the DJs.

When: Tuesday, December 4, December 11 and December 18, 2018
Time: 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Knoxville’s YYC – 840 9 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Rekindling the Flame: Restoring Fire to Banff National Park

What: Join Jane Park as she discusses how Parks Canada is using various approaches (prescribed fire, fuel management, research) to restore fire as a natural process into the park and in turn, protect communities and infrastructure and improve forest resilience to wildfire and forest insects and disease.

When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, talk at 7 pm
Where: Alberta Wilderness Association – 455 – 12 Street, NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $5

Vibez: Positivity Speaks!

What: Vibez is a non-for-profit community building event focused on raising awareness and helping the homeless. The  lineup of motivational speakers and live conscious hip-hop performances include Keith Neuman, The WOKE Hip Hop, Rubix, Rebecca Dawn, and more. Hosted by Warrior Leadership

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2018
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking – 402 Collegiate Boulevard Northwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10

Ladies Learning Code

Girls Who Code

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What: Ladies Learning Code Meet-Ups offer female-identified and male-identified, trans, and non-binary adults a chance to work together on personal projects with the Canada Learning Code community. Bring a project you’re working on or questions you have.

When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Inc. – 3553 31 Street Northwest #1000, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Wednesday, December 5

Calgary Fringe 2019 Lottery Draw


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What: Grab a front row seat as Calgary Fringe holds their 2019 lottery draw at Village Brewery, hosted by The Kinkonauts. Each artist drawn receives a spot in the 2019 Calgary Fringe Festival, along with more than $8,000 in infrastructure support, including technicians, lighting and staging. Doors open at 6:30 pm, draw kicks off at 7 p.m. Stick around afterwards to grab a beer with fellow theatre folks and the Calgary Fringe team.

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Village Brewery – 5000 12A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Free, register by emailing [email protected]

Trudy Cowan – Trunk Show and Talk

What: Guest Trudy Cowan will present her new children’s book, “The Little Grey Mouse – A Fable in Fabric”.

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Gasoline Alley Museum – 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary
Admission: Free


What: Discover “Au revoir là-haut”, an amazing French dramatic comedy by Albert Dupontel adapted from Pierre Lemaître’s masterpiece. You will dive into a very unique atmosphere, between grotesque and beauty. This movie is the adaptation of Pierre Lemaître’s novel, winner of the prix Goncourt in 2013. Movie in French with English subtitles.

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm
Where: Alliance Française Calgary – 350 1721 29th Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Inspire: Ray Price, Sunterra

What: Join The Calgary Chamber of Commerce for the third event in their Inspire: Leadership series as Ray Price, President, Sunterra, shares Sunterra’s story on global growth while continuing to support the local Calgary community. Following Ray’s presentation, Katherine Emberly, President, Business, Brand and Communications at Shaw Communications, will sit down with Ray to further the conversation and talk about business issues facing all industries.

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 4:30 to 7 pm
Where: Bella Concert Hall at Mount Royal University – 4825 Mount Royal Gate Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20-$120

Women’s Networking Event

What: This Mommy Connections Calgary event is open to women who are small business owners, women in business, women working from home and women who have started, or are just looking to start their own business (open to any woman who is working and wants to make connections with other working women).

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Kilkenny Irish Pub – 3630 Brentwood Road Northwest #500, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $5

Thursday, December 6

Make It! Calgary 2018


What: Calgary’s biggest handmade market, the Make It! Show is coming back to Calgary just in time for the holidays. The event is taking place from Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9 and it’s set to feature more than 130 of Canada’s top artists, makers, and crafters. The fun, upbeat shopping experience is the perfect place to find gifts for everyone on your holiday list this season, as you’ll be able to shop everything from clothing and accessories, to art, home decor, gourmet goodies, baby and kid items, among other handmade treasures.

When: Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9

  • Thursday, December 6: 11 am to 9 pm
  • Friday, December 7: 11 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday, December 8 10 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday, December 9 11 am to 5 pm

Where: Deerfoot City — 901 64th Avenue NE
Price: $3 early bird online | $5 at the door | Kids under 12 are free – Tickets available via EventBrite

Free First Thursday

What: Explore the Glenbow at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month. Check out current exhibitions including The Arctic: Real and Imagined Views from the Nineteenth Century, Cosmos: Gathie Falk, Margaret Nazon and Erik Olson, and more.

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Cannes Lions Screening 2018

What: The National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS) West, in partnership with The Globe and Mail, is hosting a screening of the Cannes Lions 2018 award winners at Calgary’s cSpace King Edward on December 6. Viewers will have the chance to take in the short — though no less sweet — works of the advertising industry from the comfort of movie theatre seats, with the 126 minutes of award-winning advertisements play on the big screen. Some of these commercials include the famous “It’s a Tide Ad” from Tide, “Unlock” from Apple, and Taco Bell’s “Web of Fries.”

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 9 pm
Where: cSPACE King Edward — 1721 29th Avenue SW
Tickets: $20 to $40, available online

Calgary Flames vs Minnesota Wild

What: The Flames hit the ice versus the Wild at the Saddledome.

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Ed The Sock

What: Canadian icon and Muchmusic star Ed the Sock returns to Calgary with the War On Stupid tour, turning his surgical wit on Fake News, outrage culture and North America’s growing love affair with idiocy. Featuring special guest Logan Cameron, Dale Ward and Linnea Ward.

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Time: Doors: 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Dickens Pub – 1000 9 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $14.99-$19.99

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