58 things to do in Calgary this month: October 2018

Sep 25 2018, 7:00 am

With fall well underway here in Calgary, it’s time to pull out those cozy knits and head out on those beautiful fall adventures.

Let’s be honest, you never really know how long this season is going to last, so it’s best to take advantage of every moment that the sun is shining!

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From fall markets to Thanksgiving festivals to toe-tapping concerts to ghoulish Halloween fun, this month is full of opportunities to get outdoors, spend time with your loved ones, and take in the uninterrupted fall views around the city!

Here is a list of 58 things to do in and around Calgary this October that will surely guarantee some lasting memories!

Get Outside

Get lost in a corn maze

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Man walking through corn (Mario Dias/Shutterstock)

What: There is no better way to welcome fall then by heading out to one of Calgary’s many corn mazes and enjoying a fun-filled farm adventure. You can’t miss the “Outback Adventure” design at Cobbs Adventure park, along with the Kangaroo Petting Zoo, tractor rides, rope course, and more.

Where: Cobb’s Adventure Park and Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm

Go hiking in the Rockies

What: It’s officially larch season (it’s a type of tree). Grab your cameras and hiking gear and head up to the mountains to spend the day reconnecting with nature in the great outdoors and enjoy the picturesque fall views from the top.

Where: Here are some of the best hiking spots in and around Banff to check out this summer and fall.

Soak and sleep at Kananaskis Nordic Spa

What: Looking for a quick escape from the everyday grind? This brand new spa combines the tranquil rejuvenation of a traditional Nordic Spa and the Alpine stillness of the Canadian Rockies.

When: Open 7 days a week

Time: 7 to 9 pm

Where: 1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis

Cost: $70

Go on a Clue Solving Adventure with Mystery Towns

What: Looking for a way to switch up date night or a new activity to keep the family busy? Check out Mystery Towns and enjoy an exciting mystery-filled adventure. Instantly accessible via clues to your smartphone, each Mystery Towns adventure combines the fun of a scavenger hunt, the puzzles of an escape room, and the challenge of an Amazing Race. This is the perfect way to discover a new city or hidden gems you never knew of in your own hometown. Good luck!

Where: Currently available in both Calgary, Canmore, and Edmonton and soon to be available in Banff.

Register: Online, $49 to $99

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The 13 Annual Zombie Walk

What: In all of your zombie splendour (make-up artist will be on-site) shuffle (running is for the living) to the end of the course in Tomkin Park where all your zombie friends will wait.

When: October 14

Time: 12 pm

Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Avenue SE

Cost: $5 and a $1 or a food donation to the Calgary Food Bank

The 28 Annual Alzheimer Walk and Run

What: Walk or run 5 km or 10 km to help raise money to transform the dementia story for those affected by this terrible disease.

When: Sunday, October 7

Time: 8 am

Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW

Register: Online, $35

Alberta Diabetes Foundation: Halloween Howl Walk + Run

What: Dress up in your best Halloween Costume (that allows you to move) and come on down to the annual run and walk in support of life-diabetes research. Last year they raised over $100,000 – let’s make this year even better!

When: Saturday, October 20

Time: 8 am

Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW

Register: Online,  Fundraise a minimum of $100 to enter

Break Free 5K 

What: This is not your average 5 km run! Celebrating a healthy and active lifestyle and play along the way. Throughout the route, there will be optional play stations to partake in and will emphasize the importance and fun of having a healthy lifestyle.

When: Saturday, October 20

Time: 11 am to 2 pm

Where: Bowness Park – 8900 48th Avenue NW

Register: Online, $25 to $50

Outrun the Stigma

What: Get outdoors and participate in this 5/10 km run or walk and help raise funds, raise awareness and end the stigma around mental health.

When: Sunday, October 21

Time: 8 am

Where: Unversity of Calgary – 2500 Unversity Drive NW

Register: Online, $20 to $25

October Markets

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Downtown Harvest Market

What: Shop for the ripest and most delicious produce from local growers, along with art, fashion and other unique gems made right here in Alberta.

When: Wednesday, October 17

Time: 10 am

Where: Gulf Canada Square – 401 9th Avenue SW

Admission: FREE

36 Annual Bearspaw Fall and Christmas Market

What: Shop over 90 handmade vendors and get a head start on your Christmas. Make it your mission to shop 100% local this holiday season.

When: October 19 to 21

Time:

Friday: 10 am to 8 pm

Saturday:  10 am to 5 pm

Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

Tangled Tree Fall and Christmas Market

What: Get started on your Christmas shopping early. Shop some of Calgary’s best handmade vendors including pottery, jewellery, painting, crochet, photography, soaps, bath-bombs and so much more.

When: Sunday, October 21

Time: 10 am to 3 pm

Where: Bearspaw Lions Hall – 25240 Nagway Road NW

Admission: FREE

Festivals and Other Events

Check out the future at Telus Future

What: Get a glimpse of what the future of your home will look like in an immersive interactive experience at the Telus Future home.

When: September 29 to October 5

Time: 11 am to 7 pm daily

Where: Chinook Centre – 6455 Macleod Trail

Admission: FREE

Flashlight Nights: Corn Maze in the Dark

What: Think navigating a corn maze in the daylight is hard? Think again!

When: Fridays and Saturdays beginning on September 14

Where: Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm – 284022 Township Road 224

Admission: $15.95 per adult, $14.95 per child

Autumn Pumpkin Festival

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What: Celebrate fall in the most appropriate way possible! Every weekend in October you will have the opportunity to explore the patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin to bring home. You can also check out the petting zoo, corn maze, fun farm, and more. Don’t miss The Great Pumpkin Explosion, where a pumpkin filled with candy is exploded daily!

When: Every Saturday and Sunday in October (Including Thanksgiving Monday)

Where: Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm – 284022 Township Road 224

Admission: $16.95 (ages 3+)

Calgary Volunteer Fair

What: This one-day trade show will feature 60 local organizations and give you the opportunity to learn about the vast amount of volunteer opportunities that there are around our city!

When: Tuesday, October 2

Time: 11 am to 3 pm

Where: Kerby Centre – 1133 7th Avenue SW

Admission: FREE

23rd Annual Wordfest

What: Calling all writers, authors and those who appreciate a good book – Calgary’s number 1 reader’s festival is back for 7 days you won’t want to miss out on! Celebrate the written word by experiencing live presentations, panels, industry workshops, art installations, and more by 80+ international bestselling authors and up-and-comers.

When: October 8 to 14

Where: Various locations around Calgary

Festival Pass: Online, $195 to  $225

Calgary’s Celebration of Sport

What: Come to honour the people and organizations that make Calgary a world-class sports city!

When: Thursday, October 11

Time: 3 to 5 pm

Where: WinSport, Markin MacPhail Centre – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW

Tickets: Online,  $125

Loft Speaker Series: Work. Love. Balance.

What: Join couple’s panellists, Reuben Bullock and Kaelen Ohm (Reuben and the Dark), Karen Kho and Dave Sturies (Empire Provisions), Wray and Jereme Bokitch (Hedkandi) for an evening discussing the careful balance between work, love, and relationships.

When: Thursday, October 11

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Where: The Loft by Amanda Hamilton – 405 11th Avenue SE

Tickets: Online, $10 to $20

Dinner + A Movie at Heritage Park

What: Dinner and a classic flick — date night just got brought up a notch!

Where: Gasoline Alley – 1900 Heritage Drive SW

When:

October 16 – Hocus Pocus

October 30  – Dracula (1931)

November 13 – Mamma Mia

November 27 – Moulin Rouge

December 11 – The Muppet Christmas Carol

December 18 – Miracle on 34 Street

Admission: $44.95 per person

Bo0byball Presents: Wild West

What: The most bodacious bash of the year is back and is going western! You’re in for a wild ride as you take a ride through southern-inspired swills set against a dessert chic backdrop. Show some southern hospitality as you celebrate a healthy active lifestyle for women to help reduce the development of breast cancer.

When: Saturday, October 20

Time: 8 pm to 1 am

Where: Hotel Arts – 119 12th Avenue SW

Tickets: Online, $85 to $200

CollectorFest

What: Geeks unite! In the third annual show, expect anything and everything pop culture, from toys, movies, video games, collectables, and more! There will also be a variety of specialty workshops and a retro video game tournament that you won’t want to miss.

When: Saturday, October 20

Time: 11 am to 6 pm

Where: Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st Street SW

Admission: $5 with 20% of the proceeds will go to support Woods Homes

Ghouls’ Night Out

What: Celebrate Halloween a little differently this year! Don’t miss out on the many ghostly encounters and freaky family fun to be had at Heritage Park this Halloween.

When: October 25 to 28

Time: Varies — see schedule here

Where: Heritage Park — 1900 Heritage Drive SW

Admission: Adults (13+) – $12.95, Kids (3-12) $7.95

Spark Halloween Party

What: Join DJ Joanna Magik for a silent disco party at the mad science lab of horror at Telus Spark. Come with your ghoulish gang and be prepared to enjoy delicious food and drinks, and dance the night away in your best Halloween costume. Be sure to catch the classic “Thriller” dance lesson and the many photo ops throughout the night!

When: Saturday, October 27

Time: 7 pm to 1 am

Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE

Cost: Online, $26

Halloweekends at Calaway Park

What: Halloween is beginning early at Calaway Park. Will you take a stroll down Hallo-Street? We dare you.

When: September 8 to October 8

Time: Regular park hours

Where: Calaway Park – 24033 Range Road 33

Admission: Regular park admission

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

What: Experience the stories and tales of enthralling journeys, adventures, and ground-breaking expeditions first-hand from authors, photographers, adventurers, and filmmakers from around the world.

When: October 28 to November 5

Where: Various locations around Banff. View full schedule here

Cost: Price varies depending on how many performances you see

Food and Drink Festivities

 

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Uncorked: Wines of the World

What: Learn about wines from three notable wine regions of the world while you experience the elevated lifestyle and amenities firsthand at Sanderson Ridge, a premier living community for adults 40+.

When: Thursday, October 4

Time: 5 to 8 pm

Where: Sanderson Ridge – 2330 Fish Creek Boulevard

Tickets: FREE

Cocktail Classes

What: Interested in upping your cocktail game? Learn the ropes from the experts at Shelter. You’ll learn everything from the comprehensive history of cocktail culture, mixology origins dating back in the 1800s and the resurgence of a craft beverage in the early 2000s. The class includes three cocktails, complimentary bar snacks, muddling, stirring, shaking, and smoking techniques. You’ll also receive your very own cocktail survival guide.

Attendees must be 18+

When: October 2 reoccurring on the first Tuesday of each month

Time: 8:30 pm

Where: Shelter – 1210 1st Street SE

Tickets: Online, $65 per person

Teatro’s Alumni Dinner

What: Join alumni chefs and sommeliers of Teatro for a special night featuring signature experience, showcasing the best of Teatro then and now!

When: Thursday, October 4

Time: 6:30 to 11:30 pm

Where: Teatro Ristorante – 200 8th Avenue SE

Tickets: Online, $250

Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival

What: Swirl, smell, sip – you know the drill!

When: October 12 to 13

Time:

Friday: 5  to 10 pm

Saturday: Noon to 4 pm

Saturday: 6 to 10 pm

Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SE

Tickets: Online, $29 to $32

Gluten Free Expo

What: Sample, shop, and save on hundreds of delicious gluten-free products that the whole family will love. From beer to pizza to perogies – you can try it all at Canada’s largest gluten-free event right here in Calgary!

When: October 20 to 21

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Big Four Building – 1801 Big Four Trail SE

Tickets: Online, $15

Walk the YYC’s Dine and Dash: Boos and Booze Edition

What: Begin your night at the Bank and Baron and enjoy a spooky drink and three-course meal at the Vault. After dinner, you’ll get a tour of the city from the dark side in an Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt. Prepare to be spooked!

When: Friday, October 26

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: The Bank and Baron – 125 8th Avenue SW

Tickets: Online, $125

Art and Culture

 

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Free First Thursday

What: Explore the Glenbow at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month. They are launching some neat new exhibitions this month that you won’t want to miss out on.

When: Thursday, October 4

Time: 5 pm to close

Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE

Admission: Free

Disney in Concert: Beauty and the Beast

What: Get swept away with Belle and the cast of Beauty and the Beast, as the Philharmonic Orchestra brings this all-time classic to life. Be our guest!

When: October 5 to 6

Time:

Friday: 7:30 pm

Saturday: 2 pm

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $31 to $100

Tunes from the Trenches 

What: Spend an evening reminiscing the good, the bad, and the ugly of the First World War. Enjoy popular tunes of the period, played by the Regiment band of The Kings Own Calgary Regiment accompanied by Joni Delauier and the Home Front Singers.

When: Tuesday, October 16

Time: 6 to 9 pm

Where: The Military Museums – 4520 Crowchild Trail SW

Admission: Regular Admission

Fluid Fest

What: Come celebrate the vast spectrum of what dance can truly be! With performances, workshops, artist talks and happenings, you will surely leave inspired to connect, be curious, and be fluid.

When: October 18 to November 3

Time: Various times

Where: Various locations around the city

Tickets: Online, $125 Festival Pass

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

What: Hamlet’s good friends are summoned to Denmark to comfort their grieving friend, but their journey is anything but boring! Their story of facing their fears seems as though it could be heading towards a tragic ending.

When: October 9 to 21

Time: 7:30 pm and 2 pm

Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 215 8th Avenue SE

Tickets: Online, $30 to $76

Alberta Ballet Presents: Sleeping Beauty

What: Enjoy a special rendition of this timeless classic by Christopher Anderson, mixed in with a decidedly western Canadian sensibility.

When: October 24 to 27

Time: 7:30 pm

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $42 to $145

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: I Know What You Did Last Halloween

What: Enjoy an interactive evening as you laugh along with the actors and figure out WHO DONE IT!

When: Wednesday, October 31

Time: 6 to 10 pm

Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9th Avenue SW

Tickets: Online, $85

Family Slumber Party

What: Take flight in your PJ’s and blast off into space as you explore the solar system on a nighttime voyage throughout the entire museum. You’ll also get the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour and see where the Glenbow’s precious artifacts are stored.

When: Saturday, October 20

Time: 6 pm to 9 am

Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE

Admission: $85

Concerts and Performances

Lisa Brokop: Legendary Ladies of Country

When: Tuesday, October 2

Time: 7 pm

Where: Bert Church Live – 1000 East Lake Boulevard, Airdrie

Tickets: Online, $32

Shred Kelly

When: Friday, October 5

Time: 9 pm

Where: The Gateway (SAIT) – 1301 16th Avenue NW (Campus Centre)

Tickets: Ticketmaster, 50+

The Velveteins

When: Saturday, October 6

Time: 8 pm

Where: The Gateway (SAIT) – 1301 16th Avenue NW (Campus Centre)

Tickets: Ticketmaster, 50+

Getter

When: Saturday, October 6

Time: 9 pm

Where: The Palace Theatre – 219 8th Avenue SW

Tickets: Online, $43.30 to $49.10

In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour

When: Wednesday, October 10

Time: 8 pm

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $52 to $204

Burt Cummings and Band

When: Friday, October 12

Time: 8 pm

Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre –3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $50+

Jenn Beaupre Bad Girl Release Concert

When: Saturday, October 13

Time: 7 to 10 pm

Where: Festival Hall – 1215 10th Avenue SE

Tickets: Online, $20

Queen Extravaganza Performing Queen’s Greatest Hits

When: Thursday, October 18

Time: 8 pm

Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre –3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, 50+

Colter Wall

When: Friday, October 19

Time: 7 pm

Where: MacEwan Ballroom – 2500 University Drive SW

Tickets: Online, $30

Brothers Osborne with Guests

 

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When: Saturday, October 20

Time: 7 pm

Where: MacEwan Ballroom – 2500 University Drive SW

Tickets: Online, $42.50

Jeremy Fisher

When: Saturday, October 20

Time: 8 pm

Where: The Gateway (SAIT) – 1301 16th Avenue NW (Campus Centre)

Tickets: Ticketmaster, 50+

Foo Fighters: Concrete and Gold Tour’18

When: Tuesday, October 23

Time: 7 pm

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $74 to $403

Cemetery of Sound with Illenium, Oliver Heldens and KSHMR

When: Friday, October 26

Time: 9 pm

Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SE

Tickets: Ticketmaster, 50+

Classified: The Canadian Classic Tour

When: Saturday, October 27

Time: 8 pm

Where: The Palace Theatre – 219 8th Avenue SW

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $50+

The Dudes

When: Saturday, October 27

Time: 8 pm

Where: The Gateway (SAIT) – 1301 16th Avenue NW (Campus Centre)

Tickets: Ticketmaster, 50+

Reuben and the Dark

 

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When: Tuesday, October 30

Time: 8 pm

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8th Avenue SE

Tickets: Online, $35 to $43

Sporting Events

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Cheer on the Calgary Stampeders

What: Grab your jersey and head down to McMahon Stadium for a tailgate and a chance to cheer on the Calgary Stampeders.

When:

Saturday, October 13 vs the BC Lions at 6 pm

Saturday, October 20 vs The Saskatchewan Roughriders at 5 pm

Where: McMahon Stadium — 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Cheer on the Calgary Flames

What: The Flames are back with a vengeance for another season. Grab your jersey and come to cheer them on in a sea of red down at the Dome.

When:

Saturday, October 6 vs The Vancouver Canucks at 8 pm

Wednesday, October 17 vs The Boston Bruins at 7:30 pm

Friday, October 19 vs The Nashville Predators at 7 pm

Thursday, October 25 vs The Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 pm

Saturday, October 27 vs The Washington Capitals at 2 pm

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Cheer on the Calgary Hitmen

What: The Hitmen are always known for raising the bar and putting their all into every game. Come cheer them on and wish them luck in the 2018/19 season!

When:

Friday, October 5 vs The Saskatoon Blades at 7 pm

Monday, October 8 vs The Prince Albert Raiders at 8 pm

Friday, October 12 vs The Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7 pm

Sunday, October 14 vs The Regina Pats at 2 pm

Friday, October 26 vs The Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7 pm

Sunday, October 28 vs The Saskatoon Blades at 4 pm

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE

Tickets: Ticketmaster

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