25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: November 1 to 3

Nov 1 2019, 12:00 pm

The first weekend of November is here! Kick things off with these 25 events in Calgary on Friday, November 1, Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3. Calgary Taboo, #LoveYYC Day, and more.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Friday, November 1

Calgary Taboo Show

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Screenshot of the Taboo Sex Show video (tabooshow.com)

What: The Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show is a weekend full of steamy shows, provocative performances, and a variety of vendors. Enjoy live entertainment, catch an educational seminar, and shop for a variety of items to help spice things up in the bedroom.

When: November 1 to 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Ghosts and Gourmet at Heritage Park

What: Dine on an autumn-inspired three-course meal in the Wainwright Hotel and listen to ghost stories before heading outside for a 90-minute ghost tour. The premium tours are led by expert guides and feature personal encounters and eerie stories from past and present staff and guests.

When: November 1, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

What’s up with Bow Habitat Station

What: Explore Alberta’s wildlife and natural spaces on the first Friday of the month. Visit investigation stations in the Discovery Centre, then join the group activity with special guests from Alberta Parks at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, or 2:30 pm and discover how wildlife has adapted to city life. Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will also be hosting an investigation station about furry and feathered friends found in the city. Note: hands-on activities are designed for learners ages 2 and up.

When: November 1, December 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bow Habitat Station – 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary
Admission: All activities are included with Discovery Centre Admission

Field of Crosses

What: At sunrise each morning from November 1 to November 11, members of the public are invited to attend a formal flag raising ceremony at the Field of Crosses, where over 3,400 white crosses are displayed each year on November 1 and removed November 12. Each cross is inscribed with the name, rank, regiment, date of death and age at death of a Southern Alberta soldier killed in action. A special Remembrance Day ceremony will be held on November 11.

When: November 1 to November 11, 2019
Time: Remembrance Day ceremony at 10:30 am on November 11, flag raising ceremonies at sunrise and sunset.
Where: Memorial Drive between 3rd Street NW and Centre St
Admission: Free

The Dude Show

What: A lifestyle show raising funds for Movember Foundation. Enjoy shopping at various vendors, ugly tattoo contest, video game tournament, food and drinks, and more. Adults only on November 1 and family friendly on November 2.

When: November 1 and November 2, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 10:30 pm (Friday), 11 am to 5 pm (Saturday)
Where: Big Four Roadhouse, Stampede Grounds – 1801 Big Four Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Saturday, November 2

#LoveYYC Day 2019

What: Tourism Calgary is asking for locals to share why they love the city on their social media handles using #LoveYYC from now until November 2. The goal of the project is to infuse the affection we all feel for the city into the streets and create a positive environment. And after you’re done posting why you love Calgary on social media, make sure to check out the many LoveYYC Day deals around town on November 2 to show your Calgary pride.

Deals include discounts on arts, culture, attractions, experiences, food, drink, and lifestyle opportunities throughout the city, with many being available in the days leading up to, and including, November 2.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: All day long
Where: Throughout the city, deals available at select businesses
Full List of Offers: Available at Tourism Calgary website

Central Library Turns 1!

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New Central Library (jereluk/Instagram)

What: Help Calgary Public Library – Central Branch celebrate its first birthday with a variety of events throughout the day. The first 500 attendees will receive a gift, plus there will be art installations and live entertainment to enjoy. Mayor Naheed Nenshi will also be leading a storytime at 10:40 am.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Calgary Public Library – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Bret “The Hitman” Hart Night at Calgary Hitmen

What: The Calgary Hitmen plan to honour their namesake, Calgary’s own wrestling superstar Bret “The Hitman” Hart, with a Bret “The Hitman” Hart Night on November 2 when they host the Saskatoon Blades. The game will feature the chance to get a photo with the legend, with all proceeds going towards the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre — an organization that Hart has been a committed supporter of for many years.

Prairie Wrestling Alliance has agreed to host a free wrestling card following the Hitmen’s game. A wrestling ring will be brought out onto the ice where a four match of PWA wrestlers will go at it in honour of Hart.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online, $15

Haunted Calgary at New Horizon Mall

What: The parkade level of New Horizon Mall transforms into over 20,000 square feet of terrifying characters, sets, and props for Halloween. Haunted Calgary features three spooky attractions and a Family Frights Thrill Zone for all ages. Partial proceeds will be donated to local a charity.

When: Now until November 2, 2019
Time: From 6 pm for regular haunted houses, 7 to 10 pm for Glowstick Night, and 7 to 8:30 pm for Hell Night
Where: New Horizon Mall — 260300 Writing Creek Cres, Balzac
Tickets: Starting at $25, available online

Aspen Crossing’s Train of Terror

What: Train of Terror features a haunted train ride, spooky photo-ops, and creatures ready to scare you. There will also be food and drinks for purchase.

When: Now to November 2, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Aspen Crossing – Highway 24, Mossleigh AB
Tickets: Online, $66.60

Grim Manor

What: Grim Manor at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park features four haunted houses, live music by 5¢ Freakshow, Hank Pine & Lily Fawn, and DJ QBERT & THE FRESH CREW, and performances by Comedy Daredevil Ryan Stock and Amberlynn. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase.

When: Now until November 2, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm (Wednesday and Thursday), 7 pm to midnight (Friday and Saturday)
Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Late Late Breakfast Show presents BAD EGGS

What: Late Late Breakfast Show’s latest sketch show features comedy, songs, montages, dancing and more.

When: Now until November 2, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Address: Birds And Stone Theatre — 204 16 Ave NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online


What: This one-act, Canadian-born piece follows three characters through their relationships with money, greed, and righteousness, told through three interconnected monologues.

When: Now until November 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons
Tickets: Online

The Little Market YYC – Vegan Market

Little Vegan Market YYC November 2019


What: Whether you’re completely vegan or vegan-curious, this market presented by The Little Market YYC has a wide variety of vendors and food and local beverage purveyors to explore.

When: November 2 and November 9, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Marda Loop Communities Association – 3130 16 St, Calgary
Admission: Free

Cavalry FC vs Forge FC

What: Cavalry FC face off with Forge FC in Canadian Premier League action at Spruce Meadows this fall.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: 12:30 pm
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sunday, November 3

Calgary European Film Festival 8

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Movie Theatre/Shutterstock

What: CEFF 2019 features European Cinema from 22 countries from November 2 to 10 at the Globe Cinema. All screenings will have English Subtitles.

When: November 2 to November 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Globe Cinema — 617 8th Ave SW
Tickets: Online

Disgraced by Ayed Akhtar

What: Disgraced tells the story of corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor, who is living a happy life with a loving family and about to get the biggest promotion of his career. But things take a turn when he helps his nephew with a case defending a man of Muslim faith. Presented by Alberta Theatre Projects.

When: Various dates until November 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Martha Cohen Theatre — 215 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival

What: The Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is an annual event filled with adventure, expeditions, and amazing stories from around the world. The festival includes workshops, film screenings, book talks and signings, and more.

When: Now until November 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online, ticketed and free events

Backstage Pass Tour at Studio Bell

What: Go behind the scenes at Studio Bell and see music come to life. Tours are one-hour in length and recommended for ages 12 and up. Ticket prices include your Backstage Pass tour and same-day general admission to Studio Bell.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 12 pm and 1:30 pm
Where: Studio Bell — 850 4th St SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Hitmen vs Edmonton Oil Kings

What: Calgary Hitmen take on the Edmonton Oil Kings in WHL action at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Civic Symphony – Shine

What: Calgary Civic Symphony starts up their new season with Shine. Featuring Thomas Yu performing Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto, the musical subject for the Oscar-winner Shine. Dvorak’s 8th Symphony will also be performed.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 2:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons — 225 8th Ave SE
Tickets: Online

Sunday Safari Brunch at Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo

What: Every Sunday until November 10, head over to Destination Africa for one of the most unique brunch experiences you could have in the city. Enjoy both gourmet and comfort breakfast foods, a Belgian waffle bar, cooked to order omelettes, and so much more. Being a member of the Calgary Zoo gives you exclusive discounts to Sunday Safari Brunches!

When: Every Sunday until November 10, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm. Last seating and last ticket sold at 1 pm. Service lasts until 2 pm.
Where: Calgary Zoo – 210 St George’s Dr NE, Calgary
Tickets: via Calgary Zoo

Canada Cup Gaming Expo 2019

What: Canada Cup Gaming Expo welcomes players from over 20 different countries. There will be celebrity appearances and signings with Robin Shou, Cary Tagawa, Brian Drummond, Peter Kelamis, Dannie Riel, Vicky Lee, and Holly Wolf. The event also features a 24/7 gaming room with PC, arcades, and console.

When: November 1 to November 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Deerfoot Inn & Casino — 11500 35 St SE – #1000 Calgary
Tickets: Online

After Mourning: A Play Reading by Mike Czuba

What: Enjoy a special reading of After Mourning by playwright Mike Czuba in the Glenbow Theatre. Featuring performances by Amy Sawka, Michelle Brandenberg, Wil Knoll, Christopher Tuplin, and Caitlyn Milot.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9 Ave Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online. Note: entrance to Glenbow exhibitions is not included in ticket price

Ellen Froese – Fightin’ Words Album Release Party

What: Singer-songwriter Ellen Froese celebrates her latest album, Fightin’ Words, at King Eddy with special guest Tyler Allen of The Red Hot Hayseeds.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The King Eddy — 438 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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