20 things to do in Calgary this week: November 18 to 21

Nov 18 2019, 5:00 am

November is just zooming by! Slow down and have fun with these 20 things to do in Calgary from November 18 to November 21. Giller Light Bash YYC, Grey Cup Festival, and more!

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

Monday, November 18

2019 Giller Light Bash YYC

What: A celebration of one of Canada’s top book prizes and a fundraiser for Frontier College. The evening includes a live broadcast of the prize announcement, raffle and silent auction prizes, panel discussion, and more. Food and drinks will also be available. Hosted by CBC Radio’s Russell Bowers.

When: November 18, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 9 pm
Where: WURST – 2437 4th St SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Pizza & Pitches

Gear to Give


What: Platform Calgary teams will be practicing their pitching at the Hunter Hub on Monday, November 18. Attendees are invited to watch the practice, plus ask questions and provide feedback. Snacks and networking are also a part of the afternoon.

When: November 18, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking — 402 Collegiate Boulevard Northwest MSC 171
Tickets: Online

CFAR Breakfast: Treaty Talk Film Screening & Discussion

What: Circle for Aboriginal Relations presents a screening of the film Treaty Talk, along with a breakfast mixer and a panel discussion at Calgary Petroleum Club.

When: November 18, 2019
Time: 7 am to 10 am
Where: Calgary Petroleum Club — 319 5 Ave Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Six Degrees of Movie Trivia

What: Form a team and test your film knowledge at Six Degrees of Movie Trivia. There will be mini-games, prizes, plus drink and food specials. Hosted by Alan and special guest host, Emma.

When: November 18, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Dickens — 1000 9 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Women Leaders Speaker Series: Uyen Nguyen

What: UCalgary Women’s Resource Centre presents the Women Leaders Speaker Series, where local women leaders share challenges they have faced during their careers, how they surpassed them, and how they shaped their own paths. This week’s speaker is Uyen Nguyen, founder of Synaptic: Spinal Cord Injury and Neuro Rehabilitation Centre. Coffee and tea will be available to attendees.

When: November 18, 2019
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Where: UCalgary Women’s Resource Centre — 2500 University Dr NW, MacEwan Student Centre 482, Calgary
Admission: Free

Tuesday, November 19

Broadway Across Canada – Waitress

Lucie Jones from the London Production of Waitress – Photo by Rene Cervantes

What: Broadway Across Canada presents the Tony-award nominated Waitress. Brought to the stage by an all-female creative team, Waitress features original music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson, and original direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

When: November 19 until November 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm (plus 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche

What: The Calgary Flames hit the ice against the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome on November 19. Tonight’s theme is Grey Cup Festival Night.

When: November 19, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Protospace Open House

What: Check out Protospace’s open house every Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm. Furniture, bikes, robots, electronics — no matter what your jam is, you can make it here.

When: Every Tuesday
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Protospace — Bays 110 & 108, 1530 27 Ave NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Wordfest presents Lisa Taddeo

What: Journalist Lisa Taddeo talks about her international bestseller, Three Women. Shelley Youngblut hosts an interview and audience Q&A with Taddeo, and there will also be a book signing.

When: November 19, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor – 1221 2nd St SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

What: Alberta Theatre Projects presents C.S. Lewis’ classic tale at the Martha Cohen Theatre from November 19 to December 29. Watch as Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy team up with Mr. Tumnus to save Narnia from the White Witch and set the stage for the return of Aslan the Lion.

When: November 19 until December 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Martha Cohen Theatre — 215 – 8th Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, November 20

2019 Grey Cup Festival

grey cup

Image: Grey Cup Festival / Facebook

What: The 2019 Grey Cup Festival features a variety of events to get you pumped up for the big game. Check out the Tim Hortons Kick-Off Party, Nissan TITAN Street Festival, TD Outdoor Stage, Grey Cup Festival Fireworks presented by CN, and more throughout the day.

When: November 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
List of Events: Online

The Blue Jay Cafe – Holiday Edition

What: The Blue Jay Cafe, presented by Eat North and Calgary Country, supports the Community Kitchen Program of Calgary. Attendees can expect 12 returning performers from the inaugural Blue Jay Cafe pop-up plus over 20 new musicians from across BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.

When it comes to food and beverage, attendees can look forward to festive holiday eats like a “Christmas Ham” club sandwich, a “Turkey Dinner” hot dog, whisky hot chocolate, spiked apple cider, craft beer, and more.

When: November 20 until November 23, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm, 8 to 10 pm
Where: Oak Tree Tavern — 124 10th St NW, Calgary
Price: $25; buy online

Laid/e: The Toulouse-Lautrec Project

What: Theatre Encounter presents Laid/e: The Toulouse-Lautrec Project. The cabaret-style show showcases Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s renowned portrayals of Paris’ underbelly in a new light. Starring Sarah Haggeman, Amy Hinz and Rico Pfeiffer, directed by Celene Harder, and designed by Kelsey Miller.

When: November 20 to November 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (plus 2 pm on November 23)
Where: cSPACE — 1721 29 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Ehime Fest

What: GORO+GUN hosts Ehime Fest with the mayor of Ehime, Japan, featuring dishes and drinks made from ingredients native to Ehime region. Mikyan, Ehime’s official mascot, will also be in attendance.

When: November 20, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Goro + Gun — 225 7th Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Read with Dad

What: Terry & Christine Lindberg, Children’s Reading Place Reader’s in Residence, host Read with Dad on November 20 and 28. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, and children are invited to come read by flashlight and take part in a shadow-pictures reading together.

When: November 20 and November 28, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 7:45 pm
Where: The Children’s Reading Place — 922 8 Ave SE Inglewood, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Thursday, November 21

Banff Craft Beer Festival

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What: Held partially outdoors, the #BanffBeerfest welcomes attendees to enjoy Alberta-brewed craft beer and spirits against the Rocky Mountains backdrop.

When: November 21 to November 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Cave and Basin National Park — 311 Cave Ave, Banff
Tickets: Online

Fort Calgary Murder Mystery Dinner: Murder Under the Mistletoe

What: Fort Calgary’s Murder Mystery Dinners are interactive evenings with food, live entertainment, and guests trying to solve a “who done it” mystery. Interact with the actors and the other guests while enjoying a locally sourced buffet dinner. Shows are created and performed by Pegasus Performances.

When: November 21 and November 28, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

WickFest Opening Party – Second Weekend

What: WickFest welcomes The Hockey Circus Show to Winsport Arena on November 21. There will also be a live band and DJ, games, photo booth and more. Plus enjoy the annual Dad Dancing Contest.

When: November 21, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Winsport Arena – ARENA A — Canada Olympic Rd Southwest Calgary
Tickets: Online

Norm MacDonald

What: Norm MacDonald was a cast member of Saturday Night Live for five seasons, starred in and co-wrote the film Dirty Work, and was the voice of Lucky the Dog in the Eddie Murphy hit Dr. Doolittle. Macdonald also appeared in Billy Madison with Adam Sandler, and in Milos Foreman’s Academy Award-nominated The People Vs. Larry Flint. He also hosted Norm Macdonald Has a Show on Netflix.

When: November 21 to November 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Laugh Shop at Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Nissan TITAN Street Festival

What: Part of the Grey Cup Festival, the Nissan TITAN Street Festival features a variety of family-friendly activities. Go on the Jiffy Lube Tube Slide, check out the 360-degree projection in the ATCO Stratosphere, enjoy live music and entertainment, get your face painted and more. Then stay for the fireworks at the end of each evening with music by Canadian musicians.

When: November 20 until November 23, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm (Wednesday), 9:30 am to 9:30 pm (Thursday to Saturday)
Where: Stampede Park
Admission: Free