60 things to do in Calgary this November

Oct 31 2017, 2:01 pm

It’s November already… where has the year gone!

As we enter into the final stretch of 2017 there’s a ton of exciting fun to be had in and around the city.

From holiday markets to festive performances, via foodie endeavours and Christmas- themed workouts, there’s plenty to keep you and the family busy this month!

Dust off those sweaters and get ready for a month of chilly celebrations. Here are 60 events coming at you in YYC this November!

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Get Outdoors

Experience the new and improved Brewster Banff Gondola

  • What: Head to the summit for an unreal view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine.
  • Where: 100 Mountian Avenue, Banff
  • Tickets: Online, Adult – $62, Child – $31

Festive Wagon Rides

  • What: Spend the afternoon sipping on a mug of hot cocoa as you tour around Banff in a snowy wagon ride with Banff Trail Riders! Be sure to dress accordingly.
  • When: Every Sunday between November 19 to December 17
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: The wagon leaves from the parking lot of the Whyte Museum – 111 Bear St, Banff
  • Admission: Free!

Kananaskis After Dark: Stargazing and Photography Tour

  • What: With an interpretive guide, take a moonlit walk through the forest and feast your eyes on the beauty of the Northern Lights and a sky full of stars, while sipping on steamy hot chocolate – it really doesn’t get much better than that. All photography levels welcome.
  • When: See the schedule here!
  • Where: Kananaskis Village Center – 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Cresent
  • Tickets: Online, $69

Hit the Slopes

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  • What: Getting snow early this year means that our mountainous backyard is waiting for us with a fluffy layer of the white stuff, perfect for winter sports and activities. Take advantage and get some shredding in during this great pre-season, or take your snowshoes for an adventure around one of the many picturesque lakes that the Rockies have to offer  – don’t forget to bring your camera!

Check the websites for Sunshine, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise to check hours of operation and see which trails are open!

Canmore Cave Tours: Unearthed

  • What: The caves have a story to tell! Scoot, wiggle, crawl and slide into the heart of a mountain and enjoy a private, exclusive performance by The Raven and the Fox with 23 others. This is a raw, unplugged, sensory experience that you won’t ever forget!
  • When: Saturday, November 18
  • Where: Meet at Canmore Cave Tours office (129 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore). Event is held in Rat’s Nest Cave in Grotto Mountain, five minutes from Canmore.
  • Tickets: Online, $130

Get Active

Rockies Run Collective

  • What: Join Lululemon every Saturday morning for a fun morning run through iconic mountain landscapes and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy town streets!
  • When: Every Saturday morning
  • Time: 9 am
  • Where: Lululemon Banff – 121 Banff Avenue, Banff
  • Admission: Free!

Barre and Brunch

  • What: Sweat it out in a 50 minute Barre class and then chow down, guilt-free on a delicious brunch buffet provided by Trolley. There will even be a $6 mimosa bar – we’re in!
  • When:  Sunday, November 19
  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Where: 728 17 Avenue SW, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $30

YYC Girl Gang + Yor Mindful Collective Present: Relaxation Techniques for Busy Boss Babes

  • What: Calling all boss babes! Running into the busy season as a small business owner can only lead to a dreadful amount of stress. YYC Girl Gang has partnered up Your Mindful Collective to bring a workshop entirely dedicated to relaxation techniques. Kristen Layton will walk you through yoga asanas, breathing sequences, meditation, and more!
  • When: Sunday, November 19
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Abbatoir Studio – cSPACE Projects #135 – 1721 29 Avenue SW, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $28

Yoga Mountain Adventure Retreat

  • What: Breath, restore and rebalance at this three-day yoga retreat at Mount Engadine Lodge. You will enjoy both Asana & Nidra Yoga, along with Pranayama Meditation, self-guided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the breathtaking serenity of the Rocky Mountains.
  • When: November 23 to 26
  • Where: 1 Mount Shark Road, Canmore
  • Tickets: Online, $935-$1375

The Great Sweater Run

  • What: Grab the ugliest of Christmas sweaters and get ready to run the Tacky 10 km, the Festive 5 km or the Shih tZu 2 km, all while supporting the Calgary Food Bank.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Where: South Glenmore Park, Calgary
  • Registration: Online

Movement U Turns 1!

  • What: On November 26 Movement U, one of Calgary’s favourite fitness studios is turning 1! Celebrate with them on the day of and the weeks leading up to the date with themed rides, deals and one big exciting bash! Follow them on social media for more information.
  • When: Leading up to and including Sunday, November 26
  • Where: Movement U – #16 4 Street NE, Calgary

Holiday Shopping

Holiday Markets

Holiday Markets

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Finding the perfect gift for that special someone can prove to be a challenge, however if you start early enough you can beat the rush and snag some great finds before everything is either picked over or out of stock. Support our local economy and check out these holiday markets on throughout November and find a unique gift that gives in more ways than one!

Shop Flannel Foxes at Greater Goods

  • What: This month’s pop up begins today and it’s insanely cozy! Flannel Foxes is a local brand that pride’s itself in producing clothing that is reminiscent of our home and native land, while also ensuring that all their products are designed, printed, sewn and snit on Canadain soil.
  • When: Wednesday, November 1  to 30
  • Time: 11 am to 6 pm (weekdays), 11 am to 5 pm (weekends)
  • Where: Greater Goods – 606 Merideth Road NE, Calgary

Calgary Night Market: Holiday Market 2017

  • What: On each Friday of November, shop for the perfect gift at this Holiday Night Market!
  • When: November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • Admission: Free

Holiday Pop Up Series at Greater Goods

  • What: Sip on a Lavender Earl Grey Tea Latte as you shop and get your loved ones a unique and local treasure this Christmas!
  • When: Saturday, November 4: Knitatude, and Saturday, November 25: Mini Way Co.
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm

Get Started on your Christmas Shopping at Make It!

  • What: This famous handmade market is back for its biannual show this year. Shop all of your favourite local makers, artists, and vendors during this four day market, while supporting Calgary’s talented small business community!
  • When: November 2 to 5
  • Time:
    • Thursday, November 2, 11 am to 9 pm
    • Friday, November 3, 11 am to 9 pm
    • Saturday, November 4, 10 am to 6 pm
    • Sunday, November 5, 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Big Four Building – 1898 Maclous Trail SE
  • Tickets: $8 at the door. Free for kids 12 and under

Chestermere Christmas Craft Show

  • What: Shop local this Christmas at the 24th Annual Chestermere Christmas Artisan Show.
  • When: Saturday, November 4
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: 201 West Chestermere Drive, Chestermere
  • Admission: Free

Millarville Christmas Market

  • What: Established in 1988, this annual market is one you’ll want to make the trek out for! You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy four exciting days of lights, food, hay rides, photos with Santa and his reindeer, roast chestnuts, and a live nativity while picking up treasures from your favourite local seasonal vendors.
  • When: Thursday, November 9 to 12
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society – Box 68 Millarville
  • Tickets: $5

31st Annual Art Market

  • What: Featuring over 200 professional artists from across Canada, this market features everything from vibrant jewellery, timeless home furnishing, seasonal decor, custom clothing and so much more!
  • When: Thursday, November 16 to 19
  • Time:
    • Thursday, November 16: 10 am – 9pm
    • Friday, November 17: 10 am – 9pm
    • Saturday, November 18: 10 am – 6pm
    • Sunday, November 19: 10 am – 5pm
  • Where: Calgary Telus Convention Centre – 136 8 Avenue SE

Curated. Holiday Market

  • What: Shop over 85 different vendors for four weekends leading up to the Christmas season. Come get your photo with Santa, while enjoying live entertainment, childrens workshops and more!
  • When:
    • Market 1: November 24-26
    • Market 2: December 1-3
    • Market 3: December 8-10
    • Market 4: December 15-17
  • Time: Hours vary, check the schedule
  • Where: Deerfoot City – 901 64 Avenue NE
  • Tickets:$5

Banff Christmas Market

  • What: Head to Banff for a unique holiday shopping experience, featuring goods inspired by the Rocky Mountains.
  • When: Friday, November 24 to 26
  • Time:
    • Friday from 10 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday from 10 am –  6 pm
    • Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: Warner Stables – 1 Sundance Road, Banff
  • Tickets: $5 Adults, Children 10 and under are FREE



Embroidery workshop/Eventbrite

Learn how to create pressed flower art with Gypsy Skulls

  • What: Crafting your Christmas presents this year? This is the perfect opportunity to create something unique and original.
  • When: Wednesday, November 1
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Greater Goods – 606 Merideth Road NE
  • Cost: Online, $90

Date Night at Workshop – Throw Clay like Swayze & Moore

  • What: Grab your significant other and join Anna-Lise Schmidt for a night of music, wine and, of course, clay throwing.
  • When: Friday, November, 17
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: 2501 Alyth Road SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $92 per person

Food and Drink Festivities

Willow Park Wines & Spirits’ 24th Charity Wine Auction

  • What: Head to the 24th annual Willow Park Wines & Spirits Charity Wine Auction and find 20 food station and 75 famous wines from around the world. After a fast-paced and thrilling live auction the floor will be cleared so people can dance the night away. This year the theme for this annual auction is ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, so dress accordingly.
  • When: Saturday, November 4
  • Time: 7 pm to midnight
  • Where: Willow Park Wines & Spirits – 10801 Bonaventure Drive SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $225

Borscht Bash!

  • What: Come grab an authentic taste of the Ukraine on your trip to the market this weekend. The first 400 people in the door will receive a free bowl of homemade borscht. Hurry, it’s first come first served!
  • When: Saturday, November 4
  • Time: While supplies last
  • Where: The Market on Macloud – 7711 Macloud Trail SW
  • Admission: Free

Sunday Brunch and Market Tour

  • What: Join the Calgary Farmers’ Market and Calgary Food Tours as they bring to you a very special Sunday brunch. You will have the opportunity to listen to 10 various Alberta ranchers as they explain what it takes to bring their products to the market, sample their produce and leave feeling inspired to fill your shopping bag with fresh goodies.
  • When: Every Sunday
  • Where: 510, 77 Street SE – off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
  • Tickets: Online, $45

Taste for Adventure

  • What: What do drool-worthy menus created by award-winning chefs, appetizing special events, and one of a kind culinary experiences have in common? They will all be featured during an epic food fest called Taste for Adventure.
  • When: October 25 to November 9
  • Where: Multiple venues in Banff and Lake Louise
  • Cost: Prices vary

Canadian Maple Shack: Make your own Maple Taffy

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  • What: Eating maple taffy on snow is a Canadian culinary tradition and you can pour your own tire sur la neige at the Calgary Christmas Market!
  • When: Thursday to Sunday from November 16 to December 23 with the exception of November 23 to 26.
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Admission: Free

Festivals and other events

Celebrate Remembrance Day with 11 Days of Remembrance

  • What: Beginning on November 1, over 3,400 white crosses will be placed along memorial drive as part of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project. Stop by over the next 11 days to pause, reflect and remember the many Southern Alberta soldiers who have sacrificed their lives during various wars and missions. You can visit the site anytime during the day, or catch their flag raising and lowering ceremonies at both sunrise and sunset.
  • When: From Wednesday, November 1 to Saturday, November 11
  • Time: All day. Flag raising and lowering ceremonies vary depending on sunrise and sunset. See the schedule here.
  • Where: Memorial Drive between 3 Street and Centre Street, Calgary
  • Admission: Free.

Games Night

  • What: Need a new date night idea? How about board games and waffles!
  • When: Every Wednesday
  • Where: Buttermilk Fine Waffles – 330 17 Avenue SW, Calgary
  • Cost: $5 waffles, games are free to play

#LoveYYC Day

  • What: Tourism Calgary is urging everyone to get social and share why you #LoveYYC as they gear up for #LoveYYC Day on November 5. During this day various businesses around YYC will be hosting events and special offers, such as beer tastings, free admission to some of Calgary’s iconic historical spots and discounts on food at different spots around the city. Let’s celebrate how remarkable it is to be Calgarian!
  • When: Saturday, November 4
  • Where: Various spots around YYC
  • Admission: Free

Pink Boots and a Machete with primatologist and TV correspondent Mireya Mayor

  • What: Come experience some of the unreal adventures of Mireya Mayor, hailed the “female Indiana Jones” as part of the Nat Geo WILD series.
  • When: Sunday, November 5 to 6
  • Time: 10 am
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $37 – $88

Fashion Portrait Campaign Gala 2017

  • What: Join 25 of Calgary’s top 25 ambassadors who are helping to shape the cultural scene in our city for a night of delicious food, drinks and fashion all in support of the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.
  • When: Thursday, November 9
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Courtyard by Marriott Calgary South – 3750 Market Street SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $100-$125

Dinner + A Movie at Heritage Park

  • What: Date night just got turned up a notch!
  • Where: Gasoline Alley – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
  • When:
    • Tuesday, November 7 – Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
    • Friday, November 17 – Forrest Gump
    • Friday, November 24 – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Time: 7:45 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $44.95 + GST per person (includes dinner + film), $8 (Film only)

Adults Only Night at Telus Spark: Food and Chemistry

  • What: The second Thursday of every month, mark it in your calendar. Don’t worry, there will also be a fully licensed bar so you can start the night off with an ice cold bevy. This month is all about getting hands-on with food and chemistry.
  • When: Thursday, November 9
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, Regular admission to the centre

Kate Hewko A/W Runway Show

  • What: In lieu of Kate’s recent trip to Shanghai Fashion Week, she is transforming the entire first floor of the Devenish to feature a high fashion runway, themed rooms, cocktail lounges and tons of shopping.
  • When: Thursday, November 9
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Devenish Building – 908 17 Avenue SW, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$80

HBC Holiday Shopping Event and Cosmetic Gala

  • What: Take advantage of some unreal sales and get your Christmas shopping out of the way with a full day of shopping and special events. Join them in the evening for a VIP Cosmetic Gala and enjoy complementary music, refreshments, appies and other holiday surprises.
  • When: Wednesday, November 15
  • Time: 9:30 am to 9 pm
  • Where: Hudsons Bay – 200 8 Avenue Southwest
  • Admission: Free

Alora Boutique Holiday Party In Support of the Mustard Seed

  • What: Join local jewellery maker, Alora Boutique for an evening of holiday-themed drinks, jewelry, shopping and giving back to our community. Each ticket includes one free drink, a chance to create your own gratitude piece and the chance to shop the limited “Diane Collection.” 50% of the proceeds from each ticket will go towards supporting the Mustard Seed.
  • When: Saturday, November 18
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Raw Canvas – 100-1130 Kensington Road, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Santa Claus Parade of Lights

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  • What: There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then with a special appearance from Kris Kringle himself, aka Santa Claus. Come down early in the day for the opportunity to get your picture taken with Santa, verify your spot on the naughty or nice list, and make a Christmas wish. Then stick around for dusk, when Banff avenue magically lights up with a procession of lively performers, colourful floats and, of course, the jolly ol’ man himself!
  • When: Saturday, November 18
  • Time: 10 am to 6:30 pm
  • Where: Banff Avenue
  • Admission: Free

Disney On Ice Presents: Follow Your Heart

  • What: Come for a truly magical evening that the whole family will enjoy.
  • When: Wednesday, November 15 to Sunday, November 19
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Stampede Corral – 10 Corral Trail SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $21-$100


  • What: See the Calgary Zoo light up for seven weeks straight and help celebrate the 20th anniversary of everyone’s favourite holiday experience.
  • When: Friday, November 24 to January 6
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 ST. Georges Drive NE, Calgary
  • Tickets: General (16+) $14.95, Child (3-15) – $11.95

Arts and Culture

To the Light

  • What: This exciting and lively theatrical experience was based on Virgina Wolfe’s classic, To the Lighthouse and directed by Oscar-nominated writer Evelyne de la Chenelière.
  • When: Saturday, November 4 (last performance)
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Martha Cohen Theatre – 215 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $26.00 – $75.00

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

  • What: Satisfy your inner craving for adventure by enjoying exciting and thrilling tales of ground-breaking exhibitions as told by authors, photographers, adventurers and filmmakers from around the world at this 10-day festival held in the heart of Banff.
  • When: Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, November 5
  • Time: Varies per event
  • Where: Various locations in and around the Banff area
  • Tickets: Available online

Calgary European Film Festival

  • What: Celebrate European cinema at the 6th edition of this exciting and worldly film festival. See films from over 18 various countries with a mix of all genres (with subtitles of course) and get more than your typical Hollywood fare at the cinema.
  • When: Sunday, November 5 to Sunday, November 12
  • Time: See the full schedule here.
  • Where: Eau Claire Cinema – 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $50 – $125

The 39 Steps

  • What: A murdered spy, a jealous husband and an on-stage plane crash, missing fingers and good ol’ fashioned romance. This two-time Tony Award-winning play will have you clutching the edges of your seats in both laugher and suspense all night long.
  • When: Saturday, November 11 to December 16
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Playhouse – 115 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $63

DJD Presents: Velocity

  • What: A raw, never been seen before, production choreographed by the DJD company on creating movement. Come get to know another side of the dancers that make up DJD.
  • When: Thursday, November 16 to Sunday, November 26
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: DJD Dance Centre – 111 12 Avenue SE
  • Cost: Online, Adults- $27-$45, Seniors – $23-$38, Students – $19-$31

The Barra MacNeils: An East Coast Christmas

  • What: This beautiful Christmas concert will be sure to blow you away with seasonal melodies, entertaining stories, lush harmonies and classic favourites done with a twist.
  • When: Saturday, November 25
  • Time 7:30 pm
  • Where: Eric Harvie Theatre – 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff
  • Tickets: Available online: Adult $25, Senior/ Student $30

A Christmas Carol

  • What: It’s not the Christmas season without Scrooge and this annual production of Dickens’ classic tale.
  • When: Thursday, November 23 to December 24
  • Time: 7:30 pm or 2 pm
  • Where: Theatre Calgary – 220 9 Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $71-$135

Concerts and Performances


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Corb Lund with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

  • What: Grab your cowboy boots and enjoy a night with one of Canada’s most decorated country artists, Corb Lund and Calgary’s Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Where:  Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • When: Thursday, November 2
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Cost: Online, $25-$85

An Evening with Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

  • What: The Calgary Philharmonic and MBF are getting together for an unforgettable night of hope-lined pop songs and pitch-perfect melodies.
  • When: Friday, November 3
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $25-$85

Let it Be

  • What: Relive the classics of the world’s favourite boy band with many of the Beatles’ greatest hits.
  • When: Saturday, November 4
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $57.75 – $77.75

Jersey Boys!

  • What: Sing along with Frankie Valli and his crew as they blow you away with some of the Jersey Boy classics, such as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Oh What a Night.”
  • When: Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 5
  • Time: Varies depending on date
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster $35-$120

Scott Helman & Rita Mae

  • When: Friday, November 3
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Gateway (SAIT) – 1301 – 16 Avenue NW (Campus Centre), Calgary
  • Cost: Ticketmaster, $22

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

  • When: Tuesday, November 7
  • Time: 7:30
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW, Calgary
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $39-$66

Dallas Smith – Side Effects Tour

  • When: Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW, Calgary
  • Cost: Ticketmaster, $59-$75

Barenaked Ladies – Fake Nudes Tour

  • When: Monday, November 20
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where:  Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Cost: Online, $47-$307.25

Sporting Events

2017 Major Midget Series

  • What: Come cheer on team Canada.
  • Where: Winsport Arena A, Canada Olympic Park
  • When:
    • Thursday, November 2 vs. Lethbridge at 7 pm
    • Monday, November 20 vs. Okotoks at 7 pm

Cheer on the Calgary Flames

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  • What: Two words – Red Mile! Let’s do this.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When:
    • November 2 vs Pittsburg at 7 pm
    • November 5 vs New Jersey at 7 pm
    • November 7 vs Vancouver at 7 pm
    • November 9 vs Detroit at 7 pm
    • November 13 vs St. Louis at 7 pm
    • November 28 vs Toronto at 7 pm
    • November 30 vs Arizona at 7 pm
    • December 2 vs Edmonton at 8 pm
    • December 4 vs Philadelphia at 7 pm
    • December 9 vs Vancouver at 8 pm
    • December 14 vs San Jose at 7 pm
    • December 16 vs Nashville at 8 pm

Cheer on the Calgary Hitmen

  • What: The Hitmen are officially in their regular season, come show them some love as they make their way to the Memorial Cup.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
  • When:
    • November 4 vs Lethbridge at 7 pm
    • November 10 vs Medicine Hat at 7 pm
    • November 22 vs Portland at 7 pm
    • November 25 vs Red Deer at 7 pm

Cheer on the Calgary Stampeders

  • What: Cheer on our Stamps as they make their way to the Grey Cup (fingers crossed).
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
  • When:
    • November 3 vs Winnipeg at 7:30 pm
    • November 19 vs TBD at 2:30 pm (Western Final)
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