93 things to do in Calgary in October

Oct 1 2019, 2:09 pm

Keep the fall fun going in Calgary this month with our checklist of 93 things to do in and around the city this October. Check out Boobyball, Tegan and Sarah, and more.

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

Get Outside

Fall at Calgary Farmyard

What: There are many events to enjoy this fall at Calgary Farmyard, including an 11 acre corn maze, petting zoo, playground, and more. Plus there are Flashlight Nights in the Maze every Friday and Saturday starting September 20, and a Pumpkin Festival every Saturday and Sunday starting October 5.

When: Fridays to Sundays until October 27, 2019 (also open Thanksgiving Monday
Time: Various times
Where: 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview
Tickets: Online

Calgary Outdoor Yoga

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Calgary woman yoga (Lucie Kusova/Shutterstock)

What: A 60-minute outdoor vinyasa flow class for all levels. Everyone welcome, including children. Practice in the grass or bring your mat or blanket.

When: Every Sunday until October 2019
Time: 1 to 2 pm (Stanley Park) 4 to 5 pm (Mahogany)
Where: Stanley Park SW – 42 Ave & 1A Street SW; Mahogany – Masters Square & Mahogany Blvd
Admission: Pay what you want

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. Start with a walk along the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to learn more about Canada’s first national park, or go indoors to sample from three restaurant menus. Then get hands-on in the world-class interpretive centre and theatre.

When: Daily until October 14, 2019
Time: Various
Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
TicketsOnline, various prices

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 two-years-old and up.

When: The first Friday of every month – October 4, 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.

Explore the city

Calgary’s Celebration of Sport

What: Celebration of Sport is in recognition of the important roles leadership and business have in the amateur sporting community. The Ron Southern Business and Sport Award and the Perry Cavanagh Sport Leadership Award will both presented by Evans Hunt during the event.

When: October 3, 2019
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Where: WinSport, Markin MacPhail Centre – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW

Bingo at The Mustard Seed

What: Enjoy an hour of Bingo at The Mustard Seed for a chance to win prizes.

When: October 28, November 11 and November 25, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: The Mustard Seed Neighbour Centre – 6060 Memorial Drive, NE Calgary
Admission: Free

Who’s in the Hall Wednesdays

What: Enjoy a free night at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. For the first time, the hall will be opening their doors on the first Wednesday of every month featuring free admission, cash bar, fun interactives, and a speakers series.

When: The first Wednesday of every month – October 2, November 6, December 4, 2019
Times: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame – 169 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Gatsby House 2019

What: Gatsby House is an annual party based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. Attendees can expect to see some stunning costumes, enjoy some delicious hors d’oeuvres, and drink some prohibition-era cocktails to keep the night heading in the right direction. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Foundation for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship (FAE), funding scholarships for young entrepreneurs in Alberta’s Junior Achievement Program.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm to midnight
Where: Calgary Petroleum Club — 319 5th Avenue SW
Tickets: $125, available on EventBrite

Curated. Fall Market

What: Shop 70 different vendors at Curated’s Fall Market. There will also be live entertainment and food trucks to check out over the two days.

When: October 4 and 5, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday)
Where: Bowness Community Association – 7904 43rd Ave NW, Calgary
Admission: $5

Print(ed) Word Salon Series

What: Print(ed) Word is a collection of 12 handmade artist books now on permanent display at Calgary’s Central Library. Each month, a different team of authors and artists present a talk on their process of collaboration.

When: October 8, November 12 and December 10, 2019
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Central Library – Level 4 – Simons-Harvie Community Reading Room – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Studio Bell $10 Date Night 2019

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Studio Bell (Neil Zeller)

What: Visitors will be able to explore interactive activities, Canadian music memorabilia, and much more at Studio Bell during their special $10 Date Nights.

When: October 8, and November 12, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Studio Bell — 850 4th Street SE, Calgary
Admission: Available online, $10

Adult Night at the Calgary Zoo – Activity Night

What: Calgary Zoo is hosting an Activity Night for their next Adult Night event. Make a wreath or try your hand at painting while enjoying a charcuterie spread and the Zoo’s signature lion cocktail.

When: October 10, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: ENMAX Conservatory Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Monthly Open House at AVRO Museum

What: Learn more about Avro Canada and its contributions to Canada’s aviation and aerospace legacy, plus see the latest progress on the Arrow II project. There will be a flight simulator on-site, used in AVRO’s design and testing, which will be open for the public to take for a spin.

When: The Second Sunday of every month – October 13, November 10, December 8, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free. Small donation when using the flight simulator to help maintain its operation

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 Avenue NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

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 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

2019 Calgary Spanish Film Festival

What: A festival of new films from Spain as presented by the Embassy of Spain in collaboration with Globe Cinema, the European Cultural Society of Calgary and the Aula Cervantes. Watch ¿Qué te juegas? (Get her… If you can) on October 8, El reino (The realm) on October 15, Viaje al cuarto de una madre (Journey to a Mother’s Room) on October 22, and La Banda (Love Beats) on October 29.

When: October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29, 2019
Time: 6:45 pm
Where: Globe Cinema — 617 8th Avenue SW
Tickets: At the box office. General admission: $10; Children, students and seniors: $8

Thanksgiving Weekend at Heritage Park

What: Thanksgiving Weekend at Heritage Park features Thanksgiving meal and themed activities. Check out the pumpkin baking demonstrations, make some crafts and more with the family.

When: October 12 to 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online

Calaway Park

What: Calaway Park presents its 38th season of family fun. Enjoy rides, games, food, and more.

When: Open every Friday and Saturday until October 13. Closing day on Monday, October 14
Time: 10 am to 7 pm until September 2. 11 am to 6 pm from September 7 to October 14
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Admission Info: Online

Calgary Gem and Mineral Show 2019

What: The Calgary Gem & Mineral Show features more than 50 gem, mineral, and jewellery vendors from across the country. The weekend will also include demos, lectures, and door prizes every hour.

When: October 18 to October 20, 2019
Time: 1 to 9 pm (Friday), 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Big Four Building – 1898 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Boobyball Presents: Into The Ocean

What: Taking place on October 18 at The Palace, the giant party aims to raise funds for Rethink Breast Cancer’s programs, spread awareness about breast cancer prevention, and provide support for individuals under 40.

This year’s Into The Ocean theme speaks to the volumes of young people affected by breast cancer and acknowledges their feelings of isolation and being lost at sea. This year’s motif will see the nationwide events awash in all things aquatic. Guests will be transported into the deep blue in where they will be treated to an evening of themed beverages, treats and guest experiences all set to a soundtrack of top tunes.

When: October 18, 2019
Time: 8 pm to 1 am
Where: The Palace, 219 8th Ave SW
Price: From $75, can be purchased online

Tangled Tree Fall and Christmas Market

What: The 5th annual Fall and Christmas market features, handmade artisans and fair trade goods, food truck, and more. Food donations will be accepted at the door.

When: October 19 and 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Bearspaw Lions Hall – 25240 Nagway Road NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

37th Annual Bearspaw Fall and Christmas Market

What: Shop over 90 handmade vendors and get a head start on your Christmas.

When: October 25 to 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 8 pm (Friday), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre – 253220 Bearspaw Road, Calgary
Admission: $3


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What: In the fourth annual show, expect anything and everything pop culture, from toys, movies, video games, collectables, and more. There will also be free comics given away and a charity silent auction.

When: October 26, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Lake Bonavista Promenade – 755 Lake Bonavista Dr SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Calgary Woman’s Show

What: Check out more than 300 exhibits by local and national fashion retailers, entrepreneurs, health and wellness experts, food and wine, artisans, and more. Then check out the live entertainment on the two stages, including twice daily fashion shows, live music, speakers, and more.

When: October 26 and 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: The BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW

In Flanders Fields

What: Forte Musical Theatre Guild presents In Flanders Fields, based on the life of Lt.-Col John McCrae and nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.

When: Daily until November 9, 2019
Time: 12 to 1 pm, additional performances at 6 pm on Thursdays and Fridays
Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 – 115 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Happy Halloween

Heritage Park Ghost Tours 2019

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What: Curious Calgarians will have a chance to learn about the ghostly figures that haunt their city by taking a Heritage Park Ghost Tour this fall. Each tour is 90 minutes long, and will take attendees through the alleyways and streets of the Historical Village and verse them in various spooky stories that will make their skin crawl.

When: Every Wednesday until October 16, 2019
Time: Tours begin at 7 and 7:30 pm for adults
Where: Gasoline Alley Lobby, Heritage Park—1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online
Length: Adult tours: three km in 90 minutes

Halloweekends at Calaway Park 

What: Halloween is beginning early at Calaway Park. Wear your favourite costume and enjoy activities and prizes at Halloweekends.

When: Saturday, Sundays and Holiday Mondays from September 7 until October 14, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Calaway Park – 24033 Range Road 33, Calgary
Admission: regular park admission

Field of Screams at Cobb’s Adventure Park

What: Celebrate the spooky season with Field of Screams at Cobb’s Adventure Park. Explore five haunted houses. go on rides, plus enjoy activities, food and drinks. All ages welcome.

When: Friday and Saturday from October 4 to October 26, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Cobb’s Adventure Park – 1500 84 St NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Pumpkin Palooza at Cobb’s Adventure Park



What: Pack your October with pumpkins during Pumpkin Palooza at Cobb’s Adventure Park. Bring the family for a stroll through the patch, choose a pumpkin to take home, and then take a photo with the princesses.

When: Saturdays and Sundays and Thanksgiving Monday from October 5 until October 27, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Cobb’s Adventure Park – 1500 84 St NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

HEX: Halloween & Entertainment Expo

What: HEX bills itself as the first Canadian fan convention dedicated to Halloween lovers. The expo features celebrities such as Robert Englund, Meat Loaf, Nick Castle, and more. There will also be workshops, vendors, screenings, cosplay, Screamfest Resurrected Haunted Houses, and more to check out.

When: October 11 to October 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SW
Tickets: Online

Alberta Ballet’s Frankenstein

What: Alberta Ballet presents the world premiere of Jean Grand-Maître’s Frankenstein, featuring multi-media set design, haunting soundtrack and state-of-the-art projections. The show will feature a combination of contemporary and classical ballet styles.

When: October 23 until October 26, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (plus 2 pm on Saturday)
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Ave NW, 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: October 29 to November 1, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online

Eat fresh at farmers’ markets

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: October 15, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Gulf Canada Square – 401 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market

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What: Enjoy local food, live entertainment, and shop for artisan-inspired products at Bridgeland Riverside Farmer’s Market this summer. From bread to beer, frommage to fresh cut flowers, the market hosts diverse and high-quality vendors to meet all of your local shopping needs.

When: Every Thursday until October 3, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 7:30 pm
Address: BRCA Hall – 917 Centre Ave, NE., Calgary
Admission: Free

Millarville Farmers’ Market

What: Meet and shop at growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists at Millarville Farmers’ Market. Children five to 12 years can also join the Market Buds program. Participants will learn where their food comes from, gain confidence in conversation with Alberta Produce farmers and BC Fruit farmers, make healthy food choices, and hold sole responsibility for maintaining their own punch card and tokens. Tokens for spending on vegetables and fruit are earned by completing a weekly activity in the Market Buds area located in the garden.

When: Every Saturday until October 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Address: 306097 192 Street West, Millarville
Admission: $3, with proceeds going to support programming at the Millarville Racetrack.

Triwood Farmers’ Market

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What: Check out the weekly Triwood Farmers’ Market running from July 2 to October 15. Grab some food and explore the various vendors, including produce, bath and body, jewelry, and more.

When: Every Tuesday until October 15, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Address: Triwood Community Association – 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Airdrie Farmers’ Market

What: Come out and find the finest local purveyors and producers of local goods. Everything from original quilts, handcrafted art, to natural soaps and lotions, food trucks and more – discover a unique gift, or a personal treasure.

When: Every Wednesday until October 9, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 7 pm
Address: Jensen Park – 320 Centre Avenue East, Airdrie
Admission: Free

Lions Club of Bearspaw Farmers’ Market

What: Check out over 120 vendors at Lions Club of Bearspaw Farmers’ Market. During the market, a caterer inside the Lions Hall provides breakfast and brunch/lunch from about 9 am to 2 pm.  Several of the outside food vendors also sell food you can eat at the market.

When: Every Sunday until October 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Address: Lions Club of Bearspaw – 25240 Nagway Rd, Calgary
Admission: Free

Canmore Mountain Market

What: The Canmore Mountain Market is a summer tradition in Canmore for over twenty years operating every Thursday from May to October. Visitors and locals are treated to an excellent selection of locally and regionally produced items including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, jams, coffee and baked goods. The Market also offers unique crafts, clothing, jewellery, and other artisanal products. Patrons can experience the Market rain or shine, sip on a coffee, peruse the vendors, and enjoy the live local music – all with a beautiful mountain backdrop.

When: Every Thursday until October 3, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Address: Downtown Canmore next to the Canmore Civic Centre Plaza- 7th Avenue
Admission: Free

Farmers and Makers’ Market at cSPACE

What: Check out 60 local farms, food-makers, bakers, brewers, distillers, and artisan vendors, food trucks, live music, kids arts and cultural activities, and more every Saturday at the Farmers and Makers’ Market at cSPACE

When: Every Saturday, year-round
Time: 10 am to 3 pm (June to October 12, 2019), 10 am to 1 pm (October 19, 2019, to May 2020)
Where: cSPACE King Edward – 1721 29th Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Calgary Farmers’ Market

What: Explore over 80 vendors supplying customers with fresh local produce, meat, poultry, international food, organic goods, jewelry, art and more. Whether it’s the arrival of fresh produce or fun events, there’s always something happening at the market.

When: Open year-round from Thursday to Sunday
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Address: 510 77 Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Granary Road Public Market

What: Granary Road Public Market is open year-round and offers fresh produce, artisan cheeses, pizza, tacos, handcrafted home goods, and more.

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Where: Granary Road Market — 226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
Admission: Free

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

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What: Grab your weekly haul of delicious produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, preserves, florals, and more, all grown and produced on farms right here in Alberta. You can enjoy live entertainment and other fun activities happening at this quaint community farmers’ market. The market will go on rain or shine, so come prepared.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 1320 5th Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Crossroads Market

What: Enjoy farm-fresh produce and tasty treats plus lost of unique finds from the large variety of vendors.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Crossroads Market – 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch

What: The Mercantile at Symons Valley Ranch features over 35 vendors under one roof over one counter. Crafts, food vendors, and more.

When: Fridays to Sundays
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Fridays), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Where: Symons Valley Ranch – 14555 Symons Valley Road
Admission: Free

DJ Market

What: With three generations of produce experience, DJ Market is a family-owned and operated business that was established in 1991 and has been operating for over 20 years. We began as a small weekend fruit stand that consisted of three display tables, but have since grown to become an independent produce market that is open seven days a week in the spring, summer and fall months

When: Seven days a week in the Spring, Summer and Fall
Time: 9 am to 6 pm (Monday to Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sundays and Holidays)
Where: DJ Market – 4645 12th Street S.E., Calgary
Admission: Free

Explore Arts and Culture

Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s 2nd Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition

What: Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s second annual Indigenous Art Exhibition is being showcased at a number of venues around Calgary this fall and winter. The exhibition features work from 17 artists.

When: October 1 to November 29, December 2, 2019 to January 18, 2020
Time: Various times
Address: Arts Commons – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary; Calgary Central Library – 800 3 St SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Noises Off

What: Theatre Calgary presents Noises Off, a farcical look at the rehearsal process with a group of actors before a performance of the British sex comedy “Nothing On.”

When: Various dates from now to October 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons
Tickets: Online

Wordfest 2019

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What: Wordfest features 52 events over 10 days in public libraries and performance venues around the city. This year’s festival is titled The Imaginairium, and includes readings, workshops, panel discussions, trivia and more for all sorts of audiences and ages.

When: October 14 until October 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online


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

When: October 15 until November 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons
Tickets: Online

Fluid Fest

What: Fluid Fest is a celebration of contemporary art, dance and physical performance. The festival features local, national and international artists in live performances, workshops, artist talks, and more.

When: October 15 until October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations around the city
Tickets: Online

Disgraced by Ayed Akhtar

What: Disgraced tells the story of corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor, who is living a happy wife with 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 from October 16 to 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: October 26 to November 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online, ticketed and free events

Open Mic Night at Crafted Burgers & Beer

What: Crafted Burgers & Beer welcome musicians, comedians, and singers every Monday for an open mic night.

When: Every Monday until December 30, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Crafted Burgers & Beer – 3975 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Free First Thursday at Glenbow Museum

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What: Explore the Glenbow Museum at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month.

When: The first Thursday of every month – September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5, 2019
Time: 5 pm to close
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Esker Foundation

What: Esker Foundation connects the public to contemporary art through relevant, accessible, and educational exhibitions, programs, and publications. The gallery reflects on current developments in local, regional, and international culture; creates opportunities for public dialogue; and supports the production of groundbreaking new work, ideas, and research. Admission is free. The gallery is barrier-free.

When: Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed Mondays
Time: Various times
Where: Esker Foundation – 4th Floor – 1011 9th Ave SE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Spotlight YYC – Salty Sea Dog Designs

Salty Sea Dog Designs

What: Alberta Craft Council presents a spotlight on Salty Sea Dog Designs, whimsy ceramic creations by Sarah and Blair Dawes. All work is available for sale. There will also be a reception on September 12 from 5 to 8 pm.

When: Wednesdays to Saturday until October 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm (Wednesdays to Friday), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturdays)
Where: Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary – #280, 1721 – 29 Avenue SW, cSPACE King Edward, Calgary
Admission: Free

Bon appetit

7th Annual Thanksgiving Bake Off

What: Get Thanksgiving started early this year by sampling delicious pie’s made from the market vendors and voting for your favourite in support of the Calgary Food Bank.

When: October 10 and 11, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77 Avenue SE
Price: Cash donation to the Calgary Food Bank (recommended $5/person)

Sunday Night Special at National on 10th

What: National on 10th is bringing back its Sunday Night Special, with free bowling, arcade games, giant Jenga, and  drink specials during Thanksgiving long weekend. On October 13, patrons can head to this spot and enjoy games at no cost, and the following drink deals: $3 from 7 to 8 pm, $4 from 8 to 9 pm, and  $5 from 9 pm to last call on all Alberta-brewed beers, hi-balls, and shafts on draft.

When: October 13, 2019
Time: All day
Where: National on 10th – 341 10 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival Calgary 2019

What: The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival returns to YYC on October 18 and 19 at Calgary’s Stampede Park BMO Centre. This year, the event will feature over 40 restaurants, more than 200 wines, and hundreds of beers, ciders, and spirits, all under one roof. This is Alberta’s largest and most anticipated wine and food event, with hundreds of booths and over 25,000 guests participating each year.

When: October 18 until October 19, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm (Friday) 12 to 4 pm and 6 to 10 pm (Saturday)
Where: Halls D and E, Stampede Park BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary
Price: $25–$35; buy online

Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea

Downton Abbey Tea


What: Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar will be hosting a Downton Abbey tea series until October 27. This new service aims to celebrate the release of the feature-length film. Guests can expect hand-crafted sandwiches and decadent pastries created by the talented Fairmont team.

When: Now until October 27, 2019
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel – 133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary
Reservations: Online or by phone at 403-260-1219.

Dine Under The Stars — Recolté: Local Harvest Dinner Pop Up

What: Recolté: Local Harvest Dinner Pop Up features an elegant four-course menu and liquor, wine and champagne provided by Moët & Chandon, all while you’re being served in a heated Garden Dome. The Calgary pop-up will be located at the Deane House Gardens.

When: Now until October 27, 2019
Time: Seatings at 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm daily
Where: Deane House Gardens – 806 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Reservations: Online

Dinner & a Movie at Heritage Park

What: Heritage Park presents Dinner & A Movie Nights at the Selkirk Grille and the Gasoline Alley Museum. Enjoy a three-course movie-themed dinner at Selkirk Grille, then head to Gasoline Alley Museum for a big screen classic. Attendees are also welcome to only watch the movie, and a cash bar and popcorn will be available for purchase during the screening.

When: October 15, October 29, November 12, November 26, December 10, December 17, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Price: $44/person or $8 for movie only. Reserve dinner and a movie online, tickets for movie only are available at the door.

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 Drive NE, Calgary
Tickets: via Calgary Zoo

Craving Kensington

What: On this three-hour walking tour, you will eat your way through this inner-city village at some of the foodie hotspots, while also learning about the charming history and architecture of the area.

When: Every Thursday
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Meet at Brasserie Kensington – 1131 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Roasterie Tour – Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

What: This 20-minute tour gives attendees a look at Phil & Sebastian’s vintage retro-fitted roaster and operations, plus learn about their green coffee sourcing strategies.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12:15 to 12:35 pm
Where: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – 618 Confluence Way Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, Free

Cocktail Classes

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Cocktail hour. (Shutterstock)

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: The first Tuesday of each month
Time: 5:30 and 8:30 pm
Where: Shelter – 1210 1st Street SE
Tickets: Online, $65 per person

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. Enjoy 16 bites and treats as various Alberta ranchers 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
Time: 10:30 am
Where: 510, 77 Street SE – off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
TicketsOnline, $55

Cheer on the home teams

Calgary Stampeders

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Candice Ward / Calgary Stampeders

What: The Calgary Stampeders keep the CFL action rolling in the fall at McMahaon Stadium. Calgary will also be hosting the 107th Grey Cup on Sunday, November 24.

When: October 11, October 19 and November 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Cavalry FC

What: Cavalry FC continue their Canadian Premier League season at Spruce Meadows this fall.

When: October 2, October 5, October 9, October 19, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Flames

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What: The Flames kick off the NHL season this fall at Scotiabank Saddledome. Matchups include Los Angeles Kings on October 8, Detroit Red Wings on October 17, and Washington Capitals on October 22.

When: October 5, October 8, October 15, October 17, October 22 and October 24, 2019
Time: 7 pm (8 pm on October 5)
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Hitmen

What: Calgary Hitmen bring WHL action to Scotiabank Saddledome this fall. Matchups include Portland Winterhawks on October 6, Moose Jaw Warriors on October 18, and Medicine Hat Tigers on October 20.

When: October 6, October 14, October 18, October 20, October 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Rock The Rink

What: The cross-Canada tour stars skating legends Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, and Patrick Chan, and aims to blend their incredible skating talent with state-of-the-art lighting, video, and interactive technology, as well as live music. Other cast members include Canadians Kaetlyn Osmond and Elvis Stojko, Olympic Medalist Carolina Kostner, US National Champion Jeremy Abbott, and Italian World Champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte.

When: October 16, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Stampede Corral – Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Spruce Meadows – Oktoberfest I and Oktoberfest II

What: Horses and riders are coming to the Spruce Meadows Equi-Plex for Oktoberfest I and II tournaments. Complimentary Parking is available throughout the week in Lot #8.

When: October 17 to 20 (Oktoberfest I), October 24 to 27 (Oktoberfest II)
Time: Various times
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
Admission: Free

Concerts and Performances

NF: The Search Tour

What: American rapper NF is performing at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino on October 2 during his North American The Search tour. NF’s The Search became his second album to reach the number one spot on the Billboard 200 charts upon its release.

When: October 2, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Resort & Casino — 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sugar Sammy

Sugar Sammy

Sugar Sammy (Submitted)

What: After an incredible year marked by a series of prestigious events, Sugar Sammy is bringing his razor-sharp wit back to Canada as part of his new “Canadian Tour.” In 2016, Sugar Sammy performed his hit show in front of a record-breaking crowd of over 115,000 people at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Following his local success, Sammy took his French and English show to France, Belgium, and Switzerland while hopping back to Canada this past winter to host the JFL Comedy Tour where he visited 12 cities.

When: October 3, 2019
Time: 7:45 pm
Where: Bella Concert Hall – 18 Mt Royal Cir SW, Calgary
Price:$39.99 – $59.99, available online

Cheech and Chong

What: The two comedy legends, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Edmonton-born Tommy Chong, have been performing stand-up comedy for decades and are best known for their run of seven films through the 70s and 80s, including Up in Smoke and Still Smokin. They’ve also released numerous albums, including the Grammy-winning “Los Cochinos.” The duo is hitting the road and stopping in 14 cities across the great white north this fall on their O Cannabis Tour.

When: October 4, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Jontavious Willis

What: Blues musician and singer Jontavious Willis performs two shows at Engineered Air Theatre on October 4 and 5.

When: October 4 and 5, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Engineered Air Theatre – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

World of Dance Live Calgary

What: The World of Dance Live Tour features the best dancers from across all genres of dance,  incorporating both local and national talent. You’ll get to experience the same thrill and excitement that you do when watching the show on television but you’ll be right in the audience.

The tour will feature season three winning dance group The Kings and will be stopping in nine Canadian cities. Fans have the chance to purchase ticket packages that include a special meet and greet as well as autographs sessions.

When: October 9, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Lord Huron

What: LA-based musicians Lord Huron are performing at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Thursday, October 10. Special guests will be joining the band on tour and concert attendees can expect to hear tracks from Lord Huron’s most recent studio album, Vide Noir.

When: October 10, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara / Facebook

What: The musical twins are making their back to Calgary for a show this fall as part of their Hey, I’m Just Like You tour, which is in support of their new album of their same name as well as their memoir, High School. Hey I’m Just Like You is a brand new album that is built off of cassette tapes from the same era upon which Tegan and Sara recorded dozens of songs they wrote between the ages of 15 and 17. The show is expected to feature archival video footage, readings from the memoir, and songs from the new album — mixed in with fan-favourite classics.

When: October 10, 2019
Time: Early show at 7 pm, late show at 10:30 pm
Where: Bella Concert Hall — 18 Mt Royal Cir SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online


What: Toronto punk rockers PUP are performing at MacEwan Hall on Friday, October 11 with guests Charly Bliss. The concert is coming hot on the heels of the band’s most recently released album, April 2019’s Morbid Stuff.

When: October 11, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: MacEwan Hall – 402 Collegiate Blvd NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Luke Combs

What: Rising country star Luke Combs will be performing at Scotiabank Saddledome as part of his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour. He’ll be joined by supporting acts Morgan Wallen, Jameson Rodgers, and Dee Jay Silver.

When: October 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Dallas Smith and Dean Brody

What: Calgarians will have a chance to catch both Dallas Smith and Dean Brody at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino on October 17 and 18 when they stop by YYC on their aptly-named Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone tour. The two will be joined by Chad Brownlee and Mackenzie Porter.

When: October 17 and October 18, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Resort & Casino — 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Mavericks

What: Country-Latin rock’n’roll band The Mavericks bring their 30th Anniversary World Tour to MacEwan Hall on October 17.

When: October 17, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: MacEwan Hall – 402 Collegiate Blvd NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Owen Hart Foundation presents Jerry Seinfeld

What: The Owen Hart Foundation celebrates its 20th Anniversary with two special performances by Jerry Seinfeld on October 18 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Seinfeld was catapulted to stardom in the 90s with the success of his now legendary sitcom Seinfeld. Since the show ended its nine-year run in 1998, Seinfeld returned to stand-up comedy and in 2009, began a successful web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

When: October 18, 2019
Time: 6 pm and 9 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Interrupters

What: LA ska-punk rockers The Interrupters bring the Fight the Good Fight World Tour to the MacEwan Hall with guests Skinny Lister and Sharp/Shock.

When: October 23, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: MacEwan Hall – 402 Collegiate Blvd NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Matt Mays

What: JUNO-award winner Matt Mays brings his Howl At The Night Tour to Calgary on October 26 with special guest Skye Wallace.

When: October 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Bella Concert Hall – 18 Mt Royal Cir SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Judah & The Lion

What: Nashville alternative rockers Judah & The Lion bring the Pep Talks World Wide Tour 2019 to the MacEwan Hall with guests Flora Cash.

When: October 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: MacEwan Hall – 402 Collegiate Blvd NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Walk Off The Earth

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What: Juno Award-winning, multi-platinum group, Walk Off the Earth, is coming to Calgary during their world tour. Their five-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” exploded on YouTube, garnering more than 180 million views. Since then, the group has gone on to release their own original songs, “Red Hands” (#1 at AAA), “Fire In My Soul,” and “Rule The World.” Walk Off the Earth has already sold out venues around the world, not to mention collaborating with artists including Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, and Keith Urban.

When: October 28, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express – The Peter Burgener Benefit Concert for Classroom Champions

What: Barney Bentall presents the fifth annual Peter Burgener Benefit Concert for Classroom Champions with some of Canada’s top roots and country musicians.

When: October 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Bella Concert Hall – 18 Mt Royal Cir SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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