25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: October 25 to 27

Oct 25 2019, 12:00 pm

The last weekend of October is upon us! Enjoy these 25 things to do in Calgary on Friday, October 25, Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27. XX, XX, and more.

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

Friday, October 25

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

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 until October 26, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Cobb’s Adventure Park – 1500 84 St NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Pasta La Feasta

What: Pasta La Feasta is Calgary’s newest food festival leading up to World Pasta Day on October 25th. Nine restaurants are offering up their must-try pasta dishes, and a portion of all proceeds from the featured pasta dishes will go to The Alex Community Food Centre.

When: Now until October 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Select Calgary restaurants. Full list here.
Admission: $3 of every featured dish goes towards the Alex Community Food Centre.

Ghostbusters in Concert 2019


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What: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is hosting two shows paying tribute to the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, by performing the original movie’s score alongside a live viewing of the film. This is the first time that the Grammy-nominated soundtrack has been reconstructed for the purpose of a live performance — an effort made with the help of Peter M. Bernstein, the son of original composer Elmer Bernstein.

The Friday concert will be followed by a Halloween party and attendees to both the concert and party are encouraged to arrive in costume. Saturday’s will feature a visit from the Calgary Ghostbusters to kick things off before the concert.

When: October 25 and October 26, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 10 pm (Friday), 1:30 to 4:30 (Saturday)
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall — 205 8th Avenue SE
Tickets: From $45, available online

Halloween at Fort Calgary: A Barracks Boo-tacular and Black & White Movie Double Feature

What: Join Fort Calgary for two Halloween events on October 25. First bring the family for A Barracks Boo-tacular, with afternoon trick-or-treating and crafting in the museum. Then in the evening, enjoy a double feature of Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960).

When: October 25, 2019
Time: 4 to 6 pm (Barracks Boo-tacular), 6 to 11 pm (Double Feature)
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Saturday, October 26


free comic book day


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

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

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: Now 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

This Is War

What: This Is War tells the story of Master Corporal Tanya Young, Private Jonny Henderson, Sergeant Stephen Hughes, and Sergeant Chris Anders serving in Afghanistan and their experience with a horrific event. Written by Hannah Moscovitch, directed by John Knight, and designed by Graham Frampton.

When: Now to October 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: University Theatre – 230 University Court NW, 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

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

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

Haunted Calgary at New Horizon Mall

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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 charity.

When: October 25 and 26, October 31 to 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

Adult-only date night at Butterfield Acres 2019

What: Butterfield Acres has reserved select dates this month for child-free fun, offering an 18+ night at the patch for those looking to find a suitable pumpkin in peace. The official date night event starts at 5 pm (which is also when the farmyard will open for visits with animals) though the pumpkin hunt won’t begin until 6:15 pm. Participants will be able to take a sunset tractor ride out to the patch where you’ll be able to hunt down the most picture-perfect soon-to-be-Jack-o-Lantern, which you’ll be able to carve up shortly after.

When: October 26, 2019
Time: Admission begins at 5 pm
Where: Butterfield Acres Petting Farm – 254077 Rocky Ridge Road NW
Tickets: $20, available online

Sunday, October 27

Ghouls’ Night Out at Heritage Park


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What: Ghouls’ Night Out is a family-friendly event at Heritage Park. Activities include trick or treating at three select buildings, an indoor performance of A Toy’s Story – A New Adventure with Sheriff Woody, a life-sized game of Operation, and more. 

When: Now until October 27, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm (Friday), 5:30 to 9 pm (Saturday), 4 to 7:30 pm (Sunday)
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive S.W., Calgary
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: Now until October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations around the city
Tickets: Online

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

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, and a Pumpkin Festival every Saturday and Sunday.

When: Fridays to Sundays until October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview
Tickets: 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

New Works Festival

What: The fourth Calgary New Music Festival presented by New Works Calgary is a weekend of performances, premieres, multimedia and sound walks, and more. Performers include airborne extended from Vienna, Linda Bouchard and the Grdina/Houle/Loewen Trio from San Francisco, Timepoint Ensemble from Calgary, and many more.

When: October 24 to October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Festival Hall and Engineered Air Theatre
Tickets: Online

Spruce Meadows – Oktoberfest II

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

When: Now to October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
Admission: Free

Sunday Safari Brunch at 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

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

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