25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: September 27 to 29

Sep 27 2019, 5:00 am

The last weekend of September is already here! Enjoy these 25 things to do in Calgary on Friday, September 27, Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29. Doors Open YYC, Etsy: Made In Canada, and more.

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

Friday, September 27


pi day

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What: A board game convention for the whole family. Try out a new tabletop selection, visit prototype alley to see what creators are working on, shop the flea market, and play games all weekend.

When: September 27 to 29, 2019
Time: 5 to 11:30 pm (Friday) 9 am to 11:30 pm (Saturday) 9 am to 4 pm (Sunday)
Where: SAIT — 1301 16th Avenue NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Okotoks Farmers’ Market

What: Okotoks Farmers’ Market is an Alberta approved farmers’ market and they strive to have a diverse selection of local and Alberta grown and made products. Come and enjoy the sights and sounds of the unique market while supporting local vendors and bringing home something special to share with your friends and family.

When: Every Friday until September 27, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 6:30 pm
Address: 322041 15 St E, De Winton
Admission: Free

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: September 27 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

Robert McClure Farmers’ Market

What: Enjoy live music, food vendors, activities for the family and a wide variety of vendors selling their goods.

When: Every Friday until September 27, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Address: Robert McClure United Church – 5510 – 26 Avenue NE, Calgary
Admission: Free

Fort Calgary Presents: Black & White Movie Nights – The Manchurian Candidate

What: Join Fort Calgary in the Burnswest Theatre for a night at the movies. Grab snacks and a cocktail at this licensed event, and enjoy a classic black and white movie in Fort Calgary’s newly renovated theatre. Complimentary museum admission included with ticket.

When: September 27, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, movie at 7 pm
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Saturday, September 28

Study and Go Abroad Fair

What: Attendees will learn how to study abroad for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree/diploma or certificate program. Meet with top universities from around the world to learn about admission requirements, scholarships, and more. Then visit the Travel Zone for work abroad, volunteering and language travel. 

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 1 to 5 pm, with feature seminar starting at 12 noon
Where: Calgary Telus Convention Centre
Admission: Free, register online

Red Bull Outliers 2019

What: For the first time ever in Canada, Calgary will be playing host to a city centre motorsports competition. The Red Bull Outliers enduro competition will pit motorcross athletes against one another in a race on a custom closed obstacle track, which will be built by Calgary’s own Shane Cuthbertson. The event will run from September 28 to 29, though the second day of competition will be held two hours east near Dinosaur Provincial Park in Steveville.

When: September 28 to September 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Eau Claire Market on Saturday, Steveville, Alberta on Sunday
Admission: Free

Alberta Ballet presents TAJ Express, a Bollywood Musical

Alberta Ballet presents Taj Express

What: Taj Express from Mumbai is a celebration of India and Bollywood movie. The production showcases new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, live music, colourful costumes, and joyous dance.

When: Now until September 28, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (2 pm on September 28)
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Ave NW, 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 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

Railway Days at Heritage Park

What: As one of the only sites in North America that have two steam locomotives on site, Heritage Park and CP Rail invite you for a weekend of demonstrations, hands-on activities, exciting exhibits, and anything train related. Go on a tour, listen to live storytelling, go on a caboose ride, and more.

When: September 28 to 29, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online

Cochrane Farmers’ Market – 2019 Market at the Ranche

What: The “Market at the Ranche” is open for its 21st Season. As an Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market, each and every week will showcase the perfect mix of vendors – full-time favourites alongside a wide range of new and unique products. Farmers, growers, brewers, distillers, artisans, and makers — an amazing variety every week.

When: Every Saturday until September 28, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm
Address: Cochrane Ranche Historic Site 663 Bow Valley Trail, Cochrane
Admission: Free

Etsy: Made in Canada

Etsy Made in Canada

What: Explore over 100 Etsy creators at Genesis Centre in the Etsy: Made in Canada – Calgary 2019 event. Fifty per cent of all proceeds from Saturday’s admission fees will be donated to a charity to be announced soon.

When: September 27 and 28, 2019
Time: Friday from 5 to 9 pm (ticket only), Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Genesis Centre – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE
Admission: Friday tickets can be purchased in advance online ($8). Saturday is $5 at the door. Children 12 and under are Free.

Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers (preseason)

What: Calgary Flames take on the Edmonton Oilers in preseason action at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Adult Night at the Calgary Zoo – Gorillas

What: Calgary Zoo is celebrating their gorilla troop and newest adition Jasiri with an after hours Adult Night event. Dress up and enjoy a one-of-a-kind gorilla viewing, four-course dinner, and special talks by Calgary’s Zoo’s knowledgeable gorilla experts.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Itty Bitty Arts Days: An Alice In Wonderland Tea Party

What: Check out this spoken word, multimedia show to experience a deep dive into Brianda Krogstad’s own experiences through stories that touch on love, loss, self-expression, humour, and so much more.

When: September 27 and 28, 2019
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am (Morning Tea), 1:30 to 3:30 pm (Afternoon Tea)
Where: Engineered Air Theatre – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sunday, September 29

Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

balloon festival

Hot air balloons/heritageinninternationalballoonfestival.com

What: Just 45 minutes south of Calgary, High River is home to the Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival, a celebration of hot air balloons and the opportunity to see the big balloons in action. On Friday, September 27, attendees can experience Balloon Night Glow from 5 to 9 pm, when hot air balloons will be lit up against the night sky. Food trucks will also be on scene for the festival.

When: Now to September 29, 2019
Time: A full schedule of the festival can be found here
Where: Heritage Inn – 1104 11th Avenue SE, High River
Launch site – 917 Macleod Trail SW
Balloon Night Glow – Spitzee Elementary School field – 409 Macleod Trail SW, High River
Admission: Free for spectators, and balloon flights are $275 per passenger, reservations available online

Calgary Outdoor Yoga

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

The Wedding Party

What: Written by Canadian playwright Kristen Thomson and directed by Darcy Evans, The Wedding Party promises to have “an outrageous wedding reception [that] spins out of control in real-time.” The comedy is about the two characters Sherry and Jack Jr.’s wedding, but will see the clash of the two families at the reception: “the well-to-do Sealey-Skeetes and the hard-working, hard-living Boychuks,” according to a release.

The comedy runs for approximately two hours and 20 minutes. A pre-show onstage bar opens from 6:30 to 7:30 pm — where wedding attire is highly encouraged. Audience members are warned that the play contains sexuality and coarse language and is suggested for those 16-years-old and older.

When: Now until September 29, 2019
Time: Varies depending on showtime
Where: Martha Cohen Theatre — 215 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: $20 to $100, available online

Calgary International Film Festival

free movie day

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What: The 20th annual CIFF features nearly 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and around the world. Enjoy gala events, special screenings and presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that connects filmmakers.

When: Now until September 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

From Racialization to Peoplehood: Exploring Métis Identity, Past and Present

What: Lougheed House’s summer exhibit explores Métis identity from a number of perspectives, both historical and contemporary.

When: Wednesdays to Sundays until September 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm (Wednesdays to Fridays), 10 am to 4 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Lougheed House – 707 13 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Admission: $8.50 adult, $6.50 seniors and students $5 child (Ages 6 – 12), $25.00 for a family, free for children under 6

YYC Pizza Week

What: A 10-day annual event featuring participating restaurants creating an original pizza to see whose is the best. Partial proceeds from all pizza goes to Calgary Meals on Wheels.  More than 40 restaurants and the community have raised over $42,000 in the past five years.

When: Now until September 29, 2019
Where: Participating restaurants around the city
Cost: Pizzas tend to go for around $20 to $25

Doors Open YYC

What: Calgary businesses are opening their doors to the general public for the eighth year in a row as Doors Open YYC returns for 2019. The event allows Calgarians to play tourist in their own city for free as local businesses let the public take a look at what goes on in their operations.

When: September 28 and 29, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Various locations
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

Dance Class Marathon 

What: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’s 26th Annual Dance Class Marathon. All dance levels and ages (13+) are invited to participate in 23 different classes, plus raise funds for chances to win prozes.. All proceeds from the event will go towards the DJD Children’s Bursary Fund.

When: September 29, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 6 pm (Drop-in anytime)
Where: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – 111 12 Avenue SE, Calgary
Register: Online

Calgary Hitmen vs Medicine Hat Tigers

What: Calgary Hitmen face off with the Medicine Hat Tigers in CHL action at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: September 29, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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