16 thing to do in Calgary today: Saturday, October 12

Oct 11 2019, 12:00 pm

Get the best day of the week kicked into high gear by picking from this extensive list of fun things to do around Calgary today!

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, 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

Screamfest Resurrected 2019



What: Screamfest, one of Canada’s largest and scariest Halloween events, is back in Calgary this October. Ticket-holders will enjoy six different haunted houses, with everything from clowns to zombies to Grim Reapers attempting to scare them silly as they make their way through the mazes.

When: October 11 to October 14, 2019
Time: 5 pm to late
Where: The Grandstand Building at Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, starting at $50

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

Jack and the Beanstalk

What: Loose Moose Theatre Company’s first show of their 2019/20 Theatre For Kids season is the timeless tale, Jack and the Beanstalk.

When: October 12 and 13, 2019
Time: 1 pm (Saturdays and Sundays), 3 pm (Sundays)
Where: Loose Moose Theatre for Kids – 1235 – 26th Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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

Freshtival 2019

What: Freshtival is the world’s longest running ski film festival, and showcases the year’s most anticipated ski movies at Globe Theatre. Films from industry giants, Matchstick Productions and Teton Gravity Research and more will be screened over the three days.

When: October 10 to 12, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 11:30 pm
Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

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.

Luke Combs

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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

Ghost Stories Closing Reception

What: Ghost Stories YYC. Volume 1 is closing on October 12, so head down to hear each artists’ short story that accompanies a new work inspired by a ghost story, urban legend or folk tale. All stories are collected in a storybook that is available at the show. Costumes of a favourite ghost, folk legend, or monster are encouraged.

When: October 12, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Ruberto Ostberg Gallery – 2108 18 Street Northwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Nonsense & Sensibility and Squadball

What: The Kinkonauts present a doubleheader of improv comedy: Nonsense & Sensibility and Squadball featuring guest musician Kate Stevens.

When: October 12, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Rose Room – 922 9 Ave SE, Calgary
TicketsOnline, $15

Jimmy Rankin

What: Singer-songwriter Jimmy Rankin is well known for his work with The Rankin Family, as well as his five Juno Awards, seven Canadian Country Music Awards, and 27 East Coast Music Awards. He performs two shows at National Music Centre on October 11 and 12.

When: October 11 and October 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Address: National Music Centre – 850 – 4 Street SE, 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 until October 27, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Cobb’s Adventure Park – 1500 84 St NE, 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 (also open Thanksgiving Monday
Time: Various times
Where: 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview
Tickets: Online

Say Yes: A Liturgy Of Not Giving Up On Yourself

What: Fire Exit Theatre’s Guest Artist Series presents Say Yes, where Scott Erickson leads the audiences through the universal and very personal conversation about the death of a dream and the overwhelming voice of Giving Up in our lives. A mixture of storytelling, audience participation, humour and image curation,

When: Now until October 13, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (Monday to Saturday), 2 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Fire Exit Theatre – 200 block of 9 Avenue SE (Engineered Air Theatre at the Arts Commons), Calgary
Tickets: Online

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

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 until October 14, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Calaway Park – 24033 Range Road 33, Calgary
Admission: regular park admission

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