18 things to do in Calgary this week: October 1 to 4

Sep 29 2018, 6:33 am

Welcome, October!

It’s time to officially bring out your fall decor, grab your pumpkins, and begin preparing for the spookiest season of the year.

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Be sure to take in the beautiful fall views in Calgary, as you head out on an adventure throughout the city or, better yet, up in the Canadian Rockies! There are also plenty of opportunities to catch a live show, shake things up with a new cocktail, or cheer on your favourite Calgary sports team.

We have rounded up 19 things you can’t miss out on this week — check them out!

Monday, October 1

Pin Brawl Monday Night Tournaments

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Pin-Bar pinball machine (pinbaryyc/Instagram)

What: Check out the pinball tournament at Pin-Bar this Monday for a chance to win the top prize.

When: Monday, October 1

Time: 7 pm

Admission $10

Oktoberfest at The Den/Black Lounge

What: The Den/Black Lounge is hosting one serious Oktoberfest celebration, with specials including Bingo and Brats on Monday night.

When: Monday, October 1

Time: 4 pm

Where: The Den/Black Lounge — 2500 University Drive NW

Admission: Free

Monday Meetup YYC

What: Meet up with fellow Calgarians at this board game themed meetup! Meet some new friends over your favourite games, and feel free to arrive either solo or in a group.

When: Monday, October 1

Time: 6 pm

Where: The Hexagon Board Game Cafe — #200 1140 Kensington Road NW

Check out the future at Telus Future

What: Get a glimpse of what the future of your home will look like in an immersive interactive experience at the Telus Future home.

When: September 29 to October 5

Time: 11 am to 7 pm daily

Where: Chinook Centre – 6455 Macleod Trail

Admission: FREE

Tuesday, October 2

Lisa Brokop: Legendary Ladies of Country

What: With plenty of hit songs and heartfelt stories in her lyrics, Lisa Brokop is one of the most celebrated country singers of her time. Come see her perform her hits as you tap your toes and sing along to all your favourite tunes.

When: Tuesday, October 2

Time: 7 pm

Where: Bert Church Live – 1000 East Lake Boulevard, Airdrie

Tickets: Online, $32

Shake up a new cocktail at Shelter

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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: October 2 reoccurring on the first Tuesday of each month

Time: 8:30 pm

Where: Shelter – 1210 1st Street SE

Tickets: Online, $65 per person

Calgary Volunteer Fair

What: This one-day trade show will feature 60 local organizations and give you the opportunity to learn about the vast amount of volunteer opportunities that there are around our city!

When: Tuesday, October 2

Time: 11 am to 3 pm

Where: Kerby Centre – 1133 7th Avenue SW

Admission: FREE

Wander through the New Horizon Mall

What: The New Horizon Mall out in Balzac has opened, and though there aren’t many stores to check out, there eerily empty halls and units make for quite the sight!

Wednesday, October 3

Hunt down some fall photos

What: Fall is the perfect time to hone your photography skills, as it’s not too hot to haul around a DSLR, but it’s not too cold to work your fingers while outdoors. Plus the amazing colours and lighting from overcast skies make for some amazing sights — though we’d wait for a dry day if it’s raining! Here are some of the best spots around the city for getting that ‘gram game locked down.

Dust off your road bike

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It’s not winter quite yet! Get in those last bike rides of the season before the snow comes and hides all of Calgary’s great bike paths.

Take a mid-week hike

What: It’s officially larch season (it’s a type of tree). Grab your cameras and hiking gear and head up to the mountains to spend the day reconnecting with nature in the great outdoors and enjoy the picturesque fall views from the top.

Where: Here are some of the best hiking spots in and around Banff to check out this summer and fall.

Relax at the new Kananaskis Nordic Spa

What: Looking for a quick escape from the everyday grind? This brand new spa combines the tranquil rejuvenation of a traditional Nordic Spa and the Alpine stillness of the Canadian Rockies.

When: Open 7 days a week

Time: 7 to 9 pm

Where: 1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis

Cost: $70

Explore somewhere spooky

What: There are a whole bunch of allegedly haunted places around Alberta to check out, with more than a few sitting right here in Calgary! Take a look at our list of haunts and explore them yourself… If you dare!

Thursday, October 4

Free First Thursday

What: Explore the Glenbow at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month. They are launching some neat new exhibitions this month that you won’t want to miss out on.

When: Thursday, October 4

Time: 5 pm to close

Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE

Admission: Free

Teatro’s Alumni Dinner

What: Join alumni chefs and sommeliers of Teatro for a special night featuring signature experience, showcasing the best of Teatro then and now!

When: Thursday, October 4

Time: 6:30 to 11:30 pm

Where: Teatro Ristorante – 200 8th Avenue SE

Tickets: Online, $250

Uncorked: Wines of the World

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What: Learn about wines from three notable wine regions of the world while you experience the elevated lifestyle and amenities firsthand at Sanderson Ridge, a premier living community for adults 40+.

When: Thursday, October 4

Time: 5 to 8 pm

Where: Sanderson Ridge – 2330 Fish Creek Boulevard

Tickets: FREE

Go on a Clue Solving Adventure with Mystery Towns

What: Looking for a way to switch up date night or a new activity to keep the family busy? Check out Mystery Towns and enjoy an exciting mystery-filled adventure. Instantly accessible via clues to your smartphone, each Mystery Towns adventure combines the fun of a scavenger hunt, the puzzles of an escape room, and the challenge of an Amazing Race. This is the perfect way to discover a new city or hidden gems you never knew of in your own hometown. Good luck!

Where: Currently available in both Calgary, Canmore, and Edmonton and soon to be available in Banff.

Register: Online, $49 to $99

Go on a road trip

What: Head out for a day trip and explore one of the many amazing spots that surround Calgary! Our city is positioned perfectly between the badlands, prairies, foothills, and the Rockies, which leaves a ton of options for a quick day trip that is no more than a two-hour drive away. Check out some ideal spots here!

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