Welcome to another gorgeous week in YYC!
The fall temperatures may be starting to cool off, but the October events are heating up as we get ever closer to the spookiest day of the year.
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Here are a few fun things to check out in Calgary this week:
Tuesday, October 13
A magical Alice in Wonderland dome dinner is happening in Calgary.
Foodies in the Park will be hosting a “Dine in Wonderland” experience brought to us by the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant and Great Events Catering.
This feast will welcome guests into translucent garden domes in Fish Creek Park. Attendees can expect enchanting decor and a menu inspired by Lewis Carroll’s novel.
When: October 1 to November 1, 2020
Where: Fish Creek Park
Price: $75 to $10; buy online
Talk about a picnic with a view.
Calgary’s newest park may not have the grass, trees, or ponds you’d come to expect from an outdoor public space, but what it lacks in nature it makes up for in colour, views, and originality.
High Park opened to the public this week, offering a space for Calgarians to check out (while safely physical distancing) at the tip top of a six-storey parking garage.
The spooky, scary, and downright startling day of Halloween is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to get into the spirit than by checking out some seriously haunted spots.
Luckily enough for you (though not for a few murder victims-turned ghosts, if the stories are to be believed), Alberta is full of allegedly haunted places that only the truly brave would dare venture into.
Check out our list of haunted places to check out in and around Calgary.
Wednesday, October 14
Someone decided to install a number of (quite professionally made) plaques on benches throughout the park, heralding made-up historical events such as where humans first invented fire in 1903, and the site of the first confirmed UFO sighting in Calgary.
After initially removing them, the city decided to reinstall them throughout the park after an outcry from the public.
Where: Throughout Bowmont Park
There are a few places around the city that are ideal for catching the leaves turn from green to orange to yellow, and we’ve thrown a list together to save you the hassle.
Plus, given that there’s some snow on the horizon, this might be one of your last chances to capture fall in Calgary before we start looking a little more like winter.
Thursday, October 15
Stunning new eatery Orchard Restaurant has opened its doors in Calgary.
The new concept is operating at 134, 610 – 10 Avenue SW, at the base of SODO, a luxury residential project.
Orchard Restaurant will offer patrons a modern Mediterranean dining experience and food with Asian flair from Chef Jenny Kang (Shokunin Izakaya, The Bow Valley Ranch).
Check out the menus for lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks, and be sure to make a reservation to dine here.
Address: 134, 610 – 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
This year’s BUMP Festival was a little different than usual due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that didn’t stop over a dozen artists from turning some of downtown Calgary’s exposed walls into works of art.
A total of 20 murals were completed this past September as part of the project, bringing BUMP’s lifetime total to over 50 since it began back in 2017.
The organization also noted in a release that over 5,000 people had downloaded their self-guided walking tours showcasing murals new and old, a significant increase over the 500 or so guided mural tour participants from 2019.
There are plenty of great pumpkin patches in or around Calgary where you’ll be able to find that perfect pre-Jack-o’-lantern! The Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm is open this weekend, and admission is just $18.
When: Open Thursdays through Sundays
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm — 284022 Township Road 224
Tickets: Free for kids two and under, $18 for adults, youth and senior discounts available online
Friday, October 16
Prepare to be really, really, really scared.
Cobb’s Corn Maze is bringing Field of Screams to Calgary.
For October 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31, Cobb’s Corn Maze will feature six different haunted houses and a long list of spooky activities.
When: Weekends from October 5 to 31
Time: 6 to 10 pm, tickets will be fore specific time slots
Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze — 1500 84th Street NE
Tickets: Available online, $26
Alberta’s Aspen Crossing Railway company is taking fear to a new level this Halloween with its annual Train of Terror.
The “scariest train haunt in Canada” is an interactive, hour-and-a-half-long experience, featuring haunted railway cars and disturbing entertainment.
A beautiful fall train tour turns nasty as
victims participants will make their way through two haunts: one on the train, and one at the station prior to boarding.
Where: Aspen Crossing — Highway #24, Mossleigh, Alberta
When: Fridays and Saturdays, as well as select Thursdays and Sundays later in the month. The full schedule can be found here
Time: 6:30 and 8 pm each night
Tickets: Available online, $76.60