27 things to do in Calgary this week: October 23 to 29

Oct 21 2017, 5:04 am

One last week before it’s officially November, and there’s no pretending it’s still anything close to summer once Halloween has come and gone.

Enjoy the warmth while you can, and check out any of these great events this week!

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Monday, October 23

Dance Class Marathon 

  • What: Come move with DJD for eight hours of fun and dance at their 24 Annual Dance Class Marathon. All dance levels and ages (13+) welcome to participate and choose from 23 different classes to fill up your day. All of the proceeds from the event will go towards the new DJD Dance Centre and help them reach 100% of their $26M goal.
  • When: Monday, October 23
  • Time: Starts at 9:30 am
  • Where: 111 12 Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $80 – Full Marathon, $60 – Half Marathon, $40- 5K (2 classes)

Tuesday, October 24

Hospital of Horror Virtual Reality

  • What: Who knows what will jump out at you in the virtual reality haunted house.
  • When: Select nights throughout October
  • Time: Multiple times throughout the evening
  • Where: SmartyPantz Escape Rooms –1601-14 Street SW
  • Tickets: Online, $20 per person for bookings up to October 15, then $25 per person afterwards.

Taco Tuesdays

  • What: Half off tacos every Tuesday at Blanco Cantina on 17th Avenue.
  • When: Tuesdays
    All day and night
  • Where: Blanco – 723 17th Avenue SW
  • Cost: Half off tacos, $12 trashcans

Buck a shuck Tuesdays

  • What: One dollar oysters all day at National, along with 3 for $7 tacos.
  • When: Tuesdays
  • Time: All day
  • Where: National – 550 17th Avenue SW
  • Cost:  $1 per oyster, $7 for 3 tacos

Wednesday, October 25

Games Night at Buttermilk Fine Waffles

  • What: Need a new date night idea? How about board games and waffles!
  • When: Every Wednesday
  • Where: Buttermilk Fine Waffles – 330 17 Avenue SW
  • Cost: $5 waffles, games are free to play

Thursday, October 26

National Arts Centre Orchestra Reflected

  • What: See our nation reflected in this Canada’s largest orchestral production using music, photography, motion picture and 3D immersion. This piece is based on the inspiring lives of Nobel Prize-winner Alice Munro, anti-bullying advocate Amanda Todd, astronaut Roberta Bondar, and Mi’kmaw elder Rita Joe.
  • When: October 26
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$80

Ghouls’ Night Out!

  • What: Celebrate Halloween a little differently this year! In a safe and fun setting don’t miss out on the many ghostly encounters and freaky family fun to be had at Heritage Park this Halloween.
  • When: Thursday, October 26 to Sunday, October 29
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Tickets: Kids (13+) – $10.95, Kids (3-12) $6.95

Screamfest Adults Only Night

  • Adults only night, which means Calgary’s scariest haunted house will get even more terrifying.
  • When: Thursday, October 26
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Grandstand Building at Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, starting at $30

YYC Chic

  • What: Join Making Changes Association in a night filled with stunning fashion, live entertainment, an exciting silent auction, local pop-up shops and more! All of the proceeds will go to support the association fulfill their goal of helping over 2,300 women and teenage girls each year build confidence and find sustainable employment.
  • When: Thursday, October 26
  • Time: 5:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Civic on Third – 130 – 3 Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $80

Friday, October 27

Train of Terror

  • What: Test your tolerance for terror on this frightening locomotive.
  • Where: Aspen Crossing – Highway #24, Mossleigh, Alberta
  • When: Starts October 6, and runs Fridays and Saturdays through October 29, plus Sunday, October 29, Monday October 30, and Tuesday October 31
  • Time: Train leaves at 5, 7, and 9 pm
  • Tickets: Available at trainofterror.com, $66.60

Studio Bell After Hours Halloween party

  • What: Check out the Studio Bell After Hours this month in a costume and you may even win the contest!
  • When: Friday, October 27
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: Studio Bell – 850 4th Street SE
  • Admission: Online, $20, or $15.50 for students (18+)

Monster Mash Halloween Massive

  • What: Party it up on Halloween weekend with DJ Stickybuds bringing the tunes.
  • When: Friday, October 27
  • Time: Doors and show at 9 pm
  • Where: Marquee Beer Market & Stage – 4630 Macleod Trail South
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $28

Bust Loose Halloween Club Crawls

  • What: Whether you want to party it up on Friday night’s Boooze Cruise or Saturday’s Halloween Howler (or both!) Bust Loose is offering a party bus club crawl to take you to all the best haunts.
  • When: Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29
  • Time: 6 pm
  •  Where: Multiple bars around the city
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Flashlight Nights: Corn Maze in the Dark

  • What: Think navigating a corn maze in the daylight is hard? Think again!
  • When: Fridays and Saturdays beginning on September 22
  • Time: Open until 9 pm
  • Where: Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm – 284022 Township Road 224
  • Tickets: $13.50 per adult, $12.50 per child

Halloween Horror in the Cave 2017

  • What: Watch The Descent in Rats Nest Cave to get extra spooked!
  • When: Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28
  • Time: 6:30 pm on Friday, and 5 pm on Saturday. Whole experience lasts 5.5 hours, with three hours underground.
  • Where: Rat’s Nest Cave – 129 Bow Meadows Crescent #202, Canmore
  • Tickets: Online, $129. Note that caving is a strenuous activity, all cavers must have a good fitness level and wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Saturday, October 28

Field of Screams

  • What: Four haunted houses and a graveyard maze should frighten even the hardiest of attendees.
  • Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze – 1500 84th Street NE
  • When: October 28 and 29
  • Tickets: At Cobbscornmaze.com, $26

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

  • What: Experience the stories and tales of enthralling journeys, adventures and ground-breaking expeditions first-hand from authors, photographers, adventurers, and filmmakers from around the world.
  • When: Saturday, October 28  to Sunday, November 5
  • Where: Various locations around Banff. View full schedule here.
  • TicketsPrice varies depending on how many performances you see.

6th Annual Maker Faire Calgary 

  • What: From engineers to artists to scientists to makers, you will find all sorts at this grand market/ faire!
  • When: Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, October 29
  • Where: Spruce Meadows, Equi-Plex – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way
  • Tickets: Online, $24

Check out the Deerfoot City Rec Room

  • What: Cineplex just opened a Rec Room in Calgary, complete with two restaurants, a huge arcade, and a virtual reality room.
  • When: Every day
  • Time: Open at 11 am, closed at midnight on Sunday through Thursday, 1 am on Friday and Saturday. Adults only after 10 pm.
  • Where: Deerfoot City – 1108, 901 64th Avenue NE
  • Admission: Free!

Autumn Pumpkin Festival 

  • What: Celebrate fall in the most appropriate way possible! Every weekend in October you will have the opportunity explore the patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin to bring home, along with the Petting Zoo, Corn Maze, Fun Farm and more. Don’t miss The Great Pumpkin Explosion, where a pumpkin filled with candy is exploded daily!
  • When: Every Saturday and Sunday in October
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm – 284022 Township Road 224
  • Tickets: $13.95 (ages 3+)

Sunday, October 29

Gordon Lightfoot 

  • What: Gordon Lightfoot live and in concert.
  • When: October 29
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • Tickets: Online, $51-$63

Find the perfect pumpkin

  • What: Pick out the perfect pumpkin to turn into a Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween.
  • When: Sometime before October 31
  • Where: At one of Calgary’s pumpkin patches
  • Cost: Depends on the size of the pumpkin!

Sunday Brunch and Market Tour

  • What: Join the Calgary Farmers Market and Calgary Food Tours as they bring to you a very special Sunday brunch. You will have the opportunity to listen to 10 various Alberta ranchers as they explain what it takes to bring their products to the market, sample their produce and leave feeling inspired to fill your shopping bag with fresh goodies.
  • When: Every Sunday
  • Where: 510 – 77 Street SE – off Blackfoot Trail and close to Heritage Drive SE
  • TicketsOnline, $45

Any day of the week

Go hiking in the Rockies

  • What: It’s larch season! Grab your cameras and hiking gear and enjoy the picturesque fall views from the top of a mountain. If you haven’t checked out Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass then you must move it to the top of your bucket list. Be sure to be prepared to expect all sorts of weather patterns throughout the day.

Experience the new and improved Brewster 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.
  • Where: 100 Mountian Avenue, Banff
  • Tickets: Adult – $62, Child – $31

Rent a bike and go on a river adventure

  • What: Grab your squad, get yourself some wheels, and see the city from a different perspective.
  • Where: Rent bikes at these locations: The LiveryRath BicycleBike and Brew

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