The band-aid has been ripped off — the first week of school is officially over and you can finally begin to get into a fall routine.
This is the perfect week to grab a drink and enjoy the last of the summer rays on a patio, shop local at the night market, hit up an art exhibit, or head out to the mountains and enjoy the marvellous fall colours!
We have rounded up 18 of the best things to do this week with the whole family. Have fun!
- These are the last few Adults Only Nights to check out at Telus Spark
- Calgary Farmers' Market expanding to second location near WinSport
- Get lost on the perfect fall date at these corn mazes around Calgary
Monday, September 10
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.
Where: Currently available in both Calgary, Canmore, and Edmonton (as of September 2018) and soon to be available in Banff.
Register: Online, $49 to $99
What: In collaboration with Beakerhead, there is now a 16 ft-tall dung beetle sculpture in the middle of the Inner Circle. The sculpture was created by Alberta native Max Streicher and encourages visitors to interact with the piece as art, science, and engineering fuse together. This is an exciting sneak peek of what Beakerhead has in store for this year.
When: Until September 14
Time: Regular mall hours
Where: Southcentre Mall, The Inner Circle – 100 Anderson Road SE
What: Take a break from the heat and have an ice-cold bevy on one of Calgary’s best patios. From rooftops to hidden gardens, there are plenty of spots to choose from that will have the vibe and ambience you’re looking for. Check out some of Calgary’s best rooftop patios here.
What: The highly-anticipated King Eddy is finally (and permanently) re-opened. The revitalized King Edward Hotel was built way back in 1905, so to say this spot is legendary would be an understatement. Patrons can expect a regular lineup of talented musicians at this spot, along with a menu of killer grub and drinks. Don’t forget about their incredible rooftop.
Monday to Wednesday: 11 am to 10 pm
Thursday and Friday: 11 am to 2 am
Saturday: 9 am to 2 am
Sunday: 9 am to 10 pm
Where: 438 9th Avenue SE
Tuesday, September 11
What: Adventure Hub is a bonafide collective that has joined forces to give you unforgettable adventures in the Rocky Mountains. From horseback riding to cave tours to river rafting and much more. In the mood for adventure? Take your pick.
Where: In and around Banff and Canmore
What: You might recognize her colourful works from the walls of many local Calgary businesses. On Friday, August 24 Jill Paddock kicked off her very first solo art show. Throughout the month you’ll be able to purchase unframed art, notebooks, t-shirts, and even a few minimal nude art pieces that she’s so well known for. Come down and celebrate her all month long as she kicks off this incredible milestone in her artistic career.
When: August 22 to October 1
Time: 6:30 am to 9 pm
Where: Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters – 2207 4th Street SW
What: We don’t know about you, but we’ll get more excited over Fall macaron flavours than a PSL any day. Chai Latte, Mocha, Pumpkin Spice, and Sweet Potato Marshmallow – good-bye summer bod! A little birdie also told us you can now order macarons via Door Dash, so you don’t even have to leave your house to get them.
When: Available until the end of October
Where: Ollia Macaron and Tea – 810C 16th Avenue SW
Get lost in a corn maze
What: There is no better way to welcome fall then heading out to one of Calgary’s many corn mazes and enjoying a fun-filled farm adventure. You can’t miss the “Outback Adventure” design at Cobbs Adventure park, along with the Kangaroo Petting Zoo, tractor rides, ropes course, and more.
What: Come out to see some seriously awesome works of art at one of Calgary’s favourite cultural centres.
Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master – June 16 to September 9
One New Work Gwenessa Lam: Who Magic – June 16 to September 9
Recent Acquisitions 2018 – June 30 to December 9
The Artist’s Mirror: Self Portraits – March 10 to January 2019
Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE
Cost: Regular admission to the museum
Wednesday, September 12
What: Come out and play a round at Elbow Springs Golf Club to help raise money towards cutting-edge MS research and programs and services for people living with the disease. Your ticket covers breakfast, 18-holes of golf, a tee gift, dinner, and after golf program.
When: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 8 am (Shotgun is at 9 am)
Where: Elbow Springs Golf Club – 240086 Lott Creek Drive
What: In 2017 Marc Ange’s ‘Le Refuge’ was the most Instagrammed installation at Milan fashion week 2017 and it’s now coming to Calgary! This installation has since made appearances in Miami and Los Angeles and we could not be more excited to be its next stop.
When: September 12 to 26
Time: 9 am to 9 pm
Where: CF Market Mall – 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW
What: If you haven’t seen Frank’s new work “Be a Little Kinder” or “Little Changes” we highly recommend checking it out.
When: Wednesday, September 12
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: MacEwan Hall – 2500 University Drive NW
Tickets: Online, $20 to $44.50
What: Grab your weekly haul of delicious produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, preserves, florals, and more, all grown and produced on farms right here in Alberta. You can enjoy live entertainment and other fun activities happening at this quaint community farmers’ market. The market will go on rain or shine, so come prepared.
When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 1320 5th Avenue NW
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.
Thursday, September 13
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. For the month of September, prepare for a deep slumber by hitting up the spa after an adventure-packed day in K-Country. Until September 30, when you stay at the new Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, you can enjoy full access to the spa from 7 to 9 pm for only $35 per person. No pre-appointment necessary.
When: September 1 to 30
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: 1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis
What: Hacking is the art of making something the way you want it and exactly what humans have been doing since the beginning. Why not try this in your own life with your mood? Come and find out how at this month’s Adult Only Night at Telus Spark.
When: Thursday, September 13
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
Cost: Online, $26
What: Check out Sam Smith as he performs live at the biggest stage in Calgary.
When: Thursday, September 13
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Ticketmaster, $45 to $143
What: The 90s are back and stronger than ever! Who else has Barbie Girl on repeat.
When: Thursday, September 13
Time: 8 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW