18 things to do in Calgary this weekend: November 17 to 19

Nov 17 2017, 5:20 am

It might not be another long weekend this time around, but that just means you need to make every moment count!

Use that time off wisely by checking out any of these awesome Calgary events.

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Friday, November 17

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

  • What: Buy local this Holiday season and get a head start on your shopping!
  • When: November 17 to November 19
  • Time:
    • Friday: 10 am to 8 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm
    • Sunday: 10 am to  5 pm
  • Where: 19011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
  • Tickets:$12, purchase online and get $2 off

Calgary Night Market: Holiday Market 2017

  • What: On each Friday of November, shop for the perfect gift at this Holiday Night Market!
  • When: Friday, November 17
  • Time: 5 to 11 pm
  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
  • Admission: Free

Date Night at Workshop – Throw Clay like Swayze & Moore

  • What: Grab your significant other and join Anna-Lise Schmidt for a night of music, wine and, of course, clay throwing.
  • When: Friday, November 17
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Workshop Studios – 2501 Alyth Road SE, Calgary
  • TicketsOnline, $92 per person

Dinner + A Movie at Heritage Park

  • What: Watch Forrest Gump and enjoy a themed dinner, including Bubba Gump shrimp, braised BBQ beef ribs with peas and carrots, and, of course, a box of chocolates.
  • When: Friday, November 17
  • Time: 7:45 pm
  • Where: Gasoline Alley – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
  • TicketsOnline, $44.95 + GST per person (includes dinner + film), $8 (Film only)

Saturday, November 18

Bragg Creek Artisans Christmas Sale

  • What: Shop over 65 local artisans at the 40th annual Christmas Sale.
  • When: Saturday, November 18 to Sunday, November 19
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: 23 White Avenue, Bragg Creek
  • Admission: Free

Alora Boutique Holiday Party for the Mustard Seed

  • What: Join local jewelry maker Alora Boutique for an evening of holiday-themed drinks, jewelry, shopping and giving back to our community. Each ticket includes one free drink, a chance to create your own gratitude piece and the chance to shop the limited “Diane Collection.” Half of the proceeds from each ticket will go towards supporting the Mustard Seed to help Alberta’s less fortunate.
  • When: Saturday, November 18
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Raw Canvas – 100-1130 Kensington Road, Calgary
  • TicketsOnline, $30

Santa Claus Parade of Lights

  • What: There is no better way to kick off the holiday season then with a special appearance from Kris Kringle himself, aka Santa Claus. Come down early in the day for the opportunity to get your picture taken with Santa, verify your spot on the naughty or nice list, and make a Christmas wish. Then stick around for dusk, when Banff Avenue magically lights up with a procession of lively performers, colourful floats and, of course, the jolly ol’ man himself!
  • When: Saturday, November 18
  • Time: 10 am to 6:30 pm
  • Where: Photos at 327 Railway Ave, Banff; parade on Banff Avenue
  • Admission: Free

Canmore Cave Tours: Unearthed

  • What: The caves have a story to tell! Scoot, wiggle, crawl and slide into the heart of a mountain and enjoy a private, exclusive performance by The Raven and the Fox with 23 other visitors. This is a raw, unplugged, sensory experience that you won’t ever forget!
  • When: Saturday, November 18
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Meet at Canmore Cave Tours office (129 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore). Event is held in Rat’s Nest Cave in Grotto Mountain, five minutes from Canmore.
  • TicketsOnline, $130

Sunday, November 19

Cochrane Christmas Market

  • What: Shop over 70 local vendors and get a kick start on your holiday shopping this year.
  • When: Sunday, November 19
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Cochrane RancheHouse – 101 RancheHouse Road
  • Admission: $2

Watch the Calgary Stampeders Play the Western Final

  • What: Cheer on our Stamps as they make their way to the Grey Cup (fingers crossed).
  • When: November 19 vs TBD
  • Time: 2:30 pm
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
  • TicketTicketmaster, $25-$223

Barre and Brunch

  • What: Sweat it out in a 50-minute Barre class and then chow down, guilt-free on a delicious brunch buffet provided by Trolley. There will even be a $6 mimosa bar – we’re in!
  • When:  Sunday, November 19
  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Where: 728 17 Avenue SW, Calgary
  • TicketsOnline, $30

Relaxation Techniques for Busy Boss Babes

  • What: Calling all boss babes! Running into the busy season as a small business owner can only lead to a dreadful amount of stress. YYC Girl Gang has partnered up Your Mindful Collective to bring a workshop entirely dedicated to relaxation techniques. Kristen Layton will walk you through yoga asanas, breathing sequences, meditation, and more!
  • When: Sunday, November 19
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Abbatoir Studio – cSPACE Projects #135 – 1721 29 Avenue SW, Calgary
  • TicketsOnline, $28

Any Day of the Week

Shop Flannel Foxes at Greater Goods

  • What: This month’s pop up is insanely cozy! Flannel Foxes is a local brand that prides itself in producing clothing that is reminiscent of our home and native land, while also ensuring that all their products are designed, printed, sewn and knit on Canadian soil.
  • When: Wednesday, November 1 to 30
  • Time: 11 am to 6 pm (weekdays), 11 am to 5 pm (weekends)
  • Where: Greater Goods – 606 Merideth Road NE, Calgary

Rockies Run Collective

  • What: Join Lululemon every Saturday morning for a fun morning run through iconic mountain landscapes and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy town streets!
  • When: Every Saturday morning
  • Time: 9 am
  • Where: Lululemon Banff – 121 Banff Avenue, Banff
  • Admission: Free!

Experience the new and improved Brewster Banff Gondola

  • What: Head to the summit for a beautiful snowy 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 Mountain Avenue, Banff
  • Tickets: Adult $62, child $31

Festive Wagon Rides

  • What: Spend the afternoon sipping on a mug of hot cocoa as you tour around Banff in a snowy wagon ride with Banff Trail Riders! Be sure to dress accordingly.
  • When: Every Sunday between November 19 and December 17
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: The wagon leaves from the parking lot of the Whyte Museum – 111 Bear St, Banff
  • Admission: Free!

Kananaskis After Dark: Stargazing and Photography Tour

  • What: With an interpretive guide, take a moonlit walk through the forest and feast your eyes on the beauty of the Northern Lights and a sky full of stars, while sipping on steamy hot chocolate – it really doesn’t get much better than that. All photography levels welcome.
  • When: See the schedule here!
  • Where: Kananaskis Village Centre – 1 Mt. Sparrowhawk Crescent
  • TicketsOnline, $69

Hit the Slopes

  • What: Getting snow early this year means our mountainous backyard is waiting for us with a fluffy layer of the white stuff, perfect for winter sports and activities. Take advantage and get some shredding in during this great pre-season, or take your snowshoes for an adventure around one of the many picturesque lakes that the Rockies have to offer  – don’t forget to bring your camera!
  • Check the websites for SunshineMount Norquay and Lake Louise to see hours of operation and which trails are open!
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