11 things to do in Calgary this weekend: November 20 to 22

Nov 20 2020, 9:15 am

Albertans are encouraged to maintain proper physical distancing, wear a mask when out in public, maintain proper hand hygiene, and stay home if they are feeling at all sick.

Things are warming up in Calgary this weekend.

With The Weather Network forecasting some sunny skies, the next few days make for the perfect chance to get outside before the real winter hits.

Here are a few fun events and activities you can do this weekend — all while safely physically distancing!

Go Skiing at Mount Norquay

While it may have meant an early end to fall, the snowfall Alberta has seen over the past week hasn’t been all bad.

The early arrival of winter has also meant that Alberta’s local ski hills have been seeing plenty of the white stuff, so much so that Mount Norquay has opened early this season.

Granary Road Chocolate Fest

Granary Road Chocolate Festival

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From November 21 to 22, Granary Road’s delightful, delicious, and delectable chocolate-filled festival is happening in Calgary, and it’s guaranteed to be a hit with chocolate lovers of all ages.

There will be tons of events and DIY experiences for sweet lovers, but be sure to pre-register before heading to the festival.

When: November 21 to 22 from 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Granary Road — 226066 112 Street W, Foothills County
Price: FREE

Black-Owned Market Virtual Event 2020

Calgary’s immensely popular Black-Owned Market is planning a second event this month just in time for the holidays.

The first iteration of the market was hosted over the summer and saw lines of people going down the block to partake.

This weekend’s edition will be held virtually, according to a post on the organization’s Instagram page.

When: Friday, November 20 to Sunday, November 22
Where: Online

Inglewood Night Market Holiday Edition 2020

The Inglewood Night Market has been bringing some holiday cheer to the neighbourhood this November.

The popular night market hosted its last summer edition in September and has since held two holiday markets over the past few weekends.

Given that Calgary’s weather has begun to take a turn for the cold, organizers have moved the market’s winter edition into the retail space below the South Bank apartment complex.

When: November 20 and 27
Time: Two-hour blocks from 3 to 11 pm
Where: 880 9th Street SE
Tickets: $5, available online, must be pre-purchased

ZooLights 2020

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Zoolights (erikasmind/Instagram)

One of Calgary’s most festive events is on its way back this holiday season.

Zoolights, presented by Olympia Trust Company, is returning to the Calgary Zoo for its 24th year.

The zoo will be transformed into a magical wonderland with 2 million twinkling lights from November 20, 2020, to January 3, 2021 (excluding December 25), for seven weeks of family-friendly fun that gives back to animal conservation.

When: November 20, 2020, to January 3, 2021
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: The Calgary Zoo — 210 St. George’s Drive NE
Tickets: Available online, 20

Go sledding on a City of Calgary approved hill

Winter is still a month away, but someone must have forgotten to tell Mother Nature because Calgary has already seen quite a bit of snow over the past week.

While YYC may be going through its usual freeze, snow, thaw routine at the moment, it’s only a matter of time before the white stuff is here to stay for good. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as the snow covering actually lends the opportunity for anyone looking to slip and slide down some hills.

Calgary actually has a bylaw in effect, stopping would-be tobogganers from sliding down any hills that haven’t been officially given the green light, but lucky for us, there are quite a few on that list.

Taste of 17th food festival

A new 10-day food festival is kicking off in Calgary tomorrow. Taste of 17th will be starting November 20 and running until November 29.

The inaugural foodie celebration from Calgary’s 17th Ave BIA will offer patrons special offerings from participating restaurants and food establishments in the neighbourhood.

Eateries will be serving up exclusive three-course meals, a killer promo, or a brand new meal or appetizer.

A list of participating restaurants can be found here.

Get your flu shot

It’s officially flu season.

Alberta Health Services has announced that the annual flu shot is now available throughout the province. Albertans are being encouraged to get immunized to protect both themselves and their at-risk neighbours.

According to the Alberta Health Services website, influenza immunization will be offered through AHS to children under five and their family or household members. However, the vaccine will need to be booked through an online tool that will become available as of October 13.

All other Albertans should contact their pharmacist or physician to arrange for their own free vaccinations.

Check Out High Park

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High Park parkade/Beltline Neighbourhood Association

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 Calgarians a space to check out (while safely physically distancing) at the tip-top of a six-storey parking garage.

Kick back and binge some Disney+

Stay indoors and stay safe this week by making some popcorn and having some Disney+ and Chill time.

Here are a few new releases worth checking out on the streaming giant this weekend.

Explore the city’s newest murals

This year’s BUMP Festival was slightly different due to pandemic 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.

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