9 things to do in Calgary this weekend: October 16 to 18

Oct 16 2020, 11:09 am

This post-Thanksgiving weekend presents the perfect opportunity to kick off the Halloween celebrations.

Whether its scaring yourself silly at a haunted house, picking out the perfect pumpkin, or simply exploring some of the city’s newest, coolest spots, we’ve got some suggestions to jump start your weekend plans.

Field of Screams 2020

Cobb’s Corn Maze is bringing Field of Screams to Calgary starting this Friday.

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

Greta Bar Mario Kart Open 2020

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Greta Bar has announced that they’re hosting a Mario Kart Open this weekend, and the driver who walks away with the highest score will be doing so $500 richer.

When: Saturday, October 15
Time: 4 to 7 pm
Where: Greta Bar — 213 10th Street SW
Admissions: $20, register online

Fiver Fridays at TELUS Spark

Fiver Friday’s are back at TELUS Spark.

One of Calgary’s coolest places to check out science experiments is now offering discounted tickets for adults hoping to spend their Friday night at the Spark.

When: Fridays September 25, October 2, October 9, and October 16
Time: From 5 to 7 pm or 7 to 9 pm
Where: TELUS Spark
Tickets: $5, available online

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

Kick back and binge some Netflix

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

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

Hunt down all of the prank plaques at Bowmont Park

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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

Train of Terror 2020

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

Explore the city’s newest murals

This year’s BUMP Festival was a little different than usual 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.

Hit up a pumpkin patch

Courtesy of Dixie Orchards

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

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