17 things to do in Calgary this weekend: September 16 and 17

Sep 15 2017, 12:13 am

WARNING: This is the last weekend of summer 2017!

Don’t let it fly by sitting in bed—you can (and probably will) spend all winter doing just that.

Get out and enjoy a few of these awesome events this weekend—while you still can.

Rock the House Run

  • What: Run either 5K or 10K in support of Southern Alberta’s Ronald McDonald House Charity. It’s named “Calgary’s Favourite Family Run” for a reason!
  • Where: The race starts and ends at Market Mall – 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW
  • When: September 17
  • Cost: $15-$45

Market Collective: 9 Year Anniversary 

  • What: Market Collective is celebrating their 9th anniversary with a by hosting a large market full of new and old makers, artists and vendors from all over Alberta. There will also be various interactive art installations, along with food trucks, live music and more! Come celebrate 9 years of community building and the arts here in Calgary!
  • Where: The Yellow Warehouse in Inglewood – 1390 17th Avenue SE
  • When: September 15-17
  • Cost: $5 for the weekend (Kids under 12 are FREE)

Cheer on the Calgary Stampeders

Image: Calgary Stampeders / Facebook

  • What: Cheer on our Stamps as they make their way to the Grey Cup!
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
  • When: September 16 vs BC at 5 pm

Alberta Beer Girls at Zero Issue Brewing

  • What: You know it’s going to be a great event when it starts off with a beer flight! Learn the details on how exactly yeast is used in the brewing process as you make your way through a complete brewery tour with Christina Owczarek. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Calgary Women’s Shelter!
  • Where: Zero Issue Brewing – 4210 12 Street NE
  • When: September 16
  • Cost: $45

Grizzly Beer Festival

  • What: Calling all craft beer connoisseurs! For only $2 a drink ticket, sample various local brews from breweries across Alberta and BC. Some of the confirmed breweries thus far are Trolley 5 Brewpub, Grizzly Paw Brewing Co., Lonetree Cider, Labatt Brewing Co. and so many more! There is also a free shuttle available to take you to and from the village – now that’s an offer you can’t refuse!
  • Where: Bear’s Den Smokehouse and Patio – 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise
  • When: September 16
  • Cost: No cover – just $2 per drink ticket

Calgary Food Fest 2017

  • What: Eat for a good cause, sounds simple enough to us! This year’s second annual Food Fest will be supporting The Calgary Food Bank and She Rescue Homes with plans to increase the event’s impact and continue to make the world a better place.
  • Where: 11400 27 Street SE
  • When: September 16
  • Cost: FREE

Metal Festival

  • What: Calling all metalheads!
  • Where: Various locations around Calgary
  • When: September 17
  • Cost: TBA



Serpent Mother (Beakerhead/Facebook)

  • What: Everyone’s favourite interactive art show is back for another year of exciting scientific fun. Explore the city and visit the 14 different sites that are interconnected with a common theme, the ups and downs of the journey of invention. At each stop you can go two different directions. Who knows the where the route you choose will take you!
  • Where: Various locations around Calgary
  • When: September 13-17
  • Cost: Varies per location

East Side Studio Crawl

  • What: Calling all art lovers, young and old! Come on the 14th annual Art Crawl through 5 different galleries in Inglewood and Ramsey that features over 80 different local artists.
  • Where:
  • Burns Visual Arts Society – 828 24 Avenue SE
  • Jeff De Boer, Sculpter – Bay 3, 1701 11 Street SE
  • Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guilde – 1139 11 Street SE
  • Artpoint Gallery and Studio – 1139 11 Street SE
  • Studio 4 Painteres 1439 10 Avenue SE
  • When: September 16
  • Cost: FREE

Summer Social

  • What: A giant end of summer party at Southcentre Mall, with food trucks on site, the Bass Bus, and a giant screen projecting The Avengers to end the summer off right.
  • Where: Southcentre Mall southeast parking lot – 100 Anderson Road SE
  • When: Saturday, September 16
  • Time: Doors at noon, movie at 8 pm
  • Cost: $5 per person, $15 for family (Up to 6 people)

Take a float down the Bow River

Image: Man floating on a tune / Shutterstock

  • What: Bid summer adieu with a final float and admire the beautiful views that are beginning to change colour along the banks of the Bow!
  • Tips: Make sure that you have enough life jackets for your entire group, book your raft ahead of time, park a vehicle at the beginning and the end of your route and check weather advisories before heading out.
  • WhereLazy Day Raft RentalsSports RentThe Paddle Station and the Outdoor Centre at the University of Calgary

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.
  • Where: Here are some of the best hiking spots in and around Banff to check out this summer.

The September Shindig Fundraiser

  • What: Live a night in the Wild West at heritage Park’s biggest celebration, complete with a rodeo, silent auction, and rides.
  • When: Saturday, September 16
  • Time: 5 pm to midnight
  • Where: Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Admission: $250

Go on a cemetery tour


Li-HSI Ho/Shutterstock

  • What: Free, volunteer led tours of Calgary’s historically significant cemeteries.
  • When: Every Sunday until October 29
  • Time: 2 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Union Cemetery – Meet at Galloway House inside the Union Cemetery gate at Spiller Road and Cemetery Road SE
  • Admission: Free!

Calgary Terry Fox Run

  • What: Join in on the annual Terry Fox run to honour a Canadian hero and continue his journey of raising money for cancer research.
  • When: Sunday, September 17
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: 220 St Georges Drive NE
  • Admission: Free, but contributions are welcome

Savour 17 Ave SW: walking tour of RED mile (retail and entertainment district)

  • What: A tour guide will greet you at CIBO restaurant on 17th Avenue SW near the corner of 9th Street. From there head to Made by Marcus Micro Creamery, Ollia, Frenchie Wine Bar, Ox Bar de Tapas, and finally, finish at Anju Restaurant.
  • When: Saturday and Sundays from September 2 to November 26
  • Time: Noon to 3 pm
  • Where: Multiple venues, begin a Cibo, 1012 17 Ave SW
  • Admission: $115; buy online

Sunday Brunch and a Calgary Farmers’ Market Tour

  • What: Meet J. Webb Wine Merchants at The Calgary Farmers’ Market where you’ll receive a Yum Bakery pastry, Mediterranean salad, assortment of fruit, Analog coffee, and wine tasting. From there, stroll over to the farmer’s market and hear stories and experience tastings at ten different market vendors
  • When: Sundays from September 3 to November 26
  • Time: 10:30 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market, 510 77 Street SE
  • Admission: $45; buy online
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