14 things to do in Calgary this weekend: September 28 to 30

Sep 21 2018, 4:49 pm

We’ve finally made it back to the weekend, which means that the next few days make for the perfect opportunities to get out and enjoy this crisp fall weather!

Attend a sporting event, grab a bite to eat, or simply take in the beauty of our city by heading out into town and checking out any of these great events.


Friday, September 28

Calgary International Film Festival

What: Check out over 200 films over the course of 12 days at the highly-anticipated CIFF — you may just find a new favourite film. Throughout the festival experience gala events, special screenings, up-close-and-personal presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 30, 2018

Where: Locations and schedule can be found here

Admission: Available online, full festival pass $350, or $16 for one showing. Bundle passes are available as well

YYC Pizza Week

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What: Get in on the YYC Pizza Week fun by picking up your pizza passport at participating restaurants and get it stamped every time you eat a YYC Pizza Week pizza for the opportunity to win prizes. It’s time to grab some za!

When: Friday, September 21, to Sunday, September 30, 2018

Where: Participating restaurants around the city

Cost: Pizzas tend to go for around $20 to $25

Jill Paddock Art Exhibition

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

Admission: FREE

Etsy: Made in Canada

What: Now is your chance to shop your favourite YYC Etsy shops (110+) in the flesh at this two-day market. Shop the Sneak Peek event on Friday and get a chance to check out all the different vendors before everything is picked over by the general public on Saturday.
When: September 28 to 29
Friday: 5 to 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Genesis Centre – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE

Cost: Friday tickets can be purchased in advance online ($8), for Saturday it’s $5 at the door. Kids 12 and under are FREE.

Watch the Calgary Stampeders play the Toronto Argonauts

What: Grab your jersey and head down to McMahon Stadium for a tailgate and a chance to cheer on the Calgary Stampeders.

When: Friday, September 28
Time: 7 pm
Where: McMahon Stadium — 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Ticketmaster, $37 to $151

Saturday, September 29

Explore the city on a Mystery Town adventure

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. Good luck!

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

Watch the Calgary Hitmen play the Edmonton Oil Kings

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Calgary Hitmen (Hitmen/twitter)

What: The Hitmen are always known for raising the bar and putting their all into every game. Come cheer them on and wish them luck in the 2018/19 season!

When: Saturday, September 29

Time: 7 pm

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $13 to $31

Parkluxe 2018 presented by Bankers Hall

What: Calling all fashionistas! Enjoy this luxury art and fashion show featuring some of Canada’s best high-end fashion designers and artists. Come and celebrate the Canadian fashion industry at one of Calgary’s best, most exquisite fashion event of the year. Stay tuned for a fun release of designers that you can expect at the show.

When: Saturday, September 29
Time: 7 to 11:30 pm
Where: Brookfield Place, Downton Calgary – 225 6th Avenue SW
Tickets: Online, $75 to $300

Stay cozy at Calgary’s best art museum

What: Come out to see some seriously awesome works of art at one of Calgary’s favourite cultural centres.

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

Sunday, September 30

17th Avenue Block Party

What: Head out to 17th Avenue to enjoy free food, giveaways, and music from the BassBus during this neighbour’s block party hosted by Nest and Matrix.

When: Sunday, September 30
Where: 124 17th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

Watch the Calgary Hitmen play the Red Deer Rebels

What: The Hitmen are always known for raising the bar and putting their all into every game. Come cheer them on and wish them luck in the 2018/19 season!

When: Sunday, September 30

Time: 4 pm

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE

Tickets: Ticketmaster, $19 to $20

Play a Round at Alberta’s most picturesque golf course

What: After five long years following the 2013 flood, Kananaskis Country Golf Course has officially re-opened and back to a full 36-hole facility. Their first season is well underway, and there is merely a month left to check out this world-class course. Play a round on either Mt. Lorette or Mt. Kidd, or simply check out the view from their patio after a day of adventuring in K-Country. The views certainly won’t disappoint!

Where: #1 Lorette Drive, Kananaskis Alberta

Get lost in a corn maze

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Couple in corn maze (freshlyjasmine/Instagram)

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.

Where: Cobb’s Adventure Park and Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm

Go hiking in the Rockies

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.

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