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25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: November 16 to 18

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Daniel Chai Nov 16, 2018 5:00 am

Fill your weekend with our picks of 25 fun events happening in Calgary from Friday, November 16, Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18. Disney On Ice, Holiday Markets, and more.

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Disney On Ice: “Dare to Dream”

What: The ever-popular production will feature Mickey and Minnie Mouse as hosts, as well as characters from Disney’s Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled, Cinderella, and many more. And of course, what would a Disney show be without a sing-a-long to go with some mesmerizing skating performances? In addition to the main show, a sing-a-long with Miguel from Disney Pixar’s Coco will take place prior to each show.

When: Now to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Stampede Corral – Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Night Market: Holiday Market 2018

What: On each Friday of November, search for the perfect gift at this Holiday Night Market. Shop at over 40 local vendors with amazing handmade products, plus enjoy live entertainment and a DJ.

When: Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW
Admission: Free

Studio Bell After Hours: TONTO Edition ft. A Tribe Called Red

What: NMC’s popular late-night series returns with special headlining performances by A Tribe Called Red, Smalltown DJs and DjHeather, as well as selections from DJ and Chapel Sound co-founder Which Nancy Calgary break-beatsmith DJ MollyFi and Berlin’s Siofra McComb of !K7 Records. The night will also include pop-up bars and bites, a lecture on music and psychedelics, AEMCON Marketplace, an electronic music culture and industry trade show with over a dozen vendors, on Studio Bell’s main floor, and more.

When: Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 9 pm to 1 am
Where: National Music Centre 850 – 4 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $32-$40. Alberta Electronic Music Conference pass-holders receive free entry to this event

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

Promoted by Telus, the market comes with both indoor and outdoor attractions. Enjoy over 300 vendors showcasing world-imported items and hand-crafted gifts, as well as great food and live entertainment, such as shows and choir presentations.

When: Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18, 2018; Friday, November 23 to Sunday, November 25, 2018; Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2, 2018.
Time: Friday: 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
Admission: $10 online, $12 at the gate, $72 multi-entry pass. Seniors (+65) and child (-12) are admitted free

Tasting Scotch 2018

What: Audience members are blindfolded, and led into the venue where they experience an intimate scotch tasting that mingles live performance, immersive sound design and a specially designed tactile tasting mat that engages the audiences’ sense of touch. And of course, there are some incredible scotches, each chosen for their unique taste and geographic profile. Tasting Scotch is part of the Six Senses Series by Ghost River Theatre.

When: Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Last Best Brewing & Distilling – 607 11 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $125

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Santa Claus Parade Day

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What: There is no better way to kick off the holiday season than 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 17, 2018
Time: 10 am to 6:30 pm
Where: Banff Train Station (Photos with Santa), Banff Avenue (Santa Claus Parade)
Admission: Free for the parade, $10 for a photo with Santa

RenBREW Fest

What: Sample eight local breweries at the Renfrew Community Association, and enjoy live music and great eats. Plus get to know representatives of the breweries all under one roof. Ticket price includes a souvenir glass for tastings.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Renfrew Community Centre – 811 Radford Road Northeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market 

What: Back for the 23rd year, this edition includes 85 vendors selling nearly anything you could be looking for; furniture, body products, clothes, jewellery, food, and much more. All proceeds from the market support Canmore Preschool Society.

When: Saturday, November 17 to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Canmore Collegiate High School — 1800 8th Avenue
Admission: $3

TONTO Week: Phantom of the Paradise screening

What: See the 1974 Brian DePalma horror-musical, Phantom of the Paradise, which immortalized TONTO after it was featured (as the “electronic room”). Though the film was a flop virtually everywhere after its initial release, it was a hit in two places: Paris (Daft Punk is said to have met at a screening in the City of Light) and Winnipeg, where it maintains a rabid cult following to this day.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, showtime at 7 pm
Where: National Music Centre – 850 – 4 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Bragg Creek Artisans Christmas Sale

What: The Bragg Creek Artisans Christmas Sale has become a tradition! They’re back for their 41st edition and this year’s market comes with 65 artists showcasing their work, including pottery, jewellery, fibre arts, woodwork, paintings, country crafts, and much more!

When: Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Bragg Creek Centre — 23 White Avenue, Bragg Creek
Admission: Free

OK Go

What: OK Go will perform their songs live and in sync with 20 of their iconic videos, pausing for question/answer sessions with the crowd and special performances. See them perform on handbells, and join in the high-tech interactive piece performed by the audience.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $60-$100

Mahogany Christmas Market

What: Join local vendors and artisans and get your shopping list done. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a gift bag with coupons and offers from local businesses. There will be musical performances, photography sessions, and face painting for kids.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Mahogany Beach Club — 29th Masters Park SE
Admission: Free, non-perishable food donation accepted

Calgary Flames

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What: It’s an NHL Battle of Alberta when Calgary Flames face off with the Edmonton Oilers.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Roméo & Juliette by Charles Gounod

What: Gounod’s musical retelling of Shakespeare’s most loved tragedy captures all the drama and the passion of this timeless story of young love in a production featuring new ballet choreography by Alberta Ballet’s Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître and performed by professional dancers and students from Alberta Ballet. Performed in the original French with English titles.

When: Saturday, November 17, Wednesday, November 21 and Friday, November 23, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 1415 14th Ave. NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calgary Mountain Film Festival Movies & Special Guest

What: Calgary Mountain Film Festival presents an evening of adventure reels, including The Nahanni Whisperer, Forever, Uruca II – Bugaboos Edition, A Higher Crawling and Return to Mount Kennedy. Eric Becker, producer of A Higher Crawling and Return to Mount Kennedy, is the special guest.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: Doors 4:15 pm, showtime at 5 pm
Where: Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Road N.W., Calgary
Tickets: Online, $19.95

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Calgary Stampeders vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers: CFL Western Final

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What: Grab your jersey and head down to McMahon Stadium to cheer on the Calgary Stampeders versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Western Final

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: Kickoff 2:30 pm
Where: McMahon Stadium — 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Snowga

What: This event will feature a 45-minute outdoor yoga class followed by treats and hot drinks. Snazzy 80’s snowsuits – complements of One Piece Ski Suit Rentals – will also be available to wear if you’d really like to stand out. The fundraiser will be to support Calgary’s Inn from the Cold program.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 2 to 3 pm
Where: LIV Yoga+Wellness – Suite 110, 840 6th Ave SW, Calgary
Registration: Online

Cochrane RancheHouse Christmas Market

With over 100 vendors participating, this market is the right one if you’re looking for not only arts and crafts but also home furnishing, decorations, clothes, photography, and more. Food bank donations are welcome.

When: November 18, 2018
Time: 10 am 4 pm
Where: Cochrane RancheHouse — 101 RancheHouse Road
Admission: $3

32nd Annual Art Market

What: Featuring over 200 professional artists from across Canada, this market features everything from vibrant jewellery, timeless home furnishing, seasonal decor, custom clothing and more.

When: Now to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Calgary Telus Convention Centre – 136 8 Avenue SE
Tickets: Online, $8-$12. Children 12 and under free with an adult

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival has been sharing human rights, environmental, and socially significant documentary films since 2006. Screenings include post-show discussions with local and international artists and experts, and opportunities to interact and connect with community, no matter how you define it.

When: Now to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Admission: Free

Femme Wave

What: A feminist arts festival working to create an integrated, encouraging arts scene by providing opportunities for women and non-binary artists. Featuring film, comedy, visual arts, music, spoken word, workshops and more.

When: Now to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

J.S. Bach & Sons: The Milan Bach

What: This program brings together the brilliance of  Bach the father, with the exuberance of his youngest son Johann Christian. You’ll hear three JS Bach gems contrasted with the passionate Gloria in Excelsis Deo by Johann Christian. Calgary Bach Choir will be accompanied by the professional chamber orchestra and joined by operatic soloists Jonquil Koddo, Jillian Bonner, Jason Ragan and Aaron Dimoff.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 3 pm
Where: Knox United Church – 506, 4th St. SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20, free for children and students

Radio Hour

What: CBC radio personality Katherine Duncan hosts Radio Hour with musicians Nan Hughes, mezzo-soprano, Beth Root Sandvoss, cello and Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano. The programme takes the listener through the playful and capricious sounds of Debussy, the lyric expressions of Schumann, and Janáček’s Fairy-tales, with humour, intrigue and sophistication. Katherine Duncan will intersperse entertaining anecdotes about the featured composers throughout the programme.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Where: St. Stephen’s Anglican Church – 1121 14 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Sharon, Bram & Friends – The Farewell Tour

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What: 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of One Elephant, Deux Elephant, the ground-breaking and career-producing first album of Sharon, Lois and Bram. To celebrate this anniversary, Sharon and Bram wish to introduce to their music to a fourth generation of fans. A Sharon and Bram show is a sing-along concert for the entire family, featuring such well-loved favourites as “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”, “Five Little Monkeys”, “One Elephant”, “Tingalayo”, and, of course, “Skinnamarink”.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $27-$48

Master Class for Families

What: An afternoon of family fun at the Esker Foundation gallery. Every month delves into new mediums with art projects that relate to current exhibitions. This is an educational, energetic, hands-on program for kids ages 5-10. An adult is required to stay for the duration of the workshop. All materials will be provided.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Where: Esker Foundation 4th floor – 1011 9th Ave Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, free

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Daniel Chai
Daniel Chai is a writer and actor based in Vancouver, BC.

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