25 things to do in Calgary this weekend: November 2 to 4

Oct 24 2018, 8:32 pm

The first weekend of November is here, and we’ve got the rundown on great events happening in Calgary! From New Central Library’s Lit Gala to Jack White, here are 25 things to do from Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4.

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

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Friday, November 2

Field of Crosses

What: At sunrise each morning from November 1 to November 11 members of the public are invited to attend a formal flag raising ceremony at the Field of Crosses.  where over 3,400 white crosses are displayed each year on November 1 and removed November 12. Each cross is inscribed with the name, rank, regiment, date of death and age at death of a Southern Alberta soldier killed in action. As part of these ceremonies local schools participate in the singing of our national anthem.  A special Remembrance Day ceremony will be held on November 11.

When: Now to Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: Remembrance Day ceremony at 10:30 am on November 11, flag raising ceremonies at sunrise and sunset.
Where: Memorial Drive between 3rd Street NW and Centre Street

New Central Library’s Lit Gala 2018

Tegan and Sara

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What: Juno Award-winning Tegan and Sara will be the keynote speakers at the Lit Gala, a fundraising event happening on November 2. Originally from Calgary, the artists will provide a local perspective in their speech, and will then play a short acoustic show for all those who attend. The Lit Gala will include additional performances, unique food, and engaging exhibits that will offer a different experience on every level of the brand new building. The money raised will be used to provide free access to innovation and creative thought leadership in the city.

When: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: Doors open at 7:30 pm
Where: New Central Library — 8th Avenue SE, Calgary. The Lit Gala entrance may be accessed via East Village (4th Street and 8th Avenue SE)
Tickets: Available online, $750

Festival of Crafts 2018

What: Meet and shop from over 230 of Canada’s most talented artists, makers and designers from coast-to-coast. Discover home décor, fashion, jewellery, visual art, children’s clothing and toys, artisanal food items, and many more unique works.

When: Now to Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre – Calgary Stampede Park – 20 Round Up Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, 17 years and under are free

Launch Pad Improv

What: The Kinkonauts players conquer new comedy frontiers with experimental formats.

When: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Lab – 922 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: $5 at the door

Calgary Hitmen vs Medicine Hat Tigers

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What: The Hitmen take the ice against Medicine Hat Tigers in WHL action at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Saturday, November 3

TEDxCalgary Navigators 2018

What: The navigators will lead the way through an eventful day of thought-provoking insights and stunning performances, while attendees will also have access to the participant engagement zone where they can discuss the ideas presented with other attendees. The entire event will be in for a musical treat from Notas de 4, a fusion of Flamenco, Latin American, and Canadian jazz music.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary — 206 University Court NW
Tickets: Available online, $55 to $75

Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks

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Calgary Flames / Twitter

What: The Flames face off with the Chicago Blackhawks at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
Tickets: Online

Fluid Fest

What: Come celebrate the vast spectrum of what dance can truly be! With performances, workshops, artist talks and happenings, you will surely leave inspired to connect, be curious, and be fluid.

When: Now to Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online, $125 Festival Pass

#LoveYYC Day

What: Tourism Calgary is urging everyone to get social and share why you #LoveYYC as they gear up for #LoveYYC Day on November 3. During this day various businesses around YYC will be hosting events and special offers, such as beer tastings, free admission to some of Calgary’s iconic historical spots and discounts on food at different spots around the city. Let’s celebrate how remarkable it is to be Calgarian!

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Where: Various spots around YYC
Admission: Free and discounted rates

Chestermere Christmas Craft Show

What: The 25th Annual Chestermere Christmas Artisan Show features local artisans, craftspeople and entrepreneurs.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 201 West Chestermere Drive, Chestermere
Admission: Free with a food bank donation

Willow Park Wines & Spirits’ 25th Charity Wine Auction

What: Head to the 25th annual Willow Park Wines & Spirits Charity Wine Auction and enjoy taste over 100 premium wines represented by 25 winery principles from around the globe. This year’s theme is Diamond Ball, so dress to impress. Plus enjoy the exclusive launch of a new prestigious Tequila, delectable dishes from 25 of Calgary’s best chefs and caterers, and silent and 25 live auction offerings.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 7 pm to midnight
Where: Willow Park Wines & Spirits – 10801 Bonaventure Drive SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Little Vegan Fall Market

Vegan Market

Vegan salad (Shutterstock)

What: If you’re a vegan or curious about tasty vegan foods, The Little Vegan Fall Market is coming back to Calgary for its third year on November 3. The animal-cruelty free event will feature over 30 small businesses with vegan products, from treats to clothing.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Marda Loop Communities Association – 3130 16th Street SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

The Dude Show

What: A lifestyle show dedicated to all things Dude, from electronics to craft beer, outdoor living to men’s apparel, and everything in between. In support of the Movember Foundation.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where: Big Four Roadhouse, Stampede Grounds – 1801 Big Four Trail SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $7-$15

Peace by Piece Marketplace

What: Urban Squirrel Creations presents the Peace by Piece Marketplace, featuring a mix of local artisans, by hand businesses, and direct sales owners.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 10 to 4 pm
Where: St Peter’s Anglican Church – 903 75 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Jack White

What: The former White Stripes frontman will be performing at the Stampede Corral as part of his Boarding House Reach world tour. Boarding House Reach is White’s third solo album, and it debuted at #1 in both the US and Canada upon its March 2018 release. This is also the 12-time Grammy Award-winner’s first all-new album in nearly four years.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: Doors at 7 pm/Show at 8 pm
Where: Stampede Corral – Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sunday, November 4

New Central Library Grand Opening

What: Saturday and Sunday will be the Opening Family Fun Weekend, a family-friendly event running all day that will include free programming and tours of the brand new library. Crafts stations, live music, and other entertainment will be set up all over the building for the enjoyment of little ones and adults alike.

When: Now to Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: New Central Library — 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
More Info: Online

Calgary European Film Festival

What: Celebrate European cinema at the seventh edition of this exciting and worldly film festival. See films from 20 countries with a mix of all genres (with subtitles of course) and get more than your typical Hollywood fare at the cinema.

When: Saturday, November 3 to Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $50–$145

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

What: Experience the stories and tales of enthralling journeys, adventures, and ground-breaking expeditions first-hand from authors, photographers, adventurers, and filmmakers from around the world.

When: Now to Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations around Banff. View full schedule here
Cost: Price varies depending on how many performances you see

Calgary Moms Trade Fair

What: The 27th Calgary Moms Trade Fair features the latest in local products and services for mom, baby and family. From new brands and businesses that have recently launched, to the latest mompreneur inventions and gadgets, to the all-time favourites. There will also be mascots, face painting and more entertainment on site. Admission goes to support the Calgary Food Bank.

When: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Genesis Centre–Community Gym #10 – 7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE, Calgary
Tickets: $2 for adults, $1 for children.

Flibbertigibbet’s Story Exhibit

What: Fort Calgary welcomes Quest Theatre’s Sweet Pea Series: Flibbertigibbet’s Story Exhibit. An extravaganza of songs, stories, and games with a light and shadow finale. This interactive delight is sure to skyrocket little people’s imaginations, rhythm boxes, wonder wheels, giggle nooks, and funny bones.

When: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: Doors at 10:30 am, show at 11 am
Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Tickets: Online, By Donation

Bow Wow

What: International artist and actor Bow Wow takes over #UnionSundays alongside DJS NewBoy, Amante and Kay L.

When: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 9:30 pm to late
Where: Music Calgary – 1140-10th Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free, make your guest list reservations at [email protected]

Digital Folk

What: Vancouver performance company plastic orchid factory brings its hybrid dance-music-art show to Calgary. Player up with a cast of award-winning dancers to transform the Alexandra Dance Hall into a colourful environment that is part 80s rumpus room, part visual art installation and part secret chamber from Zelda. Presented by Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre.

When: Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 7, 8 and 9 pm
Where: Alexandra Dance Hall – 936 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, suggested price $20

Sunday Funday at Studio Bell

What: Explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada. Check out interactive activities–rock the guitar, mix a track or sing a tune in a sound booth. Visitors can also delve into memorabilia from three Canadian Music Halls of Fame, and new temporary exhibitions celebrating iconic Canadians, including Paul Brandt, Terri Clark and Barenaked Ladies.

When: Every Sunday throughout November
Time: 10 to 5 pm
Where: National Music Centre – 850-4 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: $10 at the front desk throughout November

Rumplestiltskin by Loose Moose Theatre for Kids

What: When a young woman must spin straw into gold she receives help from a strange little man. Can anyone guess his name? Fun and entertaining for the whole family.

When: Now to Sunday, November 25, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Loose Moose Theatre – 1235-26th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $14 plus fees

Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana


What: Tash Sultana has sold out every headline theatre show booked across multiple countries and played dozens of high profile festivals around the globe. Recent accolades include a top 10 ARIA chart, an APRA Award nomination, and over 100 million streams worldwide. Featuring special guest Ocean Alley.

When: Sunday, November 
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Resort & Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Drive S.W., Calgary,
Tickets: Online, $39.50 plus fees

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