30 things to do in Calgary this weekend: October 11 to 14

Oct 11 2019, 12:00 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Make the most of your long weekend with these 30 things to do in Calgary on Friday, October 11, Saturday, October 12, Sunday, October 13, and Monday, October 14. Calgary Stampeders, Luke Combs, and more.

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

Friday, October 11

Calgary Stampeders vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

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What: The Calgary Stampeders take on Saskatchewan Roughriders at McMahaon Stadium. Friday’s game is also the Stampeders’ Light Up The Night game, with the evening ending in a fireworks show.

When: October 11, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary
Tickets: Ticketmaster

7th Annual Thanksgiving Bake Off

What: Get Thanksgiving started early this year by sampling delicious pie’s made from the market vendors and voting for your favourite in support of the Calgary Food Bank.

When: Now until October 11, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77 Avenue SE
Price: Cash donation to the Calgary Food Bank (recommended $5/person)

HEX: Halloween & Entertainment Expo

What: HEX bills itself as the first Canadian fan convention dedicated to Halloween lovers. The expo features celebrities such as Robert Englund, Meat Loaf, Nick Castle, and more. There will also be workshops, vendors, screenings, cosplay, and more to check out.

When: October 11 to October 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SW
Tickets: Online


What: Toronto punk rockers PUP are performing at MacEwan Hall on Friday, October 11 with guests Charly Bliss. The concert is coming hot on the heels of the band’s most recently released album, April 2019’s Morbid Stuff.

When: October 11, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: MacEwan Hall – 402 Collegiate Blvd NW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Riverview Artists October Show & Sale

What: Riverview Artists October Show & Sale features original artwork by 12 local artists available for purchase.

When: Now until October 11, 2019
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Gulf Canada Square – 401 9th Ave. SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Saturday, October 12

Screamfest Resurrected 2019



What: Screamfest, one of Canada’s largest and scariest Halloween events, is back in Calgary this October. Ticket-holders will enjoy six different haunted houses, with everything from clowns to zombies to Grim Reapers attempting to scare them silly as they make their way through the mazes.

When: October 11 to October 14, 2019
Time: 5 pm to late
Where: The Grandstand Building at Stampede Park – 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, starting at $50

Thanksgiving Weekend at Heritage Park

What: Thanksgiving Weekend at Heritage Park features Thanksgiving meal and themed activities. Check out the pumpkin baking demonstrations, make some crafts, and more with the family.

When: October 12 to 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Tickets: Online

Jack and the Beanstalk

What: Loose Moose Theatre Company’s first show of their 2019/20 Theatre For Kids season is the timeless tale, Jack and the Beanstalk.

When: October 12 and 13, 2019
Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 pm; Sundays, 3 pm
Where: Loose Moose Theatre for Kids – 1235 – 26th Ave SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Field of Screams at Cobb’s Adventure Park

What: Celebrate the spooky season with Field of Screams at Cobb’s Adventure Park. Explore five haunted houses. go on rides, plus enjoy activities, food and drinks. All ages welcome.

When: Friday and Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Cobb’s Adventure Park – 1500 84 St NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Freshtival 2019

What: Freshtival is the world’s longest running ski film festival, and showcases the year’s most anticipated ski movies at Globe Theatre. Films from industry giants, Matchstick Productions and Teton Gravity Research and more will be screened over the three days.

When: October 10 to 12, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 11:30 pm
Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Millarville Farmers’ Market

What: Meet and shop at growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists at Millarville Farmers’ Market. Children five to 12 years can also join the Market Buds program. Participants will learn where their food comes from, gain confidence in conversation with Alberta Produce farmers and BC Fruit farmers, make healthy food choices, and hold sole responsibility for maintaining their own punch card and tokens. Tokens for spending on vegetables and fruit are earned by completing a weekly activity in the Market Buds area located in the garden.

When: Every Saturday until October 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Address: 306097 192 Street West, Millarville
Admission: $3, with proceeds going to support programming at the Millarville Racetrack.

Luke Combs

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What: Rising country star Luke Combs will be performing at Scotiabank Saddledome as part of his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour. He’ll be joined by supporting acts Morgan Wallen, Jameson Rodgers, and Dee Jay Silver.

When: October 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome — 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Ghost Stories Closing Reception

What: Ghost Stories YYC. Volume 1 is closing on October 12, so head down to hear each artists’ short story that accompanies a new work inspired by a ghost story, urban legend or folk tale. All stories are collected in a storybook that is available at the show. Costumes of a favorite ghost, folk legend, or monster are encouraged.

When: October 12, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Ruberto Ostberg Gallery – 2108 18 Street Northwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Nonsense & Sensibility and Squadball

What: The Kinkonauts present a doubleheader of improv comedy: Nonsense & Sensibility and Squadball featuring guest musician Kate Stevens.

When: October 12, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Rose Room – 922 9 Ave SE, Calgary
TicketsOnline, $15

Jimmy Rankin

What: Singer-songwriter Jimmy Rankin is well known for his work with The Rankin Family, as well as his five Juno Awards, seven Canadian Country Music Awards, and 27 East Coast Music Awards. He performs two shows at National Music Centre on October 11 and 12.

When: October 11 and October 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Address: National Music Centre – 850 – 4 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Sunday, October 13

Pumpkin Palooza at Cobb’s Adventure Park



What: Pack your October with pumpkins during Pumpkin Palooza at Cobb’s Adventure Park. Bring the family for a stroll through the patch, choose a pumpkin to take home, and then take a photo with the princesses.

When: Saturdays and Sundays and Thanksgiving Monday until October 27, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Cobb’s Adventure Park – 1500 84 St NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Monthly Open House at AVRO Museum

What: Learn more about Avro Canada and its contributions to Canada’s aviation and aerospace legacy, plus see the latest progress on the Arrow II project. There will be a flight simulator on-site, used in AVRO’s design and testing, which will be open for the public to take for a spin.

When: The Second Sunday of every month – October 13, November 10, December 8, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: AVRO Museum – 229 Avro Lane, Calgary
Admission: Free. Small donation when using the flight simulator to help maintain its operation

Sunday Night Special at National on 10th

What: National on 10th is bringing back its Sunday Night Special, with free bowling, arcade games, giant Jenga, and drink specials during Thanksgiving long weekend. On October 13, patrons can head to this spot and enjoy games at no cost, and the following drink deals: $3 from 7 to 8 pm, $4 from 8 to 9 pm, and $5 from 9 pm to last call on all Alberta-brewed beers, hi-balls, and shafts on draft.

When: October 13, 2019
Time: All day
Where: National on 10th – 341 10 Ave SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Fall at Calgary Farmyard

What: There are many events to enjoy this fall at Calgary Farmyard, including an 11 acre corn maze, petting zoo, playground, and more. Plus there are Flashlight Nights in the Maze every Friday and Saturday, and a Pumpkin Festival every Saturday and Sunday.

When: Fridays to Sundays until October 27, 2019 (also open Thanksgiving Monday
Time: Various times
Where: 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview
Tickets: Online

Say Yes: A Liturgy Of Not Giving Up On Yourself

What: Fire Exit Theatre’s Guest Artist Series presents Say Yes, where Scott Erickson leads the audiences through the universal and very personal conversation about the death of a dream and the overwhelming voice of Giving Up in our lives. A mixture of storytelling, audience participation, humour and image curation,

When: Now until October 13, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (Monday to Saturday), 2 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Fire Exit Theatre – 200 block of 9 Avenue SE (Engineered Air Theatre at the Arts Commons), Calgary
Tickets: Online



What: Shinedown brings the 2019 ATTENTION ATTENTION World Tour to Stampede Corral on October 13 with special guests Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria and Savage. Shinedown’s ATTENTION ATTENTION album simultaneously topped the Billboard’s Alternative, Top Rock and Hard Rock Albums Charts, and debuted in the Top 5 in the Billboard 200.

When: October 13, 2019
Time: 6:15 pm
Where: Stampede Corral, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Alex Klein & Friends

What: Alex Klein, former principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony and the new principal oboe of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, makes his Instrumental Society of Calgary debut in a concert performance of music by Beethoven, Neukomm, Reicha and Leschetizky.

When: October 13, 2019
Time: 3 to 5 pm
Where: St. Stephen’s Anglican Church – 1121 14 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

The Crow

What: The Plaza Theatre celebrates the 25th anniversary of The Crow starring Brandon Lee with a screening on October 13. Proceeds tickets will be donated to the CMHA Calgary branch.

When: October 13, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Road Northwest, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Eli & Fur

What: UK House Music team Eli & Fur perform at Commonwealth Bar & Stage with guests Fidelak and DLN.

When: October 13, 2019
Time: 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731 10 Avenue SW, Calgary

IndigoKids Presents: The Gumboot Kids

What: The Gumboot Kids celebrate their new Nature Mystery book series for young readers. Attendees can enjoy a singalong and storytime with Scout and Daisy, along with award-winning singer Jessie Farrell. There will also be a book signing with Tara Hungerford and Eric Hogan, authors and co-creators of CBC Kids’ Scout & The Gumboot Kids, plus an chance to get your photo taken with Scout & Daisy.

When: October 13, 2019
Time: 11 am to 12 pm
Where: Chapters Chinook- 6455 Macleod Trail South, Calgary
Admission: Free

Monday, October 14

Calgary Hitmen vs Saskatoon Blades

What: Calgary Hitmen face off with the Saskatoon Blades at Scotiabank Saddledome.

When: October 14, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Calaway Park

What: Calaway Park presents its 38th season of family fun. Enjoy rides, games, food and more.

When: Every weekend until October 14, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Calaway Park – 245033 Range Road 33
Admission Info: Online

Banff Gondola

What: Head to the summit for an unreal view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine. Start with a walk along the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to learn more about Canada’s first national park, or go indoors to sample from three restaurant menus. Then get hands-on in the world-class interpretive centre and theatre.

When: Daily until October 14, 2019
Time: Various
Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
TicketsOnline, various prices

Halloweekends at Calaway Park 

What: Halloween is beginning early at Calaway Park. Wear your favourite costume and enjoy activities and prizes at Halloweekends.

When: Saturday, Sundays and Holiday Mondays until October 14, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Calaway Park – 24033 Range Road 33, Calgary
Admission: regular park admission

Wordfest 2019

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What: Wordfest features 52 events over 10 days in public libraries and performance venues around the city. This year’s festival is titled The Imaginairium, and includes readings, workshops, panel discussions, trivia and more for all sorts of audiences and ages.

When: October 14 until October 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

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