12 FREE things to do in Calgary this September

Aug 30 2018, 5:50 pm

Summer’s basically over, and our bank accounts are exhausted. With all those patio drinks, weekend trips, and nights out on the town, we don’t blame you if you’re in serious savings mode as we head into fall.

Luckily enough for you, there are still plenty of great events to check out that don’t cost a penny to attend. Here are a few of them over for September 2018.

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BBQ on the Bow

What: Featuring many teams of BBQ Competitors, along with cooking demonstrations, kids activities, a local marketplace, beer gardens and live music from many of Calgary’s top local bands.

When: September 1 and 2

Time: 11 am to 8 pm

Where: Montgomery Community Centre – 50003 16th Avenue NW

Cost: FREE

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. 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.

Take a float down the Bow River

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Bor River

What: This is a tradition most of us Calgarians look forward to doing at least once during the summer. Plus, it’s the ultimate refresher when stuck in a prairie heat wave.

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

Terry Fox Run

What: Walk, run, or ride 1 km, 5 km, or 10 km as you join the community in commemorating the life of Canadian Hero, Terry Fox, and raise money for cancer research.

When: Sunday, September 16

Time: Registration begins at 8:30 am

Where: Fort Calgary – 750 9th Avenue SE

Registration: Online

Fiesta Filipino 2018

What: Kick it Filipino style! A fiesta is meant to be a special time with friends with delicious food, fellowship and various activities. Join them for their fourth consecutive year and be a part of one of the largest fiestas in Alberta.

Where: Olympic Plaza – 288 8th Avenue SE

When: August 31 to September 2

Cost: FREE

Doors Open YYC

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Aviation Day (Doors Open YYC/Facebook)

What: Calgary businesses are opening their doors to the general public for the seventh year in a row as Doors Open YYC returns for 2018. The event allows Calgarians to play tourist in their own city for free as local businesses let the public take a look at what goes on in their operations.

When: Saturday, September 22 to Sunday, September 23, 2018

Time: There are activities all throughout the day

Where: All over the city

Admission: FREE

Canada-India International Expo 2018

What: Explore trade and business opportunities with Canada and North America while meeting leading Canadian Business and Government Agencies.

When: Saturday, September 22

Time: 10 am to 9 pm

Where: Genesis Centre – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE

Admission: FREE

Inglewood Brewery Flats: Oktoberfest

What: Enjoy live music, shopping at the Inglewood Night Market, and chilled beer from all your favourite Inglewood and Ramsey breweries. Come celebrate the end of an unreal summer at this Oktoberfest.

When: September 14 and 15

Time: 5 to 11 pm

Where: 1216 11th Avenue SE

Admission: FREE

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

Free First Thursday

What: Explore the Glenbow at your leisure for FREE on the first Thursday of every month. They are launching some neat new exhibitions this month that you won’t want to miss out on.

When: Thursday, September 6

Time: 5 pm to close

Where: Glenbow Museum – 130 9th Avenue SE

Admission: FREE


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Serpent Mother (Beakerhead/Facebook)

What: Everyone’s favourite interactive art show is back for another year of exciting scientific fun – expect electric bolts to light up the sky (we aren’t kidding!). Explore the city and visit the various sites that are interconnected with a common theme.

When: September 19 to 23

Where: Various locations around Calgary

Tickets: Online, varies per location

East Side Studio Crawl

What: Calling all art lovers, young and old. Join some of Calgary’s most talented creatives for the on the 14th annual Art Crawl. You’ll have the opportunity to discover five different galleries in Inglewood and Ramsey that feature over 80 different local artists. There will also be the opportunity to partake in demos while entering for your chance to win an original art piece made by one of the resident artists.

When: Saturday, September 15


Burns Visual Arts Society – 828 24th Avenue SE

Jeff De Boer, Sculptor – Bay 3, 1701 11th Street SE

Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild – 1139 11th Street SE

Artpoint Gallery and Studio – 1139 11th Street SE

Studio 4 Painters 1439 10th Avenue SE

Nvrlnd – 1048 12th Avenue SE

Workshop Studios – Bay 3, 2501 Alyth Road SE

Cost: FREE

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