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.
- It's nearing the perfect time to visit Larch Valley's colourful trees
- Canadians now get discounts of up to 35% at Disney theme parks
- The little known history of the iconic Centre Street Lions
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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