17 things to do in Calgary this week: October 3 to 10

Oct 3 2016, 3:02 pm

Looking for something to do this week? Well you’re in luck! The Toronto Raptors are playing in town Monday night, Calgary Flames have some preseason action on Wednesday and Tegan and Sara are here this weekend!

Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between October 3 and 10

Toronto Raptors at the Saddledome

  • What: Your chance to see Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in person this year, as Calgary is set to host an NBA preseason game between the Toronto Raptors and the Denver Nuggets on October 3rd at 8 pm. Tickets have been sold out for a while but you can try your luck with Kijiji or scalpers.
  • Where: The Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Monday, October 3 at 8 pm

Calgary Flames Pre-season Game

  • What: Hockey at the dome is finally back this week! Sure it’s pre-season, but at least the boys in red will be taking to the ice after a long off season.
  • Where: The Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Wednesday, October 5 at 7pm vs Arizona Coyotes (Pre-season)

Concert in the Dark

  • What: The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) is hosting an evening of incredible performances and a journey through the experience of vision loss. Attendees will enjoy an evening of performing arts and come to understand that it’s not only what you see…
  • Where: SAIT Orpheus Theatre – 1301 16 Avenue Northwest
  • When: Wednesday, October 5
  • Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Million Dollar Quartet

  • What: The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956. History was made when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest impromptu jam sessions ever. It brings to light the extraordinary story of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is altogether poignant, heartwarming and funny.
  • Where: Stage West – 727 42 Avenue SE
  • When: September 9 to November 13
  • Tickets: $119 (includes dinner)

Bridgeland Farmers Market

  • What: Visit Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market every Thursday during the summer! Enjoy eating at local vendor stations, dance to live music and shop until you drop. For the kiddos, there are free activities set up.
  • Where: Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market – 917 Centre Avenue NE
  • When: Thursday, October 6 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm

WHL Calgary Hitmen hockey game

  • What: Cheer on the Calgary Hitmen as they take one the rest of the Western Hockey League.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: Friday, October 7 at 7 pm vs Kamloops

Disney in Concert: Tale As Old As Time

  • What: For the big kids, get taken back to the time of VHS – for the little ones use your imagination as The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra takes you into the land of Frozen, Tangled, Cinderella and more!
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE
  • When: Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8
  • Cost: Starting at $20

Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival

  • What: This festival is a 3 day event held during the Thanksgiving weekend where Hungarian culture, music, art and dance come alive and bring together hundreds of dancers, musicians and folk enthusiasts.  This year, Calgary has the immense pleasure of hosting the 38th annual event in this beautiful and vibrant city.  Calgary’s folk dance groups, Bartók Dancers and Vadrózsa, look forward to welcoming the many dancers, folk enthusiasts and wonderful guests.
  • Where: The Westin Calgary – 320 4th Avenue SW
  • When: October 7 to 10

Visit a Farmers’ Market

Popular among chefs, home cooks, and local gastronomes, farmers’ markets have become an integral part of Calgary’s food landscape. Not only do these community events grant local farmers, growers, and bakers the opportunity to connect with urban folk but they also provide them with a space to show off their seasonal favourites. Here’s a quick list of a few.

Autumn Pumpkin Festival

  • What: Taking place over four weekends in October, The Autumn Pumpkin Festival does not take place on weekdays except for Thanksgiving Monday. Enjoy the Fun Farm,Petting ZooCorn Mazes, Pony rides, Pumpkin Patch games, crafts and more!
  • Where: 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview, Alberta
  • When: October 1 and 2, October 8 to 10, October 15 and 16, October 22 and 23
  • Cost: 13.80+gst (kids under 2 free)

Wordfest 2016

  • What: Wordfest is a 10-day festival which sparks lively, illuminating and meaningful conversations between Calgary’s readers and the world’s most engaging writers. Wordfest’s trademark events include readings, workshops, panel discussions and in-school presentations from authors writing in every genre and for all ages.
  • Where: Locations all around Calgary
  • When: October 7 to 16
  • Cost: Varies – see website for tickets to events

Tegan and Sara concert

  • What: Everything is awesome for The Quin twins in 2016 – they just released their eighth studio album Love You To Death to rave reviews and their fall tour is selling out quickly. Fans can expect the 100-minute show to include new singles “Stop Desire” and “White Knuckles”, both of which were produced by Greg Kurstin of Sia and Adele fame.
  • When: Friday, October 7 at 6:30 pm
  • Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SE
  • Tickets: Available online for $38.50. All ages

The Proclaimers concert

  • What: Another set of famous twins are set to rock Calgary this month, as Charlie and Craig Reid of The Proclaimers will take over the Deerfoot Inn & Casino stage on October 8. The dynamic duo have released ten albums over the course of their 30 year career, but we have it on pretty good authority that “500 Miles (I’m Gonna Be)” will be included in their set.
  • When: Saturday, October 8 at 9 pm
  • Where: Deerfoot Inn & Casino – 11500-35 St SE
  • Tickets: Available online from $40.95 to $51.45. 18+

Alzheimer walk and run

  • What: The 26th Annual Investors Group Alzheimer Walk & Run takes place this Thanksgiving Sunday. Funds raised are applied to local programs and services that serve thousands of people affected by dementia in Calgary and surrounding areas.
  • Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade
  • When: October 9 from 10 am to 12 pm

Free Swim at Renfrew Aquatic & Recreation Centre

  • What: Get a few hours of swimming free courtesy Renfew Aquatic & Recreation Centre. Two session times with a half an hour break in the middle that might be waived if capacity permits.
  • Where: Renfrew Aquatic & Recreation Centre – 810 13 Avenue NE
  • When: October 10 from 1 to 2:30 pm and 3 to 4:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival 2016

  • What: The Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival returns to the Calgary Zoo for the second year in a row, and this time around there are 145 extra lanterns to dazzle you. The lanterns are seasonal-themed this year, so you’ll be taken on a journey from winter to spring, and they’ll depict culturally significant animals as well as zoo favourites. Relish in the arts of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean cultures, and check out live music, an art gallery, and garden displays as well.
  • Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, October 16

Skyline Luge

  • What: For the more adventurous side in you, try The Skyline Luge. It’s a three-wheeled cart, part go-kart and part toboggan that is thrilling for all ages and abilities.
  • Where: Skyline Luge Calgary – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • When: Now until October 9
  • Cost: $15 for 1 ride; $23 for 2 rides; $32 for 5 rides