15 things to do in Calgary this week: September 19 to 25

Sep 20 2016, 1:20 am

Looking for something to do this week? Well you’re in luck! Choose from Oktoberfest, The Calgary International Film Festival, Doors Open YYC and more!

Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between September 19 to 25.

The Dandy Warhols

  • What: Portland rockers The Dandy Warhols are on the road promoting their ninth studio album Distortland, which Drowned in Sound called “a welcome return for a band who’ve never been afraid to stick two fingers in the face of adversity.” Expect the band, fronted by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, to perform hits like “This Is The Tide” and “Sad Vacation”.
  • When: Monday, September 19 at 7 pm
  • Where: Marquee Beer Market & Stage – 4630 MacLeod Trail S
  • Tickets: Available online from $39.50 to $97.50. 18+


  • What: Toronto’s Prozzak haven’t released a proper studio album in more than a decade, but that hasn’t stopped the band from virtually selling out both of their upcoming Calgary shows. Fans can expect hits like “Sucks To Be You” and “Just Friends”, in addition to their latest single “Love Fools Anonymous” which has yet to appear on a Prozzak album.
  • When: Tuesday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 21 at 8 pm
  • Where: The Gateway (SAIT) – 1301-16 Ave NW
  • Tickets: Available online for $25. 18+

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, September 22 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm

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

Calgary International Film Festival

  • What: Some 35,000 film fans are expected to attend CIFF this year, which begins on Wednesday, September 21 and runs until October 2, in downtown Calgary. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy 210 films at this year’s festival – 100 features and 110 shorts – including Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson.
  • Where: Various movie theatres in downtown Calgary
  • When: From September 21 to October 2
  • Tickets: Available online, individual events start at $15, or a full festival pass is $300


  • What: Alberta Ballet brings you the exhilarating Canadian Premiere of Shadowland from world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater. These world famous artists challenge the edges of performance, enveloping you in a magical coming of age story told through two different worlds. A teenaged girl is transported by the shadows lurking behind her bedroom wall into a dreamlike land of darkness, light, and adventure…what happens next? You’ll have to watch it and see!
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • When: September 22 to 24


  • What: Similar to the original Munich festival, which celebrates local beer and food, Calgary Oktoberfest will feature both local craft and authentic Bavarian breweries.  There will be a wide selection of craft beers and delicious foods to sample from, along with authentic Oktoberfest music from the German Knights Band, dancers, games, and more!
  • When: September 23 and 24
  • Where: Upper Big Four Building – 1800, 1898 Macleod Trail SE
  • Cost: $30 (weekend pass), $16 general admission

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.

Doors Open YYC 2016

  • What: Doors Open YYC will reveal the inner workings of businesses all over Calgary this September, as they fling open their doors to thousands of locals. The annual event on Saturday, September 24 will allow you to look round, go on a special tour or get a behind-the-scenes experience at a myriad of businesses.
  • Where: Locations across Calgary
  • When: Saturday, September 24
  • Info: Find the full map and listings at doorsopenyyc.org/site-list

Kiwanis Apple Festival

  • What: Kiwanis members in Calgary sold baskets of apples as one of our major fundraisers through the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. The Kiwanis Apple Festival will be a celebration of our history, a celebration of children, and a celebration of special cuisine, entertainment, education and outdoor exploration of a very special place – Kamp Kiwanis.
  • Where: Kamp Kiwanis –  241001 Range Road 42
  • When: September 24 and 25

Free concerts in East Village

  • What: Calling music lovers! The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation is teaming up with the National Music Corporation to put on free public concerts in the public spaces of East Village, from September 10 to October 1. The concert series will feature performances by some of Calgary’s great musical talent, such as the Buckley Trio, Dojo Workhorse, the Scott Duncan Celtic Project, and the Doll Sisters.
  • When: September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 from 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: C-Square at the corner of 7th Avenue and 4th Street SE.
  • Cost: Free

Calgary Stampeders Games

  • What: Watch as our CFL pride and joy take on their rivals this summer.
  • Where: McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
  • When: Saturday, September 24 at 2 pm vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Cost: $25 – $200

Gabriel Iglesias

  • What: Mexican-American comedian Gabriel Iglesias is bringing his #fluffybreakseven tour to Calgary, playing the WinSport Arena in September. Born in San Diego, Iglesias – who likes to call himself Fluffy – is known for his high school anecdotes, mastery of funny voices and absurd sound effects.
  • Where: WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW
  • When: Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $47.78 to $89.78

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

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