17 things to do in Calgary this week: September 5 to 11

Sep 6 2016, 1:01 pm

Looking for something to do this week? Well you’re in luck! Choose from outdoor movies, night markets, music festivals and more!

Here are some of the top events to check out in Calgary between September 6 to 11.

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 8 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm

Canadian Women in PR networking event

  • What: Women in public relations will gather for a major networking event in September put on by The Organization of Canadian Women in PR. Industry friends will enjoy each other’s company while sipping on wine, and allow the opportunity to meet newcomers as well as media professionals.
  • When: Thursday, September 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Bank and Baron – 125 8th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Start at $35. Click here to purchase.

Adults Only Night at TELUS Spark

  • What: Get hands-on with science while indulging in the adult juice. Enjoy free reign in the galleries, a fully licensed bar, and tunes all night long.
  • Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St Georges Drive NE
  • When: Thursday, September 8 from 6 to 10 pm
  • Cost: $19.95

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)

Calgary Night Market 2016

  • What: Featuring a variety of ethnic street foods, local vendors, buskers, and entertainment, the Calgary Night Market has everything from jewelry to clothes, to household items. The market is happening on the first and last Fridays of the month until September 9. Admission to the Night Market is free.
  • When: September 9 from 4 to 10 pm
  • Where: Central Memorial Park – 1221 2nd Street SW
  • Event page: facebook.com

Mid-Autumn Night Market

  • What: Lovers of night markets, mark your calendars, the Mid-Autumn Night Market is hitting Calgary.The Mid-Autumn Night Market coincides with the Mid-Autmn Festival, a celebration based on the lunar calendar that occurs when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. This symbolizes togetherness and reunion in Chinese culture.
  • When: Friday, September 9 to Sunday, September 11; various times.
  • Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 First Street SW

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.

One Love Music Festival

  • What: Canada’s largest hip hop festival returns to Calgary on September 10 with a jaw-dropping roster that features Big Sean, Tyler the Creator and more. Last year’s inaugural One Love Fest lured 8,000 hip hop fans to the festival grounds; organizers are hoping to increase that figure and have promised improved sight lines and amenities for this year’s attendees.
  • When: Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11
  • Where: Elliston Park – 1827 68 Street SE
  • Tickets: Weekend passes start at $169.99.

Circle the Wagons

  • What: An awesome festival brought to us by  BassBus, YYCFoodTrucks & Village Brewery, Circle the Wagon featurelocal food, beer, music, art and performers. This is the third annual event raising funds for community initiatives, and features music from Beats Antique DJ Set ft. David Satori & Sidecar Tommy, GOLDFISH, Pomo, JPod, Pat Lok, and so much more
  • When: Saturday, September 10 at 11 am
  • Where: University District Park, West Campus Blvd NW
  • Tickets: Available online from $17.50 to $35. All ages

Movies on the Rise: Jurassic World

  • What: Catch a classic movie at St. Patricks Island’s outdoor 9-metre high natural amphitheatre. This week’s feature movie Jurassic World. Bring a tarp or lawn mat as your chairs won’t work on the steep slope. There is pedestrian access to St. Patrick’s Island from East Village and Bridgeland via the George C. King Bridge.
  • Where: St. Patrick’s Island – 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • When: Saturday, September 10 from 8:30 to 10:30 pm

Downtown Calgary Ghost Tour

  • What: Walk among the historic buildings and streets of downtown Calgary. Hear about stories from the Glen Bow Museum and Ft. Calgary archives, newspapers,  assorted ghost story books and personal accounts & interviews. Your guide will be dressed in a black cape and carrying a lantern so they will stand out a bit. They will also be at the start of the tour at approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Where: Base of Calgary Tower – 101 9th Avenue SW
  • When: Saturday, September 10 at 8 pm
  • Cost: $15

Bike The Village

  • What: Village Ice Cream is holding its first ever Bike The Village event next Sunday, giving riders an ice cream lunch, happy hour and dinner at each of its three locations. The bike ride on September 11 kicks off at the Garrison Corner location, where each rider will get a wristband for a free waffle cone or sundae everywhere they go.
  • Where: Meet at Village Ice Cream – 2406 34 Avenue SW
  • When: Sunday, September 11, from 1 to 4 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $8


  • What: Calling all dim sum lovers: Mark your calendars for the first ever pop-up dim sum extravaganza headed to Calgary this September. The event will run over three non-consecutive days (September 4, 11, and 18). Each day will have its own theme. Enter The Dumpling will take place on September 4 (there are no more reservations available for this event, however, walk-ins welcome), Crouching Gai Lan Hidden Wonton will take place on September 11, and Ginger Beef in the Bronx will take place on September 18.
  • When: September 11, and 18 (for times please check website)
  • Where: Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731 10th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Limited reservations are available by signing up to SUM SUM’s newsletter via their website

Something Old, Something New: 125 Years of Wedding Fashion

  • What: See some of the most trendsetting and common wedding dresses in Alberta from the last 125 years. The exhibition features collections from the Museum of the Highwood, the Red Deer Museum, the Royal Alberta Museum, the Lougheed House Conservation Society, as well as numerous private collections.
  • Where: Lougheed House – 707 13th Avenue SW
  • When: Now until October 2
  • Cost: Regular admission $8.50

David Crosby

  • What: David Crosby has sold millions of albums and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice – as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a founding member of The Byrds. Expect the singer-songwriter to perform songs from both periods, in addition to songs from Croz, his first solo album in 20 years.
  • When: Sunday, September 11 at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8th Avenue S.E.
  • Tickets: Available online from $20 to $720. All ages

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

If you’ll be in Banff during the week:

A Night at the Banff Mountain Film Festival

  • What: Every Thursday night in downtown Banff for 14 weeks, two identical shows per night will be shown featuring four unique film programs rotating each week.
  • Where: Lux Cinema – 229 Bear Street, Banff
  • When: Thursday, June 16 to Thursday, September 8. Shows at 7 and 9:30 pm
  • Cost: $12 can purchase online