17 things to do in Calgary this weekend: September 9 and 10

Sep 9 2017, 3:17 am

Don’t say goodbye to summer just yet!

There’s still two weekends left before fall takes us into its chilly embrace, which means two weekends of events to check out in nothing but shorts and a t-shirt.

Whether you need to take your mind of those back to school blues, get yourself in gear for next weekend’s Beakerhead, or just find a reason to get out of the house, here’s our list of events that are worth getting off the couch for this weekend.

2017 Honens Festival

  • What: Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with a four-day music festival with a side of maple syrup. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than that!
  • When: September 7 to 10
  • Where: Various venues and parks around the city
  • Admission: $10-$55 or festival pass is $129

Circle the Wagons 2017

Circle the wagons carnival

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  • What: Join the BassBus, YYCFoodTrucks, and Village Brewery for a traveling carnival that includes the best Calgary has to offer in local food, beer, music, art, and entertainment.
  • When Saturday, September 9
  • Time: 11 am to 11 pm
  • Where: Currie Life – 3951 Trasimene Crescent SW
  • Admission: $35

The Prairie Girls Vintage Market

  • What: Shop your favourite local makers and artists in a quaint antique farmhouse.
  • When: Saturday, September 9
  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Cochrane Ag Society Barn – the NW corner of the junction of Highways 1A and 22
  • Admission: $3

Garth Brooks World Tour

  • When: September 9
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • Cost: $79

George Lopez

  • Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre 3777 Grey Eagle Drive SW
  • When: September 9
  • Cost: $62-$104

Calgary PMA Fall Harvest 

  • What: Come grab some fresh and delicious produce for all your canning, pickling, and cooking needs. Proceeds from the event will go towards The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Community Kitchen Program, and the Heritage Park Society.
  • When: Saturday, September 9 to Sunday, September 10
  • Where: Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Admission: Regular park admission

Monster Jam

  • What: Come see this motorsport as the best drivers in North America compete for the winning spot!
  • Where: Stampede Grandstand
  • When: September 9-10
  • Cost: $15-$65

Rockies Run Collective

  • What: Join Lululemon every Saturday morning for a fun morning run through iconic mountain landscapes and a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy town streets!
  • Where: Lululemon Banff – 121 Banff Avenue, Banff
  • When: Every Saturday morning at 9 am
  • Cost: FREE

Brazilfest 2017

Friday Night Swing Dance


Swing dance lessons (Fly Right Swing Calgary/Facebook)

  • What: Spend a night learning how to swing at the Mount Pleasant Community Association. Admission is just $10 and includes lessons for beginners before a social dance to show what you’ve learned.
  • When: Friday nights
  • Time: 8:30 pm is lessons, 9:30 pm to midnight is the social dance
  • Where: Mount Pleasant Community Association—602 22nd Avenue NW
  • Admission: $10 at the door

The People’s Poetry Festival

  • What: Eight different poetry events will be taking place around the East Village, allowing you to try your hand at writing, reading, or simply listening to spoken word.
  • When: Saturday, September 9
  • Time: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Where: Around Calgary’s East Village
  • Admission: Free, except for the Poetry Dive, which is $20 per person.

City of Calgary Cemetery Tours: St. Mary’s Pioneer Cemetery


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  • What: Go on a guided walking tour of one of Calgary’s historically significant cemeteries.
  • When: September 9
  • Time: 2 to 3:30 pm (weather permitting)
  • Where: Meet inside the St. Mary’s Cemetery main gate at Erlton Street and 32 Avenue SW
  • Admission: Free!

Celebrate in the Park

  • What: Check out this party at Elbow Park Community Centre that features food trucks, beet tents, and an outdoor movie—ice cream and popcorn included.
  • When: Saturday, September 9
  • Time: 4:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Where: Elbow Park Community Centre—800 34th Avenue SW
  • Admission: $35 for adults, $25 for students, children, and seniors, available at elbowpark.com

Yarn Painting

  • What: Learn how to dye yarn to brighten up your future projects in this workshop led by Suzen Statz.
  • When: September 10
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Stash – 1237 9th Avenue SE
  • Cost: $90 (all supplies are included)

Broken City Karaoke


  • What: Sing your heart out at Broken City to end the weekend off on a high note.
  • When: Sunday, September 10
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Broken City—613 11th Avenue SW
  • Cost: Free!

Take a float down the Bow River

  • What: Bid summer adieu with a final float and admire the beautiful views that are beginning to change colour along the banks of the Bow!
  • 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

Go hiking in the Rockies

  • What: It’s larch season! Grab your cameras and hiking gear and enjoy the picturesque fall views from the top of a mountain.
  • Where: Here are some of the best hiking spots in and around Banff to check out this summer.
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