5 things to do in Calgary today: Thursday, October 13

Oct 13 2016, 2:33 pm

Only one more day until the weekend and rain or shine there’s lots to do today!

Plenty of events worth checking out today to keep you busy and entertained until the weekend.

Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival 2016

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

Wordfest 2016

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

Cecil Hotel by Mark Clintberg

Cecil Hotel (2014-2016) is an exploration of the recently demolished site of The Cecil Hotel, opened in 1912, ordered to close by Calgary’s city officials in 2008, and purchased by the city for nearly $11 million in 2009. The hotel has been considered an “epicentre of prostitution, drugs, murder, and desperation by some, and its erasure has since been both contested and praised. This project includes a large-scale modified replica of the hotel’s neon sign and an edition of custom-made pint glasses.

Where: Main Space/Parkade/U-Hall – 2009 10th Avenue SW
When: September 16 to October 15 (closed Sunday’s and Monday’s)

Adults Only Night: Halloween Edition– TELUS Spark

What better way to experience science than to sip cocktails and mingle with old and new friends? That’s exactly what you can do on the second Thursday of every month from 6pm to 10pm at TELUS Spark. And since the next event will be on Thursday, October 13, just a couple weeks away from Halloween, how appropriate that the theme will be… blood. Yes, learn about the stuff that runs through our veins and about the creatures that drink it! Come to the next Adults Only Night at TELUS Spark… if you dare.

When: Thursday, October 13
Where: TELUS Spark

The Big Sleep

A private investigator in a trench coat, possible femme fatales, and LA’s seedy backstreets …all the right ingredients for a classic film noir. Calgary’s premiere mystery theatre company, Vertigo Theatre, kicks off its season by bringing the film noir genre to the stage with The Big Sleep. A blackmailed millionaire hires private investigator Philip Marlow to solve his problems. But when Marlowe stumbles upon the first corpse in this case, he knows this is not going to be easy. Check out this world premiere stage adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s classic story.

When: September 17 – October 16
Where: Vertigo Theatre, Calgary Tower