5 things to do in Calgary today: Thursday, September 29

Sep 29 2016, 6:54 am

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.

Bridgeland Farmers Market

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 15 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm

YYC Pizza Week

Calgary’s third annual YYC Pizza Week is taking place around town this week. This year, over 50 restaurants are battling it out in four different categories during event. Contestants may only enter in one of the categories but can offer a gluten free option in that category as well.

Where: Over 50 restaurants in Calgary – see more information online
When: September 23 to October 2

YYComedy Festival

The YYComedy Festival is back for another year this Thursday, bringing a huge host of standup stars to venues across Calgary. Aiming to present the highest quality shows possible at affordable prices, you’ll be able to pick from shows by 50 different standup comedians.Headliners this year include icon Janeane Garofalo, who has featured in The Ben Stiller Show, Saturday Night Live, The West Wing and several critically acclaimed movies.

Where: Multiple comedy venues around Calgary
When: Thursday, September 29 through Saturday, October 1, times vary
Tickets: Available online, prices vary from show to show

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

Calgary International Film Festival

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