Spooky season starts in Calgary with some fun at Callaway Park, some great live music, and more festivals to enjoy throughout the city.
Here are 11 things to do this week in Calgary.
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What: Get in the spooky spirit at Calaway Park’s Halloweekends between now and October 11. The amusement park has set up its “Hallotown” in one section of the venue. Get ready for spooky scenes, magical meet and greets, photo ops, and even a parade. Guests are encouraged to dress in costumes and enjoy a day of fall fun.
When: Saturdays, Sundays (and the holiday Monday in October) September 10 to October 10
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Calaway Park (245033 Range Road 33, Calgary)
Tickets: Included with admission ($39.95 for tickets bought online for those aged 3 to 49)
Potted Potter/Arts Commons
What: Potted Potter The Unauthorized Harry Experience, a Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter.
September 13 – 7:30 pm
September 14 – 7:30 pm
September 15 – 7:30 pm
September 16 – 7:30 pm
September 17 – 2 pm, 5pm, 8pm
September 18 – 2 pm, 5 pm
September 20 – 7:30 pm
September 21 – 7:30 pm
September 22 – 7:30 pm
September 23 – 7:30 pm
September 24 – 2 pm, 5pm, 8pm
September 25 – 2 pm, 5pm
Where: Martha Cohen Theatre in Arts Commons (215 8 Ave SE)
Tickets: Starting at $42
Calgary Chinatown Lantern Festival
What: This one-day event will feature exquisite light and lantern displays alongside amazing local vendors, booths, and food trucks! This event will be a celebration of the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival that falls on September 10 this year.
When: September 9
Where: 2nd Ave SW & Daqing Square (West of Chinese Cultural Centre)
Time: 4 pm – 10 pm
What: Calgary will host the biggest night in country music with the Canadian Country Music Association awards on September 11. And of course, we are turning it into a big party.
There will be non-stop music events happening all over Calgary as well, with the “Off-Country Music Festival” at bars across Calgary, including King Eddy, Twisted Element, and Cold Garden. There will also be some shows at the Central Library. Friday night will be a tribute night for the legends of Canadian country music. Shannon Ella hosts the event that will feature 2022 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee George Fox and performances from a number of performers. All of it leads up to the main event, the CCMA Awards. The show in Calgary is celebrating the Canadian Country Music Association’s 40th anniversary with tons of amazing performances scheduled from acts like Brett Kissell, Dallas Smith, and Gord Bamford. Tickets are still available!
When: September 7 – 11
Where: Venues across the city
What: Head to one of Calgary’s trendiest areas for a great night to enjoy some great local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade crafts to vintage clothing, antiques & collectibles. Check out some great food options as well along with some live music and performances.
When: September 9
Where: The Nash Restaurant is a good place to start (925 11 St SE)
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm
What: In partnership with the University of Calgary, the Military Museums present a new exhibition: A Uniform Coat of Many Colours: Military Immigrants in Alberta. The collection provides a comprehensive overview of immigrants to Alberta who have served in their country’s armed forces and paints a picture of how global conflict has shaped our regional demographics. The exhibition explores and presents diverse stories of immigrants to Alberta who have undertaken military service in their countries of origin, featuring first-person accounts, oral histories, art, and artifacts.
When: On now until September 18
Where: Founders’ Gallery, The Military Museums, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Tickets: Seniors: $5 (Free on Tuesdays)
Children under 7: Free
Veterans/Serving Military Personnel: Free
YYC Block Party/Deerfoot City
What: A Calgary mall is kicking it old school with a giant, 120-foot roller rink to help people in the city “let the good times roll” this summer. The massive rink at Deerfoot City is part of a 215-foot art and play space which was all designed with art from four Canadian artists WKNDRS, Tyler Lemermeyer, Sarah Lamoureux, and Natalia Ionescu. People who check out #YYCBlockParty at the Calgary mall will also be able to take in ping pong, tetherball, and lawn games for all ages to enjoy. There are some IG-worthy spots too, including a vintage boombox sculpture and a sculpture of a giant roller skate.
When: On now until September 30
Where: Deerfoot City (901 64 Ave NE)
Museum of Failure
What: See a collection of over 130 failed innovations like Google Glass, New Coke, and Colgate Frozen Dinners. The museum made its debut in Sweden and was put together by psychologist and innovation researcher, Dr. Samuel West. He believes people will be inspired to innovate and lose their fear of failure if they see the blunders of large corporations. If you feel you need to get a couple “oops” moments off your chest, there is a failure confessional at the end of the tour.
When: On now until September 30
Where: Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Road SE
Tickets: $28.11 for general admission
What: Alberta Culture Days is a month-long celebration in the province bringing communities together for fun events for the whole family. Communities are encouraged to put their own events together. People can check out events like Contemporary African Dance, Tie Die lessons, and soup-making classes.
When: From now until September 30
Where: Various locations across the province
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What: Enjoy weekend brunch at the Calgary Zoo. Held in the heart of Destination Africa, the zoo’s Safari Brunch features both gourmet and comfort breakfast foods, including a free-flowing chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, a Belgian waffle bar, and much more.
When: Every Sunday until November 13
Time: First seating 9 to 10:30 am, second seating 11 am to 12:30 pm, and third seating on select dates from 1 to 2:30 pm
Where: Calgary Zoo – 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Cost: $44.95 for adults, $27.95 for children
Quantum Sandbox exhibit (Elle McLean/Daily Hive)
What: Fascinated by the idea of parallel universes? If so, you can now take a deeper trip into the world of the subatomic in an exhibit at Telus Spark Science Centre’s digital immersion gallery. The team at Calgary’s science centre has taken what many consider the hardest science subject – quantum physics – and turned it into a floor-to-ceiling visual adventure everyone can relate to.
When: Open as of March 1, 2022
Time: Science centre hours (9 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm Friday through Sunday)
Where: TELUS Spark Science Centre – 220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Cost: Included with general admission ($26 for adults, $19 for children)
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