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Hot Art Round-Up: Nov 14 – 17




Art Market Art & Craft Sale 2019
Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, Thursday – Sunday

Sharyn Roit Miller Inspiration Intuition
cSPACE, 5 – 8 pm

Mel Smit – Moments: Perhaps, Imagined
Blackboard Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

The Butter Dish – Exhibition Reception YYC
cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

With Bells On – a cSPACE Showcase Event
cSPACE: 5 – 9 pm

Laid/e: The Toulouse-Lautrec Project
cSPACE, Theatre Encounter: 8 dates, through November 23



Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market
Spruce Meadows, November 15 – December 1

Contextural’s 2019 Artisan Christmas Sale
Christ Church Calgary, 4 – 9 pm

Anna Ostberg / The Nature of Light – Opening Receptions
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Friday 5 – 9 pm & Saturday 2 – 5 pm

Sheila Kernan, “I Have Something to Say”
Gibson Fine Art, 6 – 9 pm



Draw Till You Drop VI
November 16-17, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
The address of the venue will be emailed to the ticket holders.

Hand Made Here Holiday Art Show and Sale 2019
Triwood Community Association, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

Enchanted Artisan Market YYC
Marda Loop Communities Association, 10:20 am – 4 pm

Abilities Art Exhibition and Sale
New Motion Gallery, 1 – 5 pm

A Portrait Show: Alex Bierk, Erik Olson, Kris Knight, Tyler Bright Hilton and Winnie Truong
Vivianeart, opening reception 2 – 5 pm

Reflections from the Dating Pool Book Launch
Webster Galleries, 7 – 9:30 pm



Fairview Pottery Studios Annual Fall Sale
Kingsland Community Centre, 10 am – 2 pm

Umbrella Talks 3: Artist Survival Guide
Community Wise, Elephant Artist Relief Society: 1 – 3 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: Nov 7 – 10




Nickle At Noon: The Atomic Photographers Guild
Nickle Galleries, noon – 1 pm

Signatures Festival of Crafts 2019
BMO Centre, Thursday – Sunday

Free First Thursday Nights
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

CAAF Connection 2019: Studio Residents’ Exhibition
cSPACE, 6:30 – 9 pm

Burns Visual Arts Society Group Exhibit closing reception
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery: 6:30 – 9 pm



Artist Talk with Curtis Cutshaw
University of Calgary Department of Art, 11 am – 12:30 pm

Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild of Calgary, Friday (5 – 8 pm) Saturday (10 am – 4 pm)

 Kasie Campbell and Ginette Lund / Matrilineal Threads
The New Gallery, 8 – 11:30 pm



Winter Show & Sale – Nov 9 & 10
Stephanie de Souza Art Gallery, CrossIron Mills

The Group Art Society of Calgary Fall Show
St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 10 am – 4 pm

Holiday Craft Fair
Bowness Community Centre, 10 am – 3 pm

Otahpiaaki 2019 Winter Count Market
St. Louis Hotel, noon – 6 pm

Curtis Cutshaw – Five Hole
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Sara Robichaud – Spectral
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Otahpiaaki 2019: Ísstoíyítahsinni
Central Library, 6:30 – 11 pm

Head Over Heels: Stride Gallery Annual Fundraiser
Stride Gallery, 8 pm – midnight



Rocio Graham: My Garden’s Funeral, Performance & Celebration
Contemporary Calgary, 3:30 – 5 pm



4 Calgary Fashion Shows in November 2019

By Anna Rybnickova

Image: Pixabay

Are you craving vibrant colours, bold cuts and extravagant materials? We’ve got your back with these tips on dazzling fashion shows around the city.

YYC Chic 2019
Thursday, November 7
This evening reception and gala consists of hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment, a silent auction and — of course — a fashion show which highlights the best of local fashion. There is an opportunity to shop at pop-up kiosks of several local retailers. The Style Guys, Jason and Aly, will lead you through the entire evening, promising glamorous and stylish experience.
Hudson 200 – 8 Ave SW 6th floor

Courtesy of Making Changes Association, YYC Chic

Otahpiaaki 2019: Ísstoíyítahsinni
Saturday, November 9
The annual celebration of Indigenous culture returns to town, hosting Indigenous fashion designers, artists, musicians, and performers showcasing the beauty of their cultures in all forms. You will be able to visit designer ateliers and an Indigenous runway show in the Central Library.
Calgary Central Library, 800 – 3 St SE

Thursday, November 28
Come see the inaugural show hosted by Concept X and get swept off your feet by the many forms of Canadian fashion, art installations, dance performances and live music. DJ Egypt will entertain you throughout the evening, together with pop-up dance performances. You can also visit a market showcasing the local looks and styles this town has to offer. See the unique styles of Kate Hewko, Malika Rajani, Charming Chaos and others at the runway show that is sure to inspire your fashion sense.
Venue 308, 308 – 11 Avenue Southeast #110

Image: Pixabay

Trunk Show Calgary
Friday – Sunday, November 29 – December 1
Attention, future brides! Trunk Show Calgary offers the brides-to-be a unique opportunity to meet with a designer or an executive from Martina Liana and schedule an appointment to try on the wedding dresses, which are not ordinarily available in local salons. You can look forward to a spectacular showcase of the latest cuts and styles and choose a dress that will make your big day even more special.
The Bridal Boutique Calgary, 5131 Elbow Dr SW

Hot Art Round-Up: Nov 1 – 3




New Craft Coalition Fall Show + Sale
Festival Hall, Friday (4 – 9 pm) and Saturday (10 am – 6 pm)

SUBLIME – True Craft Artisan Market: Co-Presented by Wordfest
Memorial Park Library, 4 – 9 pm

FCA Calgary Art Show & Sale
Edgemont Community Association, Friday (4:30 -9 pm) and Saturday ( 10 am – 4 pm)

Erdem Taşdelen: The Characters: Act I
EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, 7 – 11 pm

Unmanned Exhibit
Divine Dream Factory, 9 pm – 2 am (ticketed)

The Bench. (with a special performace by Jupiter Theatre)
cSPACE, Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2

The Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild of Calgary present: Inspired By A Book
Art Point Gallery, opening reception 5 – 9 pm

Melange a Trois: Sandi Greene, Hannah White and Patricia Gustafson
Framed on Fifth, artist opening Friday 6 – 9 pm

Taskoch pipon pesim kah nipa muskoseya nepinpesim eti pimachihew
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, opening reception Friday 7 – 11 pm



Happy Birthday Central Library!
Calgary Public Library, 10 am – 4:30 pm

Christmas in the Country Art Sale
Leighton Art Centre, November 2 – 3 & 9 – 10, 10 am – 4 pm

Stonehouse Calgary Launch
Calgary Public Library, 2 – 4 pm

Darkwoodstudio, 4 – 6 pm

Dia De Muertos Festival 2019
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, 5 – 11 pm

Basement featuring Svea Ferguson
Murphy’s Mid-Century, 6 – 9 pm

Scream / Annual Fundraiser
The New Gallery, 8 – 11:30 pm



Mount Pleasant Potter’s Guild Pottery Market
Triwood Community Hall, 10 am – 4 pm

Mamanaw Pekiskwewina Gathering & Exhibition Tour
Calgary Central Library, noon – 4:30 pm

8 Halloween Events in Calgary 2019

By Anna Rybnickova

Courtesy of the Halloween Expo

The night of all Hallows is upon us and the city of Calgary will turn into a spooky town this year. Take a look at our tips where to spend the scariest time of the year.

Grim Manor
Wed – Sat, Oct 30 – Nov 2
Over 7,000 feet of terror is awaiting you at WinSport as you immerse yourself in the thrilling story of Professor Grim, his insane quest for immortality and it’s disastrous consequences. Four spooky attractions, live performances of Ryan Stock & Amberlynn from America’s Got Talent and much more! To enter the Grim Manor, you must be at least 13 years of age, however, you can visit Grim’s Haunted Adventures: 3D which is suitable for all ages.
WinSport Canada, 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, website

Haunted Calgary Halloween Attraction
Thurs, Oct 31
This spooky Calgary tradition is back in town and you’re in for a real treat this year! Over 20,000 square feet will be filled with sheer horror, ready to scare the bejesus out of you. Make your way through four floors of haunted attractions and meet your deepest, darkest fears. You must find your way out before it’s too late.
New Horizon Mall, 260300 Writing Creek Cres, Balzac, hauntedcalgary.org

Murder Mystery Dinner: Halloween Horror – A Night at the Grimmies
Thurs, Oct 31
Enjoy a delightfully horrifying evening featuring the cast of the “worst horror film ever made” — the ‘Hallowiener Beach Party.’ A fun, interactive evening full of delicious food and entertainment that will leave you laughing on the floor. The doors open at 6 pm and the event is intended for adults (18+).
Fort Calgary, 750 – 9 Ave SE, fortcalgary.com

Werk Disco Bloodbath – Bob The Drag Queen
Thurs, Oct 31
The Palace Theatre is once more ready to sparkle as the diva Bob The Drag Queen the winner of season 8 RuPaul’s Drag Race — will take the stage! Mistress of the night Mona Moore & her majesty Misty Meadows will take you through the whole evening and you can also look forward to a costume contest, so dress up and win the $750 cash prize!
The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Ave SW, website

Courtesy Credit Logo TV

Calgary Halloween Thriller 2019
Thurs, Oct 31
Come to the Calgary’s #1 Nightclub for a Halloween party you are not going to remember (at least not till the morning after). Get that spooky costume on, join thousands of party souls and maybe even win a prize for best male & female costume!
Music Calgary, 1140 – 10 Avenue SW, website

Halloween Costume Crawl 2019
Fri, Nov 1
The tradition must go on! Bring your ID and hop on on one of the hundreds of party buses taking you to the most epic Halloween party locations. Thousands of creepy crawlers dressed in costumes from your wildest dreams will take Calgary by a storm and celebrate the 24th anniversary of this magnificent Halloween fun.
Hudson’s Canada’s Pub, 1201 – 5 St SW, website

Glowstick Night
Fri, Nov 1
Who knows what lurks in the deep darkness of the night? With all the lights off, you’ll only have a single glowstick per group to guide you through this terrifying place. Can you cope with the monsters and beasts from your darkest nightmares?
New Horizon Mall, 260300 Writing Creek Cres, Balzac, hauntedcalgary.org

Hell Night
Sat, Nov 2
Hell Night takes you into the middle of the zombie apocalypse and you really need to use your brain (get it?) to survive this one. Collect loot, avoid zombies and win the main prize, which will be awarded to the last person standing, and to the zombie who collects the most brains.
New Horizon Mall, 260300 Writing Creek Cres, Balzac, hauntedcalgary.org

Courtesy of the Halloween Expo

Hot Art Round-Up: Oct 24 – 26



Slippery When Wet
Marion Nicoll Gallery, through November 8

Chris Kuzmanovich : 50
Christine Klassen Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Closing Reception: Tendere
Alberta University of the Arts, 5 – 8 pm

Michele Donohue Gallery Event – VCAD Calgary
Visual College of Art and Design, 5 – 7 pm

Transference – An Exhibition by Jayda Karsten
New Edward Gallery, Thursday 7 – 10 pm; Friday 7 – 10 pm; Saturday 2 – 6 pm

RAW Calgary presents Stellar
Marquee Beer Market & Stage, 7pm – midnight



Meet Réal Fournier!
Webster Galleries, Friday and Saturday

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out Exhibit Opening
TELUS Spark, 10 am – 9 pm

Calgary Night Market October
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 10 pm

Halloween Boo Bags – Family Arts & Crafts
North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, 5:30 – 7:30 pm (pre-register)

The People’s Poetry Festival Art Opening 2019
Loft 112, 7 – 9 pm

Borough Burrow / Christeen Francis
Alberta Printmakers, 7 – 9 pm



Palette Fine Art Show and Sale
Triwood Community Association, 10 am – 4 pm

Lisa Matthias & Chris Kuzmanovich
Christine Klassen Gallery, 1 – 4 pm

David More: Hidden Within
Edge Gallery opening reception, 1 – 4 pm

Jonathan Forrest: The Other Side of Colour
Newzones opening reception, 2 – 4 pm

William Duma: Twilight & Nocturne / Rivers & Streams
Wallace Galleries Ltd, 2 – 5 pm

Artist Trading Cards/ Trading Session
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 5 – 7 pm

Le Cirque de la Nuit Presents: Odditorium
The Palace Theatre, 9 pm – 2 am

Explore Indigenous Culture in Calgary

By Anna Rybnickova

Credit: Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society

Canada is known for its diverse blend of various cultures. Here are some of the places where tourists and locals alike can learn about and experience the Indigenous cultures of Alberta.

Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society
Making Treaty 7 creates events, exhibitions and plays offering an insight into the experience of the “first voices of this place we call Canada.” The Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition returns to Calgary, presenting works of art by First Nations, Metis and Inuit artists. Visitors can look forward to seeing over 90 artworks, including those of beaders, photographers, painters, carvers, printmakers and others. Visit the exhibition at Arts Commons from October 1 – November 29. The exhibition splits in December and half of the artwork stays in Arts Commons and the other half moves to the Central Library until January 18.

Arts Commons, 205 8 Ave SE; Central Library, 800 3 St SE, makingtreaty7.com

The year-round exhibition Niitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life at Glenbow lets visitors explore the history, traditions and values of the Blackfoot Nation in the Treaty 7 territory. The museum’s permanent exhibition enables the Blackfoot people to show their history in their own words throughout the interactive displays. While there, you can venture out to the 3rd floor into the New Sun Gallery of Aboriginal Art and Culture and even check out all these exhibitions for free on the first Thursday of every month.

Glenbow Museum, 130 9 Ave SE, glenbow.org

Courtesy of the Glenbow Museum

Moonstone Creation
This family-owned gallery and gift shop features works of Canadian Indigenous artists, including paintings, West Coast jewelry, bronzes, sculptures, leather products, traditional skin creams made from natural oils, and clothing made from moose hide, such as moccasins, dresses or shirts. You can also visit one of their art classes where you can learn traditional art forms from “Cree knowledge keepers,” Yvonne Jobin & Amy Willier.

Moonstone Creation, 1219 10 Ave SE, moonstonecreation.ca

White Eagle Native Crafts
Owned and operated by First Nations people, this shop features native crafts, fashions, jewelry, blankets, moccasins and gifts. Check out their wonderfully colourful Regalia Scarves or the oh-so-fluffy and comfortable Manitobah Mukluks.

White Eagle Native Crafts, 9915 Chiila Blvd, on the Tsuu T’ina Reserve, Facebook Page

Credit: Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society

Drum Beat Productions and DJ BLKFT
The Drum Beat Productions is the creation of the Indigenous DJ BLKFT from Siksika Blackfoot First Nation who brought the new genre RezHouse to Calgary — a new wave of Indigenous DJ’ing and electronic music. The goal of Drum Beat Productions is to “bring together Indigenous and Non-Indigenous artists and allies to work together, inspire, and create a community of musicians Calgary has never seen before.” You can come and listen to them to King Eddy on November 11 as IRIM, Drum Beat & Femme Wave Present: Matriarchy Rising.

Facebook Page

Aahksoyo’p Indigenous Comfort Food
Food brings cultures together, right? Aahksoyo’p means “we are going to eat” in Blackfoot language. This catering company offers many comfort foods with the chef’s own Indigenous twist including bannock, frybread, Indian tacos, baked spaghetti, saskatoon berry soup & bannock cheeseburgers. They also offer full meals for families and individuals with home delivery. You can find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and check out their delicious menu.



Hot Art Round-Up: Oct 17 – 19



Nathan Pohan – So Sweet N So Cold
Marion Nicoll Gallery, through November 15

Exhibition | Tendere
Alberta University of the Arts, through October 28

Artist Talk with Roy Caussy
Stride Gallery, 6 – 7:30 pm

2nd Annual Chronic Art Show
New Motion Gallery, 6 – 9 pm

Under Prairie Skies – The Short Films of Mike Rollo (2008-2017)
Contemporary Calgary, 6 – 8 pm



Calgary Tattoo and Arts Festival
BMO Centre, Thursday – Sunday (ticketed)

Calgary Gem & Mineral Show
Big Four Building, Friday – Sunday (ticketed)

Something to Crow About!
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 5 – 9 pm

Masquerade Gala: One Year Anniversary
Art Space & Design, 5 pm – 12:30 am (ticketed)

Billy McCaroll / Aftermath
Jarvis Hall Gallery, 5 – 7 pm

State of Art Society Fall Show and Sale
Strathcona Community Centre, Friday and Saturday

Warm Up To Winter!
North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre Open House, 6 – 8 pm



Art Show & Sale
Calgary Canoe Club, 10 am- 5 pm

Annual Fall Art Show + Sale
Bridgeland Riverside Community Association, 10 am – 4 pm

In Conversation: Sybil Andrews: Art & Life
Glenbow Museum, 10 – 11 am (ticketed)

Fall 2019 Fibre Shindig
Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, 10 am – 4 pm

Dalhousie Art Show and Sale
Dalhousie Community Association, 10 am – 4 pm

Calyx Fall Art Show & Sale
1101-2 St NW, Saturday and Sunday

Jillaine Jurchuk, “Moving Forward”
Gibson Fine Art, 1 – 3 pm

Discovering Oscar Cahén (1916-1956)
TrépanierBaer opening reception:  1:30 – 4:00 pm

To Name An Other
Esker Foundation, 3 – 4 pm

Launch Party
Glenbow Museum, 7:30 – 10 pm

Your guide to cannabis in Calgary

As of October 17, it has been one year since recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada. In a country that was well known for cannabis use long before legalization (insert joke about the leaf on our flag here), life hasn’t changed too drastically, but the process of seeing what works and what doesn’t is still very much underway.

If you’re interested in using legal cannabis, there are a few things you need to know. Most importantly, rules and regulations for cannabis use vary by province and by city. While there are some federal laws governing criminal offences such as driving under the influence or providing cannabis to minors, provincial and municipal governments are responsible for rules about public consumption, minimum age, retail regulations and more — so make sure you know what’s acceptable before lighting up in a new place.

On October 17, 2019, cannabis edibles and topicals become legal. Edibles are cannabis-infused products that you can eat, such as candy, beverages, baked goods and dissolvable strips, while topicals are cannabis-infused products that can be absorbed through the skin, such as lotions, balms and oils. Due to the approvals process that manufacturers will need to undergo, edibles and topicals won’t be available to purchase until mid-December at the earliest.

Anyone over the age of 18 in Alberta and Quebec or over 19 in the rest of Canada, including Canadians and visitors from other countries, can use cannabis provided they follow laws and regulations. Cannabis use by minors is strictly prohibited, and minors may not enter cannabis retail locations. The maximum amount that can be purchased and carried for recreational use is 30 grams.

Cannabis can be purchased online at albertacannabis.org, which is operated by the provincial government. It can also be purchased at licensed retail outlets in various forms suitable for smoking and vaping. While the City of Calgary website does have a map of cannabis retail locations, it doesn’t list store names — simply searching “cannabis stores” on Google Maps is more effective. Prominent chains with multiple locations in Calgary include Four20 Premium Market, NewLeaf Cannabis, Fire & Flower Cannabis Co and Co-op Cannabis.

It is legal to smoke, vape or otherwise consume cannabis on private property. The property owner may choose to restrict cannabis use on their property, meaning that it can be forbidden by landlord/tenant agreements or condo bylaws.

Festivals and events in Calgary can receive permission to provide a designated cannabis consumption area, similar to beer gardens. These will be open air, fenced off zones for 18+ only.

It is illegal to consume recreational cannabis in public places, though medical cannabis may be smoked or vaped in public places that are allowed under both municipal and provincial rules. Cannabis may not be used at any cannabis retail outlets.

Using cannabis in vehicles (moving or stationary) is not permitted, and it cannot be within reach of anyone in a vehicle. Smoking lounges, cafes or specialized bars for cannabis are not permitted, though this has the potential to change in coming years.

It is legal to bring recreational cannabis on domestic flights within Canada as long as it does not exceed 30 grams. It can be stowed in carry-on or checked luggage. Cannabis oil is subject to the liquid restrictions — a 100 ml (3.4 oz) or smaller container is permitted in carry-on.

It is illegal to bring cannabis (recreational or medical) in or out of Canada on international flights or by any other method of crossing the border, even if you are travelling to or from another country with legalized or decriminalized cannabis.

Hot Art Round-Up: Oct 10 – 13



Kipling West & Tom Bagley: Place Names – You Are Here
Blackboard Gallery/ cSPACE, opening reception 5 – 8 pm

Opening for Under The Skies: A.S. Helwig art show/fundraiser
cSPACE, 5 – 8 pm

Spotlight YYC – Benjamin Oswald
cSPACE, Alberta Craft Council, 5 – 8 pm

Paul Seesequasis – Exhibition Opening
Nickle Galleries, 5 – 8 pm

Gerard Yunker: Portrayal
Paul Kuhn Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Carolina Vasquez-Lazo: Your Flesh and Blood
Alberta University of the Arts: The Wall Gallery, 6:30 – 8 pm

The 1938 International Amateur Movie Show: A Reconstruction
Contemporary Calgary, 7 – 9 pm



Art Works! Show
Dewinton Community Centre, Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm

Collin Zipp: Recent Acquisitions
EB Centre Street CTrain Station, 8 am – 5 pm

Artist Talk with Mia Rushton and Eric Moschopedis
University of Calgary Department of Art, 11 am – 12:30 pm

HEX Halloween & Entertainment Expo 2019
BMO Centre, Friday (5 – 10 pm) Saturday & Sunday (noon – 10 pm) Monday (11 am – 5 pm)

Mamanaw Pekiskwewina: Mother Tongues
Central Calgary Public Library, through December 14



Farmers Market Saturdays
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

Calgary’s Annual Zombie Walk
Tomkins Park, 8 am – noon

Calgary Central Library, 1 – 3 pm

Lucid Dreams Artshow
Nvrlnd.yyc, 1 – 10 pm

Who Ya Gonna Call? Village Square Library
Calgary Public Library, 2 – 4 pm

Ghost Stories Closing Reception
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 5 – 9 pm



The Crow
Plaza Theatre, 9 – 10:30 pm

7 Places for a Thanksgiving Feast in Calgary 2019

By Anna Rybnickova

All you pumpkin π-fans out there, rejoice! Once again, the Thanksgiving festivities are upon us and there are plenty of places in Calgary where you can spend the day savouring your favourite dishes with your family without all the cooking hustle and bustle. Simply get on that fancy dress and pick a spot!

Carriage House Inn
Saturday – Monday, October 12 – 14
The Carriage House Inn provides three dining options throughout the whole holiday weekend. You can choose from the brunch buffet on Sunday, delicious, three-course dinner on Sunday and holiday Monday, or even take-out dinner from Saturday until Monday so you can enjoy an exquisite feast from the comfort of your home.
Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail South, carriagehouse.net

Heritage Park Historical Village
Saturday – Monday, October 12 – 14
Thanksgiving weekend will be your last chance this year to enjoy the attractions of the historical village. A traditional Thanksgiving lunch, themed activities, pumpkin pie baking and crafts are awaiting you at the Wainwright Hotel.
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, heritagepark.ca

Wainwright Hotel, credit: Heritage Park

Selkirk Grille
Sunday – Monday, October 13 – 14
Selkirk Grille at Heritage Park prepared a delicious Thanksgiving menu that has something for everybody. If you want a light nibble to take with you on the park’s many attractions, enjoy a roast turkey sandwich. If you are in for the whole experience, enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner or lunch with all the traditional goodies, which were given a creative spin.
Selkirk Grille, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, selkirkgrille.ca

The Selkirk Grille, credit: Colin Way Photography

Vegan Thanksgiving at Hearts Choices
Sunday, October 13
Getting tired of the constant image of turkey as the sole meal of this holiday season? This year, plant-lovers of Calgary will have the option to try out a purely vegan Thanksgiving feast, including a vegan turk’y, mashed potatoes, herb stuffing and as a dessert, of course, a pumpkin cashew cheezecake.
Hearts Choices Cafe Market, 4127 6 St NE, heartschoices.com

Courtesy of Hearts Choices

Brunch at Fort Calgary
Sunday, October 13
An overflowing brunch buffet at Fort Calgary is always a good idea. Chef’s selection of hot and cold platters, made-to-order omelettes, eggs benedict, sausages, bacon and everything else and more you expect from an excellent brunch. This is the ultimate Thanksgiving comfort food in style as you also receive a complimentary admission to the Fort Calgary’s museum.
Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave SE, fortcalgary.com

Courtesy of Fort Calgary

Thanksgiving Brunch & Dinner at Glenmore Inn
Sunday, October 13
The Garden Court Atrium at Glenmore Inn will be stuffed with a Thanksgiving buffet for brunch or dinner this year. The feast is suitable for all ages, so bring your whole family together and spend some quality time with your loved ones without the stress of preparations.
Glenmore Inn, 1000 Glenmore Court SE, glenmoreinn.com

Courtesy of the Glenmore Inn

Fall Harvest Dinner at Calgary Zoo
Monday, October 14
If you want to give your Thanksgiving a fun twist, why not spend it at the zoo? Explore the various pavilions and enclosures and then come together for a hearty four-course turkey dinner consisting of everything nice and proper this holiday deserves.
Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE, calgaryzoo.com

Courtesy of the Calgary Zoo

Fun and Spooky Halloween Events in Calgary

By Rachael Frey & Anna Rybnickova

Ghoul’s Night Out; Courtesy of the Heritage Park

Ready to get spooked? Or are you not a fan of horror thrills? Whether you are looking for a family-friendly event, a sporting activity to get that adrenalin flowing or just want to finally dress up in your best costume, Calgary offers something for everyone this October.

October 12 – 14
Join Billy, Roxy and the Boo Crew at Calaway Park. Take a stroll down Hallo-Street and enjoy all your favourite rides. Dress up as your favorite character and enjoy family-friendly tricks and treats. The characters for this weekend’s meet & greet are Ariel & Ursula on Saturday, Batgirl & Harley Quinn on Sunday and Aurora & Maleficent on Holiday Monday. Come & meet them all!
Calaway Park, 245033 Range Rd 33, calawaypark.com

HEX Halloween & Entertainment Expo
October 11 – 14
The inaugural HEX promises to be a scream, packed with celebrity appearances, zombie-filled haunted houses, escape rooms, thrill rides, a screening room, seminars and workshops, freaky carnival games and a Halloween-focused tradeshow. Celebrity guests include Nick Castle (Halloween’s Michael Myers), the cast of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Meat Loaf, Ted Raimi and the cast of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Hex, BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way SE, hex.ca

Courtesy of Hex Halloween Expo

Autumn Pumpkin Festival
Every weekend in October
The Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm offers something for everyone. Explore the corn maze, pet fuzzy animals, decorate pumpkins, cheer on your favourite pig at the pig races (yes, that’s right — they race each other), hit a round or two on the mini golf course, and visit the pumpkin patch for the perfect photo-op. You can choose your own pumpkin for purchase, and watch pumpkins explode once a day — they’re full of candy.
Calgary Farmyard, 284022 Township Road 224, calgaryfarmyard.com

Halloween Howl
October 19
Dress up in your best costume and run for a good cause! All proceeds from the Halloween Howl support the Alberta Diabetes Foundation. Individuals or teams can register for a 3K or 5K fun run/walk or a 10K chip-timed run.
Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW, eauclairemarket.com

Courtesy of Hex Halloween Expo

Alberta Ballet’s Frankenstein
October 23 – 26
Alberta Ballet is breathing life in to the chilling “fairytale for adults” — Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, considered to be the first science-fiction novel ever written. This world premiere, which features a sophisticated set design and haunting soundtrack, will transpose the classic narrative to North America in 2019. “It will somehow connect stronger because of how the audience is going to relate to the technology, the advance of artificial intelligence, stem cell research and cloning,” says Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître. The performance is not recommended for children or the faint of heart.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW, albertaballet.com

Alberta Ballet, Frankenstein; Credit: Paul McGrath, Zacharie Dun

Ghouls’ Night Out
October 24 – 27
For a safe, fun night for those with early bedtimes, explore the streets of Heritage Park in your favourite costume. There’s lots of spooky activities to keep the little ones (and their caregivers) entertained, including an Alice in Wonderland Tea, haunted funhouse, pumpkin patch, scary stories, a Halloween dance, trick-or-treating and you can even meet the Addams family!
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, heritagepark.ca

Ghosts and Gourmet
October 29 – November 1
See Heritage Park Historical Village after dark in the Ghosts and Gourmet dinner series, where you’ll be regaled with spooky stories while enjoying an autumn-inspired meal in the Wainwright Hotel before stepping inside the historical homes that are purportedly haunted. The tours are conducted by expert guides and are based on eerie tales collected from staff and guests since the park first opened in the 1960s.
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, heritagepark.ca

Ghosts & Gourmet, Courtesy of the Heritage Park