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Calgary Events

13 Ostentatious, Decidedly Touristy Attractions Worth Visiting


West Edmonton Mall (Photo: courtesy West Edmonton Mall)

You know the ones: they have lines around the block, tacky souvenirs for sale, overpriced everything and/or locals warning you to stay away because they’re tourist traps. We beg to differ. These attractions and events may be big, bold, brassy and firmly marked on every tourist map, but they’re also unique experiences not to be missed. Plus, they’re just plain fun, if you don’t let a too-cool-for-school attitude get in the way. (more…)

Blue Man Group

The wildly entertaining Blue Man Group combines technology, live music and comedic skits to produce a totally unique and interactive theatrical performance right here in Calgary.

Courtesy Paul Kolnik


Book Now for Calgary Stampede’s Centennial Year


Photo: Naila Jinnah

If you’re planning to attend one of Canada’s largest annual events, the Calgary Stampede, this year, you’d better book your hotel room now, says the CBC. (more…)

A Guide to Calgary Bridal Fairs

Courtesy Bridal Fantasy

If you’re planning your big day, attending a wedding fair is a great chance to see what’s out there, make a few contacts and get some great ideas as to what you and your partner want for your wedding (and how much it will cost). Here are a few tips to make the most of your experience:

  1. Keep an eye out for registry deals
  2. Often, big retailers like The Bay will attend wedding shows offering you a chance to compare deals and registration systems. The upside to picking a national brand is that if you have out of town guests or if you are having a wedding, gifts can be purchased and directed to the location closest to the couple who can then pick them up at their leisure.

  3. Bring pre-printed cards to save time
  4. Nearly every vendor will ask for your contact info, either to send you more information or to enter you in a contest. Those looking to save time and effort may consider pre-printing your name, phone number, e-mail and partner’s name on small, business-card-like slips. These can be easily dropped off before you move to the next vendor.


Calgary Weekend Roundup: December 9-11

Find out what events you can’t miss this weekend in Calgary. For complete event listings, be sure to check out the Where Calgary Entertainment listings.

Photograph courtesy of Paul Brandt

Friday December 9, 2011

It’s a weekend of symphonic holiday music as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Handel’s Messiah” tonight and tomorrow night. They continue with “A Traditional Christmas” in partnership with the Young Canadians on Saturday, and finish the weekend on Sunday with “Sing Along Messiah,” the sing-along version of “Handel’s Messiah” with conductor Ivars Taurins’ dressed up as Handel.

The Calgary Hitmen take to the ice at Scotiabank Saddledome against the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night, so be sure to head out and cheer them on!


Calgary Weekend Roundup: November 25-27

Find out what events you can’t miss this weekend in Calgary. For complete event listings, be sure to check out the Where Calgary Entertainment listings.

Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo.

Friday November 25, 2011

Every store and street corner is starting to look red, green and cheery, so if you need a break from the early holiday activities, don’t miss “Kuniko Magical Mask, Mime and Music of Japan,” a show that brings the Japanese culture to life with music, masks, origami and mime. It starts tonight at Y Stage and continues through to Sunday.

If you are in the holiday mood, The Calgary Zoo officially launches the annual winter festival Zoolights, with holiday light displays in the shapes of animals, hot chocolate and winter fun. In the same spirit, Spruce Meadows continues their International Christmas Market this weekend with 74 kilometres of light displays in addition to the more than 200 vendors inside.


Calgary Weekend Roundup: November 18-20

Find out what events you can’t miss this weekend in Calgary. For complete event listings, be sure to check out the Where Entertainment listings.

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market; photo by Mike Sturk.

Friday November 18, 2011

The weather outside is certainly frightful, so it’s a great time to get a jump on your holiday shopping list. Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market kicks off Friday with more than 200 vendors ready to sell you their unique items from around the world. Don’t miss the outdoor events like ice-carving demonstrations and fire pits.

If you’re in the mood relax, sip and savour at the Calgary Co-Op Wines & Spirts’s Fall Grape Escape event featuring wine, beer and spirits from all around the world. And don’t miss the final performance on November 18 of the Calgary Opera’s Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi – two short operas in one unforgettable night.


Celebrate Remembrance Day in Calgary

November 11 isn’t just a day off, it’s an opportunity to honour and show respect for our past and present military  heroes. Celebrate this year by attending any of the events below with a cash or food donation, or by making a donation to a poppy box, or online at organizations like 11 For 11, which funds scholarships for kids who have lost a parent in the line of duty.


The Military Museums host Calgary’s largest Remembrance Day service honouring Canada’s veterans and current soldiers. More than 12,000 people attend this service each year. Stand proudly through Canada’s national anthem and listen to men and women who have served speak. Hearing a veteran recite “In Flanders Fields” will stay with you long past the moment of silence and playing of “Last Post.”

Parking is free but limited, so guests are advised to arrive early. Food donations to the Veterans’ Food Bank and cash donations to the Military Families Fund are gratefully accepted.

You could also visit Calgary’s newest memorial, the Soldier Memorial, which was unveiled in April 2011 and is part of the Memorial Drive Landscape of Memory project.


Calgary Weekend Roundup: November 4-6

Find out which events you can’t miss in YYC this weekend. For complete event listings, be sure to check out the Where Entertainment listings.

Friday November 4, 2011

Calgary’s first annual Snowfest takes place this weekend, featuring over 100 booths with retail, travel and destination skiing and snowboarding. Don’t miss Family Day Sunday and the chance to get a great deal on snow passes and gear all weekend.

American country singer/songwriter Leon Russell will be at Century Casino Friday night performing hits like “If I Were a Carpenter.” Or, if folk singing and story-telling is more your style, check out Dan Mangan at MacEwan Hall. For a more traditional musical experience, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing Mahler’s 3rd Symphony Friday and Saturday night.

With the season’s first snow on the ground, it’s the perfect time to think about Christmas, specifically Christmas shopping! The Crestmont Christmas Fair is this weekend, with more than 30 local artisan and home-based vendors offering up unique gift ideas.


Calgary Weekend Round Up: October 14-16

Check out these highlighted events—you can find our full event listings at Where Calgary.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Two-time Emmy winner Kathy Griffin take the stage at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium. Did you know she’s also an author? Or,  if you’re in an artsy mood, join artist and owner Tracy Proctor in her studio, Swirl Fine Art & Design, to learn about and try encaustic painting. Not to be missed, The Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival runs Friday and Saturday, featuring world-class wine, premium spirits, imports and micro brewed beer, and an assortment of local culinary creations.


Calgary Weekend Round Up: September 30-October 2

Check out these highlighted events—you can find our full event listings at Where Calgary.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Kings of Leon take the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday with special guest The Sheepdogs. The Tennessee band is promoting their fifth album, Come Around Sundown. You may also know them for their hit singles “Sex On Fire” and “Use Somebody.” When lead singer Caleb Followill walked off stage at a Dallas concert, the band ended up cancelling the remainder of their U.S. tour, but they’ve picked up the pieces and will take the stage starting in Vancouver. The group was nominated for a Grammy this year for the song “Radioactive” in the Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals and Best Rock Song categories.

If that doesn’t satisfy your indie music craving, check out New York’s Pains Of Being Pure Of Heart at Dicken’s Pub (1000 – 9 Ave SW) in support of their latest album Belong. For tickets, visit Union Events.


Calgary International Film Festival Opens This Week

Image courtesy of Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF)

We’re only a few short days away from the Calgary International Film Festival. Running from September 23-October 2, 2011, this annual celebration of the talkies brings together 200 films from over 60 countries. Expect animated short films, documentaries on Mayor Nenshi’s social media political campaign and the puppeteer behind Elmo, coming-of-age stories from first-time Canadian filmmakers, and more.

The spotlight theme for this year is Alberta, with five local films (three narrative features and two documentaries) competing for the Alberta Spirit award. All Alberta Spotlight screenings are world premieres and will be hosted by the cast and crew of each film, so be sure to wait around for the meet and greet.