Fall In Calgary: 14 Things You Absolutely Can't Miss
New season, who dis?
With a new season, comes a new social calendar. Long gone are the days of rooftop cocktail parties and late night bonfires. Now it's time for haunted houses, Thanksgiving dinners, and Christmas preparations.
Lucky for you, nobody does Fall better than Calgary. We've made a list of the best events happening in YYC this fall by the month, so that you can fit them into your busy schedule. Grab your planner, and figure out where you'll be seen out this season:
For events in October, click "Next"
OctoberFeast // Various restaurants
When: October 1st - October 15th
What: This is the Calgary Food Bank's first OctoberFeast event. Local restaurants are challenged to come up with a unique dish with at least two of the food banks most needed items being used in the preparation; ingredients such as peanut butter, juice, and pasta are used.
Why you should go: Not only do you get some great food, but by ordering an OctoberFeast meal from a participating restaurant, you're donating a portion of the proceeds directly to the Calgary Food Bank.
When: October 8th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: For over a decade, Blue Grass Nursery has been hosting its annual Pumpkin Festival to celebrate fall, and all the wonderful things that come with it.
Why you should go: You can participate in fun, festive activities, such as pumpkin bowling and carving, a straw maze, hay rides, and more. Admission is by donation, and all proceeds go to the Alberta Children's Hospital.
ScreamFest // Stampede Park
When: Fridays and Saturdays starting October 13th - October 28th, 7 p.m. to midnight
What: Get ready to scream. This is one of Calgary's best pre-Halloween events, featuring a multitude of haunted houses and Halloween themed carnival games.
Why you should go: Any Halloween fanatic can't miss out on this one. They'll also be featuring an "adults only" night on October 26th, which is sure to be extra spooky.
Boobyball // Hotel Arts
When: October 14th from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
What: Boobyball is an annual event that's all about promoting Breast Cancer Awareness and fundraising for the cause in the most fun way possible. Every year is a party and features unique events and games that will keep you entertained all night.
Why you should go: This year's theme is "Get Physical", so you'll have an excuse to dawn your most extra Madonna-esque attire, and have the night of your life, all while raising money for a good cause.
The Ghosts of Fish Creek Park // Bow Valley Ranch
When: October 24th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
What: Wayne Meikle, Alberta Park expert, offers a tour through one of Calgary's most haunted areas.
Why you should go: For just $7, enjoy an evening of historical ghost stories, and hot chocolate to keep you nice and toasty.
For events in November, click "Next"
Ghosts and Gourmet // Heritage Park
When: October 31st to November 2nd, starting at 6 p.m.
What: Ghosts and Gourmet is yet another Halloween themed event, but this one features a three-course meal and a multitude of ghost stories.
Why you should go: Just because October's over doesn't mean Halloween needs to be. Keep celebrating into the new month, before the Christmas season starts.
The Alberta Dames Modern Vintage Market // Apple Creek Golf Course
When: November 4th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: The Alberta Dames' market features over 50 unique vendors, selling products specifically made for this event.
Why you should go: As if you really need another excuse to go shopping. You're bound to find some super cute home decor or trinkets here, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to charity.
Bowness Christmas Craft Sale // Bowness Community Centre
When: November 4th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: This is one of Calgary's first Christmas themed events to kick off the festival season.
Why you should go: It's never too early to start Christmas shopping, and for a lot of people, the end of Halloween is the start of winter festivities.
Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart // Stampede Corral
When: November 15th - November 19th
What: If you haven't heard of Disney on Ice, you're missing out. Relive your childhood and watch all your favourite characters perform an adorable show that'll leave you feeling super nostalgic.
Why you should go: You can't afford a trip to Disneyland on your poor student budget, so this is your next best bet.
Little Modern Market: Holiday Edition // Rally Pointe
When: November 25th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
What: Not just another market, Little Modern Holiday Edition is aimed at bringing the feels of downtown into the suburbs.
Why you should go: November seems to be the ideal time for Christmas shopping, and what better place to grab some unique presents than at a crafty market?
For events in December, click "Next"
Zoo Lights // Calgary Zoo
When: Dates TBA, usually runs from late November to early January
What: The world-famous Calgary Zoo lights will light up your Winter blues and your Instagram feed. With over 1.5 million lights used to decorate, you'll have endless sights to see.
Why you should go: What better way to get into the holiday spirit than admiring some beautiful lights at one of Calgary's best spots?
Big Rock Brewing Workshop // Big Rock Interpretive Brewery
When: December 7th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
What: This is the perfect event for any beer lover, as you get to learn about and participate in the full brewing process.
Why you should go: This is a super unique experience, and an excellent excuse to drink, if you need one.
Skate Date // Olympic Plaza
When: Opening dates TBA, rink usually opens mid-November
What: When the weather gets cold, Olympic Plaza opens the doors to its outdoor rink for you and yours to enjoy.
Why you should go: What's cuter than a skate date?
A Christmas Carol // Max Bell Theatre
When: Show runs from November 28th to December 24th
What: A festive classic, A Christmas Carol is a must-see during the holiday season.
Why you should go: This is another great way to get into the holiday spirit, and the Arts Commons theatre is the perfect, laid-back venue.