Fall is a wonderful time of year. Now that the tourist season is over, we can begin to enjoy our own city again without a bunch of people ironically wearing cowboy hats. In order to make this October the best October ever, we found seven free things to do in Calgary this month that are an absolute must. Whether you are taking in a Halloween-themed party or local artisan show, all seven of these events are free. So why not go?
We have been through an emotional rollercoaster recently, Calgary. Our fall did not last long thanks to Snowtember. But just because we had winter storm warnings doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun.
Throughout the month of October, there are tons of awesome events going on. We understand that going to every concert, foodie event, and wine tasting may be a little hard to do on a millennial budget.
That's why we found seven wicked events to do around Calgary that are absolutely free. Now all you need to do is grab a friend or two and plan the perfect day.
Winter isn’t supposed to technically arrive for another couple of weeks so don’t let this weather get you down. Get out there and enjoy the city before the inevitable snow dump comes along.
And in case you needed more reason to put down the T.V. remote and explore the city, a lot of these events are indoors and away from the cold.
Ghost Stories YYC Group Art Show
When: Now until October 12, 2019
Address: Rubterto Ostberg Gallery, 2108 18th Street Northwest, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: October is the spookiest time of year so why not listen to some ghost stories? Each artist has written a short scary story to go along with their piece so you get the perfect visual of your worst nightmare.
YYC Alternative Market
When: October 5, 2019
Address: Inglewood Community Association Hall, 1740 24 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: This cutting-edge market will be one of the best pop up markets of the fall. With tons of local artisans, small businesses, and makers, you are bound to find the perfect gift for Christmas.
When: October 4 & 5, 2019
Address: CRAFT Beer Market - Southcentre Mall Calgary, 100 Anderson Road Southeast, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: This two-day festival will celebrate all things Oktoberfest. From beer and food to music and attire, you will feel like you are right in Germany.
Alberta Ballet Costume Sale
When: October 6, 2019
Address: The Alberta Ballet, 141 18 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: If you’re looking for a Halloween costume than this event is for you. Heady down to the Alberta Ballet to shop a wide range of costume ghat are all for sale. It's going to be epic and it's free to get in.
Calgary Zombie Walk
When: October 12, 2019
Address: Olympic Plaza, 8 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: Hundreds of dead are going to be taking over the street during Calgary’s annual zombie walk. You’ll feel like you're in the Walking Dead as you watch zombies crawl their way down Stephen Avenue.
When: October 26, 2019
Address: Downtown Okotoks
Why You Need To Go: If you’re a fantasy fan then you’ll love this event. Dress up in your favourite cosplay and celebrate all things medieval.
Try Out for Big Brother Canada
When: October 12, 2019
Address: Cowboy’s Night Club, 421 12 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: If you’ve ever wanted to be a T.V. personality, now is your chance. You can apply for free to be on Big Brother Canada in just a few short days. The winner of the show will get $100,000 and a whole bunch of fame.
If you decide you need a break from the snow, try heading west. Fall in B.C. is thriving and the leaves are gorgeous this time of year.