Well, friends, we made it! Friday is nearly here and so is the very first day of October. In celebration of that, why not get out there and explore all that your city has to offer? From pumpkin festivals to haunting events, there is plenty of things to do in Calgary this weekend. Here are 10 great ideas to get the ball rolling.
KICK THIS WEEKEND OFF AT CIFF!
We’re all guilty of it. You watch the same show or movie until your roommate or significant other is sick of it. This weekend, instead of re-binging the Office, why not check out a movie that your fave streaming service hasn’t even gotten their hands on yet! The Calgary International Film Festival is here – but, only with a few more days left so check it out while you can!
When: Until Sunday, October 3rd
Time: See times above
TAKE A WALK THROUGH AN ART-TASTIC EXHIBITION
Art, food, and friends? It doesn’t get better than that! This weekend, check out Abstract’d, a free-to-attend art walk featuring 209 pieces, 6 creators, 5 venues, and 2 food trucks in celebration of local talent and small businesses.
When: Sunday, October 3rd
Where: 544 38A Avenue SE, Calgary
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm
HIT CALGARY MAJOR PUMPKINS AFTER DARK EVENT
Well, cover jus in spider webs and call us Jack. Halloween is finally just around the corner and one of the first things on our to-hit list? Pumpkins After Dark – a one-of-a-kind event featuring more gourds that you could bake, carve or bash in an entire lifetime. It’s going to be magical!
When: Until Sunday, October 31st
Where: 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary
Time: See times above
Cost: $20 / per adult (early bird pricing)
EXPERIENCE THE VAN GOGH IMMERSIVE EXHIBIT ONE LAST TIME
Worried you missed the immersive Van Gogh Exhibit? Well you, friends just caught your lucky break! The event that took Calgarians by storm has extended its residency, but not for long! This weekend, immerse yourselves into the wonderfully colourful world of a mad genius! Guided by his own dreams, thoughts, and words, you can experience the world of the troubled artist as if it were the first time – for the last time.
When: Until October 8th
Where: 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Time: See times above
GET WHOLESOME AT CALAWAY’S HALLOWEEKEND EVENT
Want to spend the weekend with the family? We’ve got just the thing! This weekend, mask up and head out for a full day of sun, fun, parades, witchy meet and greets and of course, cheap and delicious carnival food at Calaway Park – where they’re holding their annual Halloweekends. It’s going to be adorable.
When: Weekends until October 11th
Where: 245033 Range Road 33, Calgary
WATCH A FALL CLASSIC
Plan on staying in? Why not turn on a comfy-cozy, ookey spooky, or wholesome fall-type movie and pop some corn. Not sure what to watch? We’ve actually put together a list of the very best films to watch – all of which will really get you into the mood of things. Check it out above and enjoy!
STROLL THE NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE – FOR FREE
October is going to be an expensive month, with all the candy buying and Halloween costume making (if that’s your thing). Save your money, where you can! This weekend, and every weekend for the rest of this year Calgary’s National Music Centre and ATB are actually offering free admission Saturdays and Sundays in celebration of Studio Bell’s 5th anniversary, meaning you can have fun and keep your wallet close.
Where: 850 4 St SE, Calgary, AB
TAKE A SELF-GUIDED FALL FOLIAGE TOUR OF ALBERTA
One of our favourite things about the fall months? Foliage! Now we may be biased here, but one of the best places in the country to see the leaves do their thing – is an Alberta National Park. Check out the link above for more information about the area’s many happenings and hotspots! Ah – we just can’t wait for sweater weather!
SHOP THE FARMERS & MAKERS MARKET
Sure it’s a bit chilly, but it’s still sunny – and that means the market season is very much in full swing. This weekend, whether you’re a foodie or a shopaholic, support the community in a safe and fun environment at the Calgary Farmers’ and Makers Market!
When: Every Saturday until October 9th
Where: 1729 29 Ave SW, Calgary
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
PICK A PUMPKIN AT A PATCH
Last but not least, why not check out a pumpkin patch? This weekend, toss on your autumn best and wander the fields of orange under the sun. Grab a hot chocolate, pick the perfect gourd and go home and make a pie or something. It doesn’t get any cuter than that! Check the link above for our favourite spots in and around the city limits!
There you have it, friends. 10 of the best things to do this weekend in Calgary. Enjoy, be safe and be kind!
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