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20 of the best things to do in Calgary this October

Via Martin Garrix on Twitter

September was the month of summertime sadness. We’ll spare you the Green Day jokes. Now that it’s come and gone, some will try to convince that its the holiday season already. Ignore em’! Here’s our humble attempt to remind you how fun this upcoming month can be! Enjoy it! Live in the moment! Thanksgiving, Halloween! It’s all here, and it’s all now!

Here are 21 things you can do in Calgary this October.

PRE-FLAMES PARTIES AT THE GUILD

We know that you’ve already put together your fantasy hockey draft. You’ve been ready for this season since, well, last season. Hit The Guild before you watch some games! You’ll want to save your dollars for any irresponsible in-arena bets you’ll make during the game. $19 at guild will get you a burger and a beer. That’s like a single dome beer, guys.

Where: 200 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B5
When: Pre-Flames Game
Cost: $19

BUFFO SUNDAY SUPPER

Nothing can compare to the taste of comfort food during the chillier months. What’s more comforting than carbs and melted cheese?! Buffo is some of the best authentic Italian food in the city. Sunday supper, just like your momma used to make, picks up on October 20th. Dinner is only $35 dollars and includes three incredible courses.

When: Every Sunday
Where: Saks Fifth Avenue, CF Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Trail SW #2Y
Cost: $35

SUB ROSA HALLOWEEN PARTY

Grab your “boo”. Its time to Monster Mash. Creep it real at Sub Rosas spooky Halloween party in Calgary. What better way to celebrate the darkest holiday of the year then underground? Dramatic decor and specially curated cocktails? It’ll be a howling good time.

When: October 26th
Where: 200 8 Ave SW, Calgary

THE NEW CRAFT BEER MARKET

So you missed the grand opening? That’s okay! CRAFT is here to stay! CRAFT Beer Market has reinvented itself as an adult playground. Enjoy Insta-worthy murals, a vintage-inspired cocktail camper, indoor string lights, and bocce ball courts. Also, a new slushie cocktail menu AND canned craft brews?! This place is wild.

Where: 345 10 Ave SW, Calgary

CIBO REINVENTED

Do you smell that? It smells like … pasta? and Pizza?! It smells like Cibo! We would recognize that scent anywhere. Cibo has launched its Cafe and Wine Bar and it’s really taken the reigns on this gourmet, grab and go concept. Now featuring a premium espresso line and drip coffee from Phil & Sebastian’s specialty blend beans. Grab classic favourites like hand-crafted sandwiches and paninis, cannelloni, meatballs, personal pizzettes… Sounds tasty!

Where: 1012 17 Ave SW, Calgary

DIXONS FOR LUNCH

Are you full yet? Nah, we didn’t think so. Get the ‘break’ back into your lunch hour. It’ll only cost you $12! From Monday to Friday, Dixons is dishing out seven incredible noon hour options to put a skip back in your step. Take on the rest of the day will a full stomach and happy tastebuds!

Where: 15425 Bannister Rd SE #24, Calgary
Cost: $12

ADULT NIGHT AT THE ZOO

Silly rabbit, the zoo isn’t just for kids! It’s also a solid date or girls’ night! On October 10th, get crafty! Choose from creating a seasonal wreath of beautiful fall foliage, or bring your creative vision to reality by creating colourful and vibrant pieces of art. All while enjoying an amazing spread of charcuterie and the zoo’s signature lion cocktail!

When: October 10
Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Cost: $50

HARVEST DINNER AT THE ZOO

No turkey? No problem! This year, ditch the stress AND the mess! Spend Thanksgiving with your favourite furry friends at the Calgary Zoo. On October 14th, enjoy a four-course turkey feast for the zoo’s Fall Harvest Dinner.

When: October 14
Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Cost: $49.95

ROCKY MOUNTAIN WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

It’s almost that time again! One of Alberta’s most anticipated events, the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival, is back. It’s the tastiest weekend at the BMO. Pick from dynamic wines, innovative spirits, and delicious beers. Drinking on an empty stomach is a rookie mistake. Dig into mouthwatering eats and treats from some of the best joints in Calgary.

Where: 225 58 Ave SE, Calgary
When: October 18 – 19
Cost: $28 – $33

TAKE AND ATCO COOKING CLASS

There’s always that one friend that can’t cook. You’d rather starve than take a bite of whatever they’ve put in front of you. Heres an idea! Take a cooking class! This is a fun and cheeky way of teaching them a thing or two. And it’s just a great night out!

Where: 909 11 Ave SW, Calgary
Cost: $35 – $110

TREAT YOURSELF AT COPPER BRANCH

See you later, root beer floats! It’s 2019 and we’re all about that kombucha. The mad scientists at Copper branch have put together an experimental combo and it’s a must-try this month. Kombucha float sounds intimidating, but it might just change your life. You’ll never know if you don’t try!

Where: Intact Place, 321 6 Ave SW Unit 204, Calgary

SAY GOODBYE TO THE PANDAS AT THE ZOO

Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s almost time to say goodbye to the zoo’s biggest, cutest floofs. The awe-inspiring cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue have been around since 2018. Since, they have become one of the most popular stops at the zoo. They’ll be greatly missed! But you still have time to take one more peek!

When: October 4-6
Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Cost: $19.95 – $29.95

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT GRANARY ROAD

It’s almost carvin’ time! Nothing gets you into the fall spirit like a good old pumpkin patch. Plaid up and head over to Granary Road for the cutest festival in October. Pick your perfect pumpkin and then munch on kettle corn and fresh fruit from the year-round market.

When: October 18-19
Where: 226066 112 St W, Foothills No. 31

CATCH A FLICK AT THE BACKSEAT CINEMA

Netflix could never. Back seat cinema is the coolest and most unique movie viewing experience in Calgary. Giggle and scream your way through this month’s showing of Shaun of the Dead. Enjoy specialty cocktails, mystery entertainment, and games themed around the movie of the month.

When: October 25
Where: 608 1 St SW, Calgary
Cost: $20

RESTRICTED SECTION CABERNET AT BETTY LOUS LIBRARY

What’s cooler than going for drinks at Betty Lous? Going to a cabaret at Betty Lous! This is one of Calgary’s coolest concept bars. Password-protected and hidden behind a bookcase, Betty Lous is a hole in the wall speakeasy with great cocktails and whiskey. Can you, can you do the can-can?

When: October 2nd
Where: The Devenish Building, 908 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary
Cost: $8

CHEECH AND CHONG O’CANNABIS TOUR

Catch the hilarious duo on their “celebratory” tour. Edmonton born, Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin are bringing their counter-culture act to Calgary this October. It’ll be an evening you probably won’t forget!

When: October 4
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave Northwest
Cost: Tickets start at $39.50 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster

THE BACHELORETTE’S JOHN PAUL JONES

“Almost paradissse! How could we ask for more?” With Blonde locks, So-cal slang and a Shakespeare monologue for every occasion! Bachelor nation’s most dramatic contestant yet, John Paul Jones is taking over the city for one night only. Fans of the show won’t want to miss this.

When: October 4
Where: Knoxville’s YYC 840 9 Ave SW, Calgary
Cost: $20 – $30

MONSTER MASSIVE WITH MARTIN GARRIX

Shake it out. The stress, the long hours you’ve put into work and the late-night study sessions. Get spooky, get wild, and get weird at one of Calgary’s biggest Halloween parties. Featuring Cosmic Gate, Julian Jordan, SNBNR, Vicetone. Headlined by Martin Garrix, this party is a monster! It’s going to be massive.

When: October 26
Where: Big Four Road SE, Calgary
Cost: $129 – $153

GRETA BAR

Greta Bar has added some pretty cool additions to their already dope selection of games and grub. Any street food is good street food, especially when you don’t have to hit the curb to get it. Check out their new menu featuring Indonesian Fried Rice, Shawarma Nachos, Funnel Cake Bites, and their GRETA burger. Then, get competitive with new games like Halo, Ninja Turtles, Pong, and Tomb Raider.

Where:213 10 Ave SW, Calgary

SCREAMFEST RESURRECTED

BOO! Maybe we need to work on our jump scares, but the people at Screamfest? They certainly don’t. Hang on tight to the closest stranger, you’ll need them. Strain your vocal cords at this year’s haunted house fest! An October in Calgary bucket list item. Its time to get spooky!

When: October 11 – 14
Where: 20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Cost: $9 – $99

Pumpkin spice up your life! October is spooky, sweet, savoury, and super fun. We hope this gets you started, but it doesn’t stop here. The city is alive in the fall! Go get em’. Enjoy all these things to do in Calgary this October!

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