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8 Things To Do In Calgary This long Weekend (October 11-14)

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It’s almost turkey time! Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to get their grub on work or stress-free. Some have been faced with the daunting task of occupying the folks, fam or friends who came from out of town. This one’s for the tour guide, the Thanksgiving orphan or the restless.

Here are 8 things to do around Calgary this long weekend, when or if you’re not spending the entirety of it slipping in and out of food comas.


Take it easy at this three-day free-ski film festival. The visuals in these films will be incredible, and it sure beats watching your siblings fight over what to watch on Netflix after dinner. Everyone might be getting older, but when siblings are together they’ll always act the same age- and that age is 10. Grab some popcorn, prepare to be amazed and settle in. No one has control over the remote, and you might even learn a thing or two!

When: October 10 – 12
Where: The Globe Cinema


If you only have dinner on Monday and your other plans were just to binge every Friday the 13th movie in celebration of spooky-month, forget it. Why watch Freddy Krueger, when you can meet Freddy Krueger? Hex Halloween and entertainment expo is basically Comic-Con, but for horror fans. If you’re like us and just can’t get enough of the creepy-crawly, this is definitely the place for you. Rub elbows with Meatloaf, Robert Englund, Nick Castle (the man behind the Michael Myers mask) just to name a few. It’ll be a scary good time.

When: October 11 – 14
Where: BMO Centre, Roundup Way SE, Calgary
Cost: $9-$299


Want to ensure that you’ll never be in charge of planning a family outing ever again? Scare the crap out everyone at Haunted Calgary! We’re only kind of just kidding. This year, the legendary event, Haunted Calgary has three new terrifying haunted houses and a family fun zone! Battle it out in a zombie-nerf war, where you can get your cousin back for that that one thing he did when you were kids. It’ll actually be a ton of fun.

When: October 12
Where: 260300 Writing Creek Cres, Balzac, AB
Cost: $10-$40


What better way to work of thanksgiving dinner than to stumble through the streets with the dead downtown? Get bloody, get creative, and get some fresh air. Bring the whole family, including the dog!

When: October 12
Where: 228 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Cost: Free

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Take mom to the pumpkin patch, or let your nieces and nephews run around with the goats. The Autumn Pumpkin festival was made for family bonding. Find your perfect pumpkin, play games, and get lost inside the corn maze.

When: October 12-13
Where: 284022 Township Rd 224, Rocky View
Cost: $14.95


Okay, so you’re not down to scare mom, and you don’t feel like spending an entire day in the kitchen. Heritage Park will be hosting an incredible brunch and dinner service every day this weekend. Their pumpkin cheesecake is beyond worth it.

When: October 12 – 14
Where: Selkirk Grille – 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary
Cost: $15 – $45


Family holidays, although we all love them, can sometimes be a bit stressful. Let loose this weekend at Knoxville’s glow party! Blacklights, Lasers an LED Sticks? Sounds kind of magical.

When: October 12
Where: 840 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Time: $10-$20


Celebrate what you’re thankful for at the Calgary zoo. Spend a fun-filled day at the zoo, before chowing down on an incredible four-course turkey dinner. No dishes, no stress, no worries.

When: October 14
Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Cost: $29.95 – $49.95

So there you have it! Whether you’re trying to entertain yourself, or the entire family, there’s something on here that’ll get you off the couch or away from the stove. Happy Thanksgiving, Calgary!

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