Thursday is here and so is another opportunity to explore in and around the city. This time around you can check out festivals, markets and a ton of outdoor activities perfect for closing out the summer. Ready to get things started? Here are 10 of the very best things to do in Calgary this week.

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Garlic Fest


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Hungry? With a clove in every colour, sink your teeth into everything from garlic bread to garlic pizza at this deliciously potent food festival! No, it’s probably not the BEST first-date destination, but it will be pretty interesting, especially if you like to cook.

When: Saturday, September 16th – 17th, 2023
Where: 226066 112 Street W, Foothills No. 31, AB
Cost: $15.95

4th Street Night Market

Looking to shop local and have some fun? On September 16th, guests from all over the city will be able to head over to the community of Mission to shop, eat, drink and explore at the 4th Street Market.

When: Saturday, September 16th, 2023
Where: 4th Street at Elbow Drive SW
Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
Cost: FREE

Sponsored pick: Sleep Country’s Warehouse Blowout Sale

Sleep Country’s Warehouse Blowout Sale is TOMORROW ONLY!? Check out mattresses starting at just $99, and bedding essentials starting at $19. The first 25 people to purchase a mattress (minimum $499.99) and get a free gift valued up to $79. There are very limited quantities, so don’t miss out on this amazing deal!✨

When:  Saturday, September 16, from 9 AM to 5 PM
Where: 1610 104 Avenue, NE

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Alberta Culture Days

Featuring food trucks, vendors, special workshops and performers Calgarians are encouraged to celebrate the spirit of the Mid-Autumn Festival this September. The very best part? It’s totally FREE to attend.

When: Sunday, September 17th and 24th, 2023
Where: 197 1 St SW, Calgary, AB
Cost: FREE

Sponsored pick: Carnivàle at Heritage Park

Carnivàle is making a return to Heritage Park this Friday, transforming it into a whimsical playground with performances, rides, fortune tellers, and gourmet treats to bring some magic to your evening.

Carnivàle is making a return to Heritage Park this Friday, transforming it into a whimsical playground with performances, rides, fortune tellers, and gourmet treats to bring some magic to your evening.

When: Friday, September 15, 2023
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary
Time: 7 pm
Cost: starting at $99.95 – click here for tickets options

Calaway Park Halloweekends

Looking to do something a little more fast-paced or spooky to end the summer? Adrenaline junkies prepare yourselves because Calaway Park has announced the return of Halloweekend, a series of ‘terrifying’ events for you and the whole family. 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.

When: Weekends Until October 9th, 2023
Where: 245033 Range Road 33, Calgary
Cost: $33.95+

Sponsored Pick: Beakerhead

Fire up your nerd-brain because Beakerhead kicks off next week and it’s going to blow your mind. There will be installations across three iconic Calgary locations, with the big draw this year being BODY. This is an unreal immersive experience that brings you on a journey through the human body accompanied by special effects, art, and fire. Get to know yourself a little better in the coolest way possible.

When: Thursday, September 14th to Sunday, September 17th
Where: Contemporary Calgary and Millennium Park
Cost: Free to attend



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Prepare to be amazed. This weekend, see high-flying acrobatics and incredible performances! Cirque du Soleil has returned to Calgary with Kooza, a show that features chills, thrills and explores everything from fear and identity to recognition and power.

When: Until October 8th, 2023
Where: 50 25 Ave SE, Calgary

YYC Pizza Week

No matter the day or the occasion – we’re always in the mood for carby deliciousness covered in cheese and sauce. If you’re like us and just can’t get enough of the good stuff, unhinge your jaws because YYC Pizza Fest is here, and with it, a spotlight on some of the city’s best thin crust, deep dish, topping-heavy restaurants, and their most inventive slices!

When: Friday, September 15th – October 1st, 2023

Downhill Karting

A little competition never hurt anybody, right? This weekend proceed with caution to Winsport Canada and go head-to-head on their 1,800 meters downhill go-kart track! The ‘loser’ buys the other a drink afterward!

Where: 88 Canada Olympic Road SW, Calgary
Cost: $28+

And that’s it, friends! 10 things to do this weekend in Calgary! Enjoy, have fun and be safe out there, friends!