Happy Thursday and congrats on making it through another week. Fall is finally here and with October a matter of days away, there is a ton to experience in and around the city. From special programming to some incredible National Day for Truth and Reconciliation gatherings and walks, here are 10 things to do this weekend in Calgary.

Sponsored pick: The Allstate Soccer Show

The Allstate Soccer Show is coming to Calgary for the first time ever! This is your chance to meet your soccer heroes – for a good cause. The Allstate Soccer Show comes around once a year and gives people of all ages the chance to meet their soccer idols from Canada’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams. Meet your soccer heroes from Christine Sinclair, Quinn, Janine Beckie, Melissa Tancredi, Patrice Bernier, Marco Carducci, and Julian de Guzman; Cavalry FC’s very own Marco Carducci, Myer Bevan, Ali Musse and Charlie Trafford, Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and Nik Ledgerwood; CF Montréal players James Pantemis and Nathan Saliba all while participating in a day of soccer-themed fun. Ticket sales go directly to KidSport Calgary to help train and encourage the next generation of soccer legends – and they’re only $5 each! Visit @soccershowsocial on FB & IG for daily updates.

When: Sunday, October 8th, 2023
Where: BMO Centre at Stampede Park – Hall D, 20 Roundup Way SE
Cost: $5 per ticket, 100% of which is donated to KidSport Calgary

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The weekend is here and so a wacky day of adrenaline awaits you at Calgary’s Calaway Park. This time around celebrate the Halloweekend, which features 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+

Pumpkins After Dark

Looking to get your pumpkin fix extra early this year? Hosted by Winsport, Calgarians are encouraged to check out Pumpkins After Dark – a one-of-a-kind event featuring more glowing gourds than you could bake, carve or bash in an entire lifetime.

When: Until October 31st, 2023
Where:  88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary
Time: See times above
Cost: $18+

Sponsored pick: Kama Nighthawk Late Night Lounge Experience

Looking to spice up your nightlife? We get it, tired of the pubs and too old for the clubs, there’s gotta be a new dining and drinking experience with a social vibe. Well, we’ve got the perfect spot! When dinner winds down on the weekend, Kama will transition into Nighthawk, a casual-meets-sophisticated bar with a whole different flavour and a whole different vibe. Gather your gang and stop in for late-night drinks, eats and beats. With this tapas-style menu, outstanding cocktails and in-house DJ, this experience is like no other.

When: Friday, September 22nd & every Friday & Saturday, 9 PM – Late
Where: Kama | 211 11 Ave SW #110, Calgary

Orange Shirt Day at Fort Calgary

This year, Calgarians are encouraged to wear orange and take in two free walking tours of Fort Calgary Park as well as complimentary admission to the museum,  family-friendly crafts and a screening of the film Bones of Crows with guest speaker Michelle Thrush.

When: Saturday, September 30th, 2023
Where: 750 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Heritage Inn Balloon Festival

This weekend, take flight! An annual competition that features pilots from all over Canada, the US and Europe, the Heritage Inn Balloon Festival is by far one of the most beautiful in the province and you won’t want to miss a beat.

When: Wednesday, September 27th – October 1st, 2023
Where: MacLeod Tr SW, High River
Cost: FREE

Harvest Lights


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Looking for something to do with the family on Saturday evening? This weekend, check out the Calgary Farmyard for Harvest Lights, a magical event that will give you more time to snuggle with their animals, get lost in their giant corn maze, challenge each other to a game of mini-golf, or make a fool of yourself in their giant rat rollers.

When: Fridays and Saturdays
Where: 284022 Township Rd 224, Rocky Mountain Couty
Time: until 9:30 pm
Cost:: $19.95 +

The Children Commemorative Walk and Gathering

Held on the 30th, the Pokaiks 5th annual walk and gathering will be held in alignment with Orange Shirt Day and, of course, National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. Those looking to participate are asked to meet at City Hall at 11 am and are encouraged to wear orange.

When: Saturday, September 30th, 2023
Where: Calgary City Hall, 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB
Time: 11 am


Last Call! 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


It’s time, Calgary! This weekend, one of Calgary’s favourite fun farms will host Applefest, a delicious day of ooey-gooey goodness, cinnamon and excitement and it’s going to be delicious. Enjoy!

When: Saturday, September 30th – October 1st, 2023
Where: 226066 112 St W, Foothills County, AB
Cost: $15.95+

And here you have it, 10 things to do in Calgary this week. What will you check out first?