Fall is in the air in Calgary, and this means it's time for a lot of great events to come to town. There's something to suit everyone, from various live performances to Halloween fun fit for the entire family - one thing's for sure, boredom won't be part of your vocabulary this month!
September 8 - October 8
This family-friendly event at Calaway Park is a favourite each year. Kids are invited to come in costume for trick-or-treating and also enjoy:
- Photo opportunities
- A scavenger hunt
- Spooky rides
October 2 - 6
Held at the Beddington Theatre Arts Centre, Spamalot opens up the Front Row Centre season in grand style with this quirky Monty Python-style production. You'll laugh your way through the quest King Arthur and his knights take with all kinds of unexpected turns.
Tickets for the show cost between $17 and $25, depending on the seat location. Shows on Tuesday through Friday are at 7:30 pm and Saturday has 2 pm and 7:30 pm shows.
Fall Pop-Up Food Market
This HomeSpace Society's Fall Pop-Up Market at Harley Hotchkiss Gardens brings local groups like The Mustard Seed and Alex Community Food Centre together for plenty of food and fun. Highlights include a cooking demonstration, live music and tasty treats.
Both the event admission and the food are free for all attendees. Be sure to arrive early so you don't miss a chance to try anything.
October 5 - 31
This year marks the final year for Screamfest so you'll want to make sure you catch all the action at The Bandstand Building at Stampede Park before it's gone for good. Several haunted houses are there for you to go through, including Bates Motel, Clown Town, and What Lurks in the Dark. Other highlights include carnival games and escape rooms.
General admission for all guests is $30. If you attend on October 25, please bear in mind that this night is only open to adults.
Wide Cut Weekend
October 11 - 13
If you love roots music, the Wide Cut Weekend held in several locations around the city is just what you need. Other musical styles include blues, folk, bluegrass, and country.
Admission costs range from $25 to $79, depending on the venue. A few of the venues include The Blues Can, Ironwood Stage & Grill, The Junction, The King Eddy, and Legion #1.
Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival
October 12 - 13
Over 200 wine, beer and food vendors will be at the much-anticipated Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival at Stampede Park BMO Centre. You can sample food and beverages from all your favourites, then vote on the best.
The ticket prices will vary. There is also an extra charge for sampling tickets.
Calgary Woman's Show
October 20 - 21
The 300-exhibit Woman's Show at BMO Centre is one to keep on your list of things to do. Wellness and advocacy are popular highlights, along with everyday subjects like food and fashion. A wine garden gives you a place to sit back and relax, and there is also entertainment.
One of the best things about this show is that it's free!
Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
October 27 - November 4
This Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival celebrates movies, books and speakers, all focused on the mountains. Some of the programs on the agenda include workshops, talks, and film screenings. There is something for everyone, with film programs and photography workshops geared towards kids and late-night parties for adults.
The admission prices and event locations vary.
Heritage Park Ghosts & Gourmet
October 30 - November 1
Visit the historic Wainright hotel for a delicious fall-themed meal and a ghostly tour of Heritage Park after dark. Ghosts and Gourmet offers diners a diverse menu (including vegetarian options) and the chance to listen in on all the site's creepy happenings from your ghoulish guide.
Tickets are $74.95 per person and this event is selling out fast. Be sure to act soon!
Regardless of whether you're in the mood for culinary festivals or some spooky family fun, these exciting events will give you plenty to do! Be sure to check the event pages for additional info and have a great October!