Oct 15

This week: October 15 to 20

It’s a four-day week, so that means it’s basically already almost the weekend, right? We’ve got tons of fun happening in #DowntownYYC this week, including a Pasta Festival and a Gluten Free expo – oh the irony!

Pasta La Feasta: The first annual Pasta La Feasta culinary festival kicks off October 11, 2019. In honour of National Pasta Month, nine of Calgary’s best restaurants have teamed up to give back to the community. For two weeks leading up to World Pasta Day, each participating restaurant will feature a select pasta dish, with $3 from every dish sold going directly to The Alex Community Food Centre.

Sin & Gin Soiree Cabaret: Sin & Gin is Calgary’s best monthly Cabaret show that is filled with Music, Burlesque, Comedy, Cabaret, Drag and so much more!
This month we are celebrating the mysterious, the music and magic of the season! And this month it’s- ‘Masquerade!’

90th Anniversary Celebrating Persons Day: On October 18, the Famous 5 Foundation will host an event to commemorate Persons Day and celebrate the 90th anniversary of the victory of the Persons Case. The victory was a pivotal moment in our history, championed by five courageous Alberta women who petitioned for the inclusion of women in the definition of the word persons – giving women the ability to own property and to be elected to public office. 

Gluten Free Expo: Sample, shop, and save on hundreds of gluten free products while learning from leading experts.

GEDFEST 2019: GEDfest (named for the late Gordon “Gord” Edgar Downie of The Tragically Hip) will be an evening of song in support of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Held on the second anniversary of Downie’s death by a rare form of brain cancer, the event features performances by rock-and-blues act Soul’d Out and Tragically Hip tribute band Trickle Down. 

Fluid Fest: Fluid Fest invites you to embrace experience and reflect on the now with a vibrant and audacious line-up of dance and live performance from around the world and around the block. 2019 features artists that capture our contemporary times, including queer ideas and expressions, women’s voices, and creative propositions that re-imagine and reframe the body in space. 

Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival: Explore an incredible array of dynamic wines, smooth spirits, and downright delicious beers from around the globe, all under one roof. Cap it all off with tantalizing bites from some of Calgary’s best restaurants and food purveyors, and you’ve got a can’t-miss event. After all – that’s what we do, and with over 20 years under our belt, we’d say we’re nearly aged to perfection.

Downton Abbey Themed Afternoon Tea: The Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar is delighted to host Downton Abbey afternoon tea series in celebration of the highly anticipated Downton Abbey movie. The series will run each Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. from September 21 until October 27.

Check out a Stephen Avenue Live Performance: Stop by and check out the amazing line up of Street Performers Monday – Friday between 11:00am – 5:00pm at 6 stages along Stephen Avenue.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Oct 07

This week: October 7 to September 13

Fall is back YYC – let’s make the most of it while it’s still around! 

Downton Abbey Themed Afternoon Tea: The Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar is delighted to host Downton Abbey afternoon tea series in celebration of the highly anticipated Downton Abbey movie. The series will run each Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. from September 21 until October 27.

Check out one of the many new murals in Downtown YYC: From BUMP YYC to The Green Alley Project there are some incredible new murals scattered around downtown.

$10 Date Night at Studio Bell: Calgary, you love our $10 Date Night events, so we’re bringing them back! The National Music Centre is pleased to offer evening hours and discounted rates for visitors to Studio Bell on February 12.

Men’s Fall Fashion Event: Join us on October 10th at Hudson’s Bay Calgary Downtown for a 30 minute presentation on this seasons trends in men’s suiting and fashion. Show starts at 12:15 and will include a boxed lunch and drink for those who RSVP. You will also enjoy all of the Bay Day offers this day. Presentation styled by expert stylist Taylor MacDonald in partnership with Mode Models International.

Hang out on Prince’s Island: enjoy fall while it’s still here!

Check out a Stephen Avenue Live Performance: Stop by and check out the amazing line up of Street Performers Monday – Friday between 11:00am – 5:00pm at 6 stages along Stephen Avenue.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Sep 30

This week: September 30 to October 6

We started the week off with snow and we’re ending it off with blue skies and sunshine. At least there’s lots happening that’ll keep us busy and our minds off of the turbulent weather patterns.  Oh Calgary, we love you!

Modern Masters With Jan Lisiecki: Jan Lisiecki is one of the most outstanding pianists in the world today, acclaimed for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. Lisiecki performs Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto, one of the most beloved concertos for piano and orchestra. Also featured are Pärt’s achingly beautiful tribute to Britten, and Sibelius’s masterful second symphony.

Strangers on the Train: a play by Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. A fateful encounter takes place between two strangers in the dining carriage of a train. Guy is a successful businessman with a nagging jealousy; Charles is a cold, calculating opportunist with a dark secret. A daring and dangerous plan develops from this casual conversation setting in motion a chain of events that will change the two men’s lives forever. Based on the celebrated novel by Patricia Highsmith made famous by the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, this high-stakes thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. 

Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters: Ghostbuster fever has reached fever pitch in Calgary since the latest installment of the franchise’s filming in the city. Accordingly, the Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is presenting a screening of Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, an in-depth documentary covering the making of the classic 1984 original. General admission tickets are $10 or $8 with a lifetime CUFF membership.

Calgary Spanish Film Festival: The Embassy of Spain, the Globe Cinema, the European Cultural Society of Calgary and the Aula Cervantes have partnered for the first-ever Calgary Spanish Film Festival. Four films never before seen in the city will screen over the course four Tuesdays in October. The titles are as follows (click on the title of each to watch its trailer): Get Her… If You Can (¿Qué Te Juegas?)The Realm (El Reino)Journey to a Mother’s Room (Viaje al Cuarto de Una Madre) and Love Beats (La Banda).

Check out a Stephen Avenue Live Performance: Stop by and check out the amazing line up of Street Performers Monday – Friday between 11:00am – 5:00pm at 6 stages along Stephen Avenue.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Sep 26

Shop The Latest Trends with PARK in Downtown YYC

style and fashion in YYC. The weather is cool enough for cozy knits, oversized blazers, and funky trousers and warm enough to get away with a trench coat, jean jacket, or light puffer. For a few short and sweet months, you don’t have to worry about being overloaded in a million layers before you leave the house in the morning – win win!

This season is also when the hottest fashion event of the year takes place in Downtown YYC, PARKLUXE, which is a one-of-a-kind experience featuring some of Canada’s best luxury designers from coast to coast. This event transforms the downtown hub into a premier runway, along with a marketplace for event-goers to shop the latest trends, before, during, and after the event is over. Without question, this is an unmissable show that you simply must experience!

Interested, but not sure where to begin when picking out a fab + chic outfit to wear to the show? From the itty bitty bag to head-to-toe pistachio, check out this guide to this season’s hottest accessory trends.

Then shop the looks and get the perfect outfit from one of our favourite shops (as recommended by the fashionistas at PARK) in Downtown Calgary.

Supreme Men’s Wear

Where: 404 4th Avenue SW

Henry Singer

Where: 545 8 Avenue SW

THE CORE:

Simons

Where: 304 8 Avenue SW

Aritzia

Where: 317 7 Avenue SW

Holt Renfrew

Where: 510 8 Avenue SW

Brooks Brothers

Where: 751 3 Street SW

BANKERS HALL

La Chic

Where: 315 8 Avenue SW

BLU’S

Where: 315 8 Avenue SW (3rd Floor)

THE EXTRAS! Get pampered from head-to-toe and strut through downtown Calgary looking + feeling like your very best self!

Johnny’s Barber and Shop

Where: 545 8th Avenue SW

Hedkandi Salon

Where: 315 8 Avenue SW #161

Butter Beauty Parlour

Where: 315 8the Avenue SW #153




Sep 24

This week: September 23 to 29  

It’s the first week of Fall – let’s do it up right!

International Film Festival taking place September 18-29 in the heart of downtown – spread between Eau Claire, Globe Cinema and Studio Bell National Music Centre. 

Be the first to see 200 of the most talked-about and compelling movies of the year from around the world!  From Hollywood headliners, Gala events, documentaries + so much more, these are the must see films making their way to the awards podium including Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in JUDY; Tim Roth and Clive Owen in the Opening Gala film THE SONG OF NAMES; music documentary ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND; Eddie Murphy in the comedy DOLEMITE IS MY NAME – one of two Closing Gala films; and so much more!

PARKLUXE 2019: From the latest trends to your own unique style, fashion is a way to express ourselves. Returning to Brookfield Place for the second year, on Saturday September 28, Downtown Calgary is so exited to present PARKLUXE, a night of fashion that celebrates Canada’s remarkably talented designers and artists. Get your tickets here!

Red Bull Outliers: Downtown Calgary is so exited to partner with Tourism Calgary in bringing Red Bull Outliers, new head-to-head Enduro competition for professional and amateur motocross athletes, will take place at Calgary’s Eau Claire Market from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 28, 2019.

Itty Bitty Arts Days: An Alice In Wonderland Tea Party: tea time adventure brings Wonderland Come down the rabbit hole and join us for Itty Bitty Arts Days: An Alice In Wonderland Tea Party! This to the Engineered Air Theatre for an open-house art-party designed for the very young

Strangers on a Train: a play by Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Two strangers. One conversation. The perfect murder. 

6th Annual YYC Pizza Week: In 2014, Wanda Baker, founder of YYC Pizza Week, established a 10-day, annual event with charity, community and pizza crusts in mind. Each year, local participating restaurants craft an original recipe in a competition to be lauded Calgary’s best pizza. From every purchase, a slice of the proceeds goes to Calgary Meals on Wheels, thereby directly supporting the needs of Calgarians by making sure they are well-fed. In a joint effort, more than 40 participating restaurants and our pizza-lovin’ community raised over $42,000 in the past five years.

Check out a Stephen Avenue Live Performance: Stop by and check out the amazing line up of Street Performers Monday – Friday between 11:00am – 5:00pm at 6 stages along Stephen Avenue.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Sep 16

This week: September 16 to 22  

The September madness has hit in #DowntownYYC, so get ready for a week jam-packed with exciting events, vivid spectacles, and unmissable performances. From the 20th Anniversary of the Calgary International Film Festival to Beakerhead to Art in the City, this week is filled with the very best arts and culture that our city has to offer. It’s also the first week of Fall, so all the more reason to celebrate! 

Beakerhead: Beakerhead is an exhibition of awe-inspiring artworks, fire-breathing contraptions and contemporary curiosities. It is a world stage for artists, engineers, designers, scientists, inventors and performers. It is a festival of creativity, ingenuity, technology and art of Brobdingnagian proportions.

Beakerhead’s eclectic array of workshops, shows and community happenings are held throughout Calgary during the five-day festival, culminating in a one-night immersive, interactive, delightful Spectacle on September 21 at Prince’s Island Park!

Art in the City: Celebrate the revitalization of a portion of laneway south of Stephen Avenue through a display of tactical public realm design intervention and sustainable design thinking. See the new mural installation by celebrated Canadian street artist Runt and take part in a guided art tour through the plazas, lobbies, and pedestrian spaces of downtown Calgary. See the dates and times for walking tours here!

The Launch of the Green Alley Project: The Calgary Downtown Association (CDA) has partnered with the University of Calgary’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) on a mission to change Calgary’s downtown fabric. The partnership has embarked on the Green Alley Project (GAP) , a pilot research project that looks at otherwise forgotten and gritty downtown alleyways — transforming them to places of beauty, creativity and value.

The first alley to be activated is located between Le Germaine on 9th Avenue SW and the 100-west block of Stephen Ave – entering off Centre Street or 1st St SW.  This transformation, which will include a wall mural, laneway painting and a proposed stormwater strategy. The urban activation installation will be designed and built in less than two weeks, in time for the TransformAlley launch party on September 20, 2019.

The 20th Annual Calgary International Film Fest: Don’t miss the 20th Anniversary Calgary International Film Festival taking place September 18-29 in the heart of downtown – spread between Eau Claire, Globe Cinema and Studio Bell National Music Centre. 

Be the first to see 200 of the most talked-about and compelling movies of the year from around the world!  From Hollywood headliners, Gala events, documentaries + so much more, these are the must see films making their way to the awards podium including Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in JUDY; Tim Roth and Clive Owen in the Opening Gala film THE SONG OF NAMES; music documentary ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND; Eddie Murphy in the comedy DOLEMITE IS MY NAME – one of two Closing Gala films; and so much more!

Locked Library at the Central Library: From the age of the dinosaurs to the world of jet-packs and flying cars, get ready to travel through time at the Locked Library! On September 20, Calgary’s largest escape room returns with a night of sci-fi exploration. Once the clock starts, you’ll have two hours to puzzle your way through every timeline and escape out the front doors of the Central Library. 

Kids at the Opera: Join the CPO and Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, along with two of Canada’s rising stars, in this family-oriented afternoon of opera’s greatest hits. Fun for kids and adults alike, explore the drama, humour, and passion of opera through the music of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, and others. Come an hour early to try an instrument and meet musicians at the Instrument Discovery Zoo.

Calgary Aids Run and Walk: 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the Calgary AIDS Walk & Run! Every year, HIV Community Link holds a 3-month long fundraiser for that culminates in a vibrant, fun event on September 22. The AIDS Walk is a place where people from across Calgary come together to show support and fundraise for those affected by HIV. 

Check out a Stephen Avenue Live Performance: Stop by and check out the amazing line up of Street Performers Monday – Friday between 11:00am – 5:00pm at 6 stages along Stephen Avenue.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Sep 09

This week: September 9 to 15

School’s been back for a week already, and the city is gearing up for a fantastic fall! Come down and enjoy all of the fun festivities happening in #DowntownYYC as we slowly transition through the seasons.

Go on a Ghost Tour of Downtown YYC: Discover the history of Downtown Calgary in the midst of the modern skyscrapers.  You’ll look at the city in a whole new light.

The Terry Fox Run Calgary: Starts and ends at Fort Calgary, with the route traveling west along the Bow River Walk Way.

Sing Along to The Music of Abba: Sweden’s most adored musical export and 400-million-record-selling phenomenon returns to the stage through the world’s leading ABBA tribute band, ARRIVAL from Sweden. Impeccably re-creating the original sound, look, and feel of one of the most influential pop bands of all time, ARRIVAL teams up with the CPO to deliver hits like Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Honey Honey, Fernando, SOS, The Winner Takes It All, Knowing Me Knowing You, Waterloo, and more.

Circle: The Travelling Food, Beer, & Music Carnival: The Carnival returns for the 6th anniversary and this year will be bigger than ever! This year Circle becomes a 2 day event! There will be two curated stages of music and dance from top local DJ’s, international touring acts and festival favourites presented by BassBus. And three bars by Village Brewery, with a site wide liquor license to keep everyone milling happily about our entire transformed festival grounds. And local food by YYCFoodTrucks, from BBQ to gelato to perogies – every palate and craving you may or may not have can be satisfied from noon to night, so don’t worry about packing a lunch. Don’t miss out on the Fast ‘n’ The Furriest Wiener Dog Race, circus performers, kids stage, Lego land and more!

Check out a Stephen Avenue Live Performance: Stop by and check out the amazing line up of Street Performers Monday – Friday between 11:00am – 5:00pm at 6 stages along Stephen Avenue.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Sep 03

Coffee Shops + Coworking Spaces: Where the Hustle Happens in #DowntownYYC

Calling all freelancers, entrepreneurs, and contractors! Whether it’s your side hustle or your full-time gig, working outside of the corporate office, either at home or remotely is a workplace trend that’s only on the rise. It’s flexible, diverse, and you can do conference calls in your PJ’s – what’s not to love about that!

If you’re no stranger to the coffee shop hop, you’ll be able to attest to the need for reliable Wi-Fi, a convenient plugin, and a warm cup of caffeine that just keeps flowing throughout the day. It can be nice to get out of the house, do your hair, and network with like-minded people doing the same hustle you are. 

In fact, downtown YYC is full of Co-Working spaces made specifically for those who are looking to network and local coffee shops filled with the movers and shakers making a difference and shaping Calgary for the better. Here are a few of our favourites!

COWORKING SPACES 

Work Nicer

Where: #600 630 8 Ave SW

Hustle and Co

Where: #300 1210 8 St SW

OxWorx

Where: Bow Valley Square – 205 5 Avenue SW

Coming soon: WeWork

COFFEE SHOPS

Rosso Coffee Roasters

Where: 140 8 Avenue SE

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

Where: 102 8 Avenue SW

Wise & Wright

Where: 163, 317 7 Avenue SW

Deville Coffee

Where:

  • 600 6 Avenue SW
  • 807 1 Street SW
  • 215 2 Street SW

Monogram Coffee

Where: 420 2 Street SW

Caffe Artigiano

Where:

  • 530 8 Avenue SW
  • 332 6 Avenue SW

Alforno Bakery & Café

Where: 222 7 Street SW

Analog Coffee

Where: #205 5 Avenue SW

Do you have a notable Coffee Shop that you would like us to include? Shoot us an email at [email protected] !




Aug 26

This week: August 26 to September 1

It’s the last unofficial week of summer and it’s Pride Week so let’s eat, drink, and celebrate love and summer here in #DowntownYYC.

Calgary Pride: 11 days of LOVE is well underway! Check out the events calendar here!

Pride Parade: But the parade is not just a celebration. We come together and march to remember those who fought for where we are today, for those no longer with us, for those who still struggle to find acceptance from those around them, for everyone wishing they could march with us and are unable. We march as a call to action for our community to continue to grow and learn from our past struggles and failings, we march together. We’re here, we’re queer, we’re not going anywhere, get used to it!

Pride in the Park: After the parade, follow us into Prince’s Island Park where we guarantee there is something for everyone. Pride in the Park is Calgary Pride’s post-parade celebration and cultural festival where you can enjoy delicious food from our array of food trucks, experience live entertainment at our MAIN STAGE while sippin’ a cold one over in the VILLAGE BEER GARDEN, or maybe change it up with a burlesque show and more at our PALM BAY LOUNGE

Off the CUFF- Brittany Runs a Marathon: The Calgary Underground Film Festival and Elevation Pictures present an Off the CUFF Advance screening of BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON, Winner of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. 

Fiesta Filipino: True to its primary objective in promoting the Filipino arts, culture and traditions, the Fiesta Filipino YYC, during its two-day celebration, features exhibits, paintings, songs, sports and dances that showcased the richness of our cultural heritage.

BUMP Festival: The Beltline Urban Mural Project (BUMP) is a community-driven project to showcase art, promote Calgary, and transform the city into an inviting open air gallery. Now in its third year, BUMP has curated a diverse portfolio of local, national and international artists who have created eye-catching, inspiring and beautiful murals. This year’s BUMP Festival is on August 28th to 31st marking the addition of fifteen new murals with free guided mural tours, artist talks, live music and outdoor cinema you won’t want to miss.

Shake, Stir, & Strainbow: From August 18 to September 2, Calgarians are encouraged to try unique Pride-themed cocktails from various Victoria Park and Centre City venues. Partial proceeds from the sale of each drink will be going towards supporting Skipping Stone Foundation. See participating locations here!

Check out our full events calendar here!