Nov 11

This week: November 11 to 17

It’s a short week and there’s certainly no shortage of spirited events happening in #DowntownYYC. Stay tuned for the holiday décor that will be lighting up Stephan Avenue in just a few short days. We can already feel the holiday magic beginning to pulse throughout the city and we can’t wait!  

In Flanders Fields: This stunning work was our inaugural Remembrance play in 2010, when it received a Betty Mitchell Award nomination for Outstanding Production of a Musical. Based on the extraordinary life of Lt.-Col John McCrae, IN FLANDERS FIELDS sweeps from rural Ontario to the mud of the French trenches, revealing the brotherhood, love, and true humanity of one of Canada’s most famous poets. In Flanders Fields is a co-production with Forté Musical Theatre Guild. Tickets are $25.

Field of Crosses: Over 3600 crosses have been placed along Calgary’s Memorial Drive and will be there until November 11. Each cross memorializes an individual solider from Southern Alberta who has made the ultimate sacrifice during active duty protecting our country.

Fast Love – A Tribute to George Michael: Experience the world’s most prestigious and professionally produced show paying tribute to the life and work of George Michael. Direct from London’s West End, this tribute show features all the hits from Wham! and his solo career, including Careless Whisper, Faith, Father Figure and many more. Fast Love features a professional cast of singers and a full band who create an authentic sound and mind-blowing performance – don’t miss this spectacular show!

Art Market & Craft Sale: Be part of an amazing Calgary tradition and mark your calendar, Art Market Art & Craft Sale is coming back to town! With over 200 artists from across Canada showcasing their handmade work for 4 days at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre. November 14th to 17th is the place to be downtown. Pay once and return free with your re-entry pass. Come with your family or friends and make it a weekend adventure! Enjoy a drink at the cash bar on Thursday and Friday evening from 4pm-9pm or grab a quick bit to eat at the onsite café through out the weekend. With the live band, artisan demonstrations and over 50 categories to shop from you will definitely find something for everyone on your holiday list that you simply won’t find anywhere else!

John Fluevog Shoes Fundraiser: Centre for Suicide Prevention is hosting their annual Fluevog Fundraiser. Come enjoy an evening of beautiful shoes, and delicious beverages and appetizers. During the fundraiser, purchase any regularly priced Fluevog item and 50% of sales will be donated to the Centre for Suicide Prevention!

Thorgy And The Thorchestra: CPO proudly presents the fabulous Thorgy Thor, famed worldwide from the hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race, in a thoughtful and hilariously theatrical show. With her outrageous fashion sense, razor-sharp wit, and virtuoso chops on violin, viola, and cello, Thorgy is the reigning “queen of classical music!” Thorgy enthrals and inspires you with song, dance, and hilarious symphonic shenanigans. Catch Thorgy at the Jack Singer Concert Hall on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets here.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Nov 04

This week: November 4 to 10  

Welcome to the first full week of November! We began the week with an extra hour of sleep (thank you day light savings) and are eagerly awaiting the long-weekend in five short days. From Remembrance Day celebrations to Holiday festivities, we can guarantee that it’s going to be a jam-packed week in Downtown YYC!  

War in Pieces A Pop Up at the Central Library: We are thrilled that our first fall pop-up gallery will be hosted by the new Calgary Central Library on November 4th and 5th. Our gallery reveals the challenges and rewards of military life, the trauma of combat, the depth of the bonds among soldiers and how the experience of war forever changes human perspective. A deep breadth of emotion is shared in these personal stories including amusement, pride, despair, love and gratitude. The War In Pieces exhibition provides an intimate glimpse of life in the Canadian military.

In Flanders Fields: This stunning work was our inaugural Remembrance play in 2010, when it received a Betty Mitchell Award nomination for Outstanding Production of a Musical. Based on the extraordinary life of Lt.-Col John McCrae, IN FLANDERS FIELDS sweeps from rural Ontario to the mud of the French trenches, revealing the brotherhood, love, and true humanity of one of Canada’s most famous poets. In Flanders Fields is a co-production with Forté Musical Theatre Guild. Tickets are $25.

Field of Crosses: Over 3600 crosses have been placed along Calgary’s Memorial Drive and will be there until November 11. Each cross memorializes an individual solider from Southern Alberta who has made the ultimate sacrifice during active duty protecting our country.

An Evening with Jason Mraz & Raining Jane: Come see this Grammy Award winner at the Jack Singer Concert Hall on Wednesday, November 6. Get your tickets here.

Free First Thursday at the Glenbow: On the First Thursday of every month, Glenbow is open late and admission is free from 5-9pm thanks to support from Servus Credit Union. Glenbow is committed to expanding the reach and impact of art and culture in our community. We want to provide meaningful experiences for all audiences, because we know that encounters with art, culture and history can change lives and inspire amazing things. See you at Free First Thursday Night!

JazzYYC Canadian Festival: JazzYYC is proud to announce the launch of the our 6th annual JazzYYC Canadian Festival! The Festival running from November 6th to 10th, 2019 is an exciting showcase of exceptional Canadian talent featuring an electrifying headliner show for jazz and blues fans alike.

Calgary European Film Festival: The Calgary European Film Festival invites movie lovers to the best of European cinema! Each November, European movies are presented in Calgary for you to enjoy good entertainment and multiculturalism within the magic of cinema. The 8th edition of the Calgary European Film Festival will take place in November 2-10, 2019, at the Globe Cinema. This year there are 22 countries participating and European cinema in Calgary.

Festival of Crafts: Signatures Festival of Crafts is a uniquely Canadian handmade marketplace in Calgary that features the works of over 230 artists, artisans, makers, and designers from coast-to-coast. Since 1986, the show has been one of Calgary’s premier holiday shopping events – an annual tradition where visitors can meet passionate creatives in person, hear their stories, and feel their works first-hand. Join us at the BMO Centre on the Stampede Grounds for an unforgettable experience and shop for handmade that lasts a lifetime.

Burger Fest: Chef Shawn and his team are firing up the grill for our third annual Burger Fest at The Guild! From October 18 to November 10, join them for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch and feast on one of our signature burger creations. From a French onion mushroom melt to an Atlantic salmon burger, served with your choice of soup, green salad or house-cut chips, we’ll be dishing up something for everyone!

Check out our full events calendar here!




Oct 29

This week: October 28 to November 3

This week: October 28 to November 3

It’s the spookiest week of the year and the beginning of Movember – what a week! There’re so many exciting events happening in #DowntownYYC we don’t even know where to begin. Have fun Calgary!

Halloween Masquerade At The New Central Library: We’re taking over the New Central Library performance theatre for an unforgettable night of aerial performances, dance, burlesque, breakdance and circus arts by Cirque de la Nuit. The night will also feature music by Jon Delerious and Applebaum. Not only is this event unique–it’s for a great cause. You’ll be supporting Synergy and their youth programs–We’re talking award-winning anti-bullying programs for youth BY youth; a safe centre for ALL young members of the community; and experiential programming led by special guest facilitators (indigenous cultural workshops, equine therapy, reps from the Calgary Queer Arts Society…and SO MUCH MORE!).

Burger Fest: Chef Shawn and his team are firing up the grill for our third annual Burger Fest at The Guild! From October 18 to November 10, join us for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch and feast on one of our signature burger creations. From a French onion mushroom melt to an Atlantic salmon burger, served with your choice of soup, green salad or house-cut chips, we’ll be dishing up something for everyone!

Arts Commons Presents – Flamenco Legends: The band’s getting back together! Ten-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón has reassembled the original musicians that toured with legendary flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia during the last 10 years of his career. They reunite for a show that celebrates de Lucia’s immense skills, while forging a new path in the future of flamenco.

The Pioneer Holiday Market: With Thanksgiving upon us and Remembrance Day and the holidays just around the corner, The Pioneer on 8th is excited to announce its first ever holiday market! 

Your Brain on Art: The Branch Out Neurological Foundation is hosting a fundraiser at Contemporary Calgary on Wednesday, October 30. Your Brain Art will be a night of “edutainment” featuring cocktails and appetizers, an art show and auction, music by the Instrumental Society of Calgary, and presentations from researchers working on treatments for neurological disorders. Funds raised support Branch Out’s mission to accelerate tech solutions and non-pharmaceutical approaches to neurological disorders.

Night of the Living Dead: Scorpio Theatre is kicking off its 20th anniversary season with a raucous production of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead at the Pumphouse Theatre. Fans of the O.G. zombie film should appreciate a special Scorpio twist to the plot: the play features multiple possible endings based on the pop culture legacy of the source material. Check this link for information on deals and special supplementary programming.

Halloween Movie Night: Join us for Death Becomes Her, an absolute classic of camp horror mayhem, featuring peak Streep and Hawn at her hawtest in a fight to the death… and beyond!

Calgary Ghost Tours: Join Calgary Ghost Tours for an evening of ghostly entertainment. Locals and visitors alike will be fascinated by these glimpses into the mischief, mayhem and murders of Calgary. All of their stories are enjoyed even by the sceptics amongst the group. Their tours include many local ghost stories and local history and are easily recognizable by the capes they are wearing and the lantern they carry, as groups are lead through the history and hauntings of Calgary.

Check out our full events calendar here!




Oct 22

This week: October 21 to 27

Things are getting spooky here in #DowntownYYC! From Ghost tours to scary movie marathons, haunted festivities are taking over the city as we gear up for the creepiest, ghoulish holiday of the year!

The Imaginairium – by Wordfest: Find some of the world’s tastiest writers at this year’s Imaginarium, October 14-23! This year’s Festival is going to be so much more than a Word Fest. You’ll discover the full gamete of Canada’s liveliest festival of authors and ideas. 

Backseat Cinema at The Grand: Backseat Cinema aims to bring you a unique movie going experience every month. From Timeless classics to cult favorites, exciting action, gut-busting comedy, and much more, we’ll have specialty cocktails, entertainment and games themed around the movie of the month. For October, we’re screening Edgar Wright’s Rom-Com-Zom film, Shaun of the Dead!

12 Hour Halloween Movie Marathon: Do you have it in you? The Calgary Underground Film Festival is back with an all-night Horror Movie Marathon the Saturday before Halloween! Head to Globe Cinema on October 26 for 12 hours of movies, contests and more – 7 movies from 7 pm until 7 am the next morning. You can come for one, come for them all, or drop in and out. There’s no better way to prove that you’re a true horror film fanatic.

Sunday Opera Brunch: Get some Wagner with your waffles, Mozart with your muffins, and Bellini with your blinis. Experience an intimate and exclusive performance series featuring the stars of our season over a gourmet brunch at the Calgary Petroleum Club.

Calgary Ghost Tours: Join Calgary Ghost Tours for an evening of ghostly entertainment. Locals and visitors alike will be fascinated by these glimpses into the mischief, mayhem and murders of Calgary. All of their stories are enjoyed even by the sceptics amongst the group. Their tours include many local ghost stories and local history and are easily recognizable by the capes they are wearing and the lantern they carry, as groups are lead through the history and hauntings of Calgary

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.

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. 

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 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!