Nov 20

Your Downtown Weekly Events – Week of November 20, 2017

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Lights are twinkling. Windows are being dressed. Christmas shopping lists are being pulled out. The holiday season is upon us!

Take some time to enjoy it all with upcoming shows, markets and activities just waiting for you to discover them!

November 23 – December 23, 2017

For some, the countdown to Christmas started as Christmas 2016 ended! This week Downtown Calgary starts to see some of the holiday festivities start to amp up with markets, music and many opportunities to see the big guy – Santa!
Keep an eye out for our blog Getdown starting November 22 for some of the other activities and events happening during the holiday season to help give you All the Christmas Feels Downtown!
November 24, 2017

Hudson’s Bay Calgary Downtown
Hudson’s Bay Calgary Downtown has extended hours for Black Friday shoppers. They’ll be open at 7am for early risers until 11pm for those night owls! They’ll also be giving out Gift Certificates for $20 off when you spend $100 or more to the first 100 people.

Simons will be celebrating Black Friday over FOUR DAYS! Visit their site and store for daily promotions.

  • November 24: 10am – 8pm
  • November 25: 10am – 6pm
  • November 26: Noon – 5pm
  • November 27: 10am -6pm

Bankers Hall
Bankers Hall retailers are offering a variety of specials for Black Friday. Click Bankers Hall Black Friday Specials 2017 to view some of the upcoming specials.

Calgary Night Market: Holiday Market 2017
Come in for one final time on November 24 to start checking off those wish-list items from your Christmas gift list. They’ll have a variety of unique items such as jewelry, pottery, clothing, wood work, handmade soaps, vintage items and much more. This event is free and just a few minutes walk from the train station. Come for the shopping, stay for the live entertainment from buskers and DJs!

Visit on November 22 to see where else you can find holiday shopping through the season!

November 23 – 26, 2017

Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF) is an annual animation festival that runs each November at the Globe Cinema in Calgary, GIRAF celebrates the spirit of independent, underground, and experimental animation, showcasing Canadian animators and presenting diverse animations from around the globe.

GIRAF is committed to creating greater awareness for animation as an art form, through interactive activities including workshops, artist talks, visiting artists, and animation screenings. We focus on presenting works that push boundaries through the development of new techniques, hybrid forms of creation, and challenging subject matter, and thus animation that is rarely seen at other festivals. GIRAF is run by the Quickdraw Animation Society, a non-profit, artist-run centre in Calgary Alberta.

Tickets available at


November 2, 2017

Dubbed the Primal Ballerina for her years of formal dance training juxtaposed with her meat-centric culinary mastery Connie DeSousa is one of Canadas Top Chefs having starred as a finalist in season one of Top Chef Canada on the Food Network. She is known for stand-out butchery skills. Yes, she can debone a pigs head in record time. Far from gratuitous, Connie and her restaurant are true to time honoured culinary techniques, sustainability and walking the toe-to-tail talk. In a back-to-basics style she expertly prepared authentic, regional food at great value and to high critical acclaim.

As co-chefs and co-owners of CHARCUT Roast House, one of Canadas best restaurants, and their food truck Alley Burger, Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, are leaders in the culinary community; with house butchered meats, home-made preserves, new menus daily, and a bustling open kitchen, John & Connie are helping put Calgary and Alberta on the global culinary map.

More information and tickets available here.

November 23 – December 31, 2017

Back by popular demand, ATP brings E.B White’s classic children’s book about the unlikely friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider called Charlotte to the stage this holiday season. The music-filled adaptation follows Wilbur from his beginnings as a scrawny piglet who’s spared from becoming pork chops by a young girl named Fern. But as he grows and beings to cost his owners a fortune to feed, it will take help fro all his new farmyard friends to save his life again, including the miraculous talents of a very special gray spider.

Infused with more fun than ever, ATP’s Family Holiday Show Charlotte’s Web is E.B. White’s classic tale of friendship brought to life with aerial acrobatics, live music, and a zany cast of loveable characters. This all-new production is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends or family and share an evening (or afternoon) at the theatre.

Audience Considerations: Suggest for ages 5+
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours, including a 20 minute intermission.

Find and select your tickets here.

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