Summer may be over, but with the crisp fall air comes plenty of things to do including theatre, concerts, and festivals! Read on for dozens of must-visit events in Calgary in September and October:
The Murmuration exhibit at Herringer Kiss Gallery runs September 8 – 24
• Visit the Gibson Fine Art Gallery for whimsical paintings celebrating various experiences of humanity by artist Angela Morgan September 29 – October 15.
• See Day in the Life of a Prairie Boy, an exhibit at the Gibson Fine Art Gallery from one of Canada’s most popular hockey artists Bill Brownridge. It runs September 10 – 27.
• See Explore the inner workings of over 80 studio spaces at five different locations within Inglewood and Ramsay on the East Side Studio Crawl on September 17.
• In partnership with the Beakerhead Festival, Herringer Kiss Gallery presents Murmuration, a contemporary exhibit that is inspired by fireflies, chameleons, and starlings running September 8 – 24.
Red Green will perform in Calgary on September 28
• Bryan Callan, one of the original members of MadTV, performs October 20 – 22.
• Globe-trotting storyteller Danny Bhoy performs his brand new show Commonwealth Comedian twice on October 21.
• On September 30 – October 1, catch Canadian comedian Debra Digiovanni performing her standup comedy.
• The I’m Not Fat I’m Fluffy star, Gabriel Iglesias, will perform on September 24.
• Hilarious comedian Hannibal Buress takes the stage at MacEwan Ballroom on October 23.
• Last Comic Standing alumnus Iliza Shlesinger performs her cheeky standup on September 9.
• Clean comedian Jim Gaffigan is known for using little profanity in his standup routine and he will be playing in Calgary on September 30.
• Fans of the Canadian cult classic The Red Green Show (and of duct tape) won’t want to miss the man himself when he stops in town on September 28.
• Iconic female comedian Roseanne Barr (of the hit show Roseanne) will perform her stand up routine September 12 – 15.
• The YYComedy Festival will run September 26 – October 1 with dozens of events including the gala show with Kids in the Hall alumni.
• Mike Myers is known for his work and comedic movies including the Austin Powers franchise and Shrek, but at his exclusive event in Calgary on October 27 he’ll be talking about the funny moments in his new book Canada.
Iconic rocker Alice Cooper will perform at WinSport on October 15
• Canadian singer Alan Doyle first found fame as the lead singer of the folk band Great Big Sea, and has since carved out a successful solo career. See him on October 1.
• See iconic shock rocker Alice Cooper on stage October 15.
• Sing along to country star Billy Currington‘s greatest hits on September 16.
• Join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as they play popular Disney songs alongside film clips projected on the big screen at Disney In Concert: Tale as Old as Time on October 7 and 8.
• The controversial country girl-group Dixie Chicks will perform at the Saddledome on October 1 with “Ex’s and Oh’s” singer Elle King opening the show.
• Iconic country performer Dolly Parton stops in Calgary on her Pure and Simple Tour September 16.
• Rock out alongside the former lead guitarist and vocalist for Creedance Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, as he performs music from three albums the band released in 1969. He’s in Calgary on October 21.
• Multiple Grammy award-winning country superstar Keith Urban performs his rock-country music on his Ripcord Tour in Calgary on September 15.
• See Mavis Staples perform songs from her new album, Livin’ on a High Note on September 17.
• Join two of Canada’s most popular rock bands, Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth on October 19 at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino.
• Progressive performance artist electronic musician Peaches performs on September 26.
• Get ready for a blast from the past when quirky pop band Prozzäk perform in Calgary on September 20 and 21.
• American guitarist Steve Vai is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his album, Passion and Warfare, on October 9.
• Rock out to Canadian punk-rock band Sum 41 on October 26.
• Indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara return to their hometown on October 7.
• On October 27, see Canadian country star Terri Clark perform on her Back to my Roots Tour.
• English electro-pop/rock band The 1975 perform in Calgary on October 23.
• The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest on September 22.
• “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” Scottish rockers The Proclaimers will sing their classic hits on October 8.
• On October 19, JUNO award-winning six piece folk band The Strumbellas will perform songs from their latest album, Hope.
• Taking after his famous father, Grammy award-winner Ziggy Marley belts out reggae hits.
The IlluminAsia Festival at the Calgary Zoo takes place September 8 – October 16
• Art and science come together in the fun and informative Beakerhead festival! Dozens of wacky events for all ages are scheduled to take place as well as public art installations. There’s something for everyone at this festival!
• Watch dozens of new movies at the Calgary International Film Festival in all genres from Canada and all over the world. It runs from September 21 – October 2.
• Raise a glass and celebrate beer at Calgary Oktoberfest on September 23 – 24, where visitors can sample dozens of brews from Germany and Calgary.
• Put on your rainbow garb and celebrate love at this year’s Calgary Pride Festival. It runs through September 5, with the massive parade and outdoor park event on September 4 in downtown Calgary.
• The Honens Piano Festival consists of various concerts and events throughout the city from September 8 – 11.
• From September 8 – October 16, the Calgary Zoo is holding their IlluminAsia Lantern and Garden Festival where guests can enjoy lanterns displays, live entertainment, and a dazzling evening show. Note that the festival only runs Thursday – Sunday each week.
• The family-friendly LEGO Imagine Nation Tour combines hands-on building activities with impressive model displays. Enjoy it September 9 – 11. (Use code LEGOWHERE to get 25% off tickets to Lego Imagine Nation Tour in Calgary).
• Join the crowds at the outdoor One Love Music Festival that boasts an impressive lineup of rap and hip-hop artists. September 10 – 11.
• Taste a variety of wines, beers, liquors, and spirits from around the world at the annual Calgary Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival running the weekend of October 14 – 15.
• From October 13 – 15, the grassroots music festival Widecut Weekend will have various blues and folk performers on six stage at various venues in and around downtown including the restored King Eddy.
• Calgary’s literary festival, Wordfest, is packed with dozens of spectacular events that celebrate stories and ideas. It runs October 7 – 17 and prices vary by event.
HALLOWEEN THEMED EVENTS
• Visit Heritage Park for their Ghosts and Gourmet event on either October 31 or November 1! Tuck into a delectable dinner in the Wainwright Hotel followed by a spooky outdoor tour.
• Alberta Ballet will perform the iconic story of Dracula and his love Svetlana from October 27 – 29 with dazzling costumes, music, and choreography.
• Enjoy ghoulish activities and Halloween-esque entertainment (including a fortune teller!) at Calgary Ghost Tour’s Fright Night Festival running Oct 22, 23, 29, and 30.
ParkLuxe takes place in Calgary on October 1.
• Celebrate autumn with Fish Creek’s Taste of Autumn event on September 16 with wine and beer tastings as well as a silent auction.
• Have fun at the carnival-themed Circle the Wagons event on September 10, where guests can try local beer and the best food trucks in the city along with live entertainment.
• Many of Calgary’s most intriguing buildings will open up their doors for an exclusive and revealing sneak peek of behind the scenes at the Doors Open YYC event on September 24. The best part? It’s free!
• Dress to impress and head to Parkluxe, a luxury fashion show that showcases some of Canada’s premiere designers and artists on October 1. Plus, VIP ticket holders will score coveted front and second-row seats and gift bags!
• The family-friendly Railway Days takes place at Heritage Park, where guests can learn more about steam locomotive trains with exhibits, activities, and train rides September 24 – 25.
• Find decorating ideas from more than 350 exhibitors at the Calgary Home and Design Show September 22 – 25.
• One of the world’s most well-known professional surfers, Bethany Hamilton, is coming to Calgary for her first-ever Canadian speaking engagement on October 6.
• Comedian Steve Martin and The New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik headline LOOK2016, an annual fundraiser and party for the new Contemporary Calgary gallery for contempoary art.
The Book of Mormon is playing from September 6 – 11 at the Jubilee
• Eight women share unforgettable stories about life and love in Theatre Calgary’s ‘Da Kink in My Hair from September 6 – October 1.
• See A New Brain, a story about a struggling composer who is diagnosed with a brain tumour and must come to terms with the problematic relationships in his life, from September 15 – 24.
• Catch After Jerusalem, a romantic comedy play about a middle-aged schoolteacher finding love in Israel, on your lunch break from September 19 – October 8.
• Baby Boomers will love Boom, a one-man show about pop culture, running from October 11- 29.
• Shakespeare’s most despised character must come to terms with his death in Fat Jack Falstaff’s Last Hour, running from October 25 – November 5.
• A mysterious new owner takes over a small town’s candy factory in Fortune Falls. See it at Arts Commons from October 18 – November 5.
• Martians have landed in a town set in 1938 in It Came from Mars, running from October 7 – 15.
• Using contemporary and traditional art and performance, Making Treaty 7 takes audiences on a journey in history to better understand Treaty 7, on from September 28 – 30.
• Stage West’s Million Dollar Quartet is a musical number that tells the story of when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley performed together at Sun Records in Memphis. Sing along September 9 – October 29.
• Lose yourself in an immersive performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Lougheed House until September 11.
• Canadian actor Charles Ross brings his two smash hit shows to Calgary! Watch as he performs the Star Wars Trilogy and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy all by himself from October 18 – 19.
• From September 23 – October 8, audiences can delight in Shakespeare’s Richard III, the story of the power-hungry and malicious younger brother of King Edward IV.
• Travel back to the 1950’s with Calgary Jubilations’s Rock Around the Clock and sing along to all the hits from September 9 – November 6.
• A millionaire is threatened by a blackmailer in the suspenseful The Big Sleep, playing at Vertigo Theatre from September 17 – October 2.
• The hilarious Broadway hit The Book of Mormon is about two missionaries and their misadventures and is playing at the Southern Alberta Jubilee from September 6 – 11.
• Set in a freight container, The Container is about five individuals wanting to arrive in England to start a new life. It runs October 20 – 31.
• Join Storybook Theatre as they put on the classic The Paper Bag Princess from September 29 – October 22.
• Touch is a blindfolded sensory adventure that blends storytelling with tactile sensations from September 14- 18.
• Five Canadian women from diverse backgrounds wait out World War II in the funny and heartwarming Waiting for the Parade, running from September 13 – Oct 1.