What’s Up This Week?On September 19, 2023 by Calgary's Child
September 22 to 24
September 22, 11am; Cineplex Family Favourites: Toopy and Binoo: The Movie, visit participating Cineplex theatres near you and watch a favorite family film each week for only $2.99. Learn more at cineplex.com.
September 22, 5:30 to 8:30pm; Culture Connect Festival, a festival that celebrates Culture Days in Canada. The event embraces multiculturalism and anti-racism in Canada. The event will feature various multicultural performances and fun interactive activities at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. Learn more at culturedays.ca.
September 22, 6 to 11pm; Indigenous Science Night: Braiding Science and Community, all ages are invited to another family-friendly Indigenous Science Night at TELUS Spark that centres on the craft and science of braiding, and braiding as a teaching method of inclusivity, interweaving of ways of knowing and the strength found in community. Learn more at sparkscience.ca.
September 22 to 23; Calgary Cat Festival and Market, a celebration of all things cats in support of local animal rescues at the Telus Convention Centre. Learn more at pawsitivematch.org.
Until September 23; Summer on 17th, returning for its sophomore season along with all your favorite events. From movies in the park to live bands, theatrical performances and fitness classes, the 17th Ave Business Improvement Area is pulling out all the stops to ensure this summer is epic. Fall weather is fast approaching so take advantage of it while you can! Learn more at 17thave.ca/summer.
September 23; Hustle for the House, a unique opportunity to celebrate the value of togetherness with family and pets. Province-wide community members will gather in-person (September 23) at Ronald McDonald House in Calgary and virtually (September 18) to cover a distance in honor of RMHC Alberta families. Participants can choose their preferred activity, whether it’s walking, running, barking (for our furry friends), kayaking or horse backing. It promises to be an engaging and memorable experience for all involved. Learn more at rmhcalberta.org.
September 23, 12 to 4pm; Used Designer Children’s Clothing and Gear Sale, a used designer children’s clothing, toys and gear sale at Montgomery Community Association. Learn more by following @useddesignerkidsclothingsale on Instagram.
September 23, 3 to 10pm; Oktollerfest, Calgary’s dog-friendly and child-friendly Oktoberfest party! There will be food, Oompah music, cold beer and of course cute dogs at Parkdale Community Association. Learn more at parachutesforpets.com.
September 23, 6pm; Ije Live with Perpie: The Gathering, “Ije” is an Igbo-Nigerian word for ‘Journey’. Ije Live started out as a simple idea to recreate a childhood community experience. A safe space for soulful, uplifting and refreshing musical experience. It features original music, storytelling and more wholesome expressions of Perpie’s art at Bella Concert Hall. Learn more at taylorcentre.ca.
September 23, 6:30pm; The Saver – Films at the Fort, part of the Films at the Fort – Indigenous Films series. Each movie features Indigenous actors and themes and is created by Canadian filmmakers. THE SAVER (14A) – A teenage orphan follows the advice of a how-to book, replacing her grief of losing her mother with the quest to become a millionaire. Learn more at fortcalgary.com.
September 23, 7:30pm; Tour De Force: Cheng + Cello, savour the beauty and majesty of the bohemian lands of the Czech Republic, like the flowing Moldau river, in picturesque symphonic poems by the region’s legendary composers Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, conducted by Charles Olivieri-Munroe — a recognized specialist in this repertoire. Rising star Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng brings his brilliant virtuosity and singing tone to Camille Saint-Saëns’ enchanting Cello Concerto No. 1 at Jack Singer Concert Hall. Learn more at calgaryphil.com.
September 23, 7:30pm; Clicquot Trio Presents: Music and Songs from the American Songbook, join Clicquot Trio and Amanda HIllestad for ‘Music and Songs from the American Songbook’ at Cardel Theatre. Performers Claire Butler on piano, Stefano Valdo on bass and Reuben Grendus on drums feature popular standards Cheek to Cheek, Night and Day, Ain’t Misbehavin, What a Wonderful World and more. Learn more at clicquot-trio.com.
September 23, 8 to 11pm; Quantum Space Night at Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, Space Night will feature access to an array of telescopes operated by University of Calgary astronomers and members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Calgary Centre. You will have the opportunity to look through the telescopes and astronomers will be on hand to answer questions. Learn more at science.ucalgary.ca.
September 23 to 24, 11am and 2pm; Toys R Us Activities: Peppa Pig’s Storytime, everyone practice your snort and join to read a Peppa adventure, try some Peppa coloring sheets and get some pig ears of your very own. Learn more at toysrus.ca.
September 23 to 24; Granary Road Applefest, visit the Adam and Eve’s booth to watch a live apple cider press, enjoy a cup of cinnamon hot apple cider, go “bobbing” for apples, discover various apple jams, jellies and syrups, enter our hands-tied-behind-your-back apple pie eating contest and more. Learn more at granaryroad.com.
Until September 24; Alberta Biodiversity Festival, developed through a partnership between the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo and the Ministry of Alberta Environment and Parks and their Inglewood facility Bow Habitat Station, the festival will highlight the rich biodiversity in our province and what can be done for these diverse ecosystems. Learn more at springbankpark.com.
Until September 24; Gotta Minute Film Festival, wait for it! Watch for it! The Gotta Minute Film Festival is coming soon! Gotta Minute is Western Canada’s first Film Festival for Commuters. Selected films will be shown on Pattison Onestop screens in Edmonton and Calgary (such as the Edmonton LRT and the Calgary CTrain), in select Edmonton Public Library and Calgary Public Library locations, in the lobby of the Metro Cinema and online. Learn more at fava.ca.
Until September 24; Broadway Across Canada Presents Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, an electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Watch Broadway Across Canada perform this incredible show at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium. Learn more at calgary.broadway.com.
September 24; The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo: Wild Run, get ready for a wild workout with a wilder purpose! This 16km adventure runs or walks through the city’s southeast, with the first leg weaving around the early morning sights and sounds of the zoo. Since 2004, the Wild Run has raised over $135,000 for wildlife conservation. Learn more at calgaryzoo.com.
September 24, 10am to 6pm; Bridal Expo, gather your entourage for a VIP wedding planning experience! Bridal Expo hosts Alberta’s largest gown sale, fabulous fashion shows, a champagne lounge and over 100 of Calgary’s best wedding vendors. Learn more at bridalexpo.ca.
September 24, 11am to 4pm; The Barn Artisan Market Presents The Autumn Market, experience two full floors featuring 35 local vendors, all with unique, hand-crafted, created and made-in-Alberta products at Shawnessy Barn. Learn more at thebarnartisanmarket.ca.
September 24, 2 to 4 pm; Kayak to Klemtu – Films at the Fort, join for a film screening of Kayak to Klemtu as part of the Films at the Fort: Indigenous Films series. Each movie features Indigenous actors and themes and is created by Canadian filmmakers. KAYAK TO KLEMTU (PG) After her uncle’s death, a girl travels by kayak to speak on his behalf against a proposed pipeline through her homeland waters. Learn more at fortcalgary.com.
Until September 30; Alberta Culture Days, this event will feature hundreds of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to discover their inner artist, experience their heritage, and celebrate what it means to be Albertan. Learn more at alberta.ca/alberta-culture-days.
Until September 30; O’kosi Presented by Making Treaty 7, a visually spectacular production filled with music and poetry, humor and hope at Flanagan Theatre. O’kosi depicts the ways in which Indigenous People are healing from the multi-dimensional and multi-generational effects of the Indian Act and the signing of Treaty 7, and how the repercussions of these policies have been passed to parents, sons and daughters. Learn more at thegrandyyc.ca/okosi.
Until October; Bow Habitat Kids Can Catch Trout Pond, the Bow Habitat Station’s Kids Can Catch Trout Pond opens in mid-May and is stocked with rainbow trout in the fish hatchery for you to catch and release. Learn more at bowhabitat.alberta.ca.
Until October; Sacred Defenders of the Universe at TELUS Spark Science Centre, a vibrant floor-to-ceiling journey inside a graphic novel that follows four Indigenous superheroes as they seek to bring back the balance of earth between humility and respect for the land, and the excessive destruction of human ego. Learn more at sparkscience.ca.
Until October 1; Calgary International Film Festival, the 11-day showcase of over 175 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and around the world also hosts an Industry Week series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact. Learn more at ciffcalgary.ca.
Until October 1; YYC Pizza Fest, an 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. Learn more at yycpizzafest.com.
Until October 1; Loose Moose Theatre Presents: Snow White, the Loose Moose Theatre For Kids is a truly magical experience for children four to ten years old, as well as fun and entertaining for parents. Learn more at loosemoose.com.
Saturdays until October 7; Millarville Farmers’ Market, the people behind the tables at the Millarville Farmers’ Market are the real deal. They are the growers, farmers, makers, bakers, and artists. Ask them about their farm, their art, their love of what they do. Learn more at millarvilleracetrack.com.
Until October 8; Cirque Du Soleil’s KOOZA, KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil that combines two circus traditions — acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor at Stampede Park. Learn more at cirquedusoleil.com.
Until October 8; Theatre Calgary Presents The Mousetrap, on a dark and snowy night, seven strangers find themselves trapped in a remote guesthouse. The next morning, the snowed-in guests are joined by a police sergeant who brings news of a grisly murder in London. To the guests’ horror, he reveals that the killer may be in their midst. Can you put the pieces together and solve the murder before the final curtain? Learn more at theatrecalgary.com.
Until October 9; Halloweekends at Calaway Park, stroll through Hallotown… if you dare! Is it scary? No, it’s friendly. Dress up as your favorite family-friendly character and enjoy a day of fall fun! It’s a spooktacular good time for the whole family. Learn more at calawaypark.com.
Until October 14; Art Exhibition | Anda Kubis “Languorous,” Newzones Gallery is pleased to present “Languorous”; a solo exhibition of work by Canadian contemporary painter Anda Kubis. Learn more at gallerieswest.ca.
Until October 21; Jubilations Dinner Theatre Presents Crocodile Rock: The Legend Of Elton John, he’s one of the all-time great rock legends, with hit after hit all across the world. And now the story of the Rocketman is getting the Jubilations Dinner Theatre twist. Learn more at jubilations.ca.
Until October 21; Jubilations Junior Dinner Theatre Presents The Secret Life of Trolls, Melanie’s apartment seems like a normal place to live, but when she’s gone to work, the Trolls come out to play! While the Trolls are having a fun day full of music, a mysterious package gets dropped in the living room… that’s moving on its own? What’s in the package? Will their secret life be exposed? Will Melanie’s cat threaten their very existence? Learn more at jubilations.ca.
Until October 31; Pumpkins After Dark, explore the magical pathway of lit pumpkin sculptures and displays, with music, sounds and special effects. With classic Halloween characters, dinosaurs and dragons, movie and pop culture icons – this family-friendly event has something for everyone. Make Pumpkins After Dark your new annual tradition at Winsport. Learn more at calgary.pumpkinsafterdark.com.
Until October 31; WinSport Spooktacular Mini Golf, enjoy a safe, spooktacular family-friendly round of mini golf at WinSport! The fun, intermediate 18-hole outdoor mini-golf course will transform into a Halloween extravaganza. The course will be well-lit and challenge all ages and abilities while offering a safe Halloween activity. Dress up and get into the Halloween spirit. Learn more at winsport.ca.
Until November 12; Frank Ferrante In An Evening With Groucho, award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante ignites his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the funniest Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style at Stage West (727 42 Avenue SE). Learn more at eveningwithgroucho.com.
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