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Calgary events: Things to do Oct. 18 – 24

Every week, LiveWire Calgary breaks down events and things to do in Calgary. This week, take advantage of beer, spooky festivals and marrying your furry friends.

Here are some things to do in Calgary the week of Oct. 18 to 24.

Friday, Oct. 18

Haunted Calgary 

What: More than 20,000 square feet of Halloween attractions. Haunted Calgary has three spaces for teens and adults and a Family Frights Thrill Zone. Located in the parkade level of New Horizon Mall.

When: October 18 – 19, 2019

Where: 260300 Writing Creek Crescent, Balzac

Time: 6 – 10 p.m. 

Price: $10 – $75 

Famous 5 Foundation: ‘Persons’ Case 90th Anniversary 

Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Privy Council of Great Britain defining the word ‘persons’ as meaning both women and men. Famous 5 Foundation/Facebook.

What: On October 18, 1929 the Privy Council of Great Britain defined the word ‘persons’ as meaning both women and men. Celebrate the historic anniversary of the victory at the Famous Five Monument in Olympic Plaza. 

When: October 18, 2019

Where: Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Avenue SE

Time: 12 – 1 p.m.

Price: Free 

Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival

What: More than 450 local and international tattoo artists. The Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival brings contests, exhibits and tattooing all weekend long. Check out a circus act or cabaret, and even a comedy stunt show.

When: October 18 – 20, 2019

Where: BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way SE

Time: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Price: $20 – $50

Saturday, Oct. 19

Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival 

What: Sip on wines, spirits and beers from all over the world under one roof. At the Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival cap it off by tasting food samples from some of Calgary’s best restaurants. 

When: October 18 – 19, 2019

Where: BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way 

Time: Noon – 10 p.m.

Price: $22 – $38

2019 VIP Shop Hop

What: More than 25 shops, services and restaurants are offering up in-store features, special deals and VIP discounts. Shop the latest looks for fall or look for gifts for the holidays. A collection of restaurants and bars on 17th Ave will also be putting together a special menu for Shop Hop. 

When: October 19, 2019

Where: 17th Avenue SW 

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Price: Free

17th Ave Spook-tacular 

What: Wrangle up the family and enjoy live music, face painting, bouncy castles. trick or treating and so much more in downtown Calgary. Show up in a costume and be entered to win a box of Halloween treats and a $500 17th Ave gift card to participating retailers. 

When: October 19, 2019

Where: 820 17th Avenue SW 

Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Price: Free

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Sunday, Oct. 20

Doggy I Do

What: The Virgin Morning Show is holding a wedding for your dogs. Bring your pups together and have them married by host Fuzzy. 

When: October 20, 2019

Where: Eau Claire Plaza

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Price: Free

Calgary Reptile Expo

What: Check our local reptile and amphibian breeders and enthusiasts in one place. Get up close and personal with bearded dragons, boa constrictors and other reptiles. There’s also a kids corner for children of all ages, with face painting and a squad of food trucks. 

When: October 19 – 20, 2019

Where: Mid-Sun Community Association, 50 Midpark Rise SE

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Price: $5 – $20

Monday, Oct. 21

Election Night YYC

What: Watch the polls roll in and see who’s elected to be Canada’s next Prime Minister. Submit your name at the door, and get a chance to win a day pass to Lake Louise Ski Resort, tickets to the Calgary Flames, and swag from Apathy is Boring and Madame Premier.

When: October 21, 2019

Where: National on 10th, 341 10 Ave SW

Time: 6 – 11 p.m.

Price: Free

Harry Potter Trivia 

What: Answer 50 questions pulled straight from your favourite wizarding movie series: Harry Potter. Team up with up to six people to compete for hundreds of dollars in prizes. Dress up as a character from the series for a chance to win extra prizes. 

When: October 21, 2019

Where: Hudsons Canada’s Pub (Shawnessy) 16061 Macleod Trail SE

Time: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Price: $10.99

University of Calgary Department of Art Print Sale 

What: The University of Calgary is holding a flash sale of works by members in their Art Building on campus. Shop a mix of hand-print lithographs, etchings and screen prints. All for $30 per print. Proceeds go directly back to the art department.

When: October 21, 2019

Where: University of Calgary Art Building, 2500 University Dr. NW

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Price: Free

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Calgary Spanish Film Festival 

What: Check out four films that will give Calgarians a taste of the creativity, history and talent of today’s Spanish cinema. These films have not been commercially distributed in Canada, but are award winners and box office champions in other countries. For a full lineup, visit their website.    

When: October 22, 2019

Where: Globe Cinema, 617 8 Ave SW

Time: 6:45 p.m.

Price: $8 – $10

New Level Brewing Brewmaster’s Dinner

What: Enjoy an amuse-bouche paired with a welcome beer followed by four courses of food. Each course is selectively paired with complementing beers. Full menu to be announced. Price includes five-course dinner and beer pairings.

When: October 22, 2019

Where: CRAFT Beer Market – Southcentre, 273A 100 Anderson Road SE

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Price: $60 

Wednesday, Oct. 23


Alberta Ballet is premiering an adaption of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein throughout October in Calgary. Alberta Ballet/Facebook.

What: Alberta ballet premiers an adaption of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Expect a massive multimedia stage environment and blend of classic and contemporary ballet styles during its four-night run at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium throughout October. 

When: October 23, 2019

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Price: Prices vary

Glenbow Museum: A Closer Look Tour

What: Get in-depth insight into feature exhibitions Glenbow Museum. This month, learn more about English-Canadian printmaker Sybil Andrews.

When: October 23, 2019

Where: Glenbow Museum 130 9 Avenue SE

Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Price: Free with admission

Calgary New & Used Ski Sale

What: The Calgary New & Used Ski Sale caters to a variety of skiers and snowboarders. Check out a range of sizes, brands, colours or types of equipment.   

When: October 23 – 27 2019

Where: Max Bell Arena, 1001 Barlow Trail SW

Time: 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Price: Free

Thursday Oct. 24

Raise & Rescue: A Fundraiser for The Leftovers Foundation

What: Eat samples from upcycled ingredients prepared by Calgary chefs while listening to live music. TThe Leftovers Foundation is a food rescuing charity that feeds those who are hungry while preventing food waste in the process. Sip local wine and beer made from a special rescued ingredient. 

When: October 24, 2019

Where: The Commons, 1206 20 Ave SE

Time: 8 p.m.

Price: $50  – $75

Calgary New Music Festival

What: Check out new sounds and music from within Calgary and around the word with this showcasing event. Experience nightly performances from Thursday to Saturday, followed by a full day of programming at Festival Hall on Sunday, October 27.

When: October 24, 2019

Where: Multiple venues

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Price: Prices vary