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Calgary Events: Things to do Nov. 15 to 21

Every week, LiveWire Calgary will breakdown events and things to do in Calgary. This week, take advantage of more Christmas markets, choral music and, of course, Grey Cup!

Friday, Nov. 15

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

It’s time to start thinking of that magical time of year and you can do it at Spruce Meadows where you’ll find handcrafted gifts from all over the world. More than 300 vendors are laid out on the venue’s grounds.

When: Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Nov. 15 to Dec. 1

Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Spruce Meadows Equestrian Facility

Cost: $12 per person at the gate; $10 per person in advance; Seniors 65+ and children under 12 are free

Calgary Bridge Foundation Newcomer Fair

Join others from around the world at the 6th annual, family-friendly newcomer fair. There’s something here for the whole family: activities, music, dance and a kid’s corner and teen zone. There are giveaways at this event – it’s one you don’t want to miss!

When: Nov. 15, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Bishop Grandin High School – 111 Haddon Road SW

Cost: Free

Saturday, Nov. 16

Deerfoot Trail open house

Want to have your thoughts on changes to Deerfoot Trail taken into consideration? There’s an open house in Riverbend where the city will present the different items they’re hoping to put into action.
When: Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Riverbend Community Association, 19 Rivervalley Dr S.E.

Cost: FREE

New Brighton Christmas Craft Market

Looking for that special Christmas gift this year? Head on down to south Calgary and hit this Christmas market. Local crafts, home-based businesses and even youth entrepreneurs will have their wares on display.

When: Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: New Brighton Club, 2 New Brighton Drive SE, Calgary

Cost: FREE (but Calgary Food Bank donation is welcome)

Sunday, Nov. 17

WinterFest at Ralph Klein Park

The weather’s going to be great this weekend, so what better way to spend it than celebrating the winter season in the outdoors at Ralph Klein Park. Bring the whole family down for a range of indoor and outdoor activities and even go on a nature walk around the park.

When: Nov. 17, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Ralph Klein Park – 12350 – 84 Street SE

Cost: FREE

Bach and Son in Leipzig, London and Dresden

Join the Calgary Bach Choir in their opening concert of the 2019 / 2020 season as they take you on a historic trip back with music from J.S. Bach and Sons. This group has a passion for classical music with a focus on the 150 years of the Baroque period.

When: Nov. 17, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Knox United Church – 506 – 4 Street SW

Cost: $21.99 – Here’s where you can find tickets.

Monday, Nov. 18

4th Annual Ally Toolkit Conference

What does it mean to be an ally to the LGBTQ2S+ community? Leading thoughts from experts in the business, health community sectors will discuss what ally-ship is and provide tools for helping to create a more equitable environment.

When: Nov. 17 (Community Day) is Free at the Calgary Central Library; November 18 and 19 – various workshops.

Where: Telus Convention Centre. 120 – 9 Avenue SE

Cost: $130 to $225

Comedy Night – Movember Monday

Join Mike Dambra, Casey Corbin and a cast of others at the Comedy Night at Broken City, at in support of the Movember Foundation Canada. Just don’t forget to bring your ‘stache!

When: Nov. 18, starts at 8 p.m.

Where Broken City – 611 – 11 Avenue SW

Cost: Unknown

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Grey Cup Week – Arrival of the Cup

It might be a bit of a downer the hometown team won’t get a chance to hoist the Grey Cup, but if you’re a CFL fan this is nonetheless an exciting time of year. You can catch the Grey Cup as it comes to Calgary, starting with a parade down 3 Avenue SW and then weaving up to Stephen Avenue before reaching Olympic Plaza at noon.

When: Nov. 19, from 11: 45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Downtown, finishing at Olympic Plaza

Cost: FREE

Waitress: A New Musical – Broadway Across Canada

Jenna is a waitress who wants to get out of a troubling marriage and small-town life. She devises a plan where she puts her expert pie-making abilities to use and enters a baking contest. That’s when things change. This Tony Award-nominated show has a six-day run in Calgary.

When: Nov. 19 to 24, most showtimes at 8 p.m., one at 2 p.m.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 – 14 Avenue NW

Cost: Various

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Jobs Canada Fair

Calgary’s going through a bit of an economic slump and people are out of work. Here, you can meet with HR managers, recruiters and employment agencies from a variety of industries.

When: Nov. 20, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre, 6620 – 36 Street NE

Cost: Free for job seekers (online registration required)

Thursday, Nov. 21

GIRAF Animation Festival

Who doesn’t love animation? This annual event showcases some of the best in independent, underground and experimental animation from around the world. It also showcases Canadian talent in the field of animation.

When: Nov. 21 to 24

Where: Globe Cinema – 8 Avenue SW Calgary

Cost: $10 and up for tickets

Nissan Titan Street Festival

Want tons of fun for the whole family and wide range of free activities? You’ve got to check out the Nissan Titan Street Festival, all a part of this weekend’s Grey Cup festivities in Calgary. They’ve got more than 140,000 square feet of fun for everyone!

When: Nov. 21 to 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Fireworks at 9 p.m.)

Where: Stampede Park

Cost: FREE