The CORE opens its doors to the Calgary arts community this holiday season, Nov 23 - Dec 25. See performance groups of all ages from all over the city. All performances will take place over the lunch hour from 12pm -1pm (unless otherwise noted) in front of our 45ft. Christmas Tree.
Events Happening In and Near Downtown West
The Christmas season truly starts when Theatre Calgary brings A Christmas Carol to the stage. Now a Calgary tradition, this stage production of Charles Dickens' classic novel tells the tale of Scrooge, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, and how an eye-opening journey transforms the grumpy protagonist into realizing the life he needs to lead.
Take the opportunity to participate in and engage with an immersive art experience unlike any other. In partnership with Downtown Calgary, BUDS OF BUDS will be debuting the first ever urban art gallery through a series of painted windows, called the Northern Reflections Window Exhibition that will incorporate Augmented Reality (AR) technology. The series will be painted by a variety of local artists and will stretch throughout Calgary’s downtown core, showcasing many participating local businesses and turning the city streets into a grand urban art-walk.
Photo: Monty Kruger/CBC
If you happen to be walking by the Fairmont Palliser this month, pop in to check out the giant gingerbread house in the hotel's lobby. The house is so big, you can actually walk into it. It has a waffle roof, gingerbread walls and candy decorations ranging from gummy bears to suckers. Be sure to bring a donation for the Calgary Drop-in Centre and the Calgary Food Bank.
Cost: Free with a monetary or non-perishable food donation.
Stars of the popular award-winning CraveTV LETTERKENNY will be hitting the road for “LETTERKENNY LIVE!”, a 90-minute comedy experience, starring Jared Keeso (Wayne), Nathan Dales (Daryl), K Trevor Wilson (Dan) and Mark Forward (Coach). The tour will come to Calgary at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, located between Glamorgan and Lakeview.
There's no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by singing along to holiday music. At Cowtown Opera's A Cowtown Christmas, you can do just that while wearing cozy pajamas. That's right — not only is there a pajamas dress code at this opera performance, but the best and most festive onesie wearer will go home with a prize.
Join us for a fun day in nearby Killarney, in the Main Hall of the Good Companions Club.
Play 9am - 3pm. Continental breakfast & lunch provided, coffee, tea and water available all day. (Gluten-free / sp diets on request)
Cost: $30/person w/ $15 tax receipt
Learn about the history of decorating with winter greens, as well as some tips, tricks and techniques for making them look good and last. Then, tackle your own centrepiece arrangement using cedar, pine, fir, spruce, cones and berries.
Literally just steps from the Sunalta LRT station, this workshop is open to all: Community Gardeners; residents of Inner City Communities and beyond!
Cost: $30 - Register at: eventbrite.ca
Theatre Disponibilité will open their inaugural production, 9 Circles, at the Motel at Arts Commons. Join us at 8:00pm from November 21-25 at the Motel to explore this harrowing military tale inspired by Dante’s nine circles of Hell.
Alberta Wilderness Association presents a screening of Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Forest - a cinematic journey into the tragically threatened world of endangered mountain caribou. Screening will be followed by AWA’s Carolyn Campbell’s update on the status of Alberta’s caribou. Cost: $10
Just For Laughs presents The Alternative Comedy Tour – featuring some of comedy’s funniest and quirkiest stand-ups for an evening of off-beat hilarity. Headlining is TJ Miller, with special guest Rhys Darby, and hosted by Nick Vatterott, one of Vulture’s “50 Comedians You Should Know”.
Come ready to dance and enjoy exclusive access to see one of the world’s greatest mix artists. Ben Liebrand will be spinning the ‘wheels of steel’, celebrating music from the 80’s & 90’s. You’ll experience first-hand why Ben has inspired an entire generation of DJs around the globe.
Calgary Night Market will be hosting 4 markets this November inside DW's neighbouring Eau Claire Market. Come join us! Browse a variety of unique items such as Jewelry, Pottery, Clothing, Woodwork, Handmade Soaps, Vintage, and much more...
- Free Event
This Halloween movie screening is part of the historic Theatre Junction Grand's new film series called Movies at the Grand. The movie selection won't be revealed until closer to the event, but you can expect a thrilling and terrifying film by a Canadian director.
Sub Rosa, the underground bar located below downtown's Hudson's Bay building, will once again be transformed into a secret garden for Halloween. Take in the eye-catching decor while drinking Halloween-themed cocktails and champagne from Perrier-Jouët.
Write, shoot, and edit your very own horror movie! Teams are made up of local amateur and indie filmmakers and are given 48 hours to complete their very own short horror movie. The final films are brought together for our annual Terror Challenge Showcase and award ceremony where they will be shown in front of a live audience. This is an 18+ event.
The US Consulate General in Calgary partners with the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre in hosting two photographic exhibitions. The exhibits highlight 150 years of US-Canada relations.
Ever wondered what it would be like to explore Eurasia at the Calgary Zoo after the gates close? Here’s your chance! Leave the kids at home and head to the zoo to celebrate Oktoberfest with craft beer, German inspired food, live music, tiger training, educational entertainment, a cash bar and much more!
On a mission to connect comedians and audiences in our communities by relentlessly delivering more laughter to their lives. We believe in “Funny First”. This festival curates a six-day, large-forum comedy festival, with the strongest possible lineup of (local) Calgary, Canadian, and international talent, resulting in the best laughs available on an Alberta stage each year. Various locations and ticket prices.
The Calgary Food Bank is teaming up with local restaurants to take a bite out of hunger. We challenged Chefs to create a Signature Dish using at least two items from our most-needed item list. Try one (or more) of these deliciously creative dishes. A portion of the proceeds from each dish will support the Calgary Food Bank. All funds raised by OctoberFeast will be used to purchase fresh food to complete our Emergency Food Hampers.
A/P will be giving linocut demonstrations at the Culture Days Block Party. Come drop-in and get involved in our various Print It Yourself stations. There will be a linocut station, child-friendly station, silkscreen t-shirt station and our newly arrived letterpress station at the PIY event.
No experience necessary.
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Buildings in all quadrants of the city open their doors – FREE – to the public for revealing tours and behind-the-scenes experiences. Whether you’re a geek for history, architecture, the environment, art, sports, science or engineering, this is your chance for an insider’s view of Calgary’s vibrant and dynamic cityscape.
A 12-day showcase of 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and 50+ other countries. Gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that emphasizes ways for filmmakers and fans to interact.
It’s the gambler’s ruin: the chance in any given roll feels pretty reasonable – one in six, if you are rolling a single die. So what are the chances you can make it to the top of the stairs by rolling a die repeatedly? There are just ten stairs, after all. This is applied math at its most delightful. Test your luck and compare it to your gut instincts.
A four-day festival of music with a side of maple syrup! To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, this celebration of piano showcases some of the country’s brightest classical music stars alongside Honens Laureates through innovative performance projects and dynamic community concerts.