Downtown West Community Association
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Events Calendar

Calendar of Events

Events Happening In and Near Downtown West

 

Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF)
Apr
16
to Apr 22

Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF)

15 years after the Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) first launched, Western Canada's biggest genre festival presents its boldest and most eclectic lineup yet. 

With humble beginnings using fold-out chairs at The Venue (now called HiFi Club) attended by a few hundred fans over three days; today, CUFF is a seven-day internationally-recognized festival presenting 55 films to nearly 7,000 attendees. 

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Coffee with a Cop
Apr
19
2:00 PM14:00

Coffee with a Cop

The Calgary Police Service Public Affairs Unit is now hosting 'Coffee with a Cop' events – giving citizens the opportunity to pick an officer's brain or just ask questions!

The next one in downtown will be Thursday April 19, 2pm-4pm, at the Starbucks at 550 6 Av SW, just across from the Calgary Courts Centre.

We encourage DW residents and business owners to take advantage of this opportunity!

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Calgary Poutine Week!
Apr
20
to Apr 28

Calgary Poutine Week!

"Poutine lovers, rejoice! From April 20 to 28, you can fill up on classic, inventive and one-of-a-kind poutines!  More than 80 Calgary restaurants (map) will offer their take on the popular dish, including Diner Deluxe, Oak Tree Tavern, National, Starbelly, The Beltliner, Leopold's Tavern, Ship & Anchor and more." (~ALANA WILLERTON)  Poutine Week is also an opportunity to contribute to a great cause — each time a participating restaurant sells its poutine dish, Mealshare matches that by giving someone in need a free meal.  poutinewithpurpose.com

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CLIMB FOR WILDERNESS 2018
Apr
21
8:00 AM08:00

CLIMB FOR WILDERNESS 2018

This is your chance to climb the Bow, one of Calgary's most spectacular skyscrapers. Whether you're a committed climber, looking for a family activity or just a fun Saturday with friends, Calgary's biggest Earth Day event is for you! All proceeds go towards the conservation charity Alberta Wilderness Association and can be raised through fundraising.

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Downtown Throwdown: Banff Snow Gets Dumped on Stephen Ave
Apr
26
8:30 AM08:30

Downtown Throwdown: Banff Snow Gets Dumped on Stephen Ave

Banff’s Sunshine Village Ski Resort is bringing mountain snow to the heart of Downtown Calgary. In late April, they will dump three tonnes of “Canada’s Best Snow” onto Stephen Avenue! 

PHOTO: Freestyle riders doing tricks along Stephen Ave during the 2017 Downtown Throwdown. (Photo by Bryce Davidson)

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Jane's Walk Calgary 2018
May
4
to May 6

Jane's Walk Calgary 2018

Be part of this global festival of free neighbourhood walking tours! 

Last year alone, this festival weekend saw 82 walks in various neighbourhoods across Calgary  - on topics as diverse as skateboarding, urban design, and climate change resiliency.  

Learn something new. Notice something for the first time.  Search for walks by location, date, time of day, theme, accessibility and quadrant

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HomeSpace Proposed Downtown Affordable Housing: Open House
May
8
5:30 PM17:30

HomeSpace Proposed Downtown Affordable Housing: Open House

Join us in learning more about HomeSpace Society’s plans for affordable, rental apartments located at 933 5 Avenue SW.

HomeSpace works with government, partners and communities to add more affordable rental housing. You can be part of the solution by supporting affordable, rental housing in your community for our fellow Calgarians.

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VegFest Calgary
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

VegFest Calgary

Last year, VegFest Calgary hosted over 8000 veg and veg-curious Calgarians for an immersive vegan experience featuring industry speakers, talented musicians, cooking demos, local businesses, and a large selection of mouth-watering fare. This year will have MORE speakers, cooking demos, vendors, a VEGAN-CERTIFIED BEER GARDENS in partnership with Cold Garden Beverage Company, and DJs.

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Sled Island Music & Arts Festival
Jun
20
to Jun 24

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival

  • www.sledisland.com/venues (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sled Island's thoughtful, eclectic programming and independent spirit fuse to produce a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of more than 250 bands, comedy, film and art as well as over 30,000 attendees in more than 35 venues, earning rave reviews from attendees, artists and media across the globe.

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HOUSE OF VANS POP-UP
Apr
13
to Apr 15

HOUSE OF VANS POP-UP

This densely-packed 3 days will include live performances by DIIV and Sheer Mag, a community market showcasing members of Calgary’s burgeoning creative community, a thought-provoking and humorous art exhibition, live mural painting by acclaimed artist and illustrator Jay Howell, photography workshop, and a skate park designed to pay homage to Calgary’s skate history. The House of Vans Pop-Up in Calgary event is FREE and open to the public!

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“LETTERKENNY LIVE!”
Mar
30
6:30 PM18:30

“LETTERKENNY LIVE!”

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.

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MLA Open House
Mar
29
3:30 PM15:30

MLA Open House

Meet your MLA for Calgary-Buffalo, Hon. Kathleen Ganley, and find out what your provincial representative has been doing to make life better for Albertans!

Organizations in the constituency are welcome 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

Residents of the constituency are welcome 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. 

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting you!

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THEATRE: "THE LONELY DINER"
Mar
20
to Apr 8

THEATRE: "THE LONELY DINER"

THE LONELY DINER
BY BEVERLEY COOPER, DIRECTED BY KELLI FOX

In a quiet little rural Canadian diner, Lucy yearns for the glitz, glamour and excitement of America's roaring cities. Prohibition has just been lifted in Ontario, but across the border mob bosses battle for the illicit trade of alcohol...

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CALGARY FILM'S OSCAR PARTY
Mar
4
5:30 PM17:30

CALGARY FILM'S OSCAR PARTY

Calgary's red carpet event of the year!

Alongside a live broadcast of the Academy Awards, enjoy entertainment, food and drink, a silent auction, raffle, door prizes, and an Oscar® ballot!

Get glammed up to walk the red carpet as Calgary's film industry and movie fans come together to celebrate the most successful films of the year.

Tickets are $85 (general seating) - proceeds will help raise funds for the Calgary International Film Festival.

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Calgary Midwinter All-Canadian Bluesfest
Feb
26
to Mar 3

Calgary Midwinter All-Canadian Bluesfest

  • Various, including Ramada Hotel Downtown & Kerby Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

12th Annual Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest brings a full week of the best in Blues, all from right here at home!
 

  • Electro-Fi Record's Harrison Kennedy, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, 2016 JUNO Award and 2018 Maple Blues award winner. Harrison is Artist in Residence for this year's Midwinter festival.
  • Blues shouter and Boogie Piano giant David Vest (2018, 2016, 2015, 2013 Maple Blues Award winner), performs a concert at Gasoline Alley at the historic Heritage Park.
  • Steve Pineo brings his Mardi Gras band to the Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! celebration.
  • Vocal coach Elsie Osborne leads the way for the Singing the Blues Vocal Camp; and Debra Power, with her trio, will back the singers.
  • A special series, A Walk Through Blues History, The Singing the Blues Vocal Camp, Blues At Noon, and much more!
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2018 Human Bonspiel
Feb
5
to Feb 12

2018 Human Bonspiel

Beginning Feb 05, the 2018 Human Bonspiel involves teams of 4, with each team member sliding two times. Team registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. each day of the event, with the first slides scheduled for noon. Winners from each day will be invited back to compete in the finals on Monday, February 12.

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Exposure Photography Festival
Feb
1
to Feb 28

Exposure Photography Festival

The Exposure Photography Festival generates participation in photographic image-making and engages practitioners, photo professionals, and audiences in dialogue about the medium, its past, present and future.

Most events and activities are FREE and open to the public. 

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Classic Albums Live: The Beatles' Abbey Road
Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

Classic Albums Live: The Beatles' Abbey Road

  • Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The iconic English band may not be together anymore, but you can still enjoy one of The Beatles' most popular albums live. Classic Albums Live will perform the music from The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road. Expect to hear songs ranging from "Come Together" to "Here Comes the Sun." This is the first Calgary performance for Classic Albums Live.

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Women's March – Calgary
Jan
20
12:00 PM12:00

Women's March – Calgary

In January 2017, all across Canada, we marched together in solidarity with Sister Marches around the world. WE BELIEVE THERE IS STILL WORK TO DO. AND SO, WE MARCH ON.

On January 20, 2018, March On Canada – Calgary will be in solidarity with cities across North America for this anniversary event. Meeting outside of Banker’s Hall at noon: 315 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4K1

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Calgary Firefighters New Year’s Eve Charity Gala
Dec
31
to Jan 1

Calgary Firefighters New Year’s Eve Charity Gala

Spend the last night of 2017 dancing and eating the night away at the Calgary Firefighters New Year's Eve Charity Gala. The gala will help support 13 local charities. The evening includes a black tie ball with a gourmet dinner on the upstairs level and a downstairs disco party at 8 p.m. Enjoy complimentary bar service and be sure to visit the after midnight buffet later in the night.

Full gala $500; downstairs Station 54 Disco Party $150

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NYE 2018: Have a Feast to Remember
Dec
31
to Jan 1

NYE 2018: Have a Feast to Remember

The Guild restaurant is offering a special NYE menu starting at 5 p.m. A four-course meal starts with an amuse bouche, then gives you the choice of dishes like bison tartare, pumpkin tart tatin, bouillabaisse, roasted lamb saddle, black forest cake for dessert and more. Part of the a la carte menu will also be available on NYE.

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A Cowtown Christmas
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

A Cowtown Christmas

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. 

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Fairmont Palliser: Giant Gingerbread House, and more
Dec
3
to Jan 2

Fairmont Palliser: Giant Gingerbread House, and more

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.

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GOOD COMPANIONS 50+ CLUB: FALL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

GOOD COMPANIONS 50+ CLUB: FALL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT

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

Register: Contact Della Tillie (dellat@telusplanet.net) or Ellen Wendt (ewendt@shaw.ca)

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IMMERSIVE ART: NORTHERN REFLECTIONS
Dec
1
to Dec 31

IMMERSIVE ART: NORTHERN REFLECTIONS

  • Various Locations Downtown (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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Make Your Own Indoor Foliage Arrangement
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

Make Your Own Indoor Foliage Arrangement

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

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A Christmas Carol
Nov
28
to Dec 24

A Christmas Carol

  • Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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. 

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