If you’re looking for something to do in addition to devouring pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving long weekend, have we got great news for you! There are tons of events and activities happening around the city to celebrate the last leaves of fall, so get your coziest flannel on and get ready to check out these 9 Thanksgiving long weekend activities in Calgary!
7th Annual Thanksgiving Pie Bake-Off
Calgary Farmer’s Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
October 10-11 from 10 am – 2 pm
If you can’t decide on your favourite Thanksgiving Pie flavour, the 7th Annual Thanksgiving Pie Bake-Off has the perfect way to help you choose. For a cash donation to the Calgary Food Bank, you can sample delicious pies from 5 local vendors including Simple Simon Pies, Yum Bakery, Innisfail Growers, Delissitude and A Taste of Quebec. Once you’ve had a bite of all 5, vote for your favourite and get inspired for your own Thanksgiving pie baking!
Calgary Stampeders Game
McMahon Stadium – 1817 Crowchild Trail NW
October 11 at 7:30 pm
Get ready to cheer on the Stamps as they take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday, October 11 at McMahon Stadium. Make sure to stick around once the game is finished for an awesome fireworks display set to music for their special “Light Up The Night” theme. A coat drive for the Salvation Army will also be taking place, so bring your gently used winter jackets to help share the warmth this winter in Calgary!
Disney In Concert: Mary Poppins
Jack Singer Concert Hall – 205 8 Ave SE
October 11 at 7:30 pm and October 12 at 2 pm
The only thing better than watching the beloved Disney classic, Mary Poppins, is watching the movie while the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performs each of the musical pieces live along with the film. I had the opportunity to attend the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and it was an unforgettable experience. The musical performance is so seamless with the film that plays on a screen above the orchestra, you feel like you truly are immersed in the movie yourself. Sing along with your favourite songs performed by the CPO as you watch Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke bring magic to the silver screen.
Quest Theatre Presents: Flibbertigibbet’s Story Exhibit
Kiddos between the ages of 3 and 7 won’t want to miss this fun-filled performance with everything from songs and stories to puppets and a lights and shadows finale. Join Sarah and Alix as they try to find the courage to perform Mr. Flibbertigibbet’s fantastical tales in this exciting and interactive presentation. Imaginations are sure to soar for audience members watching the show at four different locations across Calgary. Showtimes are available in the Grand Oak Studio and Showroom in the northeast, the BMO Theatre in Rocky Ridge northwest, Brookfield Residential YMCA in Seton SE, and at CSpace King Edward Studio Theatre in the southwest. For the CSpace Location only, families are invited to join in a play session courtesy of Sprog and Sprocket for an hour before and an hour after the performance.
Thanksgiving Brunch at Fort Calgary
Fort Calgary – 750 9 Ave SE
October 13 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
If you don’t want to wait for dinner to let the feasting begin, why not check out brunch at Fort Calgary’s award-winning buffet? With delicious items like made-to-order omelettes, eggs benedict, meat and cheese platters, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, and more, it’s the perfect way to start your day before heading off to visit the museum (admission to Fort Calgary is included in your brunch price!).
Thanksgiving Weekend at Heritage Park
1900 Heritage Dr SW
Thanksgiving weekend is your last opportunity to enjoy the historical village attractions at Heritage Park before they close for the season. Thanksgiving Lunch will be offered (at a cost) at the Wainwright Hotel and the Selkirk Grille, and Thanksgiving Dinner will be available at The Selkirk Grille on Sunday, October 13. Pumpkins will be baking at the Livingston House, the Ranch House and the Rectory, and themed activities will be happening throughout the park. Don’t forget to take one last spin on the antique midway, a final lap on the steam train, and one last ride on a horse-drawn carriage to tide you over till next spring!
Thank You Calgary at Calaway Park
Caraway Park – 245033 Range Rd 33
Calaway Park members have one more weekend to put their season’s pass to good use. With your pass, receive $15 (+ GST) admission for up to four guests. Calaway Park will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Calgary Community Kitchen. Even if you don’t have a season’s pass, you may want to make the most of the last of our nice fall weather by hitting the Vortex rollercoaster one last time!
Pumpkin Festival at Calgary Farmyard
284022 Township Rd 224, Rocky View, AB T1X 0J6, Canada
The Autumn Pumpkin Festival is in full swing at Calgary Farmyard, home of the Calgary Corn Maze. Pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a magic show, a candy pumpkin explosion, crafts, pig races and over 35 attractions including an arcade truck, a low ropes course, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, mazes, jumping pillows, a potato sack slide and more are all waiting for your family to come and explore! If you’d like to check out Calgary Farmyard in a different light, their Flashlight Nights take place every Friday and Saturday until October 25th and includes access to all of the attractions, including the corn maze in the dark!
Autumn Jubilee at Kayben Farms
316034 32 St E, Okotoks, AB
Time is running out to get to Kayben Farms before they close for the season! The Country Carnival will be running from October 13-14, where there will be carnival games, demonstrations by Spectacle Blue Studios, horse-drawn wagon rides, s’mores, pumpkin painting and carving, a pig kissing booth, crafts, games, music and face painting in addition to the regular attractions at the Farm. This is one fall event you won’t want to miss!
Do you plan to attend one of the events from our list? Is there a great one you’re excited about that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments!