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As the Halloween decorations get taken down on November 1st and the Christmas Carols start to make their way to your ears, it’s a sign that the time has come to gear up for the holiday season! The list of preparations may seem daunting but luckily Calgary has just what you need to make this holiday season a breeze. Get a head start on your holiday to do list with these awesome upcoming Christmas markets and events.
Make It Calgary
Make It Calgary is a Canada-wide craft fair that aims to spark a “handmade revolution” by showcasing goods crafted by local makers in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. The Make It Calgary Market will take place over the weekend of November 29th to December 1st. This is your chance to pick up that one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for someone special or some beautiful decorations for your holiday party.
Calgary Expo Holiday Market
Do you own more than one Santa hat? Have you thought of cosplaying as Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer? Then this is the holiday market for you! The Calgary Expo Holiday Market features an array of activities and merchandise that will help you to geek out during this merry time of year. Get dressed up as your favourite comic book, movie or franchise character and get ready to have your portrait drawn by a professional artist! The Expo also offers shopping opportunities aplenty, with gifts and memorabilia geared at fans of gaming, anime and comics.
Market Collective Holiday Market Series
The Market Collective is an organization that aims to promote local art and culture in Calgary. Their annual holiday event showcases live music, workshops and over 150 local vendors selling their exceptional creations. This is a great place to witness Calgary's artistic spirit in action! The event takes place the first three weekends in December.
The holidays can be a hectic time, so why not treat yourself to some well deserved down time at the Best Western Airport Inn Calgary? Our convenient amenities and comfortable rooms make for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Book with us today.
One of the best things about summer is going to awesome music festivals. There are plenty of great musical events happening all around Calgary this summer, and we’ve rounded up just a few of many for you to check out in YYC:
This summer festival organized by JazzYYC has plenty of free and ticketed shows for jazz lovers to enjoy. The performances are scattered along Calgary’s ‘Music Mile’ in various venues from concert halls to clubs, and more. There’s even an annual JazzWalk on the final Sunday of the festival. Stay tuned to the JazzYYC website to get more details on the shows in this summer’s lineup.
Sled Island has been a staple event of summer in Calgary since 2007. This eclectic independent festival is always undeniably cool, with not just music but also lots of comedy, film, and art to check out. Previous years’ festivals have featured over 250 shows over 5 days of programming, with over 30,000 guests in more than 30 venues. It’s an awesome way to check out Calgary’s arts and culture scene. This year’s lineup is already full of heavy-hitters such as Julien Baker, Japanese Breakfast, Rapsody, and many more.
This annual outdoor music festival boasts world-class entertainment and internationally acclaimed artists - and you can expect no less in 2019! This year’s performers include Billy Idol, Blondie, Headstones, and Doug and the Slugs. The festival takes place during the famous Calgary Stampede (on from July 5th to 14th, 2019) and is an awesome addition to any Stampede experience.
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Valentine’s Day isn’t only reserved for sweethearts. It’s also a chance to show love to your whole family! If you’re in Calgary for the special day, be sure to check out some of these great family-friendly events that are happening that everyone from the kids to grandpa will enjoy. And, of course, book your stay with us here at Best Western Airport Inn Calgary to make your special day even more unforgettable. Our AHLA-award winning Calgary hotel has a wide variety of accommodations suitable for both large groups and small, with fantastic in-room amenities like 42’’ flat screen TVS, high speed WiFi, and refrigerators. You’ll love our fantastic hotel amenities too, which includes a hot tub, pool, and complimentary breakfast. Make your reservations today!
The Art of Romance, Art of Soul, With Strings
With Johnny Summers on vocals, the Calgary Jazz Orchestra will perform a special night of beloved classics on February 10 at River Park Church. The first part of the evening will explore songs from the Great American Songbook and the second half will features beloved tunes from the likes of Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Michael Buble, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Anna, and Tony Bennett.
Valentine’s Date Night
Head over to the Pinnovate DIY Studio for a creative Valentine’s Date Night! You and your special someones will create your very own masterpiece — a customized 16x20 piece of splatter paint art! The evening will also include all the of painting supplies, a drink, and an ice cream dessert. Buy your tickets here!
Movies at the Grand: Chocolat
Spend Valentine’s Day at the movies! The Flanagan Theatre is showing “Chocolat,” a film about a single mother and her six-year-old daughter who move to rural France to open a chocolate shop. Tickets include admission, a sweet treat, and a glass of champagne.
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T’is the season! Face your fears with several spooky events taking place in Calgary, and if Halloween isn’t your thing, explore the thrills of art celebrating mountaineers and adventurers.
2018 will be the 13th and final year of Screamfest - your last chance to experience Calgary’s scariest and most diverse Halloween event. Screamfest runs on October 25 to 28, 30, and of course, on Halloween itself, October 31st. Try and walk through multiple haunted houses and stomach Clown Town, Bates Motel and the unknown in the “What Lurks in the Dark” house. You can also try escape rooms, carnival games and rides. October 25 is adults only night if you don’t want to scream in front of the kids. Hosted with the Grandstand Building in Stampede Park, general admission is $30 which will give you access to all six haunted houses.
If you haven’t gotten your Halloween fix yet, have no fear there’s more. The Grim Manor recently moved to a larger venue, WinSport Canada’s Olympic Park, the most visible legacy from the 1988 Olympic Games. The larger venue will feature three spooky attractions: the titular house of horrors Grim Manor, a new Salem-themed funhouse and an all-ages animated 3D haunted house called Grim's Haunted Adventures. Tickets are $20 and the Grim Manor runs until Halloween. Be sure to check online for dates and times!
TELUS Spark Halloween Party
Looking to do it up big for only one night? On Oct. 27 dress in your finest costume and head over to TELUS Spark Science Centre for a Halloween party. The science centre will be open until 1am for anyone over 18 and will include a mad science lab of horror, a “Thriller” dance lesson, silent disco party and more. Admission is $75 and includes food, access to all galleries and a chance to see TELUS Spark like never before. Check out more details before commiting to a costume!
Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
Halloween not your thing? From October 27 to November 4, explore the best mountain films, books and speakers at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. There will be over 75 films, free events, panel discussions and exhibitions celebrating mountaineers, adventurers and the sights of the great outdoors from across the globe. Tickets are now on sale and a full schedule is available online so you can better plan your festival time!
Whether you’re in Calgary for the thrills of the mountain, or the thrills of the Halloween season, avoid disappointment and book your stay in advance!
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Looking for a fun family vacation filled with fun attractions fit for children and adults of all ages? Look no further than visiting Calgary. Calgary is easy to get to via plane or even by car on the summer road-trip of a lifetime.
CALAWAY PARK THEME PARK
Calaway Park is Western Canada’s Largest Outdoor Family Amusement Park, with 32 family friendly ride, a variety of entertainment and delightful treats for foodie fans. The park even offers excellent street performers suchs as stilt walkers, jugglers and clowns.
For thrill seekers make sure that you try the Vortex! This is the park’s roller coaster ride with fast twists and turns and even and upside down loop. If you are looking for a way to cool down and get splashed try the park’s brand new Timber Falls! This is a log ride with three velocity drops and even a river section that zigs and zags you through.
Tickets are offered at affordable prices and the park offers free parking to all visitors.
The park will be open every single day for the rest of summer and weekends until October.
CANADA’S SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to showcasing Canada’s rich sporting heritage with its 40,000 square foot facilities. If you have a big sports buff or hockey fan, this is the place to take them. The Hall of Fame is able to share the stories and successes of Canada’s greatest sports heroes with their state-of-the-art technology. Home to 11 galleries ranging from Hockey, Legends, Motion and even an Olympic and Paralympic Games Gallery there are options for all types of sports fans.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay conveniently located at the airport, stay at Best Western Airport Inn Calgary for a fantastically fun family trip! This is the perfect place for affordable, cozy and luxury rooms to make you feel like it is your home away from home.
Though theatre might not be what Calgary is famous for, our beautiful Alberta city has a thriving theatre scene. Every month, the city’s fantastic venues host dozens of can’t-miss productions, any of which make for a great night out for our theatre-loving guests.
Without further ado, here are three productions to check out in Calgary in the month of February.
Twelfth Night | January 30 to February 24
If you’re a Shakespeare lover in Calgary, you’re in luck, as the Max Bell Theatre will soon be hosting a compelling production of the bard’s most whimsical work, Twelfth Night. This classic will run on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, weekly from January 30 to February 24. Click here for more information.
Eugene Onegin | February 3 to February 9
This popular Russian Opera, which tells a gripping love story between Tatyana, Olga, and the title character Eugene Onegin, only runs from February 3 to 9, so you’ve got a very small window to catch it. Don’t miss your chance! Click here to learn more about this production, which is set to emanate from the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery | February 9 to April 15
Starting on February 9, the Stage West Theatre Restaurant will host a production of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, “an adventurous, comedic spin on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic story The Hound of Baskerville.” Click here to learn more about this Sherlock Holmes classic!
Yes, the coming month in Calgary looks like a fantastic month for theatre-lovers – both locals and visitors alike. To enjoy any of the fantastic productions listed above, simply book a room at our cozy hotel today. We look forward to making your visit a special one!
Don’t let February get you down – come visit Calgary!
CALGARY FLAMES HOME GAMES
If you were to look up “hockey town” in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of Calgary. Same if you looked up “team support,” because Calgary LOVES the flames. Whether you’re just watching a Flames game in one of the many fun sports bars around town, or you’re actually at the Saddledome, every game is a party. Here are some of the upcoming games so you can witness the excitement in person!
Feb 1 vs the Tampa Bay Lightning!
Feb 3 vs the Chicago Blackhawks!
Feb 15 vs the Florida Panthers!
Feb 19 vs the Boston Bruins!
March 3 vs the New York Rangers!
Come support the boys, and have a great time doing it! Tickets available here.
FORT CALGARY WINTERFEST
Taking place on Family Day, Feb 19, Winterfest at historic Fort Calgary is an amazing day to spend with the kids! For the cost of admission, the whole family will get to experience stories told by a Blackfoot knowledge keeper in a tipi, a showing of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at 2:00 PM (comes with popcorn and confections), games and crafts, trying on a mountie uniform, live music, admission to the museum, educational activities, and BEST OF ALL, cabane à sucre AKA that French-Canadian practice of pouring hot maple syrup on snow to make a truly Canadian treat! It’s a wholesome way to spend the day, and it’s going to be lots of fun. Details here.
Looking for more fun? For the first time, Winterfest is offering an interactive character brunch, where you get to eat a traditional Canadian breakfast with actors playing the pioneers of Fort Calgary! Full menu and admission rates here.
While you’re here, stay at the Best Western Premier Freeport Inn & Suites Calgary for a truly legendary trip!
Year after year, the Calgary Stampede earns its place as one of the world’s biggest parties. Every July, “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” brings thousands of people to Calgary for 10 days of BBQ, rodeo, pancake breakfasts, drinking and some of the best concerts you’ll ever see. If you’ve never been, you don’t want to miss out – but if you have been, you know you have to come. It’s that good.
It’s still early in the season and not every show is finalized, but the line-up for the 2018 Stampede is already shaping up to be AMAZING.
Coming to the Saddledome Stage for the Virgin Mobile Stampede Concert Series, it’s Luke Bryan! This multi-platinum singer songwriter has sold over 7 million albums and 27 million singles worldwide, and he’s not slowing down. Bryan writes soulful, heartfelt songs that reflect the lives of working class Americans and Canadian all over. In fact, six songs from his last album Kill The Lights have hit #1 on the charts, so this is your opportunity to see this juggernaut of Country songwriting in his prime. Sway along to “Strip it Down,” and hold your flame up high for “Light it Up.”
Luke performs on Saturday, July 14, and tickets are available now. This show is sure to sell out, so get them now! And remember, all concert tickets include admission to the Stampede!
It’s early yet, but The Stampede is Calgary’s premier event. If you’re thinking of visiting you’ll want to line up your accommodations NOW.
We hope you’ll stay at the Best Western Premier Freeport Inn & Suites. A short drive from the Saddledome, we’re an awesome home base for all your Stampede adventures. Our complimentary shuttle to and from YYC Airport and our free hot breakfast takes the stress out of travelling so you can concentrate on what you want to do at the stampede! Book your stay today.
This May, the beautiful city of Calgary, Alberta is a music lover’s dream. Over the course of this sun-soaked month, the city will host a number of big ticket concerts from bands and artists representing a range of genres.
Without further ado, here are four big concerts coming to Calgary this May!
MGMT | May 9
On May 9, indie rock icons MGMT will take the stage at the Big Four Building on Olympic Way. Famous for songs like Electric Feel and Time to Pretend, MGMT will be taking the stage at 8:00 pm. For more information, including a breakdown of ticket prices, click here! Enjoy!
Eagles | May 14
On May 14, rock legends the Eagles will touch down in Calgary for the first time in more than two decades. The band, which is known for songs like Hotel California and Take It Easy, is set to take the stage at the Scotiabank Saddledome at 8:00 pm. Find more information here!
Slayer | May 19
On May 19, heavy metal legends Slayer are poised to rock the roof off The Big Four Building. Better still, Slayer will be supported by other beloved metal acts like Lamb of God and Behemoth. Safe to say this is a show all metal-heads will love!
Weird Al Yankovic |
On the last night of May, the always-hilarious Weird Al Yankovic will take the stage at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino. Known for his side-splitting blend of comedy and music, this beloved parodist will start his show at 8:00 pm. Have fun!
Yes, there are plenty of great concerts coming to Calgary this May. To enjoy any of the shows listed above—and everything else our beautiful city has to offer—book a room at the Best Western Airport Inn Calgary today. We look forward to making your visit a special one!