With the slow emerging of nutcrackers, snowmen, and reindeer in retail stores, fall seems to have come and gone and it is now time to start preparing for winter! The city of Calgary will soon be filled with seasonal goodies and you may begin to slowly fall behind in your shopping with that scent of Christmas in the air. November is the time where Christmas markets will pop up all over YYC (surrounding cities and towns as well!). In addition to these many markets, there are also plenty of other exciting events to check out that are not so ‘Christmas’ themed. Charitable events, famous artist tours, and grand openings are just a few of the things you will also see this month in Calgary.
Looking for the most thrilling and entertaining events in Calgary this November? Check out the different things to do in Calgary, and decide what this month will hold for you!
Food Events in Calgary
The Little Vegan Fall Market – Nov 3rd
Fall may seem like it is almost over, but there is still time to get your fill of the seasonal vegetables! The Little Vegan Fall Market is the perfect place for those living the vegan lifestyle. You will have the opportunity to taste and purchase vegan foods as well as test out other vegan products. The event starts at 10am and is open until 3pm at the Marda Loop Community Association.
RenBREW Fest – Nov 17th
Sample the many tastes and brews of local Alberta breweries at the RenBREW Fest this November! Mingle with brewery representatives, enjoy delicious food, and taste a wide selection of drinks all night long. Each ticket purchase includes a souvenir glass, 12 tasters, and the chance to enjoy local, live music.
Taste of Home Gala: A Night Among the Stars – Nov 23rd
This 3rd annual ‘Taste of Home Gala’ event is a food spectacular you do not want to miss! In support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Alberta, you will be treated to a six-course meal prepared by some of Calgary’s top chefs. Limited tables are available – to reserve your spot for this formal event, be sure to purchase your tickets soon!
Kids & Family Events in Calgary
Central Library Opening Day – Nov 1st – 4th
The highly anticipated day has arrived and the Calgary Public Library is thrilled to be finally opening the doors to the new Central Library! All weekend long, the Calgary Public Library will be offering free family-focused activities, tours, and other fun events to celebrate this new beautiful location. To encourage people to stop by and check it out, all Calgary Transit will be free on November 3rd from 7am – 7pm!
A Christmas Carol – Nov 29th – Dec 23rd
The classic retelling of Charles Dickens’ story ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a must-see seasonal event. Put on by Theater Calgary, come and enjoy the songs and sights of Christmas with this extravagant play. This will be the play’s 32nd year as well as the 25th season of Stephen Hair’s performance as Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets available online.
Specialized Festivals and Events in Calgary
Festival of Crafts – Nov 1st – Nov 4th
Featuring more than 250 vendors and artists from across the country, the Festival of Crafts is a unique event to attend this November. Here you can complete your Christmas shopping, enjoy the best local handmade goods, and see what “the Canadian Handmade community has to offer.” #supportlocal
The Dude Show Expo – Nov 3rd
For all things dude, the Dude Show Expo is the perfect event this Movember! The day is focused on men’s lifestyle in support of the Movember Canada Foundation. The expo will feature a number of different vendors as well as hands-on activities and an ugly tattoo and funky facial hair contest!
Calgary European Film Festival – Nov 3 – 11th
Are you a film-lover? Do you enjoy viewing the different film styles of the world? Then the Calgary European Film Festival is for you! The event is located at the Globe Cinema in Calgary and will share films from 20 different countries with their own respective language (English subtitles provided). Tickets and festival passes are available on the Calgary European Film Festival main website.
Millarville Christmas Market – Nov 9th – Nov 11th
Join the Millarville Race Track for their 30th annual Christmas Market event! The market will include hay rides, arts and craft vendors, music, carolers, seasonal food and drinks, Christmas décor, and so much more! Come on down to support your local artists this winter season and find the perfect gift for the person on your list!
Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market – Nov 16th – 18th, 23rd – 25th, 30th
The yearly Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market, presented by TELUS, is one of the most popular Christmas events in Calgary. This market features over 300 vendors of local and world-imported goods, crafts, gifts, and foods. In addition to the many shops, you have the chance to stroll down the beautifully lit grounds of Spruce Meadows and may even happen upon some reindeer! A beautiful evening perfect for the whole family – tickets available online or at the gate.
YYC Alternative Christmas Market – Nov 24th
From 10am until 4pm, the Inglewood Community Association Hall will be hosting the YYC Alternative Market. Described as fresh, fun, and creative, the market supports “local makers, artisans, designers, artists and small business owners.” Tickets are available on Eventbrite.ca.
Music and Entertainment Events in Calgary
Russell Peters – Nov 10th
Comedy superstar, Russell Peters is heading to Calgary for his ‘Deported Tour’ on November 10th. Get ready to laugh as he shares his latest comedy material for Canadian audiences. Please note that this show contains adult content and strong language that may not be suitable for children.
An Evening with Fleetwood Mac – Nov 12th
“Think About Me,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Landslide,” … whatever your favourite tune is, you may have the chance to hear it at the Evening with Fleetwood Mac! Join the famous rock band at the Scotiabank Saddledome at 8:00pm for a night of the classics. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.ca.
Bob the Drag Queen – Nov 21st
Coming to Calgary for part of the Canadian tour, Bob the Drag Queen is here to present the “Crazy Black Lady” 18+ stand-up spectacle! Hosted by Club Couture, the event will take place at the Palace Theater from 4pm – 11pm. Be sure to grab you tickets while they are still available!
Charity Events in Calgary
AARCS Mutts, Meows & Martini’s – Nov 17th
Back for another year of fun, the annual AARCS Mutts, Meows & Martini’s event is a wonderful charitable event to check out this November. Grab your dancing shoes and wear your cocktail attire to help change the lives of animals in Alberta. The event will feature complimentary cocktails, food, silent auction, raffle, and more. Tickets are available online for $40 each or, two tickets for $70 – must be 18 years or older to attend.
Make your November memorable with friends and family by attending these fantastic and unique events!
For a more detailed and fully comprehensive list, visit the City of Calgary’s event page, the Calgary Tourism page, Eventbrite, and search for local events on Facebook to find more November events and activities.
Justin Havre is the top producing REALTOR® with RE/MAX First, Canada's very first RE/MAX brokerage. Calgary real estate is his passion; Justin specializes in Southwest & Northwest Calgary homes for sale. He can be reached at 403.217.0003 or contacted through this site.