It may not be Christmas yet, but with November here you can be sure that it's right around the corner! The fresh snow will be twinkling on the trees, boots will line the hallway, and the sound of children's laughter will float through the cool crisp air. It is these magical moments of November that get Calgarians excited for the cozy winter season!
For those proactive individuals, November is the best time to search the malls for the perfect gift, take the time to enjoy the less-busy weekend and evening events, and stroll through the upcoming Christmas markets! Grab a hot chocolate, your boots, and your mittens, because there is plenty to do in Calgary this November! Take a look at all of the upcoming events happening around the city this month that you will not want to miss out on!
Food & Drink Events in Calgary
World of Whisky — November 2nd
If you prefer a shot of whisky over a beer or glass of wine, why not check out the World of Whisky Festival? The event will be held at the BMO Centre and is hosted by Co-op Wines and Spirits. Each ticket purchase ($125 each) includes the opportunity to try different blends of top whiskies from across the globe, a gourmet buffet dinner, as well as a whisky glass to bring home!
Grape Escape — November 16th
Hosted by Co-op Wine and Spirits, the Grape Escape event is the place to go to try all types of alcoholic beverages, including wine and cocktails! This event will give you the chance to sample over 100 different vendors' products while enjoying little "nibbles" to enhance your tasting experience. The event runs from 5-9pm at the BMO Centre — tickets are available online.
Kids & Family Events in Calgary
Happy Birthday Central Library — November 2nd
Calgary's beautiful Central Library is celebrating its first birthday this November! What better way to celebrate than to throw a party? The Calgary Public Library invites you and your family of all ages to come and celebrate this momentous occasion. The event will have free tours, pop-up performances, activities for the kids, storytimes, and much more! Tickets are available on the Calgary Public Library website.
Zoolights — November 22nd-January 4th
The astonishing annual display of millions of Christmas lights is coming back to the zoo for the 2019 season — Zoolights! This year's event will feature tons of Christmas light displays, animals, and some new activities including Wizarding Wednesdays, Potions Class, Axe-Throwing, and more! An exciting time for all ages, explore the Calgary Zoo at night and enjoy the sights of Christmas!
The Calgary Expo Holiday Market — November 30th
Calling all fans, nerds, geeks, and cosplayers! The Christmas market of your dreams has arrived — The Calgary Expo Holiday Market! This exciting market has everything you could wish for: fandom goods, comic books, toys, and collectibles! Find whatever you need for Christmas gifts or splurge on the best holiday goods for yourself. Purchase your tickets online and come in your best cosplay or simply come down to enjoy this holiday market.
Specialized Festivals and Events in Calgary
The Dude Show — November 1-2nd
Video games, axe throwing, facial hair, and all things manly can be found this November at The Dude Show! In support of the Movember Foundation, The Dude Show is a lifestyle expo that has everything any guy could possibly want — outdoor living, men's fashion, craft beers, VR, mechanics sessions, and everything else... dude! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.ca.
The Little Vegan Market — November 2nd
Are you a vegan? Are you always on the lookout for the best foods and products that support your lifestyle? Find all you need and extra at The Little Vegan Market at the Marda Loop Communities Association this November. Featuring over 25 different shops and vendors, come and check out this market with the whole family. Free parking and free admission for all!
Calgary Christmas Market — November 14th-December 23rd
Hosted by the Calgary Farmer's Market, the Calgary Christmas Market is one seasonal event you will want to be a part of! From 9am until 5pm every Thursday to Sunday, you can explore everything that the market has to offer. Featuring regular food vendors, 15 seasonal vendors for the holiday season, and other exciting things, there will be plenty for you to taste and see at this holiday event!
Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market — November 15-17th, 22-24th, 29-December 2nd
One of the most anticipated Christmas markets of the season is the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market! Here you will have the opportunity to peruse over 300 different vendors that display décor, food, clothing, and other products from various parts of the world. Once you have completed your shopping, be sure to walk around the Spruce Meadow grounds to visit the reindeer, soak in the Christmas lights, and warm up by the fire with a warm beverage!
Music and Entertainment Events in Calgary
Jann Arden — November 8th
Join Jann Arden at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino on November 8th to hear some of your favourite songs from the beloved Canadian singer-songwriter! The event will begin at 8pm and will be sure to include some of her hit favourites such as "Insensitive," "Could I Be Your Girl," and "You Don't Know Me." Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.ca.
John Cleese: Why There is No Hope — November 10th
Actor, writer, and producer John Cleese is coming to Calgary this November to share his comedy routine, Why There is No Hope. This famous actor/comedian is primarily known for his roles in Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and other extraordinary television and film appearances. The event will take place at the Jack Singer Concert Hall — tickets are available online as well as VIP ticket packages that include a meet and greet with John Cleese!
An Evening with Bill Nye in Calgary — November 17th
Whether you grew up watching Bill Nye films in science class, or are still watching his shows online today, you will not want to miss this entertaining evening! An Evening with Bill Nye in Calgary will be hosted at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and will feature the one and only Bill Nye, explaining and performing all types of science! Purchase your tickets on Ticketmaster and reserve your seat for this event.
Step into winter this November with all of the exciting and cozy occasions taking place throughout the city of Calgary. Discover the events that put a twinkle in your eye, and get your fill before the holiday season arrives!
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 additional 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.