October is the month of ghosts, goblins, crunchy leaves, pumpkins, candy, and fall festivities!
Fall is one of those seasons where there is nothing better than an evening spent cozy and warm inside — that is, until there are fun things to do in the city of Calgary! When crisp autumn mornings are followed by sunny afternoons, Calgary becomes busy with walks in the park, costume creation, and visiting the many seasonal festivities put on throughout the city! October is a month for Halloween spooks and scares, but on the 14th we will also come together with friends and family and be thankful for all that we have — and we can sure be thankful for such a beautiful city with plenty to do too!
If you are looking to get out and engage with the community this fall, you will not want to miss out on the many happenings that are taking place in every quadrant. Pumpkin picking, haunted tours, seasonal expositions, and so much more! Here are the upcoming things to do in Calgary this October that will be fun for all!
Food & Drink Events in Calgary
Thanksgiving Day Brunch — October 13th
Ready to fill up on an award-winning breakfast buffet? The Thanksgiving Day Brunch is happening at Fort Calgary this October and will have enough food to keep you satisfied! Complete with omelette station, pancakes, sausages, bacon, hashbrowns and more! Once you are finished eating you can explore the historic museum with complimentary admission. Brunch tickets can be purchased on the Fort Calgary website.
Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival — October 18th-19th
Have you ever wanted to try some of Calgary's best foods from the top restaurants and food purveyors? Now is your chance! The Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is a food and drink event to drool over! The event will give you the chance to try wines, spirits, and beers while also enjoying some mouth-watering foods. General admission, VIP, group, and corporate tickets are offered online.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Halloween Horror — October 31st
If you aren't going out trick-or-treating this Halloween, then perhaps you should be attending the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Halloween Horror at Fort Calgary! This interactive evening will feature a performance by Pegasus Performances while you dine on a delectable dinner. Then, once the performance is complete, you will have to decide "whodunnit!" Limited tickets are available and may be purchased online.
Kids & Family Events in Calgary
Harvest Pumpkin Hunts — October (various dates)
October would not be complete without lots and lots of pumpkins! Bring the whole family to Butterfield Acres for the Harvest Pumpkin Hunts! The event will include wagon hay rides, pumpkin picking (for kids only), pumpkin decorating, and a chance to see some of the adorable animals that reside at the farm. Purchase your tickets and view the complete schedule on the Butterfield Acres website.
Heritage Park Ghost Tours — October 2nd, 9th & 16th
At the historical village of Heritage Park on various dates throughout October, you have the chance to hear spooky stories, "otherworldly encounters, spine-tingly history, and some memorable manifestations." If you like any type of eerie story, you will not want to miss out on the Heritage Park Ghost Tours! For those above the age of 16 who are looking for something a bit scarier, be sure to check out the Heritage Park website for more "adults only" tour information!
Specialized Festivals and Events in Calgary
Hex Calgary — October 11th-14th
From the creators of Screamfest comes the latest Halloween celebration — Hex Calgary! This Halloween and entertainment exposition is the perfect place to share in the excitement for the 31st. As well as celebrating this frightening holiday, come and search for new costume pieces, dress up in your own cosplay, and check out some haunted houses! The expo will take place at Stampede Park, and admission tickets are available on the Showpass website.
Calgary Tattoo and Arts Festival — October 18th-20th
Are you inked? Do you love to see what the latest art is in the tattoo industry? Join the Calgary Tattoo and Arts Festival for an event like no other. Taking place at the BMO Centre, you will be able to explore the world of tattoos with over 450 artists, observe exciting live entertainment, check out local vendors, and look for your next tattoo inspiration!
Calgary Woman's Show — October 26th-27th
Fashion, food, art, health and wellness — you can find all of these things and more at the Fall 2019 Calgary Woman's Show! This yearly show is the perfect opportunity to check out local vendors, see the latest trends, and enjoy staged performances and fashion shows. Hosted at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park, if you would like to attend be sure to register and buy your tickets at calgarywomansshow.com.
Music & Entertainment Events in Calgary
Friends Don't Let Friends Tour Alone — October 17th
Join Dallas Smith and Dean Brody this October for their Friends Don't Let Friends Tour Alone 2019 Tour! This country music extravaganza will feature hit songs from both artists as well as music from special guests, Chad Brownlee and The Recklaws. If you are a fan of any of these country artists, be sure to grab your tickets at Ticketmaster.com and get ready for an evening to sway and sing along to!
Walk Off the Earth World Tour — October 28th
On Monday, October 28th, head down to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium for the live performance of Walk Off the Earth for their World Tour! This hit Canadian pop and indie band is known for their famous cover of Somebody That I Used to Know, and their original songs such as Red Hands and Mike's Song. Purchase your tickets on Ticketmaster.com and look forward to a night of music and entertainment!
Charitable Events in Calgary
Boobyball: Into the Ocean — October 18th
Returning for another year, the Boobyball is an exciting fundraiser to support the "Rethink Breast Cancer" organization. This year's theme will be "Into the Ocean," featuring an underwater world that you can explore and mingle in. There will be an auction to support the cause, music, dancing, and an ocean themed costumes and dress-code! Tickets are available for purchase online.
Get your fill of fall this October and find the events in Calgary that will be excite, scare, inspire, and shock you and your family and friends!
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 October 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.