October in Calgary

Pumpkin Days and Harvest Lights
Pumpkin Days and Harvest Lights
Things to Do

October in Calgary

Things to do this October in Calgary 2021.

Embrace the fall season with the return of Halloween favourites like ScreamFest and Harvest Lights at Calgary Farmyard. Tee off with Yesteryear Mini Golf at Granary Road, enjoy free admission to Studio Bell, and make a toast with the Calgary International Beerfest, for safe and fun ways to enjoy October in Calgary.

Photo credit: Travel Alberta/Erik McRitchie

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Pumpkin Fest

Granary Road is rolling out Pumpkin Fest bigger and better than ever! Look for pumpkin specials at Farmers' Market vendors, pumpkin patch tractor rides, carve a jack-o-lantern, make a caramel apple, and get the perfect fall photo with an alpaca.

Where: Granary Road

When: October 16, 17, 23, 24


Feelin’ Groovy – The Best of Folk Rock & Canadian Superstars

Live entertainment returns to Stage West Theatre Restaurants with two new productions, Feelin’ Groovy – The Best of Folk Rock, a musical revue of legends like Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Still, Nash and Young, and the Mamas & the Papas. Canadian Superstars moves from Juno winners to Grammy winners with songs from greats like The Tragically Hip, Celine Dion, and Shawn Mendes.

Where: Stage West Theatre Restaurants

When: August 27 – November 14


Free Admission to Studio Bell

Studio Bell is now open with free admission on weekends courtesy of ATB until the end of 2021. Explore the home of music in Canada with new exhibits, breathtaking architecture, and pop-up performances.

Where: Studio Bell

When: Until the end of 2021


Safari Brunch

Join the Calgary Zoo each Sunday for a unique Safari Brunch experience. Hosted in Destination Africa, enjoy a breakfast buffet with fresh fruit, eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, a Belgian waffle bar, cooked to order omelets, and a chocolate fountain.

Where: Calgary Zoo

When: Sundays from September 19 to November 14, 2021


Foodies in the Park

Experience an unforgettable culinary evening under the stars in the garden domes of Foodies in the Park. Savour a 4 course Canadian culinary adventure as you explore our rich northern harvest and indulge in coast to coast tastes.

Where: Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

When: October 1-31


Yesteryear Mini Golf

Yesteryear Mini Golf is the newest attraction at Granary Road. Take a trip into Alberta's past with 18 greens for every skill level on this par 72 course. No tee times needed.

Where: Granary Road

When: Open daily



ScreamFest is back with haunted houses, nightmare market, and carnival games ready to add some screams and scares to your Halloween holiday.

Where: Big Four, Stampede Park

When: October 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 28-31


Stealing Sam

Alberta Theatre Projects welcomes audiences back to the Martha Cohen Theatre with the production of Stealing Sam, a story of how Jimmy tries to give his friend the hilarious and heartfelt send-off he deserves.

Where: Martha Cohen Theatre

When: October 13-31


Spooktacular Mini Golf

Dress up for family fun and play Spooktacular Mini Golf at WinSport, an intermediate 18-hole outdoor course and Halloween extravaganza. Open Thursdays to Sundays to October 31.

Where: WinSport

When: Open until October 31


Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me, But Banjos Saved My Life

Rosebud Theatre presents Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life, a one-person show and true story of a corporate executive whose life is changed when he chooses to follow his passion for the banjo.

Where: Rosebud Theatre

When: October 15-31


Boom YZ

Theatre Calgary presents the world premiere of Rick Miller's electrifying Boom YZ, featuring the people and music that shaped our last quarter century.

Where: Max Bell Theatre

When: October 19 - November 7


Ghosts and Gourmet

Join Heritage Park for Ghosts and Gourmet with a frightfully delicious dinner and a ghastly ghost tour through the dark and deserted streets of Heritage Park Historical Village.

Where: Heritage Park

When: October 21-23


Swan Lake

Alberta Ballet presents Swan Lake, the world premiere of Christopher Anderson's production that will inspire the dance lover in you along with the majesty of Tchaikovsky's symphonic score for a masterpiece for the ages.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

When: October 21-30


Eric Church

Get a front row seat to Eric Church's The Gather Again Tour for one of country music's biggest stars. Check with the Scotiabank Saddledome for detailed safety information before attending.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

When: October 22



ZooDunnit is a brand new event at the Calgary Zoo that brings together the Locked Zoo and a murder mystery for a progressive dinner experience that will keep you on your toes. Stay tuned for more details.

Where: Calgary Zoo

When: October 22


Summer of '69

Summer of '69 at Jubilations Dinner Theatre takes you back to that summer with a story of peace, love, long hair, and music that would change the world. Enjoy a 3-course dinner with this original stage production.

Where: Jubilations Dinner Theatre

When: October 23 - January 8, 2022


Ghouls’ Night Out

Ghouls’ Night Out returns to Heritage Park with some good old-fashioned Halloween fun for all ages for a safe and fun night out. Dress in costume, bring a flashlight, and your Halloween spirit.

Where: Heritage Park

When: October 28-31


bliss (the birthday party play)

One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre returns to the stage with bliss (the birthday party play), as Jamie Dunsdon turns back the clock on her own birth and investigates the nature of knowing oneself in this intimate, playful, and authentic performance.

Where: Big Secret Theatre

When: October 28 - November 7


Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Immerse yourself in Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, a journey into the world of Vincent Van Gogh like you’ve never seen it before. Beyond Van Gogh uses cutting-edge projection technology to create an immersive experience of light, colour, and shapes, set to a symphonic score.

Where: BMO Centre at Stampede Park

When: Extended dates from October 23 - November 28



ZooBoo is a Halloween event for all ages, included with your admission to the Calgary Zoo, featuring treats for children 12 and under and the animal residents too. Stay tuned for more details.

Where: Calgary Zoo

When: October 29-31


Harvest Lights

Enjoy thousands of lights under the evening sky with Harvest Lights at Calgary Farmyard. All attractions are open with pumpkins available for photos and purchase. The corn maze remains dark for an extra fun challenge too.

Where: Calgary Farmyard

When: Open until October 31

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Past Events

These great events have already taken place.



Halloweekends at Calaway Park

Join the Boo Crew for Halloweekends at Calaway Park for a spooktacular good time for the whole family. Dress up and enjoy Magical Meet & Greets and the brand new Halloweekends Parade.

Where: Calaway Park

When: September 11 – October 11


Calgary International Film Festival

The Calgary International Film Festival celebrates 40+ countries and 200 films, from comedy and drama to foreign masters and indie darlings. This year’s festival includes in-cinema and virtual experiences so you can participate in Alberta’s biggest film festival however you like.

Where: Online and in-person

When: September 23 – October 3


Calgary Stampeders Family Day Game

Round up the family to watch the Calgary Stampeders take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders at the Family Day Game. Kickoff is at 5:00 p.m.

Where: McMahon Stadium

When: October 2


After Hours at the Zoo: Bears

After Hours at the Zoo: Bears includes an evening of dining and discovery about bears of all types, with a visit to the bear habitats in the Canadian Wilds and a three-course themed meal in the Safari Lodge.

Where: Calgary Zoo

When: October 2


65th Virtual Order of Sport Awards

Celebrate the induction of the class of 2020-21 into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, get your free tickets to the 65th Virtual Order of Sport Awards, a live streamed event with hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Sloan. 

Where: Online

When: October 3


Oktoberfest Craft Beer Dinner

Celebrate the season with Oktoberfest Craft Beer Dinner at Free House Local Beer & Food Hall with a four-course Bavarian style meal paired with German styled beers.

Where: Free House Local Beer & Food Hall

When: October 7


Haydn, Pärt + Chin

Haydn, Pärt + Chin celebrates classical music past and present with three compositions spanning the centuries, performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Karl Hirzer.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall

When: October 15


Calgary International Beerfest

Alberta Beer Festivals presents the Calgary International Beerfest at the BMO Centre for a chance to taste over 700 beers from over 200 breweries along with the Canadian International Beer Awards.

Where: BMO Centre

When: October 15-16

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