September in Calgary

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September in Calgary

Things to do this September in Calgary 2021.

Please note: These events and activities are no longer up-to-date. Check out What to Do in Calgary This Week for more great things to see and do in Calgary.

Last call for summer events, activities, and attractions with an awesome series of things to do in Calgary this September. From Calgary Pride and Alberta Culture Days to Calgary Expo: Limited Edition and the Calgary International Film Festival, it’s all happening this month in Calgary.

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Historic Fire Hall #1 Courtyard Summer Performances

Where: Firehall #1, 140 6 Avenue SE

When: August 14 - September 25


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

Where: Stage West Theatre Restaurants

When: August 27 – November 14


Alberta Culture Days

It’s 30 days of discovery, experiences, and celebration with Alberta Culture Days, an opportunity connect with new cultures in a variety of local events and activities. Experience Alberta Culture Days with virtual, in-person, indoor, and outdoor activities.

Where: Various locations

When: September 1-30


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


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: Open until September 6 plus extended dates – September 18 to October 8


Deerfoot City Block Party

The Deerfoot City Block Party returns with a new look and new games, including a 215 foot road mural, patio space, and outdoor games like basketball, ping pong, and tetherball.

Where: Deerfoot City

When: Until September 30




Halloweekend at Calaway Park

Get your family-friendly costumes ready for a Spooktacular good time. Halloweekends are back on Saturdays and Sundays (and holiday Monday October 11) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Calaway Park

When: September 11 to October 11


Backstage with the Bees Experience

Go behind the scenes with a Backstage with the Bees Experience at Chinook Honey Company, a three hour immersive tour with a beekeeper.

Where: Chinook Honey Company

When: September 11 & 25


Harvest Lights

Discover the fun of Calgary Farmyard with thousands of lights under the evening sky during Harvest Lights. All attractions are open, including the corn maze for an extra fun challenge, with pumpkins available for sale.

Where: Calgary Farmyard

When: Fridays and Saturdays until October 31, 2021


Locked Zoo: Wild & Free

Get into a brand new experience with Locked Zoo: New Game! Find clues throughout the zoo, solve puzzles, and enjoy exploring the zoo while you re-introduce endangered and threatened species back into their habitats. Order a dinner box ahead of time for the ultimate Locked Zoo experience.

Where: Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

When: September 17


Carnivale at Heritage Park

Step right up for a whimsical night with Carnivale at Heritage Park, with live entertainment, treats, libations, and music, under the sparkling lights of the first ever Carnivale Fundraiser at Heritage Park.

Where: Heritage Park

When: September 17


Bergmann + Beethoven are Back

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra picks up where it left off with the last concert performed on stage before the shutdown. Bergmann + Beethoven are Back features Music Director Rune Bergmann conducting Beethoven’s popular Eroica symphony.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall

When: September 17-18


1st Annual Saskatoon Farm Fair

The 1st Annual Saskatoon Farm Fair is a classic twist on a modern market with local vendors, food, live music, vegetables, kids, games, tractor rides, animal pens, and face painting.

Where: Saskatoon Farm

When: September 18-19


Safari Brunch

Join the Wilder Institute/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 omelettes, and a chocolate fountain.

Where: Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

When: September 19 to November 14, 2021


Calgary Marathon

The Calgary Marathon returns with in-person and virtual options for a hybrid event in 2021. Choose from an in-person run on September 19 or race virtually from September 1-30, fundraising for 80+ charities. Registration is now open.

Where: In-person and virtual

When: September 19 (in-person) and September 1-30 (virtual)


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


NEW Family Night

Designed just for families, NEW Family Night includes themed activities, pre-order dinners, and special guests, for a great night everyone in the family will love.

Where: Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

When: September 23



Celebrate all things Dandy with DandyFest, including food, music, art, and craft beer. Join the one of two Saturday sessions to taste 30 different beers and treats from over 20 breweries, distilleries, and cideries across North America.

Where: Dandy Brewing Company

When: September 23-25


Maritime Lobster Boil

Get cracking with the Maritime Lobster Boil at Rodney’s Oyster House, featuring fresh flown-in Atlantic lobster, served with potato salad, corn on the cob, and paired with an Alexander Keith’s and live music.

Where: Rodney’s Oyster House

When: September 23


WinSport Pumpkins After Dark

Where: WinSport

When: September 23 to October 31


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


Pumpkins After Dark

Pumpkins After Dark features over 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins for a nighttime family-friendly walk-through experience, along with pumpkin sales, fall treats, and food trucks.

Where: WinSport

When: September 23 – October 31


Hollywood Film Music

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performs your favourite movie music with Hollywood Film Music, including instrumental sections from West Side Story, La La Land, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Shall We Dance, and other memorable films.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall

When: September 24-25



Celebrate the fall harvest with the first annual Siptemberfest at the Calgary Farmers' Market and enjoy a pint and party on the 18+ Bavarian tavern patio. 

Where: Calgary Farmers' Market

When: September 25


Chocolate Festival

It's a sweet celebration of all things chocolate with the Chocolate Festival, including hidden treasures, chocolate dipped caramel apple decorating, and s'mores, or take a ride on the Chocolate Caravan.

Where: Granary Road

When: September 25-26


After Hours Dinner

Join the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo for a special After Hours Dinner with a themed dinner and engaging presentation from the Animal Care team to learn what the animals eat, how to care for them, and what conservation projects the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo supports.

Where: Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

When: September 30


The Decade Experience

Go back in time with this live stage show featuring vibrant performances of the best music from the past decades. The Decade Experience will have you singing and dancing to hits from the Jersey Boys, ABBA, The Bee Gees, Britney, Madonna and much more. Tickets can be purchased via ShowPass.

Where: The Palace Theatre

When: September 30


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Southcentre Mall invites guests to gather for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The opening ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. with traditional performances and family activities from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Southcentre Mall

When: September 30


The Decade Experience

Be transported back through time with The Decade Experience at The Palace Theatre, with a cast of nine super charged entertainers, a vibrant light show, full costumes, and music trivia, featuring the hits of Jersey Boys, ABBA, The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Britney Spears, Madonna, and the Backstreet Boyz.

Where: Palace Theatre

When: September 30


Roots & Wings: A Storytelling Cabaret

Cherished storytellers come together for Roots & Wings: A Storytelling Cabaret at Lougheed House to share stories of our diverse communities.

Where: Lougheed House

When: September 30 - October 1

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Past Events

These great events have already taken place.



Calgary Pride

Where: Various locations

When: August 27 – September 6

Check out more great things to do this Labour Day in Calgary, September 6, 2021.


The Blue Jay Sessions: Anniversary Edition

Featuring 26 Canadian musicians, The Blue Jay Sessions: Anniversary Edition is a mix of award-winning singers and emerging acts, performing a series of intimate songwriters’ circles each evening with a themed menu at The Prairie Emporium.

Where: The Prairie Emporium

When: September 1-4



The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo stays open late for ZOONIGHTS, so you can explore the zoo a little longer. Order a delicious Bento box and visit your favourite animals for date night or family-friendly fun at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo.

Where: Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

When: September 3-4


Market Nights

Shop under the night sky with Market Nights at Heritage Park's Haskayne Mercantile Block shops, sample beverages, and grab a bite at the Railway Cafe, Harvey's Confectionary, or on the Selkirk patio. Admission to the market is free.

Where: Heritage Park

When: September 3-4


Olympic Oval: Back to School Skate

Beat the summer heat with the Olympic Oval: Back to School Skate. The Oval reopens its doors with a free recreational skating opportunity so you can slide into the new school year.

Where: Olympic Oval

When: September 4


Gram Garden

Take your shot at the Gram Garden at The CORE Shopping Centre, a touchless, garden-themed, photo-worthy display. Enter contests, enjoy live mural painting, and retailer pop-up shops.

Where: The CORE Shopping Centre

When: Open until September 5, 2021


A Dinosaur Tale

Get your tickets to the world premiere of A Dinosaur Tale at the Jubilee Auditorium, learn fun facts about dinosaur friends as Declan and Lisa discover new dinosaur friends in the Badlands of Alberta.

Where: Jubilee Auditorium

When: September 9-10


A Thank You to Frontline Workers

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off a brand new season of performances with A Thank You to Frontline Workers. Nominate a frontline worker who made a difference for a chance to get them tickets.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall

When: September 10-11


Honens Festival

The Honens Festival returns with a celebration of live music. The piano takes centre stage with performances by the Bergmann Duo, pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, cellist Arnold Choi, percussionist Rod Thomas Squance, Honens Artistic Director Jon Kimura-Parker, and popular events like 176 Keys, Bison Noir, and Open Air.

Where: Various locations

When: September 10-12


Roots, Blues & Barbecue

Enjoy three days of great food, music, and company with Roots, Blues & Barbecue at the Badlands Amphitheatre, featuring performances by Matt Andersen, The Hello Darlins, and more.

Where: Badlands Amphitheatre, Drumheller

When: September 10-11


Calgary Expo: Limited Edition

Geek out with three days of unlimited fandom at Calgary Expo: Limited Edition. It’s the ultimate experience for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming with citywide events, family-friendly attractions, and celebrity guests.

Where: BMO Centre

When: September 10-12



Experience a luxurious night out with ZooLaLa at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. You’ll be treated like a VIP and get a glimpse behind the scenes of the zoo, along with live entertainment, food samplings, and libations. This is an 18+ event.

Where: Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

When: September 11


Calgary Produce Marketing Association Harvest Sale

Get great deals on fresh fruits and vegetables and support a great cause with the Calgary Produce Marketing Association Harvest Sale at Heritage Park.

Where: Heritage Park

When: September 11-12

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