September in Calgary

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September in Calgary

20+ Things to Do in September

Fall is just getting started and the perfect chance to explore all the great things to see and do this September. From Calgary Pride to Beakerhead, check out these great events in Calgary.

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Calgary LGBT Pride Festival (Photo Credit: Neil Zeller)

Celebrate LGBT diversity at the Calgary Pride Festival (Photo Credit: Neil Zeller)

Calgary Pride

Join Calgary Pride and celebrate 11 days of festivities. The Calgary Pride Parade on September 2 brings together colourful entertainment and thousands of spectators to celebrate diversity in Calgary. The event starts at Bow Valley College at 11:00 a.m.

Where: Various venues
When: August 24 – September 3

 Honens International Piano Competition & Festival

Watch spectacular musical performances at the Honens International Piano Competition & Festival.

Honens International Piano Competition & Festival

Be amazed by fantastic piano concert performances at the Honens International Piano Competition & Festival where the world’s finest emerging pianists visit Calgary for ten days of extraordinary music.

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall
When: August 30 – September 8

BUMP Mural Festival

Get up close to international artists painting murals in Calgary at BUMP Festival (Mural by Natali Nehlawi/Photo by Jennie Price)

BUMP Festival

The Beltline gets a fresh coat of paint at BUMP Festival with interactive artist talks, mural walking tours, live mural painting by international artists, and a special Alley Party as part of the Beltline Urban Murals Project. 

Where: Various venues
When: August 30 – September 1

BBQ on the Bow 

BBQ on the Bow celebrates the passion and joy of southern style barbecue. Taste delicious barbecue from a wide range of competitors and listen to great music in Shouldice Park.

Where: Shouldice Park
When: September 1 – 2

YYC Trees: Elliston Park Tree Tour – Guided Walk

The Elliston Park Tree Tour is a popular guided walk that highlights the history of the park. Participate in family friendly activities like tree bingo and scavenger hunts while enjoying a relaxing tour of the park.

Where: Elliston Park
When: September 4

Heritage Park Steam Train

Enjoy decades of western history at Heritage Park Historical Village.

Visit to Heritage Park Historical Village

Experience western history come to life at Heritage Park Historical Village. From hundreds of preserved exhibits, rides, shops, daily demonstrations, and more, there is something to enjoy for all generations. 

Where: Heritage Park Historical Village
When: Open Daily (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament

Watch incredible show jumpers from around the world compete at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament.

Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’

Watch the world’s best show jumpers compete for prize money and critical acclaim at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament. 

Where: Spruce Meadows
When: September 5 – 9 

Dave Grohl Foo Fighters at the Saddledome.

Listen to world famous Foo Fighters at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold Tour 2018

Rock out and watch the Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold Tour in Calgary. Listen to classics like Everlong and new favorites like The Sky Is a Neighborhood along with opener The Joy Formidable.

Spending the day in Calgary for the concert? Check out our guide to spending a Foo Fighters day in Calgary.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: September 6

Circle Carnival

 Listen to great performances at the Circle Carnival.

Circle Carnival

Celebrate the best things in life at the Circle Carnival.

Circle Carnival

Get a thrill out of the Circle Carnival, Calgary’s celebration of the best things in life. Be sure to check out over 14 food vendors, watch circus performances, and don’t miss out on The Fast ‘n’ Furriest Wiener Dog Dash! 

Where: Shaw Millennium Park
When: September 8

Halloweekends at Calaway Park

Dress up and enjoy Halloweekends at Calaway Park. Stroll through Hallotown, get your face painted, take a family picture, and enjoy the rides this fall.

Where: Calaway Park
When: September 8 – October 8 (Every Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday Monday)

Monster Jam

Monster Jam is a live-sport event with incredible monster truck action. World-class drivers push monster trucks to the limits in competitions like Freestyle, Two-Wheel Skills Challenge, and Racing that will leave you on the edge of your seat. 

Where: Stampede Grandstand 
September 8 – 9 

Calgary Food Fest 2018

The Calgary Food Fest 2018 is a delicious annual event that features the best of Calgary’s local food scene. Featuring over 15 food trucks, market expo, and live music, there is something for the whole family. 

Where: Various venues 
September 8

Playground in the Devonian Gardens

Let your kids enjoy the fun at the playground in the Devonian Gardens.

Fauna at the Devonian Gardens

Take in the beautiful fauna at the Devonian Gardens.

Devonian Gardens

Located on the fourth floor of the The CORE, the Devonian Gardens is a relaxing and beautiful indoor garden with over 500 trees and 50 plants that is accompanied by a playground perfect for children.

Where: CORE Shopping Centre
When: Open Daily

The Calgary Beer Run

Travel to eight breweries at the Calgary Beer Run. Stopping at breweries like Eighty-Eight Brewing CompanyAnnex Ale Project, and Paddy's Barbecue & Brewery, participants drink about four ounces of beer at each brewery while racing to the finish line.

Where: Various venues
When: September 9

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls Be More Kind World Tour 

Listen to awesome live music from folk sensation Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls at MacEwan Hall.

Where: MacEwan Hall
When: September 12

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre – Foul Play

Watch a story filled with love triangles, laughter, and murder at the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre – Foul Play. Participate in this adult only dynamic theatre experience while trying to figure out who did it, all paired with a delicious dinner buffet. 

Where: Fort Calgary
When: September 14

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters Roasterie Tour

Visit Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters for an exclusive Roasterie Tour. This one-hour guided tour explores the history and business strategy of the company, while tasting delicious coffee. Have fun learning about the methods of coffee making and bring home a bag of coffee beans at the end of the tour. 

Where: Simmons Building
When: Every Monday – Thursday 

Big Rock Barn Burner

Come together for fun festivities, great food, and cold beers at the Big Rock Barn Burner. Enjoy live performances from Sam Roberts Band along with Leeroy Stagger and Jacob Rose, at the brewery grounds as it transforms into the most unique music venue in the city.

Where: Big Rock Brewery
When: September 15

East Side Studio Crawl

The East Side Studio Crawl is a special local event that celebrates all things art across five creative locations between Ramsay and Inglewood. Get inspired by creative artwork, participate in the community felting project, or enter the door prizes draw for the chance to win original artwork.

Where: Various venues
When: September 15

Tuscany Harvest Festival

Celebrate the best of fall at the Tuscany Harvest Festival. Participate in family games, get your face painted, jump on the bounce castles, play Laser Tag, and so much more! 

Where: Tuscany Park
When: September 15

Avenue Dinner Series: Rouge

Avenue hosts a one-night dinner at the Rouge along with guests. Be treated to a private tour of the Rogue gardens before being served a multi-course dinner designed by chef and owner Paul Rogalski. 

Where: Rouge
When: September 18

Beakerhead Calgary

See science come alive at Beakerhead.


Be amazed as Calgary lights up with science at Beakerhead. Watch the night come alive with art installations like at Beakernight where a giant electric bolt arc across the sky or see your footsteps ripple with a luminous composition at the Skybridge Syncopation. 

Where: Various venues
When: September 19 – 23 

Calgary International Film Festival

Watch over 100 films and meet emerging filmmakers at the Calgary International Film Festival.

Calgary International Film Festival

For 12 days, watch over 180 multi-genre feature and short films at the Calgary International Film Festival. With gala events, screenings, and behind the screen events, there is something for every movie lover! 

Where: Various venues
When: September 19 – 30

Dance Me presented by Alberta Ballet

Featuring the music of Leonard Cohen, Dance Me features Canadian dance and musical talent for a world premiere in Calgary before the production leaves on a world tour.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
When: September 19 – 30

Calgary Zoo Adult Night

Party after hours at the Calgary Zoo Adult Night with a black and white themed cocktail reception. Get an exclusive look at the giant pandas at this adults only event at the Calgary Zoo.

Where: Calgary Zoo
When: September 20

The MASHING Festival

Named after a process used for brewing, The MASHING Festival brings together the best distilleries, breweries, and more in a unique space for sampling. Taste distinct flavours while enjoying live music, art installations, and more. 

Where: Stampede Grandstand
When: September 21 – 22

PARK(ing) Day

The PARK(ing) Day festival is an annual local event where citizens, artists, and designers collaborate to turn generic metered parking spaces into works of interactive art. 

Where: Downtown Core
When: September 21

Kiwanis Apple Festival

The Kiwanis Apple Festival is a fun community event that celebrates the history of the Kiwanis community. Enjoy fun festivities like apple pike baking, face painting, and silent auctions.

Where: Kamp Kiwanis
When: September 22 – 23

Brix n Blox Lego Fan Expo

Let your imagination come to life at the Brix n Blox Lego Fan Expo. Build something incredible with your family or watch the Builders Contest where builders create build the most creative Lego creations of the day.

Where: Chinese Cultural Centre
When: September 22

Calgary Stampeders vs Toronto Argonauts

Don’t miss out on the re-match of the season as the Calgary Stampeders take on the Toronto Argonauts, two finalists of the 2017 Grey Cup at the McMahon Stadium.

Where: McMahon Stadium
When: September 28