Written by: Sandhya Patel
As we settle into sweater weather and cozy up with more Pumpkin Spice lattes than we can count, it’s time to see what this new month brings us.
Beat FOMO and check out what’s happening in our amazing city this month - from a Macaron Pairing event to trying a new culinary experience, and even a few Christmas festivities to get our holiday mood on. Here are 30 things to do this November:
1. Make It Show
Thursday, November 2nd at 11am - Sunday, November 5th at 5pm
Big Four at Stampede Park, 1898 Macleod Trail SE
Get ready for this Holiday season with festive crafts and check out Make it Show! From November 2nd - 5th, take a gander at all the gorgeous holiday handcrafted items made with love and passion. These fabulous creations would make great additions to your holiday decorations or as gifts. Tickets are $8 and free for kids under 12 years old. The Make it holiday edition is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.
2. Calgary European Film Festival
Sunday, November 5th - Sunday, November 12th
200 Barclay Parade SW #200
Calling all movie lovers! Check out the European Film Festival from November 5th - 12th at the Cineplex Odean in Eau Claire. Enjoy a variety of movies from the best in European Cinema. To see what films will be showcased, take a look at their website.
3. Relationship Law 101 for Women
Monday, November 6th from 6pm - 9pm
Trolley 5 Brewpub, 728 17 Avenue SW
Join us on November 6th ( Women Only ) for an open discussion on relationship law presented by Kahane Law; led by Farrah Kohost and Carrie Leishman - Family Lawyers with over 20 years combined experience. Trust us, they are cool and driven with an intention to empower you with the right information you need to take care of this uncomfortable stuff so that you hopefully never need to worry about it in the future.
4. Wine & Bingo
Tuesday, November 7th from 6pm - 8pm
The Metropolitan, 317 7 Avenue SW
B-I-N-G-O with V-I-N-O! Join us at The Met for Wine + Bingo every second Tuesday night. A fun night of Bingo, wine drinking, and wine themed prizes. Guests of Wine + Bingo will be offered any appetizer & a glass of 6oz house wine for $20 - sounds like the glass is half full to us.
5. Plant Nite
Tuesday, November 7th at 7pm - Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 at 9pm
Check website for locations
Get creative on your date. Spend two hours at one of Calgary's hotspots creating a living tabletop garden, while sipping on cocktails and having a blast with your friends. No gardening experience needed - you will get the best materials and a host to guide you, so you can plant everything from Zen gardens to funky terrariums!
6. The Simon & Garfunkel Show
Tuesday, November 7th from 7:30pm - 10pm
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Avenue NW
Now seen by over a 1/4 million people across the world, ‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is a critically acclaimed concert style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. Using state of the art video projection, incredible lighting and a full live band ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ is a moving and powerful concert featuring all the hits such as ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘The Boxer’, ‘The Sound Of Silence’ and many more, this is a show not to be missed!
7. Circles of Hope
Wednesday, November 8th from 10am - 4pm
Fort Calgary, 750 9 Avenue SE
In celebration of Inn from the Cold's 20th anniversary, they are holding a TED Talk-style symposium, Circles of Hope: Stories of compassion, resilience & innovation, focused on the social issues that play a factor in family homelessness. Incorporating Indigenous ideas on storytelling, we will convey a vision of what we want the future to look like. This vision will be formed through the learnings and wisdom of those who have experienced adversity and are researching, living, working and supporting within the space of ‘homelessness’.
8. Casks For A Cause 2017
Wednesday, November 8th from 6:10pm - 9:30pm
The Pig & Duke, 1312 12 Avenue SW
Give A Mile in partnership with The Pig and Duke are presenting the best seller charity of the year - Casks For a Cause! Come and experience 15 local breweries taping their casks to raise money & help those in need of visiting their loved ones in critical condition. With everything being donated, every cent raised goes directly to the charity.
9. Ben & Noel Haggard with The Strangers
Wednesday, November 8th at 7pm
The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Avenue SW
Get out those cowboy boots and head to The Palace Theatre to see country music legend Merle Haggard's legacy live on with Ben & Noel Haggard and The Strangers.
10. JazzYYC, A Canadian Jazz Festival
Thursday, November 9th - Sunday, November 12th
Tap your feet to some soulful Jazz Music at JazzYYC. Enjoy the sounds of jazz musicians, from around the world. Witness jazz jam sessions, a Remembrance Day performance and a Jazz music tour around Inglewood. To check out the full schedule and locations, head on over to their website.
11. Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign
Thursday, November 9th from 7pm - 11pm
Courtyard by Marriott Calgary South, 3750 Market Street SE
Join YYC for an evening celebrating the top cultural leaders that make our city fantastic! Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign features 25 ambassadors who who are shaping the cultural scenes of Calgary and Canada. Enjoy an evening with yummy Hor’s D Oueveurs from Calgary’s top restaurants from Foreign Concept, Pulcinella, Alloy Dining, and WinSport Canada. This celebrations all goes down on November 9th at the Courtyard by Marriott. Tickets are $125 with proceeds from the event going towards Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.
12. Telus Sparks Adult Night - Food and Chemistry
Thursday, November 9th from 6pm - 10pm
Telus Sparks, 220 St Georges Dr NE
If you like food and science, then this Telus Sparks Adult Night theme was made for you. On November 9th, explore the science behind sautéing and see how food and chemistry are one in the same.
13. Calgary Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show
Thursday, November 9th at 5pm - Sunday, November 12th at 6pm
BMO Center, 20 Roundup Way SW
Everything from your heart's desires to inconceivable delights. The Taboo Naughty but Nice Show provides an upscale adult playground dedicated to enhancing lifestyles, encouraging romance, personal betterment and all things Taboo. Enjoy provocative and educational seminars, unique shopping, high-energy entertainment and LIVE demonstrations.
14. Remembrance Day Service
Saturday, November 11th at 10:30am
The Military Museum, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW
This November, take the time to remember the efforts of our veterans and military personnel at the Remembrance Day Service at The Military Museum. Service begins at 10:30am and containers will be provided to bring a non-perishable food item for the Veterans’ Food Bank.
15. Speed Networking
Monday, November 13th from 6pm - 8pm
Madison's 1212, 1212 9 Avenue SE
Join us as we take our dating skills to the boardroom with speed networking. Speed networking is a great opportunity to expand your network and get a few minutes to connect with a new face, one on one. You'll meet 20 new people, three minutes at a time. Bring your business cards and come ready to perfect your elevator pitch!
16. Make Your Own Pasta Cooking Class
Wednesday November 15th from 6pm - 8pm
Further inspire your inner Italian with this hands on cooking class. Guests will use simple ingredients to make their own ricotta pasta from scratch.
17. Relationship Law 101 for Men
Tuesday, November 14th from 6pm - 9pm
Trolley 5 Brewpub, 728 17 Avenue SW
Join us on November 14th ( Men Only ) for an open discussion on relationship law presented by Kahane Law; led by Farrah Kohost and Carrie Leishman - Family Lawyers with over 20 years combined experience. Trust us, they are cool and driven with an intention to empower you with the right information you need to take care of this uncomfortable stuff so that you hopefully never need to worry about it in the future.
18. Trivia Night: The Office 2.0
Tuesday, November 14th from 7pm - 9pm
WURST, 2437 4 Street SW
Tuesday is no longer the wurst day of the week. Join us for a night of cocktails and a little healthy competition on Tuesday, September 26th at Wurst. This month’s theme? The Office 2.0! Get your friends together, brush up on all your favourite episodes and bring your A-game. These pretzels are making us thirsty. See you there!
19. Macaron Pairing
Thursday, November 16th from 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Truvé Wine, 104, 422 11th Ave SE
What happens when you pair Macaron’s and Wine or Tea? Find out yourself at Ollia Macaron and Tea's pairing event! Become an expert at pairing Macarons with some fine wine or tea, as well as learning the region where the pairing drink comes from and what makes it unique. Now this is a pairing we can get on board with.
20. Late Night Thursday with Contemporary Calgary
Thursday, November 16th from 7pm - 9pm
Join Contemporary Calgary for a talk about symbols and script in body art by Trevor Varem of Mission Tattoo. Trevor will share the stories and creative process behind some of his favourite designs. This talk will demonstrate how tattoos act as personal narratives and the varied ways in which symbols and script are read and create meaning. This is a free event.
21. The POST Forum 2017
Thursday, November 16th at 7:30am - Friday, November 17th at 5pm
The Palace Theatre, 219 8 Avenue SW
Get ready for two days that will forever change the way you see the world, and the way the world sees your business. The Post features everything from hands-on Foundational Workshops to a 2-day Conference jammed with global thought leaders, to Innovation Labs, social events, networking opportunities, The Post Party and beyond. Learn from the leaders, dreamers, and doers who are not just influencing their industries, but disrupting them top to bottom.
22. Canadian Maple Shack
Friday, November 17th at 10am - Sunday, November 19th at 3pm
510 77 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1C3
Enjoy a Canadian treat, Maple Taffy at the Calgary Farmers Market this month. Pour this syrup goodness on some snow (which YYC has plenty of) and taste this delicious taffy that will be begging you for more. This Canadian classic will be available on November 17th at the Calgary Farmers Market.
23. Drake Yoga & Brunch
Saturday, November 18th from 10:30am - 1:30pm
Commonwealth Bar & Stage, 731 10 Avenue SW
Just hold on we’re going ‘om. Stretch out your muscles with some Drake Yoga and Brunch at Commonwealth. After an hour-long vinyasa class, you’ll be seriously thirsty for some Champagne Papi, so stay for a custom brunch crafted by Chef Pigot from Home and Away.
24. Barber of Seville - Calgary Opera
Saturday, November 18th - Friday, November 24th at 7:30pm
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW
The Calgary Opera starts off the season with a comedic bang. Enjoy the classic, popular opera, the Barber of Seville, a story that sees a Doctor turning to the help of a barber Figaro to help him win the love of his life, Rosina. Ticket prices vary with this classic starting on November 18th.
25. Banff Craft Beer Festival
Thursday, November 23rd at 5pm - Saturday, November 25th at 4pm
Cave and Basin - Banff, 311 Cave Avenue
Just the beer-cation you need. Welcome to The World's Most Beautiful Beer Festival presented by Alberta Beer Festivals, where beer and mountains go hand-in-hand. The Banff Craft Beer Festival is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, a place known for pristine wilderness, and glacier fresh waters.
26. Calgary Zoo Lights
Friday, November 24th - Tuesday, January 9th
Nightly from 6pm - 9pm
The Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George's Drive NE
The traditional Calgary Zoo Lights is back again for its 20th year and sure to be more lit. A perfect evening with your family or a date night awaits you as the Calgary Zoo transforms its grounds at night into a festival showcase of lights shaped in your favourite animals. Enjoy some hot chocolate and activities as you walk in this Winter Wonderland. Tickets are $14.95 for 16+ and $11.95 for kids ages 3yrs - 15yrs.
27. Babes Who Brunch
Saturday, November 25th from 10am - 12pm
MARKET Calgary, 17 Avenue Southwest Calgary, AB Canada
Don't let the cute name fool you, this is one bad ass brunch. Join us for mimosas, a three-course brunch and stimulating conversation led by our featured speaker, Jill Drader. You'll enjoy speed networking, bold conversations, a delicious meal, photo booth memories and valuable takeaways curated just for you - this brunch will fuel your fire and keep that grind ignited.
28. Adulting 101: Credit and Credit Score
Tuesday, November 28th from 6pm - 9pm
Trolley 5 Brewpub, 728 17 Avenue SW
Join us to learn all you need to know about that pesky credit and credit score at Adulting 101: Credit and Credit Score Edition. How is your credit score calculated? What affects your credit the most? These are the types of questions that will be answered at this informative discussion on how to stay ahead of that credit game. Don't worry, your ticket includes food from Trolley 5. Presented in partnership with ATB Financial.
29. A Christmas Carol
Tuesday, November 28th - Sunday, December 24th at 7:30pm
Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons, 240 9 Ave SE
Nothing screams Christmas like watching A Christmas Carol. Whether you see it for the first time or the hundredth time, this classic Christmas tale is sure to warm the hearts of everyone and get everyone in the holiday spirit. This stage production of Charles Dicken’s classic novel comes to life once again from November 28th - December 24th. Don’t be a Ba Humbug and watch this Christmas Classic.
30. Trivia Night: Harry Potter 4.0
Tuesday, November 28th from 7pm - 9pm
WURST, 2437 4 Street SW
Join us for Harry Potter Trivia Tuesday, November 28th at Wurst. Get your wizards together, pull out those wands and be ready to bring your best patronus. There are great prizes to be won and tons of laughter to be had.
31. Speed Dating (Singles 25+)
Wednesday, November 29th from 6pm - 9pm
Put down your phone and join us for 3D Tinder. Each event has 20 single women and 20 single men to connect with. The women stay in the same seat and the men rotate. Each date will last from 4-5 minutes. You can practice your flirting skills and game while meeting new people. We collect your matches at the end of the night and will contact you with your matches the following day. This is so you don't have the awkward phone number exchange at the end of the conversation. Your contact info is only shared with permission and if you have a match.
32. Tastemarket by SAIT
444 - 7 Ave SW
SAIT just opened up a new eatery in downtown, and you definitely want to check it out. Step inside the classroom of culinary students and enjoy authentic, traditional eats from decadent desserts, woodfire pizzas. You’ll be sure to enjoy the food as it comes from local, sustainable suppliers. Inspired by entrepreneurial minds and a commitment to an outstanding culinary expert, Tastemarket by SAIT is sure to be a new lunch or dinner hang out.