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Once again, events look different in Calgary this month. With restrictions still tight due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many events are being moved online, post-phoned or cancelled altogether. As we continue to stay home and stay local, we encourage you to engage in safe entertainment across the city. This past year has certainly challenged us to find the adventure in our own cities, and Calgary has plenty to offer. 

Go explore YYC! Check out the art murals, support local businesses, enjoy the parks and green spaces, try a new curbside pickup restaurant, go look at fancy houses in new neighbourhoods, check out areas of the city you've never gotten to, and find ways to create safe, meaningful connections with the thriving Calgary community.

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Calgary loves to celebrate the holidays. A drive through any neighbourhood will quickly get you in the Christmas spirit. In Bowness, Christmas wreaths are lights adorn the streetlights and shops, giving the community even more of a festive, small-town feel. It is our favourite time of the year to drive through one of our favourite communities. 

Here is an inexpensive holiday activity idea: get a cup of hot chocolate from Tim Hortons and take a drive through the city. Set your radio to 95.9 CHRM for non-stop Christmas music and turn up the heat. Not sure where to start on this beautiful, Christmas adventure? Here are some places to check out:

1). Downtown Core: Many buildings in the downtown core are adorned with Christmas lights inside and out.…

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Tomorrow, November 11, is Remembrance Day. 

The Canadian Encyclopedia writes, "Remembrance Day is a yearly memorial day that is observed in many Commonwealth countries, including Canada, to remember those who died in military service, and honor those who served in wartime. It is observed across Canada each year on 11 November — the anniversary of the Armistice agreement of 1918 that ended the First World War. On Remembrance Day, public ceremonies and church services often include the playing of “Last Post,” a reading of the fourth stanza of the poem “For the Fallen,” and two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. Wreaths are laid at local war memorials and assemblies are held in schools. Millions of Canadians wear red poppy pins in the weeks leading up to…

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There are a handful of events happening this month that we are excited to share with you!

First, it's important to take note of November 11th happening next Wednesday. This Remembrance Day is a stat holiday for most Calgarians as per usual, but is going to look different this year. Due to COVID cases rising across the city and new restrictions set in place by Alberta Health Services, ceremonies in memorial to our veterans are going to look different. Military sites such as museums and the Memorial Drive feild of crosses will be open to visitors, but large scale ceremonies are being held as virtual events. If you do plan to visit a site in Calgary, we recommend booking a timed ticket in advance wherever possible. You can see a full list of events…

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Happy Halloween!

A spooky weekend is ahead with plenty of notable events. First, Halloween is on a Saturday! This means you can stay up late without worrying about waking up early for work or school the next day. Second, Saturday night there will be a full moon! Full moon's are always spooky, but with this one falling on Halloween, it's sure to add some extra moodiness to the atmosphere. Third, we say goodbye to daylight savings this weekend! That's right, Saturday at midnight the clock falls back an hour, giving you a full extra hour of Halloween!

Many people around the city are turning to at home events instead of big parties, careful to follow the new Alberta Health Services guidelines of limiting gatherings to 15 people again. Some families…

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During this very difficult year, Calgary came together. We always knew you would, Calgary!

Time and time again, Calgarians show up for each other and help the most vulnerable, extending a helping hand and lifting up spirits. While traditional methods of volunteering may not be as easy accessible these days because of COVID-19, there are lots of ways you can support your city, community and closest neighbors. It's going to be a snowy weekend; time some time to spread some sunshine.

Here are some ways to give back to your neighbors:

  • Be a snow angel! Like we mentioned, the show is falling heavy all across the city this weekend. It is a legal requirement to keep the sidewalk outside of your home cleared, so while you're shoveling, keep going…
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Hello, October! While events are slow to pick back up in full swing, a select few are following through while adhering to Alberta Health's strict guidelines. Here are some of the events happening around the city this month:
  • October 4: Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF)
  • October 9: RBC Live at the King Eddy
  • October 10: The Devil's Drive-In Halloween Experience
  • October 10: Hotel Balcony Concert Series: Sandman – The Only Sanctioned Metallica Tribute
  • October 7: Play The Parks: Calgary
  • October 12: Thanksgiving Day
  • October 21: BCA Annual General Meeting
  • October 24 - 25: Halloween Haunted House 
  • October 31: Halloween
Looking for other things to do this month? Check out The Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park, Telus…
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Like every other long weekend since March, people are looking for staycation ideas where they can get out of the house but keep safe and follow Alberta Health Guidelines. Here are some tips for this September long weekend to help you take a deep breath before school begins: 

The Town of Nanton: "You might also want to consider heading over to Nanton, one of the hidden gems in Alberta. There is a Bomber Command Museum that has beautifully-preserved vintage aircrafts on display. You’ll also want to visit the town’s candy shop which stays open for winter visitors and has sweet treats that you won’t find everywhere" (Calgary Living Magazine). There are also some incredible antique shops in Nanton!

Fairmount Palliser Hotel: "If you’ve ever had an…

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As it has become abundantly clear that we still need to take extreme precautions against COVID-19, the events world has gone from cancelling events to making them virtual events instead. This is a great way to keep the fun alive and bring some sense of connection to people during these trying times. Here are some events happening in the City of Calgary--some live, when appropriate, and some virtual, when necessary. September 2: The Blue Jay Sessions: Anniversary Edition
September 4: (exp)lore Premiere
September 5: Garlic Fest
September 7: Labour Day
September 9: United way of Calgary and Area Kickoff 2020
September 12: Hotel Balcony Concert Series: Elton John – The Premiere Elton John Tribute
September 15: The Show Must Go On
September 17: Make-A-Wish…
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Calgary was first established as a city in 1894. Although we are a relatively new compared to our European neighbors, the buildings and communities that make up this beautiful city are rich with history. If the walls around Calgary could tell stories, they would be filled with adventure and resilience.

In recent years the city of Calgary has strived to maintain places with historic significance so that people can enjoy them for years to come. Rather than tare down the old to make way for the new, YYC is preserving and protecting places of historic significance. These historic sites are beautiful, educational and are more common than you may think. Heritage park may have an incredible collection of historic buildings, but the rest of Calgary has history…

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