10 Best Things to Do in Calgary the Rest of September

This month, celebrate Beakerhead’s 10th anniversary, watch a musical about The Temptations, grab a bite during a pizza festival and more.

Harrel Holmes Jr., Jalen Harris, Dwayne P. Mitchell, Michael Andreaus, E. Clayton Cornelious from the national touring company of Ain’t Too Proud. Photo by Emilio Madrid.

Celebrate Beakerhead’s 10th anniversary

When: September 14 to 17

Beakerhead officially turns 10 years old this month, and the local science, engineering and art festival has got plenty of awesome programming to mark the occasion. From an adaptive skateboard showcase, to building robots, to an immersive nighttime installation about the human body, there’s no shortage of fascinating things to check out.

Read more: Beakerhead Celebrates 10 Years of Merging Science and Art in Calgary

Multiple locations, beakerhead.com


Attend a carnival fundraiser at Heritage Park

When: September 15

On September 15, Heritage Park will be transformed into a magical carnival experience for its Carnivàle fundraiser. Don’t miss an exciting night filled with Le Cirque de la Nuit performances, antique midway rides, live music and more.

Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., heritagepark.ca


Eat tons of pizza during YYC Pizza Fest

When: September 15 to October 1

Calling all pizza fans, it’s officially your favourite month of the year. YYC Pizza Fest is back for more than two weeks with delicious pizza creations from 25 local restaurants. Part of the proceeds from these festival pizzas will go towards supporting Calgary Meals on Wheels, so try as many as you can and vote for your favourite pies online.

Read more: 10 Pizzas to Try During YYC Pizza Fest



Celebrate a big anniversary at the Grand Trunk Festival

When: September 16

The West Hillhurst Community Association has reached an exciting milestone as it prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary this month. To mark the occasion, there will be a day-long festival with music, food, a market and more, as well as nighttime concerts featuring Mocking Shadows, The Dust Collectors and Midnight Blue Jazz Society.

West Hillhurst Community Centre, 1940 6 Ave. N.W., grandtrunkfestival.com


Fill up on vegan Indonesian fare at the newly opened Padmanadi


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A popular Edmonton-based restaurant specializing in vegan Indonesian cuisine, Padmanadi has officially made its way to Calgary. Located in Haysboro, the restaurant offers a wide-ranging menu of tasty eats like tom yum soup, bean curd drumsticks, spicy coconut eggplant, curry (veggie) chicken, bakmi goreng and more.

110, 8835 Macleod Tr. S.W., 403-300-2270, padmanadi.com


See the latest Broadway Across Canada show about The Temptations

When: September 19 to 24

Broadway Across Canada is bringing back the music of the 1960s and ’70s with its latest production showcasing American vocal group The Temptations. Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations runs in Calgary for eight performances and will have you dancing in your seat as it takes you through the musical journey of these Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave. N.W., calgary.broadway.com


Eat popcorn and watch some movies during CIFF

When: September 21 to October 1

The Calgary International Film Festival returns this month with lots of exciting new films to check out at in-person screenings or virtually at home. Whether you’re interested in Alberta-made productions, animation, action films or horror, there’s something for everyone in the movie lineup. You can also check out special events like a free 1950s-themed party, special screening events, video games in the BarCode XR lounge and more.

Read more: 10 Films to Check Out at Calgary International Film Festival 2023



Celebrate the winners of the 2023 Made in Alberta Awards

When: September 26

The winners of the 2023 Made in Alberta Awards have been revealed, and now it’s time to celebrate them at a special awards ceremony at the Central Library. In addition to an awards presentation, there will be networking opportunities, a professional product photo booth and snacks. Tickets are available now.

Central Library, 800 3 St. S.E., showpass.com


Choose from more than 100 wing flavours at a new Kensington eatery

If you love wings, you’re going to want to visit Wing’n It. This new Kensington restaurant offers more than 100 flavours of wings in a range of saucy and dry seasonings. With options like salt and vinegar, honey garlic dry jerk, dry white cheddar seasoning, mesquite dill and more, there’s a wing flavour for everyone here.

1126 Kensington Rd. N.W., 825-413-7803, wingnit.ca


Check out the new Night Light festival in Victoria Park

When: September 28 to 30

The last three days of September may also be the brightest as Victoria Park is lit up with light-art installations, projection mapped architecture and more during the first Night Light Festival. More details on the festival lineup and what you can expect to see are coming soon.

Multiple locations, victoriapark.org

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