Events to Get Dressed Up for This Fall

Put away the sundresses and flip flops. These upcoming events are a good excuse to dig into the fancy corner of your closet.

Otahpiaaki is a new beauty, fashion and design week showcasing Indigenous talent.

Photograph courtesy of Otahpiaaki



When: September 18 to 23
Where: Various venues. Fashion showcases at City Hall Atrium, 800 Macleod Tr. S.E.
Tickets: $60 for runway seating; $125 VIP admission
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Otahpiaaki is a project based out of Mount Royal University that features Indigenous artists, designers and creatives in several events throughout the week. There are performances and workshops, but what you really want to get dressed up for is the fashion showcases. The showcases are divided into three evenings, each with a runway show. Truth Night (Sept. 21) shows designs that inspire action and change, Youth Night (Sept. 22) focuses on streetwear and signature style and Reconciliation Night (Sept. 23) is couture and avant-garde collections.


Calgary International Film Festival Galas

When: Various dates between Sept. 20 amd Oct. 1
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Various prices
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When you have to walk down a red carpet to get into an event, you know that it is an opportunity to dress in style. The opening gala at Calgary International Film Festival is at the Jack Singer Concert Hall on September 20. A presentation of La La Land performed with live music from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (Sept. 21) is also part of Calgary Film's Gala Series. Finally, the closing gala is at Theatre Junction Grand (Sept. 30). It starts with watching Suck It Up and ends with an after party at Workshop Kitchen + Culture.



When: September 30
Where: Spruce Meadows Equi-plex, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W.
Tickets: $50 to $350

This fashion evening has two runway show with designs by Paul Hardy, House of Nonie, Lauren Bagliore, Narces and UNTTLD. It starts with an opening reception. After, there is mixing, mingling and shopping the pop-up shops. The luxury fashion on stage is a good clue for how dressy you can get. 


Never Give Up Gala

When: September 30
Where: Hyatt Regency, 700 Centre St. S.
Tickets: $300

This gala is a fundraiser for Wood's Homes, which provides mental health services to kids, teens and families. Include dancing shoes in your outfit because after cocktails and dinner, the dance floor opens with the Dino Martinis providing the music.


Come Fly With Me

When: October 13
Where: The Hangar Flight Museum, 4629 McCall Way N.E.
Tickets: $250
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This gala event is a 1950s themed fundraiser for The Hangar Flight Museum. The theme harkens back to a time when air travel was a luxury and passengers dressed for the occasion. The party takes place among the museum's historic aircraft and includes a five-course dinner, period cocktails, big band music and a live and silent auction. If you want your look to reflect the theme, fashion in the '50s was all about full skirts, cinched waists and red lipstick.



When: October 14
Where: Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave. S.W.
Tickets: $110
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This party raises money for Rethink Breast Cancer and it always has a wacky theme that attendees embrace. In 2017, the theme is Get Physical. Now you have the Olivia Newton-John song stuck in your head. You're welcome! The theme is partly an acknowledgement that regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing breast cancer and aids recovery if you do develop breast cancer. And, the theme is an excuse to go retro with music, food, drinks and fashion. If you were a teen in the 1980s or '90s, you'll know exactly how to dress. Bring on the leotards, legwarmers, jean jackets and jelly shoes. 


Cocktails for Critters

When: October 14
Where: The Westin, 320 4 Ave. S.W.
Tickets: $100 - $125
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You don't have to go full ball gown and glitter for this event. It's cocktail dress dressy. After all, it's the animals who will be on the runway. Pets who have been previously adopted from The Calgary Humane Society strut the catwalk. Other animals that are currently available for adoption are also at the event. Cocktails and appetizers are served for the CHS fundraiser.

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