Fall is in the air and it seems like YYC is in the midst of a beautiful Indian Summer. There are always lots of things to do around town and the crisp autumn air is making it easy to stay active in the community and all through urban YYC. So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out what the city has to offer this weekend in our #YYC Weekend Scoop – Top Things to do in Calgary October 2-4 edition.
You’ve still got time to check out The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF)! Incase you missed it last week, this is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. On Saturday CIFF salutes filmmakers between the ages of six and 18 with a program of shorts with submissions from near (Elbow Park Elementary) and far (Jordan, China) at the Telus Spark with Youth by Cinema. The offerings include animation, narrative shorts and documentaries. Single tickets, festival passes and ticket packages for the 2015 festival are available online, check out the Calgary International Film Festival Website for advance tickets and the schedule.
Calgary has a burgeoning cyclocross racing scene. If you aren’t familiar, cyclocross is a type of bike racing that involves riding through technical off road courses, running over obstacles, and spectators with loud cowbells and louder hecklers. This weekend’s The Dark Knight Cross takes advantage of our long nights by offering a series of flaming obstacles. There are a few races going down this Saturday night at Canada Olympic Park, the first is at 5 p.m. and the last goes at 9:30 p.m. That last one is the Arkham, which is more a free-for-all than a race. Oh, and spectators are urged to heckle.
Cost: Free for spectators, $10 to race the Arkham Race (costumers are mandatory!).
Presenting the very best in Flamenco both locally and Internationally; The Calgary International Flamenco Festival is one of Canada’s outstanding annual Flamenco events. This Saturday night at the Van Ginkel Art Gallery there will be a Flamenco exhibition open to the public in Inglewood from 12-4pm, and later in the evening at 7pm at Cafe Koi (1011 1 St SW), dancers, musicians and singers join together as they spontaneously create or perform their repertoire. Admission to both is free.
Experience Japan from October 1 to 11 at Illuminasia at the Calgary Zoo! Authentic Chinese lanterns have been lighting up the zoo and setting the stage for a unique experience like no other in Calgary for the past two weeks. This lantern festival takes place at the zoo at The Dorothy Harvie Gardens that provide the backdrop to lush mosaic cultures and vegetation tapestries.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, head over to the Illuminasia website.
And there you have it, plenty to do around Calgary this weekend so be sure to take advantage of everything our vibrant city has to offer this first weekend of October!