Calgary GlobalFest August 18th to 27th
The groundwork for GlobalFest began in 1993 with the formation of The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society. The not-for-profit Society searched for a suitable fireworks launch site in Calgary for eight years to no avail. There were many potential sites, but none combined the suitable large viewing area, safety regulations, and ability to allow large-scale pyrotechnics to be launched. It wasn't until 2001 when the Society discovered Elliston Park in Calgary's Greater Forest Lawn district that the dream could now become reality.
GlobalFest burst onto the scene in 2003 with 10 cultural pavilions and three countries presenting pyromusicals in Calgary's very own international fireworks festival. On the fourth and final night of the festival, GlobalFest celebrated a remarkable accomplishment. The festival reached attendance of close to 100,000 in the very first year, making GlobalFest one of Calgary's top draws for local citizens and tourists alike. Visit the Calgary International Reggae Festival web site for more information.
September Is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
Since 1994, World Alzheimer’s DayTM – on 21 September each year – has been the only day on the calendar to unite people with dementia, caregivers and Alzheimer associations around the world.
World Alzheimer’s Month was introduced in 2012 and offers Alzheimer associations the opportunity to reach more individuals and groups and increase their efforts to call for improved support services for people with dementia and their caregivers.
To learn more about what is happening in your area, visit the Alberta Alzheimer's Disease Web Site for more information.
BBQ On The Bow Competition September 2nd
The Barbeque on the Bow Society, established in 1993, is a registered not-for-profit organization. The society is committed to enhancing the quality of life in Calgary socially, culturally and economically and hosts the "Alberta Championship" for Kansas City (Southern) style BBQ. The goals of the Society are achieved through production of an annual family oriented festival. In the BBQ on the Bow "Alberta Championship", teams vie for recognition as the Grand Champion by earning the most points in all four required categories. These categories are: Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Butt (shoulder) and Beef Brisket. There are also 2 extra category competitions called 'BBQ Sauce and Chef's Challenge' however the points earned in these categories do not count towards the BBQ on the Bow Grand Championship, just bragging rights.. Visit the Calgary BBQ On The Bow web site for more information.
Calgary Highland Games September 3rd
Held a Springbank Park, the Calgary Highland Games is one of the premier Highland Games in Western Canada. It is one of the oldest gatherings in North America and celebrated 100 years in 2013. With competitors from around the world, the Calgary Highland Games is a proud spectacle of Scotland’s history come to life.
Did you know it takes 275 volunteers to run the Calgary Highland Games? The Calgary Highland Games is a totally volunteer run organization and could not run without them! Volunteers are needed for many jobs such as setting up the site and taking it down, security, parking cars, working the entrance gates, selling our souvenir items. We can not do it without you. Visit the Calgary Highland Games web site for more information.
Kidney March Sept 9th - 11th
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is proud to host its 7th annual Kidney March. On September 9-11, 2016, an expected 400 Marchers and Crew will make the unforgettable 3 day, 100 km walk from Kananaskis Country to Calgary. Our scenic journey begins at the Millarville Race Track and ends at Canada Olympic Park. Kidney disease affects 1 in 10 Canadians. Our goal for Kidney March is to raise awareness by raising historic amounts of money for the cause. To date, we have already raised over $4 million through Kidney March to support kidney disease prevention, lifesaving research, patient support programs, and organ donation initiatives. Kidney March also creates a sense of community for people affected by this disease. There’s still time to sign up as a Marcher or Crew member.
VisitKidney March to learn more. Feel free to come out and cheer for our Marchers. Thank you for your support!
Annual Life Without Limits Challenge Sept 17th
The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta’s (CPAA) 9th Annual “Life Without Limits Challenge” is a fun event for people of all ages and abilities to come together and have fun while raising funds and creating awareness for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Participants can run, walk or wheel (bike, adapted bike, wheelchair, etc.) on a 5 km circuit in Calgary and Edmonton or a more challenging 20 km cycle circuit in Calgary and celebrate afterwards with a BBQ, booths from local vendors, entertainment and local celebrities. Prizes will be awarded for fundraising more than $500, $1000 and $2000, best costume, most enthusiastic, most pledges raised and more. Donate to the clothing and bottle drive and win prizes for largest donation!
Visit the Annual Life Without Limits Challenge web site for more information.
World’s Largest Truck Convoy Sept 17th
The World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics is an annual event which unites law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes. Since it began in 2001, more than 10,000 trucks – big rigs to dump trucks – have traversed more than 4800 kilometers. Hundreds of truckers will drive their rigs in Grande Prairie and Calgary on September 20, joining 1,000s of truckers from across North America who will participate this year. Funds raised this year will benefit Special Olympics athletes in the Calgary area as well as the 2015 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games in Grande Prairie. Across North America more than $564,000 for Special Olympics was raised in 2013! Visit the World’s Largest Truck Convoy web site for more information.
Calgary City Wide Food Drive Sept 17th
Let's work together, Calgary, and reclaim our Guinness World Record! 560,000 pounds of food is our goal! The City-Wide Food Drive is the largest single-day food drive in Calgary, and over the past 9 years, has collected well over 3 million pounds of food for the Calgary Food Bank. More than 7,000 family volunteers participate and help collect food throughout the morning and night. If you see the City-Wide Food Drive bag at your door, we encourage you to fill the bag with NON-perishable food items, and leave it on the doorstep for an 8am pick-up! We do absolutely zero door knocking / solicitations, so make sure your bag is visible to the volunteers! The City-Wide food drive is an important drive for the city as September and Fall heads into a high-demand period due to back-to-school expenses.
Visit the Calgary Food Bank Web Site for more information and drop off locations.
YWCA Walk a Mile In Her Shoes® Sept 20th
YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® is an annual fundraising event which raises money to support the work the YWCA of Calgary does to break the cycle of family violence and help keep women and their children safe. Although family violence is a very serious matter, this fun and light-hearted event asks registered male participants to take a stand against family violence, strap on a pair of heels and walk two laps around Olympic Plaza. Only men can participate in the walk, but women play a huge role in this event by encouraging and challenging the men in their lives to register and fundraise for the YWCA of Calgary.
Visit the YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® Web Site for more information and locations.
Calgary International Film Festival Sept 21st - Oct 2nd
The Calgary International Film Festival is an 11-day showcase of over 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. Hosting gala events, screenings, award ceremonies and special presentations, CIFF changes the way visual stories are shared and experienced.
The first Calgary International Film Festival was held in 2000 for six days, and was attended by 8,000 people. Within three years, attendance had more than tripled to 25,000 for the expanded ten-day festival. Today it is the largest film festival between the Rockies and the Great Lakes. Visit the Calgary International Film Festival Web Site for more information.
YYComedy Festival GALA Sept 26th to Oct 1st
This annual YYComedy Festival will be taking place in Calgary and promises to deliver some of the funniest comedic talent in North America. Various venues around the city including Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Festival Hall, Loose Moose, University Theatre and more
Visit the YYComedy Web Site for more information and locations.
October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is a month to build breast cancer awareness and to pay tribute to those affected by this disease.
When most think about the month of October, they think about Halloween and Trick or Treating. Many don’t realize that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a collaboration of agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide access to services.
Learn more about breast cancer and how to become breast aware by visiting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) Oct 2nd to 8th
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada. One of MIAW’s major initiatives is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, a national outreach campaign featuring the stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness. Thousands of pieces of MIAW posters, brochures, and bookmarks featuring the Faces are disseminated to hundreds of organizations across Canada in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness. Visit the Canadian Alliance On Mental Illness and Mental Health web site for more information.
It's High Season For Craft Sales And Crafters!
If you love to shop at a craft sale, get ready! October to mid December is high season for craft sales. Most craft sales offer original work, hand crafted by local crafters and artists. Common handicraft sale items may include holiday decorations, baking, ceramics, jewellery, knits, preserves, one of a kind gifts, quilts, toys, wood crafts and more.
Check out our Craft Sales for times and locations. Crafters can also use the boards to contact venue sales vendors, book tables and sell their handicrafts.
World Cerebral Palsy Day October 5th
World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement for people with cerebral palsy (CP), their families, and the organizations that support them, in more than 50 countries. Canada will also be lit up green in celebration. World CP Day is an opportunity for the world to grow. Together, we are the collective voice for over 8,300 Albertans and over 17 million worldwide with CP. We want to ensure that children and adults with CP have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.
Visit the World Cerebral Palsy Day web site for more information.
National Seniors Day October 5th
To help celebrate seniors day, all Seniors (65+) get in FREE all day at the Talisman Centre
On October 1, the Government of Canada will proudly celebrate National Seniors Day and formally recognize the tremendous contributions of Canadian seniors. Canada’s seniors are important to both the country’s history–and its future. They have given so much to our families, our communities and our workplaces. We have all benefited from the contributions of seniors and we will further benefit as today’s seniors continue to be influential mentors and leaders in our communities. The establishment of National Seniors Day builds on the many concrete measures introduced by the Government to improve the well-being and quality of life of Canada’s seniors. On November 18, 2010, Bill C-40, An Act to establish National Seniors Day, received Royal Assent. Through this legislation, October 1 will now be recognized annually as National Seniors Day. On this day, Canada also joins the global community to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, as declared by the United Nations. We are proud of Canada’s seniors. We value what they have done for our country, and they deserve our thanks. National Seniors Day is an occasion to join together as a nation to honour Canadian seniors.
Calgary Wordfest October 7th - 16th
Wordfest is a not-for-profit organization that brings readers and writers together to experience the power of story through accessible and engaging programming in Calgary, Banff and the Bow Valley. Wordfest hosts year-round literary events in Calgary, Banff and Bow Valley featuring the world’s best writers. Over 850 writers have presented at these events over the past 19 years.
Our programming is accessible, engaging and promotes a love of reading and a curiosity about the writing life. Events include poetry and spoken word performances, current event panels, publishing industry workshops, art installations, youth and multilingual programming, in-school performances and featured events with the biggest and brightest stars of the book scene.
Visit the Wordfest web site for more information.