Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Theatre Dance Music Film & Media Visual Art Literary Festival Promotion Free Visual Art Calgary’s own Market Collective gears up for four weekends of cheer this holiday season | Photo: Diane + Mike Photography Nov. 1, 2016 - Dec. 24, 2016 Holiday Show & Sales 2016 Get your shopping done and support local makers and artists Amy Jo Espetveidt It’s a busy season of mingling, planning, and, of course, shopping. Arts and crafts take centre stage between now and mid-December with over 75 shows, sales and markets taking place in and around Calgary. And the best part? Shopping at these sales helps support local makers of all kinds. Talk about a win-win! Calgary Christmas Night Market November 4 & 18, 2016, 5:00 – 11:00pm Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW) Free Start your Christmas shopping early at the only night market happening in Calgary during fall/winter months. Enjoy late night shopping in the heart of downtown alongside local music and live entertainment. facebook.com CCAG Fall Show & Sale November 5, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Montgomery Community Centre (5003 16th Ave. NW) Free, donations to the Veteran’s Food Bank gratefully accepted The Calgary Creative Arts Guild is hosting is annual fall show and sale featuring works from over 20 local artists. facebook.com Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary Holiday Fair November 5, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Venue 1008 (1008 14th St. SE) $2 Proceeds from this great little sale go directly to SAS’s scholarship fund, supporting women facing obstacles to furthering their education. Look for home baked goods, handmade quilts, paintings, artwork, crafts and more. facebook.com Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild Christmas Sale November 6, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Triwood Community Association Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW) Free See works from members of this not-for-profit potters’ guild. This sale features the work of nearly 30 local potters who work out of the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre—a facility operated by the City of Calgary. Look for a wide selection of functional and decorative pottery for sale, as well as specialty pieces such as Raku and wood fired pottery, all at excellent prices. calgarypottery.com Foothills Holiday Roadshow November 10 – 13, 2016 Multiple locations $5 – $8 Get out of the city and hit up not one but two holiday affairs with this awesome road trip! Check out the Millarville Christmas Market with 230 vendors and then head over to Okotoks for its Christmas Festival with more than 135 vendors. Talk about a great shopping experience! foothillsroadshow.com Fort Calgary Artisans’ Fair November 11, 2016, 10:30am – 5:00pm Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE) Free with a non-perishable food donation for the Veterans’ Food Bank Join Fort Calgary for a special Remembrance Day service at 10:30am, followed by an artisans’ market featuring over 60 talented local makers starting at 11:30am. Look for jewellery, hand-made crafts, holiday decor, photography and more. Lunch and beverages will be available to purchase on site during the fair. fortcalgary.com Heritage Weavers and Spinners Annual Fall Sale November 11 & 12, 2016 Artpoint in Inglewood (1139 11th St. SE) Free Get to know the Heritage Weavers and Spinners at its annual fall sale. Featuring weaving, spinning and fibre art, all made locally by group members, this is a great chance to pick up an unique gift. Demonstrations are available throughout the day. heritageweaversandspinners.org The Group Art Society of Calgary’s Fall Show and Sale November 12, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75th Ave. SW) Free, donations for the Calgary Food Bank accepted Come out for a day of art and meet the artists that make up The Group Art Society of Calgary. Original paintings in all mediums, sizes and prices will be available and look for a painting demo by Jan Chalupnicek. facebook.com Calgary Fibre Arts Fair November 12 & 13, 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm Triwood Community Association (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW) Free A fair for all things fibre arts related—knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, dyeing, and more. Look for work from lots of local artists, community groups, classes, demos, and door prizes. facebook.com Bee Kingdom Glass November Open House & Glass Sale November 12 & 13, 12:00 – 5:00pm Bee Kingdom Glass (427 22nd Ave. NW) Free Come and have some fun with Bee Kingdom Glass. This weekend open house features glassblowing demos and lots of glass for sale! facebook.com Riverview Artists Fall Show & Sale November 14 – 18, 2016, 9:00am – 4:00pm The Winter Garden, Jamieson Place (308 4th Ave. SW) Free The 12 artists who make up the Riverview Artists Group invite you to view their latest exhibit of original paintings. Finding inspiration in a wide range of subjects, they express their ideas in a variety of styles and techniques. riverview-artists.com Art Market’s 30th Anniversary November 17 – 20, 2016 TELUS Convention Centre (136 8th Ave. SE) $8 – $10 It’s a huge year for the annual Art Market. Celebrating 30 years, look for some of the best artisans that Canada has to offer. Over 40 new artists will be presenting their work at this year’s market. artmarketcraftsale.com Calgary Christmas Market Launch November 18, 2016, 5:00 – 8:00pm Calgary Farmers Market Free New this year, kick off Calgary Farmers Market’s first Christmas Market with live holiday entertainment and freshly roasted chestnuts. Make your own maple taffy and admire custom-carved ice sculptures. Can’t make it? Mark your calendars to explore the Calgary Christmas Market, November 18 to December 10. calgaryfarmersmarket.ca Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association Show + Sale November 18 & 19, 2016 ACAD Main Mall (1407 14th Ave. NW) Entrance by donation Check out what Calgary’s emerging artists have created during the school year. This unique public art market invites you to view and purchase over 3,000 pieces of handmade works. And with the First Night Fundraiser—an exclusive viewing and sale of ACAD student work—you can help support student programming. The First Night Fundraiser runs 5:00 to 8:00pm on November 17 and tickets are $25. acadsa.ca Curated. Holiday Market YYC November 18 & 19, 2016 Red and White Club (1817 Crowchild Trail NW) $4 – $12 New on the scene is Curated. With 80 handmade artisans and vintage curators selling jewellery, clothing, repurposed, upcycled, vintage, home decor, ceramics, sweets, accessories, furniture and much more, it’s worth checking out its inaugural market. facebook.com International Christmas Market November 18 – 20, 25 – 27 & December 2 – 4, 2016 Spruce Meadows (18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW) $10 – $72 Enjoy over 250 vendors spreading Christmas spirit in the indoor comfort of the Spruce Meadows Riding Hall, Equi-Plex, Gallery on the Green, Reindeer Alley and Candy Cane Lane. There are even expanded outdoor courtyard areas as well as musical performances and dance displays. sprucemeadows.com Spirit of Christmas Art Show and Sale November 18 – December 23, 2016, 10:00am – 5:00pm Okotoks Art Gallery (53 North Railway St., Okotoks) Free This holiday season the Okotoks Art Gallery transforms into the Spirit of Christmas, a winter wonderland full of gifts crafted by local artisans. Look for one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments, jewellery, cards, and original local artwork. Everything in this holiday showcase is priced under $200. okotoksculture.ca In-Definite Arts Holiday Art Sale November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm In-Definite Arts (8038 Fairmount Dr. SE) Free Join In-Definite Arts for its biggest fundraiser of the year. Find one-of-a-kind arts and crafts and help support visual arts programming for adults with developmental disabilities. In-Definite Arts is looking for donations of baked goods, as well as items for its silent auction. To learn more, call IDAS at 403.253.3174. indefinitearts.com Annual Contextural Christmas Artisan Sale November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 6:00pm Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 8th St. SW) Free This sale showcases unique fibre and multi-media works by local artists and Contextural members with plenty of gift-worthy items to help you get into the holiday spirit. contextural.ca Artisan Winter Market November 19, 2016, 11:00am – 5:00pm Inglewood Community Hall (1740 24th Ave. SE) $2 This show features a variety of vendors including vintage decor, up-cycled and repurposed furniture, hand painted signs, handmade candles, and more. facebook.com Calgary Expo Holiday Market November 19 & 20, 2016 Hall B, BMO Centre, Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way SW) $10 – $30 This two-day geeky shopping extravaganza features local crafters, artists, retailers and vendors! Look for comics, toys, collectibles, statues, art and more. expoholidaymarket.com Printed Matter Affair November 19 & 20, 2016 Stride Main Space (1006 Macleod Tr. SE) Free This two-day public event is geared at fostering a public conversation and platform to feature printed matter from artists and organizations from Alberta. The printed matter includes zines, books, prints, and other miscellany such as bags, buttons, stickers and patches. Be on the lookout for daily talks and workshops as well. stride.ab.ca Handmade Here Collective Boutique Christmas Sale November 19 & 20, 2016, 10:00am – 5:00pm Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW) Free This Calgary-based collective brings together 25 artists for a shopping experience for all things handmade. handmadehere.ca Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club Festive Season Artisan Sale November 19 & 20, December 10 & 11, 2016, 10:00am – 5:00pm Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club (13, 3650 19th St. NE) Free Check out the talented and varied artistry of Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club members at this very cool show featuring jewellery, objets d’art, metalwork, minerals, crystals and more. crlc.ca Christmas Gift Market November 25 – 27, 2016 Symons Valley Ranch Farmer’s Market (14555 Symons Valley Rd. NW) Free Head to the market and discover over 50 gift vendors selling handmade gifts, Christmas themed items and direct sales. Also be on the lookout for free Santa visits, a kids colouring area and live music each day from noon to 2:00pm. symonsvalleyranch.com Bearspaw Christmas Art & Craft Market November 25 – 27, 2016 Bearspaw Lions Community Hall (25240 Nagway Rd) Free Head to the second annual Countdown to Christmas Art & Craft Market in Bearspaw with a selection of 35+ artists and vendors including hand made Christmas crafts, artwork, and snacks. facebook.com Market Collective Cheer November 25 – 27, December 2 – 4, 9 – 11 & 16 – 18, 2016 Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st St. SW) $5 for the entire weekend This independent market and Calgary staple was created to showcase the works of local artists, artisans and musicians and to strengthen the local community. The holiday season brings makers together with live music, DJs and a whole bunch of festive cheer. marketcollective.ca St. Andrews Heights Artists’ Society 2016 Fall Art Show November 26, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828 19th St. NW) Free Local artists from the St. Andrews Heights Artists’ Society present new work at the society’s annual Fall Art Show. Look for original works of art in varied mediums and styles, meet the artists, ask them questions, and find out what inspired their work. sahas.ca Little Modern Market (Holiday Edition) November 26, 2016, 10:00am – 6:00pm Rally Pointe (11511 35th St. SE) $5 Dubbed a modern and local market in the suburbs, this one has a bunch of vendors selling clothing, accessories, home decor, art, jewellery and more. facebook.com MarketSpot’s Winter Market November 26 & 27, December 3 & 4, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00 pm Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW) Free MarketSpot’s Annual Winter Market returns for two weekends this year. Shop from over 70 vendors and enjoy live music, a kids’ zone area and more during this free, family-friendly event. facebook.com Etsy Calgary’s One-Stop Christmas Shop November 27, 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm Golden Acre Garden Sentre (620 Goddard Ave. NE) $3, kids 12 and under, free Etsy Calgary has partnered with Golden Acre Garden Sentre to do a special Christmas shop this year. Full of talented vendors and lovely Christmas home decor from Golden Acre, this sale offers everything from great gifts for family and friends, to Christmas trees and outdoor decorations. facebook.com Centennial Place Holiday Market November 29 – December 1, 2016, 10:00am – 5:00pm Centennial Place, 2nd Floor Tenant Lounge (520 3rd Ave. SW) Free Downtown workers rejoice! This market is perfect for you! Centennial Place is hosting a weekday holiday market with artisans, sweet and savoury food vendors, local artists, fashion and much more. facebook.com Winter Word Fair December 1, 2016, 5:00 – 8:00pm Central Library, Calgary Public Library (616 Macleod Tr. SE) Free Join the Calgary Public Library for one incredible night of bookish gift shopping. Independent booksellers and vendors will be on-hand alongside music, light refreshments, and snacks. facebook.com Jingle and Mingle Holiday Market December 2 & 3, 2016 TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave SW) $5 Skip the lines and headaches and spend your time with TRUCK as its holiday market returns with one-of-a-kind products made by some of Calgary’s most talented artists and artisans. There’ll even be tasty treats provided by Big Rock Brewery, Caffe Beano, and Sidewalk Citizen. truck.ca Merry Makers Market December 2 & 3, 2016 ARCHEloft (200, 1209 1st St. SW) Free Join ARCHEloft for its third annual makes market featuring curated local vendors selling fascinating wares. facebook.com Cochrane Christmas Art & Craft Market December 2 & 3, 2016 Frank Wills Memorial Hall (405 1st St. East, Cochrane) Free Check out the Christmas Around the Corner Art & Craft Market featuring local small businesses and artisans including painting, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, tea, skin care, cookware, textile arts, games, clothing and more. facebook.com Bee Kingdom Glass Christmas Sale December 3 & 4, 2016, 12:00 – 5:00pm Bee Kingdom Glass (427 22nd Ave. NW) Free Bring friends and family as Calgary’s own Bee Kingdom blows glass throughout the weekend, so sit down and watch them work. Then head into the house for snacks do some shopping for handmade glassworks. Look out for colourful candy bowls, vases, cute engines, little cute bomb characters, glasses, Christmas balls, and so much more. facebook.com Wildflower Art Salon & Sale December 4, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Wildflower Arts Centre (3363 Spruce Dr. SW) Free Looking for that little something extra? Then check out the 6th annual Wildflower Salon and Sale. Visitors get a chance to chat with the talented people who work at the Wildflower Arts Centre and shop for one of a kind artwork directly from artists. Look for ceramics, paintings, drawings, mixed media, felt, glass, and photography on sale. facebook.com 9th Annual Under $100 Art Show December 8 – 11, 2016 Art Spot (2501 Alyth Rd. SE) Free Bigger than ever, see works from over 100 participating artists with new artwork being brought out daily. Check it out at the opening reception, December 8 from 5:00 to 10:00pm. facebook.com Festival of Crafts December 8 – 11, 2016 BMO Centre, Stampede Park (20 Round Up Way SE) $5 – $7 One of Canada’s biggest holiday handcrafted shopping events, this marketplace features over 250 artists, artisans, and designers. Look for locally and nationally sourced handmade goods including fashion, jewellery, home decor, sculptures, glassware, body care, and gourmet treats. festivalofcrafts.ca Authentically Indigenous Craft Show December 10 & 17, 2016, 10:00am – 5:00pm Kerby Centre (1133 7th Ave. SW) $2 This holiday show features over 30 unique Indigenous artist vendors from the Calgary and Treaty 7 area of Southern Alberta. Look for handmade crafts, art, jewellery, food and so much more. There’s even a kids zone where little ones can colour or make an ornament to take home. facebook.com BIG Small Art Show December 17, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Motion Gallery (127, 200 Barclay Parade SW) Free Head to Motion Gallery as 10 local artists are hold their first ever BIG Small Art Show. With more than 100 pieces of original artwork for under $100, this is a great place to find small works of original art for yourself or for a last minute Christmas gifts. facebook.com Community Craft Sales There’s also a number of smaller community sales taking place between now and the holidays. Not necessarily big or fancy, these sales often offer gems for those who check them out and are well worth hitting up. You never know what you’re going to find! November 5, 2016, 9:00am – 3:00pm Woodcreek Community Association (1991 Woodview Dr. SW) November 5, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm Forest Heights Community Association (4909 Forego Ave. SE) November 5, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm Rosedale Community Hall (901 11th Ave. SW) November 5, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Park 96 (14660 Parkland Blvd. SE) November 5, 2016, 1:00 – 4:00pm Southwood United Church (10690 Elbow Dr. SW) November 12, 2016, 9:00am – 2:00pm Robert McClure United Church (5510 26th Ave. NE) November 12, 2016, 10:00am – 2:00pm Crossroads Community Association (1803 14th Ave. NE) November 12, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm Oakridge Community Centre (9504 Oakfield Dr. SW) November 12, 2016, 11:00am – 3:00pm Legacy Estates Pineridge (3000, 6818 Pinecliff Grove NE) November 12 & 13, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Bowness Scout & Lions Hall (8551 Bowness Rd. NW) November 13, 2016, 10:30am – 3:00pm Scandinavian Centre (739 20th Ave. NW) November 17, 2016, 4:00 – 7:00pm Simon Fraser School (5215 33rd St. NW) November 18 & 19, 2016 Friday night, 4:00 – 8:00pm Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm Mahogany Beach Club (29 Masters Pk. SE) November 18 & 19, 2016 Friday night, 5:00 – 9:00pm Saturday, 10:00am – 3:00pm Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600 Centre St. N) November 18 & 19, 2016 Friday night, 3:00 – 8:00pm Saturday, 10:00am – 3:30pm Varsity Community Association (4303 Varsity Dr. NW) November 19, 2016, 9:00am – 3:00pm King of Glory Church (2640 Rundlelawn Rd. NE) November 19, 2016, 9:00am – 7:00pm Royal Canadian Legion (138 Bowness Ctr. NW) November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 2:00pm Rocky Ridge Ranch Homeowners Association (10709 Rocky Ridge Blvd. NW) November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm Blessed Cardinal Newman School (16201 McKenzie Lake Blvd. SE) November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5th Ave. NW) November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 24th St. SW) November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm Westminster Presbyterian Church (290 Edgepark Blvd. NW) November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm Silver Springs Community Association (5720 Silver Ridge Dr. NW) November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm The New Brighton Club (2 Brighton Dr. SE) November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90th Ave. SE) November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm The Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE) November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Bonavista Downs Community Association (1418 Lake Ontario Dr. SE) November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 5:00pm Shawnessy Community Centre (224 Shawmeadows Rd. SW) November 19 & 20, 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm Crestmont Residents Hall (12400 Crestmont Blvd. SW) November 19 & 20, 2016, 11:00am – 4:00pm Lake Bonavista Community Association (1401 Acadia Dr. SE) November 25 & 26, 2016, 11:00am – 5:00pm Rosscarrock Community Hall (4411 10th Ave. SW) November 26, 2016, 9:00am – 2:00pm Winston Heights Mount View Community Association (520 27th Ave. NE) November 26, 2016, 9:30am – 3:30pm Marlborough Community Association (636 Marlborough Way NE) November 26, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm Bow Cliff Seniors (3375 Spruce Dr. SW) November 26, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm St. Michael School (4511 8th Ave. SW) November 26, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm Dalhousie Community Association (5432 Dalhart Rd. NW) November 26, 2016, 10:00am – 3:30pm Scenic Acres Community Association (8825 Scurfield Dr. NW) November 26, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Greenwood Village (3223 83rd St. NW) November 26, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm Foothills United Church (3803 69th St. NW) November 26, 2016, 11:00am – 3:00pm Moca Hall (6901 20A St. SE) November 27, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm Lakeview Community Hall (6110 34th St. SW) December 3, 2016, 9:00am – 3:00pm Monsignor JS Smith School (2919 Douglasdale Blvd. SE) December 3, 2016, 10:00am – 2:00pm Ranchlands Community Association (7713 Ranchview Dr. NW) December 3, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm St. William School (11020 Fairmount Dr. SE) December 3, 2016, 10:00am – 6:00pm SCA Community Centre (277 Strathcona Dr. SW) December 4, 2016, 10:00am – 3:00pm North Glenmore Park Community Association (2231 Longridge Dr. SW) December 10, 2016, 9:00am – 4:00pm Albert Park Radisson Heights Community (1310 28th St. SE) December 10, 2016, 9:30am – 4:00pm Highwood Community Centre (16 Harlow Ave. NW) December 10 & 11, 2016, 11:00am – 4:00pm Cedarbrae Community Centre (11024 Oakfield Dr. SW) Have a show that’s not listed above? 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