Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Contest Dance Visual Art Theatre Film & Media Literary Festival Music Free Visual Art Start your holiday shopping with Christmas in the Country | Photo: Courtesy of the Leighton Art Centre Oct. 31, 2019 - Dec. 24, 2019 Holiday Show & Sales Get your shopping done and support local makers and artists while doing so Amy Jo Espetveidt Location Various Venues Price Prices Vary As Calgary heads into this busy season of mingling and planning, we all know holiday shopping also needs to happen. Luckily, arts and crafts take centre stage between now and mid-December with over 80 shows, sales, and markets taking place in and around the city. And the best part? Shopping at these sales helps support local makers of all kinds and drives our local economy—it’s a total win-win for everyone! Pioneer Holiday Market October 31 – November 2, 2019 The Pioneer on 8th (117 8th Ave. SW) Free admission The Pioneer on 8th is excited to announce its first ever holiday market with dozens of local vendors showcasing their artisan jewellery, art, food, clothing, and much more. Admission is free and there’s an opportunity to donate to the Children’s Cottage Society. facebook.com Second Glance Art Exhibition & Sale November 1 & 2, 2019 Edgemont Community Centre (33 Edgevalley Circle NW) Free admission Featuring original art work in a variety of mediums, styles, and sizes, enter to win a of door prize an original painting by one of the members. Donations for the Calgary Food Bank are gratefully accepted. facebook.com Sublime: True Craft November 1 & 2, 2019 Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW) $5 A thoughtfully curated artisan market, this show celebrates the art of true craft. Created and curated by Julya Hajnoczky and DeAnne Bedier, and co-presented by Wordfest, this is a shopping experience where each and every offering is an exquisite treasure. You won’t want to miss it! sublimetruecraft.com Greek Ladies of Philoptochos Annual Fall Bazaar November 1 – 3, 2019 Calgary Hellenic Banquet Hall (1 Tamarac Crescent SW) $2 Featuring Greek food and desserts alongside crafts and household items for sale, proceeds from the profits go to local charities and you get a pastry and regular coffee with entry. calgaryhellenic.com Calgary Creative Arts Guild Fall Art Show & Sale November 2, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Montgomery Community Association (5003 16th Ave. NW) Free admission The Calgary Creative Arts Guild hosts its annual fall art show and sale featuring original works from over 25 local artists. The event even includes refreshments, door prizes, and a raffle draw for an original framed painting. calgarycreativeartsguild.wordpress.com Christmas in the Country November 2, 3, 9 & 10, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville) Free admission Over 2,500 pieces of fine craft and unframed artworks by local artists fill the museum and galleries of the historic Leighton home. With two weekends to check out, discover over 100 talented artists and find truly unique gifts for your loved ones at this annual art sale. leightoncentre.org Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild Fall Pottery Market November 3, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW) Free admission Get a head-start on your Christmas shopping! The Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild’s annual fall pottery market features a huge selection of unique, hand-made functional, and decorative pottery at excellent prices. You won’t want to miss it. calgarypottery.com Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild Fall Pottery Market returns | Image: Courtesy of the Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild Riverview Artists November Show & Sale November 4 – 8, 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm +15 Level, Jamieson Place (308 4th Ave. SW) Free admission Original artwork by 12 local artists is featured in this upcoming show and sale. Paintings are varied in style and technique, reflecting the inspiration of each artist. Swing by to explore and meet the creators. riverview-artists.com Signatures Festival of Crafts November 7 – 10, 2019 BMO Centre, Stampede Park (20 Round Up Way SE) $7 One of Canada’s biggest holiday handcrafted shopping events, this marketplace features over 230 artists, artisans, and designers. Look for locally and nationally sourced handmade goods including fashion, jewellery, home decor, sculptures, glassware, body care, and gourmet treats. signatures.ca Millarville Christmas Market November 7 – 10, 2019 Millarville Racetrack (306097 192nd St., Millarville) $5 Established in 1988 and one of the premier craft and artisan shows in Alberta, this offering features four fabulous days of lights, food, hay rides, roasted chestnuts, forging demonstrations, carolers, music, crafts, and many seasonal vendors. millarvilleracetrack.com Heritage Weavers and Spinners Annual Fall Sale November 8 & 9, 2019 Artpoint Gallery & Studios Society (1139 11th St. SE) Free admission 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 a unique gift and see demonstrations. heritageweaversandspinners.org The Group Art Society Fall Show & Sale November 9, 2019, 9:00am – 3:00pm St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75th Ave. SW) Free admission Enjoy a day of art with The Group Art Society and meet the artists to take in original paintings in a variety of mediums, sizes, and prices as well as a painting demonstration. Donations for the Calgary Food Bank are gratefully accepted. facebook.com Bowness Holiday Craft Fair November 9, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Bowness Community Association (7904 43rd Ave. NW) Free admission Open to the public of all ages, this free event is a chance to check out what local Bownesian and Calgarian vendors have to offer. Grab some unique gift ideas for all your loved ones at this sale. mybowness.com Alberta Potters’ Association Christmas Pottery Sale November 9, 2019, 10:00am – 3:30pm Bridgeland Riverside Community Centre (917 Centre Ave. NE) Free admission Christmas is right around the corner and the potters of the Alberta Potters’ Association are busy making! Swing by for a fantastic day of shopping, visiting, and holiday joy. albertapottersassociation.org Celebrations November 9, 2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm Mona Lisa Art Salon (1518 7th St. SW) Free admission Local artists present fine art in a variety of mediums and themes, the festivities include live music, as well as Mehndi artist Shaleen Harjij with her exotic and beautiful henna designs. You can also check out this new gallery space! facebook.com Airdrie Regional ARTS Society Winter Show & Sale November 9 & 10, 2019 CrossIron Mills (261055 Crossiron Blvd., Rocky View) Free admission The Airdrie Regional ARTS Society is proud to present its winter show and sale featuring talented, local artists. All are welcome to come out and enjoy seeing the diverse talent and beautiful creations. airdrieartssociety.ca Art Market Art & Craft Sale November 14 – 17, 2019 TELUS Convention Centre (136 8th Ave. SE) $8 – $12 An annual favourite in the seasonal scene, look for some of the best artisans that Canada has to offer. Art Market showcases delicate pottery, vibrant jewellery, timeless home furnishings, creative clothing, and much more. artmarketcraftsale.com Contextural Christmas Artisan Sale November 15 & 16, 2019 Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 8th St. SW) Free admission Contextural is a group of professional artists who come together to support each of their individual fibre practices. From hand-dyed clothing and home decor to woven items, printed and painted fabrics, embroidery stitching, and more, explore their work at this upcoming sale. facebook.com International Christmas Market November 15 – 17, 22 – 24 & 29 – December 1, 2019 Spruce Meadows (18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW) $10 – $72 Enjoy over 300 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 musical performances and dance displays to check out each weekend. sprucemeadows.com RESET Society of Calgary 12th Annual Holiday Fair November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Wild Rose United Church (1317 1st St. NW) $2 Supporting RESET Society of Calgary’s scholarship fund, this year’s fair includes home-based businesses, home-baked goods, hand-made crafts, local artisans, and more. Come get into the holiday spirit and support a worthy cause. resetcalgary.ca Southern Alberta Art Alliance Fall Art Show November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828 19th St. NW) Free admission Local artists from the Southern Alberta Art Alliance present their new work at the group’s annual fall art show. Come to view original works of art in varied mediums and styles by local artists. You can meet the artists, ask them questions, and find out what inspired their work. saaa-artists.ca Tibetan Bazaar November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 6:00pm Westgate Community Hall (4943 8th Ave. SW) $2 The Tibetan Association of Alberta presents this annual bazaar featuring arts, crafts, and Tibetan cuisine—both vegetarian and non-vegetarian—alongside door prizes and so much more. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge so make a day of it! albertatibetan.org Hand Made Here November 16 & 17, 2019. 10:00am – 5:00pm Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW) Free admission This year’s Hand Made Here art sale features arts and crafts by local artists including Steve Dozois, Joanie Chisholm, A. S. Helwig, Susan Kristoferson, and many more. There is plenty of free parking onsite and admission is free so be sure to swing on by to enjoy this gift shopping experience. facebook.com Dalhousie Christmas Craft Fair & Night Market November 22 & 23, 2019 Dalhousie Community Centre (5432 Dalhart Rd. NW) Free admission The Dalhousie Community Centre hosts vendors selling handmade goods. Enjoy the night market on Friday, and craft fair on Saturday with free parking, free admission, coffee and hot chocolate! Find a new treasure or gift this holiday season. dalhousiecalgary.ca Calgary Night Market November 22 & 29 and December 6, 13 & 20, 2019 Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW) Free admission With five upcoming markets, be on the lookout for unique items including jewellery, pottery, clothing, wood work, handmade soaps, vintage gifts, and much more. facebook.com Authentically Indigenous Craft Market November 23, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Kerby Centre (1133 7th Ave. SW) $2 A unique holiday craft market featuring Indigenous artists, creators, and makers from the Calgary, Treaty 7 area, and Southern Alberta, don’t miss the fifth annual edition. Kids 12 and under admitted free. facebook.com YYC Alternative Winter Market November 23, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Inglewood Community Association Hall (1740 24th Ave. SE) Free admission Fresh, fun, and creative, support local makers, artisans, designers, artists, and small business owners. This year’s market features a variety of items including home decor, artwork, ceramics, jewellery, clothing items, and accessories. eventbrite.ca Let It Snow November 23, 2019, 7:00 – 11:00pm Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) $20 – $40 A seasonal fundraising party featuring a festive evening of music, fabulous cocktails, delicious appetizers, and a curated raffle and door prize, it’s your chance to see the best of Alberta fine craft and cross everyone off your holiday gift list! albertacraft.ab.ca Holiday Artisan Fair November 23 & 24, 2019 Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE) By donation Fort Calgary’s Holiday Artisan Fair showcases Calgary’s most talented artisans, featuring art, fine crafts and carefully handmade products right in time for the holidays! Extended to two days this year, find a pop-up cafe, drop-in childcare and crafts, and artisan demos alongside lots of gift ideas. facebook.com Noël Christmas Market November 28 – December 31, 2019 Nutrien Centre, Stampede Park (1410 Olympic Way SE) $20 – $25 Gather your family and friends together and indulge in a spectacular Christmas event this holiday season. From an impressive interactive light park to artisan gifts, craft beer, and spirits, there is something special for everyone. noelchristmas.ca Deck the Walls November 28, 2019 – January 11, 2020 Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW) Free admission Ever evolving, Deck the Walls is always a seasonal highlight and features an entire wall of small-to-medium sized artworks, perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. A salon-inspired exhibition to entice viewers to give the spectacular gift of art for the holidays, there is always something for everyone. newzones.com Deck the Walls returns | Photo: Courtesy of Newzones Make It – The Handmade Revolution November 29 – December 1, 2019 The Inkubator, Northland Village (511 Northland Dr. NW) $6 With clothing, accessories, art, home decor, gourmet goodies, baby items, and other unique treasures, you’ll be sure to find gifts for everyone on your list at this local maker fair. You never know what you’ll find! showpass.com Etsy Calgary’s One-Stop Christmas Shop November 30, 2019, 10:00 – 4:00pm Golden Acre Home & Garden (620 Goddard Ave. NE) $3 Etsy Calgary has once again partnered with Golden Acre Home & Garden to host this special Christmas shop. Full of talented vendors and lovely home decor, this sale offers everything from great gifts for family and friends to Christmas trees and outdoor decorations. facebook.com Calgary Expo Holiday Market November 30, 2019, 10:00am – 6:00pm BMO Centre, Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way SE) $10 Deck the halls with boughs of starships as you peruse aisles of comic book vendors, toy dealers, collectible retailers, and more! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year geek-style. facebook.com Christmas Market Saturdays November 30, December 7, 14 & 21, 2019, 10:00am – 1:00pm cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW) Free admission A special Christmas market version of its weekly farmers and makers market, head to cSPACE King Edward this holiday season to find tons of things for your wish list. farmersmakersmarket.ca Wildflower Art Salon & Sale December 1, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Wildflower Arts Centre (3363 Spruce Dr. SW) Free admission This ninth annual holiday art salon and sale showcases artworks created by the professionally trained, practicing instructors of Wildflower Arts Centre. A portion of all sales go to support footprints Dance Project Society programs. facebook.com Under $100 Art Show December 5 – 8, 2019 Pop-Up Location (4009 11th St. SE) $5 The show features nearly 100 local artists, and thousands of pieces of original art—all priced under $100! This show is four days only and will be your only opportunity to get some of these pieces for that incredible price. facebook.com Market Collective December 6 – 8, 13 – 15 & 20 – 22, 2019 BMO Centre, Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way SE) $6 Visitors to this year’s family-friendly event can anticipate three weekends of live music, interactive workshops, galleries, food and beverage, over 150 local vendors, and so much more. It’s the perfect time to get your shopping done. Kids 12 and under admitted free. marketcollective.ca More than a sale, Market Collective has become a beloved Calgary tradition and its holiday shows are always some of its best | Photo: Courtesy of Market Collective Christmas Craft Parade December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm St. Michael School (4511 8th Ave. SW) Free admission Take in the crafts of the season with a day of over 40 vendors showcasing jewellery, art, wood crafts, knitting, crochet, candles, pottery, homemade baked goods, and much more! Admission is free so be sure to swing on by to get some holiday shopping marked off your list. facebook.com Triwood Christmas Market December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW) By donation Looking for that perfect gift for your loved ones? Wanting to avoid the chaos of the mall? Come out to help support local handcrafted vendors. Enjoy a warm drink and some cookies, then stop and get a picture in a winter wonderland. facebook.com Community Craft Sales There are also several 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! Admission varies so be sure to bring some cash with you and go for a cruise. November 2, 2019, 9:00am – 3:00pm Woodcreek Community Association (1991 Woodview Dr. SW) November 2, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Oakridge Community Centre (9504 Oakfield Dr. SW) November 2, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Riverbend Community Association (19 Rivervalley Dr. SE) November 2, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre (201 West Chestermere Dr., Chestermere) November 2, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00pm Southwood United Church (10690 Elbow Dr. SW) November 2, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75th Ave. SW) November 2, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Inglewood Community Hall (1740 24th Ave. SE) November 2 & 3, 2019 Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00pm Sunday, 10:00am – 3:00pm Springbank Community High School (32226 Springbank Rd. NW) November 2 & 3, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Parkland Christmas Market (14660 Parkland Blvd. SE) November 8 & 9, 2019 Friday, 4:00 – 8:00pm Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm Glamorgan Community Centre (4207 41st Ave. SW) November 8 – 10, 2019 Friday, 4:00 – 8:00pm Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm Foothills Centennial Centre (204 Community Way, Okotoks) and Elks Hall (58 Elizabeth St., Okotoks) November 9, 2019, 9:00am – 3:00pm Good Shepherd Church (6311 Norfolk Dr. NW) November 9, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Varsity Community Association (4303 Varsity Dr. NW) November 9, 2019, 5:00 – 9:00pm Sunalta Community Hall (1627 10th Ave. SW) November 10, 2019, 10:30am – 3:00pm Scandinavian Centre (739 20th Ave. NW) November 15, 2019, 4:00 – 9:00pm Elks Hall (58 Elizabeth St., Okotoks) November 15 & 16, 2019 Friday night, 5:00 – 9:00pm Saturday, 10:00am – 3:00pm Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600 Centre St. N) November 16, 2019, 9:00am – 2:00pm Robert McClure United Church (5510 26th Ave. NE) November 16, 2019, 9:00am – 3:00pm Northminster United Church (3311 Centre St. N) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre (2212 13th St. NW) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm McKenzie Towne Hall (40 McKenzie Towne Blvd. SE) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Auburn House (200 Auburn Bay Blvd. SE) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Westminster Presbyterian Church (290 Edgepark Blvd. NW) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Silver Springs Community Association (5720 Silver Ridge Dr. NW) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Blessed Cardinal Newman School (16201 McKenzie Lake Blvd. SE) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 24th St. SW) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Berkshire Citadel Community Church (22 Sandarac Dr. NW) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Acadia Recreational Complex (240 90th Ave. SE) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Balzac Community Hall (10075 Township Rd. 262, Balzac) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Mahogany Beach Club (29 Masters Pk. SE) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm New Brighton Clubhouse (2 Brighton Dr. SE) November 16, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Shawnessy Barn (224 Shawmeadows Rd. SW) November 16 & 17, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Crestmont Hall (12400 Crestmont Blvd. SW) November 16 & 17, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Azuridge Estate Hotel (178057 272 St. W., Priddis) November 16 & 17, 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm Bragg Creek Community Association (23 White Ave., Bragg Creek) November 16 & 17, 2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm Lake Bonavista Community Association (1401 Acadia Dr. SE) November 17, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Cochrane RancheHouse (101 RancheHouse Rd., Cochrane) November 22 & 23, 2019 Friday, 3:00 – 8:00pm Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm RockPointe Church (255024 Lochend Rd. NW) November 23, 2019, 9:00am – 4:00pm Deaf & Hear Alberta (63 Cornell Rd. NW) November 23, 2019, 9:30am – 3:30pm Rally Pointe (11511 35th St. SE) November 23, 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm Rocky Ridge Ranch (10709 Rocky Ridge Blvd. NW) November 23, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Kenneth D. Taylor School (30 Evanscove Cir. NW) November 23, 2019, 11:00am – 3:00pm Scenic Acres Community Association (8825 Scurfield Dr. NW) November 23, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Canyon Meadows Community Association (848 Cantabrian Dr. SW) November 23, 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm Calgary Waldorf School (515 Cougar Ridge Dr. SW) November 23, 2019, 12:00 – 6:00pm Kingsland Community Hall (505 78th Ave. SW) November 30, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Montgomery Community Association Centre (5003 16th Ave. NW) November 30, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market (917 Centre Ave. NE) November 30, 2019. 10:00am – 4:00pm North Haven Community Hall (5003 North Haven Dr. NW) December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6th Ave. NW) December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm North Glenmore Park Community Association (2231 Longridge Dr. SW) December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 3:00pm Ranchlands Community Association (7713 Ranchview Dr. NW) December 7, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm SCA Community Centre (277 Strathcona Dr. SW) December 11, 2019, 3:00 – 7:00pm Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5th Ave. NW) December 13 & 14, 2019 Friday, 5:00 – 9:00pm Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm Bowness Community Association (7904 43rd Ave. NW) December 14, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5th Ave. NW) Have a show that’s not listed above? 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