A chocolate pageant, animation and Zoolights: Leisure in Calgary this weekend

There are a number of festivals — together with some involving chocolate and animation — taking place this weekend, in addition to the beginning of Calgary Zoolights. Plus, if you wish to head out of the town, Santa might be on the prime of Sulphur Mountain in Banff.

It is a weekend stuffed with cozy winter leisure choices, delivered to you by The Homestretch’s Ellis Choe.

Calgary Zoolights

It is the twenty fourth 12 months of Calgary Zoolights, which kicks off Friday and runs till Jan. 3. Every night, it begins at 5 p.m. and goes till 9 p.m.

Timed tickets are required prematurely — no tickets might be offered on web site — so head to Calgary Zoo to get your tickets and extra data.

In the meantime, the city of Okotoks can be lighting up and launching a lightweight tour Friday night time. The entire city might be embellished with lights.

And, the group of Legacy down within the south finish of Calgary is organising one of many metropolis’s largest free mild shows. There might be greater than 1,000,000 lights on parks, playgrounds and bushes.

GIRAF pageant celebrates animation

The sixteenth annual GIRAF pageant kicks off immediately. GIRAF stands for Big Incandescent Resonating Animation Pageant, and GIRAF celebrates the perfect of unbiased animation — regionally, throughout the nation and all over the world.

“It is arduous to pin it down to 1, however we’re displaying a characteristic movie from Christiane Cegavske known as Blood Tea and Pink String. It is a stop-motion animated movie shot on 16 mm [film],” mentioned Ryan Von Hagen, co-programmer of the pageant.

“It is stuffed with like, fantasy, wonderful ritual and sensation, all accomplished with 3D puppet animation. We’re actually excited to showcase that.”

The pageant runs till Nov. 29. Go to GIRAF for tickets and knowledge.

Marda Loop Justice Movie Pageant

Within the temper for extra movie this weekend? Then take a look at the fifteenth annual Marda Loop Justice Movie Pageant.

This 12 months, the pageant might be on-line and out there all through the entire province. Each movie is free and features a digital interview with featured visitors and movie administrators.

Go to Justice Movie Pageant for extra data.

Chocolate pageant

There might be stay truffle-making demos, a scorching chocolate bar and extra at this weekend’s chocolate pageant at Granary Highway. (@monparis.ca/Instagram)

There is a chocolate pageant this weekend at Granary Highway, that includes Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, a chocolate store and a kid-friendly occasion dubbed Goat Tales, the place children can play with goats whereas listening to a kids’s story.

Join forward for that candy deal with, in addition to for chocolate terrarium making.

There might be stay truffle making demos, a scorching chocolate bar, chocolate and ricotta pizza, chocolate beer, chocolate butter, chocolate sauerkraut and extra. Go to Granary Highway for extra data.

Vertigo Thriller Radio

Vertigo Theatre is presenting a Thriller Radio play known as The American by Tara Beagan, based mostly on a Blackfoot city legend. The play might be out there in podcast format beginning Nov. 19. (Vertigo Theatre)

Vertigo Theatre is presenting one other Thriller Radio play.

This time, there is a double header — two spooky performs by two native playwrights.

One is named The Hitchhiker by Camille Pavlenko and the opposite is named The American by Indigenous artist Tara Beagan, impressed by a Blackfoot city legend.

“The Hitchhiker is … that type of traditional hitchhiker legend the place, you understand, you see someone who’s in misery or should not be on the aspect of a lonely sort of freeway, decide her up solely to comprehend that she’s one thing aside from what she appears,” mentioned Craig Corridor, creative director of Vertigo Theatre.

“After which The American is definitely based mostly on the Blackfoot city legend a couple of man dressed all in black, who mainly steals souls.”

The official livestream opening is Thursday, nevertheless it’s in a podcast format, so you may obtain it and have as much as a 12 months to take heed to it. Go to Vertigo Theatre for tickets and extra data.

Santa within the mountains

Santa Claus might be making some bodily distanced visits in Banff and at Heritage Park, beginning this weekend. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

When you head to Banff and take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain, Santa might be ready together with his elves.

There might be cookie adorning, craft making, and physically-distanced photographs with Santa.

When you get there earlier than midday, children experience free. This occasion launches on Saturday and goes each weekend via to Dec. 19.

Go to Banff-Lake Louise for extra data.

Heritage Park Santa

Nearer to residence, Heritage Park is internet hosting a brunch with Santa on Friday and on Saturday morning. Company eat brunch whereas St. Nick tells tales, and you allow with Heritage Park’s adorning kits for gingerbread males. 

Go to Heritage Park to make reservations.

Dwell Music

The Nationwide Music Centre continues its hybrid live performance collection on the King Eddy. Banff folk-pop singer-songwriter Amelie Patterson is performing tomorrow night time on the King Eddy.

You may present up in individual or livestream it via NMC’s Fb web page.

With information from The Homestretch.

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