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September 8, from 4:30 PM
Hear the longest piano piece, ever

It’s called "Vexations" and playing this piece is a musical marathon. Actually, the piece lasts a lot longer than marathons do. "Vexations" lasts 18 hours. The piece was composed by Erik Satie, a French musician, and it will be played at Contemporary Calgary continuously from 4:30 a.m. until midnight.

It will be a kind of relay, too — 30 pianists are playing in shifts to perform the piece. The performance is on September 8 and it’s free. (And you don’t have to stay for all 18 hours, unless you’re up for a musical marathon challenge.) 

This performance is part of the Honens Festival. The entire Honens Festival runs from September 8 to 11. 

Contemporary Calgary, 117 Stephen Ave. S.W., 403-299-0130, honens.com


September 8-October 16

 Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival is returning to the Calgary Zoo for its second year, running from September 8 to October 16. This year, the festival’s theme is the four seasons and the noble plants of Chinese culture. The animal-shaped lanterns you saw last year are returning, but there are 145 new lanterns as well that depict the different seasons. Also expect special programming that highlights the culture of Korea, Japan,


and China. Pay a little extra to participate in activities like Japanese woodblock printing, Vietnamese lotus bloom arranging and Korean knotwork.

Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd. N.E., 403-232-9300, illuminasiacalgaryzoo.com


September 14-18
Beakernight is a nighttime street festival

Beakerhead takes over the city. This year, Beakerhead runs from September 14 to 18, so expect a lot of artistic, science-y and engineer-related events, activities and installations to come to Calgary streets. Head into Inglewood and you might even see a giant octopus trying to escape from the McGill block. It sounds like something from an old-school horror movie, but it’s actually a fun installation from UK artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas. It’s called Tentacles and you can see it for free every day of the festival. 

McGill Block, 812 8 St. S.E., 587-351-7787, beakerhead.com 


September 16 to 18
The annual Calgary Greek Festival runs from September 16 to 18 this year. Throughout the weekend you’ll be able to see traditional Greek dancing, learn about Greek culture and history from members of Calgary’s Greek community, and of course, eat plenty of Greek food. Admission to the festival is $5. 

Calgary Hellenic Society Community Hall, 1 Tamarac Cr. S.W., calgaryhellenic.com


September 17th
The 13th annual East Side Studio Crawl. Throughout the afternoon, you can get a glimpse inside more than 40 studio spaces throughout Inglewood and Ramsay, and see where paintings, jewellery, sculpture and textiles all come together. It’s free to studio crawl, and it might just inspire you to begin a creative project. 

Various locations, 403-264-0083, burnsvisualarts.com


September 17

Spend your Saturday night watching a can-crushing cow from the Beakerbar

Beakernight is on September 17 this year and will be taking over the neighbourhood of Bridgeland. It’s basically a nighttime festival of art installations and science projects and engineering feats and Absolut cocktails. Walk through the Beakernight street this year and you’ll come across a can-crushing cow, a pedal-powered brain, a human-sized hamster wheel (admit it — you’ve always wondered what that would be like), and fire-breathing botany. It’s weird and wonderful — and if you’re feeling up to it, find a costume that’s weird and wonderful, too. 

McDougall Rd. N.E. and 9 St. N.E., 587-351-7787, beakerhead.com


September 20- October 1

Calgary International Film Festival 


September 21 to 25

Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

More than 20 hot air balloons will be lifting off from the Heritage Inn Hotel in High River and into High River airspace from September 21 to 25. Take the hour-long drive south to see morning and evening hot air balloon flights. These pilots know their way around a hot air balloon — many of the pilots are competing in the Canadian Balloon Championship. There’s a special Friday evening event too, the balloon glow, where the balloons are on the ground and visitors can chat with the pilots and buy food from food trucks. 

Heritage Inn Hotel, 1101 11 Ave. S.E., heritageinninternationalballoonfestival.com


September 24

Doors Open Calgary on September 24, and various businesses, institutions and corporations are inviting the public in for tours, workshops and activities. A few participants this year include the KidSIM Simulation Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the Olympic Oval and the SAIT Culinary Campus

Various locations, doorsopenyyc.org


ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS Sept 29, 30  and October 1