Calgary is breathtakingly geeky. A city that embraces a cosplay parade, and runs a four-day long STEM/STEAM party, is a city I want to visit often.
Here are quick links to all the fun available in Calgary to level up your nerd cred:
THE GEEK EXPERIENCE
Want a different kind of adventure? Immerse yourself into a mystery (usually up to an hour), one that you’ll want to escape as soon as possible! These games are not easy, with an average completion rate of roughly 20% overall.
- The Locked Room (3 locations: NE, Southland, SE)
- Escape Capers (4235 16 St SE)
- Confined Escape Rooms (Bay L – 2020, 32 Ave NE)
- Escape Hour (Canada Calgary, Unit 200, 3016 19 St NE)
Vulcan Tourism & Trek Centre
Live long, and prosper! If you’re in Calgary, spend half the day 1.5 hours just south of it in Vulcan, Alberta, you won’t regret it! Thousands of Star Trek fans have made this pilgrimage over the years to enjoy all things Vulcan, and beyond. The tourism space-station/museum is filled with Star Trek memorabilia, photo opportunities, and a fantastic gift shop.
424 B – 10th Street NW (Next to Sunnyside LRT stn)
4307 Macleod Trail SW
Comics, trades, manga, anime, toys and statues, TV themed merchandise.
1010 16th Avenue NW
Specializes in trade paper back/graphic novels. If you can’t find the book you’re looking for, chances are they can order it for you!
720A Edmonton Trail NE
FOOD & DRINKS
341 10th Avenue SW, Calgary AB
Incredible place for good beer, good food, and bowling! When I visited back in April 2017 during the Calgary Expo, we were treated to tater tots! Tater tot poutine that made me never want to leave the table, because OMGOSH so good! Paired with this epic Capt Electro’s Root Beer, and a fun time was truly had that night.
There might be one thing better than poutine tater tots… BOWLING. National on 10th’s bowling alley is a trendy location. No faux-comfortable plastic chairs from typical alleys found here. Instead, your rump is treated to the soft cushioning of a comfortable couch.
Oh, and I won that night, heh!
625 11th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1
Come for the epic burgers (try the Space Case), but stay for the milk-shake based desserts that will stare back at you. Making these delicious treats takes serious talent. Imagine puncturing a rice-cake with a straw! Some people do that every day, and they’re my hero.
The Cheesy Burger & Heart Cookie (Smile!)
119 – 12 Avenue SW, Calgary AB
The death star breakfast is an annual event held during the Calgary Expo, and it’s a delicious way to start your con mornings right! There is a booth in this bistro that was also used in filming the TV series Fargo!
#CaptureCalgary – What better way to have breakfast before @CalgaryExpo, than demolishing a Star Wars Death Star at the @YellowDoorYYC! 😍 This orange waffle is a dream, (especially since I finished it off already, YUM!) ⠀ Hosted by @HotelArtsYYC ⠀ #Breakfast #Foodie #YellowDoor #MayTheForceBeWithYou #GeekingOut #GeekTravel #Geek #Nerd🤓 #CalgaryExpo #StarWars #DeathStar
119 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
The boutique Hotel Arts is the place to be, especially when visiting Calgary for their annual comic & entertainment expo!
The Yellow Door Bistro with the Death Star waffle is attached, so you’ll enjoy a great breakfast to start your nerd-journey.
If you’ve seen Fargo, think of that elevator scene, and then take a ride in that same box to your hotel room!
POP-CULTURE EVENTS, COMIC CONS & EXPOS
Wednesday September 13 to Sunday September 17
POW! Parade of Wonders
Friday April 28, 2017, 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo
Thursday April 27, 4 PM to 9 PM
Friday April 28, 1 PM to 9 PM
Saturday April 29, 10 AM to 7 PM
Sundary April 30, 10 AM to 5 PM
Calgary Stampede Park
1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB
Want to find more comic shows outside of Calgary? Check out The ComicPool for current listings across Canada!
This directory of all the fun & geeky ways to experience Calgary will grow when I’ve found more to share. Have a location you’d like me to include? Give me a shout!
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