Econo Lodge South Calgary Blog

Welcome to the Econo Lodge South Calgary hotel blog, your one-stop-shop for what’s happening around town and other exciting hotel news. Featuring pet-friendly rooms and luxurious extended stay suites, you won’t any other hotels in Calgary quite like ours!

Image by Richard Smith

Dinner and a movie is a fun way to spend some time out, but if you’re tired of the standard activities and are looking for something with a bit of a twist, there are plenty of interesting events coming up in the city.

Date Night: Cooking & Yoga

Happening on December 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 at YW Calgary Community Spaces, this event combines two activities that you might not expect to see together. If you’re looking for a fun couples activity that puts a twist on your regular dinner date, then this may be it. The first portion of the evening will be led by Yoga by Emma. Work up an appetite with some couples yoga and then transition into the second part of the event with a casual cooking class creating a three course meal. No experience is necessary for either activity. The event costs $95 per person and you must register in pairs. This event is for those age 18 and up.

Paint with Alpacas

Paint nights have become quite popular in recent years, but painting with alpacas may not be something you’ve ever considered. Come out and paint some pottery pieces and pet some adorably fuzzy alpacas. Running from 10am to 12pm on December 14 at Color Me Mine Cafe, this unique event is sure to be a crowd pleaser. All ages are welcome. The cost is $15 per person and includes paints, studio time, glazing, firing, the use of stencils, a beverage (hot chocolate for the kids and tea or coffee for the adults), and some super satisfying alpaca time.

Cooking Basics for Young Adults 

If you’re a young person looking to pick up some skills in the kitchen, then you’re in luck. This 2 hour event, which is set to take place on December 28 from 12pm to 2pm at South Health Campus Wellness Kitchen, will teach young people the basics of cooking so they can feel more confident in their culinary abilities. Batch cooking and knife skills will be emphasized. Attendees can expect to learn how to create some healthy meals that will keep them going during those crazy study sessions. Cost is $75 per person and is open to those age 16 and up.

If you’re heading to the city and are looking for accomodation in Calgary, look no further than the South Calgary Econolodge. This top rated hotel offers affordable rates, complimentary continental breakfast, heated indoor pool and hot tub, fitness centre, free high speed Wi-Fi and much more.


heritage park calgary train
Image by roliedema from Pixabay

It doesn’t matter when you take a trip to Calgary: there are always fun things to see and do. Indeed, that’s what makes the city so enjoyable for both locals and visitors alike. If you take a look at what we have coming up in October, you’ll see just what we mean. There’ll be pleasant Sunday mornings, Halloween fun for the whole family, and a chance to see an all-out classic movie on the big screen. Check out all the details below. 



A fine Sunday breakfast

Sunday mornings can be great. So can breakfast. And so can music. But all three together? Well wow, that’s something else entirely. On October 27, you’ll be able to enjoy a fun and memorable morning at the Calgary Petroleum Club, where there’ll be performances of Wagner, Mozart, and more as you enjoy a delicious breakfast. 

Scares for the family

Halloween is coming, and that means that there’s plenty of terror on the way! But don’t worry, if you’re visiting with your family, you don’t need to worry about everyone being too afraid. The Ghouls Night Out is a family friendly event that’ll be taking place October 24 - 27 at Heritage Park. Plenty of fun and just a little bit frightening….Boo!


Dinner and a movie

If you want to be genuinely scared, then you might want to get down to Gasoline Alley Museum on October 29, where they’ll be screening the spooky classic Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A cash bar and popcorn will be available. 

Only the best hotel in Calgary will do for your trip away from home. At the Econo Lodge South Calgary, you’ll receive spacious, affordable accommodations within easy reaching distance of the city centre. Additionally, guests also get to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, heated indoor pool and hot tub, and high speed wifi.

Check out these amazing shows in Calgary this September!

Image by: Kilyan Sockalingum

Calgary’s arts and entertainment scene is booming! If you’re taking a trip to Calgary this September, there are plenty of shows that will knock your socks off. We’ve rounded up just a few of the hottest tickets in town that you won’t want to miss:

Cirque du Soleil presents: Luzia | August 15-September 22


Whether you’ve seen a Cirque du Soleil show before or this is your first time, you won’t want to miss Luzia under the big top tent this August and September! Cirque du Soleil’s current touring show, Luzia, is a Mexican-inspired “waking dream.” The word “luz” is Spanish for “light,” and the show is full of a “surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances.” The show features both traditional and modern Mexican music, costumes, and other themes to transport you to a new world that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Whose Live Anyway? Improv & Comedy Show | September 27

If you’re a comedy fan, you’ll know the classic show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which has been entertaining TV audiences for decades! The Whose Line Is It Anyway? live improv and comedy show has been doing performances since 1999, and is returning to Calgary’s Grey Eagle Resort & Casino this September! This show will be sure to have you laughing out loud - get ready for lots of improvised comedy and music, including lots of audience participation. It’s a show we guarantee you won’t soon forget.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq the World Tour | September 30 


The iconic TV and Netflix reality show is coming to Calgary live! On September 30th, head to Calgary’s Jubilee Auditorium to watch as the Drag Race queens try to save the galaxy on stage, all while looking downright fabulous. If you’re a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, get excited to see some of your favourite queens, including Michelle Visage, Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Detox, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, and many more. And even if this is your first foray into the amazing world of drag, you’ll still be thoroughly captivated by the elaborate sets, costumes, choreography, and music. It’s a high-caliber theatrical performance you won’t want to miss!
If you’re traveling to Calgary this September, book your stay at EconoLodge South Calgary and enjoy affordable room rates without sacrificing the comfort of amenities or the convenience of nearby attractions and public transport. We’re also happy to offer free parking to guests to make your stay as smooth and easy as possible while you take in all the great entertainment Calgary has to offer!


Help support local Canadian artists at the Clothesline Festival & Art Sale.


More Than Just Art

The Clothesline Festival & Art Sale is a unique experience that incorporates both the appreciation of art and festival living. You'll find over 1500 pieces of Alberta-made art including paintings, carvings, pottery, clothing and much more. The festival is located on 80-acres of historic Leighton property. Along with the outdoor art gallery; you'll be entertained by live music, art demonstrations, children's art activities, and face painting. Food vendors can also be found throughout the event to keep you full and happy!


Tickets, Location & More

Lucky for us, the Clothesline Festival & Art Sale is a free event! Yes, even the parking is free (although, carpooling is encouraged). The event will happen on June 1st, whether it's rain or shine, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Leighton Arts Centre is hosting this fun event located on 282027 144 st W, Millarville. All ages are welcome to attend although no pets will be permitted on site. For more information visit the event's webpage.


Econo Lodge South Calgary invites you to stay in one of our beautiful, comfortable suites or rooms. We're proud to offer our guests a luxurious stay that doesn't break the banks but still offers you that “holiday feel” you want when visiting away from home. Our hotel is a rough 30 minute drive from the Leighton Arts Centre where this year's Clothesline Festival is hosted. We hope to see you there!


Check out the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this April

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo is back this April! From April 25th to 28th, you can celebrate the best of pop culture and entertainment while meeting other fans and maybe even some of your heroes! 
Haven’t attended a Comic Con or expo before? This event is like a supercharged meetup for fans of all types to “celebrate what makes them geeky in a positive, safe, and elevating environment”. No matter what you’re into - whether it’s comic books, movies, animation, fantasy, science fiction, or just about anything else you can think of - you’ll find other like minded people at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. Plus, the organizers of this event are no newbies. This annual event has been happening in Calgary since 2006, and has only grown in both size and production value since then.
The highlights of this year’s events are truly spectacular. You can meet the stars of The Goonies, such as Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, and Ke Huy Quan, as well as the stars of Back to the Future, including Canadian legend Michael J. Fox. Love Stranger Things and Hellboy? Of course you do, and you can get a chance to meet David Harbour himself at this year’s Expo. These are only a few highlights of the many, many events and attractions you can see at this year’s Expo. Check out the full details online and get excited to plan your visit. With autograph sessions, celebrity photo sessions, an artists’ alley, cosplay contests, and much more, your days are sure to be jam packed.
Bring along your friends or meet new ones at the Expo! A single day adult pass starts at just $20, or buy a 4 day pass starting at $110. There are also youth discounts and VIP packages available, so you can find what you need whether you’re looking to save some cash or splash out.
Econolodge Calgary South is less than a 15 minute drive away from the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo at the Stampede Grounds. Plus, if you extend your stay with us for a full week, you save on your accommodation with our weekly rate. There’s no better way to experience the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo than staying with us! See you this April!