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10 Things to Do This Fall In Calgary And Area

by Karen Ung
There’s a nip in the air and the leaves are turning. It’s a great time of year to get outside without worrying about bugs or overheating. Here are our recommended things to do this fall in and around Calgary. Will you attend a fall festival or look for larches?
  1. Go on a Fall Colours Hike. Glenbow Ranch is one of our favorite places to see blazing aspen groves. For larches, try the Lake Agnes Teahouse, Ptarmigan Cirque, Tryst Lake, or trails from the top of the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola.
  2. Check out Illuminasia at the Calgary Zoo. The lantern festival runs from September 8 – October 16, 2016, Thursday-Sunday, 7 pm – 10 pm. In addition to hundreds of lanterns, you can enjoy live entertainment (Stage Show), complimentary activities, and paid activities. $
    Elephant Lanterns at Illuminasia 2015
  3. Enjoy Fall Fun at Heritage Park! The September 10 & 11 Harvest Sale supports local charities. Take a Heritage Park Ghost Tour on Wednesday Nights until November 9.  Little engineers will love Railway Days on September 24 & 25. $
  4. Be amazed and learn at Beakerhead Festival – “a smash up of science, art and engineering”. September 14-18. Kids will love the giant inflatables and mechanical displays. Free and ticketed events.
    Inflatable Bunny at Beakerhead
  5. Celebrate Fall at the best Autumn Pumpkin Festival in town. October weekends at Calgary Corn Maze. $
  6. South Calgary residents can visit Kayben Farms’ Autumn Jubilee. Weekends September 24-October 16. $. To see what we like about Kayben Farms please see this post: Family Fun at Kayben’s Sunshine Adventure Park.
  7. Have spooky fun at Halloweekends at Calaway Park. Weekends September 10 – October 10. Costume contest September 17th! $
  8. Start a new tradition and Celebrate Day of the Dead. This non-religious Mexican holiday is about remembering one’s ancestors and is observed October 31-November 2. Sugar skulls, flowers, Pan de Muertas and more are a part of this holiday. Learn about the holiday and how to celebrate it outside here.
  9. Get Festive at the Banff Santa Claus Parade on November 19. Free.
  10. Go on a Canyon Ice Walk! By mid-November, many (shallow) mountain creeks are frozen enough to walk on with crampons or ice cleats. Our favorite ice walk is Grotto Canyon – you can walk on the frozen creek bed to ice falls and see 500 year old pictographs! Other nearby options are Johnston Canyon and Jura Canyon. For more information, please see our story: Canyon Ice Walks Near Calgary.
    Grotto Canyon Ice Falls

    Bonus: Did you know we have ice falls in town? Visit Waterfall Valley, Bowmont Park or Fish Creek Provincial Park to see frozen falls. Waterfall Valley’s falls are small, so they freeze any time the weather gets below zero. For the much larger ice falls in Fish Creek Park, try late November or early December unless we get an early cold snap.

Fish Creek Ice Falls (they are about 5 m high!)
Small ice falls in Waterfall Valley, Bowmont Park

What are your favorite things to do in fall?

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Playoutsidegal September 19, 2016 - 4:01 AM

Sorry about that, Jacqueline! It's all fixed now. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!

Jacqueline Hayes September 18, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Hey Karen, just wanted to let you know that on #6 the Kayben Farm has the wrong link ( it goes to Calgary Corn Maze when you click on it) Thanks for all the info! Hard to keep up, not enough time !

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