The fun doesn’t have to stop when summer ends!  Here are 12 Family Friendly Fall Festivals in Alberta to check out!  UPDATED for 2018

Fall is such a great time of year!  It’s pumpkin everything season, farmer’s markets are overflowing with produce, pumpkin patches are ready for visitors, corn mazes are at their best, and fall festival season kicks off!  So come September 1, we’re jumping full force into fall over here…and we’re going to pack in as much adventure as we can!  Here are 12 fun fall festivals you can take your family to:

12 Family Friendly Fall Festivals in Alberta:

Glendon Pyrogy Festival

  • Date: September 1, 2018
  • Time: 1 – 4 PM
  • In celebration of Ukrainian heritage, come out take in all things pyrogy.  Activities include a pyrogy eating contest, bouncy castles and food!
  • Visit the website for more information.

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve Star Party aka Milky Way Day

  • Date: September 2, 2018 at Elk Island National Park and Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
  • Time:  2 – 5 PM, 8 PM – Late
  • Featuring volunteer astronomers, guest speakers and local musical performances.
  • Visit the website for more details.

Prairie Gardens Cornfest

Image courtesy of Prairie Gardens Cornfest

Prairie Gardens Cornfest, Bon Accord

  • Dates:  September 1, 2 and 3, 2018
  • Time:  1 – 6 PM
  • Activities include corn eating contests, corn mazes, face painting, kids mazes, folk music, hands-on corn craft activities for kids, U-Pick, U-Make Fall Farm Bouquets, and a farmers market!
  • For more information visit the website.

Canmore Highland Games

  • Date:  September 2, 2018 in Canmore
  • Time:  8 AM – 6 PM
  • Activities include a pancake breakfast, highland dancing, piping and drumming, heavy sports, tug of war, sheep dogs, clan tents, Celtic vendors, Scotch tasting, traditional food and beverages, food trucks, beer garden, massed bands and more.
  • Visit the website for more details.

Reynolds-Alberta Museum Harvest Festival, Wetaskiwin

  • Dates:  September 1 and 2, 2018
  • Time:  10 AM – 5 PM
  • Activities include crafts, ropemaking, demonstrations, a pie auction, tractor rides, petting zoo and food vendors.
  • For more details, visit the website.

Serpent Mother, Beakerhead

Serpent Mother at Beakerhead

Beakerhead, Calgary

  • Dates:  September 19 – 23, 2018
  • A larger-than-life adventure with more than a dozen sites of engineered artworks and interactive experiences all based around the theme: The ups and downs of invention. Events are hosted at various venues around the city of Calgary.
  • For more information, including a list of events, visit the program guide here.

Autumn Jubilee at Kayben Farms, Okotoks

  • 4 weekends starting September 29, 2018
  • Activities include a corn maze, pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving and painting, horse drawn wagon rides, crafts, fall games, and fun in the Sunshine Adventure Park.
  • Visit the website or more information.

Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

Night Glow’, Photo courtesy of the Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

Balloon Glow 2018, High River

  • Date:  September 28, 2018
  • Time:  Event starts at 5 PM
  • This Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place in High River, AB.  Balloons from Canada and around the world will fly!  Activities include a night event called ‘Night Glow’ where you can see balloons light up the night sky!  Food trucks will also be on site.
  • Visit the website for more information.

Alberta Culture Days, Crowsnest Pass

  • Dates:  September 28 – 30, 2018
  • Time:  10 AM – 5 PM
  • Visit the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre for a weekend full of music and art!
  • For more information visit the website.

Fall Festival, Red Deer

  • Fall Festival is September 29, 2018 at The Jungle Farm near Red Deer
  • Fall Season Activities:  September 1 – October 28, 2018 on Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays
  • Activities include pumpkin picking, a corn maze, pumpkin maze, pumpkin cannon demonstrations, wagon rides, live music and food.
  • Visit the website for more details.

Buffalo Harvest Days at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

  • September 28 – 30, 2018
  • Activities include a guided tour through the interpretive centre, “Living off the Land” artifact demonstrations, buffalo themed cuisine in the cafeteria, and First Nations artist demonstrations.
  • Visit the website for more information.

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Photo courtesy of the Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

  • October 12 – 21, 2018
  • Head out to the world’s largest dark sky preserve and stargaze at the Jasper Dark Sky Festival.  Other activities include space Q & A session, Spacetalks panel and Symphony Under the Stars.
  • Visit the website for more information.

12 Family Friendly Fall Festivals in Alberta