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

UPDATED FOR FALL 2020 – Due to the pandemic, most festivals are cancelled for the 2020 season.  There are a few scheduled, so just make sure to visit each festival’s website before your visit. 

Festivals may be cancelled for this year, but pumpkin patches are open!  Visit our post on Alberta Pumpkin Patches to visit here!

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: Unconfirmed for 2020.
  • 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.

Elk Island National Park: Gateway to the Stars

Experience the wonder of Elk Island’s night sky, in the heart of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve. Escape the city to gaze upon the countless stars in our galaxy and learn to navigate from one constellation to the next. Campfire and a friendly park interpreter are included.

  • Date: 2020 Fridays and Saturdays – September 18, 19, 25, 26; October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
  • Time: 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Cost: $11.70 per person, plus valid park pass
  • Registration is required: 780-922-2965 or email [email protected].
    September 2, 2018 at Elk Island National Park and Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
  • Visit the website for more details.

Image courtesy of Prairie Gardens Cornfest

Canmore Highland Games

  • Date:  Cancelled for 2020
  • 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: Cancelled for 2020
  • Activities include crafts, ropemaking, demonstrations, a pie auction, tractor rides, petting zoo and food vendors.
  • For more details, visit the website.

Serpent Mother at Beakerhead

Beakerhead, Calgary

  • Dates: Cancelled for 2020
  • 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 at Kayben Farms, Okotoks

  • There is no fall festival at Kayben Farms this fall.  BUT the park is open to visitors.
  • Fall 2020 activities:  Play at the park, stroll through the leaves, participate in Pumpkin Painting (Starting in October), enjoy Wagon rides (starting in October) or pre-order a picnic lunch (for couples or families) to enjoy at the farm!  Visit their website for more information about fall activities.

Five Days of Fall Festival, High River

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

Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival, High River

  • The Balloon Glow Festival will not occur in 2020 but you will still be able to look to the sky to see the balloons!
  • Dates:  September 23-27, 2020
  • This Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place in High River, AB.
  • Visit the website for more information.

Alberta Culture Days, Crowsnest Pass

Flannel and Feast, Sylvan Lake

  • Cancelled for 2020

Lacombe Culture and Harvest Festival

This festival celebrates agricultural heritage and showcases the arts and culture of Lacombe.  The festival runs in conjunction with National Culture Days and Alberta Culture Days, and features 30+ activities and events.

Jungle Farm Fall Festival, Red Deer

  • Fall Festival is cancelled for 2020.  However the farm is OPEN to visitors!
  • The Jungle Farm’s U-Pick pumpkin patch is full of pumpkins this 2020 season! Price of admission also includes the corn maze, wagon rides, farm animals, playground and more!  Visit their website for more details.
  • HOURS: Monday through Saturday 11 am – 5 pm, closed on Sundays

Buffalo Harvest Days at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

  • Cancelled for 2020
  • 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.

Photo courtesy of the Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

  • Dates:  October 16 – 25, 2020
  • 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.

Smoky Lake: Great White North Pumpkin Fair

12 Family Friendly Fall Festivals in Alberta