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12 Family Friendly Fall Festivals in Alberta

The fun doesn’t have to stop when summer ends!  Here are 12 Family Friendly Fall Festivals in Alberta to check out!
** Update for 2022 **

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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

In celebration of Ukrainian heritage, come out take in all things pyrogy.  Activities include a pyrogy eating contest, bouncy castles and food!

Canmore Highland Games

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.

Reynolds-Alberta Museum Harvest Festival, Wetaskiwin

Activities include crafts, ropemaking, demonstrations, a pie auction, tractor rides, petting zoo and food vendors.

  • Dates: Saturday September 3 and Sunday September 4
  • For more details, visit the website.

Image courtesy of Prairie Gardens Cornfest

Prairie Gardens Pumpkin Patch and Fall-o-ween (Bon Accord)

Celebrate pumpkin harvest and family Halloween! Check out the infamous pumpkin cannon, FREE scarecrow making, pumpkins galore, live music, mimes, mazes, theatre, animals and wagon rides.

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 for 2022: October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
  • Time: 9 PM to 10 PM
  • Cost: Check the website, but remember you also need a valid park pass
  • Registration is required: 780-922-2965 or email [email protected] 
  • Visit the website for more details.

Beakerhead, Calgary

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.

Serpent Mother at Beakerhead

Buffalo Harvest Days at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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.

Flannel and Feast, Sylvan Lake

Calling all plaid enthusiasts! Flannel & Feast Festival is full of arts, music, food, and entertainment that celebrates the laidback cabin lifestyle that is quintessentially Sylvan Lake. Part of Alberta Culture Days, this one-day event is celebrating hipster fashion, robust facial hair and lumberjack culture at it’s finest! 

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

Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival, High River

  • Dates:  September 25-29, 2022
  • This Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place in High River, AB.
  • Visit the website for more information.

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.

Pumpkin Patch at The Jungle Farm

Located just outside of Red Deer, the Jungle Farm’s U-Pick pumpkin patch is full of pumpkins this 2022 season! Price of admission also includes the corn maze, wagon rides, farm animals, playground and more!

  • Dates and Times: Pumpkin Season runs from the first weekend in September through till October 31, 2022. As long as pumpkins are available at the store they will be open on weekends.
  • Visit their website for more details.

Photo courtesy of the Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Smoky Lake: Great White North Pumpkin Fair

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

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.

Giant Pumpkin Drop, Camrose

Have you ever wanted to see a Giant Pumpkin Drop from a crane! This is your chance!

12 Family Friendly Fall Festivals in Alberta

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