Where Your Family Can Find Festival Fun This Fall in Calgary! (updated October 18th)

Family-friendly festivals and special events in Calgary AB (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary is a great city for enjoying a wide variety of festivals: food, international culture, music and more… there really is always something to celebrate!

Also, don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes In and Around Calgary!

Without further ado… here are the festivals coming up in Calgary:

Autumn Jubilee at Kayben Farms – click for detailed info

When: September 24 & 25, October 1 & 2, October 8 & 9 (rescheduled to October 22/23), October 15 & 16, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Kayben Farms
Address: 316034 32 Street East, Okotoks AB

Autumn Pumpkin Festival at Calgary Corn Maze

Fall weekends mean pumpkin time at the Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm. Visit the farm to buy your own pumpkins (there are several varieties available) or to just have some outdoor farm fun! See some pumpkins explode (with candy!) at 1 pm each day of the festival, play games like pumpkin bowling, make crafts, pick your pumpkins, and take part in all the fun activities that are always offered at the facility. Great photo opportunities if you’re looking to take a Christmas-card-worthy photo of your kids!

Kids age 3 to 17 receive a mini pumpkin with admission, and it’s only $1 to buy one for a toddler/baby who doesn’t have to pay admission.

When: Saturdays/Sundays (plus Thanksgiving Monday), October 1 – 23, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm
Address: 84022 Township Road 224, Rockview AB southeast corner of Calgary, 8 kilometers east of Deerfoot Trail just off Highway 22X

Pumpkin Palooza at Cobb’s Corn Maze

It’s all pumpkins, all the time at Cobb’s Corn Maze, every weekend in October! Pumpkin-Palooza features thousands of pumpkins; you’re sure to find a prize specimen! There will also be carving kits for sale, as well as carving stations if guests want to carve their pumpkins on-site. Each weekend will feature a different kids’ media character (from Dory to the Ninja Turtles) for awesome photo ops.

When: Saturdays and Sundays (plus Thanksgiving Monday), October 1-30, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Cobb’s Corn Maze
Address: 1500 84 Street NE, Calgary AB

Strathcona Square Pumpkin Festival

Orange is in style at Strathcona Square Shopping Centre’s Pumpkin Festival. Event includes a pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving contests and local food trucks! Great prizes for contest winners!

When: Saturday October 22, 2016
Time: 11:30 am – 3 pm
Where: Strathcona Square Shopping Center
Address: 555 Strathcona Blvd SW
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Family Fall Fair at VIVO

Visit with local and homebased businesses from the area while the kids enjoy face painting, balloon artists and other fun activities. Olaf, a Minion & Minnie Mouse will be meeting, greeting and posing for photos! Admission is free.

When: Sunday October 23, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Vivo for Healthier Generations
Address: 11950 Country Village Link NE, Calgary AB
Facebook: Event Page

Diwali 2016 Events in Calgary

Diwali (Festival of Light) will be celebrated at a number of events across Calgary. The following events welcome children:

Calgary Celebrates Diwali

This year’s event will include amazing performances from top Indian dance groups, as well as Calgary’s very own Indian Idol. Included in the evening’s event will be a colourful fashion show and many interactive activities, such as sari tying, turban tying, henna and more. Admission is free.

When: Monday October 24, 2016
Time: 5 – 9 pm
Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
Address: 197 1st Street SW, Calgary AB

RANA Diwali

Music and dance performances, dinner and a Bollywood-style DJ. Kids under 5 get in free if they don’t require a reserved seat. Ticket prices and information for purchasing tickets is on the Facebook page.

When: Saturday November 5, 2016
Time: 6 pm – midnight
Where: Genesis Centre
Address: 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary AB
Facebook: Event Page

Winterfest (City of Calgary)

Pack up the kids and head to Ralph Klein Park on November 20th for The City of Calgary’s Winterfest event in celebration of National Child Day.

Winterfest is an exciting afternoon of free activities for all ages. Get creative in the crafts room, join a guided park tour, test out your birdwatching skills and learn fun facts about the park’s wildlife. There will also be a special guest performance you won’t want to miss!

And don’t forget to visit the many exhibitors who will be sharing information about this year’s National Child Day theme: a child’s right to belong.

When: Sunday November 20, 2016
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Where: Ralph Klein Park
Address: 12350 84 St. SE, Calgary AB
Website: www.calgary.ca/parksevents

Past Events

Railway Days at Heritage Park – click for detailed info

When: September 24 and 25, 2016
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Heritage Park
Address: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW, Calgary AB

Kiwanis Apple Festival

The 2nd Annual Kiwanis Apple Festival is a celebration of our history and of children! This two-day event features delicious cuisine, entertainment, education, and outdoor exploration of a very special place – Kamp Kiwanis.

Family fun abounds, with bouncy castle, games, face painting, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, silent auction & more! Admission is free.

When: September 24 & 25, 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Kamp Kiwanis
Address: 241001 Range Road 42, Calgary T3Z 2X5 (at intersection of Hwy 8 & Hwy 22)
Website: www.kiwanisapplefestival.org

Calgary International Film Festival

From documentaries to short films and features, the Calgary International Film Festival has all kinds of cutting edge films, plus a few that are tagged as Family Friendly.

It’s not often that we have access to this many great films in the same week, so book a babysitter and go out to see some movies aimed at older audiences. You know you’ve watched enough kids’ cartoons lately!

When: September 21 – October 2, 2016
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Various theatres in Calgary

Alberta Burger Fest (Southern Edition) – click for detailed info

When: September 23 – October 2, 2016
Where: participating southern Alberta (Okotoks to Lethbridge) restaurants

YYC Pizza Week – click for detailed info

When: September 23 – October 2, 2016
Whereparticipating restaurants in Calgary AB

Chestermere Arts Days

The Friday evening event, called Chestermere Arts Days Blank Canvas, is an immersive cultural experience featuring food, fashion music and art.

On Saturday, you can take the whole family for free workshops and free henna samples too. Workshops are available for all ages and artistic abilities. Registration is required – register online.

When: September 30 – October 1, 2016
Time: Event times vary.
Where: Chestermere City Hall & Library
Address: 105 Marina Road, Chestermere AB


A free Arts, Culture and Music Festival in Airdrie, AB. This year, the festival also recognized as a Feature Site by Alberta Culture Days! Here’s what planned:

Friday – Schooled in the Arts: This after-school dance party is geared at Junior & High School Students. D.J., dance troops, interactive decal making station hosted by local artist Zach Abbott and more!

Saturday & Sunday – a variety of activities, craft stations for kids of all ages and skill level, live art installations, musicians, dance troops, buskers, face painting, food trucks, local artisans and more!

When: September 30 – October 2, 2016
Time: September 30: 3-6 pm, October 1: 11 am – 6 pm, October 2: 12 – 5 pm
Where: East Lake Park
Address: 800 East Lake Boulevard NE, Airdrie AB
Website: www.artember.ca

Alberta Culture Days

As Albertans we celebrate our culture every day, but September 30th to October 2nd we get to ramp up that participation during Alberta Culture Days.

Kick off the festivities with a big block party in Olympic Plaza on September 30th (11 am – 2 pm). Then, over the three days, visit some of the many celebrating sites across the province that will be hosting special events as part of the program.

When: September 30 – October 2, 2016
Time: Event times vary.
Where: Event venues across Calgary.

Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity

artsPlace in Canmore is celebrating its first anniversary by hosting the annual Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity, a three-day event celebrating Canmore’s creative spirit coinciding with Alberta Culture Days!

Free drop-in workshops, performances, demonstrations, films, a community campfire with The Wardens and the Canmore Studio and Gallery Tour – art and creativity will abound throughout the weekend, promising fun for people of all ages to enjoy!

Families may especially enjoy the Spin Bike Painting, Creative Postcards station, Magic Show with Richard Young the Magician, Robots and Bugs Community Craft, Puppet Making Workshop and many others! Find the complete schedule online.

When: September 30 – October 2, 2016
Time: Event times vary.
Where: artsPlace
Address: 950 8th Avenue, Canmore AB

Open Hearts Public Art Unveiling & Community Celebration

Head to Legacy Mount for the grand unveiling of the Open Hearts Public Art Sculpture. Celebrate the Open Hearts philosophy with special guest and sculptor, Jane Seymour. Attend a cooking demonstration and sample food from Calgary’s best food trucks and play at Gamers Fun Truck! Silent art auction will also take place.

When: Saturday October 1, 2016
Time: 12 – 3 pm
Where: Legacy Mount
Address: 65 Legacy Mount SE, Calgary AB
Website: wwwlegacylife.ca/events

Watermark at Bearspaw Fall Festival

Watermark at Bearspaw is inviting everyone to check out their parade of showhomes and enjoy some fall fun too! There will be vendors from the Bearspaw Farmers’ Market, some YYC Food Trucks, a bouncy slide, face painting, horse drawn carriage rides and live music.

When: Saturday October 1, 2016
Time: 11 am – 5 pm (food trucks serving until 3 pm)
Where: Watermark at Bearspaw
Address: 2 Stonypoint Place NW, Calgary AB
FacebookWatermark at Bearspaw Facebook Page

TeenFest at Shakers

This fun and free event is for teens and their families. Enjoy Shakers’ go-carts, climbing wall, exhibitor booths, free makeovers and local teen entertainers, plus a youth talent contest, model search and the chance to win a $250 VISA gift card!

When: Saturday October 1, 2016
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Shakers Fun Centre
Address: 9900 Venture Ave SE, Calgary AB
Website: www.shakerscalgary.com
Facebook: Shakers Fun Centre on Facebook

Calgary Veggie Festival – click for detailed info

When: Saturday October 1, 2016
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
Address: 197 1st Street SW, Calgary AB
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Culture Fest 2016

Families will have a great time celebrating cultures from around the world at Culture Fest 2016. Performances include Bollywood, Bhangra, a Fashion Show, Live Singing, Western Dancers, and Korean Drummers & lots more!

Presented by Rajesh Angral with the Collaboration of SABRANG RADIO, IWEB GUY, ACE ENT., Media Group & CMD (Canadian Multicultural Development) and Genesis Centre.

Admission is free.

When: Sunday October 2, 2016
Time: 1:45 – 5:30 pm
Where: Genesis Centre of Community Wellness
Address: 7556 Falconridge Boulevard NE, Calgary AB
Website: www.culturefest.ca

Calaway Park Halloweekends – click for detailed info

When: Saturdays, Sundays & Thanksgiving Monday, September 10 – October 10, 2016*
* Boo Crew Costume Party takes place 11 am – 6 pm on Saturday September 17, 2016
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Calaway Park
Address: 245033 Range Road 33, Calgary AB

Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival

The 34th Western Canadian Hungarian Folk Festival comes to Calgary this October. The event brings together hundreds of dancers, musicians and folk enthusiasts, all celebrating Hungarian culture, music, art and dance! Tickets to the two gala performances cost $15 for everyone over three years old. Festival weekend passes are $50 per person and get you into all the workshops.

When: October 7-10, 2016
Time: event times vary; gala shows at 2 pm and 7 pm on October 8th
Where: workshops at The Westin Calgary; galas at The University of Calgary Theatre

13th Annual Blue Grass Nursery Pumpkin Festival

Get your Halloween pumpkin (or some Thanksgiving gourds) at Blue Grass Nursery & Garden Centre’s annual Pumpkin Festival! Pumpkin Carving, Pumpkin Colouring, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Hay Rides, Cinderella Pumpkin Coach Ride, Prizes, Display of Giant Pumpkins and unusual Gourds, Giant Straw Maze, Sand Pit, Pumpkin Bowling, Springfree Trampolines, and lots more! There will also be Food Trucks at the event as well as a WestJet Raffle and a Rainbow Play Systems Raffle.

This event is free with a recommended $5 donation to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. In 2015, this event raised almost $40,000 for the hospital!

When: Saturday October 8, 2016
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Blue Grass Garden Centre
Address: 260130B Writing Creek Crescent, Balzac AB

WordFest Youth

You may have heard about the headlining authors appearing at this year’s WordFest (October 7 – 16, 2016), but did you know about WordFest Youth, the festival component aimed at young people? WordFest Youth runs in conjunction with WordFest from October 12-14. This year’s Wordfest Youth brings Canadian and international writers together with young readers at fun, educational events to encourage a love of reading and writing.

Enjoy an explosion of creativity, as youth of all ages and interests – from picture books and children’s fiction to young adult literature and graphic novels – participate in the dynamic world of storytelling in various forms and languages. Visit the WordFest website for a full list of events for youth readers.

When: October 12-14, 2016
Time: varies, see schedule online
Where: varies, see schedule online
Address: 260130B Writing Creek Crescent, Balzac AB
Website: www.wordfest.com/youth

Calgary Stampede Community Fall Fair

Enjoy a day of fall festivities including a free pumpkin spice pancake breakfast (10 am – 12 pm, YUM!), food trucks, music and entertainment, kids’ activities and a market.

Walk, ride or drive – ENMAX Park is located along the 900 km regional pathway. Bike parking will be available at the pedestrian bridge. ENMAX Park is also easily accessed by walking and is less than 1 km from the communities of Ramsay, Inglewood and East Village. Live a little further? Free parking will be available to the first 500 guests. A complimentary shuttle will also be available from Victoria Park C-Train Station.

When: Saturday October 15, 2016
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Where: ENMAX Park at Stampede Park
Address: 555 Strathcona Blvd SW
Facebook: Event Page

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