Presented by Mark’s
Fall is so short in Calgary, you have to make the most of the season! Two of the season’s most iconic symbols are a nice big pumpkin and a juicy cob of corn, so here are the best places in Calgary to find your favourite pumpkin and/or challenge yourself with a journey through a corn maze. And because part of the fun of fall is getting back into warm and cozy clothing, we’ve included some great suggestions from Mark’s for refreshing Mom and Dad’s autumn wardrobes!
Kayben Farms, home of the Sunshine Adventure Park, corn maze and pumpkin patch is a wonderful place to visit during spring, summer and fall. And it’s going to be even better than usual this autumn, as the farms hosts the four magical weekends of Autumn Jubilee (weekends between September 24 & October 16), featuring special events, entertainment, music, displays and shopping, plus four unique themes – a fresh focus each weekend!
Located about 15 minutes from Calgary, near Okotoks (map), Kayben Farms is open Mondays-Fridays 9 am – 5 pm and Saturdays & Sundays 10 am – 5 pm, through October 29th. Cost ranges from free (kids under 2) to $13 or $35 for a family. Kayben Farms also offers season passes.
If it’s kind of tough to get Dad out of his PJs on the weekend, let alone out of the house for a family outing, motivate him with his new favourite pair of comfy jeans: Gordie Flap Pocket Loose Fit Jeans by Silver. Wow, look at him go!
Home to Canada’s only sunflower maze – grown from 100,000 sunflowers! – the Bowden SunMaze also features u-pick flowers, veggies and pumpkins, farm animals and a shaded play area. Concerned about the weather and the state of the various crops? These folks are really great about keeping their fans up to date on their Facebook page.
Located 1 hour north of Calgary, near Bowden (map), the SunMaze is open Mondays-Thursdays 1-5 pm and Fridays-Sundays 11 am – 5 pm during September. In October, you can visit 11 am – 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, through October 9th. Cost ranges from free (4 and under) to $9 (adults).
Mom will feel comfy and casual but never sloppy in the Denver Hayes Zip Front Hachi T-Shirt. With 3/4-length sleeves to suit variable fall temperatures and 4 pretty hues to choose from, she might want two!
Butterfield Acres‘ Pumpkin Hunts are one of the most popular events of Calgary’s fall season! On weekends throughout October, head out to the farm to chug along on a hay wagon with your little ones as you hunt for the perfect pumpkins. After your hunt, you can decorate your find or visit with the farm animals, who love the cooler fall weather.
We recommend you book your tickets online in advance as they go quickly! Cost ranges from free (for little ones not yet walking) to $15.49. Pumpkin hunts take place between 10 am and 4 pm at the farm, located at 254077 Rocky Ridge Road NW. During September, Butterfield Acres is open for drop-in visits, 10 am – 2 pm Mondays-Fridays and 10 am – 4 pm on weekends.
If Dad likes to look relaxed – but not too relaxed – on the weekends, he’ll appreciate the slim fit and medium wash of the Jett Slim Stretch Straight Jeans by DH3. They have an urban vibe, but with some stretch for added comfort… much appreciated after a Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie binge!
Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm
The Calgary Corn Maze & Fun Farm boasts a pumpkin patch, TWO corn mazes, a petting zoo, mini golf, bouncers, a tractor train and more! Be sure to plan at least one visit during the farm’s Autumn Pumpkin Festival (weekends between October 1 & 23, plus Thanksgiving Monday), when they have heaps of extra pumpkin-themed fun planned. Families with older kids (or adults in need of a unique date night should also check out their Flashlight Nights (Fridays between September 23 & October 21), when you can get lost – and hopefully found – in the maze, in the dark!
The Calgary Corn Maze, located on the southeast tip of Calgary (map), is open Thursdays – Sundays between 10 am and 5 pm (9 pm on Flashlight Fridays) as well as Thanksgiving Monday. Cost ranges from free (2 and under) to $13.50.
Skinny jeans pair perfectly with this season’s popular ankle boots… and both work well for a day at the farm. Made from comfortable stretch denim, a pair of Levi’s Slimming Skinny Jeans also fit Mom’s weekend requirements for comfort!
Cobb’s Corn Maze & Family Fun Park
Cobb’s Corn Maze is much more than just corn mazes (an Angry Birds one and a mini one this year); it’s also home to over 40 different activities, like Bouncy World (11 Bouncy Houses), Euro Bungy, Zorbz (giant hamster balls), a 28′ climbing wall, blacklight mini golf and lots more. The pumpkin is patch is sure to be ripe for the picking in time for Pumpkin-Palooza (select days between October 1 & 30) and big kids and their parents will want to brave their Freaky Flashlight Nights (select evenings between September 30 & October 29).
Cobb’s Corn Maze, is conveniently located just off Stoney Trail at 1500 84 Street NE (map) and is open Fridays-Sundays plus Thanksgiving Monday between 10 am and 5 pm (and until 9 pm on Flashlight Nights). Admission cost ranges from free (under 3 years old) to $13.50 (and there’s a $25 all-access day pass option too).
All the fun activities and attractions at Cobb’s could have Dad working up a bit of a sweat, so he might want to ‘sport’ his Levi’s 541 Athletic Fit Jeans. Then he’ll have at least a faint hope of keeping up with the kids on that climbing wall!
1. Denver Hayes Zip Front Hachi T-Shirt, 2. Gordie Flap Pocket Loose Fit Jeans by Silver, 3. Levi’s Slimming Skinny Jeans, 4. Jett Slim Stretch Straight Jeans by DH3, 5. Levi’s 541 Athletic Fit Jeans.
Can’t get enough of the pumpkins, scarecrows and comfort foods? You’ll find more fall festivals in our Autumn Guide to Family Friendly Festivals in Calgary, which is updated frequently throughout the season!
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.