Fall is such a gorgeous, if hopelessly short, season in Calgary. We always try to get out for some pictures with the fall foliage, but with getting back to school and activities, time goes by so quickly. Before we know it, Thanksgiving and Halloween are nearly here. There are also so many fun events going on for families to enjoy and we’ve picked some great ideas for you to explore this October!

Sunday Funday is back with the Calgary Hitmen, and the first one is October 3, 2021. Come early and check out the concourse activities and enjoy special food and beverage pricing. Plus, there will be in-game family entertainment.

Beyond Van Gogh was so popular, they extended it until October 8, 2021! It’s a lovely, unique experience that even kids can enjoy (although it makes a great date night, too) and you can read about our experience here.

It’s time for Halloweekends at Calaway Park! And you know what that means: great costumes and tricks, treats, and spooktacular rides! Fall is a special season to visit, but your last chance is Thanksgiving weekend, (October 11, 2021) though, so you don’t have much time.

Start your month with a delicious meal out, complete with family giggles. Until October 16, 2021Jubilations Junior is presenting a kid-friendly dinner and a show, Charlie and the Wonka Factory. The best part is that it’s fun for everyone in the family, adults included!

Alberta Ballet is back on the stage with Swan Lake, the production that was cancelled in the spring of 2020. You can enjoy the spectacle of this classic ballet from October 21 – 29, 2021.

There’s a brand-new event called Pumpkins After Dark happening all month until October 31, 2021. Witness the magic of pumpkins coming to life during this nighttime family-friendly walk-through experience at Canada Olympic Park. The lit pumpkin sculptures and displays include everything from classic Halloween characters, dragons, and dinosaurs – to famous movie and pop culture icons.

Speaking of pumpkins, there are lots of neat events happening at the pumpkin patches and corn mazes around the city, so check out our guide for fabulous fall fun!

Ghouls’ Night Out at Heritage Park is one of Calgary’s most beloved events for family Halloween fun! It takes place from October 28 – 31, 2021, and this year’s event will focus more on visual entertainment, rather than hands-on activities. There will also be trick-or-treating but buy your tickets soon, because this event sells out.

The Calgary Rock N’ Gem Show takes place at Stampede Park from October 28 – 31, 2021, if you need a break from pumpkins and ghosts. It’s 25,000 square feet of gemstones, minerals, fossils and so much more.

Of course, Halloween is coming. Take a peek at some other Halloween activities your family can enjoy. There are lots of scary Halloween events, but we’ve tried to pick the most family-friendly ones for our Halloween Guide. (Hopefully, they’re more fun than freaky!)


There are lots of other events happening during the month of October. Calgary is a great place for families to enjoy activities together. Be sure to check out our calendar to find more family fun. You can also submit your family-friendly event to us; just fill out our event submission form. Don’t forget to check out the new contests we will be running! Enjoy the month, Calgary!

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