Back to School isn’t the only exciting thing happening these days — there is so much going on for fall family fun in Calgary this September! Whether you’re looking for outdoor events to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, or want to take in indoor experiences like expos and the theatre, your calendar is about to fill up with all kinds of fall fun to be had in Calgary!
ZooNights | calgaryzoo.com
210 St. George’s Drive NE
For two nights in September, The Calgary Zoo will be extending its regular hours from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm! Regular zoo admission rates apply, so whether you want to take your daytime zoo fun into the evening or just want to show up a little later than usual is totally up to you! In addition to the animal exhibits, there will also be opportunities for grownups to enjoy an adult beverage, and everyone in the family can treat themselves to a “World of Bentos” Box to munch on. There will also be a Zoo Market with local entrepreneurs, artists, and craftspeople sharing their talents and products at the Kitamba Café.
Charlie and the Wonka Factory | jubilations.ca
1002 37th Street Southwest, Calgary
September 4 – October 16
Here’s some unique fall family fun in Calgary — fans of the classic Roald Dahl novel and beloved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movies won’t want to miss Jubilation Dinner Theatre’s spin on this childhood favourite. This two-act musical comedy can be enjoyed alongside a three-course lunch including a veggie plate, choice of entrée, and selection of ice cream for dessert that everyone in the family is guaranteed to enjoy.
Halloweekends at Calaway Park | calawaypark.com
245033 Range Rd. 33, Calgary
September 11 – October 11
It’s hard to believe that Spooky Season is just around the corner, and it comes even earlier to Calaway Park! Get your costumes ready and dress up to join the ghosts and ghouls strolling through the Halloween-themed scenes of Hallotown that run along the south side of Calaway Park. There will also be Witches Magical Meet and Greets, photo opportunities, a Mad Scientist Lab, a Scarecrow Stilt Walker, a Boo Crew Dance Party, and more!
Calgary Reptile Expo | eventbrite.ca
2221 Crowchild Trail NW
September 18 – 19
After a long wait, the Calgary Reptile Expo is back at a new location next to McMahon Stadium. There’s lots of free parking, so pack up the car and head down to Absolute Baseball Academy & Fitness Centre to find Calgary’s local reptile and amphibian breeders and enthusiasts all under one roof. This is your chance to get up close and personal with Bearded Dragons, Boa Constrictors, and their cold-blooded buddies! Children under four are free and family passes can be purchased at a reduced rate ($20) for up to two adults and three children, in addition to individual passes.
Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo | fanexpohq.com
20 Roundup Way SE
September 10 – 12
The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo is back for another year, but in order to keep things as safe as possible, attendance in 2021 will be limited to 25,000 tickets. To show their love to the healthcare workers who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to keep people safe and healthy, Friday September 10 will be “Healthcare Heroes Day” with free admission being offered to any healthcare workers who register by following this link prior to September 1st. As always, there is tons of excitement to be had at the event, including cosplay, gaming, comics, celebrity guests, anime character meet and greets, and more!
Calgary Motorcycle Toy Run | calgarytoyrun.ca
260 Century Downs Drive
The only thing better than a fun day out is one that supports a great cause. Head down to the Century Downs Casino parking lot with a new, unwrapped toy for a child aged newborn to 18 years (or a minimum $10 donation) and enjoy live bands, food, face painting, a silent auction, live auction, 50/50, activities for kids, and more! The motorcycle ride kicks off at noon and ends at The Heritage Centre by Mountain View Events.
Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival | heritageinninternationalballoonfestival.com
Macleod Trail SW & Deibert Close SW, High River, AB
September 22 – 26
The Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival is one of our family’s favourite fall activities. There are many events to check out, but we love heading out to High River for Night Glow, where balloons from all over the world gather to light and inflate using their burners. Although the balloons don’t actually take off at this event, it’s tons of fun to get up close to the balloons, meet the pilots, and see how hot air balloons work. This event (and all other events) are weather-dependent. The balloon glow event opens at 5:00 pm with festivities kicking off at 7:00 and going until 8:30. It’s recommended that you head out early as this free event is very popular and parking can be hard to come by! Be sure to check out other events during the festival, including balloon launches and even hot air balloon rides!
Pumpkins After Dark | pumpkinsafterdark.com
88 Canada Olympic Rd SW
September 23 – October 31
There’s no better fall family fun in Calgary to get you into the Halloween spirit than at Canada’s largest outdoor event celebrating the spookiest day of the year. Walk through over 6000 hand-carved lit pumpkin sculptures and displays, featuring every character and theme you can imagine. Head to WinSport on Thursdays to from 6:00 PM to 10:45 PM to get in on the fun!
Pumpkin Days and Harvest Lights | calgaryfarmyard.com
Harvest Lights – Fridays & Saturdays from September 3 – October 31
Pumpkin Days – Fridays – Sundays from September 25 – October 31
284022 Township Road 224
In case corn mazes, animal visits, rope courses, mini golf, train rides, zip lines, tractor pulls, playgrounds, and delicious treats weren’t enough reason to head out to the Calgary Farmyard, you won’t want to miss Pumpkin Days, which run from September 25 to October 31st. Pick the perfect pumpkin (with proceeds going to local charities), snap a family photo, and enjoy fabulous fall-themed activities, all as part of your regular admission. For extra fall-themed fun, check out the farm after dark from Friday to Sunday between 5:30 and 9:30, where the farm will be lit up (except for the corn maze, which will be left dark for an extra challenge!) Purchase your tickets online to receive $3 off gate admission for both events.
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