Fall is here and we're not mad about it. As the crisp air sets in and the leaves begin to turn, we long to do the most "fall" activities we can think of. You need to add these 21 Calgary fall activities 2019 to your bucket list.
Fall makes us feel nostalgic and cozy and we just love it. Did you know the smells we associate with fall actually have a science behind them? It's a special time of year for many of us and we want to help you live it out to the fullest.
Sometimes it's tough to decide what fall festivities to fill the short months with, so we've got you covered. We've rounded up a list of some of the best fall activities in and around the city to keep you busy until the snow falls. Fall is short in Alberta, so we better make the most of it while we can.
From pumpkin festivals to chilling Halloween haunted houses, corn mazes to craft fairs, boardgame cafes to outdoor yoga, this is your all-inclusive autumn city tour.
Some quick stops and some day trips, take a gander through these oh-so-fall activities. If you're in the business of creating bucket lists, your fall list just got a whole lot bigger.
Find Your Way Through a Giant Corn Maze
Price: $14.95 online and $16.95 in person
When: Now until Thursday, Oct. 31
Address: 284022 Township Rd. 224, Rocky View, A.B.
Why You Need To Go: The Calgary Corn Maze is located at the Calgary Farm Yard. The maze itself is a massive 11 acres. You can also check out the pumpkin patch and tons of other attractions with your admission price.
Indulge in the Finer Things at Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival
Price: $20 and up
When: Friday, Oct. 18 & Saturday, Oct. 19
Address: BMO Centre, Halls D & E, 20 Roundup Way S.E.
Why You Need To Go: Enjoy wine, beer, spirits, savoury bites, sweet treats, and more at one of Alberta’s largest wine and food events. Hundreds of booths, thousands of guests, and so much deliciousness.
Get Zen Outdoors With Yoga in the Park
Price: Pay What You Can
When: Sundays, 1 p.m. until Sunday, Sept. 29
Address: Stanley Park, 42 Ave. & 1A Street S.W.
Why You Need To Go: Every week Calgary Outdoor Yoga holds yoga in Stanley Park. You still have until October to stretch it out in the great outdoors, might as well take advantage!
Pick the Perfect Pumpkin at Cobb's Adventure Park
When: Friday to Sunday until Sunday, Oct. 27
Address: 1500 84th St. N.E.
Why You Need To Go: It isn't fall until you've spent an afternoon at a pumpkin patching picking the most beautiful pumpkin you can find. Cobb's Adventure Park has got you covered.
Scream Your Lungs out at Screamfest Resurrected
Price: $30 and up
When: Friday, Oct. 11 to Monday, Oct. 14
Address: BMO Centre, Stampede Park - 20 Roundup Way S.E.
Why You Need To Go: Enter six chilling haunted houses with horrors that are almost too real. Screamfest has been a Calgary staple for years, and it simply isn’t Halloween season until you go.
Warm up With a Delicious Soup & Sourdough at Sidewalk Citizen
Price: Under $15
Why You Need To Go: This bakery & eatery serves up next-level soup, sandwiches, bread, and more. Also, they’re opening up a brand new restaurant this October on 13th Ave. S.W. You need to try their sourdough.
Drink the Fall Brews of the Barley Belt
Price: Prices vary on location
Address: Barley Belt, Manchester, Calgary
Why You Need To Go: There are over a dozen craft breweries along the Barley Belt in YYC and you should probably sip their fall creations. Go on a self-guided beer tour and enjoy.
Go for a Cute Fall Picnic in Carburn Park
Address: 67 Riverview Dr. S.E.
Why You Need To Go: Carburn park just explodes with fall colours and there's no better way to enjoy them than with a picnic in tow. See for yourself!
Get Your Fall Fashion Fix at Velour Clothing Exchange
Price: Price varies with purchase
Address: 200-1022 17th Ave S.W.
Why You Need To Go: Calgary's first-ever vintage clothing shop has got everything you need to reach your fall fashion goals this year. If you're after a hip fall wardrobe, this is where you need to go.
Spend a Day at a Boardgame Café
Price: Prices vary with purchase
Address: 1140 Kensington Rd NW
Why You Need To Go: Post up with a coffee (or beer), a snack, and a board game at The Hexagon Board Game Cafe. The perfect pastime for a grey day.
Go for a Classic Dinner & a Movie at Heritage Park
Price: $44.95 + tax
When: Tuesday, Oct. 15 to Tuesday, Dec. 17
Address: 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W.
Why You Need To Go: Step back in time for a unique evening at the renowned Heritage Park. A delicious dinner and six different screenings including The Breakfast Club, Die Hard, The Sound of Music, and more.
Shop Handmade Goodies at Etsy Calgary: Made in Canada
Price: Price varies with purchase
When: Sept. 27 & 28
Address: The Genesis Centre – Feature Gym, 7555 Falconridge Blvd. N.E.
Why You Need To Go: Step into the in-person version of Etsy right here in Calgary. Buy precious and adorable goods from creative makers while supporting the local arts community.
Curl Up With a Book at the Central Library
Address: 800 3rd St. S.E.
Why You Need To Go: Recently named one of the greatest places in the world, you need to check out this stunning space. The end of summer is the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book.
Relax in the Mountains at Kananaskis Nordic Spa
Address: 1 Centennial Dr, Kananaskis, A.B.
Why You Need To Go: You haven't felt relaxation until you've visited the Kananaskis Nordic Spa. Five pools of various temperatures, saunas, steam cabin, winterized hammocks, a beautiful bistro, and more.
Feed Adorable Farm Animals at Butterfield Acres
When: Until Monday, Sept. 30
Address: 254077 Rocky Ridge Rd. N.W.
Why You Need To Go: Nothing says fall like a day on a farm. Visit with goats, pigs, cows, chickens, and more. You can also take a tractor ride and visit the pumpkin patch.
Get Literary at Wordfest 2019
Price: Ticket prices vary
When: Monday, Oct. 14 to Wednesday, Oct. 23
Address: Various locations
Why You Need To Go: Imaginarium by Wordfest is filled with literary icons that you just can't miss. From readings to artist talks, tea time to face-offs, you need to experience this. Over 180 events, over 170 artists, it's a big one.
Feel Fancy tor High Tea at the Fairmont Palliser
Price: $65 per person
When: Saturdays & Sundays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 133 9th Ave. S.W.
Why You Need To Go: When it gets chilly out it's nice to be indoors and enjoy a cup of tea, why not put an extremely fancy spin on those activities?
Take a Day Trip to Lake Louise
Address: Lake Louise, Alberta
Why You Need To Go: After summer has passed and tourist season has calmed, it's your turn to head to the iconic Lake Louise for a day of breathtaking natural surroundings. That vibrant teal water will never get old.
Go Full-Fall at Granary Road Pumpkin Fest
When: Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: Granary Road, 112 St. West, Foothills No. 31
Why You Need To Go: Tractor-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin pie, and so much more. If you like all things pumpkin, you’re really going to like this. Also, there are so many goats.
Learn the Perfect Fall Hobby at YYC Embroidery Workshop
When: Oct. 19, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: Loft 112, 535 8 Ave. S.E.
Why You Need To Go: Learn how to embroider and start on your very own take-home project. Everything you need is provided along with some light refreshments.
Take it all in at McHugh Bluff Park
Address: Crescent Rd NW & Centre Street N
Why You Need To Go: This beautiful lookout point is the perfect place to take in all Calgary's autumn beauty. Watch the sunrise or the sunset and take a minute to remember how lucky we are.