Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do in Calgary! Get ready for the fall season by taking part in one of these festive events taking place in and around Calgary throughout September. From harvest-themed events to Halloween activities, it’s easy to get into the fall spirit this month!
Calgary Produce Marketing Association Harvest Sale
Where: Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Dr SW)
When: Saturday, September 7 – Sunday, September 8
Stop by Heritage Park Historical Village the weekend of September 7 and stop by the Calgary Produce Marketing Association’s Harvest Sale in support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Community Kitchen Program and the Heritage Park Society.
An array of produce from across North America will be available for visitors to purchase – everything from apples to potatoes, whatever the participating vendors have grown this season. Please note that purchases can only be made with cash, so make sure you have some on hand before you stop by. Admission to the harvest sale is the price of the regular Heritage Park admission, which can be purchased at the gate or in advance online.
Where: Calaway Park (245033 Range Rd 33)
When: Saturday, September 7 – Monday, October 14
It’s not too early to start celebrating Halloween, especially not at Calaway Park! The amusement park is starting the spooky activities ahead of time with a special “Hallotown” attraction, contests and other specialty themed activities. Some of the rides and shows will also be made to be Halloween-themed, and guests are encouraged to visit the park dressed in their favourite character (though it is encouraged guests dress appropriately for families and children).
The Halloween theme activities only take place on the weekends starting September 7 until October 14, so those interested are encouraged to plan their trip ahead of time to make sure they’re able to visit before it closes. Admission to the Hallotown attractions is the regular admission price to Calaway Park, which can be purchased at the gate or online in advance.
YYC Fright Fest 2019
Where: Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW #202)
When: Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15
The Halloween spirit doesn’t stop there – make sure you have all the costumes, accessories and decorations you need at the YYV Fright Fest! A variety of vendors, entertainment and other Halloween activities will be available for visitors at Eau Claire Market starting on one of the spookiest days – Friday the 13th! The event runs all weekend, so visitors will have plenty of opportunities to browse through the market and make sure they have everything they need to celebrate the Halloween season in style.
Admission to the event is free, and all visitors are encouraged to attend in their best costumes.
Community Fall Fair
Where: ENMAX Park (Elbow River Pathway & MacDonald Ave SE)
When: Saturday, September 21
The Calgary Stampede may have ended back in July, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be another reason to visit the grounds this fall! The Calgary Stampede will be hosting a one-day Community Fall Fair at the ENMAX Park on the Stampede grounds this September with a variety of fall-themed activities. No Stampede-related event is complete without a free pancake breakfast, though this time, they will be pumpkin spice flavoured. Other activities will also include a market with local vendors, wagon rides, and crafts.
Admission to the Community Fall Fair is free, and visitors are encouraged to ride their bike, walk or take transit to the park. Parking is also available free for the first 500 guests, and there are plenty of spots available at the parking lots around the Stampede grounds. Trolley rides will be available to transport guests from the Victoria Park station to the ENMAX park free of charge.
Kiwanis Apple Festival
Where: Kamp Kiwanis (241001 Range Rd 42)
When: Saturday, September 21 – Sunday, September 22
At the Kiwanis Apple Festival, visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in the apple-themed activities that will be taking place throughout the weekend, like apple baking and tasting, apple archery and even an apple treasure hunt. There will also be other activities for guests to enjoy like a local market, silent auction and river hike. This festival was originally one of the camp’s major fundraisers but is now an annual festival that continues to provide support and awareness for Kiwanis, which provides underprivileged children the opportunity to participate in an outdoor camp.
Located just outside of Calgary, the camp is easy to access by vehicle, and admission to the festival is free of charge. The Kiwanis Apple Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day.