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10 Calgary events that you should definitely check out this fall

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Ready or not, it’s here, YYC! With the smell of pumpkin spice in the air, booties on our feet, and a love for horror in our hearts, we are beyond excited to bring you curious kittens a list of 10 Calgary events to check out this fall! Of course, with COVID still lurking on high-touch surfaces, anything could be cancelled in a moment’s notice so keep that in mind while planning so far ahead. That’s not to say that we’re not optimistic, though! 

Let’s jump into it!

INGLEWOOD NIGHT MARKET 2020

Breathe in some of that fresh fall air at the Inglewood night market! This COVID-friendly, super tasty event is the perfect autumn kick-off year after year. Of course, because of the virus, things will look a little different, but what annual festival or celebration doesn’t?

When: Friday, September 18th and 25th
Where: 3613 Blackburn Road SE, Calgary,
Time: 3 pm
Cost: $5 per two-hour time slot

GRANARY ROAD APPLEFEST 

Did you guys know that there are over 7,500 different varieties of apples in existence? That’s insane, no? From giant balloon apples to cider demonstrations and candy apple making, Apple Fest is basically the ultimate fall event, even if you leave never wanting to look at another Granny Smith again.

When: Saturday, September 26th and September 27th
Where: 226066 112 St W, Foothills County, AB
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: $10 +

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FALL SERIES OF MOTOR NIGHTS DRIVE-IN!

motor nights drive in calgary

Back by popular demand! From vintage classics to new school cool and now ookey-spooky favourites, Motor Nights: A Series of Drive-In Events will, once again, bring you nostalgia, excitement, and a sense of community in a year when we could all use it the most. Check the link above for this week’s showtimes!

When: Various dates throughout the fall
Where: 43080 Bow Valley Trail – Cochrane, AB
Time: 6 pm and 9:30 pm
Cost: $56/car

CALGARY ZOO BREW BEER FESTIVAL

Fancy a brew? Head to the zoo! This month, one of Calgary’s favourite attractions will celebrate everything local, cold and delicious with Alberta-proud craft beer, homegrown deliciousness, and fun twilight adults-only activities! in partnership with BeerGuysYYC, will showcase 17 different breweries all in the hopes of bringing the community together to support the local economy.

When: Thursday, September 24th
Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary
Time: 4;30 pm – 9 pm
Cost: $60+

HERITAGE INN BALLOON FESTIVAL

Hot air balloons in the fall? Talk about a killer combo. Get up close, but not too close, and personal, but not too personal, with vendors, the balloons, and their pilots during this year’s (COVID-friendly) Heritage Inn Balloon festival, a colourful breezy event and an autumn favourite.

When: Wednesday, September 23rd to 27th
Where: MacLeod Tr SW, High River
Time: See times here
Cost: Free

HAUNTED CALGARY: THE DEVIL’S DRIVE-IN 

Halloween is going to look a little bit different than last year or the year before. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to get our spooks elbow to elbow with other Calgarians, but we will be able to sneak a fright or two bumper to bumper thanks to Haunted Calgary. This October, feel so safe it’s scary at The Devils Drive-in, a 2020 Halloween Experience.

When: Saturday, October 10th – 31st
Where: 260300 Writing Creek Cres, Rocky View County, AB
Time: Timed entry – see slots here
Cost: $50/car

THANKSGIVING AT HERITAGE PARK

Take in the beautiful fall colours from the steam train, the historical village, or pathways in and around Calgary’s Heritage Park. Stop at the candy store, or pop into the Selkirk grill for a family, COVID-friendly harvest bite.

When: Saturday, October 10th-12th
When: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW
Time: 10am – 5 pm
Cost: $15+

FALL DAYS AT THE CALGARY FARMYARD

Corn mazes, kettle corn, corn dogs, pumpkins?! The Calgary farmyard is fall. Pick the perfect Jack o’ lantern, play some outdoor carnival games. Visit with farm animals, hit the pedal carts, or grab something tasty and make some mems along the way. These folks practically live for this season.

When: Until Saturday, October 31st
When: 284022 Township Rd 224, Rocky View No. 44, AB
Time: 10 am – 9 pm
Cost: $17.95

ASPEN CROSSING TRAIN OF TERROR

Train of Terror

Are you afraid of the dark, Calgary? The only thing scarier than COVID  is those that lurk in the shadows on Aspen Crossings Train of Terror. Despite everything going on right now, the Mossleigh attraction has confirmed that they will be going forward with their spooky must-visit, in fact, they’ve added a few new attractions like their photo-op alley and will preview their 2021 haunt.

When: Friday, October 9th – 31st
When: Box 30 Mossleigh, AB
Time: See times here
Cost: $76.66

CALGARY GHOST TOURS

See the darker side of Calgary’s beloved Heritage Park. Start your evening with a few drinks and then head to your chosen meeting point. Wince, cringe and mix and mingle with other groups while you visit “active” sights on one of these tophat guided lantern-lit tours.

When: Until Thursday, October 15th
When: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW
Time: Times vary
Cost: $22+

Well, there you have it, ghouls. 10 events we think you should check out this fall! As we mentioned, keep an eye out for cancellations, or changes – because anything could happen! Stay safe, be smart, and have fun out there!