It’s time to say so long to the sweltering days of summer and hello to fall’s golden larch trees, strolls along the Bow River and delicious apple and pumpkin baked goods from Glamorgan Bakery. To help you enjoy everything this season has to offer, we’ve curated a list of fun fall activities happening around Calgary.
From art exhibits to food festival favourites and outdoor adventures, with this guide in hand, every day can be as fun as jumping into a pile of freshly raked leaves (without the mess, of course).
Sing along at a concert
Go to a CFL game
In terms of fall faves, cheering on your local football team is right up there with pumpkin spice lattes. The crisp autumn air, fans bundled up in team colours and high-stakes games make for an unforgettable experience. Whether you're a football fanatic or just looking for a fun outing with friends, make sure you’re decked out in black and white to show your Stampeders pride. View the full schedule here.
Attend a food festival
Catch a laugh
- Nikki Glaser | October 7 | Grey Eagle Resort and Casino – Sit down for a laugh with Nikki Glaser, one of the funniest female voices in comedy. She’s delivered her shockingly honest, no-holds barred style of comedy to audiences for nearly two decades.
- An Evening with Mary Walsh | October 26 | Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts – Don’t miss this special opportunity to see Canadian cultural icon, comedian and social activist Mary Walsh perform some of her best comedic bits and most popular characters from Dancing with Rage, CODCO and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, along with up-to-the-minute local political satire.
- Paul Taylor: Bisoubye X | November 14 | La Cité des Rocheuses – Get ready for a night of laughter and entertainment as British comedian Paul Taylor performs his hilarious new show Bisoubye X! Mixing French and British humour, Paul's unique brand of comedy has made him a sensation on social media and on stages around the world.
- Just for Laughs | November 18 | Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – You’re guaranteed to have a good old-fashioned Canadian chuckle with host Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show) and an incredible line-up of hilarious comedians, including Lebanese Canadian comedian Malik Elassal, Critics Choice Award nominee Joyelle Nicole Johnson and Just for Laughs Festival favourite Arthur Simeon.
Meet your favourite author
- Wordfest Presents: Mary Berg | October 21 | DJD Dance Centre – Dish up a full serving of the good stuff as MasterChef Canada champ, bestselling cookbook author and new daytime TV show host Mary Berg discusses her newest cookbook, In Mary’s Kitchen: Stress-Free Recipes for Every Home Cook, with food writer Julie Van Rosendaal.
- Book Launch: Whistle at Night and They Will Come | October 24 | Memorial Park Library – Prepare to be drawn into the abyss by tales of apparitions, curses and hauntings, monstrous entities and chilling acts of vengeance at the launch of Blackfoot storyteller Alex Soop’s second collection, Whistle at Night and They Will Come.
- Wordfest Presents: Waubgeshig Rice | October 30 | Memorial Park Library – Listen to Waubgeshig Rice discuss his hotly anticipated new novel, Moon of the Turning Leaves, the sequel to his award-winning bestseller, Moon of the Crusted Snow. The event will include an audience Q&A and book signing.
- In Conversation with Chris Hadfield | November 19 | Indigo – CrossIron (Rocky View) – Join acclaimed astronaut Chris Hadfield as he signs copies of his novel, The Defector. The story follows the hunt for a shadowy Soviet defector and brings a nerve-shredding rush of aerial combat, as told by one of the world's top fighter pilots.
Enjoy an art exhibit
Delight in a theatre performance
Spend time outdoors