When the leaves turn to gold, yellow and brown, turn your attention to Calgary.  Beautiful blue skies, crisp air and the random chinook makes the season enjoyable.  Autumn is the ideal time to beat the heat and the summer crowds, and take in the quintessential Calgary culture, particularly the creative and the artsy.

The third annual Beakerhead, locally founded, rolls in mid-September, with the world’s most original and eclectic spectacles of art, science and engineering over the course of five days. With over 60 events across the city, there’s sure to be something to spark your imagination – you’ll find everything from mechanical creatures to multi-story art installations.


  • DO: Take a stroll through some of the trendy Calgary neighbourhoods including Inglewood, Mission, Bridgeland and Kensington
  • DINE: At any of the numerous chef-driven restaurants using seasonal local ingredients
  • DISCOVER: The rich history of Calgary at Fort Calgary
  • DO: Fly-fish on the Bow River, home to some of the world’s best trout fishing in the heart of the city
  • DINE: Taste the flavours of fall with samples of craft beer and spirits made with Alberta grain
  • DISCOVER: Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament with the top international show-jumpers of the highest calibre


  • Calgary Highland Games
  • Barbeque on the Bow
  • Heritage Park Railway Days
  • Nuit Blanche Calgary – International Arts Festival
  • Calgary Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival


  • Kaleidoscopic Animalia, art exhibition by fashion designer Paul Hardy at Glenbow Museum
  • Family fun at Calgary Corn Maze fun at Kayben Farms
  • Catch and release trout at Bow Habitat Trout Pond tours
  • Dine at the Really, Really Long Table Dinner on Stephen Avenue
  • Star gazing at Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
  • Halloween fun with Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas with the Philharmonic Orchestra
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