Fall events in Alberta & BC
In Western Canada, one day it’s summer and the next, fall is here. Almost without warning, the leaves start changing colour and Halloween is on its way. But that’s a good thing! Fall in Alberta and BC brings with it apple picking, fall fairs, Thanksgiving feasts, colourful aspen hikes, fun Halloween costume parties, and yes, pumpkin spice lattes.
It also brings festivals dedicated to celebrating the arts, Indigenous heritage, food, nature and outdoor adventure.
Catch the autumn vibes with these great fall events in Western Canada.
Fall Events in Alberta and BC
Arts & Culture
Sept 22 - Oct 15 BC Culture Days / various locations, BC
BC celebrates the province’s arts and culture with arts classes, live music and theatre, artist panels and demonstrations, in towns and cities across the province, from Abbostford to Vernon to Quesnel, Vancouver, Victoria, Smithers, Kamloops and more!
Sept 30 - Oct 30 Field of Screams / Vernon, BC
When one theme is not enough - Field of Screams announces MULTIPLE themes for the 2022 Season! Field of Screams: Theatre of Terror will be one of the most bone-chilling, hair raising events the Okanagan has ever seen!
October 13 - 22 Jasper Dark Sky Festival / Jasper, AB
October is Dark Sky month in Jasper! Home to the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky preserve, Jasper by day offers a universe of outdoor fun in a wilderness playground and at night is a stunning wilderness of stars. Special propgrams run through the two weeks of the festival, including the Symphony Under the Stars, a Drone Light Spectacle, SkyTram star sessions and Indigenous experiences.
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Sept 21 - Oct 1 Edmonton International Film Festival / Edmonton, AB
Edmonton’s version of its annual film fest emphasizes indie film-making, something the city has earned a reputation for over the years.
Sept 21 - Oct 1 Calgary International Film Festival / Calgary, AB
Hit the red carpet and choose from over 200 films to watch, over 11 days in Calgary, at this premiere Canadian film event—one of only several qualifiers for Oscar-aspiring short films!
Oct 6 - 31 Pumpkins After Dark / Burnaby, BC
Explore the magical pathway of lit pumpkin sculptures and displays, with music, sounds and special effects. With classic Halloween characters, dinosaurs and dragons, movie and pop culture icons, this family friendly event has something for everyone.
Food, Beer and Wine Fests
Oct 1 - 29 Pumpkin Picking Festival / Vernon, BC
Head to Davison Orchards Wednesdays through Sundays throughout October and pick pumpkins with your loved ones, indulge in the endless pumpkin treats, and even take a tractor tour through the beautiful fields of Davison Orchards located just 10 minutes outside of Vernon.
October 13 - 14 Rocky Mountain Food & Wine Festival / Calgary, AB
Explore an incredible array of dynamic wines, smooth spirits, and downright delicious beers from around the globe, all under one roof at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park. Cap it all off with tantalizing bites from some of Calgary’s best restaurants and food purveyors, and you’ve got a can’t-miss event.
October 14 Stein & Dine, Victoria's 7th Annual Oktoberfest, Victoria, BC
Stein and Dine will offer a fantastic selection of BC craft beer to wet the appetite, from Germanic staples to classic West Coast styles. In the tradition of the classic Oktoberfest style, Roast Meat & Sandwich Shop will be preparing popular Germanic favourites for your enjoyment.
Nature & Outdoors
October 6 - 8 Royal Victoria Marathon / Victoria, BC
Head to Vancouver Island for the marathon, half marathon, 8K and Thrifty Foods Kids Run in Victoria, BC. With wonderful Canadian hospitality, incredible courses that loop through Beacon Hill Park and along the ocean waterfront, and a start and finish line in the Inner Harbour with the Parliament Buildings in the background, you will enjoy every aspect of your Royal Victoria Marathon experience.
October 7 - 8 Grizzly Ultra Marathon / Canmore, AB
Head to the beautiful, mountainous town of Canmore and take on either the 50km solo marathon or team up for the two or five person relay races.