These days, anyone and everyone can snap a breathtaking photo at any given moment in their day. Whether it’s a spectacular sunset, moments with friends and family or the all too popular food/meal pic!

As we transition into autumn, there are an abundance of events for coast to coast you can attend to get that perfect shot and there is no better place than Alberta. You’re never pressed for fun things to do, be it something as simple as a nature walk or adventurous as a foliage train ride. So, grab your coats, scarfs, boots and get your camera ready because we’ve got some of the best festivals for you to get the perfect photo.

Here are some of Alberta’s best fall festivals to the ‘gram!

Circle: The Traveling Food, Beer & Music Carnival

When: September 13, 2019

Back for its 6th year, this event features a diverse collection of local and international musicians and dancers, scheduled on multiple different stages for hours of non-stop, jam-packed fun and revelry in one compact location.

Banff Whisky Experience

When: September 13, 2019 to September 14, 2019

Celebrate the craftmanship of some of the finest distilleries in the world in mountain paradise where your senses are heightened and hones. There will be over 12 classes over two days and 1 Grand Tasting event hosting 60 distilleries that will be pouring hundreds of different whiskies from around the world.

Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

When: September 25 to September 29, 2019

Featuring balloons from around the world, this is a Hot Air Balloon Competition featuring the event, ‘Night Glow’, which is a staple of the town of High River. It is a spectacular show that can never be forgotten.

Oktoberfest Calgary

When: September 27 to September 29, 2019

Dress in your Dirndl and leap into Lederhosen for Calgary’s authentic three-day extravaganza. Rally your friends and experience a real Bavarian event complete with award winning German-style beers from three Calgary breweries, competitions, swag bags, a real log fire and even cuckoo clocks!

Railway Days

When: September 28 to September 29, 2019

All aboard for a weekend of train facts and fun at Heritage Park Historical Village. The Park’s trains take centre stage for two days with demonstrations, hands-on activities and exciting exhibits. Watch a turn table demonstration, take a ride in a caboose, tour the cab of an antique steam engine and enjoy special activities all weekend.

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

When: October 18, 2019

At 11,000 square kilometers, Jasper National Park is the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserver. Every October, Astronomers of any level can enjoy this natural wonder and take part in guided stargazing, planetarium experiences and photography workshops. Come along and get lost in the stars!

Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival Calgary

When: October 18 to October 19, 2019

This festival will spoil your senses! Attendees will have the opportunity to explore new wines, premium spirits, craft beers, blended scotches along with irresistible gourmet nibbles from local restaurants and hotels.


When: October 19, 2019

One of the prime events in Downtown Okotoks. This event features live music, food trucks along Clark Avenue and a microbrewery tasting at the Landmark Site.

Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival Edmonton

When: November 8 to November 9, 2019

Happiness never tasted so good! Explore new wines, premium spirits, craft beers, blended scotches and much more. Enjoy samples from local restaurants and hotels as well.

Banff Santa Claus Parade

When: November 16, 2019

As fall retreats and winter emerges, so does the wonder and joy of Christmas in the Canadian Rockies. At dusk, the streets come alive with the magic glow of the Santa Claus Parade of Lights as a procession of floats and performers traverse Banff Avenue.

Grey Cup Festival 2019

When: November 20 to 24, 2019

Calgary Stampede Park will be home to the first-ever Grey Cup Rodeo when the city hosts the CFL championship festival. So, come on down and ‘Experience the Energy’!

For more inspiration on things to do this fall in Alberta, visit our guide pages.

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