The summer is winding down and the cool air has been drifting in. But there’s still some outside fun to be had this month with Fall Festivals and family oriented get togethers. Here are some family fun ideas in and around Edmonton to get you through the month.
September 4-5 Symphony in the City: Come down to Churchill Square to watch the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra perform classical music from Disney’s Fantasia! Show starts at 7pm but come early and bring your own seating because it is free and first come, first serve. Click HERE for information on the event and what to bring.
September 5-6 ITU World Triathlon Edmonton: Athletes will swim Hawrelak Lake and run and bike the scenic river valley. Check out schedule, route and more HERE and for road closures and shuttles visit the City of Edmonton website HERE
September 8 Royal Alberta Museum: In preparation of their big move, their hours change this month. After September 8, they will only be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday form 9am-5pm. Make sure to visit before they close December 6, 2015 at 5pm. Tip – Even with reduced hours, you can still enjoy half priced admission Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9-11 am. For information on their exhibits and their move, click HERE.
September 19 Bubble Guppies Live – Ready to Rock: Always a hit with young ones, come to the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium to rock out with Molly, Gill and the whole gang. For tour dates and tickets click HERE
September 19 Community League Day: Purchase memberships and see what your Community League has to offer. Celebrations will be held on various days and locations, so check with your local league or click HERE. My local league, Lorelei-Beaumaris will be having their Family Fun Day Sunday September 20 from 12-3pm. There will be memberships for purchase, snacks, bouncy houses and more so come down if you’re in the area.
September 26 Etsy Made In Canada – Edmonton Market: Come and support local businesses and artist and browse the beautiful handmade items. Check out the over 45 vendors at Latitude 53, from 10-4pm. To join the Edmonton Facebook event click HERE or to find a location across Canada, visit the Etsy Canada website HERE
September 27 Free Admission Day: From 10-6pm (check facility hours), enjoy free access to city attractions and recreation centres. The most popular ones, like Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton Valley Zoo and the Muttart Conservatory, get pretty busy, so go early to avoid crowds, and bring snacks and water to avoid long waits for food. For a full list of participating attractions visit the City of Edmonton website HERE.
September 7 Sheep Leaving Parade and Picnic in the Park: Take part in some crafts and visit with the sheep starting at 10am, then say farewell as they parade through the downtown starting at 11am. Visit HERE for more information.
September 12 Neighbour Day: At the Dow Centennial Centre from 10am-2pm, come and see all the programs and services the City of Fort Saskatchewan has to offer. Click HERE for more information.
September 19 Pancake Breakfast and Fall Festival: Come early for pancakes (8-11am) or visit the Downtown for their Fall Festival (10am-4pm). Check out the Fort Saskatchewan Calendar HERE for more information.
Prairie Gardens, Bon Accord
September 5-7 Sweet Corn Fest: Come for fresh Alberta corn steamed to perfection, stay for wagon rides, corn mazes and other family activities.
September 19-20 Fall-o-ween Harvest Fest: Enjoy the best the Fall has to offer with a market, musical entertainment and interactive kids events.
September 26-27 Haunted Pumpkin Fest: Starting this weekend and running every weekend in October, come out to the Pumpkin Patch, fire the Pumpkin Cannon and help support YESS (Youth Empowerment Support Society).
Visit Prairie Gardens website HERE for location, admission and event details.
September 13 Neighbour Day Block Party: At the Community Centre from 1-4pm, have fun with a bouncy castle, cake and find about the services in the area. Visit the Strathcona County website HERE to find out all the details.
September 26 Happy Acres U-Pick Fall Family Festival: Join them on the last day of their season for family activies, farm activities and ice-cream. More details to come, you can follow them HERE on Facebook for up to date information.
September 5 and September 12 Oil Kings Pre-season Games: For only $10 at the door, come to Service Place for family fun and hockey! Game starts at 7pm. More information available HERE
September 19 Fall Park Fest: At Kingswood Park from 1-4pm, help clean up parks and trails, plant trees and enjoy family entertainment. Visit the St. Albert website HERE for more information.
September 17 – November 1 ILLUMINASIA Lantern and Garden Festival: If you’re up for a fall road trip, head down to Calgary for the ILLUMINASIA Lantern and Garden Festival, after hours at the Calgary Zoo, Thursday-Sunday. Visit their website HERE for more information and tickets.
Various Locations and Times
Farmer’s Markets: Most outdoor markets will be winding down for the season. Get your last fill of garden fresh veggies, organic meats and homemade / handcrafted products. Visit Made Urban’s handy dandy Farmer’s Market 2015 Guide HERE.
Terry Fox Run: On September 20, join the 35th Anniversary with an event in your area. Visit the Terry Fox Foundation HERE for locations and to make a donation.
Silver Spur Drive-In, Thorsby: Grab some snacks, pile into the car, and drive 30 min west of Leduc to watch some family movies under the stars.
Toy Story- September 5 at 8:30 PM
Frozen- September 6 at 8:30 PM
Jurassic World- September 11 at 8:30 PM
Jurassic World- September 12 at 8:30 PM
Inside Out- September 18 at 8:00 PM
Back to the Future- September 19 at 8:00 PM
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit HERE
Check back for updates and added events. If you know of a fun family event this month, let me know!