[:en]Edmonton might be the capital city, but there are plenty of amazing autumn activities happening all around the province. Well connected by road and air, getting out to these great family-friendly activities on a long weekend is an absolute must for any adventure seeker.

Now that the leaves are changing colours and the air is getting chilly, Edmontonians are looking to get out and enjoy the scenery, weather, and cultural activities that our province has to offer. Here are four amazing Alberta family activities to try this autumn:

Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

What’s better than seeing pilots from around the world fly their hot air balloons? How about seeing pilots from around the world flying glow-in-the-dark hot air balloons while you savour some amazing food?

That’s exactly what you get at the Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival. Located in High River near Calgary, it won’t take very long to get there from Edmonton, and it’ll be a ton of fun for the whole family. Watch as they battle it out for a spot in the world championships in Japan!

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Nestled in the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, Jasper is the commercial centre of Jasper National Park, hands down one of Canada’s most breathtaking parks. Each autumn, Jasper puts on its famous Dark Sky Festival, where thousands of spectators get lost in the wonder of unspoiled skies. Locals, tourists, and astronomers, both amateur and professional, gather each Autumn to gaze at the sky and partake in special events put on by the city. There’s something for every interest—and budget too!

Red Deer Ranch Tracker

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a fugitive on the run on the frontier? Well now you can experience it in a one-of-a-kind event just a short drive south from Edmonton. Red Deer’s Ranch Tracker event lets the “fugitive” stay on the run equipped with a GPS and map of the area. Collect all of the red flags and you win. But beware, the tracker is on the loose and hunting you down…Game on!

Etsy Calgary

Etsy is a world-famous online shop for independent artists and craftspeople to sell their wares. Etsy Calgary is one of Canada’s largest markets and features only made-in-Canada products from locals. It’s like a giant flea market of eclectic items for sale, but from Canadian artists only. Get everything from handicrafts to necklaces and more. Time to get your holiday shopping out of the way early! If you want a family-friendly afternoon of laid-back browsing and shopping, it’s right down in Calgary.

Looking to escape the city and have some fun this autumn? Try these four amazing Alberta events that are fun for the whole family. You can’t find them anywhere else!

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