Bucket List Worthy
Leaves are falling, and pumpkin spice lattes have been served over Starbucks counters for almost two months now. Despite unseasonably warm temperatures in many parts of the country, there’s no denying that fall is in full swing. And that means cities throughout Canada and the United States are donning their spookiest jack-o-lanterns and scarecrows. Some cities go all-out for the fall season, and the following are four that simply do it better than all the rest.
There’s nothing quite like experiencing the autumn season in the American heartland, where farms still cover much of the open land. Oklahoma City is one of those heartland towns that rises up while the leaves fall down. This year, visitors can attend Pumpkinville 2017, and join roughly 27,000 other attendees as The Myriad Gardens is transformed into a fairy tale, fall-inspired town named Pumpkinville. The crafts, activities and spirited autumn displays are fun for the entire family.
Other must-try October Oklahoma City activities include the ORR Family Farm’s Zombie Apocalypse Paintball, the Halloween train at the Oklahoma Railway Museum and a long list of special autumn events, concerts and performances.
Fall just wouldn’t be the same without an Oktoberfest celebration, and the biggest one in North America takes place every year in Kitchener-Waterloo. This Bavarian festival draws visitors from around the world in search of giant jugs of German beer, traditional music, countless family-friendly events and an elaborate Canadian Thanksgiving Day parade.
From pumpkin patches piled high to creepy fall theatre performances and pumpkin spice pancakes, Calgary doesn’t let a moment of autumn charm and flavour go unnoticed. Loaded with a long list of fall-inspired things to do for affordable prices (or even free), this is the best city to visit for nonstop fall fun on the cheap. Visit EnMax Park for their annual free Pumpkin Spice Pancake Breakfast or fuel your Halloween spirit by watching the Alberta Ballet perform Dracula at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Other must-visit events include the Autumn Pumpkin Festival, taking place over four October weekends, and the Calgary Zombie Invasion terrifying trail run.
It may not feel much like fall in hot, humid Dallas, Texas, but it sure looks like it at the Dallas Arboretum. This favourite Dallas attraction will be presenting its Autumn at the Arboretum event through Nov. 22, 2017, with more than 150,000 blooming fall plants, the Children’s Adventure Garden and the internationally-famous Pumpkin Village. The Village will feature more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash in a display that’s worthy of filling your entire camera roll. Family-fun weekends, tours and weekly concerts make Dallas the place to be for fall fun in the South.