Just becuase the summer is over, doesn’t mean the fun has to end. This list of things to do in the fall offers exciting activies for both the homebody and adventurer alike! From DIY projects to sporting events, you won’t find yourself wondering what to do this autumn.
1) Photography time!
Lethbridge is beautiful during the autumn months. Take advantage of the rich colours and textures of the season with a family photoshoot. Get your loved ones out crunching in the leaves and capture the fun through your lens. Later, you can turn the photos into art projects or frame them for a gift to give during the holidays.
2) Prep for Winter
It’s a good idea to make sure your house is ready before the cold weather sets in. Make sure your doors and windows have a good seal so you’re not wasting money on high energy bills. There are a number of do-it-yourself insulation materials available at any hardware store. Be sure to get all the landscaping and yard work complete so you’re not overwhelmed by a big mess in the spring. Check out Reuse Rendezvous and the City of Lethbridge website to help with the cleanup.
And don’t forget to winterize your vehicle! Be sure you have a block heater, winter tires and antifreeze. Put some candles, blankets and extra winter gear in the trunk for those just-in-case moments.
3) Fall festivals
It wouldn’t be Fall without festivals! Check out the Lethbridge Fringe Festival and let the creative mind run free during this weekend jam-packed with performing arts. Or listen to the works of local authors at The Word On The Street festival. If you’re a music lover, Love & Records will be the perfect event to check out with 12 hours of live music and so much more in Galt Gardens. Check out the many more Fall themed happenings on our events calendar.
4) Take a Class
As the summer winds down and you get back into your usual routine, keep life interesting by taking in a workshop or a class that interests you. Casa offers all sorts of classes for the creative thinker and arts enthusiast. And just because you’re not be going back to school this fall doesn’t mean you can’t enroll in a Continuing Education course at Lethbridge College, or a class at the University of Lethbridge.
5) Fall recipes
The cooler days make it much easier to turn on the oven or stovetop. Experiment with different ingredients like squash, and make soups or stews to store the freezer for a hearty and convenient meal this later winter. You can even start your holiday baking early! Allrecipes.com is a great place to start! The City of Lethbridge also offers a number of sqash recipes for you to experiment with.
The Lethbridge Cornmaze is a fall must! Round up a group of friends, or the family and make your way through the maze. Don’t forget to feed the animals on your way out or check out the big slide! It’s only a few short minutes outside the city.
The Lethbridge Symphony will be back at it this month with Finlandia on September 26! The University of Lethbridge will be picking up their noon-hour concert series. Or head to Casa for its Open Stage and share your music starting September 9! Geomattic Attic has a full line-up of live music for you to enjoy this fall, kicking off the season with Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez September 18!
Southern Alberta has some beautiful landscapes that are even more breathtaking as the leaves start to change. Head out to Crowsnest Pass on a weekend to explore the five communities that make up the pass, and get some fresh air. Do some hiking, check out the neat little shops and cafés, and then enjoy a nice meal at one of the many restaurants. You don’t have to go far to find serenity in nature.
9) Library Events
Both the Main Library and Crossings branch offer fun programs all through the fall into winter, starting mid-September! These drop-in programs take place during the day too, so kids not yet in school can still have fun! Or you can get the whole family involved in the evening, it’s up to you! Check out our events calendar and plan a Library day.
Lethbridge College and University of Lethbridge post-secondary sports teams will be back this fall. From basketball to hockey, soccer to rugby, sports enthusiasts can look forward to some exciting games this season. Support our student athletes and cheer them on!
Head to Pinterest or your favourite website for inspiration and get your hands dirty with some fall-themed crafts. You can get the whole family involved and there are so many ways to turn a simple leaf into an art project. One idea: find a leaf for each person in the family and make leaf people. You can even put on your own puppet show afterwards!
12) Cemetery Tours
Galt Museum & Archives will be offering their flashlight cemetery tours every Friday and Saturday in October. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about the trials and triumphs of the first people to call Lethbridge home. Don’t forget your flashlight!
It’s about to get a lot colder here in Southern Alberta, time to bust out the blankets and slippers… It might be a good idea to get the scarves and mitts out of the storage closet too. Make sure your boots and heavy jackets are in good condition. You can even get a group of friends together for a clothing swap, and then donate the rest of your unwanted knits!
14) Curl up with a good book
Cool and rainy afternoons are just around the corner. Make some tea or hot chocolate, grab your comfiest sweatpants and cuddle up in your favourite spot with the pages of the must-read you’ve been meaning to get to. If you’re an avid reader, we’ve compiled a few suggestions for readers of all ages. You might have even seen some of these authors at Word on the Street in Lethbridge!
- Book of Knots – Jay Gamble (local author)
- Black Cat in the Shadows – Blaine Greenwood (local author)
- Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follet
- David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
- Mr. Mercedes Trilogy – Stephen King
- The High Mountains of Portugal – Yann Martel
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling
Youth & Children
- Tom Gates: Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of) – Liz Pichon
- The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
- The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them – J.K. Rowling
- The Perks of Being a Wallfower – Stephen Chbosky
- All the Feels – Danika Stone (local author)
15) Halloween costumes & décor
Lastly, autumn = Halloween! That means carving pumpkins, baking pumpkin seeds, making the house look spooky and taking the ghosts and ghouls trick-or-treating. October is a busy month! Start your prep early with homemade costumes and decorations. This year Casa is hosting two Halloween events for families and adults – be sure to check it out. See our events calendar for more Hallow’s Eve ideas!
Some of the top trending costumes of 2016 include:
- Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad
- Kylo Ren from the new Star Wars
- Pikachu from Pokémon
- Witch or Wizard from Harry Potter Series