Things to Do in Edmonton in October
And just like that, we bid September farewell and welcome sweater weather! October brings us a new pumpkins event, pizza party, chills and thrills, and so much more. Check out our list of things to do in Edmonton this October!
It's Spooky Season, Witches!
A fog rolls up over the hills of the river valley. The newly fallen leaves crunch under your feet. The spookiest time of year is right around the corner. Here are a few of Edmonton's scariest events that will make your inner witch/warlock jump for joy. Stay tuned for our Halloween blog, which will highlight even more spooky events around town!
The (New) Telus World of Science
After undergoing a massive expansion, the TELUS World of Science is back and better than ever with even more to see and do! Don't miss the Arctic Journey Exhibit, catch scary movies on the big screen, and explore the new Indigenous Experiences found at the centre.
The Indigenous People's Experience
The Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park is an awe-inspiring addition to the park's exciting offerings. The park has extended this experience until December, making it the perfect fall activity! Gather and explore life through the diversity of First Nations' and Métis Peoples' histories and perspectives. The stories, music, artwork, and text in the experience come from local Indigenous perspectives and voices, gathered through engagement with local Indigenous communities and research.
Take a Day-Trip Back in Time
October is the perfect time to beat the summer crowds and visit Metis Crossing – the first major Métis cultural interpretive centre in Alberta. This incredible facility mirrors the core values of the Métis community including self-sufficiency, respect of elders, participation of youth, and cultural pride. The one-of-a-kind attraction encourages visitors to participate in activities that promote appreciation of the people, customs, and celebrations. Learn traditional Métis art from teachers and knowledge holders who host classes using traditional materials, beading, and jewellery making techniques!
Calling All Pizza Lovers!
The 4th Annual Jason Gregor Pizza Pigout is Edmonton’s biggest and best pizza party! Head to this drive-in experience at the Edmonton Expo Centre and get ready to carb-out. Plus, you'll get a chance to vote for YEG’s best pizza, and enjoy a family friendly flick – The Bad Guys (on Canada’s biggest LED screen), pizza delivered to your car (donated by local pizzerias), a goodie bag & more!
Catch a Show at Rogers Place
One of the best parts of Edmonton's ICE District is the chance to have an evening out plus catch a great show all in one place! Check out the upcoming concerts at Rogers Place, including Michael Buble and the Arkells. Don't forget to grab a bite at one of the ICE District's signature local restaurants!
Geo Domes where the Bison Roam
Take your camping experience to a whole new level with the Geo Domes at Elk Island Retreat. Nature meets comfort in this glamping experience designed for memory-makers. The domes include a fireplace gas heater, making them perfect for chilly fall nights. A queen-sized bed, Nespresso coffee maker, and in-suite lighting (you heard that right - lighting!) means that this is a great choice for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city without ditching the comforts of home.
YEG Artisan Market
The Edmonton Downtown Farmer’s Market is excited to bring 35 of Edmonton’s most talented artists & artisans to the YEG Artisan Market for a weekend of all things art! Come celebrate Edmonton’s vibrant art scene at this boutique market. The market will be found on the second floor of Edmonton’s historic downtown market building. There will be a wide variety of art – for your walls, your tables, your gardens, your ears, yourself and your friends. Find yourself something special or get an extra head start on your holiday shopping!
Your favourite non-fiction stories come to life off the page at Litfest, with 50-plus presenters over 11 days. Avid readers connect with writers through a series of live & virtual events, great conversations, and immersive readings. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to interact with some of the best-selling, award-winning, and emerging authors of books, magazines, and films!
Live Music at La Cite
Live music is back at La Cité Francophone's Patio Series Concerts! Presenting a wide variety of musical styles every Thursday evening from June 23-December 15, the patio offers plenty of room for good times and great food. Check out their website for details and to discover each evening's line-up - there is no better way to spend a Thursday night than at Café Bicyclette at La Cité Francophone!
Every Thursday until December 15
Discover Prairie Gardens
Prairie Gardens is a 35-acre fully operational farm offering a variety of educational, fun, and above all delicious culinary experiences for you and your family to enjoy. Visit the 15-Acre U-Pick Pumpkin Patch and choose your perfect pumpkin right off the vine! While pumpkins last, it's first come, first serve. Make sure to get one before they're gone! The Farm also features more attractions than you’ll have time to visit, including a petting zoo full of cute animals, a corn maze to lose yourself in, easy-going wagon rides, roasting campfires, and an endless lineup of seasonal activities.
Let Music Soothe Your Soul
Savour the magic of classical masterworks in the acoustically superb Winspear Centre performance hall. This month brings concerts like 'The Music of Star Wars', 'Bach, Vivaldi & Fireworks', 'Brett Young' and more! Another special musical resident is the grand, three-storey tall Québec-created Davis Concert Organ with 6,551 formidable pipes that resonate through a listener’s soul. Escape the everyday with an evening filled with beautiful music!
Experience Indigenous Cuisine
Pei Pei Chei Ow caters a variety of seasonally inspired dishes and elaborate dinners that tell a narrative. They work with wild meats, traditional and post-colonial ingredients, and incorporate Indigenous ways of cooking outdoors and in the kitchen. Check out their online cooking classes, or order catering prepared by Chef Scott Iserhoff for an exceptional dining experience. You can also pick-up grab and go options from their location at Whiskeyjack Art House!
It's Elks Season!
Grab your friends and head out to witness some of the city's best outdoor sporting events. Edmonton loves its football! Grab a drink, a hot dog, and join the fun-loving fans at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Cheer on the Elks as they battle it out on the field!
The Return of the Orange and Blue
The NHL is back! Cheer on Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers as they battle it out at Rogers Place in Edmonton’s ICE District. Find over 18,000 seats with awesome sightlines, spacious concourses for all levels with great food and beverage options, and the latest technology including the largest true high-definition scoreboard in the NHL. After the game, grab a bite or cocktail at one of the ICE District's local joints!
Savour the Flavours of Paraiso Tropical
Paraiso Tropical’s story began in the 1980s when Jesus Gonzalez Sr. and his wife, Alba Gonzalez Rivas, left their town of Acajutla, El Salvador and immigrated to Edmonton. Today, Paraiso Tropical has two locations, bringing authentic flavours from Latin America to right here in Alberta's capital! Stop by and pick up lunch, or gather ingredients for an incredible dinner featuring unique ingredients you can't find anywhere else.
Things will get Corny
From the air, the maze looks like an artistic pattern. On the ground, the Edmonton Corn Maze tests your sense of adventure (and direction). This year's maze highlights the work of Edmonton’s Food Bank making for both an amazing aerial view as well as a challenging labyrinth. Though the correct pathways can be walked in under 30 minutes, most visitors will require about one hour to travel through more than 5 km of twists and turns and 85 decision points. It makes for a corn-tastic day!
Until October 16
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