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Things to do in Edmonton in October

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by Edmonton Tourism Team

So, it’s fall. Yup, that happened again. But actually, fall is starting to become our favourite season. Cozy up to all the autumn activities around town and watch as the leaves turn to gold. Infinity scarves, cardigans, gourd-flavoured lattes, and a plethora of things to do. What more could you ask for?

Explore in the River Valley
Seriously though, we take our river valley for granted, especially this time of year. We could spout off about it being the world's largest stretch of urban parkland and all the “tourism stuff,” but we really do have an incredibly developed playground in our own backyard. Grab a bike, your running shoes, or even hop on the High Level Streetcar and find out why the fall colours make it look like the entire valley is ablaze.
High Level Streetcar runs until October 9

Edmonton International Film Festival
Indulge your cinematic appetite with the Edmonton International Film Festival...and a large bag of popcorn (with extra butter of course.) This year’s festival is filled with independent, international and eye-opening films. Discover little-known gems and experience the best in independent filmmaking from around the globe!
September 28 - October 7

Rogers Place Events
Cheer on the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings, or catch an upcoming concert in the one of the world's best arenas. We're allowed to toot our own horn, right?

Upcoming concerts:
The Weeknd- October 2
Imagine Dragons- October 10
Arcade Fire- October 11
Kings of Leon- October 13
Roger Waters- October 24/25
Depeche Mode- October 27

Bloom Festival
Sun salutations, meditation, and wellness are all on the menu at the Bloom Festival. The Shaw Conference Centre will be your host for inspiring yoga practices, live music and a community of people aspiring to make a difference in our world. Sounds lovely, doesn't it?
October 5-8

Up + Downtown Music Festival
This three day, multi venue, choose-your-own-adventure music experience takes over downtown this October. From punk shows to sultry songstresses and more, Up + Downtown Music Festival has ear candy for every taste. Over 100 bands, DJs, and comedians are coming your way, so rest up. It's going to be a wild ride.
October 6-8

Dark Sky Campfires at Elk Island
In the heart of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, escape the city and gaze upon the countless stars in our galaxy with a friendly park interpreter. Campfire, hot chocolate, and s'mores provided. B-Y-O-Blanket and lawn chair.
October 6 & 13

Edmonton Corn Maze
From the air, the maze looks like an artistic pattern. On the ground, the Edmonton Corn Maze tests your sense of adventure (and direction). Expect 5 kms of twists and turns and 85 decision points. A series of clue cards offer guidance along the way, with questions rated for all ages.
Until October 24

Edmonton Comedy Festival
Ready to laugh? Or cry because you’re laughing so hard? Edmonton Comedy Festival is back with some of the best comedians around. You can even work at honing your own funny bone at one of their workshops!
October 12-14

Litfest Festival
Nonfiction content comes to life at Litfest! Plus, it is Canada's only non-fiction festival bringing a series of events, chic gatherings, and gourmet experiences. This year, LitFest welcomes headliner Jon Ronson, whose dry humour and adept storytelling will engage and fascinate you.
October 12-22

Haunted Pumpkin Festival
Enter with caution as a headless horseman guards Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm. The Haunted Pumpkin Festival will keep you busy this October with over 50 family friendly activities. Try your aim with the pumpkin cannon, scream your way through the haunted house or test your sense of direction with the corn maze.
Weekends in October

Stay tuned for our Halloween Blog featuring more spooky outings and freaky things to do.