What, it’s Thursday already? Just kidding, we’ve been counting down the hours since Monday for the weekend to come to Edmonton once more. Even moreso this week, because it looks like Mother Nature is shining favourably upon us. Get ready for some brisk mornings, and some lovely early fall afternoons.
Here’s our list of things to do around Edmonton this weekend.
This is your last chance to see the Elks at home for the next month or so (curse you, once-a-week game schedule!). They’re facing off against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, so it’s going to be an uphill battle, and they’ll need all the support they can get.
When: Saturday, September 18th
Where: 11000 Stadium Road
This is your last chance to check out Edmonton’s beloved outdoor market! From local vendors to food trucks and extended patios, this is one of those activities that you think will take 30 minutes, but you end up spending 2 hours there. We see it as a good thing!
When: On until September 18th
Where: 104th Street Promenade
When the leaves start to change colour, that’s when you know it’s time to visit the ol’ corn maze. It’s like the perfect early fall activity, and we’ve got perfect early fall weather to enjoy it! Ask your friends, we’re sure at least one of them is ready to frolic in a field this weekend.
When: Open throughout the weekend
Where: 26171 Garden Valley Road, Spruce Grove
Cost: $13.50+ for GA
On a similar note, we think that the U of A Botanic Garden is best enjoyed during the spring or the fall. For fall visits, we get to see the leaves turn magical shades of orange and red, and the weather can be perfect for a leisurely stroll. Need a reason to visit? Keep in mind the Fall Family Festival‘s ongoing events!
When: Open throughout the weekend
Where: Parkland County, Alberta
Cost: $18.75 for GA
And to complete the outdoor trio, we love a late summer/early fall trip out to Elk Island. Of course, that weekend walk is made all the sweeter if you actually get to see some bison up close and personal, but either way, it’s a great time. After all, they’re just 1 of hundreds of species living in the park!
When: Open throughout September
Where: 54401 Range Road 203, Fort Saskatchewan
Cost: $7.90 for admissions
This free concert series courtesy of Edmonton Downtown is set to wrap up this month. Each week, you can check out amazing local artists, for free, and intimate as well as outdoor settings around the city. And while it’s fun to stumble across one, we say build a night around it instead!
When: Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th
Where: Venues around Edmonton
Cost: Free to access
Got some excess energy to burn? Skip pushups in your kitchen and go explore some of Edmonton’s best places for an outdoor workout. From yoga in the park to running trails and more, we’ve got you covered from all angles. And with the weather cooling down, this is one of the best times of the year to get out there!
Where: Click the link above for more info
Golf has had another banner year, but don’t let that discourage you from joining in on the fun. Luckily, advance booking makes it easy to work it into your schedule, and Edmonton has got a handful of affordable municipal courses for you to go swing your sticks at. And, things get cheaper the closer to fall we get!
When: Open throughout the week
Where: Locations around Edmonton
Not really feeling the outdoor activities this weekend? No problem! We’ve got a couple of indoor options up our sleeves as well. For the film buffs out there, the new movie The Green Knight is now showing at the Metro Cinema. Word to the wise- this is one of those movies where it pays to know the story beforehand, otherwise you’re just going to be confused for two and a half hours.
When: Showtimes throughout the weekend
Where: 8712 109 Street
Good news, art lovers! A new exhibition has arrived at the Art Gallery of Alberta! Titled ROYGBIV, this group show focuses on the use and impact of colours. If you find yourself staring at Rothko prints more often than you’d like, this is right up your alley.
When: Open Thursday to Sunday weekly
Where: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
That’s what we’ve got in mind for you this weekend, Edmonton! We hope you make the most of it, and stay safe out there!