Things To Do

32 of the best things to do in Edmonton this October

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Hello folks! Get ready for all of our picks for things to do this October in Edmonton. It is for sure the spookiest month, and we’re getting prepped for all things Halloween and fall (shudders). Now, let’s see what you can get up to before the end of the month rolls around!

Here are 32 things to do this October in Edmonton.

Festivals and Events

Edmonton International Film Fest

With 150 films from 50+ countries, this massive film fest is sure to have something you’ll like. You get to watch a movie and it’s considered high culture? Score.

When: Now until October 5
Where: Venues around Edmonton
Tickets: Vary per event

Edmonton Comedy Fest

Laugh it up with both local comics and some from across North America. One stand-out name is Emo Philips, who is widely considered one of the funniest comics around.

When: October 16 to October 19
Where: Venues around Edmonton
Tickets: Vary per event

DARK

Oh, you thought we wouldn’t include all the spooky stuff going down this month? Yeah right. DARK is Fort Edmonton’s transformation into a variety of haunted houses, roving entertainment, and scare zones. Scary!

When: October 10 to November 1
Where: Fort Edmonton
Tickets: $40

Dead Centre of Town

Billed as a ‘live-action thriller’, the Dead Centre of Town is a theatrical retelling of some of Edmonton’s spookiest secrets. Plus, you can combine it with DARK for one heckuva scary night.

When: Select nights, October 13 to October 29
Where: Fort Edmonton
Tickets: $35, $70 for a combined ticket with DARK

Edmonton Short Film Fest

Think of it as variety hour but for a film festival! The first night focuses on short films (15 mins or less), while the second is about ‘long shorts’ (60 mins or less). Either way, you’ll walk away happy.

When: October 19 and October 20
Where: Metro Cinema
Tickets: Vary per event

ScreamFest

Six haunted houses, thrills and rides, and carnival games… ScreamFest is pretty much all you need this Halloween. Look no further than this massive festival to get all the spooks necessary for the year.

When: October 24 to October 27
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre
Tickets: $35 and up

Food Events

Culinary Team Canada Dinner

The Edmonton Convention Centre’s very own chefs will be heading to Stuttgart for the IKA Culinary Olympics. Help them hone their skills with this 7-course dinner, complete with exclusive wine pairings.

When: October 3
Where: Edmonton Convention Centre
Cost: $150

CRAFT Brühaüs

Maybe Craft should chill on the umlauts, but other than that this is going to be a fantastic way to celebrate Oktoberfest. No entrance fee, either! Just reserve a table and you’re all set.

When: October 4 and October 5
Where: CRAFT Beer Market
Cost: Free to attend!

Just a Little Night Market

Although billed as a ‘cozy experience’, the 2k plus people interested on Facebook might make it more of a party. Shopping, local producers, and of course, a food and wine bar will make this a great fall market.

When: October 4 and October 5
Where: Aviation Hanger
Cost: $5 for entry

Fall Long Table Dinner

Hosted at Schoepp Farm, this is your chance to enjoy a harvest dinner in the most authentic way possible. The chef from the Twisted Fork will be behind the menu, with alcohol pairings included.

When: October 5
Where: Schoepp Farm
Cost: $125

Halloween Cookie Decorating at SYC Brewing

The opportunity to drink great craft beer AND decorate cookies. Wow, why didn’t we think of that? That’s ok though, because SYC Brewing has everything you’ll need for a night of fun.

When: October 9
Where: SYC Brewing
Cost: $27

Taste the World of Olive Oil and Vinegar

There’s a reason why Italians are so happy. Well, two. The first is pasta, and the second is olive oil. Enjoy an evening centred around the latter, complete with Italian soda pairings.

When: October 16
Where: Evoolution 104th Street
Cost: $35

Blindman Brewing Street Car Cask Event

We always mean to include this in our things to dos, but they’re always sold out. This time, beat the rush and check out Edmonton’s coolest beer night.

When: October 17
Where: Edmonton Street Car
Cost: $45

Concerts

Baauer

Start things strong with the heavyweight of trap EDM. Sure, he’s the guy behind the Harlem Shake, but his entire discography will get your body moving in all sorts of weird ways.

When: October 4
Where: Chvrch of John
Tickets: $31.63

Lord Huron

The Californian indie rock band has held a special place in our hearts ever since they came out with Lonesome Dreams back in 2012. Ease gently into the colder weather by checking them out.

When: October 9
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Tickets: $52.75

BANNERS

This classically trained singer from Liverpool is releasing a new album on October 4. Mixing upbeat production with a lovely voice, this is a great choice for those looking to hit up a nice feel-good concert.

When: October 9
Where: The Starlite Room
Tickets: $25

Com Truise

Self described as ‘slow motion funk’, Com Truise’s synth heavy tracks ride the line behind traditional electro and something completely different. Go get a little wavy this October.

When: October 10
Where: The Station on Jasper
Tickets: $26.63

Luke Combs

Luke Combs represents the return to the big, bad country superstars of the 90s. We guess that it’s long overdue, since the resale prices for a ticket to his sold out show at Rogers Place are sky high.

When: October 11
Where: Rogers Place
Tickets: $320 and up

Jade Bird

Jade Bird is an authentic Americana singer. That means understated production, a powerful voice and catchy hooks combine to create a great sound. The fun twist? She’s British.

When: October 15
Where: The Starlite Room
Tickets: $19

John Fogerty

Just because CCR broke up decades ago doesn’t mean you can’t hear John Fogerty’s legendary voice in person. Whether you’re hoping that he plays the classics or enjoy his new stuff, this concert is sure to please.

When: October 15
Where: Rogers Place
Tickets: $38.05

Loud Luxury

The perfect concert for avoiding the reality of fall. These guys cemented their superstardom with their 2017 hit, Body, and have been keeping up the good work ever since.

When: October 16
Where: Union Hall
Tickets: $30

The Paper Kites

This Australian indie rock band first blew up with their hit single ‘Bloom’ way back in 2010. Their 2018 album ‘On the Corner Where You Live’ is yet another solid album in the discography.

When: October 19
Where: Myer Horowitz Theatre
Tickets: $24.50

Dallas Smith and Dean Brody

The two Canadian country stars have paired up to tour across the country. Feel like some pop-country is just what you need this fall? Look no further than these two.

When: October 19
Where: Rogers Place
Tickets: $49.90

Shoreline Mafia

Not that it’s in any danger of falling off, but Shoreline Mafia is making sure that Californian rap is as relevant as ever. If you feel the need to see the new guard of LA.

When: October 24
Where: Union Hall
Tickets: $47.22

Walk Off the Earth

This upbeat folk-pop band is as well known for their fantastic covers as they are for their original music. Personally, we think their concert will probably be one of the more interesting of the month.

When: October 27
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Tickets: $58.75

Sports

Edmonton FC

The soccer season wraps up in October, so if you haven’t yet checked out a game don’t wait a second longer.

When: October 2 and October 16
Where: Clarke Field
Tickets: $23 and up

Edmonton Eskimos

The Eskimos face off against the Lions and the Roughriders this month. Based on the standings, they should be able to win both. Fingers crossed!

When: October 12 and October 26
Where: Commonwealth Stadium
Tickets: $22 and up

Edmonton Oilers

Oh yeah, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The NHL season officially begins for the Oilers on the 2nd, when they face off against the Canucks. After that, just hold onto your hats for what is sure to be an intense season.

When: Games throughout October
Where: Rogers Place
Tickets: Vary per game

PBR Canada

PBR’s Monster Energy Tour comes to Edmonton this month. How Albertan are you if ain’t going to the rodeo? Still 100% Albertan, we don’t discriminate based on sport preferences.

When: October 26
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre
Tickets: $38.50 and up

Ongoing Activities

GRETA Bar

If you haven’t checked out GRETA since their opening, then you really should get on it. Honestly, our coworkers in Calgary swear by this spot that combines good drinks, great beer and arcade games galore.

When: Whenever!
Where: 10141 109 Street NW

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen

Get a taste of the foodie life. Experience the difference at ATCO Blue Flame kitchen with their hands-on cooking classes! Register for upcoming cooking classes and experience making hands-on Vegan 101 and Instant Pot Indian Food!

When: Classes are ongoing
Where: 10035 105 Street NW
Cost: Varies per event

Vikings: Beyond the Legend

The largest touring collection of viking artifacts in the world is at the Royal Alberta Museum right now. But, it ends on October 20, so you should really get over there before they pack it up.

When: Now until October 20
Where: Royal Alberta Museum
Tickets: $19

Awe yeah, spooky guide for things to do this October in Edmonton has been fully realized. Catch us screaming our lungs out and running away from ScreamFest.

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