Things To Do

8 things to do in and around Edmonton this week (October 12-16)

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That’s almost a wrap to the long weekend, folks! Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed plenty of turkey and will be in a food coma for the next little bit before getting back into the swing of things this week. If not, no worries, we’re here to help you unwind. Or get the blood flowing. We like to have options here.

Here are 8 things to do this week in Edmonton.

LAUGH AT A COMEDY FESTIVAL

The Edmonton Comedy Festival returns this week! What’s more, new COVID-19 measures means that they can actually host in-person events. If you need to have a face to face laugh this week, then this is absolutely your best bet.

When: Starts October 14th
Where: 10330 84 Ave NW
Cost: $10 and up

LEARN ABOUT THE REAL WORLD

No, not the TV show. LitFest Alberta returns this week, albeit in a virtual format. The long-running celebration of non-fiction writing features of 50 presents. What’s more, the topics range from politics to personal memoirs and cultural commentaries. Last bonus? Most of it is free!

When: Starts October 15th
Where: Online
Cost: Varies

TRY AND FIND THE GREAT PUMPKIN

Even if you don’t come across the mythical beast, a trip to the pumpkin patch is always a nice fall option. This week we’re recommending Prairie Gardens since they’ve also got mazes to check out while you’re there. Next stop, a lovely fall afternoon.

When: Open throughout the weekend
Where: 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord
Cost: $21

FEEL THE NEED FOR SPEED

The new go-kart track at West Edmonton Mall has officially opened! Fun fact- it’s the only three-level indoor go-kart track in all of North America. Plus, it brought in state-of-the-art electric karts for you to race around in. Sounds like an hour well spent to us.

When: Open daily, 12 PM-9 PM
Where: West Edmonton Mall
Cost: $27 per race, reserve tickets online

PICK UP SOME THANKSGIVING GOODIES

Did you realize earlier today that you do in fact want to have a huge Thanksgiving meal? Click the link above for some great take-out options around the city, or right here if you just need to satisfy a sweet tooth. Early warning though- a lot of these places needed 24 hours notice.

Where: Click links for locations

GET IN THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT

The ‘Deadmonton’ Haunted House is officially open! Actually, it’s two haunted houses, with an outdoor experience and an indoor one. Round up a few friends and go check it out. The best part? The experience has been modified to make things COVID-19 safe while still being terrifying.

When: Open daily
Where: 7031 Gateway Blvd
Cost: $34.99+ for access to both experiences

ENJOY A TRIP TO THE ART GALLERY

If we do end up having a less than stellar weekend of weather, you should spend a few hours at the Art Gallery of Alberta one afternoon. Plus, the exhibitions range from early Rembrandt works to up and coming contemporary artists. It’s got something artistic for everyone!

When: Open Thursday to Sunday
Where: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: $14

GO ON A GHOST TOUR

Want to see the creepy side of the city? Look no further than these ghost tours going on all month long. You’ve got the option between Old Strathcona and U of A tours, but both are definitely going to open your eyes (and give you the willies).

When: Tours now on!
Where: Location Varies
Cost: $16.93 (tickets must be purchased online)

And that’s our roundup of some great things to do this week in Edmonton! Time for some fall fun, folks!