Fall is officially upon us, and we’re ready to make the most of it. Lucky for us, Edmonton is filled to the brim with things to do this October. From musical and spooky events to the return of hockey, there’s something for everyone to enjoy while the weather cools off. And, we’re here to find the best of it! Here are the best things to do around Edmonton this October.
Young and old alike can appreciate the value of a good corn maze during the start of fall. And honestly, the Edmonton Corn Maze is amongst the best in the country. Massive, and featuring a new design every year, a trip here is going to be a breath of fresh air (literally) this month.
When: Open until October 16th
Where: 26171 Garden Valley Road, Spruce Grove
From October 7 to 30, you’ll be able to face your biggest fears in Edmonton! “Escape a menacing jokester whose grand gesture is murder. Visit a farm where a sinister deal harvests gruesome consequences. Or dare to discover what nightmares are made of when demons come knocking at three in the morning. Whatever your fright, DARK will leave you looking for the light switch,” states the event. And we are ready!
When: October 7th to October 30th
Where: 7000 143 Street NW
Cost: $45 for GA
Are you ready for Halloween season? If not, we’ve got Pumpkins After Dark to look forward to get you ready for spooky season! For over an entire month, you can enjoy thousands of hand-carved pumpkins in a beautiful setting.
When: Now until October 31st
Where: Borden Park
Cost: $21.95+ for GA
Feel more like dipping your toes into spooky season? A great option comes from Edmonton Ghost Tours, which offers a variety of tours showcasing the less-than-savoury history of the city. But hey, if you’re looking for a great mix of spooky and informative, this is it!
When: Tours throughout October
Where: 10322 83rd Avenue
Cost: $20+ (depending on tour)
Calling all sports fans- the NBA is coming to the city! Earlier this summer, the Toronto Raptors announced that they will be playing a preseason game in Edmonton, and the first-ever game at Rogers Place! Part of the NBA Canada Series presented by Bell, the Toronto Raptors will be playing a preseason game here – and while it is sold-out, there are some resale tickets… but be prepared to pay up.
When: Sunday, October 2nd
Where: Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave NW
Cost: $350 + via resale
Speaking of sports, hockey is back this month! The Oilers have a few pre-season games, before kicking off their season and playing 6 home games this month.
When: Starts October 12th
Where: 10220 104 Avenue NW
Speaking of sports (again), football season is still on and it’s not here for long! The Elks only have 3 home games left in the regular season, perhaps it’s time to see a game live?
When: October 1st, 15th, and 21st
Where: 11000 Stadium Road
Here for another year of music, costume craziness and deep bass, Scream Edmonton will once again, hit the Expo Centre and you won’t want to miss it. Known for its energetic lineup of musicians, Scream was cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic – but they’re back and better than ever.
When: Saturday, October 29th
Where: 7515 118 Ave NW, Edmonton
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Probably unlike any ESO show you’ll ever see, this musical journey to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away includes selections from all 11 films.
When: October 7th and 8th
Where: 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Thank goodness we can get amazing local produce year-round! Located throughout the city, these are a great way to support local growers and vendors. And, there’s no denying that somehow, meals made using local goods just taste that much better.
When: Open throughout October
Where: Locations around Edmonton
Alberta has got no shortage of spooky ghost towns to check out, and Edmonton is a great launching point! See some abandoned buildings, travel down some backroads, and maybe share a few creepy stories of your own with your friends!
Where: Click the link above for our picks
Feeling a little bit of cabin fever already? We can help, because we’ve found some of the most stunning Airbnbs to visit around Alberta this fall. Plan ahead, or see if something pops up from an impromptu weekend getaway!
Where: Click the link above for our picks
The super-popular Deadmonton Haunted House has returned, with not one but two super scary experiences. First up? Icons of Darkness, a silver screen inspired experience that promises to have you become “the star of a grisly finale” as you “meet your deepest fear in the flesh”. Following that, and in the same vein, the other experience is called Return of the Living Dead, and we’re pretty sure we can guess what it’ll be about.
When: On now until November 3rd
Where: 7031 Gateway Boulevard
Cost: $36.99+ for GA
Worried about a little brain drain as the weather cools off? You’re in luck, because the U of A has a wealth of free-to-access courses, teaching you about everything from dinosaurs to Indigenous history.
Where: Click the link above for more info
Looking for a fun Saturday morning activity this month? Cineplex Canada has brought back its Family Favourites deal for October, offering just $2.99 movie tickets deal. Movies this month include Shrek!
When: Saturday mornings throughout the month
Where: At a Cineplex near you
According to organizers, this is “one of the grandest of all operas and a must see for opera lovers and newcomers alike. As timeless as ever, Tosca portrays a world where lovers and artists face tyranny and evil, with some of the most famous music ever composed.”
When: October 22nd, 25th, and 28th
Where: 11455 87 Avenue NW
COZY UP AND WATCH SOMETHING NEW
When: When you feel like being cozy