Well, this is it. The last days of summer have officially arrive. Starting on Sunday, it is truly pumpkin spice season… While it is still sunny, it is also getting chillier at night, so be sure to layer up before heading out! And if you’re wondering how to celebrate the end of summer/start of fall, here are the best things to do in Edmonton this weekend.

Twilight Picnic Experience

Treat yourself this weekend to a twilight picnics amid nature in the botanic garden! Enjoy a chef-created meal, check out the grounds with a glass of wine or craft beer.

When: Friday, September 22nd, 2023
Where: The University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Cost: $125 + tax / for two people


Western Canada’s largest Oktoberfest celebration is coming to Fan Park @ ICE District starting this week! “For the first time ever at this scale, Edmontonians will have the chance to immerse themselves in the rich heritage of Oktoberfest—experiencing the warmth and hospitality of Germany right here in the heart of ICE District,” state organizers.

When: Select dates starting Friday, September 22nd until September 30th, 2023
Where: Fan Park @ ICE District
Cost: $25

Edmonton Negroni Week

It’s back! Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world. You can check it out at one of several bars in the city this week.

When: On now until Sunday, September 24th, 2023
Where: Different locations in Edmonton
Cost: Varies per cocktail

pimâcihowin ᐱᒫᒋᐦᐅᐃᐧᐣ – JOURNEY A National Day for Truth and Reconciliation GATHERING

Taking place on the second and third floors of the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market, this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation gathering is free to attend, and there will be prizes, live entertainment, and free parking.

When: Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th.
Where: Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market, 10305-97 Street NW
Cost: Free to attend

2023 Men’s NORCECA Final Six

Looking to catch some sports this week? The Edmonton Expo Centre will host the 2023 Men’s NORCECA Final Six from September 19 to 24. Teams invited to participate include USA, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico as well as Team Canada’s Men’s Next Gen squad.

When: On now until Sunday, September 24th, 2023
Where: The Edmonton Expo Centre
Cost: $92+

Edmonton International Film Festival

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) celebrates diverse cinema in theatres right here in the city. Enjoy 10 days of films that will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even leave you inspired. Don’t forget the popcorn!

When: Thursday, September 21st to Sunday, October 1st, 2023
Where: Multiple venues
Cost: $75+

Pumpkins after Dark

Are you ready for Halloween season? If not, we’ve got Pumpkins After Dark to look forward to later in September 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: Starting Friday, September 22nd, 2023 until October 31st, 2023
Where: Borden Park
Cost: $22.95+ for GA

Alberta Ballet welcomes Ballet Hispánico in Doña Perón

Since its premiere in 2022, Doña Perón has delighted audiences across North America and it’s coming to Edmonton. Performed by New York–based Ballet Hispánico and with live music, you can expect “a complex and moving portrait of Eva ‘Evita’ Peron, Argentina’s most controversial first lady.”

When: Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave
Cost: $66.90+

West Block Night Market

End your week at the Public Night Market at West Block! The festive evening will include vendors, live entertainment, and exciting night market vibes while commemorating the opening of a new Mural, created by local artist, Pete Nguyen.

When: Friday, September 22nd, 2023
Where: West Block, Glenora – Urban Square
Cost: Free to attend

Where Dark Things Dwell

Ready to immerse yourself in Edmonton’s largest outdoor escape room? Well, it’s the last call for it! So get your friends and check out “Where Dark Things Dwell”, Fort Edmonton Park’s interactive experience, which ends on September 24th.

When: On now until September 24th, 2023
Where: Fort Edmonton Park – Special Events, 7000 143 St NW
Cost: $30+

Have a great weekend!