10 of the best things to do in Edmonton this weekend (October 1-3)

All right, the day has finally arrived – we are at the beginning of October and the real beginning of autumn. Sure, we might have had a few weeks of warm-up, but that’s when the real change happens, at least in our eyes. Fortunately, the changing seasons have no effect on all of the fun options around town!

Here are the 10 best things to do in Edmonton this weekend.

DISCOVER A HAUNTED HOUSE

The scary season is upon us! The hugely popular Dead Edmonton Haunted House returns this week, featuring not one but two super spooky experiences. Veil is their main attraction, and offers a twisted look at Area 51, while Dusk is an outdoor experience inspired by a New Orleans cemetery.

When: All week long
Or: 7031, boulevard de la Passerelle
Cost: $ 29.99 +

BE SCARED ON A PHANTOM VISIT

Want to dip your toes into a scary season? A great option comes from Edmonton Ghost Tours, which offers a variety of tours showcasing the city’s less than flavorful history. But hey, if you’re looking for a good mix of scary and educational, that’s it!

When: Visits in October
Or: 10322 83rd Avenue
Cost: $ 22.23

VISIT A HAUNTED PUMPKIN FARM

Finally, for a truly family-friendly option, we have Prairie Gardens! This huge U-pick farm just outside of Vancouver offers everything from pumpkin displays to ghost town walks and even a pumpkin cannon. If we have good weather this weekend, this is a great option.

When: Open all weekend
Or: 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord
Cost: $ 17 +

WATCH A MOVIE

The Edmonton International Film Fest returns this week! With dozens of movies showing in Canada and around the world, we think you’ll find something no matter what genre of movies you like!

When: Kick-off Friday October 1
Or: 10200 102 Avenue
Cost: Varies depending on the event

MEET AT THE THEATER

As for entertainment, you will be happy to learn that a new show is being presented at the Théâtre de la Citadelle! The Garneau Block is an adaptation of the book written by Todd Babbiak, and is a look at the “famous citizens” of the city as told through various stories.

When: Hours throughout the weekend
Or: 9828 101 A Avenue
Cost: Varied

GET UP ON THE SOFA

If you’re looking to relax at home this weekend instead, then we’ve got the idea. We’ve rounded up some of our absolute favorite movies and TV shows to watch this fall. From family classics to horrors and dark comedies, this list has something for everyone.

Or: Click on the link above for our choices

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Worried about a little brain drain as the weather gets colder? You’re in luck, because the U of A has a plethora of free courses, teaching you everything from dinosaurs to Indigenous history. Reminder: this is the course Dan Levy learned so much last year!

Or: Click on the link above for more information

DRIVING IN THE GARDEN

You are running out of time to visit this beautiful botanical garden just outside the city. And it’s worth it, because you’ll be treated to amazing fall colors and more bountiful plants at their best. For something a little different from a river valley walk, this is a great option.

When: Open until October 11
Or: Parkland County, Alberta
Cost: $ 18.75

DISCOVER AGRICULTURAL MARKETS

There is no better time to take advantage of Farmers’ Markets than now! Located throughout the city, they are a great way to support local producers and vendors. And, there’s no denying that one way or another, meals made from locally sourced produce taste much better.

When: Open all the month of September
Or: Places around Edmonton

PLANNING A FALL GETAWAY

Do you already have a little fever in the cabin? We can help, because we’ve found some of the nicest Airbnbs to visit in Alberta this fall. Plan ahead or see if something comes up for an impromptu weekend getaway!

Or: Click on the link above for our choices

This is our roundup of things to do this weekend, Edmonton! Have fun for us and stay safe!

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