25 Things To Do In Edmonton This October


evisit some of Carole King’s greatest hits

Suzanne O. Davis and the Tapestry band bring some of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King’s hits to the stage in Tapestry Live. See some of your favourites performed live on stage, including “I Feel the Earth Move,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Natural Woman” and more.

Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-449-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

Celebrate YEG Coffee Week

October 14 to 22 is YEG Coffee Week, an initiative started up in 2015. Need we say more? There will be activities throughout the city where you can get to know a bit more about coffee, and at the very least, you absolutely must buy yourself a perfectly brewed cup from one of Edmonton’s fantastic independent cafes.

Various locations, yegcoffee.com

Master the art of home brewing

Ever wondered why the coffee you make at home just doesn’t compare to the brew you can pick up at any of Edmonton’s local cafes? Well, the time to master the art of coffee brewing is October 15. At this home brewing course with Barking Buffalo, you’ll learn all about the Aeropress, Chemex, French Press, Clever, and v60 methods of brewing.  Learn about different methods and grind size, taste coffees from Pilot Coffee Roasters, and figure out how to make your ideal brew.

Barking Buffalo Café, 10842 124 St., yegcoffee.com


Check out a new exhibition by B.C. artist Rod Charlesworth

Rod Charlesworth presents his 16th solo exhibition with West End Gallery. The exhibition opens October 1 and runs until October 13. Charlesworth’s work includes vibrant colour and depicts the terrain of the western landscape.

West End Gallery, 10337 124 St., 780-488-4892, westendgalleryltd.com

Jet across downtown for a series of live performances

For three days from October 7 to 9, an ensemble of talented musicians takes over the downtown area for a music festival. Sixteen venues across the downtown core will be home to performances, with a total of 85 talented individuals and groups taking the stage.

Various locations, updt.ca

Indulge your inner bookworm

From memoirs to mysteries, STARfest welcomes writers from across the country who will transport you to Saskatchewan, Ontario, Newfoundland, and on to India and Yorkshire. Listen to the perspectives of talented authors and add a few new titles to your ‘must read’ list. The festival takes place October 12 to 25.

St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne St., St. Albert, 780-459-1530, starfest.ca

…and indulge it once more

Litfest, a celebration of non-fiction works, returns for another year with community events, moderated panels, workshops, discussions and more on topics ranging from food to football to feminism. The festival takes place from October 13 to 23.

Various locations, 780-498-2500, litfestalberta.org


Celebrate Studio Theatre’s 2016/2017 season with a new play

The 2016/2017 Studio Theatre season opens with Jenny Schwartz’ play God’s Ear, directed by MFA directing candidate Suzie Martin. The play, set in a surrealist landscape, follows the story of two spouses who are struggling to reconnect with one another after the death of their son. The show runs from October 13 to 22.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 112 St. and 87 Ave., ualberta.ca/arts/shows/theatre-listings/gods-ear

Spend a night with Sinatra

“A Night With Sinatra,” a production featuring Rick Michel and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, brings the music of ol’ blue eyes himself to the Winspear stage on October 17. The repertoire for the evening will include hits from Sinatra’s Big Band days as well as some of the most popular Rat Pack hits.

Francis Winspear Centre for Music, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com

Get a view of the stars from outside the city

Leave behind the city lights for an evening and visit Elk Island National Park to enjoy the night sky. Join a Parks Canada interpreter for an evening of storytelling around the campfire while you enjoy the view from within the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve. The Dark Sky Campfires event will only be running until October 14, so make sure to check it out before the snow comes.

Elk Island National Park, 780-922-5790, pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/elkisland

…and continue to enjoy nature with a walk by the river valley

Chances are, you’ve noticed that the leaves have been changing over the past week or two — and soon enough the river valley will be filled with vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red. Enjoy the fall weather before the winter chill comes in by taking a walk through the river valley.

Get active for a good cause and satisfy your Halloween spirit

On October 29, the Alberta Diabetes Foundation hosts its annual Halloween Howl to raise awareness and support for diabetes research. Head to the University of Alberta Butterdome, where you can run anywhere from 3K to 10K distances while taking in the fall foliage in the river valley.

University of Alberta Butterdome, 1 114 St. 87 Ave., 780-492-6107, albertadiabetesfoundation.com

Participate in another Refinery event — this time with a ghoulish twist

Celebrate the darker side of Refinery this Halloween season with Refinery Dance Macabre on October 29. Taking inspiration from exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta, this edition of the popular Refinery party conjures ideas of morality and mortality. It’s the chicest way to celebrate Halloween.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-422-6223, youraga.ca

Support indie authors

October 8 is Indie Author Day, and Edmonton Public Libraries is getting into the spirit with a day filled with events. From an hour-long digital gathering featuring a Q&A with writers, agents and more to presentations from local talents including current EPL Writer-in-Residence Wayne Arthurson to a workshop on how to self-publish, it’s a must-attend for literature lovers.

Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-496-7000, epl.ca/indieauthorday

Stop by Bar Clementine for a drink

If you’ve walked past its space on Jasper Avenue, chances are you’ve been curious about Bar Clementine for months — and the new spot is now open. Stop by for one of their innovative cocktails — you won’t regret it.

Bar Clementine, 11957 Jasper Ave., barclementine.ca

See an acclaimed novel adapted for the stage

If you read and loved Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, the stage version, adapted by Simon Stephens, is a must see. The piece unravels the story of a teenaged math genius with autism who decides to investigate a crime and finds himself making many discoveries along the way. The production runs until October 9, so catch it before it’s gone.

Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Ave., 780-425-1820, citadeltheatre.com

Rock out to Bowie…

In this must-see tribute production, guest conductor Brent Havens and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra bring some of music legend David Bowie’s hits to the Winspear stage October 3 and 4. The evening’s repertoire brings together the best of Bowie across five decades, featuring songs like “Under Pressure,” “Space Oddity,” and more.

Francis Winspear Centre for Music, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-428-1414, winspearcentre.com


…and rock out to Bowie some more

Just can’t get enough of Bowie hits? We don’t blame you. Festival Place continues the trend on October 7 with Starman: The Music of David Bowie. Hear acoustic interpretations of some of the artist’s greatest hits by musicians including Doug Cox, Shaun Verreault and Linda McRae.

Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780-449-3378, festivalplace.ab.ca

Enjoy the spooky season with DEDfest

DEDfest 2016 returns for its 9th year, and the line-up is better than ever. From October 18 to 23, you can catch a mixture of horror, comedy, action and sci-fi flicks at Metro Cinema that are must-sees.

Metro Cinema, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Get some renovation inspiration

The Edmonton Fall Home Show returns for another year from October 21 to 23, and you’ll find over 200 brands and local companies showing off their products and services. The show also welcomes many big names from the design community including Todd Talbot and Christopher Grubb. Whether you’re in the midst of a renovation or just want to get some inspiration for a future space, you’ll find vendors to interest you.

Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 118 Ave., edmontonfallhomeshow.com

Pick up some great gifts at a local market 

Looking to get a few gifts stored up for upcoming birthdays or celebrations? Nest In The City is the perfect solution. On October 15, crafty vendors will take over The Meadows Community Rec Centre with their goods. Create a terrarium, pick up some unique handmade goods and support local at this one day market.

The Meadows Community Recreation Centre, 2704 17 St., nestinthecity.com

Find something that appeals to your inner pop culture geek

On October 16, a wide variety of vendors are taking over the Alberta Aviation Museum with their pop culture goods. Meet fellow fans, find a few collectibles, or just enjoy the atmosphere at this one day event.

Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway Ave., 780-916-4601, popculturefair.com

Make friends with some furry felines

Love cats? Love coffee? Well, this is the event for you. The Pop-Up Cat Café returns on October 22 and 23. Snuggle with adoptable cats from SAFE Team and Zoe’s Animal Rescue as you sip some coffee from Transcend.

Galerie CAVA, 9103 95 Ave., edmontoncatcafe.com

Admire stunning choreography in Citie Ballet’s season opener

Citie Ballet opens their 2016/2017 season with Encounters, a production filled with masterful choreography that runs from October 28 to 30. In “Jacinto,” choreographed by artistic director Jorden Morris, classical ballet and contemporary movements are set to a soundtrack by Peter Gabriel. Toronto choreopher Alysa Pires adds to the evening with the debut of “Herd,” a piece that examines the social dynamics that influence group behaviour.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave. and 112 St., 780-472-7774, citieballet.ca

Watch a real-life version of Dancing With The Stars — with a spooky twist

Six local stars have spent a week learning a Halloween-themed ballroom dance routine with a professional partner — not unlike the process that takes place on the well-known reality show. Then, they show off their killer moves  on October 28 and 29 while all dressed up in Fright Night costumes

Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre, 1001 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove, 780-962-8995, horizonstage.com


Source / Credit: AvenueEdmonton.com

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