This October has concerts, comedy and plenty of ways to spook up some scares
By Edify Staff | September 21, 2023
Play Among the Pumpkins
September 22 – October 31 Travel north of the river for a real pumpkin-based art installation in Borden Park. Wander through this nighttime gallery with more than 10,000 hand carved pumpkins and sculptures on display at Pumpkins After Dark.
Cold-Blooded Family Fun
October 1 Lions, tigers and bears? More like reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Oh, my! The Fall Edmonton Reptile Expo is on at the Alberta Aviation Museum with a cold-blooded event for the whole family.
Car Rally in the River Valley
October 1 Go on a road trip without ever leaving the city! Head over to Government House and join a consortium of car-heads as they take in the full breadth of Edmonton’s fall foliage on River Valley Rally 2023.
October 6 – November 4 Deadmonton, Edmonton’s premiere haunted house celebrates a decade of scares and screams with three horrifying haunts including a chilling exhibit that takes place at the old Edmonton Sun office. We’ve got chills just thinking about all those typos!
October 6 – 29 Ready to scream? Edmonton’s got hauntings in spades with Dark at Fort Edmonton Park. Clowns, killers and zombies all lurk within the walls of this Halloween haunt that’s not for the faint of heart.
October 7 As Tim Curry once sang “don’t dream it, be it.” Metro Cinema’s screening of Jim Sharman’s cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show will have you doing just that. Dress up as your favourite Rocky Horror character, belt out your best rendition of “Time Warp” and give Hollywood a run for its money on who makes the best Dr. Frank-n-Furter.
Big Band, Big Fun
October 7 MacEwan’s Triffo Theatre welcomes Edmonton’s preeminent jazz big band for a hat-tip to Canadian jazz legend (and proud Edmontonian) Tommy Banks in A Salute to Tommy Banks.
Lego? Let’s Go
Until October 9 Get creative and inspired with The Art of the Brick. This Lego-based exhibit features more than one million Lego bricks transformed into pristine sculptures that will challenge your ideas of what these children’s toys are really for.
October 12 – 22 Rediscover the age-old art of conversation and engage in some scintillating discussion with LitFest — Canada’s only non-fiction literary festival. Join authors, journalists and performers as they debate some of today’s most poignant issues.
Edmonton Wildlife Festival
October 13 The Edmonton Wildlife Festival returns to the city for the first time since 2017. With wily wallabies, prickly porcupines and sluggish sloths this festival features three exhibits, educational programs and even an adults only night (ooh la la).
Wu-Tang is for the Children
October 13 Legendary New York hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan is bringing the ruckus to YEG, so you best protect ya’ neck. Catch these rap veterans at Rogers Place with fellow hip-hop trailblazer, Nas at Wu-Tang Clan & Nas: NY State Of Mind Tour
Take a Walk on the Artsy Side
October 13 – 15 More than 1,000 pieces of art await at the Bonnie Doon Night Of Artists (NOW) Art Walk – and it’s all for sale. Explore this free community event and who knows, maybe you’ll be supporting the next Monet, Haring or Van Gogh.
October 13 & 14 Witness the world premiere of Julliard taught Ethan Colangelo at this month’s Ballet Edmonton performance, Ouvrir. Colangelo will be joined by Vancouver-based Gioconda Barbuto and Wen Wei Wang at MacEwan’s Triffo Theatre.
Terror on the Trolley
October 14 Brush up on your history with these informative (and spooky) ghost tours. Watch the sun set over the river valley on the haunted trolley tour, or enroll in some scares with the University of Alberta tour. Thristy? There’s a haunt pub tour, from Edmonton Ghost Tours, too!
It’s Important to be Flexible
October 20 – 22 Not just for the contortionists in the family, the Elevate Acro Festival returns to Edmonton with classes for those at all levels. Instructors from across North America will be present for the three-day festival to ensure you don’t leave without touching your toes.
Boo! At the Zoo?
October 24 – 26 Avoid all the stress of a busy Halloween night and bring your little one trick-or-treating early this year with Boo! At the Zoo! This child-friendly event encourages kids to dress up while learning about all the furry friends at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
October 25 Fabric-clad funny man, Randy Feltface, travels north all the way from down under with his unique brand of punny puppetry. While he may look like a Muppet, this isn’t Sesame Street, so leave the kiddos at home for this one.
Down the Rabbit Hole
October 25 & 26 Journey down the rabbit hole with Spotlight Cabaret’s dinner theatre performance, Alison in Wunderland. Enjoy a four-course dinner and a hilarious take on a timeless class. Adults only.
I Hear That Train a’ Comin’
October 26 Channel your inner inmate with Folsom Prison Revisited — a musical retelling of Johnny Cash’s famous (or infamous) prison concert and the story behind it.
Halloween and Night Shopping — a Winning Combination
October 27 With 85 vendors, there’s no better place to get your house décor Halloween ready than North of Ordinary’s Halloween Night Market. Food trucks, local brewers, artists and vendors make this night market one shopping experience that will haunt you.
West Edmonton Mall Fright Fest
October 28 West Edmonton Mall transforms Galaxyland into Fright Night, a zombified fright fest that will have you running for the nearest ride.
Scream, Shout, Let It All Out
October 28 Scream is a staple for anyone into dance music. Canada’s largest Halloween-themed rave is back again and it’s bringing the wub, wub, wub with sets from James Hype, Nicky Romero, Illenium and more. We’ll see you on the dance floor, Edmonton.
Party Like It’s The End Of The World
October 28 We all know The Last of Us was filmed right here in Alberta, but now’s your chance to experience the zombie apocalypse first-hand. The Art Gallery of Alberta transforms its gallery space for Refinery: The Last of Us, a dystopian dancehall. So brave the zombies, take refuge from the clickers and dance the night away.
October 29 The 20th anniversary NHL Heritage Classic comes to Commonwealth Stadium for another battle of Alberta matchup between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. Get your ticket to 2023 NHL Heritage Classic – Flames v Oilers.
White Knuckle Your Way Through Nosferatu
October 31 Nosferatu, the silent-era vampire classic, comes to the Winspear Centre but this performance will be anything but silent as live concert organist Dennis James’ performs his rendition of the 1922 film’s score.