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25 Things To Do In Edmonton This October

This month is full of ways to get scared and to show you care
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A Walk In The Park

It’s never too early to get kids connected (or reconnected) to nature, and the University of Alberta Botanic Garden is making it easier by waiving admission fees for kids 17 and under until the last day of open season, October 12. “Getting kids connected to nature is something so necessary for well-being, and it’s a remedy the Garden provides,” says Carl Charest, interim executive director at the Garden, and you can help keep it free for kids indefinitely.

Get Lit

Canada’s first and only non-fiction story fest — LitFest — returns October 15 to 25. It’s about stories and conversations, and you may have noticed there’s a lot to talk about these days. From climate, race and gender, to some lighter topics, too, you’ll hear thought-provoking authors discuss their works and ideas and come away inspired and informed.

Meet You In The Kitchen

Telus World of Science Edmonton’s annual fundraiser is back, and it’s coming to your kitchen! The Lumen Kitchen Party will broadcast live October 16 and feature performances from Brett Kissel, JJ Wilde and Mike Plume, stand-up comedy from Andrew Grose, dinner and wine pairings from RGE RD and Guru, and some delicious science experiments you can concoct and try at home.

Live For The Ride

If you feel the need for speed, you won’t run out of space at West Edmonton Mall’s newest go-kart race track. Cover three levels of track on state-of-the-art Sodi electric race karts at Drive, West Ed’s newest adrenaline-pumping attraction.

Don’t Just Bag It

Packing up your yard’s fallen leaves and sending them to the dump is not only wasteful, it’s a missed opportunity to enrich your yard for next season. So the City of Edmonton started Compost ‘S cool to help you reduce your waste and condition your soil to help your garden grow.

Pick A Peck Of Prairie Pumpkins

 

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We just pump-cant believe how beautiful our general store pumpkin displays are! Stop by this weekend to pick up one of these beauties in time for thanksgiving!

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Head to Prairie Gardens anytime in October to take one of its pumpkin-picking tours. Bring your family for a hay ride around the farm then pick out the most shapely squash to carve for Halloween and turn into yummy pie.

Tick Tock …

Lock your family in to one of Time Escape’s themed escape rooms (including The Imperial Palace, The Prophecy and Spaceship Mysteries), then work together before it’s too late. Running all month long, and designed for all ages — and languages (the clues are symbol-based) — all you need is teamwork and puzzle-solving skills.

In The Sky Tonight

A short drive east of Edmonton brings you to Elk Island National Park’s Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, where until October 24 you can experience Gateway to the Stars — a night of storytelling and star searching under the open prairies sky and, hopefully, the Northern Lights.

Thank You For Being A Friend

The ladies of the Maple Oaks Seniors home are back, in Pitched Perfect Golden Girls at Jubilations Dinner Theatre, and they’re getting back to their college years thanks to a loophole in the Collegiate Singing Group Competition’s eligibility guidelines. Laugh and sing along all month long!

Picnic On The Farm

All month long, Prairie Gardens’ Family Farm Picnic provides all the fresh air and wide open space for your family (up to 15 people). You’ll get the countryside view, freshly baked bread with seasonal fruits and jam, cheese and crackers, house-made beverages and more!

Take A Parkland Tour

Check out the Parkland County Art Tour until the end of the month. From Spruce Grove to Entwistle, the tour takes you to all the best art and culture businesses west of Edmonton. You can stop by and support pottery, ceramic and gift stores, check out the galleries and pick up some unique gifts along the way.

So Corny

The Edmonton Corn Maze continues all month long! Head to Spruce Grove for some fresh air and good family fun, then shoot spud guns and air-powered potato launchers, play games, have a picnic and more.

BONUS THING TO DO:

Nominate An Edifier

Our city is full of forward-thinking people and organizations that exemplify the energy, focus, innovation and creative thinking that builds this city. Help us highlight the great work being done by nominating someone to showcase in our Winter issue for the first ever Edifier Awards. Nominations open October 3.

 

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