25 Things To Do In Edmonton This October

Halloween festivities, new arts productions and more.

September 28, 2018

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See a stunning international co-production

On October 5 and 6, Brian Webb Dance Company presents Attakkalari — Bhinna Vinyasa, an international co-production that brings together creative talents from India, Germany and Italy in a performance that can’t be missed.

Triffo Theatre — Allard Hall, 11110 104 Ave., 780-420-1757, bwdc.ca

See Verdi’s iconic opera brought to the stage

On October 20, 23 and 26, the Edmonton Opera brings a production of Verdi’s romantic masterpiece, La Traviata, to the stage. The Italian tale inspired the popular film Moulin Rouge, so if you’re a fan, you need to see the original inspiration — complete with Verdi classics like “Sempre libera” and “Brindisi.”

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-429-1000, edmontonopera.com

Stop by the Vignettes Design Series

This annual art and design festival launched in September, and until October 27, attendees can check out the public gallery. The interdisciplinary event brings together local designers, artists and makers to create amazing spaces for the month-long festival.

City Centre Mall — Former ATB Space, 10107 102 Ave., vignettesyeg.ca

Enjoy another Shumka production

The Shumka Ukrainian Dancers take the Jubilee stage on October 5 and 6 for Mosquito’s Wedding, a new production inspired by a traditional Ukrainian folk song. The piece features several insect characters from particular regions of Ukraine, as well as costumes, props, musical compositions and a dance lexicon from those regions.

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-455-9559, jubileeauditorium.com

Add a few LitFest events to your schedule

LitFest, Canada’s only non-fiction literary festival, returns from October 11 to 21 with an action-packed schedule of programming. The 11-day festival offers attendees the chance to explore a wide variety of non-fiction in various formats, from author panels to writing workshops and live performances.

Various locations, litfestalberta.org

Hear Candy Palmater’s insights in another EPL Speaker Series event

On October 24, Indigenous comedian and activist Candy Palmater comes to Edmonton as the final speaker in the Edmonton Public Library’s 2018 Forward Thinking Speaker Series. Hear Palmater’s stunning stories and powerful perspective in the one-night event.

ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave., epl.ca/speakerseries

Experience an evening of virtual reality film screenings

The Edmonton Short Film Festival presents an evening of 360°/virtual reality film screenings as a fun addition to their red carpet gala. Enjoy a night of visual entertainment and celebrate the art of short films.

The Orange Hub, 10045 156 St., esff.ca

Sip your way through samples from several vineyards 

The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival returns on October 19 and 20, and attendees can sample food and drink from Dirty Laundry Vineyard, Wild Life Distillery, FanFan Pastry, Dorinku and more.

Shaw Conference Centre (Halls A — C), 9797 Jasper Ave., rockymountainwine.com

See Montreal depicted in oil paintings

Robert Savignac brings his latest exhibition of oil paintings, “Life In Montreal,” to the West End Gallery. The exhibition runs from October 13 to October 25 — see the streets of Montreal brought to life in painted form.

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

Celebrate Oktoberfest with a Swine and Dine event

On October 2, Alberta Pork and Salz Bratwurst Co. join forces to host their first ever Swine and Dine experience. Sample three Bavarian-inspired courses by executive chef and Salz partner Allan Suddaby, paired with Alberta craft beers.

Salz Bratwurst Co., 10556 115 St., 587-599-7259, eatsalz.ca

Hear The Beatles’ hits performed live

Classical Mystery Tour, a popular orchestral Beatles tribute show, comes to Edmonton on October 10. The four musicians will bring hits from The White Album and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to the Winspear Stage.

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

See the Edmonton premiere of a work by playwright Vern Thiessen

If you're a theatre fan, there's a thrilling new production, running from October 11 to 20, that you must see — Lenin’s Embalmers. In the play, two scientists are pushed to their limits when they’re given the task of embalming former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in a true story of scientific achievement and deception.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave. & 112 St., 780-492-2787, ualberta.ca/arts/shows/theatre-listings

Listen to live music at various venues throughout downtown

The Up + Dt festival returns from October 5 to 7, and this year’s line-up is packed with talent. See artists including Tanya Tagaq, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Brant Bjork, The Maybellines, Nuela Charles, Jesse and the Dandelions, St. Arnaud, Tzadeka, Talltale and many more.

Various locations, updt.ca

Stop by the Beaumont Night Market

On October 20, the Beaumont Night Market showcases over 75 vendors, as well as live music and food trucks.

Beaumont Community Centre, 5204 50 Ave., Beaumont, 780-691-2639, empoweringwe.com

Dig out your legwarmers and prepare for an ‘80s-inspired run

X Warrior Challenge is throwing an ‘80s-themed run on October 13, so dig out your legwarmers and best ‘80s gear to pair with your trusty running shoes. The event allows you to weave through Gold Bar Park while listening to ‘80s hits.

Gold Bar Park, 10955 50 St., xwarriorchallenge.com

Practice yoga in an unusual location

If you want to mix up your yoga practice, head to the Art Gallery of Alberta for Yoga in the Gallery, a recurring event taking place on Thursday evenings. Class yoga themes will draw from the exhibitions on display for an experience that blends movement and visual inspiration.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-425-5379, youraga.ca

Experience a Mozart favourite live

On October 28, conductor Jayce Ogren joins forces with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, an evening that features the popular symphony as well as pieces from Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Korngold and Berwald.

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

Attend a Dark Matters event on cannabis

On October 18, Dark Matters: The Science of Cannabis comes to the Telus World of Science Edmonton. The insightful, educational evening takes on a hot topic with a range of speakers, displays and science on the subject.

Telus World of Science Edmonton, 11211 142 St., 780-451-3344, telusworldofsciencedmonton.ca

Check out a burlesque revue set to fantastic tunes

House of Hush returns to the Crash Hotel on October 12 to bring you The Royal Revue, a performance featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole.

Crash Hotel Cocktail Bar, 10266 103 St., 780-907-3027, houseofhushburlesque.com

Get in the spooky spirit with a Hitchcock double bill

On October 18, Fort Edmonton Park’s Cinema Series is putting on an Alfred Hitchcock double bill, showing The Birds and Psycho, two horror flick classics.

Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 St., 780-496-7381, fortedmontonpark.ca

Head back to school with Alley Kat

In celebration of Alberta Beer Week, Alley Kat Brewery is hosting a craft beer school on October 23. Expand your craft beer knowledge, courtesy of Alley Kat experts.

Alley Kat Brewery, 9929 60 Ave., allevents.in

Learn a little bit about a lot of things

Edmonton’s NextGen and Make Something Edmonton join forces for Pecha Kucha Night 32, taking place on October 25. The evening will feature 10 presentations on local ideas, projects and musings — and it’s sure to be an entertaining line-up of presenters!

Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., eventbrite.ca

Celebrate Halloween at the 5th Annual Halloween Mash

Join Metro Cinema on October 31 for an evening of Halloween celebration — there will be a pair of 3D classics, The Creature from The Black Lagoon and The House of Wax, as well as a handful of vintage cartoons.

Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St., 780-425-9212, metrocinema.org

Get design inspiration at the Edmonton Fall Home Show

From October 26 to 28, the Edmonton Expo Centre will be transformed into a one-spot stop for decor and design inspiration.

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

Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve at the AGA

Halloween is taking over the Art Gallery of Alberta at a party inspired by B movies and black and white cartoons. Pull a classic costume out of your closet and join the AGA for a night of treats and tricks.

Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-425-5379, youraga.ca


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