25 Things To Do In Edmonton This October

Celebrate the written word, pack your schedule with performances as the fall arts season kicks off and more.

September 29, 2017

See a Canadian operatic masterpiece

The Edmonton Opera is opening the 2017/2018 season with Lilies (Les Feluettes). Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard premiered the production as an opera in 2016, and it comes to the Jubilee stage on October 21, 24 and 27. 

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., 780-427-2760, edmontonopera.com

See five beautiful homes — and support the arts at the same time

Citie Home Tour is back for its fifth year as Citie Ballet's main fundraising event — and if you're passionate about fantastic decor, you'll want to stop by. Take a self-guided tour across the city visiting five unique homes and find some interior design inspiration — while supporting the local arts. The tour takes place on September 30 to October 1.

Various locations, 780-472-7774, citiehometour.ca

Celebrate the written word at Litfest

From October 12 to 22, the city will be filled with events, conversations and panels celebrating fantastic non-fiction works. This year’s presenters include Scaachi Koul, Jen Agg, Tanya Talaga and many more.

Various locations, litfestalberta.org

Support a good cause and check out a stunning fashion show

Syncrude presents Fashion with Compassion returns on October 26, and the event is the annual signature fundraiser for Compassion House Foundation. The popular event sees over 1,400 guests annually, so stop by to support a good cause and see great styles on the runway.

Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave., fashioncompassion.ca

See a dance production that pays homage to jazz icon Nina Simone

Citie Ballet kicks off its season in style with Illuminate, a production that pays homage to jazz legend Nina Simone. Citie Ballet artistic director Jorden Morris and guest choreographer Alysa Pires have put together a production you won’t want to miss — you can catch it October 27 to 29.

Timms Centre for the Arts, 87 Ave & 112 St., 780-903-7030, citieballet.ca

If you didn’t find time in September, check out Vignettes in October

Vignettes returns for its fifth year, and the design series is bigger and better than ever. Vignettes, a grassroots campaign created to promote Edmonton’s design industry, is a festival that offers Edmontonians and visitors a chance to check out the latest creations for celebrated local artists and more. See the fantastic Vignettes spaces that teams come up with. The spaces will be available for viewing from September 23 to October 15.

Former Reuse Building, 10004 103A Ave., vignettesyeg.ca

Take a peek into an artist’s studio

Joseph Hartman’s solo exhibition “The Artist’s Studio” runs at the Peter Robertson Gallery until October 10. The exhibition features a series of photographs revealing an intimate view of artists’ creative spaces — get a peek into the creative minds of over 100 contemporary Canadian painters and sculptors by seeing where they work.

Peter Robertson Gallery, 12323 104 Ave., 780-455-7479, probertsongallery.com

Check out a short film festival

If you want to support independent Alberta films, why not stop by the Edmonton Short Film Festival on October 14 or 15. There will be a Hollywood-inspired red carpet, independent film screenings, live music and more.

Royal Alberta Museum Theatre, 12845 102 Ave., esff.ca

Enjoy a caravan cabaret

On October 21, the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers present their annual fall party celebrating donors and supporters. Enjoy an evening of music, dance, food and drink, with entertainment by the Gadjo Collective and Shumka.

Shumka Dance Centre, 10515 111 St., 780-455-9559, interland3.donorperfect.net

Get a peek behind the curtain of Hitchcock’s classic

Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho has been a horror classic since its release in 1960, and if you’re a fan, you need to check out the 2017 documentary 78/52, which gives audiences a peek behind the scenes of the iconic shower scene. The documentary screens on October 13, 14, 15 and 23 — although if you want to make it a double feature, stop by on October 13, when it will be screening alongside Psycho.

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

Indulge your love of Star Wars with this popular production

Officially endorsed by Lucasfilm, One Man Star Wars Trilogy has been performed for over a million fans from London to Dubai. Canadian actor Charles Ross will entertain with his performance condensing the three original films into one amusing production. He comes to Spruce Grove on October 25.

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

Experience a film noir inspired Halloween bash at the AGA

The Art Gallery of Alberta returns with another stunning Refinery party, entitled Dial R for Refinery. The event is inspired by classic film noir themes and examines the intersections between light and dark. Break out your vintage best, including any accessories that may help you track down clues, and experience the unique event.

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

Check out a spooky silent film

It’s a late night Halloween tradition — stop by the Winspear for a screening of a spooky silent film, with live organ accompaniment, and follow it up with spooky festivities in the lobby.

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

Combine your love of music with your desire to explore downtown

This year’s Up + Downtown Music Festival takes place from October 6 to 8 in various venues throughout the downtown core. The line-up includes Wintersleep, Nuela Charles, The Provincial Archive, Cadence Weapon and many more.

Various locations, updt.ca

Honour the city’s movers and shakers with us

On October 30, Avenue will be celebrating this year’s Top 40 Under 40 recipients — and we want you to celebrate with us! Check out which incredible local leaders snagged a spot in this year's class, and enjoy the formal program and reception with hors d’oeuvres.

Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, 780-451-1379, events.odvodpublishing.com

See an electrifying production that explores ghosts and the shared human experience

The phrase “Ubuntu,” loosely translated, means “a person is a person through other persons” or “I am because you are.” From October 11 through 22, Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project) will take to the Citadel stage as a co-production with Prairie Theatre Exchange. The production is directed by Daryl Cloran, the Citadel’s Artistic Director, and stars Mbulelo Grootbroom, Andile Nebulane, Erin McGrath, Tracey Power and David Jansen.

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

See an Ibsen classic brought to life

The Walterdale Theatre kicks off the 2017/2018 season with Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, the enchanting story of Nora Helmer and Nils Krogstad and the common adversary they face. A Doll’s House will be at the Walterdale Playhouse from October 11 to 21, directed by Alex Hawkins.

Walterdale Playhouse, 10322 83 Ave., 780-439-3058, walterdaletheatre.com

Learn the lindy hop

Lindy Harvest 2017 takes place on October 13, so if you’ve always wanted to learn the dance styles of an earlier age, now is your chance. The workshop event will teach you the lindy hop and vernacular jazz, and it’s designed for dancers of all experience levels.

Sugar Swing, 10019 80 Ave., 587-786-6554, sugarswing.com

Revisit a classic — and try to resist the urge to sing along

It’s tough to imagine that it’s been 30 years since Johnny and Baby took over the big screen with their summer romance in the Catskills. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing, Metro Cinema is screening the flick on October 5 — so if you haven’t had the chance to see it on the big screen yet, now is the perfect opportunity.

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

See an exhibition as it’s being put together

In the RBC Work Room, artists Dara Humniski and Sergio Serrano will be working together in residence for six weeks. While the finished product, Monument, won’t be available until November, you can see their artistic minds at work starting October 14.

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

Get a true taste of fall by heading to an apple orchard

Is there anything quite as picturesque as spending a perfect fall day picking apples? Thanks to Sprout Farms Apple Orchards, you have the opportunity to do just that — tour the orchards and get some fresh apples to use in all your fall baking.

56307 RR 235, Bon Accord, 780-910-8847, sproutfarms.ca

Paint the town red with pride

On October 21, the Pride Centre of Edmonton is painting the town red — and they want you to join them. Enjoy an evening of music, dancing, food, drinks, a silent auction and more. You'll also have the chance to tour the new Pride Centre of Edmonton space and head to the Dirtbag Café afterwards for a drink and live music.

Pride Centre of Edmonton, 10608 105 Ave., pridecentreofedmonton.org

Learn to put together the perfect thanksgiving tablescape

On October 3, join designer Cory Christopher for a workshop centered on crafting the perfect thanksgiving tablescape. Enjoy harvest themed treats and refreshments as you get some design tips and create a place setting with mini pumpkins and succulents.

Cory Christopher Design Studio, 10525 111 St., corychristopher.ca

Enjoy your brunch with a side of hip hop

The Common’s popular Hip Hop Brunch returns on October 15 — and tables are first come first serve, so you’d better get there early! Chef Jesse Morrison Gauthier will prepare custom brunch selections, while Gold Blooded Deejays and Justin Foosh will supply the soundtrack to your meal.

The Common, 9910a 109 St., 780-452-7333, thecommon.ca

Celebrate Halloween with an elegant masquerade

Head to the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald on October 27 for a Halloween Masquerade in the Empire Ballroom. The Phantom of the Opera will be scurrying through the hotel’s corridors, and there will be entertainment and live music by Carling Undercover. Dress in your masquerade best.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, 10065 100 St., 780-424-5181, fairmont.com/Macdonald


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