14 of the very best issues to do that week in Edmonton: September 26 to October 2

We say goodbye to September this week and hello to October, and there are so many things to do in Edmonton to get you into the fall mood.

From a new massive pumpkins event in YEG to seeing the Oilers play multiple times at Rogers Place, here’s a bunch of things you can check out this week.

Pumpkins After Dark Edmonton

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What: A mammoth Halloween event with thousands of glowing pumpkins is invading Edmonton this fall. Pumpkins After Dark is spooking up Borden Park from September 29 to October 31 with pumpkins that are carved to resemble classic Halloween characters, dinosaurs and dragons, and movie and pop culture icons.

When: September 29 to October 31
Where: 11020 75a Street NW #102, Edmonton
Time: Various
Cost: $21.95 per adult (early bird pricing), tickets can be found here

Deadmonton Haunted House

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What: Experience a Halloween staple in Edmonton, as Deadmonton returns this weekend with two haunted houses to get spooked. This year’s Return of the Living Dead, the main haunted house, and Icons of Darkness, the outdoor haunted house, are sure to scare. It’s certainly the scariest fun you can have this fall in Edmonton.

When: September 23 to October 31
Where: 7031 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton
Cost: $36.99 to $52.99; tickets can be found here

Go on a haunted tour

Ghost Tours

Edmonton Ghost Tours

What: Looking for a little fright and a history lesson at the same time? There are three ghost tours running in Edmonton that would be perfect for a Halloween date. From a ghostly walk through old historical Strathcona to a haunted hike and history lesson at the University of Alberta, these tours are sure to cause the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up a little.

When: Now until November 30
Where: Various locations
Cost: $16.93 to $22.23, tickets can be found here

Check out an Oilers preseason game

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What: The Oilers are back on the ice at Rogers Place arena as preseason play is on the schedule this week. There are not one, but FOUR games. Take your pick, they are all going to be a good time!

When: September 26, 28, 30, and October 1
Where: Roger’s Place
Cost: $26 to $353; tickets can be found here

Elk Island National Park

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What: Whether you’re hitting the trails, stargazing, or trying to see some buffalo, this national park is well worth the short drive out there. Why not enjoy the outdoors at this prestigious national park?

When: Open year-round
Where: 54401 Range Road 203, Fort Saskatchewan
Cost: Free; Parks Canada pass is required to enter

Check out the newest Blowers & Grafton restaurant

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What: Blowers & Grafton, a Canadian East Coast-inspired street food and bar eatery, is set to open a new location in the Edmonton area this week. Known for East Coast comforts — like amazing Halifax-style food, craft beers, and a solid happy hour — the grand opening for this highly-anticipated spot will be on Wednesday, September 28.

When: Open September 28
Where: #500 – 7000 Emerald Drive, Sherwood Park

Art Gallery of Alberta

What: Wander through the thoughtful and beautiful artwork at the Art Gallery of Alberta and marvel at each exhibit. Grab a bite at a downtown Edmonton restaurant when you are all finished!

When: Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm; Thursdays, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
Cost: $14, purchase online

Get lost in the Edmonton Corn Maze

Edmonton corn maze

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What: Get ready to wander around and maybe get a little lost! For more than two decades, the maze has been a staple in the area for some fun during the later months of summer and into the heart of fall. Each year brings with it a new design, with this season paying homage to the Edmonton Elks.

When: Now to October 16, 2022
Where: 26171 Garden Valley Road, Spruce Grove
Tickets: Tickets can be found here

Work up a sweat on a set of stairs in YEG

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What: The leaves are starting to change in our massive River Valley, so get out and enjoy the outdoors in Edmonton! Work up a sweat after work by running some stairs, we are so lucky to have various spots to run them, so let’s get to work!

Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

Snow Valley Aerial Park

What: With over 100 elements on the structure, there is something for everyone! Crawl, climb, swing, and step your way through locally themed elements up to 15 meters high, including the rainbow wall, ski bridge, swinging picnic table, and tons of other challenges!

When: Thursday to Friday, 5 to 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm
Where: 3204 Rainbow Valley Rd
Cost: $37 to $46; tickets can be found here

Edmonton Food Bike Tours

Biking to and from four of YEG’s best spots, this summer-only tour is a great chance to try dishes created by the area’s top chefs.

When: Every Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Start Location — Constable Ezio Faraone Park
Price: Starting at $155.90

Splash around at the WEM World Waterpark

What: It’ll feel like a bit of a vacation when you visit the World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall. Shoot down some massive slides or relax in the wave pool. Whatever you choose, it’s a prime thing to do this weekend.

When: Hours vary throughout the week
Where: West Edmonton Mall
Cost: $40 to $54; tickets can be found here

Check out the Royal Alberta Museum

What: Marvel at the Royal Alberta Museum’s vast collections. From its archaeology, Indigenous studies, and work-life industry sections to Earth and Life Sciences that will wow you, it’s one of the most intriguing things to do in Edmonton!

When: Open year-round, Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 9810 103a Avenue NW
Cost: $10 to $21; tickets can be found here

Haunted Pub Tours of Old Strathcona

What: This is a ghost tour and a pub crawl all wrapped into one spooky evening. An experienced storyteller will lead you to two different pubs, telling stories about ghosts, hauntings, murders, and mysteries. Expect reserved seating and discounts at both of the pubs you stop at. Grab tickets… if you dare.

When: Every Friday and Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m
Where: 10322 83rd Avenue, Edmonton
Price: $32.85

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