8 things to do this Thanksgiving weekend in Edmonton: October 8 to 11

Oct 7 2021, 6:57 pm

We’ve reached the Thanksgiving long weekend, and fall is flying by. Head out and enjoy it by checking out some things going on in our city.

Besides the delicious turkey dinner, there are plenty of things this Thanksgiving that will fill your appetite for adventure in Edmonton.

DARK at Fort Edmonton Park

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What: DARK is taking over Fort Edmonton Park with spooky characters, like a killer clown and his evil minions or blood-thirsty killers in the deserted countryside. With three immersive haunting experiences to be enjoyed, it’s definitely one of the spookiest things this Thanksgiving weekend in Edmonton.

When: October 7 to October 31, 2021
Where: Fort Edmonton Park (7000 143 Street, Edmonton)
Cost: $45; tickets can be purchased 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 themes are Warped, the main haunted house, and Dusk-Rise of the Dead, an outdoor New Orleans-inspired cemetery. It’s certainly the scariest October fun you can have this weekend in Edmonton.

When: Now to October 31
Where: 7031 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton
Cost: $29.99- $49.99; tickets can be found here

Edmonton Corn Maze

What: Get a little lost and have lots of fun at the same time. The Edmonton Corn Maze is perfect for an October day, and be on the lookout for their pumpkins. They are perfect for an essential fall Instagram photo.

When: Now until October 17
Time: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm
Where: 26171 Garden Valley Road, Spruce Grove
Cost: Purchase tickets online or in-person

Haunted Pumpkin Festival

 

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What: Take a 40-minute drive north of Edmonton, and you’ll find yourself at Prairie Garden Farms, with its nice one-acre pumpkin patch where you can pick your pumpkin right off the vine. Check out the haunted pumpkin festival, a pumpkin corny-val, and a ghost town. It’s a perfect thing to do this Thanksgiving long weekend.

When: October 2 to October 31
Where: 56311 Lily Lake Road, Bon Accord
Cost: Various prices; tickets can be found here

Expedition: Dinosaur at TELUS World of Science

What: Travel back in time and walk among the largest creatures to ever call Earth their home in Expedition: Dinosaur. Step into the shoes of palaeontologists and archaeologists as you travel through time for the fun and excitement of fossil discovery. It’s your last chance to check it out too, it leaves our city after this weekend.

When: Now until October 11, 2021
Where: TELUS World of Science (1211 142 Street NW, Edmonton)
Cost: $15.45-$19.95. Tickets can be purchased here

Stargaze in Elk Island National Park

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What: Gateway to the stars at Elk Island National Park offers the perfect place to experience the stars and planets above. It’s a galactic experience that you don’t want to miss on a cool October night.

When: October 8, 9
Where: Elk Island National Park
Cost: $11.70 per person, plus a valid park pass

Visit the Muttart Conservatory

What: Be amazed at the stunning Muttart Conservatory, with each glass pyramid showcasing a different environment for plants from around the globe. It’s a relaxing, insightful and beautiful experience and a lovely thing to do during an autumn day this Thanksgiving long weekend in Edmonton.

When: Open year-round
Time: Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday 10 am to 10 pm, Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday/Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Muttart Conservatory (9626 96A Street, Edmonton)
Cost: $7.75-$14.95, purchase online

Edmonton Ghost Tours in Old Strathcona

What: Looking to get spooky? Take a ghostly walk through Old Strathcona, with stops in front of certain buildings, houses, and shops that have reported ghosts, hauntings, murders, and mysteries.

When: October 8, 9, 10, 11
Time: 7 pm
Where: 10322 83rd Avenue NW, Edmonton
Cost: $16.93 – $22.23, purchase online

Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As recommended by health officials, if you choose to participate in events outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent handwashing. Additionally, be aware that many businesses and events may be participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program and will require proof of vaccine or a negative, privately paid COVID-19 test. If you are sick, please stay home.

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