Your Edmonton Guide: October Edition

by on Oct 1st, 2018

Up + Downtown Music FestivalOct. 5-7

10 venues. Three days. More than 60 bands/performers. A celebration of awesome independent artists. For the sixth year, this festival is ready to turn downtown Edmonton into a musical smorgasbord. Tickets can be purchased for individual shows, or you can buy a day or full-weekend passes so that you don’t miss a second. You must be 18+ in order to use day/weekend passes, certain single ticketed events are also 18+.

If you are new to Edmonton, then this is a great way to familiarize yourself with the downtown core, and see some stellar entertainment. All of the venues are located within a walking distance of each, other around Jasper Ave and 100th St. The 10 venues are as follows: 9910, CKUA Radio Performance Hall, Downtown Edmonton Community League Office, Freemason Hall, McDougall United Church, Rocky Mountain Icehouse, Temple, Knoxville’s Tavern, Cask & Barrel and the Starlite Room.

Edmonton Comedy Festival | Oct. 10-13

Featuring K. Trevor Wilson (Letterkenny), Rondell Sheridan (That’s So Raven) and Monique Marvez (Not Skinny, Not Blonde), the 2018 Edmonton Comedy Festival is four days of gut busting laughter. If you love comedy, then this is the festival for you. Unfortunately, no festival passes are available for this event each ticket has to be purchased individually.

Furthermore, on the opening night of the festival you will have the opportunity to watch 14 local personalities go head-to-head in the Media Challenge! The likes of Jason Strudwick (TSN 1260), Eileen Bell (630 CHED), Lochlin Cross (Cruz FM) and Ryder (Hot 107) will have five minutes to impress a panel of judges and be awarded the pride that comes with being funny or not. Proceeds from the Media Challenge ticket sales are donated to the Free Footie charity.

Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival | Oct. 19-20

The event, which is hosted at the Shaw Conference Centre, is a celebration of food and drink. This year, chefs from popular restaurants in Edmonton such as XO Bistro + Bar, Japonais Bistro, and Atlas Steak + Fish are among those featured.  But it’s not just called the Rocky Mountain Food Festival, let’s not forget about the wine! Caymus (USA), Kenwood (USA) and Côtes Du Rhône (France) are all vineyards that will be front-and-centre at this year’s festival. It is a phenomenal opportunity to try many of Edmonton’s food gems without having to go out every night!

SAMU’s Speaker Series: Tegan and SaraOct. 26

Three-time Juno award winners Tegan and Sara will be in the Heart of the Robbins to discuss identity, expression and authenticity. The discussion will feature a 45-minute interview moderated by Vivek Shraya (I’m Afraid of Men) and a 15-minute audience Q&A. This is Tegan and Sara’s first speaking event and is a must-see for fans of the artists. Tickets are available to the general public, but are at a discounted rate for students. VIP tickets are exclusively for students, and include a meet-and-greet with Tegan and Sara after the discussion. 

Scary Screenings

The month of October is host to the greatest holiday of all, the one with the largest abundance of free candy. October also means that you can hunt down the best and corniest horror movies at local theaters like Metro Cinema, a place to eat the previously mentioned candy.

Metro is also host to DEDfest, a sci-fi, thriller and horror film festival. It is held between Oct. 19-21 and has previously screened films like Green Room, The Babadook and V/H/S. Along with DEDfest, the Metro shows classic movies like Beetlejuice (Oct. 30), Frankenstein (Oct. 28) and a The Rocky Horror Picture Show with audience participation (Oct. 20, 26-27).

Haunted Houses

Deadmonton Haunted House:

A staple in Edmonton’s Halloween traditions, Deadmonton Haunted House returns for a month of making adults cry. This one isn’t for the faint of heart. For their first year in a new location (now on Gateway Blvd just South of Whyte Ave), they have invented new lore for their new location full of new monsters to terrify you. Tickets are available at the doors or you can buy a speed pass online to skip the line.

Rutherford Manor:

One of Canada’s premier haunted houses, the Rutherford Manor Haunt tells the story of the Flesher family. For four generations the family has specialized in the butchery trade. They found success during the great depression, leading people to wonder how they managed. Enter this haunted manor, if you dare! Admission to this house is free, but donations for Edmonton Food Bank or Second Chance Animal Rescue are encouraged.

Concerts and Events

  • Burton Cummings (Oct. 13 @ River Cree)
  • Brothers Osborne (Oct. 21 @ Shaw)
  • Creed Bratton (from the Office (Oct. 21 @ Union Hall))
  • Foo Fighters (Oct. 22 @ Rogers Place)
  • Tokyo Police Club (Oct. 24 @ Starlite)
  • Jann Arden (Oct. 25 @ Arden Theater)
  • Halloween Howler Featuring the Stone Temple Pilots, Seether (Oct. 26)