Is there anything that's better than a long weekend? We doubt it. The excitement of a long weekend makes the whole work-week go so fast that you might not even have time to make plans. Therefore, we've done the work for you and compiled a list of things to do in Edmonton between Friday, October 10, and Sunday, October 12, that will make your long weekend extra special.
It doesn't matter whether you've got solid Thanksgiving plans or not; the items on our list are so accessible and quick that you can run through them and still be home in time for the big feast.
It can be oh-so-tempting to spend the whole weekend sleeping in or cooking or just preparing yourself for a big old food coma. But let's face it: the weather is fairly nice and you know that's not going to be the case in a few weeks.
So now is the time to step out of your house and explore the magnificent autumn season to your heart's content.
The foliage has covered the city in its beautiful golden colours and there's a slight breeze in the air that will make your walks all the more pleasant.
So go ahead and start planning.
Investigate Paranormal Beings
When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until October 31
Address: Fort Edmonton Park, 7000 143 St. N.W., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: Exploring the river valley in the dark whilst solving a Halloween mystery sounds exciting and a little terrifying. What's not to love? Just note that you might have nightmares.
Stock Up On Local Treats
When: 9 a.m to 3 p.m on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays
Address: Edmonton Downtown Farmers' Market, 10305 97 St., N.W., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: Get those last-minute goodies and savour the delicious local produce, meat, cheese, nuts, and pastries as much as you can.
Check Out A Wild Roadside Attraction
Address: 4500 Pysanka Ave., Vegreville, AB
Why You Need To Go: If you want to do something truly bizarre and out-of-the-ordinary this weekend, go see the "World's Largest Easter Egg" just outside Edmonton. You won't be disappointed, that's for sure.
Fall In Love With The Cityscape
Address: 9308 105 St., N.W. #9324, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: If you're either broke or just unwilling to venture too far from your house, why not head to this iconic lookout of the city? The fall colours are some kind of wonderful, and the bustling cityscape will make you adore YEG even more. Just make sure the weather holds up on the day of your local adventure.
Have A Lakeside Camping Adventure
Address: Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, Camrose County, AB
Why You Need To Go: Camping in autumn is our love language and there's nothing quite like it. Just imagine sipping coffee by the water and you will be so glad you decided to leave the hustle and bustle for a little bit.
Go On A Spooky Ghost Tour
When: 7 p.m. every day until November 3
Address: Walterdale Theatre, 10322 83rd Ave., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: The historic neighbourhood of Strathcona is just beginning for a Halloween glow-up. Learn about its impressive history, get spooked by haunted old buildings, and get some cold beers on Whyte Ave when you're done.
Discover A Green Wonderland
Address: Botaniful, 13851 127 St. N.W. 2 Floor, Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: Whether you're a plant person or not, this absolutely phenomenal "plant loft" will blow your mind. The beautiful collection of flowers, plants, and adorable home goods will send you to some sort of a jungle paradise.
Check Out The New Café On Whyte Ave
Cuisine: Korean-style café
Address: La Bosco Bakery & Café, 10413 79 Ave., N.W., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This brand-new Korean bakery on Whyte Ave is a perfect hideout on a busy day. Their dessert waffles are out-of-control and the giant heart-shaped sculpture near the entrance will make you fall in love.
Go Back To The Roaring 20s
When: 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 10
Address: Spotlight Cabaret, 8217 104 St., N.W., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: You can't go wrong with a glamourous night out at a cabaret bar, complete with epic cocktails, eye-catching costumes, and sensational music.