For this weekend, we’ve selected mostly Fall events. Whether you’re going through the weekend alone or with loved ones, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Again, if any major events are missed, add them in the comments below. Gobble gobble!
Annual Millbourne Thanksgiving Dinner (Oct 12, 12-4pm) Free
This event has quite a history in the Mill Woods community. The Millbourne Laundromat has been serving the community a Thanksgiving dinner for over 20 years even through an ownership change. Every year on Thanksgiving Monday, they open the doors to give back. In addition to the Laundromat, it’s also sponsored by the Edmonton Rotary Club Southeast. Everyone is welcome to the free dinner, especially if you’re spending Thanksgiving alone or can’t afford a turkey. Over the years there’s been a lot of local media coverage on it.
This year it will take place Oct 12 from noon to 4pm. Their address is 109 Millbourne Road East NW and this is their website. To get there, take route 8 or 15 and alight at Mill Woods Road and Millbourne Road.
Edmonton Ghost Tours (Oct 5-31) $
Edmonton Ghost Tours offer walking tours of different areas of the city based on true accounts of haunting incidents. They offer tours in Old Strathcona, Garneau, Rutherford House, and private custom tours.
Prices range between $10 to $40 depending on the tour or event like the Halloween Haunt at Rutherford House.
If you’re looking for a spooky time, or for a historic narrative, be sure to check out their schedule of tours on there website here.
Haunted Pumpkin Festival (Oct weekends until Oct 31) $
Prairie Gardens has their opening weekend of their annual pumpkin festival in their location just north of Bon Accord (45 minutes from downtown Edmonton).
Packed with a corn maze (different than the Edmonton Corn Maze), u-pick pumpkin patch, and countless activities to do, this is the event you want to go to on your weekends this weekend and weekends throughout October. There’s also train rides, make your own scarecrow, petting zoo, haunted house, shooting gallery, just to name a few more events.
Just in case there’s not enough things for you to do and think you need a challenge, there’s a list of 50 things to do there that you can check off your list. More information here.
McNally School 50th Anniversary Celebration
This event has nothing to do with Thanksgiving or Fall, but it’s a happy gathering nonetheless. If you went to McNally High School in the last 50 years, this Homecoming is for you.
Friday evening there is a Tigers Pride Football Game at Clarke Stadium and pre-game Barbecue at the school.
Saturday is a free open house at the school from 1-4 with a formal presentation at 3pm. Saturday night is the Homecoming Gala for $70 tickets. Unlimited food :). Sadly, I’m the only one registered for the Gala from my graduating class of 2001, though there’s plenty from other years before and after.
Advanced Voting Open
Advanced voting begins today through the Thanksgiving long weekend. While the Elections Canada website is awfully hard to navigate, we’ve created a map indicating the Edmonton-area locations you can vote at. Don’t worry about where you live and making sure it’s the right place to vote. You can vote at ANY of these Elections Canada offices on this map. Remember to bring ID and proof of address so staff can find the correct ballot. Advance voting at offices is open now until Oct 13 at 6pm. More Yegventures coverage here.