5 Things to do in Edmonton this weekend

The changing leaves and harvest season make it a great weekend to get lost in a corn maize or visit a farm - but if you're more of an indoor person, there's plenty of music, movies and more to keep you busy.

Movies, music, maize and mayhem are in store

This weekend, get lost in a corn maze.

The changing leaves and harvest season make it a great weekend to get lost in a corn maize or visit a farm – but if you're more of an indoor person, there's plenty of music, movies and more to keep you busy.

Catch some award-winning EIFF films

What: From the “wonderfully wacky” and “darkly comedic” to the “powerful, poignant, and intensely moving," the Edmonton International Film Fest has selected the 13 top winners or your movie-viewing pleasure. A full list of winners is available here. Full program schedule and festival program guides available are available hereTickets cost $13 at the door.

When: October 4 and 5

John Cleese, seen here performing in Sydney on Jan. 6, 2006, will bring his new show "Last Time to See Me before I Die" to Edmonton this weekend. (Paul Miller/Associated Press)

See the Minister of Silly Walks in the flesh

What: The one and only John Cleese (of Monty Python fame) is in town this weekend performing his new show –- optimistically titled  “Last Time to See Me before I Die” - at the Myer Horowitz Theatre. But hurry, tickets are almost sold out!

When? October 4, 5 and 6 with nightly shows at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Get lost in a corn maze

What: Edmonton’s original corn maze is back and bigger than ever (probably) this year, in the shape of a large box of popcorn. Thousands get themselves lost in the maize each year, and almost all make it out (kidding). And while the most directionally-talented can clear the course in about half an hour, the average navigator takes about an hour to travel the five kilometre course of twists, turns and decision points. Or, you can make it trickier for yourself by going at night. Located “minutes from west Edmonton in Parkland County”, you might as well make a day of it and take advantage of the giant jumping pillow, visit with friendly farm animals and really revel in the country air.

When? Anytime! The maze is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays

Head downtown for Designing Downtown

What: If you are even remotely nerdy about urban development, design and city building, you should plan to head to the Winspear Centre Saturday night for Designing Downtown’s PechaKucha Night 17 (a Japanese phrase for “the sound of chitchat”). The night, which kicks off with cocktails, will feature exhibits and an interactive panel of experts and designers, all gathered to talk about urban development and competing visions about the city’s downtown core. Tickets are $35.

When? October 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Derby Girls are back!

Members of the Toronto Roller Derby League circle the track in Whip It-themed costumes in 2009. (CBC)

What: If you have never been to a roller derby (or at least seen the 2009 film on the topic), you are missing out. But don’t worry, here’s your chance to correct the situation: the Slice Girls are taking on LasPistolitas Saturday night at the EdmontonSportsdome. Expect fishnet stockings, mouthguards, snarky yet delightful puns on player names and lots of yelling. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

When? October 5, doors open at 6 p.m.

And if none of that appeals…

The Edmonton Chante Festival, featuring 17 French-speaking artists from across Canada, will be happening in Old Strathcona through to Saturday night.

Folk singer Erin Faught will be playing a very intimate concert for a streetcar-sized crowd on top of the High Level Bridge Friday night in one of the season’s last shows.

And if 90 minutes is too long for you to commit to a film, the Edmonton Short Film Festival is happening at Concordia University College on October 5.


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