5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

Between sock hops, prairie festivals and Hitchcock on the radio, this feels like a particularly vintage weekend in Edmonton.

Paddling, petting zoos, pints and pumpkins

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Between sock hops, prairie festivals and Hitchcock on the radio, this feels like a particularly vintage weekend in Edmonton.

An old timey radio show

Actors will be performing radio-play versions of Hitchcock's The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps at Fort Edmonton. ((E. Bacon/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images))
What: Ever find yourself yearning for the time when families would crowd around the wireless and listen in each week as the familiar voices of radio personalities lulled you into a blissed-out prairie home companion? If yes, head to Fort Edmonton this weekend for the Hitchcock Radio Show — a re-enactment of three of the master’s early films (The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps) as performed by five actors, live sound effects and musical scoring.

When? Shows daily at 8 p.m. from October 1 to 5

Sock Hop til you drop

What: Continuing in the spirit of old-timey fun, the OT Collective is hosting Sock Hop til you Drop — a crafty and creative celebration of the local arts and music scene, including a Polaroid photo booth, cocktail lounge, cookie bake-off and dance party. Money raised from the launch party will go towards turning a vacant storefront on 97th Street into a creative community arts commons. Tickets are available here.

When? October 3 at 9 p.m.

Does history float your boat?

What: Take a paddle down the North Saskatchewan River this weekend and learn some history as you go! The Float Yer Boat River Curiosity Tour, run by the Edmonton City as Museum Project, is a three-hour guided trip through the city’s history. And the best part? You’ll be in a voyageur canoe! Tickets cost $65.

When? October 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Bringing Bavaria to you

Northlands will transform into a mini-Bavaria this weekend for Oktoberfest. (Facebook)
What: Authentic Bavarian brews will be pouring this weekend at
Northlands Expo Centre as Edmonton celebrates Oktoberfest. The two-day event is a celebration of beer, food, music, tradition and community, and also comes with a local twist (hint: it’s beer). Tickets are available here. Or, if Northlands is too far away for you, the Mercer Tavern is also serving up hot pretzels and cold steins right downtown.

When? October 3 from 4 to 10 p.m. and October 4 from 2 to 9 p.m.

Haunted fall festival

What: Last weekend I spent a very entertaining afternoon riding a small train, playing with leaf-addicted baby goats and firing pumpkins at a pirate ship through a specially-made cannon … and now I think you should do it do. Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm is currently in the midst of its Haunted Pumpkin Festival, and is offering up a bevy of family-friendly fun — including corn mazes, a petting zoo, scarecrow-making and more. Both family and individual admission rates are available. Just watch out for the baby goats … they really like leaves.

When? Festival runs through to October 26

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