Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re looking for something to do once you’re finished enjoying delicious meals of turkey and pumpkin pie, here are our suggestions for some events and places to check out this long weekend:
- Catch rock band The Smashing Pumpkins perform material from their new album Oceania and familiar hits like “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” at Rexall Place. Tickets $61.75 – $93.25 at Ticketmaster (Oct 5, 8 pm).
- Iconic New York shoe retailer Steve Madden opens its first flagship store in Edmonton at West Edmonton Mall on Saturday, Oct 5. The first 150 customers to make a purchase – once you step into this store and see the selection of sleek, classic boots and other footwear, it will be hard to resist buying something – will receive a free gift bag.
- Pick up a pumpkin for carving, or decorating, from Riverbend Gardens at the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market (10310-83 Ave., Oct 6, 8 am – 3 pm) or City Market (104th St. promenade, Oct 6, 9 am – 3 pm).
- Try the delicious combination of turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce in the specialty Thanksgiving Poutine at La Poutine (8720-109 St.), on sale through October 7.
- Sample a selection of craft beers at the Shabam Beer Tasting Festival while enjoying food, art, panel discussions, and entertainment. Tickets can be be purchased in advance from www.tixonthesquare.ca for $25, or for $35 at the door. (Mayfield Trade Centre 16615-109 Ave., Oct 6, 5 pm – 11 pm)
- It’s the final weekend to enjoy the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) at City Centre’s Empire Theatre. This festival will conclude with an exciting closing night gala featuring the film It’s a Disaster and an after-party with hors d’oeuvres, live music, and plenty of socializing. Visit the EIFF website for full schedule and to purchase tickets to the closing night gala (Oct 5 – 6).
- Take in a display of simple yet elegant artwork by Letisha McFall at the Doilies & Dainties exhibit at Dauphine Bakery and Bistro (10129-104 St.). Letisha’s quilted creations are made from intricate, traditional lace doilies that she has collected. Browse while enjoying a selection of new “dainty” pastries and tea from Dauphine (on now through December 31, 10 am – 6 pm).