"We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost." - Henry Rollins
The quote perfectly describes summer's departure, but there is much to enjoy with the arrival of September. The change of season brings rich rusty hues, cooler days, and plenty of events to enjoy both in. Get your sweaters, step outside, and brace yourself for "Pumpkin Spice Everything," Edmonton!
Symphony in the City 2015
When: September 4th – 5th
Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and ATB Financial are bringing back this musical event Labour Day long weekend! A show will be featured each day with highlights from Disney’s Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 playing onscreen with a live orchestral accompaniment. Free of charge and family-friendly, Symphony in the City is perfect for a wonderful community experience. Head down early and save your seat! See this page for info.
SONiC BOOM 2015
When: September 5th – 6th
Location: Borden Park
Edmonton’s alternative music festival returns! An incredible lineup featuring Mother Mother, Tenacious D, Hozier, Kongos, Tokyo Police Club, and more will be rocking Borden Park. For more information, including show schedules and ticket details, visit this site.
Edmonton Corn Maze
When: September 8th – October 18th
Location: 26171 Garden Valley Rd, Spruce Grove
Visit Edmonton’s corn maze and get lost! Wander the maze and take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to make it through over 5 kilometres of twists and turns. But there’s more! Ride the grain train, race pedal carts, fire spud guns, and have a treat at the snack shack. Click here for more!
Robust Reds – Wine Tasting, Auction and Fundraiser
When: September 11th
Location: Delta Edmonton South
Enjoy an elegant evening with the Rotary Club of Edmonton Gateway in support of the Centre for Autism Services Alberta. The night will have a wide selection of wines to sample, hor d'oeuvres to nibble on, and classical guitar to listen to. A silent auction will also take place, featuring a piece created live by an artist in attendance. Go here for details including ticket prices and the wine list.
Ignite Edmonton Festival
When: September 9th – 10th
Location: Shaw Conference Centre
Before you arsonists start chomping at the bit, this does not involve fire. Ignite is a new initiative from Edmonton Economic Development geared towards fostering entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity within the city. There will be team kits, breakout sessions, masterclasses, and main stage talks with global leaders, entrepreneurs, and builders. But that’s only the beginning! Come down to experience a truly interactive and engaging event aimed to make Edmonton and its leaders all they can be! See this page for more!
When: September 11th – 12th
Location: Heritage Amphitheatre
Celebrate local music, visual arts, and performance arts! Connecting creative communities within the city, this multifaceted festival is a great way to see what’s going on in the Edmonton scene. Listen to indie, hip-hop, alternative, and more! Check out artists creating graffiti on a massive freewall, shop along the vendor boardwalk, and once it gets dark, join the official after-party! Visit this site for additional information.
Kaleido Family Arts Festival
When: September 11th – 13th
Location: 118 Avenue & 90–94 Street
After 10 years, Kaleido just keeps getting brighter! Featuring music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts that will be on streets, rooftops, and sides of buildings, imaginative delights will be everywhere! If you’d like to participate instead of be a bystander at venues, there will be workshops, too. This family-friendly event is also free, so everyone can come down to enjoy. Click here for more info!
Gorilla Run Edmonton
When: September 12th
Location: 82 Ave & 114 Street
In favor of getting weird is the Gorilla Run! This charitable run supports the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund to save the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. Don a gorilla suit and run 5K to help a species out. Worried how to go about getting such attire? Don’t be! Your entry fee includes a gorilla suit you get to keep after the run. See here for details!
Italia with Gusto
When: September 17th
Location: David Morris Fine Cars (17407 111 Ave)
Have a delightful night out with this amazing fundraiser! Enjoy exclusive Italian wine samples, a silent and live auction, live entertainment, and delicious Italian food. All funds raised will go to supporting Edmonton’s Meals on Wheels subsidy program, including costs associated with meal transportation. For further information, go here.
Terry Fox Run
When: September 20th
Location: Hawrelak Park Site 4 by Main Parking Lot
Celebrate 35 years of raising money and awareness for cancer research with the renowned Terry Fox Run. Beginning in 1980 with the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, Terry, who was diagnosed with bone cancer, ran an average of 42 kilometres a day for 143 days to inform Canadians the importance of finding a cure. He was forced to end his run on September 1st, 1980, when the cancer spread to his lungs. In turn, hundreds of runs happen across Canada to keep the spirit and goal of the run alive. There are no entry fees. Donations are encouraged; however there are no minimum donations required. Please visit this page for additional information.
The Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo
When: September 25th – 27th
Location: 7515 118 Ave NW
The biggest pop culture convention to hit town is back for its 4th year! Check out fantastic vendors, incredible comic book artists, and a myriad of celebrities! Professional cosplayers Riddle, Nathan DeLuca, Ivy Doomkitty, and Monika Lee will be in attendance. Actors Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy), Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and many more will also be there! Tons of photo ops, panels, and chances to speak with cultural icons are just around the corner. See this site for more!
Have a fantastic September, Edmonton!