October is a ridiculously busy month. There is a ton going on in the Queen City and if you want to do something awesome every night, you should not have much trouble finding something to do. With all that is scheduled around the city, I thought I would give you a list of the top ten activities for the month of October. Many of these events are happening this weekend, so I hope you are ready for a good time!
On now until October 16th, Million Dollar Quartet is a musical about a 1956 recording session that featured Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry-Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. The show is getting some great reviews and tickets are flying off the shelves, so pick those up as soon as you can!
Hit up a festival
The 2016 edition of the Breakout West Festival takes place October 13 to 16 and features more than 50 artists playing at 11 venues across the city. You can get tickets at Rebellion Brewing, Cade Style Lounge and Coda Clothing & Shoes, X-Ray Records, or on the Breakout West Festival website.
A fundraiser for the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Gala features donated works by some of Canada’s most impressive artists. Your ticket gets you some fancy hors d’oeuvres, yummy cocktails, live entertainment, and access to raffle prizes, a silent auction, and the live auction. It takes place on October 14th in the T.C. Douglas Building atrium, and all proceeds go to support the Gallery’s exhibitions and public programs.
October is the beginning of craft sale season, and Cream of the Crop is a fantastic start. Taking place on October 14th and 15th at the Conexus Arts Centre, the show features handmade creations and home-based businesses. Think pottery beside a Mary Kay vendor. Basically, you will buy half of your Christmas presents plus some fudge for yourself. It’s a real winner.
There are so many liquor related events in October, I could do this whole post on booze. But since not everyone likes to imbibe, I’ve narrowed my list down to a few that sounded really good. The whiskey night at the Conexus sounded more interesting than downing a shot of cheap tequila. You get to sample some world class whiskey that’s paired with some delicious eats. And if that’s not enough, there are seminars to see how some of the whiskey is made. The International Whiskey Night takes place on October 15th.
Mark your calendar for the Olive and Grape Harvest Festival. October 15th at Queensbury Centre, the Festival is a Greek celebration. There’s a Greek buffet, live music and entertainment. The evening ends with a grape stomping. That’s right, you can stomp grapes like you are making some wine.
I admit that I am more prone to listen to rock and roll music than classical music. But I love when the symphony does their pop series! It’s like pop music done differently. These tickets sell out fast, so get them soon! The show is on October 22nd and you can get tickets here.
October 25th and 26th is the Rocky Horror Picture Show live at the Conexus Arts Centre. A Halloween staple, the Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical comedy horror parody, which plays tribute to science fiction and horror B movies. Bizarre and kitschy, it’s a must for both Halloween and movie aficionados.
Final Rider game at Mosaic
October 29th is the final Rider game at Mosaic Stadium. It is the last of more than 600 games the Riders played there. I can remember going to see some great concerts there, like Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi and AC/DC. I heard that the new stadium has some fancy technology like hot water and mirrors in the washrooms, but I think we will all kind of miss the old Mosaic Stadium.
Mark October 30th on your calendar because Government House has some free Halloween activities for you to enjoy. I can’t see any deets yet, but last year they had a magician and a scavenger hunt, so it’s guaranteed to be fun.
Be a hipster and drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte
These delicious and aromatic beverages are only available for a limited time. Once autumn is gone, so are the PSLs. Tangerine has an amazing pumpkin spice latte that are made with real pumpkin! You can say you are going to figure out how to make them at home, and believe me, I tried, but you won’t be able to and it’s going to make you grumpy, so just head to Tangerine.
That’s my short list on what is going on in October in Regina. I hope this helps you narrow down your plans.
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