As lovely as it is to visit one of Edmonton’s many attractions with the family, sometimes you don’t want to share your space with screaming children getting their sticky hands all over everything. So try one of these fun things to do in Edmonton for Adults on your next night out!
Adult-Only Activities and Attractions in Edmonton
Updated February 1, 2024
Adult Only Events at Telus World of Science
Why let the kids have all the fun? Instead, take over the Telus Science Centre during the Dark Matters Adult-Only evenings!
What can you expect? The entire science centre is adult-only! There is an open bar and delicious snacks (including astronaut ice cream!), and you can catch a show in the Infinity Dome.
The next event is an adult-only night in February called “Sip & Solve, ” which will be held at the Mazes & Games Exhibition. This event is perfect for adults who love to solve puzzles.
March will have a Dark Matters event all about the Science of Sex.
Check out Dark Matters to learn more about the next event.
Explore the Adult-Only Nights at the Muttart Conservatory
If you want to explore the pyramids of the Muttart Conservatory without school groups, families or children, you can! The Muttart Conservatory has adult-only evenings every Wednesday from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Find out more here: Muttart Adult Only Evenings
See Stand-up Comedians Perform at The Comic Strip
Head to the Comic Strip at West Ed for a night of laughs and the potential to be mocked by a quick-witted comedian.
Some upcoming comedians coming to Edmonton include TJ Miller and The Danger Cats. Plus, they often do triple threat Tuesdays and battle to the Funny Bone nights.
Get tickets here: The Comic Strip
Learn how your craft beer is made – While Drinking!
Take a tour through Edmonton with Alberta Craft Tours. You can do a single brewery tour at one of six locations or an epic Edmonton Craft Beer History Tour!
If you are looking for what to do in Edmonton for adults, join a distillery tour! You will learn all about Edmonton’s craft beer scene while being able to sample the goods!
When and where? The Edmonton Craft Beer History Tour runs at the Welcome Centre every Saturday at 10:45 am.
Check out Alberta Craft Tours for more information.
Spend the evening enjoying live music surrounded by candlelight in various locations around Edmonton. The music is performed by The Valkyrie Quartet, a string quartet band that can play all different types of music.
Upcoming events include The Best of Joe Hisaishi, A Tribute to Taylor Swift, The Best of Hans Zimmer and many more. Plus, if you want to spend Halloween in Edmonton doing something unique and spooky, they also have a Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics in October.
Kids are allowed at this event, and anyone under 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult, but every time I attended a concert, I didn’t spot any kids. Either they were well-behaved or were spending the evening with the babysitter.
If you want to check out what Candlelight concerts are coming up, here: Candlelight Concerts in Edmonton.
Snow Valley Aerial Park
Okay, so technically, this isn’t an adult-only attraction in Edmonton. However, I am still including it because it’s cool as hell, and generally, adults can’t partake in attractions like this.
So, climb or crawl to the top of the Snow Valley Aerial Park Tower, where you can swing and step your way through the entire structure. It’s loads of fun to do with friends or on your own. If you are afraid of heights, I recommend skipping this – or facing your fear and doing your best. (That’s what I did!)
So, as noted above, the aerial park does allow children, but they have to be a certain height, and most of them stay near the bottom, so if you climb high enough, you can get away from them.
Book here: Snow Valley Aerial Park
Play VR and Video Games in the Rec Room
Explore the Rec Room, which is 18+ from 10 p.m. until closing daily. The Rec Room has many games, drinking and quality entertainment – including axe throwing!
When and where? Adult-only entry is available anytime from 10 p.m. to later at West Edmonton Mall or South Edmonton Locations.
YEGPIN After Dark
Spend Saturday night stepping back to the 80s and 90s at a retro-themed arcade with YEGPIN. Why not dig out the leg warmers, find some of your best 1990s slap bracelets, and head down for a night of video game fun?
When and Where? Saturday Nights at 10:00 pm at YEGPIN
Find out more information here: Saturday Night: YEGPIN After Dark
Spend the Night with the Paranormal at Fort Edmonton Park
If you are into the paranormal or supernatural side of life, you know that Fort Edmonton Park is haunted. So why not spend a few hours at Fort Edmonton Park after dark with paranormal equipment, investigators, and spooky stories?
These tours run with the seasons, so you can take them in the fall and spring. They run on Sundays and Wednesdays and are 3.5 hours long. Plus, each tour welcomes a maximum of 10 people, so be sure to book early so you don’t miss out.
The next tour dates have not been updated, but I imagine they will begin again in the early spring.
Book here: Paranormal Tours at Fort Edmonton Park
Get Your Rage Out by Smashing Things
Take the rage out of your life by heading to Axe Monkey and smashing everything until you no longer feel angry. Break the glass, smash a sledgehammer into a TV, or kick the life out of a printer like you reenact a scene from Office Space.
Visit Axe Monkeys and get that rage out!
Play Arcade Games at Greta
Want to go back to the days of spending the day at the arcade playing Donkey Kong? Greta has got you covered.
With over 50 Arcade games, you can spend the evening drinking beer and eating delicious street food while cheering on your friends as they try to flee from the ghosts in Pacman.
When and where? Tuesday through Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at 10141-109 Street NW.
Throw Pottery at Studio 72
Are you looking for fun things for adults to do in Edmonton? Studio 72 offers ceramics-making workshops for people aged 18 and over.
Studio 72 hosts workshops on creating your own pottery. The workshops run for 60-90 minutes and are perfect for those who want to try their hand at creating something new.
These workshops can be a great way to relax and de-stress. Making something with your hands can be very soothing and help clear your mind.
The workshops are perfect if you want to go alone or with friends. Also, the workshops make the ideal outing for a date.
The next pottery workshops are on February 17, 24 and 25, 2024.
Find out more here: Ceramics & Jewelry Workshops at Studio 72
Art Battle! – Live Art Tournament
Spend the evening impressed by the insane skills of artists right before your eyes! In 20-minute intervals, artists will paint a scene as you breathe over their shoulders, judging their every paint stroke.
Art Battle is a unique, amazing, and adult-only night of fun! At the end of each round, you can vote for your favourite painting.
When and where? Monthly to every other month in the evenings – the event moves around, but the next event is happening at The Rec Room.
Keep an eye on their website for the Edmonton schedule.
Nerd Out in Edmonton
Once a month, the nerds of Edmonton unite and spend an evening talking about all things nerdy. The nerdy topics change every month, and it’s always a good time.
Some past nights include The Feminisation of Starfleet, M is for Math, Farts in Space and the Sounds of the 8 & 16 bit Generation. There are so many different nerdy topics, and Nerd Nite is fun.
Find out more here: Edmonton Nerd Nite
Learn to Play Hockey
Join Discover Hockey to learn how to play beginner hockey in Edmonton. The program runs once a week for 14 weeks, where you and other adults will learn skill development, like learning to skate and stop.
You will also play a few games against other beginner teams in Edmonton. If you are looking for something fun to do in Edmonton for adults – becoming a hockey player might be what you are looking for.
Sail in the North Saskatchewan River aboard the Edmonton River Boat
Hop aboard the Edmonton River Boat on Thursday evenings for an adult-only evening with music and charcuteries.
Sail the high seas (or gently float down the North Saskatchewan River) with your partner or a friend!
When and where? Thursday nights at the Edmonton Riverboat at 9734-98 Avenue.
Purchase a ticket in advance on their website here.
Play Skeeball & Pinball Games at Beercade
Have a night of pinball, skeeball or classic arcade games at the Whyte Avenue Adult arcade bar Beercade.
With food like deep-fried Oreos and tacos in a bag, you will live it up as you play one of Beercade’s 100 game selections.
When and where? Tuesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 10544-82nd Avenue.
Paint Nites in Edmonton
Paint Nights have been relatively popular in Edmonton for quite some time. It’s your chance to spend a night out, drink and create a work of art worthy enough to make it to your wall.
Whether it’s a girl’s night out or a date, one of Edmonton’s many Paint Nite events should be added to your list of fun things to do in Edmonton for adults.
When and where? Paint Nite events happen all over the city. Check out Yay Maker for more information to plan your next paint nite.
Hang with friends at a Board Game Cafe
Board Game Cafes in Edmonton are a great way to spend an evening with friends. Several different cafes around Edmonton offer hundreds of other games to choose from.
When and where? Edmonton has several board game cafes, but I recommend The Hexagon on Whyte Ave, which is open daily.
Solve Puzzles at Edmonton’s Escape Rooms
Edmonton has an abundance of Escape Rooms with several different storylines, so you will never be bored.
Depending on the escape room storyline, you can go with teams of 2 to 8 – which is perfect for ensuring that you and your friends can spend the time escaping without children’s help.
When and where? The Escape Emporium is at #103, 1103-95 Street SW. You can book your time on their website.
Stroll through gardens at the University of Alberta Botanic Gardens
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden hosts several adult-only events in the summer months.
With events for seniors or taking a waltz lesson to craft beer and garden games.
Be sure to check their website for the addition of future events.
When and where? Various events throughout the summer months at 51227 AB-60, Parkland County
Sugar Foot Stomp – Swing Dance at Sugar Swing
Join the crew at Sugar Swing on Friday and Saturday nights for a Swing Dance Social. Join the lively ballroom filled with people dancing, excellent swing music and a night to remember.
Get ready to do the Lindy Hop and dance the night away! The dance socials are for all ages – but generally, they will be filled with adults.
When and where? Friday and Saturday Nights from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am at Sugar Swing at 10019-80 Avenue NW.
Enjoy some laughs at the Grind Stone Theatre
Spend the night laughing while watching musicians, comedians, and actors singing parody versions over karaoke tracks of their favourite tunes. It’s unique, and you won’t be able to stop laughing.
When and where? Grind Stone Theatre at 10019-81 Avenue NW. Check out their website to stay up to date on their latest shows!
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Drink with the Animals at Zoo Brew (Will Return in 2024)
Zoobrew is an Adult-only event in Edmonton. The event includes craft beer, games and live performances.
Why not stroll through the child-free zoo, checking out your favourite animal enclosures without the sounds of screaming children?
This event was held in August but will return in 2024! Book your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out.
Scream Yourself Silly at Dark (Will Return in 2024)
Halloween lovers rejoice! Fort Edmonton Park throws an incredible pop-up Halloween event called Dark at Fort Edmonton Park.
The haunted house event allows visitors to walk through the park being scared by character actors at various haunts.
It’s one of the best fun things for adults to do in Edmonton. The park sells craft beer, food and fear! The adult-only event in Edmonton runs through October.
This event is also 14+, but I go yearly and do not see many young teens. When you are walking through the haunts, it’s usually just you and your group with a few others here and there, but I wanted to give you a heads-up.
When and where? This will return in late 2024
Book here: Dark at Fort Edmonton Park
Where Dark Things Dwell (Will Return in 2024)
Anytime I run around Fort Edmonton Park after hours in the dark, it is fun for me. Why not make it even more exciting by immersing yourself in an outdoor escape room?
The storyline is that the citizens of the small village you have stopped at for the night are trapped by an ancient curse, and you must escape before it consumes you. It gives me The Last of Us vibes (with fewer clickers), but that might be because I am watching that show right now.
This activity is for 14+, but the groups are split up, so there is a high chance you will be in an adults-only group.
Book here: Where Dark Things Dwell
Looking for other things to do in Edmonton?
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- Dark at Fort Edmonton Park
- Visit Elk Island National Park
- Halloween in Edmonton
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