Fall is here and we have your connection to fun and free events happening around Vancouver! From Art Markets to Halloween and everything in between, here are 41 free things to do in Vancouver this fall.
What: Between October 1 and 17, a wide range of cultural events will be taking place at various locations in the tri cities. This includes everything from a free Diwali-themed art workshop, to a South Asian cooking class, and a massive performance at Vancouver Public Library.
When: October 1 to 17
Where: Various locations throughout Metro Vancouver
What: A four-day visual arts, design and crafts festival receiving more than 30,000 visitors to over 500 artists in their studios across 80 buildings in the area bounded by Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and the waterfront in Vancouver, Canada.
What: Curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto, this unique cultural event offers the public an opportunity to remember their dead, whether interred at Mountain View Cemetery or not, in a gentle atmosphere of contemplative beauty.
When: October 28 to November 1
Where: Mountain View Cemetery- 5455 Fraser St., Vancouver
Admission: All events are free. Donations are welcome.
What: The Commercial Drive Business Society is holding a public Halloween event featuring free margherita pizzettas from Famoso for those 12 years and under, trick or treating along The Drive from Venables to 13th Avenue, a Kids Fun Zone at Grandview Park, and a fireworks finale
What: Families are invited to dress up and go trick or treating down Hastings Street. Kids and their adults will be able to get yummy treats from neighbourhood stores, ride the Halloween Trains in the Dark and enjoy fireworks later in the evening.
When: Monday, October 31
Trick or Treating from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Halloween Trains in the Dark from 6 to 9 pm
Halloween Fireworks at Gilmore Community School at 8:15 pm
Trick or Treating is along Hastings Street in Burnaby
Halloween Trains in the Dark at Burnaby Central Railway at Confederation Park – 120 North Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Halloween Fireworks at Gilmore Community School – 50 Gilmore Ave, Burnaby
Tickets: All events are free, except the Halloween Trains in the Dark, which costs $3.50 and includes free hot chocolate and cookies. Costumes strongly encouraged.
What: There are plenty of pumpkins to choose from at Ladner’s Halloween headquarters. During the last 10 days of October, the farm puts out over 150 carved pumpkins that are lit every evening. After picking your pumpkin, be sure to check out the on-site “haunted” house that is perfect fun for the little ones.
When: Open daily from the end of September until October 31
What: Go on a tractor ride, visit the chicken coop, get spooked in the haunted house and then search for the best pumpkin. Port Kells pumpkin patch offers a variety of activities to make a day of family fun.
When: Open for the month of October
Time: 9 am to 6 pm everyday
Where: 18730 88 Avenue, Surrey
Cost: General admission is free. $5 admission for guests who would like to enjoy unlimited hay rides during their visit. The $5 admission is fully redeemable towards pumpkins, concession treats, or nursery products.
What: This family farm carries a hearty selection of pumpkins, mini-pumpkins, and gourds, that are perfectly suited for your Halloween needs. After visiting the patch, head down to the farmers market and general store to pick up some tasty treats and produce.
When: October 3 to 31
Time: Weekdays: 3 pm to 6 pm. Weekends: 10 am from 6 pm. Thanksgiving weekend: 10 am to 6pm
What: Make a stop at this family-run farm for a pumpkin patch adventure in the Abbotsford countryside.
When: October 1 to 31
Time: Now to Thanksgiving Weekend: 9 am to 5:30 pm. October 10 to 30: 9 am to 5:30 pm (Sunday to Wednesday), 9 am to 6:30 pm (Thursday to Saturday). October 31: 9 am to 5pm
Where: 333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford
Cost: Admission is free for the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. Various rates apply for other attractions. Check website for details.
Have fun with friends
Free Lunchtime Yoga
Pamela Ferman / Vancouver Playhouse Yoga
What: Grab your mat and take a break at with this weekly free yoga class from the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Civic Theatres and Pamela Ferman. Increase flexibility, tone, strengthen and detoxify your body, while releasing stress and tension through proper breath work and meditation. You will leave the class feeling revitalized, balanced and relaxed from head to toe.
When: Every Tuesday until the end of November
Time: Noon to 1 pm
Where: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouverr
What: LUSH is bringing its brand new Volume IV Gorilla perfume exhibit to Vancouver this week. Visit the Gorilla Gallery at 536 Seymour Street to experience each new fragrance in its very own interactive installation. You’ll be able to go along to the event to immerse yourself in the scents and the stories that inspired them. All of the Volume IV perfumes have been influenced by exceptional stories which you’ll see at the gallery – accompanied by featured films and photography.
What: YYoga is celebrating its 10th anniversary by offering free classes at all studios on Sunday, October 1. Yogis can enjoy YYoga’s wide range of classes including meditation and TRX workouts. An additional anniversary celebration event will take place at YYoga’s flagship Downtown Vancouver Flow studio on October 20.
What: Select Cineplex theatres across Canada will be showing free screenings of several films. Popcorn, drinks, and select candy will be available to purchase at a reduced price, with proceeds going towards WE (formally known as Free The Children). You can also show your support by donating to WE.
What: Downtown Vancouver’s only free winter festival will transform Mainland Street into a winter wonderland. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down the street. Holiday shoppers are invited to start their seasonal gift buying in Yaletown with local merchants as well as a specialty market carrying unique gifts and holiday treats. You’ll also find Mainland Street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music.
What: A year-long event full of colourful stalls that showcase unique, homemade products and the finest in gastronomic delights. From the ocean, oven, or field – Granville Market’s got it all. Grab items to-go or order some grub from one of the many established food vendors at this indoor market, you’re going to leave happy and full.
What: This farmers’ market began back in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets. One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake has food trucks on site and a variety of vendors selling all manner of food stuffs.
Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver
When: Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm, until October 21, 2017
What: You’ll find fresh groceries, locally-sourced produce, as well as artisanal food offerings at the The Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market, one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block.
Where: 2300 Guelph Street (Dude Chilling Park), Mount Pleasant
When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, until October 8, 2017
What: See, taste, and indulge at this bustling weekday market. With vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, the Main Street Station Farmers’ Market is within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users.
Where: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
When: Wednesdays from 2 to 6 pm, to October 4, 2017
What: This friendly get-together, also known as the Kitsilano Farmers’ Market, takes place on Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre and offers a good selection of fresh local produce and gourmet treats to stock up on for the week.
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, until October 22, 2017
What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly Hamilton Street welcomes vendors and farmers Thursday mornings and afternoons for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
When: Thursdays 11 am to 3 pm, until October 5, 2017
What: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm, and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming. This is a cash-only, BYO bags market.
Where: UBC Farm (UBC’s South Campus) – 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
When: Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm, until October 29, 2017
What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market now takes place in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street, every Sunday through October. This market offers West Vancouver a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food and goods from crafters and food artisans.
Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle Avenue (the end of 13th Street), West Vancouver
When: Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm, until October 29, 2017
What: Run by the same organization behind the Ambleside Market in nearby West Van, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market brings local farmers, artisans, and other vendors to North Vancouver for a weekly Saturday market.
Where: East Plaza – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
When: Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm, until October 28, 2017
What: Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99 off Steveston. Open from early spring to just ahead of Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce, and prepared goods.
What: Launched in June 2008, this open air market, situated in the North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall, offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse on Saturday mornings every Saturday through October.
Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall – 4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy
When: Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm, until October 28, 2017
What: The North Delta Farmers’ Market moves to the North Delta Rec Centre this season for a reinvigorated weekly market. Shop local and find farm fresh foods, delicious street food fare, handmade gifts, crafts, and jewellery.
Where: North Delta Rec Centre – 11415 84th Avenue, Delta
When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, until October 29, 2017
What: Located just steps away from the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and bus loop Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market is a vibrant gathering place that aims to promote small-scale farmers, food producers, and artisans.
Where: North Surrey Rec Centre, 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
When: Wednesdays from 2 to 6 pm, until October 4, 2017
What: New West’s Farmers Market (formerly called the Royal City Farmers’ Market) features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more, all at Tipperary Park on Thursday evenings.
Where: Tipperary Park (east of City Hall, Royal Avenue and 4th Street), New Westminster
When: Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm, until October 5, 2017
What: Started in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers’ Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in Metro Vancouver. At this market you’ll find a variety of vendors showcasing their locally-sourced products.
Where: Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier and Winslow), Coquitlam
When: Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm, until October 29, 2017
What: A vibrant outdoor Saturday market in downtown Maple Ridge, Haney Farmers’ Market sells fresh farm produce, locally-grown fruit and veg, preserves, baked goods, artisan crafts, fine art, and more.
Where: Memorial Peace Park – 224th Street, Maple Ridge
When: Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm, until October 7, 2017
What: Inspired by, and created in collaboration with the Haney Farmers’ Market Society, the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market is part of a larger plan to strengthen Port Coquitlam’s downtown centre through arts, cultural and heritage programming.
Where: 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
When Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm, until September 28, 2017
What: On Wednesday afternoons in the warm weather months at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Campus you will discover more than 50 vendors that “Make it, Bake it, or Grow it” selling the very best the region has to offer.
What: You’ll find fresh groceries (fresh foods picked from local farmers fields in the Fraser and Okanagan Valleys), along with plants, flowers, and other artisan goods at this weekly market in Fort Langley.
Where: St. Andrews Historic Church – 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley
When: Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm, until October 28, 2017
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.