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10 fun things to do in Richmond this October

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Daniel Chai Oct 07, 2017 12:22 pm 970
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October is in full swing in Richmond, with Harvest Full Moon Festival, Halloween, and more fun events to check out around the city. Get going with our checklist of 10 things to do around Richmond this month.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Harvest Full Moon Festival

  • What: City Centre’s 3rd Annual Harvest Full Moon Festival features activities, entertainment and a procession. Complimentary mooncakes and tea will be served. All ages are welcome, but children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • When: Saturday, October 7
  • Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Blvd, Burnaby
  • Price: Free

Richmond Night Market

The Richmond Night Market vendors (Richmond Night Market/Facebook)

The Richmond Night Market vendors (Richmond Night Market/Facebook)

  • What: The Richmond Night Market draws crowds from across the province who travel to taste to rows on rows of vibrant cuisine offered and check out the diverse line-up of nightly performances on to 50-foot entertainment stage.
  • When: Now to October 9
  • Time: Fridays and Saturdays 7 pm to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • Admission: $3.75 (regular admission). Kids 10 and under, seniors 60 and up are free. Zoom pass (up to 7 visits) is $20.

A Little Night Music

  • What: Steven Sondheim’s musical masterpiece A Little Night Music has been enchanting audiences worldwide since its Broadway debut in 1973. Set at the turn of the last century in Sweden, A Little Night Music interweaves a tangled web of former and current lovers, and is full of hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire.
  • When: October 12 to 21
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$55

Kwantlen St. Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kwantlen St. Farmers’ Market launched in 2016 as Richmond’s first weekly farmers’ market. The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, SPCA-certified chicken and eggs, and more. The market features products grown and crafted by local farmers and artisans, highlighting KPU’s own Sustainable Agriculture students.
  • When: Every Tuesday until October 31 from noon to 4 pm.
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: Minoru Plaza (7700 Minoru Gate)
  • Admission: Free

Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and Richmond North Ambulance Station Grand Opening

  • What: Everyone is welcome for family fun, activities and self-guided tours. Try out the City’s new portable drinking fountain and interact with Emergency Services personnel.
  • When: October 14
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Fire Hall No. 3 – 9680 Cambie Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Once Upon a Pumpkin

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pumpkin patch (Romiana Lee/Shutterstock)

  • What: Drop in to the Richmond Nature House to learn about Halloween’s origin in nature in this unique and seasonal offering.
  • When: October 15 to 31
  • Time: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

18th Annual Harvest Lantern Festival

  • What: Bring a lantern and join in the procession around the park. Activities include: lantern making, corn toss, cake walk, face painting, bubble entertainer, Drumming Circle and photo backdrop. Please bring a donation for the Food Bank.
  • When: October 19
  • Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Where: West Richmond Community Centre – 9180 No. 1 Rd, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Science Bash and Mozilla Hive Pop-Up

  • What: Celebrate National Science and Technology Month with fun, hands-on science activities. Visit interactive booths hosted by Let’s Talk Science, Robokids, Open Science Network, Parks Canada, The Royal Astronomical Society and more.
  • When: October 20 and 21
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Richmond Public Library – Brighouse Branch – 100 – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Wild Things

  • What: Join in the spooky fun, with face painting, storytelling and pumpkin carnival games at this Halloween-inspired event. Wild Things is suitable for all ages, but an adult must accompany children. Flashlights and costumes are optional. Rain or shine; dress for the weather.
  • When: October 21 and 22
  • Time: 5:30 to 8 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: Free for those two years and younger, $2 for children three to 12 years, $3 for adults. Proceeds support the Richmond Nature Park Society’s nature education programs.

Trick or Treat on Britannia Shipyards Boardwalk

  • What: Make a paper Halloween basket and then visit the historic houses for a non-edible treat. Costumes encouraged.
  • When: October 28
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Britannia Shipyards – 5180 Westwater Dr, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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