What: The 2015 Vancouver International Improv Festival takes over Granville Island from October 6 to 10 for a week of comedy, celebrations and more! Some of the world’s best improvisers will be at three venues – Performance Works, Waterfront Theatre and Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Improv Centre – with over 40 performances to choose from.
Where: Granville Island – 1661 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
What: The market features 250 merchandise booths, 80 food vendors serving Asian street food and desserts (with a different specially featured and priced vendor each night), diverse family-friendly entertainment and more than 1,000 on-site parking stalls. It’s the last weekend for the season, so get in while you can.
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond
When: Friday, October 9 to Monday, October 12; 7 p.m. to midnight (Friday and Saturday), 7 to 11 p.m. (Sunday and Monday)
What: Vancouver’s largest Volksfest returns for its succeeding year this autumn, held under the Festzelte at Queen Elizabeth Plaza – Harvest Haus brings folklore from the 1st century to the Great White North. Combining modern fare with authentic European harvest traditions, gather your closest mates for the most gluttonous and gratifying weekends of the year.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
When: October 1 to 11; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.
What: The Chillwack Corn Maze has a unique design this year: A Terry Fox silhouette to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Marathon for Hope. All along the maze, you’ll encounter Terry Fox trivia designed to point you in the right direction.
Where: 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack
Hours: Now until October 31: Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What: Be prepared to get scared at the largest and spookiest Halloween event for grown-ups in Western Canada. Fright Nights at Playland returns for another year on October 9 with seven terrifying haunted houses and 15 rides that will leave you trembling.
Where: Playland at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
When: Friday, October 9 to Sunday, November 1; various times.
What: The Lost Souls of Gastown is a visceral experience that raises the hair on the back of your neck, covers your skin in tingling goosebumps and sends involuntary shivers running down your spine—the perfect Vancouver Halloween event for anyone with a taste for the macabre.
Where: Tours meet at Cathedral Square, across from the Holy Rosary Cathedral at the intersection of Dunsmuir and Richards streets
When: Throughout October with multiple tour times to choose from
What: Plump and tasty cranberries are for sale at the Richmond Nature Park from 10am-3pm on October 10, while supplies last. Cranberry recipes will be available and a licensed dietician will be on-site. Revenue from the sale supports educational programs that teach children about the bog, its unique community of life and its place in the community of Richmond. What better way to culture an appreciation for these juicy little berries which are grown in bogs.
Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
What: Bringing together families of runners in a celebration of Thanksgiving, the Granville Island Turkey Trot now includes a 1.1KM Kids Run for kids ages 5 – 12 and 350M for children 4 years old and younger Preschooler Dash on Sunday, October 11th, in addition to the 10KM Run, Walk or Stroll on Monday, October 12th. Each child receives a snack, water and fun post-race activities.
Where: Sutcliffe Park – 1318 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
What: The Granville Island Turkey Trot is a hallmark event for Granville Island and the Vancouver running community. Now in its 18th year, the event brings together families of runners in a celebration of Thanksgiving. In 2015, the Granville Island Turkey Trot will take place at Performance Works at Granville Island on Monday, October 12th.
Where: Performance Works Granville Island – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
What: It may be Thanksgiving but it’s still a long weekend and we’re celebrating in proper KITTY NIGHTS fashion with OCTOBURLESQUE! A night of burlesque fun and games (including our Gravy Drinking Contest!), fabulous prizes and of course a sexy dance party.
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
What: The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block, but it has quickly become a focal point of the community, bringing familiar vendors and neighbourhood faces together Sundays.
Where: 2300 Guelph Street, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
When: Sundays, June 14 to October 11; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
DH Vancouver Staff
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