What: Vancouver’s favourite food fest kicks off in October, in support of Greater Vancouver Food Bank, featuring a series of special collaboration dinners, a food trends panel, a pastry workshop, a Harvest gala, and a Q&A with chef Michael Smith.
Where: Various venues around Vancouver
When: From Tuesday, October 4 to Friday, October 7, times vary
Tickets: Available online, dinner series $135 each, tasting class $35
What: Celebrate the bounty of fall at the West End Farmer’s Market Harvest Festival, and enter (or just enjoy the results of) their annual Fall Fruit Pie Competition. Other festival fun includes apple tastings, squash variety displays, and seasonal recipes.
Where: 1100 Comox St, next to Nelson Park, between Thurlow and Bute streets) – Vancouver
What: This annual harvest celebration and fundraiser showcases the best of local ingredients, paired with some of Vancouver’s finest chefs and restaurants at 8 mouth-watering small plate tasting stations, along with craft beers and cocktails.
Where: Exhibition Hall, Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
What: Share in a sumptuous farm-grown meal prepared by the head chefs of Hawksworth, Bishops, Farmer’s Apprentice, Savio Volpe, Homer Street Cafe, Burdock & Co., to benefit Sole Food Farms, which turns vacant urban land into street farms.
Where: Sole Food’s Orchard – Main and Terminal, Vancouver
What: Running October 15 to 30, Chopstick Fest will give diners the opportunity to select from a range of participating Chinese restaurants across Metro Vancouver, each one offering a unique prix-fix menu designed to be sampled and shared.
What: This two-week dining event run by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association (YBIA) is in its 12th year, and is all about bringing hungry diners to Yaletown to try three-course menus each showcasing the many stellar restaurants in the area.
What: This walk supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Teams walk in unity, at twilight, each holding an illuminated lantern – red for supporters, white for patients and survivors, and gold to remember loved ones lost.
What: Help end modern slavery at the Walk For Freedom. Participants dressed in black will march in single file, with black tape covering their mouths, to represent the 27 million slaves around the world who have no voice.
Where: Begins and ends at Canada Place – 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver
When: Saturday, October 15, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
What: The Vancouver International Improv Festival is back, offering twice nightly showcases of some of the coolest, newest and best improvisation, by international superstars, local comedy heroes, and new festival ensembles.
Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
When: Until Saturday, October 8; showcases at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm; more shows at other locations too.
What: This year VIFF is screening more than 200 films, giving you have an amazing opportunity to see movies from all over the world. Whether you’re a fully fledged film fan or you like to dabble in cinema, check out our guide on how to VIFF properly.
What: Hungry For Happiness is on a mission to revolutionize weight loss in Vancouver. Organizers of the two-day body and self love experience say they want to help women transform their bodies by first transforming their emotions.
Where: Creekside Community Centre – 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
When: Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13
What: Enchant 2016 will bring the world’s largest Christmas light maze to the heart of the city, combined with a bustling local vendor market, live performances, warming seasonal eats and drinks, an outdoor fire pit, and much more.
When: From November 24 until New Year’s Eve
Time: 4 to 10 pm
Where: 1st and Crowe Street, between the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village
What: Hailed as one of the most popular Fringe duos ever, these British maestros of theatre are back with In The Dark, a comedic adventure of discovery and creation, performed in darkness and lit exclusively by their illuminating costumes.
Where: Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
When: Wednesdays to Sundays, from October 5 to October 16; shows at 8 pm, except on Sundays, when shows start at 2 pm instead.
What: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is paying tribute to legendary musician David Bowie, who passed away earlier this year. Tony Vincent will be on lead vocals, accompanied by a full rock band to play 18 of Bowie’s epic hits.
Where: The Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
What: Japanese poet Takiya Kuwahara (aka The Indifferent Poet) makes his first ever visit to Canada, for a series of poetry performances with live English subtitles, weaving Japan and Canada together though language and storytelling.
Where: First performance is at VisualSpace Gallery – 3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver; locations of further performances and workshops vary
When: First performance on Thursday, October 6, at 8 pm; other performances and workshops through October 15
What: GOT7 is a multinational boy band, consisting of members from South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the United States. GOT7 have already had huge success in South Korea and gained recognition internationally, and with only 2,000 spots available for this meet and greet you’d better move fast if you want some facetime with the band.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton St, Vancouver
When: Friday, November 11, first show at 3 pm, second show at 8 pm
What: Comedian Louis C.K. has announced a series of new tour dates across North America with two stops in Vancouver on December 7 and 8. The Vancouver shows, which are at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, mark his only Canadian dates on the tour.
What: English glam rockers The Struts return to Vancouver this winter, playing Imperial on November 9. The Brit four-piece are the on the road in North America again after a brief tour across the U.S earlier this year.
What: Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning icon Stevie Nicks returns to Vancouver for a concert at Rogers Arena on December 9. The musical legend embarks on her 24 Karat Gold Tour next month with The Pretenders, with two stops in Canada including Toronto and Vancouver.
When: Friday, December 9
Time: Doors at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
Where: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Tickets: Available through LiveNation from $49 – $150
What: Fright Nights is returning for another year to Playland,to allow grown-ups to count down the days to Halloween. On the docket this year are 15 rides, two live shows, seven haunted houses, and 90 “monsters” roaming the grounds.
Where: Playland – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
When: Friday, October 7 to Monday, October 31; various times
What: This year’s Ghost Train is inspired by the Day of the Dead. Be serenaded by a mariachi band of cockroaches, ride the train through the tunnel of flames with the Aztec Lord and Lady of Death, and picnic with in a gorgeous graveyard where friendly souls return to dance with a twelve foot skeleton.
What: Organized by the Vancouver International Halloween Festival Society, the expo and parade features dance, music, performances, and other visual arts based in fantasy to get families excited about Halloween. Cosplay is encouraged, as are any other fantasy-based costumes.
What: ITSAZOO presents a bone-chilling site-specific horror event – HIDDEN. Blurring the lines between performance and reality, audiences of 13 people, armed only with flashlights, will be guided on the Lost Lovers Murder Tour – a frighteningly accurate re-enactment of the infamous and unsolved murders that occurred exactly 20-years ago, deep within the forest.
Where: UBC Botanical Gardens – 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
What: It’s the witching hour at Britannia Mine Museum this Halloween where there are plenty of spoo-ook-tacular activities for all ages to enjoy including a spooky train ride, a stage science show, and a witches house.
Where: Britannia Mine Museum – 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach
When: Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 11 am – 3 pm
What: A classic North Shore hike, up wooden stairs, over tree roots and small creeks, among Douglas Fir and Hemlock trees, to a rocky outcrop and beautiful views of Deep Cove. Recommended all year round.
How long: 1.5 hours or 3.8 km
Where: Starts and ends at the Baden Powell Trailhead – Panorama Drive, Deep Cove.
Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus buses 239 then 212 instead.
What: This trail follows the Capilano River, taking you from pavement, rocky shores and beaches past steep cliffs and through thick rainforest to the imposing Cleveland Dam. Recommended all year round.
How long: 2 hours or 7.5 km
Where: Starts at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver, finishes at the Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver.
Get there: A 15-minute drive from downtown, or take bus 250 or 251 to a stop nearby instead.
What: Enjoy a forest hike among Cedar and Hemlock trees, with views of Vancouver Island and some of the Gulf Islands, then stroll back along the gushing waters of Lynn Creek. Recommended all year round.
How long: 1.5 hours or 5.1 km
Where: Starts and ends in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park – Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver.
Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus then 228 bus instead.
What: This easy hike takes you along Cypress Creek, through forests of moss-covered, old-growth trees, past views of two gorgeous waterfalls as they pour into the canyon below. Recommended all year round.
How long: 1.5 hours or 3 km
Where: Trail starts and ends at Cypress Falls Park – Woodgreen Place, West Vancouver.
Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take bus 253 Caufield all the way there instead.
What: A rugged hike into the backcountry, across roots, creeks and fallen trees, past an old-growth cedar, with several trees growing on it, and ending at a spectacular waterfall. Recommended all year round.
How long: 5 hours or 10 km
Where: Starts and ends at the top of Mountain Highway.
Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take bus 210 instead.
What: A steep hike up one of the mountains you’ll likely come bombing down once the snow falls, a couple of months later. Full of wild foliage, wooden bridges and rocky hills, it’s worth the effort, for the incredible view of Vancouver at the top. Not recommended after October
How long: 5 hours or 9 km
Where: Starts and ends at the parking area of Mount Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver.
Get there: A 50-minute drive from downtown Vancouver
What: This hike begins with a walk up to Quarry Rock, offering sweeping views of Deep Cove and Indian Arm, then continues onto lush forest, scenic canyons and waterfall views. Recommended all year round.
How long: 5 hours or 12 km
Where: Starts at the Baden Powell Trailhead on Panorama Drive in Deep Cove and ends at Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.
Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus buses 229 then 212 instead. From Lynn Canyon, take bus 229 then the Seabus.
What: This hike will have you clambering over streams, tree roots and rubble as you make your way through groves of old-growth Cedar – but it’s all worth it when you get to the falls. Recommended all year round.
How long: 5 hours or 14 km
Where: Starts and ends at the parking lot of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.
Get there: A 40-minute drive from downtown, or take the Seabus plus bus 228 instead.
What: This hike, open to the public but on private property, offers glimpses of waterfalls and takes you past the Candelabra Fir, a huge tree that towers over the surrounding forest. Not recommended after November.
How long: 4 hours or 7 km
Where: Starts and ends on Millstream Road near Henlow Road in the British Properties area.
Get there: A 30-minute drive from downtown, or take buses 250 then 254 instead.
DH Vancouver Staff
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