Whether you’re looking to soak up some culture, explore a new part of the city, or find a fun Halloween party to hit up, we have you covered with our list of the best 30 things to do in Vancouver for the month of October.
What: Dropping the trade show element from the event, the EAT! Vancouver Food & Cooking Festival has a diverse calendar of programming aimed at putting Vancouver’s food fans up close with prominent local and national chefs. To find out more about the revamped event check out our article on the change.
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: Everything is awesome for The Quin twins in 2016 – they just released their eighth studio album Love You To Death to rave reviews and their fall tour is selling out quickly. Fans can expect the 100-minute show to include new singles “Stop Desire” and “White Knuckles”, both of which were produced by Greg Kurstin of Sia and Adele fame.
When: Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street
Tokyo Police Club
What: Toronto’s Tokyo Police Club are on a fall tour coinciding with the two-party self-released Melon Collie and the InfiniteRadness , which features the leading single “Not My Girl.” This collection of songs is the first batch of tracks from the group since they launched their 2014 LP Forcefield.
What: The New Forms Media Society (NFMS) is a non-profit society and media arts organization founded in 2000 that exists to unite creative communities, push artistic and conceptual boundaries, and explore digital media as an art form. With their New Forms Festival (NFF), the organization aims to raise the profile of Canadian artists, media arts, underground and subversive arts movements and practices both in Canada and abroad.
What: Kanye’s got some explaining to do to his Vancouver fans. Not only did he cancel his 2013 Rogers Arena concert with just one day’s notice – he did it again a month or so later. But that hasn’t stopped his October 17 show from becoming a near-sellout, and fans with floor tickets will have the chance to dance underneath West as his stage floats above them.
What: The Vancouver International Film Festival is going into their 35th year of showing some of the world’s best cinema and there is something for every taste. If the catalogue is looking too intimidating, be sure to check out our list of 10 films to check out at this year’s VIFF.
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: The latest presentation from the 2016/17 Small Stage season, performance artists will cleverly explore the duet/solo/gender themes through movement with irreverent, provocative commentary by Christiansen and Warner.
Where: The Anza Club – 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
What: A manifestation of talent and creativity, the East Van Bazaar provides an opportunity to be vocal and buy local from over 40 local vendors, collectors, crafters, creators, doers and dreamers, all serving up their own unique slice of East Van awesomeness!
What: THRIVE TALKS is a speakers series that invites successful female artists and women in the arts to share their journeys, successes and advice with other women. At this edition Pennylane Shen will be talking about consultations, curating and courage.
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
What: Step back into Vancouver’s past to learn the haunted history of the Gastown area. On this 90 minute walking tour you will learn about a town renown for its wild west legacy of drinking, gambling, and harsh justice in the form of hangings.
Where: Angel Statue in front of Waterfront Station – 599 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
What: Feeling in the mood for two spooky tales from the dank, dark vault of horrors? Then head on over to the intimate confines of Slickity Jim’s towitness the Grimmsfield Radio Players perform staged readings of original works, in the style of the radio programs of yesteryear.
Where: Slickity Jim’s Chat ‘n’ Chew – 3475 Main Street, Vancouver
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: 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
Price: $15 general entry
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