What: There is no better way to celebrate all things cranberries by visiting the 21st annual Fort Langley Cranberry Festival. Cranberries are BC’s largest berry crop and October is the best time to get your hands on this, tart, ruby red, antioxidant- rich fruit.
When: Saturday, October 8 from 8 am to 5 pm
Where: Fort Langley Village and Fort Langley Historic Site
Admission: Free (admission charged for Fort Langley Historic Site)
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: “Housing prices.” “Urgh, I know right?” In what’s become both a conversation starter and stopper in one of the most expensive cities in the world, it’s about time that we got our own homegrown comedy on the topic. The Concierge of Vancouver is a satirical take on the Vancouver housing crisis, and will probably feature more real estate buzzwords than another authoritative article on the effects of the foreign buyer tax.
The annual Blueprint Anniversary is back, and this year it’s celebrating its 19th year during the Thanksgiving Long Weekend – which means, it’s party time! Guests this year include Dillon Francis, RL Grime, GRiZ, What So Not, and Rezz!
When: Saturday, October 8 at 7 pm
Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 E Hastings Street
Tickets: Available online from $104.80 to $126.40. All ages
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 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: New York dream pop/electronic band Phantogram are touring their upcoming release, Three, which is out on October 7. Following the success of their two previous studio albums, Voices and Eyelid Movies, the band toured immensely for a few years. They also kept busy with their side project Big Grams, which if you’re a fan, you should definitely check out.
What: There are numerous sales taking place throughout Vancouver this weekend, so if you’re in the market to catch a deal, we suggest you hop aboard the consumer train. Check out this roundup of 10 sales happening this weekend.
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: With Halloween just around the corner, it might be fun to spend a quality Thanksgiving long weekend Sunday with the family (or partner or roommate or whomever) choosing out the perfect pumpkin. We’ve compiled a list of 11 pumpkin patches you should check out.
Where: Various locations.
When: Sunday, October 9 (or any day your little heart desires)
What: Audio/Video draws inspiration from movies, suggested Youtube videos, or other prerecorded sketches to improvise a great show. When hilarious video and fantastic improv collide, you’re going to get some amazing results.
What: Might want to sleep at the Commodore if you’re checking out Phantogram, because the next night, Grouplove takes over the venue. (Ok, we are kidding. Please don’t sleep over at the Commodore.) The indie pop band made us all dance and smile with their catchy single “Tongue Tied” back in 2011, and they continue to do so with their latest album Big Mess.
What: This scenic and flat 10 km course starts at Granville Island and loops over the Burrard Bridge to the north side Seawall before turning at Science World and heading back along the south side Seawall to Performance Works on Granville Island.