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21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: October 21 and 22

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Daniel Chai Oct 20, 2017 5:40 pm 3,368

Another wet weekend is upon us, so stay dry with one of our picks of 20 things to do this weekend, Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, 2017. Broken Social Scene, Oprah Winfrey, and more.

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club

Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club (Vancouver Alpen Club)

Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club (Vancouver Alpen Club)

  • What: The Vancouver Alpen Club is hosting its annual Oktoberfest party throughout October, and everyone’s invited. This year, the club is working with three German breweries, Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen, Krombacher and Erdinger, to make sure your steins are kept filled. As well, there’ll be schnitzel, bratwurst, roasted pork hock, sauerkraut and authentic German potato salad, for sale, along with veggie and gluten-free options too. There will be also be performances by Schuhplattler dance group, the Alpen Plattlers, original German music, and traditional games.
  • When: Now to October 21, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm to 1 am
  • Where: Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online at Vancouver Alpen Club, $35 regular, $75 VIP

Free pumpkins in downtown Vancouver from Evo

  • What: Evo will hand out 100 pumpkins to the first 100 members who join them at the Evo Pumpkin Patch found at both Robson Square and at the corner of Granville and Georgia in downtown Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Robson Square and the corner of Granville and Georgia in downtown Vancouver
  • Cost: Flash your Evo App or Member card if you’re already a member or sign-up.

Broken Social Scene

  • What: It’s going to be loud, it’s going to be new, and it may even be a little crowded onstage at the Commodore Ballroom when Broken Social Scene’s ensemble arrives to perform for their Vancouver fans. This will be the first time since 2011 that Broken Social Scene will be touring the West Coast, and they will be accompanied by Vancouver’s own The Belle Game. The band has also partnered up with MusiCounts, and will be donating $1 from every ticket sale towards putting an instrument in the hands of a child.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $46, Available at LiveNation

Halloween Howl Haunted House

  • What: The Hyde Away Youth Centre and youth of Port Coquitlam present a spooky Haunted House at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 3 to 5 pm
  • Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre – 1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Regular

Hip-Hop Karaoke

  • What: Other than the fact that it’s strictly Hip-Hop, there is one other notable difference between Hip-Hop Karaoke and others: there are no teleprompters. You’re rapping to a full house of people on the main stage of the club just like the many infamous rappers of past performances at Fortune.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm to 10:30 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, 7

Coho Commotion

  • What: ​Follow the journey of salmon from hatching grounds to ocean.  Watch salmon leaping, get up close and personal with real specimens and hear about their extraordinary lives.  Please leave pets at home.
  • When: ​Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Capilano Fish Hatchery, end of Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • What: This farmers’ market began back in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets. One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake has food trucks on site and a variety of vendors selling all manner of food stuffs.
  • When: Every Saturday until October 21, 2017
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Art on the Spot: Famous Artist

  • What: An Emily Carr look-a-like leads participants of all ages in an art project inspired by artwork of the artist.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Price: Free

Demystifying Mushrooms

  • What: ​​Learn to identify common mushrooms without harvesting them, and investigate fungi’s role as the underground interconnected “world wood web”.  A 30 minute indoor slideshow is followed by a slow trail walk. ​Ages 15+.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: Registration at 8 am, Event starts at 10 am
  • Where: Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam
  • Registration: $8 per adult, $4.25 per youth/adult 65+. Registration required – 604-432-6359. Barcode 7069.

Star Wars Reads Day

  • What: Experience Star Wars in the library with crafts, Jedi Training Academy, contests, prizes and more. There will be fun activities for every age – from Padawans to Jedi Masters.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 2 to 3 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Public Library – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Price: Free

David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Concert featuring Oprah Winfrey, Steven Tyler, and Jay Leno

  • What: The David Foster Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Miracle Concert will take over Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, October 21, and it is promising a star-studded lineup of celebrities and artists. Celebrity guests include Oprah Winfrey, Goldie Hawn, and Dr. Phil McGraw while the performances, headlined by Canadian producer David Foster, will feature Steven Tyler, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jay Leno, Robin Thicke, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, and Laura Bretan.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Starting at $49 via Ticketmaster

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Japanese Poets North of the 49th

Japanese Poets North of the 49th

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  • What: This annual event weaves together Japan and Canada through poetry and story telling as each year local Japanese poet Soramaru Takayama welcomes a new visiting Japanese poet. This year’s visiting poet, Mizuki Misumi, is the youngest recipient of Japan’s prestigious Sakutaro Hagiwara Award.
  • When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Time:  6 pm
  • Where: Annex Theatre – 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • What: This friendly get-together, also known as the Kitsilano Farmers’ Market, takes place on Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre and offers a good selection of fresh local produce and gourmet treats to stock up on for the week.
  • When: Every Sunday until October 22, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Return of the Salmon

  • What: A 10 km return hike with mines researcher Lloyd Knutsen in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Along the way, Lloyd will share his knowledge of the prospectors and history of mining in the area, look at historical artefacts and minerals, and tell stories using old maps and photographs. Presented by the BC Mills House volunteer hosts.
  • When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where:  Kanaka Creek Regional Park – Meet at fish fence on 240 Street, north of Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
  • Price: 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 Highway, 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.

Jonny & Carson Sunday Funday Talent Extravaganza!

  • What: Each week features a variety of comedians and musicians and more. This week’s cast includes Katie Ellen Humphries, Hector Rivas, Ed Witzke, Alex Biron, Cameron Macleod, Adam Kozlick, Wes Barker and Oli Maughan.
  • When: Every Sunday
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Yagger’s Downtown Restaurant and Sports Bar – 433 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, By donation

East Van Showcase – The Haunted Saloon

  • What: The Haunted Saloon returns with 10 Vancouver local directors, 10 local short horror and halloween films, and three handcrafted awards. International films and virtual reality will also be featured.
  • When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $9

38th Annual Vancouver Mycological Society Mushroom Show

  • What: The show provides displays of identified mushrooms and other fungi, with their edible, poisonous or dubious status. There will also be displays, speakers, slide shows, a raffle, books and roving experts on cultivation, preservation, gourmet cooking, medicinal use, hunting, ecology, and cultural use. Bring your own specimens for identification.
  • When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, Floral Hall – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $3, children under 12 free

Coast Salish Dance Concert: The Salishology Launch

  • What: Kwi Awt Stelmexw is hosting an evening of food, good company, silent auction, and performances by all three of the greater Vancouver host nations, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish.
  • When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Where: 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Time: 6 to 9:30 pm
  • Price: Online, Sliding scale $15-$30, children are free

Ferment Fest Vancouver 2017

  • What: An afternoon of fermented sampling, vendors, and discovery.
  • When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $3 at the door

The Lost Souls of Gastown

A tour guide on Forbidden Vancouver's Halloween walking tour the Lost Souls of Gastown (Forbidden Vancouver)

A tour guide on Forbidden Vancouver’s Halloween walking tour the Lost Souls of Gastown (Forbidden Vancouver)

  • What: This Halloween season you can step into the dark history of Vancouver’s earliest years on the Lost Souls of Gastown tour. From the tragic story of the “woman in the well” to the gruesome murder of gold prospector John Bray, the Lost Souls of Gastown weaves a tale through backstreets and alleyways to a dramatic finale in historic Maple Tree Square.
  • When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Meeting point at Cathedral Square, at Dunsmuir and Richards, tour ends at Maple Tree Square, Gastown in Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Forbidden Vancouver, $22-$25

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

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