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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: October 28 and 29

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Daniel Chai Oct 27, 2017 4:04 pm 5,390

The last weekend of October has arrived, so get out and make the most of it. Get the fun started with our list of 20 things to do this weekend – Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, 2017.

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Vancouver Parade of Lost Souls 2017

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  • What: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret’s annual Parade of Lost Souls features the most performance minded spirits, spectres, and ghouls in Vancouver. One of the most anticipated events of the Halloween season, the event features jugglers, actors, singers, musicians, acrobats, and more. The Parade serves as an inclusive celebration of the arts.
  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Where: Outside Britannia Community Centre – 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver and Commercial Drive
  • Price: Free (donation recommended)

Waldorf Haunted Hotel

  • What: The Waldorf Hotel is collaborating with Space + Time to bring you a Halloween night that you’ll never forget. At the party, you’ll get to see world-renowned talent, dance on three floors of music, enter themed rooms, sip upon incredible cocktails, and get some surprises that will leave you with chills.
  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm to 3 am
  • Where: The Waldorf Hotel – 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $40 Regular | $100 VIP – Tickets available online, find out more information at www.waldorfhauntedhotel.com

Halloween in the Forest

  • What: Learn facts about owls, bats, spiders and raccoons, enjoy Halloween treats and meet the Forest Fairy. Attend in costume for the costume prize draw too.
  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Surrey Nature Centre at Green Timbers – 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey
  • Price: Free

Curious by Nature: Super Salmon

  • What: ​Want to know more about nature in regional parks? Drop by the pop-up displays to chat with a park interpreter.  Witness the journey of salmon returning to their home to spawn.
  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where:  Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Cariboo Dam
  • Price: Free

A Night of Miracles Gala 2017

  • What: By attending the gala, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with other passionate and philanthropic members of the community in Vancouver – all while raising necessary funds for BC Children’s Hospital. Co-presented by Fasken Martineau and Rogers Communications, the gala will feature a gourmet four-course dinner created by chefs Vikram Vij and Frank Gort of the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, accompanied by a selection of fine wines from Desert Hills Estate Winery, too.
  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Marriott Pinnacle Hotel – 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Price: To reserve a table or tickets, contact Leah Peden [email protected] or call 604-875-2444 ext. 6702.

Winnipeg Comedy Festival Showcase and Auditions: Little Mountain Gallery and Comedy Basement

  • What: Some of Vancouver’s finest up-and-coming comics are showcasing for the organizers of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival live for the chance to perform at the prestigious festival. Support your favourites at two showcases, one at Little Mountain Gallery and one at Comedy Basement.
  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm (Little Mountain Gallery) and 10:45 pm (Comedy Basement)
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver, Goldies Pizza – 605 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • TicketsLittle Mountain Gallery, $5; Comedy Basement, $5

Kitty Night West Presents: A Theatrical Live Band Burlesque Journey into the Madness of ALICE COOPER

  • What: This Halloween, Kitty Nights Burlesque re-mounts their theatrical, live rock-burlesque journey into the mind and the madness of Alice Cooper at the Rio Theatre. Witness the mayhem as this Alice goes down a very different rabbit hole into a sexy nightmare filled with fascinating burlesque performers dancing to a slew of Alice Cooper’s greatest hits played live by Kitty Nights’ Hot & Heavy Band!
  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Youth Franken-Fest

  • What: A Halloween party at Westhill Youth Centre, featuring a costume contest, pumpkin carving, haunted house, pizza, games, movie, prizes and more. For grades 6 to 12.
  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 10 pm
  • Where: Westhill Youth Centre – 203 Westhill Place, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Halloween Monster Match

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  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports invites you to join them for a night of spooktacular sights and ghoulish (theatre) games at their Halloween Monster Match. Peer into the future with Madame Improvo’s palm reading, or shriek at the sight of the long dead poet – Edgar Allen Poe – as he tells tantalizing tales. Feeling jumpy? Then dance until your bones shake to blood curling DJ beats at the Danse Macabre.
  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street
  • Tickets: $37.00 – Tickets available via VTSL

The Beautiful & The Damned

  • What: On Saturday, October 28 the ballroom of the city’s most hauntingly beautiful hotel, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, will be transformed into a world of the vampiric undead. The event will also celebrate the launch of  Diabolica Wines new wine, Diabolica Reincarnation Red Blend 
  • When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Rosewood Hotel Georgia –  801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $55 regular ticket | $330 group package | $800 VIP table – Tickets available via The Social Concierge

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Vancouver Whitecaps versus Seattle Sounders

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  • What: Cheer on the Whitecaps as they take on the Seattle Sounders FC at BC Place in the MLS Western Conference Semifinals.
  • When: Sunday, October 29, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $38-$147

Vancouver Fall Home Show

  • What: This year’s Vancouver Fall Home Show is an event you don’t want to miss with stars from HGTV Canada, 325+ trusted brands, and much more. The event will be taking place from October 26 to 29 and it’s a place where big ideas, trusted advice, and fresh inspiration will unite.
  • When: Now to October 29, 2017
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Adults $16 each, buy tickets online

Night for All Souls

  • What: Curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto, this unique cultural event offers the public an opportunity to remember their dead, whether interred at Mountain View Cemetery or not, in a gentle atmosphere of contemplative beauty.
  • When: Now to November 1, 2017
  • Where: Mountain View Cemetery- 5455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: All events are free. Donations are welcome.

What’s Up? HotDog! becomes Bob’s Burgers

  • What: What’s Up? HotDog! in East Vancouver is transforming into the Bob’s Burgers restaurant for the third year in a row to celebrate Halloween with patrons. The FOX TV cartoon series is a cult favourite, so What’s Up? HotDog is gearing up for an even bigger event than last year.
  • When: Now to October 31, 2017
  • Time: 11 am until late
  • Where: 2481 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Family Day at Place des Arts

  • What: Tour four exhibitions by local artists, then dive into four exhibition-related art activities and create your own masterpieces. Finish up your day with Mr. I’s Slightly Spooky Songs & Stories Concert.
  • When: Sunday, October 29, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Price: Free for art activities, concert $10

Kids’ Fort Langley Halloween

  • What: Your little monsters will be able to enjoy trick-or-treating, airbrush tattoos, creepy critters, and ghost stories around the bonfire. Plus, exploring the Spooky Servants’ Quarters should give the kids enough thrills to get into the Halloween spirit.
  • When: Sunday, October 29, 2017
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site – 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley
  • Admission: Free

SFU’s Science Spooktacular

  • What: A free afternoon of spooky science fun for children and their families presented by Science in Action and the Faculty of Science. See some Creepy Creatures and play with some Halloween-y hands-on science activities in the south concourse of the Academic Quadrangle, just outside Shrum Science Centre lecture hall B9200. Plus watch the Phantom Physics and Cryptic Chemistry show twice at 2 pm and 4 pm. Costumes welcomed and open to all ages, with complimentary parking in the East Parking Lot.
  • When: Sunday, October 29, 2017
  • Time: 1 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Simon Fraser University – 8888 University Drive, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Spark Animation

  • What: A film festival, conference, business symposium, and job fair celebrating excellence in animation from around the world. Highlights include a spotlight on France features and shorts, Opening Night film The Breadwinner, and legendary animator Glen Keane
  • When:Now to October 29, 2017
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street), Vancouver Convention Centre (999 Canada Place), and Scotiabank Theatre (900 Burrard Street)
  • Tickets: Online

Happy Place – Touchstone Theatre

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  • What: Women at an in-patient care facility is the premise of this new play, which features seven noted local actresses. Happy Place depicts mental illness in a sincere and honest manner, as well as the patients’ different paths towards healing.
  • When: Now to Sunday, October 29
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Firehall; $30-$33

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market takes place in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street, every Sunday through October. This market offers West Vancouver a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food and goods from crafters and food artisans.
  • When: Every Sunday to October 29
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Ambleside Park, 1000 Argyle Avenue (the end of 13th Street), West Vancouver
  • Price: Free

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

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