21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: October 14 and 15

Oct 12 2017, 2:29 am

October continues with another fun weekend full of events to enjoy! From Arcade Fire to Harvest Haus and more, here are 20 things to do this weekend.

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

Saturday, October 14


  • What: Art lovers and partygoers alike will descend on the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for Splash, Arts Umbrella’s annual art auction and gala. Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, Splash is the must-attend event of the fall, raising funds to help Arts Umbrella bring arts programming to vulnerable young people in neighbourhoods across Metro Vancouver.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Gala ticket $350, Luminary ticket $500

Gavin DeGraw

  • What: The American singer and songwriter has been touring around the US on his RAW tour performing hits like “I Don’t Wanna Be,” “She Sets the City on Fire,” and “Not Over You.”
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom—868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $35 plus fees at LiveNation

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

  • What: The Canucks take on the Flames at Rogers Arena on October 14.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $55-$253

River District Farmers’ Market

  • What: This market offers a unique riverfront gathering place in a burgeoning local community. Shop from vendors and artisans, and soak up some local colour.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza, 8683 Kerr Street
  • Admission: Free

Arcade Fire

  • What: Montreal’s Arcade Fire have landed countless awards nominations and sold millions of albums across the globe. Famed for hits like “Wake Up”, “Deep Blue” and “Reflektor,” the band are touring in support of their new album Everything Now.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: Doors 6:3o pm / Show 7:30 pm
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: From $35 available at LiveNation

AbraCadaver Cabaret – Mythology

  • What: The Abracadaver Cabaret is a collaboration of dancers, actors, magicians, visual artists, and poets who have come together because of their passion for horror.
    Guaranteed to fill you with morbid delight, it’s not recommended for the faint of heart.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $18-$25

David Duchovny

  • What: You’ve seen him drink his way around LA in Californication and track down little green men in The X-Files, but this October you will also get to see David Duchovny serenade Vancouver at a special acoustic performance.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT at TicketWeb, but try online resellers

Harvest Haus 

  • What: BC’s largest Volksfest is returning this autumn for a fourth year of Harvest celebrations. Experience true Harvest Haus traditions at all of seven sittings, including thirst-quenching keg tapping, stein-clinking, foot-stomping, PROST-ing good times.
  • When: Until Saturday, October 14
  • Where: 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$40

Fraser River Geology Walk

  • What: ​​Learn about the Ice Age glaciation on the south coast, and a disastrous landslide in Haney in 1880 that produced a tsunami on the Fraser River. Led by John Clague, professor of Earth Sciences at SFU, author of Vancouver, City on the Edge, and an expert on earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and floods.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 10 am to noon
  • Where: Derby Reach Regional Park, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and Richmond North Ambulance Station Grand Opening

  • What: Everyone is welcome for family fun, activities and self-guided tours. Try out the City of Richmond’s new portable drinking fountain and interact with Emergency Services personnel.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Fire Hall No. 3 – 9680 Cambie Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Sarah and Michael Explore Port Coquitlam – Book Launch

  • What: PoCo Heritage has collaborated with Art Focus, Friends of Leigh Square, and various local writers and artists to create a children’s history book.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Terry Fox Library – 2470 Mary Hill Rd, Port Coquitlam
  • Price: Free

Light the Night Walk Vancouver 2017

  • What: This beautiful three-kilometre walk is held every year in support and remembrance of those who have faced leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers. By walking, you can help raise funds for blood cancer research and patient support services.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 4 pm
  • Where: Lumberman’s Arch – Stanley Park
  • Entry: Fundraise or donate a minimum of $100 – Register via Light the Night

Sunday, October 15

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. San Jose Earthquakes

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Image: Vancouver Whitecaps FC / Twitter

  • What: Cheer on the Whitecaps as they take on the San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place.
  • When: Sunday, October 15
  • Time: 4:30 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $34.50-$149.50

Episodes from the Life of Robert Schumann

  • What: Learn about the life of Robert Schumann through his music. Pianist Barry Tan, with guests Ben Goheen, Peter Ing and Will Chen, will perform three Schumann works from different periods in the composer’s life, while recounting fascinating episodes that are representative of each phase.
  • When: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $16

The Capital Bacon Eating Contest

  • What: A chance to stuff yourself with bacon while supporting a good cause. Teams are organized in heats and groups, each plate of bacon will weigh the same amount, and each round will be 40 seconds long. Each heat/group will have a winner and will face off against other winners until an “ultimate bacon champion” is crowned.
  • When: Sunday, October 15
  • Time: 6:15 pm
  • Where: The Capital – 1178 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Entry: $10, with proceeds going to BC Children’s Hospital

Once Upon a Pumpkin

  • What: Drop in to the Richmond Nature House to learn about Halloween’s origin in nature, in this unique and seasonal offering.
  • When: Sunday, October 15 to Tuesday, October 31
  • Time: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Apple Festival at UBC Botanical Garden

UBC Botanical Garden

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  • What: The Apple Festival features approximately 34,000 lbs of organic and conventionally grown apples available for sale to thousands of apple fans. Taste up to 60 varieties of new and heritage BC-grown apples for just $5. There will also be a children’s area and live entertainment.
  • When: Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: UBC Botanical Garden – 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Admission is $5 cash for adults; children 12 and under are free. Festival admission includes entry to UBC Botanical Garden.

Higher Goods Market

  • What: A new marketplace is opening in Vancouver selling, amongst other pot products, cannabis-infused edibles. Higher Goods Market is 19+ only and is intended to help people “access education, industry experts, high quality products, and have questions answered.” It will also feature vendors selling packaged consumables from producers of cannabis-infused edibles, topicals, tinctures, supplements, extracts, oils, crafts, and local goods.
  • When: Saturdays and Sundays beginning October 14, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: 220 Prior Street, Vancouver

The Gloaming

  • What: The critically acclaimed Irish band return by popular demand with their ethereal vocals and sweeping melodies. Known for emotionally-charged performances, The Gloaming’s five master musicians will captivate with haunting works from their second album, 2.
  • When: Sunday, October 15
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Chan Centre – 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $46

Chefs’ Table Society of BC’s Slow Fish Dinner

  • What: Lovers of local seafood and social times rejoice as the Chefs’ Table Society of BC‘s Slow Fish Canada Dinner returns to the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) for the fourth year. This annual event allows Vancouverites to gather and indulge in local sustainable seafood in the most interactive way.
  • When: Sunday, October 15
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – 1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $109 per person on Eventbrite

Yoga on Tap

  • What: Brazilian Cultural Festival and Capoeira Batizado in partnership with the Roundhouse, featuring Aché Brasil’s awe-inspiring acrobatic dance/martial arts Capoeira, spectacular Samba dances with dazzling costumes and more.
  • When: Sunday, October 15
  • Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Steamworks Brewery & Taproom – 3845 William Street, Burnaby
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $20
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