10 things to do in Richmond this October

Sep 22 2018, 6:08 pm

Halloween at the Cannery, Cranberry Sale, and more! When you’re looking for fun in Richmond, check out these 10 great events happening in October!

Fill your schedule with our list of 10 things to do around Richmond this month.

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

55+ National Seniors Day Social

  • What: Celebrate National Seniors Day with an international meet and greet social where participants will learn to greet others in different languages. Light breakfast refreshments will be served at this free event. This event is for ages 55 and over.
  • When: Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 11 am
  • Where: East Richmond Community Hall – 12360 Cambie Rd, Richmond
  • Admission: Free, registration required. Barcode #2593793

Artist Salon with Vanessa Lam

  • What: The Richmond Art Gallery’s Artist Salon is a free monthly program for visual artists to connect, network and learn from each other. This month’s guest artist is Vanessa Lam, who will share the story behind building her art practice in collage and mixed media painting.
  • When: Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Richmond Art Gallery – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Cranberry Sale

A cranberry farm in Richmond. (James C/Flickr)

  • What: Stock up on fresh cranberries at the Richmond Nature Park Society’s annual cranberry sale. Proceeds support educational and public programs in the park. This event is for all ages, disability access is available.
  • When: Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: Free, berries are market price.

Fall Family Fun

  • What: Celebrate Fall with seasonal games, activities and entertainment.
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: East Richmond Community Hall 12360 Cambie Rd, Richmond
  • Admission: Free, registration required #2528432

Ranfei Wang Charity Piano Concert

  • What: Ranfei Wang performs selections from Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven and Prokofiev. All proceeds of the concert will go towards the Richmond Hospital Foundation.
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online

Cannery Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Cannery Farmers’ Market is Steveston’s indoor winter market, held at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. This unique market features local food and artisan merchants, inside a historic cannery setting. Admission to the museum is free on market days, with guided heritage tours by donation.
  • When: Various dates from Sunday, October 21, 2018, to Sunday, April 28, 2019 
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Halloween Party

Family-Friendly Halloween events

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  • What: Dress up in a costume for this slightly spooky-themed party with games, crafts and snacks for children. Parent participation is required. This event is for preschool (Ages five and under)
  • When: Friday, October 26, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 2 pm
  • Where: Thompson Community Centre – 5151 Granville Ave, Richmond
  • Admission: $10 per child. Register online or by calling Thompson Community Centre at 604-238-8422. Course number 2536692.

Wild Things

  • What: Once a year mischievous raccoons, a friendly bear, chatty crows and their forest friends emerge from the bog to greet visitors as they walk along a trail lined with candlelit pumpkins. Enjoy some spooky fun, storytelling and pumpkin carnival games at this Halloween-inspired event. An adult must accompany children. Flashlights and costumes are optional but encouraged. Rain or shine; dress for the weather.
  • When: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: Free for those two years and younger, $4/child (3-12 years) and $6/adult (13+ years). Proceeds support educational and public programs in the park.

The Haunted Sea: Halloween at the Cannery

  • What: Dive to the darkest depths of “The Haunted Sea” at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site to explore what lurks in the mysterious fathoms below. Watery ghosts, sea monsters, and twisted tentacles coil and collide alongside historic legends and sea lore. Entertain your imagination with games, crafts, activities and a journey into the deep with real-life horrors that will leave you gasping for air. Suitable for all ages.
  • When: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Adults $11, Youth (6-17) $7, Seniors (65+) $9

Trick-or-Treating in Steveston Village

  • What: Bring your costumed little ones out for safe and fun trick-or-treating in Steveston Village while it is still light. Participating merchants will hand out candy (map will be available at the Visitor Centre). Neighbourhood kids are invited to bring their treat bag and have some non-scary fun. This event takes place rain or shine and is hosted by the Steveston Merchants Association.
  • When: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 5 pm
  • Where: Steveston Village
  • Admission: Free
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