10 things to do in Burnaby in October

Oct 4 2017, 6:40 am

Fall is alive in Burnaby, and there are many fun events to discover around the city. From Opera to Dance to Halloween and more, here is our checklist of 10 things to do around Burnaby this month.

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

Opera On A Sunday Afternoon

  • What: Opera on a Sunday Afternoon celebrates the operatic talent of emerging professional and semi-professional opera singers in British Columbia. Presented by Burnaby Lyric Opera.
  • When: October 8
  • Time: 3 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Thanksgiving Toonie Skate

  • What: Family-friendly activities and ice skating on Thanksgiving Monday.
  • When: Monday, October 9
  • Time: 11:30 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Kensington Recreation Complex – 6159 Curtis Street
    Burnaby, BC
  • Price: $2 Skates and helmet included in admission fee.


  • What: Help the Burnaby Lake Park Association remove invasive plants that threaten native species.
  • When: October 15
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Avalon Avenue parking lot at east end of lake
  • Admission: Free, Ages 8+

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: October 21
  • Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Price: Free

WorkSpace III


WorkSpace III / City of Burnaby

  • What: Amber Funk Barton and her contemporary dance company – the response. – return to the Shadbolt for the third installment of their WorkSpace series. Inspired by memories, past relationships and the relativity of time, WorkSpace III will endeavor to embody these ideas to a curated playlist of pop music.
  • When: October 26 to 28
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where:  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$36

Bonsor’s Big Boo!

  • What: Friendly frightening family fun at Bonsor. Featuring an imagination playground, crafts and games, cookies for kids, a haunted house, and more.
  • When: October 27
  • Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex – 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: $1

Haunted Village

  • What: Explore the Village in the dark of night with your costumes and dancing shoes. Everyone is invited to join the beautiful Madam Monarch for the Hill Street Bash.
  • When: October 27 to 30
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: $9-$14, members 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
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where:  Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Cariboo Dam
  • Price: Free

Halloween on the Heights

Halloween on the Heights (Burnaby Heights/Facebook)

Halloween on the Heights (Burnaby Heights/Facebook)

  • What: Families are invited to dress up and go trick or treating down Hastings Street. Kids and their adults will be able to get yummy treats from neighbourhood stores and ride the Halloween Trains in the Dark.
  • When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    • Trick or Treating from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
    • Halloween Trains in the Dark from 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: 
    • Trick or Treating is along Hastings Street in Burnaby
    • Halloween Trains in the Dark at Burnaby Central Railway at Confederation Park – 120 North Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: All events are free, except the Halloween Trains in the Dark, which costs $3.50 and includes free hot chocolate and cookies. Costumes strongly encouraged.
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