20 things to do in Vancouver this week: October 24 to 28

Oct 21 2016, 11:24 pm

Another week and it’s almost Halloween! At this time of year, it certainly seems like there’s just no escape from the grizzly ghouls lurking in the dark.

But just in case you’re up for something different, here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from biking to work to getting naked and famous.

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Monday, October 24

Bike To Work Week

Women and men biking in fall (Jacek Chabraszewski/Shutterstock)

Women and men biking in fall (Jacek Chabraszewski/Shutterstock)

  • What: Bike To Work Week is back for fall in Vancouver, offering free coffee, snacks, and bike repairs at over 40 celebration stations along bike routes. Also on offer is a prize trip for two to Amsterdam on KLM.
  • Where: Bike routes all over Vancouver
  • When: From Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28
  • Register: At HUB, totally free

Re:address Week

  • What: The City of Vancouver kicks off a week of events tackling housing affordability on Monday. Among them, a chance for you to share your stories of trying to rent or buy a home here, an entertaining night of crazy anecdotes, and a global summit.
  • Where:
    • Millennial Activate session – Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
    • The Sublime and Ridiculous – The Vancouver Convention Centre –East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When:
    • Millennial Activate session – Tuesday, October 25, from 7 to 9:30 pm
    • The Sublime and Ridiculous – Thursday, October 27, from 7 to 9 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, entry varies from totally free to $20

The Heart’s Jewel

  • What: See one of classical music’s new superstars, Stefan Jackiw, playing the great Romantic Violin Concerto in E minor, “the heart’s jewel,” by Felix Mendelssohn, with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, October 24, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At VSO, $19-$95


  • What: This popular Vancouver speaker series is hosting three powerful speakers who will share their journeys in mentorship – how powerful mentorship is for building wealth, the mindset needed to succeed and how to shift our narratives around money.
  • Where: Beaumont Studio – 326 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, October 24 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Available on Eventbrite at $30 early bird admission, $40 regular.

Tuesday, October 25

In Their Own Voices

  • What: Three female choreographers from BC – Karen Jamieson, Ziyian Kwan, and Simone Orlando – talk about what has enabled them as dance makers, and some of the biggest barriers that they have faced.
  • Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 W. Hastings St, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 25, at 7 pm
  • Register: On Facebook, totally free

Supper Club at Tamam

  • What: Tamam is hosting a three course sumptuous Palestinian banquet served family style, as part of the Indian Summer Arts Society’s Supper Clubs Series. Dinner includes halloumi and grilled eggplant starter and roast lamb shank main course.
  • Where: Tamam: Fine Palestinian Cuisine – 2616 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 25, at 6:45 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $43–$53

Canucks vs. Senators

  • What: At the time of writing, the Canucks are unbeaten – who knows if that will change during their away games between now and Tuesday? Come on, we knew it wouldn’t last. Regardless, show your support in person and head to see them smash the Sens (hopefully!).
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 25, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $43.75-$192.75

Beer vs. Wine Dinner

  • What: A local Cicerone and Sommelier will go head-to-head for each of the four delicious courses in this challenge to see who pairs it best. Be a judge for the evening!
  • Where: Craft Beer Market – 85 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 25, from 6 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $60

Wednesday, October 26


  • What: An unstoppable force for uniqueness amid a sea of generic swill, this Swedish heavy metal band set the rulebook ablaze and plough a uniquely progressive and exploratory furrow.
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 26, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $30-$75

Nerd Nite

  • What: Learn about Vancouver by looking at it through an archeologist’s eyes, take a look at a spooky ailment called Aphantasia, and finally learn about “scientooning” and the lessons that can be applied to science communication.
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 26, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $7-$15

Tabata Bootcamp

  • What: Get ready for an intense interval training class, for ladies only! Tabata intervals are set up to perform each exercise for four minutes alternating 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest. Expect to get your heart rate up and a great sweat on.
  • Where: Public Myth Kitsilano – 2005 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 26, from 6:15 to 7:15 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Coffee Cupping

  • What: Join a life-long fine food fanatic, a career barista, a software developer and a “French girl from Brittany” and help them develop a better cup of Joe. You’ll enjoy two rounds of five coffees each and get a pound of coffee for your troubles.
  • Where: Espressotec – 1015 Clark Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $18.30

Thursday, October 27

Full Moon

  • What: Be inspired by women who push boundaries. Full Moon documents the past, present, and future of women’s snowboarding, showcasing how it has influenced the current state of the sport and telling the stories of the awesome women who ride.
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, October 27, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketfly, $10

The Lost Operas of Mozart

  • What: City Opera presents a comedy featuring music no one knows, from the world’s best-known composer. Three lost compositions have been reconstructed to tell a tale of zany stories, wonderful characters, Mozart’s music, gender politics, and suspense.
  • Where: Christ Church Cathedral – 690 Burrard St., Vancouver
  • When: From Thursday, October 27 to Saturday, October 29, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Brown Paper Tickets, $20-$32

Solo Flamenco

  • What: Flamenco virtuoso Kasandra ‘La China’ leads Solo Flamenco, a showcase of flamenco in its purest traditional form – the cuadro. A feast for the eyes, the ears, and the soul, full of combustible onstage chemistry, technical skill and shared musicality.
  • Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – 677 Davie St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, October 27, from noon to 1 pm
  • Tickets: On Tickets Tonight, $12-$14

Wicked Creatures

  • What: Welcome back to a time of big hair, meddling kids, and Wicked Creatures. Directed by Shawn Norman, this is Instant Theatre’s first show in their 2016/17 season – a Stranger Things inspired Halloween Spectacular.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: From Thursday, October 27 to Saturday, October 29, from 8 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10

Friday, October 28

Halloween Wake n Shake

Wake n Shake: Pre-Work Dance Party (Wake n Shake)

Wake n Shake: Pre-Work Dance Party (Wake n Shake)

  • What: The Wake n Shake Pre-Work Yoga Dance Party is an attempt to make Halloween healthy. There’ll be room for 200 people to enjoy yoga, food, dancing, DJs and live music – without the booze.
  • Where: Beaumont Studios – 316 W. 5th Ave, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 28, from 6 to 8:30 am
  • Tickets: Available at wewakenshake.com, $12-$20

Sum 41

  • What: Two-time Juno Award winners Sum 41  rode the crest of the nu-metal wave in the early 2000s with a catchy blend of punk, rap and metal elements woven into their music. Now they’re back, on their Don’t Call It A Sum-Back Tour.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St., Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 28, doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Available at Ticketmaster, $30.50

We Know Nothing About Art

  • What: Have you ever thought art historians may just be making everything up on the spot? Join comedian Abdul Aziz and friends as they do their best to make sense of the world’s most treasured works of art, with little to no formal training in the field.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 28, from 7:30 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $7

The Naked and Famous

  • What: This award winning electronic pop band from New Zealand is on tour to support their latest album Simple Forms. With special guests XYLØ and The Chain Gang of 1974.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 28, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
  • Tickets: Available at Ticketfly, $39.50
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