20 things to do in Vancouver this week: October 3 to 7

Oct 1 2016, 6:54 pm

How is it October already? September seemed to vanish without a trace before it had even begun. We’re as dazed as you.

Ah well. There’s only one things for it… Let’s jump right in to fall! 

So here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from Sip and Savour to Fright Nights. 

Monday, October  3

Sip and Savour 2016

  • What: At this fundraiser food event for the BC Women’s Newborn ICU, guests will be able to “sip and savour” some of Vancouver’s top food and drinks from acclaimed restaurants like Hawksworth, The Mackenzie Room, Minami, and The Acorn.
  • Where: The Pipe Shop – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: Monday, October 3, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: Available from BC Women’s Foundation, $85

F**kup Night: Finance

  • What: Let’s get real: we’ve all f*cked up at some point. F**kup Nights is a casual, swearing-allowed speaker series aiming to build collective wisdom. Featuring Michelle Martin, CEO of NXT Level You, and Hussein Hallak, GM of the Launch Academy.
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street,  Vancouver
  • When: Monday, October 3, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10

Leaders Workshop

  • What: If you want to get into investment banking, consulting, and accounting, this workshop might be for you. Open to students and graduates of all high schools and universities, it aims to help prepare and motivate you to achieve your career dreams.
  • Where: University of British Columbia, The Great Hall – 6133 University Blvd, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, October 3, from 9 am to 1 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $25

Tuesday, October 4


  • What: Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden is in town to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his iconic debut record Everything I Long For, showcasing an eclectic mix of genres, from grunge to alternative country.
  • Where: St. James Community Square – 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 4, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
  • Tickets: At Live Nation, $35

Eat Well Do Good

  • What: A pop-up organic market in two Vancouver locations to benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Expect grab-and-go lunches consisting of gourmet sandwiches and salads, as well as pantry bags full of food, and live entertainment.
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, and London Drugs – Granville and West Georgia Streets, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 4; 7 am to 3 pm

Vancouver International Improv Festival

  • What: The Vancouver International Improv Festival returns on Tuesday, offering twice nightly showcases of some of the coolest, newest and best improvisation, by international superstars, local comedy heroes, and new festival ensembles.
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
  • When: From Tuesday, October 4, to Saturday, October 8; showcases at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm; more shows at other locations too.
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$18

Mixed Match at VIFF

  • What: This heartwrenching new documentary, showing at VIFF, is hoping to save lives by finding donors for mixed race cancer patients, whose unique heritage complicates their search for a stem cell or bone marrow transplant donor match.
  • Where:
    • First screening: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
    • Second screening: Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas – 88 W Pender St, Vancouver
  • When:
    • First screening: Tuesday, October 4, at 6:30 pm
    • Second screening: Thursday, October 6, at 1 pm
  • Tickets: Available at VIFF, first screening $15, second screening $13


  • What: Vancouver’s favourite food fest kicks off on Tuesday, in support of Greater Vancouver Food Bank, featuring a series of  special collaboration dinners, a food trends panel, a pastry workshop, a Harvest gala, and a Q&A with chef Michael Smith.
  • Where: Various venues around Vancouver
  • When: From Tuesday, October 4 to Friday, October 7, times vary
  • Tickets: Available online, dinner series $135 each, tasting class $35

Wednesday, October 5

James & Jamesy

  • What: Hailed as one of the most popular Fringe duos ever, these British maestros of theatre are back with In The Dark, a comedic adventure of discovery and creation, performed in darkness and lit exclusively by their illuminating costumes.
  • Where: Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesdays to Sundays, from October 5 to October 16; shows at 8 pm, except on Sundays, when shows start at 2 pm instead.
  • Tickets: On Tickets Tonight, $18-$27

Tokyo Police Club

  • What: Canadian indie rock band Tokyo Police Club are on tour to promote their two-part self-released Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness, the first batch of new music from the group since they launched their 2014 LP Forcefield.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 5, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
  • Tickets: At Live Nation, $26.50

The Music of David Bowie

  • What: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is paying tribute to legendary musician David Bowie, who passed away earlier this year. Tony Vincent will be on lead vocals, accompanied by a full rock band to play 18 of Bowie’s epic hits.
  • Where: The Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 5 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Available online, $25-$65

Tegan and Sara

  • What: Everything is awesome for The Quin twins – they just released their eighth studio album Love You To Death to rave reviews. On their latest tour, fans can expect the 100-minute show to include new singles Stop Desire and White Knuckles.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 5, at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $36-$46.

Thursday, October 6

Danny Brown

  • What: Detroit’s Danny Brown is no stranger in today’s hip hop scene. From touring with A$AP Rocky, to his tracks like When It Rain, Brown continues to build his fan base. It will be no surprise if he is hip hop’s next massive thing.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, October 6 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At Ticketfly, $42.50

Pressure Canning 101

  • What: This workshop will teach you the ins and outs of pressure canning, the food-safe method for canning foods such as vegetables, fish, seafood, meat, and beans, and you’ll get to take home a jar of whatever you make in the workshop.
  • Where: Homestead Junction – 649 E Hastings St., Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, October 6, from 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: Available online, $40

Japanese Poets North of The 49th

  • What: Japanese poet Takiya Kuwahara (aka The Indifferent Poet) makes his first ever visit to Canada, for a series of poetry performances with live English subtitles, weaving Japan and Canada together though language and storytelling.
  • Where: First performance is at VisualSpace Gallery – 3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver; locations of further performances and workshops vary
  • When: First performance on Thursday, October 6, at 8 pm; other performances and workshops through October 15
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10

An Evening In The Orchard

  • What: Share in a sumptuous farm-grown meal prepared by the head chefs of Hawksworth, Bishops, Farmer’s Apprentice, Savio Volpe, Homer Street Cafe, Burdock & Co., to benefit Sole Food Farms, which turns vacant urban land into street farms.
  • Where: Sole Food’s Orchard – Main and Terminal, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, October 6, from 5 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $175

Friday, October 7

Harvest Haus

  • What: This is the last weekend of the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebration, which includes a theatrical keg tapping, and Marktplatz, plus the Stein Games and a Lippensynchron Battle. It’ll have you clinking your steins and cheering “Prost!”
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: From Friday, October 7, to Sunday, October 9
  • Tickets: Available online, start at $25

X-Files Marathon

  • What: A special marathon of the cult show’s recent six-episode mini series introduced by none other than its creator, Chris Carter, as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 7, at 9 pm
  • Tickets: At VIFF, totally free.

One More For Gord

  • What: Vancouver’s local musicians and artists are coming together to show their support for Gord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip. All proceeds to go to the  Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.
  • Where: The Media Club – 695 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 7, doors at 8:30 pm, music at 9 pm
  • Tickets: On the door, $10

Fright Nights

  • What: Fright Nights is returning for another year to Playland, to allow grown-ups to count down the days to Halloween. On the docket this year are 15 rides, two live shows, seven haunted houses, and 90 “monsters” roaming the grounds.
  • Where: Playland – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 7 to Monday, October 31; various times
  • Tickets: At Playland, $22-$39
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