20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Oct 14 2016, 8:13 pm

Don’t let a little storm stop you from getting out there.

Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday October 15 and Sunday, October 16.

Saturday, October 15

The East Van Bazzar

  • What: A manifestation of talent and creativity, the East Van Bazaar provides an opportunity to be vocal and buy local from over 40 local vendors, collectors, crafters, creators, doers and dreamers, all serving up their own unique slice of East Van awesomeness!
  • Where: 1739 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 15, 12 – 5 pm
  • Price: $2 cover

Fright Nights

  • What: The annual Fright Nights takeover Playland on select nights throughout October and feature seven haunted houses, 15 rides and two thrilling live shows.
  • Where: Playland – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Various days and times between October 7-31
  • Price: Tickets are $22-$79 online

Haunted Circus

  • What: If you’re not spooked by those creepy clown sightings and want to check out a new Halloween attraction in the city, then the Haunted Circus at the Beaumont Studios is for you.
  • When: Friday, October 14 to Monday, October 31. Check website for hours.
  • Where: The Beaumont Studios- 316 West 5th Ave.
  • Tickets: Tickets available online.

The Valley Haunt 

The Valley Haunt

The Valley Haunt

  • What: For the 2016 Halloween season, the Valley Haunt will be enclosed in walk-through shipping containers. It will be a bigger and spookier Halloween display.
  • When: October 15 to 31, for hours of operation check website
  • Where: 1311 Appin Rd., North Vancouver
  • Admission: The Valley Haunt runs by donation. All proceeds go to the BC Firefighter’s Burn Fund.

Scream Train

  • What: From Friday, October 14, the braver among you can enjoy the Scream Train, amid a forest alive with ghosts and ghouls intent on scaring you.
  • Where: Bear Creek Park Train & Mini Golf – 13750 88th Avenue, Surrey
  • When: From Friday, October 14 to Monday, October 31, from 6:30 to 10 pm. Open rain or shine.
  • Tickets: On the door, $12

Potters House of Horrors

  • What: Get ready to scream and cower in fear: Potters House of Horrors has reopened for the Halloween season.
  • Where: 12530 72nd Avenue, Surrey
  • When: Open now until October 31. Lil’ Haunters is from 4 to 7 pm, all-ages family hour is from 4 to 6:30 pm, and the regular ultra-scary show is from 7 to 10 pm.
  • Cost: Starts at $10 for tickets. Click here to purchase.

The Concierge of Vancouver – Matchmaker Productions

  • What: “Housing prices.” “Urgh, I know right?” In what’s become both a conversation starter and stopper in one of the most expensive cities in the world, it’s about time that we got our own homegrown comedy on the topic. The Concierge of Vancouver is a satirical take on the Vancouver housing crisis, and will probably feature more real estate buzzwords than another authoritative article on the effects of the foreign buyer tax.
  • When: October 7 to 16
  • Where: Studio 1398 (Granville Island)

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

Chopstick Festival 2016

Photo courtesy Chopstick Fest

Photo courtesy Chopstick Fest

  • What: Running October 15 to 30, Chopstick Fest will give diners the opportunity to select from a range of participating Chinese restaurants across Metro Vancouver, each one offering a unique prix-fix menu designed to be sampled and shared.
  • Where: Various locations. click here for more.
  • When: October 15 to 30

Light The Night Walk

  • What: This walk supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Teams walk in unity, at twilight, each holding an illuminated lantern – red for supporters, white for patients and survivors, and gold to remember loved ones lost.
  • Where: Stanley Park, Lumberman’s Arch
  • When: Saturday, October 15, from 4 to 9 pm
  • Register: Online at lightthenight.ca

Walk For Freedom

  • What: Help end modern slavery at the Walk For Freedom. Participants dressed in black will march in single file, with black tape covering their mouths, to represent the 27 million slaves around the world who have no voice.
  • Where: Begins and ends at Canada Place – 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 15, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Register: Online at A21, totally free

Sunday, October 16

Streetfight Improv!

  • What: Streetfight is a hilarious hour of head to head short form improv. Every week, ten of the funniest improvisers in town compete back and forth with short scenes vying for your laughter.
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 16; 7:30 to 8:30 pm

RIPE 2016

  • What: This annual harvest celebration and fundraiser showcases the best of local ingredients, paired with some of Vancouver’s finest chefs and restaurants at 8 mouth-watering small plate tasting stations, along with craft beers and cocktails.
  • Where: Exhibition Hall, Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 16, from 5:30 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: At Brown Paper Tickets, $85

ROADSIDE Harvest Social

  • What: The first ever ROADSIDE Harvest Social is bringing a one-of-a-kind craft beer tasting corn maze to Abbotsford this fall. As you find your way through the 19+ maze, you’ll get to taste craft beer by Field House Brewing, Ravens Brewing,Old Abbey Ales and Old Yale Brewing.
  • Where: 36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford
  • When: Open Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, from 11 am to 6 pm, between Friday, September 30 and Sunday, October 23 – rain or shine.
  • Tickets: On the door. More info at abbyroadside.com

Taste of Yaletown 2016

  • What: This two-week dining event run by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association (YBIA) is in its 12th year, and is all about bringing hungry diners to Yaletown to try three-course menus each showcasing the many stellar restaurants in the area.
  • Where: Various locations. Click here for more.
  • When: October 13 to 27

Vancouver International Puppet Festival

  • What: The three-day event will feature a variety of kid-friendly and adult shows, as well as workshops, panel discussions, and a puppet gala night.
  • When: Walking tour runs from October 1 to 16. Performances: October 14 to 16.
  • Where: Granville Island
  • Tickets: Can be purchased online

Harvest Moon Indigenous Dinner

  • What: On the night of October’s harvest moon, couples and singles alike are invited to an evening of Coast Salish food, music, and storytelling. Eat great food and learn about the ecology of the land through a First Nations perspective.
  • When: Sunday, October 16; 5:30 to 8 pm
  • Where: Lost Lagoon Nature House, Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $45. Click here to purchase.

Dancing With Ancestors

  • What: These evening circles are designed to ease you into the process of using constellations to understand your family soul. There will be small exercises with movement, music, and short discussions.
  • Where: 28 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 16; 7 to 10 pm

Ninjitsu Sundays

  • What: Ninjitsu, as directed under Sensei A.J. Dowla, a 30+ year practitioner of Budo, takes a kaleidoscopic approach to bettering oneself through the study of this martial art.
  • Where: Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano – 1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 16; 10:30 am to noon

Brock House Wedding Show

  • What: Enjoy complimentary beauty treatments, wine and hors d’oeuvres, a fashion show, and more at the Brock House Wedding Show.
  • Where: Brock House Restaurant – 3875 Point Grey Road, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 16; 11 am to 6 pm
  • Tickets: Start at $35. Click here to purchase.