20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Oct 21 2016, 6:37 pm

Halloween is getting closer, so you may as well do something spooky this weekend.

Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23.

Saturday, October 22

Fright Nights

Image: Playland

Image: Playland

  • 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
  • Tickets: 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 Avenue
  • Tickets: Tickets available online.

Chopstick Festival 2016

  • 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

Eastside Flea

  • What: Shop local, mingle with friends, enjoy a hot toddy, listen to live bands, eat some delicious food, and check out community art at the Eastside Flea market.
  • Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main St, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9 and Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23; Fridays from 6 to 10 pm, weekends from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Admission: $3 for one day, or $5 for a weekend pass, on the door

Cineplex Community Day 2016

  • What: Cineplex’s community day returns with a morning of free movies. Cineplex has not yet announced what movies will be showing for free, but be sure to check their website for details.
  • When: Saturday, October 22
  • Where: Cineplex theatres across Canada
  • Tickets: Available for free at Cineplex locations on October 22

#FallforLocal Pop-Up Market

  • What: Featuring over 75 of the latest emerging and established independent businesses, the #FallForLocal market offers up a little bit of something for everyone.
  • When: Saturday, October 22 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: The Pipe Shop Building – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5 at the door, $3 online, and kids get in free

Spooktacular Cabaret

  • What: Damask Burlesk is bringing their smash hit Spooktacular Cabaret back for a second year. The burlesque show will feature Nite Mare of the renowned Lost Girls Burlesque, with special guests Veronica Vex and Scarlet Delirium.
  • Where: The Columbia – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • When: Saturday, October 22, doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Brown Paper Tickets, $20 in advance, $25 on the door. VIP seats with reserved seats and a goodie bag can be purchased in advance for $30.

Pumpkin Express/Scream Train

  • What: Need some pumpkins for your munchkin? Hop aboard the Pumpkin Express! Just want to scare them silly this Halloween? Maybe the Scream Train is for you. Look out for child-size pumpkins, pumpkin masks and Chainsaw Charlie.
  • Where: Bear Creek Park Train & Mini Golf – 13750 88th Avenue, Surrey
  • When:
    • Pumpkin Express – from Friday, October 7 to Monday, October 31, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Open rain or shine.
    • Scream Train – from Friday, October 14 to Monday, October 31, from 6:30 to 10 pm. Open rain or shine.
  • Tickets: On the door,Pumpkin Express $11, Scream Train $12

Halloween Drive-In Movies 

  • What: South Vancouver’s River District presents two weekends of spooky Halloween movies, including Beetlejuice, Hotel Transylvania, Edward Scissorhands, Monsters, Inc., Scream, The Blair Witch Project, Alien, and of course,Halloween.
  • Where: River District Drive-In – 3560 East Kent Ave., Vancouver
  • When: October 21, 22, 28, and 29, screenings at 7 pm and 9:30 pm
  • Parking passes: Available online, $20

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour

  • What: Take a tour of spooky spots in the city, including Mountainview Cemetery and the morgue at the Police Museum, while hearing gruesome tales of the Castelanni Milkshake Murder and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Lady in Red.
  • Where: Tours start at Canada Place – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 14 to Monday, October 31 (excluding Sundays and Mondays, except October 30 and 31)
  • Tickets: $40 per person. Reservations can be made over phone 604-801-5515. No online bookings. This tour is for adults (13+) only.

Sunday, October 23

Elemental Trends Fall Harvest



  • What: Get a head start on your holiday shopping with over 30+ vendors at the Elemental Trends Fall Harvest market.
  • Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 23, 11 am – 6 pm
  • Price: Tickets are $2.50 on Eventbrite, $5 at the door

XpoCity 2016 – Vancouver

  • What: Shop, sample, and socialize in space that bring female-focused vendors in to showcase their products and services to the women of Vancouver.
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 23, 2 – 7 pm
  • Price: Tickets are $20-25 on Eventbrite

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

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

Reapers Haunted Attraction

Halloween Vancouver / Shutterstock

Halloween Vancouver / Shutterstock

  • What: A number of attractions await for those looking for an adrenaline boost, like an insane asylum themed haunted house that brings the horrors of crazed patients to twisted doctors and hospital staff.
  • Where: 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack
  • When: Open until October 31 with various hours. Click here for more.
  • Tickets: $11 for each attraction or $20 for both. Patrons get $1 off with a non-perishable food item.

Stanley Park Ghost Train 

  • What: The legendary Ghost Train returns to Stanley Park this Halloween. This year’s theme is the Day of the Dead so be prepared to be spooked by La Llorona, La Catrina and other creepy spirits as you ride through Stanley Park.
  • Where: Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance
  • When: Until October 31; Friday to Sunday, from 11 am to 10 pm, Monday to Thursday 5:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketleader, $6-$11 depending on timing and age

The Lost Souls of Gastown

  • What: This walking tour by Forbidden Vancouver is almost a roaming theatre experience, and a vivid account of Vancouver’s most dark, gothic early history, from the terror of smallpox through the Great Fire to the brutal killing of John Bray.
  • Where: Starts at Cathedral Square, at Dunsmuir and Richards, finishes at Maple Tree Square, at Water and Carrall
  • When: Until November 1, various times in the evening
  • Tickets: Buy online, $25 for adults, $22 for students

Maan Farms

  • What: The pumpkin patch at Maan farms is open every weekend in October. With live entertainment, a carving station, and treats from farm’s country kitchen, this should definitely be on your ‘fall things to do’ list.
  • When: Every weekend this October from 9 am to 10 pm
  • Where: 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford
  • Cost: Free admission. Various rates apply for other attractions. Check website for details.

Taves Family Farms Apple Barn

  • What: Make a stop at this family-run farm for a pumpkin patch adventure in the Abbotsford countryside.
  • When: October 1 to 30. Open seven days a week from 9 am to 5:30 pm. October 15 to October 30, (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) open late from 9 am to 6:30 pm
  • Where: 333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford
  • Cost: Admission is free for the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. Various rates apply for other attractions. Check website for details.

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.
  • Tickets: Starts at $10 for tickets. Click here to purchase.
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