Fall is an incredibly romantic and beautiful time of year in Vancouver.
Now that it’s getting chilly outside, we want to get cozy and intimate – but we also want to get outside and soak in the changing leaves and gorgeous scenery.
To help you find your perfect night out here are 35 fantastic fall date ideas in Vancouver.
Until October 9, Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza has been transformed into a mini Oktoberfest called Harvest Haus. At this fun and lively festival, you and your date can enjoy popular German foods such as sausages and sauerkraut, German pizza, German soups and Artisan bake shops. You’ll also be offered a fine selection of European biers to sample while you enjoy an authentic European performance or two.
Address: 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
For two weeks only, from October 13 to 27, Taste of Yaletown brings diners featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings. Participating restaurants in Yaletown will be livelier than usual, and offering their guests special set menus perfect for a date night out in beautiful Yaletown.
Science World after hours with no children and lots of booze is an awesome fall date idea. You and your date can participate in cool interactive science demos and check out Science World in a more mature way. The next adult evening is on Friday, October 28. It’s a murder mystery where you’ll gather clues, investigate and solve the crime together.
Address: 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Situated near Cambie Street in a gorgeous restored heritage house, this two-story café serves up amazing Paninis, great coffee and great pumpkin spiced lattes. Caffè Cittadelle is an incredibly unique and whimsical coffee shop with beautiful vintage windows, and there’s even a little tiny patio upstairs with only one table and two chairs. The view of the tree-lined streets lets you take in the colours of fall while you enjoy your coffee together.
Address: 2310 Ash Street, Vancouver
Step backwards in time when you descend the curved staircase and enter Prohibition, a 1920s-inspired lounge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia featuring live music and a sophisticated, seductive ambience. This upscale venue boasts impressive décor that creates the illusion of being in another time, and their menu is complete with legendary cocktails, champagnes, craft beers, fine wines and small appetizers. At prohibition, you’ll be pleased to find plenty of dark corners and intimate seating, which allows you and your date to feel as though you have privacy in the midst of a busy and buzzing bar.
Address: 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
The Stanley Park Ghost Train is running until October 31, except for October 10 which is an off-day due to Thanksgiving. With a theme of Halloween and ghostly tales, you’ll be thrilled and chilled while you ride the train and witness spooky sounds, lit-up displays and live performances. Wear warm clothing and cuddle up to your date on the train. Afterwards, you and your date can enjoy some hot chocolate and caramel apples in the spooky barn.
Address: The Ghost Train is located on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park (via the West Georgia Street park entrance.)
The best way to explore Gastown is to book a Vancouver Food Tour. It can be customized to suit you and your date’s preferences, and you can request a private tour or a group tour (if you want to organize a double date, for example.) You’ll be treated to hand-selected menu items, BC wine pairings, craft beers and craft cocktails at some of Gastown’s trendiest restaurants and bars.
Address: Location varies with customization. Contact [email protected] to book.
The Space Centre’s planetarium is an ultra-romantic date night location. You and your date get to snuggle up to each other and lay back in the dark while the bright stars shine and dance directly above you, and music echoes throughout the dome-shaped theatre.
Planetarium shows take place at 7:30 pm and 9 pm on Saturday nights. From October 16 – November 30, the 7:30 pm featured show is Seven Wonders and the 9 pm show is The Dark Matter Mystery.
Address: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
At Bose Farms in Surrey, you can participate in a daytime or nighttime corn maze. The nighttime maze is a great date idea because it’s romantic under the moonlight and afterwards, there’s a fire pit set up for you and your date to roast marshmallows by the fire. On weekends (until October 16) you can also get a free hay ride from the Bose Corn Maze to the Bose Pumpkin Patch.
Address: Corner of 156th Street and 64th Avenue in Surrey
A cozy date-night-in has to be on our list, because it’s a great rainy-day date idea. Especially if it’s themed. If you want to organize the best date-night-in ever, make pizza or pasta, grab a couple bottles of red wine, watch The Italian Job and have yourself a little Italian-themed date night in the comfort of your own home. Or, you can have a little Halloween night in and carve the pumpkins you just got at Bose Farms, watch scary movies and decorate Halloween-shaped cookies.
Address: your place
This adult sanctuary located on the waterfront is the perfect rainy day date idea. The Willow Stream Spa at the stunning Fairmont Pacific Rim has a hot tub with beautiful views, a warm and cozy infrared sauna and serene lounges warmed by fireplaces and lit with candlelight. You can access all of these facilities after your relaxing couples massage.
Address: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Vancouver Theatre Sports in Granville Island hosts hilarious, witty and innovative improv performances. Without question, it’ll be one of the most entertaining shows you’ll ever see in Vancouver. A night of improv comedy will have the two of you laughing uncontrollably, and put into a great mood before you head to one of Granville Island’s awesome restaurants for dinner.
Address: 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Located in the West End on the 42nd floor of one of the tallest hotels in Vancouver, Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant at the Empire Landmark Hotel is the ultimate dinner date spot in the fall. With unobstructed 360 degree views of Vancouver (and of the colorful trees) dining here is even better than a patio. Time your dinner reservation with the sunset, and enjoy delicious comfort foods perfect for fall such as hot soups, hearty pastas, steak and poultry.
Address: 1400 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cineplex Odeon at Fifth Avenue Cinemas on Burrard Street is now serving alcohol, and they’re no longer allowing youth under 19 years of age to enter. Clearly, this makes movie nights out a little more fun for couples. At this adult theatre, you can buy beer and wine, as well as charcuterie and Earnest ice cream.
Address: 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver
October is BC Craft Beer Month, and Vancouver’s favourite craft beer and burlesque party is coming up on October 22. In partnership with Vancouver Craft Beer Week, the Roundhouse presents the sixth annual Beerlesque – an adult carnival fun couples are guaranteed to enjoy. Not only will you get to see amazing burlesque shows, you’ll also get to sample beer from several top breweries, and pizza from Via Tevere’s pizza truck.
Address: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Volunteering together is a great date idea because volunteering makes you feel all the warm fuzzies, and you’ll get to see the softer side of your date while helping out towards a good cause. The two of you can help out the BCSPCA by being a canine companion, walking dogs, and helping match animals with caring adoptive families.
Address: 1205 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Every Wednesday night, the Opus Hotel bar in Yaletown has live music and each weekend, there’s live DJs. The venue is colourful, fun and intimate with cozy seating. This boutique hotel bar’s dim lighting and unique décor make it a cute and unique spot for date night.
Address: 322 Davie Street, Vancouver
This unique cooking class takes place in a cute shop with a full kitchen, which is used to demonstrate recipes found in new and popular cookbooks. Admission for Barbara-Jos Books to Cooks class includes the class, the meal and a copy of the cookbook. Guest chefs and cookbook authors are often present to share their culinary expertise, sign your cookbook and answer any questions.
Address: 1740 West 2nd Avenue
After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium is a unique aquatic experience for adults only and the perfect date night. Enjoy wine and beer, 4D movies and all the aquatic exhibits with your date with dimmer lighting and no children. These adult evenings at the Aquarium are hosted about once per month, the next one being a Halloween-themed event on Thursday, October 27.
Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Guilt & Co in Gastown is the ideal venue for date night because not only do they have an awesome selection of food and drinks, but your view while you eat will be of a stage – and on that stage, you never know what you’re going to see. From cool bands and performers to belly dancers, burlesque shows and live stunts, you and your date will be treated to live entertainment all evening.
Address: 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Corduroy is a casual and cozy restaurant by the water in Kitsilano. They have good food, cheap drinks and live entertainment. On Tuesday nights, Corduroy has an open mic night where you and your date can watch different walks of life perform their talents, and even participate yourself if you have a talent that you think might impress your date. On Wednesday nights you’ll get to watch live stand-up comedy while you dine.
Address: 1943 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
On October 8 at 8 pm, the Fox Cabaret is hosting Teen Angst Night which is a comedic reading where the readers share real embarrassing stories from their diaries from their teenage years. The Shameful Tiki is the perfect Main Street restaurant to eat dinner at before or after the show. With no visible windows to the outside world, you’ll feel as though you’re sipping exotic cocktails with your date on a romantic tropical island instead of in rainy Vancouver.
Address: 2321 Main Street, Vancouver (Fox Cabaret) and 4362 Main Street, Vancouver (Shameful Tiki)
What better way to spend time in the beautiful Gastown area than to take part in a chilling walking tour, discovering the haunted history of Gastown? The Ghostly Gastown Tour is a 90-minute hosted walking tour through Gastown, filled ghost stories, history, crime and intrigue.
Address: Reserve your spot, and meet at the Angel Statue in front of Waterfront Station.
Get caught up in the live action at Rogers Arena when you go watch a home game and support the Vancouver Canucks. Game night is a great casual date, even if one of you is really only there for the beer. Check out the home game schedule here and be sure to check out a game this fall.
Address: 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Until October 15, the East Van Bazaar is showcasing the work of local artists, skilled craftsmen and cool exhibits with handmade goods. This is a fun place to go with your date to shop, browse and discover unique slices of East Vancouver on the Drive. Afterwards, choose from one of the many awesome nearby restaurants on Commercial Drive for dinner, such as Havanas, Marcellos or La Mezcaleria.
Address: 1739 Venables Street, Vancouver
Cool venues like the Orpheum and the Commodore are great date night locations if you find a show that you both want to see. For example, Sum 41 is performing at the Commodore on October 28, and the Beach Boys will be at the Orpheum on November 9.
Address: 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver (Orpheum) and 868 Granville Street, Vancouver (Commodore)
Vancouver’s billiards and pool halls are a great place to go for indoor fun.
Address: 1283 Hamiltion Street, Vancouver
The Roof at Black + Blue is Vancouver’s largest rooftop dining destination, serving some of the best steak and seafood our city has to offer. This large covered patio is equipped with plenty of romantic fireplaces, dim lighting and chic decor. Going here for dinner provides you and your date with a great excuse to get dressed up and treat yourselves to a luxury date night.
Address: 1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Richmond’s Extreme Air Park is a thrilling indoor park with massive trampolines, zero-gravity basketball courts and a huge foam pit giving you a soft landing when you bounce off the walls. This date is sure to get you outside of your comfort zone (which is always a good thing) and it’ll definitely spike your adrenaline and your feel-good endorphins.
Address: 14380 Triangle Rd, Richmond
Escape the city to see the beautiful fall colours at the oasis that is VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Grab a hot chocolate and take a walk with your date through tree-lined pathways, where the trees have turned gorgeous and colourful shades of red, orange and gold. The perfect gardens, colourful trees and lily-pad covered ponds make VanDusen an incredibly romantic date spot in the fall.
Address: 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Fright Nights at the PNE is open on select nights until October 31 and features seven haunted houses, 15 rides and a couple thrilling live shows. Getting a little scared at a haunted theme park provides you with the perfect excuse to cuddle up close to your date all night long. There are spooky themed rides, extravagant haunted houses and plenty of terrifying actors dressed in creepy costumes who roam the park all evening as ‘murderers on the loose.’
Address: 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver