28 things to do in Vancouver this week: October 1 to 4

Sep 27 2018, 6:32 am

Start your October the fun way! Check out these 28 fun events happening in Vancouver from Monday, October 1 to Thursday, October 4. We’ve got Beyonce and Jay-Z, A Vancouver Guldasta, and more.

For even more things happening around town check out our events section.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Inspire 2018

  • What: An evening of networking, celebration and education. Meet the small business community, fear from BC’s most successful entrepreneurs, and celebrate the launch of the Small Business BC Awards.
  • When: Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 9:15 pm
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $49 for first 100 tickets, $65 regular tickets

55+ National Seniors Day Social

  • What: Celebrate National Seniors Day with an international meet and greet social where participants will learn to greet others in different languages. Light breakfast refreshments will be served at this free event. This event is for ages 55 and over.
  • When: Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 11 am
  • Where: East Richmond Community Hall – 12360 Cambie Rd, Richmond
  • Admission: Free, registration required. Barcode #2593793

Harvest Glow

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  • What: Harvest Glow will feature playgrounds, interactive fall-themed light displays, a huge autumn market, food trucks, breweries, and wineries. Other fun activities include an indoor pumpkin patch, mini putt, a mystery corn maze, a bouncy cow farm, and singing pumpkins.
  • When: Now to Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Milner Village Garden Centre — 6690 216th Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Available online. $8.99 to $39.99. Kids under 3 are free.

Meet the Masters – Dalí and Piccaso at the Oakridge Centre

  • What: Oakridge Centre is collaborating with Chali-Rosso Gallery once again to host the “Meet the Masters” art exhibition. The exhibition is open during centre hours and will include the unveiling of the 98” bronze Dali sculpture called the “Surrealist Piano”. This year also features Picasso pieces as well.
  • When: Now to Sunday, October 14, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 am to 7 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, 9:30 am to 9 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays
  • Where: Oakridge Centre’s West Gallery – 650 W. 41st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Def Leppard and Journey

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  • What: Since Journey’s formation back in 1973, the band has earned 19 top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums and has sold nearly 100 million albums globally. And with more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the US, Def Leppard continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music.
  • When: Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Gala

  • What: An annual industry celebrating the 10 individuals being inducted into the 2018 BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. This year’s event will feature an elegant Italian meal using fresh BC ingredients presented by the Italian Cultural Centre.
  • When: Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $199, BCRFA members $179

ARTIVISM: A Festival of Creative Resistance

  • What: The first annual ARTIVISM is a chance for students to get involved in campus culture and be the artists that shape UBC. Students will create, exhibit, perform and share their own works of artistic activism throughout the campus. The festival will be held in the spaces of the Museum of Anthropology, Belkin Art Gallery, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Barnett Hall, Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre, Hatch Gallery, MAS and AHVA art gallery, where student-led dialogues, exhibits, art sales and performances will be hosted.
  • When: Monday, October 1 to Friday, October 5, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations at UBC
  • More info: Online

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Surrey Small Business Information Expo 2018 – Build your Business

  • What: The 2018 Surrey SBIE – Build your Business at Surrey City Hall brings together subject matter experts from 25 government support programs and non-profit service providers that are here to help your business. Along with a tradeshow the expo will host presentations on a number of interesting topics. Presentations will be held by subject matter experts from various industries.
  • When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Beyoncé and Jay-Z OTR Tour II

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  • What: Get ready Beyhive, because Beyoncé and Jay-Z are coming to Vancouver for their OTR II stadium tour. This is Jay and Bey’s second tour together, as they first embarked on the On The Run Tour back in 2014.
  • When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: Doors 5:30 pm
  • Where: BC Place
  • Tickets: Online

Métis Paddle Carving

  • What: An opportunity to learn about Métis people and culture through a hands-on activity. Pat Calihou will be teaching and guiding participants towards making their own unique paddles.
  • When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Where: City Centre Library – Room 120 – 10350 University Dr., Surrey
  • Register: Online, free

Incognito Mode: A Play About Porn

  • What: A generational exploration of pornography in the digital age. In collaboration with Studio 58/Langara College, Neworld Theatre has developed a new work that asks, “What does it mean to have grown up with the internet and readily available representations of sexuality?” Beginning with a workshop performance showcased in the Risky Nights series last spring, Neworld has continued to collaborate with Studio 58 students to expand the piece, with further explorations into the personal, social, and ideological consequences of growing up as part of the first generation with unfettered and on-demand access to internet pornography.
  • When: Now to Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Studio 58, Langara College – 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market

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  • What: The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French breads and pastries, and natural soap and body care products. The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market also features products grown and crafted by local farmers and artisans, highlighting KPU’s own Sustainable Agriculture students.
  • When: Every Tuesday until Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Plaza in between the Richmond Public Library and the Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre – 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Global Accelerator and Pitch Competition Tour

  • What: Join some of Canada’s leading global entrepreneurs for the Global Expansion Accelerator session to learn how they conquered new markets, attracted foreign investment, recruited top talent, and forged new partnerships. Leapfrog their business with lessons-learned and practical advice to help you to expand your business to new markets.
  • When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

A Vancouver Guldasta

  • What: A Vancouver Guldasta is an examination of common experience, identifying home, and processing trauma. The production focuses on the Dhaliwals—a Punjabi family in Vancouver in the early 1980s—as they navigate through the experience of trauma and violence occurring in Punjab, and their daughter’s complicated friendship with Andy, a Vietnamese refugee teen who lives in their basement. Part of 2018’s Diwali in BC celebrations.
  • When: Tuesday, October 2 to Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Jessie J

Jessie J

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  • What: Jessie J—the multiplatinum-selling artist behind hits like “Price Tag,” “Domino” and “Bang Bang” comes to Vancouver with guests Ro James.
  • When: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45-$49

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  • What: Spearheaded by Mindy Parfitt and Amber Funk Barton, Amber and Mindy examine identity through the lens of Neuroplasticity. Using personal text, scientific writing, song and dance, they move beyond confessional narrative into personal experiment by performing in mediums new to them.
  • When: Wednesday, October 3 to Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$36

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

  • What: A vibrant, multi-cultural Farmers’ Market, promoting small-scale farmers, food producers and artisans. Meet farmers, bakers, distillers, artisan and crafters, food trucks, community groups, and more.
  • When: Every Wednesday to October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Welcome to Coquitlam 2018

  • What: This annual Coquitlam event is geared to residents who are new to Coquitlam or Canada, but anyone who is interested in learning more about their city is encouraged to attend. City Council and staff will be available to provide information and answer questions on a wide variety of topics including, for example, how the city’s finances work, recycling and garbage services, as well as parks and recreation activities.
  • When: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 8 pm
  • Where: Coquitlam City Hall – 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames

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  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena
  • When: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online


  • What: Hawaii’s first official poet laureate, Kealoha graduated from MIT’s Applied Nuclear Physics program with honours. After a short career in consulting, he dropped out of the corporate world and became a slam poet. This Honolulu native has brought the art form to international audiences, fostered a thriving local scene in his homeland, and touched the lives of countless aspiring young poets through his workshops and outreach.
  • When: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

  • What: Enjoy over 30 farms and producers at Main Street Station Farmers’ Markets. Plus pick up vegan cheese from Black Sheep Vegan Cheeze, vegan ice cream sandwiches from Say Hello Sweets, and dinner plate dahlias from Christina’s Garden.
  • When: Every Wednesday until Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: Main Street Station – 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld

  • What: Originally a stand-up comedian, Seinfeld was catapulted to stardom in the 90s with the success of his now legendary sitcom Seinfeld. Since the show ended its nine-year run in 1998, Seinfeld returned to stand-up comedy and in 2009, began a successful web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
  • When: Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5
  • Time: 7 pm and 9:30 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: start at $79.00 (taxes included + facility & service charges) on Ticketmaster

Thursday Artist Talk: Hannah Bennett – “Art and the In-Between”

  • What: In this illustrated talk, Bennett shares her ideas, techniques, wins, and failures in leading an artistic practice. Following her talk, participants are invited to stay for a free mini-workshop on collograph printing where you can make your own textured print using her small etching press.
  • When: Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Artist Salon with Vanessa Lam

  • What: The Richmond Art Gallery’s Artist Salon is a free monthly program for visual artists to connect, network and learn from each other. This month’s guest artist is Vanessa Lam, who will share the story behind building her art practice in collage and mixed media painting.
  • When: Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Richmond Art Gallery – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Healthy Kids Fair

  • What: Come meet and chat with community health professionals about your child’s growth and development and receive information on vision, speech, dental, health and nutrition. Visit the displays, police car, fire engine, face painting and art station, Imagination playground blocks, healthy snack room and much more. For ages newborn to five with parents.
  • When: Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Edmonds Community Centre – 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Downtown Farmers’ Market

  • What: Shop at over 25 farms and producers, food and coffee trucks at the Downtown Farmers’ Market.
  • When: Every Thursday until Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 7 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Michael Christmas

Michael Christmas

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  • What: Boston comedian and rapper Michael Christmas brings his Role Model tour to Fortune Sound Club with special guests Game Genies.
  • When: Thursday, October 4
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$50 plus fees

Medina After Dark

  • What: Brunch destination Café Medina will light up the night and raise funds for a worthy cause when it hosts the latest chapter of its ‘Medina After Dark’ dinner series. 100% of the proceeds from each $75 ticket to the event — which will see two of Medina’s chefs collaborate on a six-course ‘elements’-themed dinner — will be donated directly to the Vancouver-based Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC, which provides emotional and mental health support services for youth, adults and seniors in distress across the province.
  • When: Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm till late
  • Where: Cafe Medina – 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $75; buy online
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