21 things to do in Vancouver this week: October 15 to 17

Oct 15 2019, 12:00 pm

We’re halfway through October already! Start your shortened work week off with Taste of Yaletown, International Theatresports Institute Conference and Festival, and these 21 Vancouver events from Tuesday, October 15 to Thursday, October 17.

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

Tuesday, October 15

Diwali at Vancouver Central Library

Diwali fest

Diwali Fest / Facebook

What: Diwali at Vancouver Central Library showcases colourful, fast-paced Indian dance performances in celebration of the 16th Annual Diwali Fest.

When: October 15, 2019
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch – 350 W Georgia St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Tyler, The Creator

What: California rapper Tyler, The Creator hit number one on the Billboard 200 in May 2019 with his latest album Igor. He performs at Pacific Coliseum on October 15 with special guests Blood Orange and GoldLink.

When: October 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Detroit Red Wings

What: The Canucks take on Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Arena.

When: October 15, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Steveston Scarecrow Crawl

What: Throughout the month of October, Steveston Village in Richmond is being taken over by scarecrows for the annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl. Dozens of scarecrows are the first point of contact outside many of the village’s merchants, and the best scarecrow will win a $1000 prize based on Richmond celebrity judges voting. Perfect for autumn selfies.

When: Now until October 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations in Steveston Village
Admission: Free

Luzia by Cirque Du Soleil

What: For the first time in British Columbia, guests will be invited to witness the imaginative and stunning production titled LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico. Naturally, viewers can expect aerialists, trapeze artists, hoop diving, contortionists, jugglers, and even football freestylers, to name a few of the production’s members. The performance will take place at the redesigned white-an-gold Big Top at Concord Pacific Place from October 3 to November 24, 2019.

When: Now until November 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Concord Pacific Place – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

2019 International Theatresports Institute’s Conference and Festival

El Jaguar/Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Vancouver TheatreSports is hosting the 2019 International Theatresports Institute Conference and Festival, featuring over 100 improv performers from 18 countries in 50 performances across three theatres on Granville Island. Highlights include The Toys Strike Back, by Norway’s Det Andre Teatret, the El Jaguar Fiesta Tour of Vancouver with masked Mexican luchador El Jaguar (Derek Flores, New Zealand) and OK Tinder – The International Edition.

When: October 15 until October 20, 2019
Time: Various showtimes
Where: The Improv Centre, Waterfront Theatre, and The Nest on Granville Island
Tickets: Online

Cannabis Safe Serve

What: Cannabis Safe Serve is a focused workshop on the fundamentals of the endocannabinoid system to provide you with the knowledge to guide your customers through the wording of the Cannabis Act for safe and effective sales. We address ratios and dosages based on packaging and the legal dynamics of what and what you cannot say in your work at a licensed cannabis retailer. This workshop prepares you for attaining your CSS Accreditation with the Endocannabinoid Association of Canada.

When: October 15, 2019
Time: 12 to 4
Where: i-Training STUDIO – 208-2520 Ontario Street
Tickets: Available online for $349

Wednesday, October 16

The Try Guys Legends of the Internet Tour

The Try Guys/Live Nation

What: The Try Guys will be taking to the stage at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts during their Legends of the Internet tour. Guests will join Keith Habersberger, Ned Fulmer, Zach Kornfeld, and Eugene Lee Yang. The group originally formed in 2014 while the four worked at BuzzFeed. In 2018, they launched their independent YouTube channel, which now has more than two billion views and 5.8 million subscribers.

The Try Guys have headlined the main stage at VidCon for the last two years and also produce their own audio podcast, The Trypod. Earlier this year, they released their first book, The Hidden Power of F*cking Up.

When: October 16, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts — 777 Homer Street
Price: $37.50, $49.50, $65.00, $85.00 (incl. GST) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Surrey Art Gallery Exhibition Tour

What: Surrey Art Gallery curator Jordan Strom leads an informal tour of the digital artworks in Garden in the Machine exhibit.

When: October 16, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Spooky Action

What: Spooky Action is a collaboration between dance company Inverso Productions and poet/performer Barbara Adler. Created by Lesley Telford, Spooky Action combines visual art, contemporary dance, poetic storytelling and original composition to explore human connections.

When: October 16 to October 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (Wednesday and Thursday, 8 pm (Friday and Saturday)
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Improv Against Humanity: Halloween Hilarity

What: Improv Against Humanity celebrates the spooky season with Halloween Hilarity at the Rio Theatre on October 16.  The Fictionals and special guests Meaghan Joy Hommy and Kris Erickson present horror-themed CAH comedy, an audience costume contest with prizes, and mini-chocolate bars galore.

When: October 16, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $12



What: Shinedown brings the 2019 ATTENTION ATTENTION World Tour to Abbotsford Centre on October 16 with special guests Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria and Savage. Shinedown’s ATTENTION ATTENTION album simultaneously topped the Billboard’s Alternative, Top Rock and Hard Rock Albums Charts, and debuted in the Top 5 in the Billboard 200.

When: October 16, 2019
Time: 6:15 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

Grave Tales

What: Fort Langley’s annual Grave Tales takes place on select evenings between October 16 and November 3, 2019. Attendees will have their choice of either a two or three-hour program, in which local storytellers share eery stories, all while leading the group through the historic village at night. There’s also the option to stay overnight in Fort Langley’s oTENTiks. These “are approved on a case-by-case basis” for the 9 pm tours.

When: Select evenings from October 16 until November 3, 2019
Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site – 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley
Time: Between 6 and 9 pm on select nights
Admission: $17 (adult – 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm tours) / $20 (adult – extended 9 pm tours) / $13 (youth – 6 pm tours only), plus applicable fees


What: Harvest Haus is partnering with the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) to launch the largest harvest celebration in Canada: Harvestland. Visitors can expect rides, attractions, food, and entertainers, as well as the return of the original Harvest Haus – the 19+, high-energy Oktoberfest party.

Harvestland will boast dozens of attractions, including tractor rides, logger sports showcases, pumpkin carving, and theatrical entertainers. Guests can also explore the colourful Bavarian Village, a Woodland Labyrinth, and the interactive Kinder Farm.

When: Now until October 20, 2019.
Time: 4 to 10 pm (Wednesday and Thursdays), 12 to 10 pm (Fridays to Sundays)
Where: Hastings Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday, October 17

NBA Canada Series Presented by Bell: LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks

What: The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks will play a preseason game at Rogers Arena on October 17. The event will also feature fan events, NBA legend appearances, and an NBA Cares program.

When: October 17, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Taste of Yaletown 2019

Taste of Yaletown 2019 dates

Minami is always one of the top spots to hit during Taste of Yaletown (mattbourne/Instagram)

What: The annual food fest is returning for its 15th year of special menus, tasting plates, and expert pairings in the restaurants of one of Vancouver’s swankiest downtown neighbourhoods. Diners can enjoy a variety of three-course set menus from participating restaurants, each with a special fixed price of either $35, $45, or $55 for 11 delicious days in a row.

When: October 17 until October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Participating restaurants in Yaletown
More Info: Online

Vancouver Area Independent Schools Fair 2019

What: The 9th Annual Vancouver Area Independent School Fair is a free event open to all students from grades 9 to 12 and their parents on Thursday, October 17 from 1:30 – 3:30pm at the WPGA Main Gym. This is an opportunity for students and parents to meet one-on-one with top US universities. In addition, Understanding Selective College Admission in the US and Understand the UC application process, are two excellent information sessions offered as part of the VAIS Fair on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

When: October 17, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Where: West Point Grey Academy Gym – 4180 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free, open to grade 9 to 12 students and their parents

Art Masters: Painting Competition

What: Art Masters is a painting competition presented by the Vancouver Visual Art Foundation. The theme is Day of the Dead, and the artists not only have one hour to create, but only 15 minutes prior to the start of painting they will receive a surprise supplies box of supplies they must incorporate. The audience decides the winner.

When: October 17, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: The Portside Pub – 7 Alexander St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

China Doll

What: China Doll is written and directed by Marjorie Chan, and tells the story of Su-Ling, trapped by tradition. Her grandmother is determined that she will marry well and bring prosperity to the two of them. But when Su-Ling learns to read, her mind is opened to new possibilities, which sets her on a dangerous path to independence.

When: October 17 until October 26, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

VanDusen Glow in the Garden 2019


VanDusen Glow in the Garden (Vancouver PArk Board)

What: VanDusen Glow in the Garden invites guests to the whimsical garden and light show. The walk will be filled with a variety of lights, sounds, and zany illuminated pumpkin caricatures. There will also be tasty treats, crafts, food vendors, and a scavenger hunt.

When: October 17 to 27, 2019
Time: 5 to 6 pm; 6:30 to 7:30 pm; 8 to 9 pm
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Admission: Tickets range from $9.50 to $13.50 per person based on age

Blood Bath & Beyond

What: A horror variety show at the Wise Hall featuring magic, burlesque and sideshow performances. Acts include Melody Mangler, Calamity Kate, Aleister Crane, Vivianne Oblivion, and more. Presented by Major Productions and Impossible Things Productions.

When: October 17, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Wise – 1882 Adanac Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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