132 things to do in Vancouver in October

Oct 2 2019, 11:58 am

Keep the fall fun going in Vancouver this month with our checklist of 132 things to do in and around the city this October. Check out BROCKHAMPTON, Halloween events, and more.

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

Explore the great outdoors

Bowen Island Sea Kayaking

Bowen Island Sea Kayaking

What: Bowen Island Sea Kayaking offers rentals and guided tours from two hours to multi day, allowing you to explore beautiful Bowen Island and Howe Sound on the water. They also offer kayaking and paddleboard lessons as well as Paddle Canada certifications. You can also join their popular sunset and full moon tours. Have kids that are interested in kayaking? Check out their Kids Camp and Junior Skills summer programs.

When: April to October
Time: Hours vary. Check website or call
Where: Bowen Island is a natural wonderland, and is just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay
More Info: Book online here

Piper Spit Bird Count

What: Bring your binoculars and watch the seasonal changes in the birds at Burnaby Lake along with a park interpreter. For ages 15 and up.

When: October 8, 2019
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

​Scales, Talons and Claws

What: ​Look for salmon navigating home to spawn as well as the animals that catch them on their travels. Learn about these creatures and how to keep them wild and safe. Presented with Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society, drop by anytime.

When: October 13, October 27, November 3, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – meet at fish fence – 23900 Kanaka Creek Rd, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Vallea Lumina

What: Vallea Lumina the interactive experience is presented by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s very own “The Adventure Group.” Through the use of emotive lights, video, soundscape, and scenography, guests are “transported” to another world with opportunities to touch, play, and explore their new environment.

When: Now until October 13, 2019
Time: Shows begin at sundown
Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
Tickets: Online, Adults: $39.99, Kids $34.99

Birding Walks in Surrey Parks

What: A local naturalist leads a birding walk through a Surrey park where you can see the various birds of the city. Learn about Surrey’s diverse habitats while exploring the park.

Walks are drop-in and will happen rain or shine, though may be cancelled due to high winds or extreme weather conditions. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Binoculars will be available to borrow as well.

When: October 19, November 16, December 21, 2019, January 18, February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, 2010
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Where: Various parks in Surrey
Admission: Free

Flashlight Mysteries: The Park of Darkness

What: Attendees will harness nature’s powers and solve puzzles along lantern-lit trails. A dark artifact is removing all sunlight from the world. Go on the Flashlight Mysteries and save the day. Allow 1.5 to two hours to complete and bring a flashlight.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: Drop in any time before 8 pm
Where: Deas Island Regional Park, Delta
Admission: Free

Return of the Salmon

What: ​Returns of the Salmon features displays, games, and conversations with fisheries experts from the Bell-Irving Hatchery and other community organizations. Then witness the salmon returning home to spawn in Kanaka Creek. All ages, and presented with Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society.

When: October 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – meet at fish fence – 23900 Kanaka Creek Rd, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Storytime at Redwood Park

What: Enjoy a fun, fall story inside the treehouse at Redwood Park then explore the forest on a guided seasonal sensory walk. Parent participation required.

When: October 25 and December 6, 2019
Time: 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm
Where: Redwood Park – 17900 20 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free, register online

Chilliwack Corn Maze

What: This year, the creators of the Chilliwack Corn Maze are paying special tribute to the Canucks 50th anniversary season, with a Canuck-themed maze. In addition to the maze, the farm also features other attractions such as a pumpkin patch, pedal carts, a “giant jumping pillow,” tractor rides, and an indoor hay-bale maze.

From October 1 to October 31, the attraction is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 am to 9 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 11 am to 6 pm.

When: Now until October 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack
Cost: Tickets for the attraction are $9.75  for children (ages 3 to 14), and $11.75 for adults, (ages 15+)

Explore the city

The Winner’s Circle: Fundraiser for Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

What: An evening of virtual horse-racing, a silent auction, door prizes, cocktails and canapésand more in support of the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. All proceeds will support Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, a registered charity that provides a space for newcomers and neighbours from over 40 countries and Indigenous people from many nations.

When: October 2, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Drive-In Cinema Under The Stars

What: Taking place over four consecutive weekends, Drive-In Cinema Under The Stars will be held in the parking lot of the Sea to Sky Gondola. Presented by by the Sea to Sky Gondola and Tourism Squamish, the selection of films will a mix of new and old, with appeal for the whole family.

All the movies begin at 7 pm, and organizers suggest that people arrive between an hour-and-a-half and two hours before the movie starts. The earliest that vehicles will be allowed to park is 4 pm, and spaces are available first-come, first-served. Parking closes 30 minutes before screening (6:30pm).

When: October 4 and 5, October 11 and 12, October 18 and 19, October 25 and 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Sea-to-Sky Gondola parking lot – Sqaumish
Tickets: $20 per vehicle

Lvle Up Tournament Series

eSports/Lvle Up

What:  On Saturday, October 5 the Lvle Up Tournament Series is coming to Vancouver at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. The NHL 19 and FIFA 19 tournaments are open to all ages and skill levels.

Lvle Up is an esports tournament platform that hosts live and online tournaments for amazing prizes. In addition to NHL and FIFA tournaments, they also run tournaments from Madden, NBA Live and NBA 2K.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: NHL 19 tournament at 2:30 pm, FIFA 19 tournament at 5:30 pm
Where: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, Granville Ballroom, Fourth Floor — 39 Smithe Street
Register: Player entry fee: $40Guest entry fee: $10

Steveston Heritage Experience

What: ​The Steveston Heritage Experience leads you back in time on an interactive walking tour led by a guide, stopping at four celebrated historic attractions — Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Tram, the Steveston Museum, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Food and beverage tastings will also be served, offering a taste of life back in 1914.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 2 to 5 pm. Meet at the Britannia Shipyards NHS Visitor Centre at least 15 minutes before tour start time.
Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site 5180 Westwater Drive Richmond
Tickets: Online

Diwali Festival 2019

What: A wide range of cultural events celebrating Diwali will be taking place at various locations in Vancouver and Surrey. This includes everything from a South Asian cooking class, a lunch and dance, and a massive performance at Vancouver Public Library.

When: October 5, October 9, October 13, October 15, October 20, October 26 and November 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations throughout Metro Vancouver
Price: Prices vary from Free to $20. More info online

Heritage Apple Day

What: Sample a variety of apples, learn about pollinators, try your hand at old-fashioned chores and enjoy fiddlers, artists and historians. All ages.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Derby Reach Regional Park – Meet at Heritage Area on Allard Crescent, north of 96th Ave, 4 km west of Fort Langley
Admission: Free

Eastside Flea

Eastside Flea summer pop-ups

Eastside Flea/Facebook

What: Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade independent maker wares to vintage clothing, collectibles, plants, artisan food. and more. You’ll also find food trucks, live entertainment, and more to check out.

When: October 5 and 6, November 2 and 3, November 16 and 17, November 30 and December 1, December 7 and 8, December 14 and 15. 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Eastside Studios – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
Price: $3 admission, no one turned away for lack of funds

National Geographic Live! — Standing at the Water’s Edge

What: Marine biologist and photojournalist Cristina Mittermeier presents the latest edition of National Geographic Live! – Standing at the Water’s Edge.

When: October 8, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Orpheum — 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Richmond Night Market

Weekly Vancouver food events


What: This wildly popular event is gearing up for another season filled with epic eats and live entertainment. There will be over 100 food vendors and 200 retail stalls this year.

When: Now until October 14, 2019. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and stat holidays
Time: 7 pm to 12 am (open to 11 am on Sundays after September 2 and stat holidays)
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (near Bridgeport Station)
Admission: General admission $4.75; children (under eight years) and seniors (60+ years) free

Kids Up Front’s More Than A Movie Night – Toy Story 4

What: Watch the hit film Toy Story 4 on the jumbotron at BC Place, and for every ticket purchased, a ticket will be donated to the communities of Kids Up Front. There will be on field activities for the family to enjoy before the screening, and every ticket includes a hot dog, soft drink, and popcorn.

Kids Up Front collaborates with over 120 local charities and youth groups to provide donated event tickets and programs to marginalized youth and children. 

When: October 19, 2019
Time: 5 to 6:15 pm (on field activities), 6:30 to 8 pm (Toy Story 4 screening)
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Felabration 2019

What: Felabration 2019 is a celebration of the life and music of Fela Kuti. The evening  is hosted by the original traditional Nigerian/Canadian Afrobeat band, Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group and Kara-Kata Afrobeat Society, a non-profit organization serving the community since 2012.

Felabration features the first Fela Kuti’s Queen contest, Eyo Masquerades direct from Lagos, Nigeria, traditional Nigerian dance, and Nigerian food. There will also be live music by The Boom Booms, Queer as Funk, Mostly Marley, Tonye Aganaba, Kesseke Yeo, and more

When: October 19, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $30


What: TechVancouver is a monthly meeting of tech leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts. Learn from their experiences and expertise in a variety of presentations and panels.

When: October 22, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Vancouver Fall Home Show

What: Fall in love with your home all over again at the Vancouver Fall Home Show. Explore the marketplace filled with home-related products and services. Attendees will see HGTV Canada stars Bryan Baeumler of Island of Bryan and Sabrina Smelko of Save My Reno, plus learn from many demos and presentations to help you with your next home project.

When: October 24 to October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Public Library Book Sale

bearded man reading book with coffee

What: Vancouver Public Library is holding a huge book sale from October 24 to 26, in the Alice McKay Room, at the VPL’s main branch at 350 West Georgia Street. More than just books, however, the sale will also feature CDs and video games among the offerings. All sales are final, and attendees are asked to bring their own bags to carry their new finds home in. Prices start at just 50 cents for some items, and anything that remains unsold by Saturday will be half price.

When: October 24 to 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 9 pm Oct. 24, 10 am to 6 pm on Oct. 25 and 26.
Where: Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library central branch – 350 West Georgia St
Admission: Free

Boobyball Presents: Into the Ocean

Courtesy of Boobyball

What: The annual Boobyball party returns to Van City this month, and this year’s charitable party is going underwater. Taking place on October 26 at The Permanent, the giant party aims to raise funds for Rethink Breast Cancer’s programs, spread awareness about breast cancer prevention, and provide support for individuals under 40.

When: October 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm to 1 am
Where: The Permanent, 330 West Pender Street
Price: From $75, can be purchased online

Mid-Century Madness: Celebrating 60 years at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

What: To commemorate its 1959 inaugural year, Queen Elizabeth Theatre is hosting a dress up party with bubbly, photo booth, dancing, live entertainment, and more. Tickets are priced $19.59 to celebrate its birth year.

When: October 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Free Walking Tours with Tour Guys Vancouver

Tour Guys

What: Vancouver’s original and top-rated walking tour company, Tour Guys offers free historical walking tours throughout the city. Tours run daily until the end of October in Gastown, Downtown, Chinatown and Granville Island. These tours promise to be an engaging, entertaining and informative time.

When: Daily until October 31, 2019
Time: 10 am, 11 am and 2 pm
Where: Various locations. Visit the website to find the meeting points.
Admission: Free, though tipping the guide is expected

2019 Cascadia Wedding Show

What: Vancouver’s first wedding show on the North Shore features a panel discussion with industry experts, two fasion shows with local sustainable designers, workshops, wedding vendors and more. Each ticket includes one drink.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 1 to 6 pm
Where: The Pipe Shop – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cats and Dogs

What: Presented by White Spot, and created by La Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, in partnership with Le Musée de la civilization, the Cats & Dogs exhibition is the first “large-scale” exhibition dedicated to these animals, according to officials. Visitors will learn about the cognitive and sensory world of cats and dogs, in what’s described as an “immersive environment” that is meant to show people how their pets have a “completely different perception” of the world around them.

When: Now until January 5, 2020
What: Various times
Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cheers to Oktoberfest

Wünderbar ‘Oktobeerfest’ Pop-Up at Bells & Whistles

What: Bells & Whistles will be transforming into a Bavarian-inspired beer hall for over two weeks of beer-fueled celebration. Menu specials like warm pretzels with tangy honey mustard, currywurst, an Oktoberfest platter, and a custom-created Foothills Creamery soft-serve dessert will all be up for order. This Wünderbar ‘Oktobeerfest’ Pop-Up will also feature some classic German beer styles from local brewers.

When: Now until October 6, 2019
Time: Regular hours
Where: Bells & Whistles Fraser Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Oktoberfest “Das Original” at the Vancouver Alpen Club

Oktoberfest / Shutterstock

What: Head to Vancouver Alpen Club for Oktoberfest “Das Original.” There will be German food, beer, and live music to enjoy on three weekends.

When: October 4 and 5; October 11 and 12; October 18 and 19
Time: 8 pm
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Price: $35; buy online

Another Oktoberfest

What: Enjoy four house-brewed German-style beers, along with a few special surprises. While this shindig featuring beer and pretzels is a FREE all-day event, you can guarantee your spot by purchasing tickets for the festivities early.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 10 pm
Where: Another Beer Co – 30 Capilano Way Unit 11, New Westminster
Admission: Free with the option of purchasing tickets online

The Dreadnoughts/Polka Time! Oktoberfest at The Cambie

What: The Dreadnoughts and Polka Time! are playing an Oktoberfest bash at The Cambie. At this event, Polka Time is from 4 to 6 pm, and The Dreadnoughts are on from 7 to 9 pm.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 2:30 to 9 pm
Where: The Cambie – 300 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $20; buy online

CRAFT Brühaüs Oktoberfest Party

What: Enjoy this two-day festival celebrating all things Oktoberfest. Attendees can expect German-inspired eats, big beers, and music.

When: October 5 and 6, 2019
Time: Saturday, 6 pm till late; Sunday, 2 pm till late
Where: Craft Beer Market – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online




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: October 10 until October 20, 2019. Closed October 15.
Time: 4 to 10 pm (Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays), 12 to 10 pm (Fridays to Sundays)
Where: Hastings Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Harvest Haus 2019

What: Harvest Haus returns for its fifth year of Bavarian-style merrymaking, including traditional eats, music, and of course, tons of beer.

When: October 10 to October 19, 2019
Time: Various times
Hastings Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $24.99 and up; buy online

nabs West Oktoberfest 2019

What: Join over 150 professionals from Vancouver’s marketing, media, and communications industry at this annual event. Tickets include one complimentary drink.

When: October 10, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 11 pm
Where: Deutsches Haus (Vancouver Alpen Club) – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $30 and up; buy online

Happy Halloween

Maan Farms Haunted Corn Maze

What: Maan Farms is back with their 5th Annual Fall Festival, including their annual haunted corn maze — “the scariest corn maze in Canada.” The 45-minute experience takes place on over five-acres on the farm, featuring terrifying installations, live actors, real chainsaws, and excerpts from classic horror movies.

Maan farms is also debuting ‘Pitch-Black: Where Darkness Grabs You’ — a 15-minute experience that places you right in the middle of your worst nightmares. During the “Pitch-Black” attraction, guests will be confronted by a number of “demons of the dark.” Those who choose to engage may be touched, held back, sent into hidden passageways, and even temporarily removed from their group.

When: Select nights in October 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Maan Farms – 790 McKenzie Road — Abbotsford, BC
Tickets: Online

Fifth Annual Scarecrow Festival 2019

halloween scarecrow haunted harvest party


What: Art’s Nursery’s Annual Scarecrow Festival begins with a full day event on September 21 from 10 am to 4 pm, and features a DIY Build-a-Crow station, live entertainment, scavenger hunt, hayrides, and more. There will also be local vendors and food trucks to enjoy. The Scarecrow Festival is in support of Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, Inclusion Langley Society, and The Versatile Society of Entertainers.

When: Now until October 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Art’s Nursery – 8940 192nd Street, Surrey
Admission: Free

Potter’s House of Horrors

house of horrors

Potters House of Horrors

What: Every fall, Potter’s House and Nursery in Surrey transforms into Potter’s House of Horrors, as it converts its grounds from an enjoyable, plant-filled garden centre into a maze of terror filled with the latest animatronics, digital sounds, high-tech scares and trained actors. The 17th year of the Potter’s House of Horrors includes attractions Death Valley Motor Inn, Devil’s Descent, Li’l Haunters, Escape from Incineration Escape room, Haunted Photo Booth, Xtreme Paintball Haunted Shootout, Creeps Concession, and The Last Ride.

Partial proceeds of the event go to the Critter Care Wildlife Society. In addition, Potter’s House of Horrors is proud to support the Surrey Food Bank and will be accepting non-perishable food donations onsite.

When: October 4 to November 2, 2019 (closed for Thanksgiving)
Time: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm (regular hours). Hours for family hour and Lil’ Haunters vary (check website for full schedule)
Where: Potter’s Farm and Nursery – 12530 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Available online starting at $15.99 for general admission and $12.99 for children. Pricing for family hour and L’il Haunters will vary

PumpkinFest 2019

What: Visitors will be able to check out a pumpkin patch, as well as farm animals, an artisan market, local food vendors, and free swimming, gymnastics, and skating. PumpkinFest will also be hosting a “Home & Harvest” competition, allowing locals to showcase their award-winning baking, veggies, pies, art, photography, and other pieces of work.

When: October 6, 2019
Where: West Vancouver Community Centre — 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Time:  10 am to 3 pm
Admission: Free

Movies in the Morgue

What: Vancouver Police Museum presents a variety of cult classic horror films, thrillers and comedies in the Old City Morgue. Attendees are welcome to bring pillows and blankets to cozy up in the morgue. There will be fresh popcorn and pop for sale.

When: Every Tuesday in October, November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Vancouver Police Museum and Archives – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Fright Nights at Playland

haunted houses

Haunted Mansion/Fright Nights at Playland

What: Fright Nights are returning to Playland this October, bringing hauntings, horror, and hair-raising rides to Vancouver for another year.

When: Select dates from October 4 to 31, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm from October 4 to 6, 7 pm to midnight or 1 am depending on the day
Where: Playland at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online or at the gate

Stanley Park Ghost Train

What: This year’s theme is Alice in Nightmareland, where Stanley Park Ghost Train riders will follow Alice and the Not-So-White Rabbit into a gothic nightmare world full of spooks and scares. All ages are welcome to the family event, with activities in the plaza and farmyard including crafts and movies, exhibits, and a pumpkin patch. There is also a less scary daytime train ride through the forest to see Stanley Park’s Halloween displays, without live performers. Donations to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society will also be accepted.

When: October 11 to October 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver
Tickets: On TicketLeader. Free parking on site.

Vancouver Halloween Expo and Parade

What: The 6th annual Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo is a festival inspired by comics, anime, video games and mythologies from various cultures. Attracting more than 100,000 spectators, the parade fills downtown Vancouver with floats, cosplay, marching bands, and special effects.

When: October 11 to 13, 2019
Time: Various times, parade starts at 11 am on Sunday
Where: UBC Robson Square and Art Gallery North Plaza. Parade starts at Howe and Drake and ends at Granville and Drake
Tickets: Online, parade is free to watch

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

VanDusen Glow in the Garden 2019

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

Spoo-ook-tacular Halloween at the Britannia Mine Museum

What: Spooky science and activities take over Britannia Mine Museum for two weekends in October. Enjoy a spooky train and tour, strange science show, costume photo booth, and more.

When: October 19 and 20, October 26 and 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Britannia Mine Museum – 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach
Admission: $20

Kits House Autumn Fair 2019

What: The annual Kits House Autumn Fair features many free activities, including live music, festive photo booth, food truck and artisan vendors, live shows and yoyo workshops, all ages yoga and more. Plus for a small fee attendees can visit the haunted house, bouncy castle, pumpkin patch, face painting, carnival games, face painting, and a gift basket bonanza. Then stick around to see who wins the costume contest – best pet, best child and best adult costumes.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Kits House – 2305 West 7th Ave (Vine St from 5th Ave to 8th Ave)
Admission: Free, small fee for some activities

Spooktober – Dare to Laugh

What:  Spooktober is Vancouver TheatreSports’ seasonal comedy celebration of all things eerie. Check out Monster Matches, Cult Fiction, and Kreepy Kitty leading up to the big day, and Halloween Howl on October 26.

When: October 22 to October 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival

What: Horror fans can indulge in the macabre when the Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival makes its return to the York Theatre. For their second year, VHS is featuring not only short films from across the globe, but feature-length films as well. They are also adding a second day to the festival, so audiences can look forward to even more scares. At the end of the festival, there will be awards given out for a number of categories, including an audience choice award.

When: October 25 to 26, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Art’s Nursery – 8940 192nd Street, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Trunk or Treat Halloween Event

What: Royal City Cheer, Tumbling & Parkour hosts Trunk or Treat, a fundraiser for the gym featuring Halloween activities for all ages. Check out themed vehicles and booths in the parking lot, and trick or treat in costume with the volunteers and vendors on site. Then ages 13 and up are invited to visit the Royal Haunted House full of live spooky characters.

When: October 26. 2019
Time: 4 to 8 pm
Where: Royal City Cheer, Tumbling & Parkour – 102-100 Braid Street, New Westminster
Admission: $5 a person or $20 a family (up to 2 adults and 4 children). Haunted house, snacks, and some specialty games are extra.

A Westwood Halloween

What: Westwood Recordings’ A Westwood Halloween features performances by Stickybuds, Moontricks, and Dirtwire, with support from Rumpus & Sivz. The 19+ event is a combination of dance and electronic music to boogie the night away to. With audio by PK Sound and visuals by Ineo Studios, expect a powerful and unparalleled party experience.

When: October 26. 2019
Time: 10 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street
Tickets: Starting at $35 (plus service charges) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Trick or Treat in Yaletown


What: The 20th Annual Trick or Treat in Yaletown features the Antique Horse Carriage and the Doom Dome at Bill Curtis Square on Mainland Street, as well as Yaletown merchants handing out treats to children. Costumes are highly recommended.

When: October 31, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Where: Various shops in Yaletown
Admission: Free

Halloween on the Heights

What: Families are invited to dress up and go trick or treating down Hastings Street. Children and their accompanying adults will be able to get yummy treats from neighbourhood stores.

When: October 31, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Where: Various shops in Burnaby Heights
Admission: Free

All Souls at Mountain View Cemetary

What: Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery will host the 15th annual All Souls event, a series of non-denominational sacred gatherings, curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto. All Souls will take place until Friday, November 1 and will include activities like candle ceremonies and the chance to create personal memorials.

When: Saturday, October 26 to Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: A schedule of events is available online
Where: Mountain View Cemetery – 5455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Admission: All events are free; donations are welcome

Parade of Lost Souls: SOS

What: Taking place on November 2, the Cabaret’s annual Parade of Lost Souls features the most performance minded spirits, spectres, and ghouls in Vancouver. The event features jugglers, actors, singers, musicians, acrobats, and more in an inclusive celebration of the arts. This year’s theme is SOS: Save Our Souls.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: Parade from 7 to 10 pm, SOS from 9 pm to 1 am
Where: Various locations on or near Commercial Drive
Admission: Free

Laugh the night away

Yuk It Up Sis: Mean Girls

What: Yuk It Up Sis is an all-drag comedy show by Sleepy Girls Productions. The show is hosted by Dust as Ms Norberry and Jerrilynn Spears as Regina’s Mom, Aries Season as Regina George,  and Mila Dramatic as Cady Heron. Kendall Gender plays the heiress to the toaster strudel fortune Gretchen Weiners, Kebby is the iconic ditzy Karen Smith, Freaka Nature will be playing the goth art goddess Janice Ian with Dong Ganisa playing her counter part Damien. Playing the role of the wild Coach Carr is Homo Hardware, and Shanda Leer will be playing the role of the girl who made out with a hot dog.

When: October 3, 2019
Time: 10 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club
Tickets: $15 on yukyuks.com, $20 at the door

Sugar Sammy

Sugar Sammy

Sugar Sammy (Submitted)

What: After an incredible year marked by a series of prestigious events, Sugar Sammy is bringing his razor-sharp wit back to Canada as part of his new “Canadian Tour.” In 2016, Sugar Sammy performed his hit show in front of a record-breaking crowd of over 115,000 people at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Following his local success, Sammy took his French and English show to France, Belgium, and Switzerland while hopping back to Canada this past winter to host the JFL Comedy Tour where he visited 12 cities.

When: October 5 and October 6, 2019
Time: 7:45 pm
Where: Bell Performing Arts Centre – 6250 144 St, Surrey; Centennial Theatre – 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Price:$39.99 – $59.99, available online

Cheech and Chong

What: The two comedy legends, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Edmonton-born Tommy Chong, have been performing stand-up comedy for decades and are best known for their run of seven films through the 70s and 80s, including Up in Smoke and Still Smokin. They’ve also released numerous albums, including the Grammy-winning “Los Cochinos.” The duo is hitting the road and stopping in 14 cities across the great white north this fall on their O Cannabis Tour.

When: October 10, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre 33800 King Rd., Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

2019 International Theatresports Institute’s Conference and Festival

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

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

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake

What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on Real Salt Lake in MLS action at BC Place.

When: October 6, 2019
Time: 1 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

BC Lions

What: The BC Lions continue their CFL season throughout September at BC Place.

When: October 5 and October 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks

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What: The Canucks start their NHL regular season with shows at Rogers Arena throughout the fall.

When: October 9, October 12, October 15, October 25, October 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Giants

What: Vancouver Giants kick off the new WHL regular season at Langley Events Centre this fall.

When: October 19, October 20, October 25, October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Rock The Rink

What: The cross-Canada tour stars skating legends Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, and Patrick Chan, and aims to blend their incredible skating talent with state-of-the-art lighting, video, and interactive technology, as well as live music. Other cast members include Canadians Kaetlyn Osmond and Elvis Stojko, Olympic Medalist Carolina Kostner, US National Champion Jeremy Abbott, and Italian World Champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte. Vancouver’s Alexander Pang, an ambassador for the Special Olympics, will also be performing on October 7.

When: October 5 (Abbotsford) and October 7 (Vancouver), 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre –  33800 King Rd, Abbotsford; Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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


wwe nxt

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What: WWE NXT will stop at the PNE Agrodome on October 19, which promises to be an intimate show in the 5,000-seat arena. One of the hottest brands for pure wrestling fans, this will NXT’s first visit to Vancouver since 2017.

Organizers have announced a lineup that includes current champion Adam Cole, Delta’s Kyle O’Reilly and Penticton’s Tyler Breeze, and many more.

When: October 19. 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: PNE Agrodome — 2901 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Riley Park and Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers’ Market

What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.

When: Open year round on Saturday (except December 28)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza – 50E. 30th Ave., Vancouver, Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island Public Market on May 10, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

Granville Island Public Market (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

What: Open year-round and boasting stalls of fresh, colourful produce, homemade products, and some tasty must-try eats. From the ocean, oven, or field — Granville Market has got it all. Grab items to-go or order some grub from one of the many established food vendors at this indoor market, you’re going to leave happy and full.

When: Open year round, seven days a week
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Admission: Free

Richmond Country Farms

What: Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99 off Steveston. Open from early spring to just ahead of Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce and prepared goods.

When: Open Thursdays to Sundays until December 2019
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market – Richmond

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.

When: Every Tuesday until October 8, 2019
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

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market

What: Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market is an authentic BC Farmers’ Market and features local farmers and Certified Safe Prepared food vendors bringing in fresh local produce, field greens, vegetables, fruits, flowers, fresh baking, fruit pies, cupcakes, cookies, local craft beer, varietal wines, tasty prepared foods from the Fraser Valley, the Similkameen, and Okanagan Valleys.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: St. Andrews Historic Church – 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley
Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

What: Launched in June 2008, this open-air market, situated in the North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall, offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse on Saturday mornings every Saturday from May through October.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
Admission: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

What: This farmers’ market began back in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets. One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake has food trucks on site and a variety of vendors selling all things food.

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Lakewood Drive and East 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market

The exterior of Lonsdale Quay Market. (Quay Property Management)

What: Run by the same organization behind the Ambleside Market in nearby West Van, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market brings local farmers, artisans, and other vendors to North Vancouver for a weekly Saturday market.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

What: This friendly get-together, also known as the Kitsilano Farmers’ Market, takes place on Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre and offers a good selection of fresh local produce and gourmet treats to stock up on for the week.

When: Every Sunday until October 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

White Rock Farmers’ Market

What: Live music, over 80 vendors, and great local produce and food products make the White Rock Farmers’ Market a great community event for South Surrey and White Rock.

When: Every Monday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 15154 Russell Avenue (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock
Admission: Free

Poirier Street Market

What: Launched in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers’ Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in the Lower Mainland.  The Poirier Street Market hosts a diversity of vendors and products from May through October. Each week a wide variety of vendors gather to showcase their products – made, baked, grown, or raised in BC.

Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market now takes place in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street, every Sunday from May through October. This market offers West Vancouver a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food and goods from crafters and food artisans.

When: Every Sunday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
Admission: Free

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

What: The Clayton Community Farmers’ Market will showcase local farmers, crafters, and artisans. The market will also have a Family Fun Zone, live music, and food trucks.

When: Every second Sunday until October 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
Admission: Free

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

What: Explore the dozens of local makers, bakers, and growers at two weekly locations of Langley Community Farmers’ Market.

When: Every Wednesday until October 9, 2019, and Every Saturday until October 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 4:30 pm (Wednesdays), 10 am to 2 pm (Saturdays)
Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley (Wednesday), Timms Community Centre – 20339 Douglas Crescent, Langley (Saturdays)
Admission: Free

New West Farmers’ Market

What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.

Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Tipperary Park – 315 Queens Ave, New Westminster
Admission: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

What: The West End’s charming, community-minded farmers’ market is open Saturdays. Grab a coffee, peek at the adjacent community garden, and stock up on a vast array of locally grown foods.

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 100 Comox Street, Vancouver between Bute and Thurlow
Admission: Free

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

What: You’ll find fresh groceries, locally-sourced produce, as well as artisanal food offerings at the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market, one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block.

When: Every Sunday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

UBC Farm Markets

What: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm, and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming. This market now accepts cash, credit, and debit.

When: Every Saturday until November 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: UBC Farm (UBC’s South Campus) – 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market


Vancouver Farmers Market

What: See, taste, and indulge at this bustling weekday market. With vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, the Main Street Station Farmers’ Market is within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users.

When: Every Wednesday until October 2, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market

What: Inspired by, and created in collaboration with the Haney Farmers’ Market Society, the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market is part of a larger plan to strengthen Port Coquitlam’s downtown centre through arts, cultural, and heritage programming.

When: Every Thursday until October 10, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Downtown Farmers’ Market

What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly Hamilton Street welcomes vendors and farmers Thursday mornings and afternoons for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

When: Every Thursday until October 3, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Admission: Time

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

What: Located just steps away from the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and bus loop Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market is a vibrant gathering place that aims to promote small-scale farmers, food producers, and artisans.

When: Every Saturday until October 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
Admission: Free

Cannery Farmers’ Market

What: The Cannery Farmers’ Market is Steveston’s indoor winter market, held at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. This unique market features local food and artisan merchants, as well as live entertainment, inside a historic cannery setting. Admission to the museum is free on market days.

When: October 6 and 20, November 3 and 17, December 1, 8 and 15, 2019. February 9 and 23, March 8 and 22, April 5 and 19, 2020
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Free

Bon Appetit

Vegan Harvest Dinner at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

What: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will be hosting a Vegan Harvest Dinners on October 3. Boulevard’s Executive Chef, Alex Chen will showcase the creativity of his kitchen team as he redefines the levels of sophistication and flavour of vegan cuisine. Tickets to each edition of the Vegan Harvest Dinners are available for $85 per person.

When: October 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $85; buy online

Harry Potter-Inspired Beer, Cider, and Cocktail Festival

What: The Harry Potter-inspired beer, cider, and cocktail festival features “unlimited tastings” of Hagrid’s local craft brews, along with Dumbledore’s delicious ciders too. There will also be boozy butter beer and specialty shots like “Liquid Luck” and “Polyjuice Potion” that you can enjoy in Snape’s lounge. There will also be tons of food, “magical photo opportunities,” live music from DJ Dobby and the Potter Party Band, prized trivia, cornhole quidditch, and more. For ages 19+.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Roundhouse Mews – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Price: $55; buy online

Bowen Island Applefest

What: Taste crunchy heritage apples, buy a homemade apple pie and learn all about seeds and how they travel. It all takes place at Davies Orchard, a 100 m walk from the ferry terminal. Presented by Bowen Heritage.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Crippen Regional Park, Davies Orchard – Bowen Island
Admission: Free

North Shore Craft Beer Week

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What: The third annual North Shore Craft Beer Week will feature seven days of festivities in venues across the area with events ranging from cask nights and guided tours, to live music, Brewmaster’s Dinners, and more. This year’s participating North Vancouver craft breweries include: Beere Brewing Co, Black Kettle Brewing Company, Bridge Brewing Co, Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, Green Leaf Brewing Co., Hearthstone Brewery, House Of Funk Brewing Co., North Point Brewing Company, Streetcar Brewing and Wildeye Brewing.

When: October 4 to October 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Matty Matheson – Happy Vulnerable Tasty Sadness Happy Tour

What: Canadian chef and internet sensation Matty Matheson is coming to Vancouver as part of his highly anticipated “Happy Vulnerable Tasty Sadness Happy Tour.” The TV chef’s show, Dead Set on Life, was one of the first original series on VICELAND in 2016. Since then, Matheson’s skills have made him famous, amassing a following of more than 500K on Instagram.

In late 2018, he released Matty Matheson: A Cookbook through the American publisher, Abrams. The cookbook, which features stories, family recipes, and more, quickly became a New York Times bestseller, and the chef has even signed on to release a second cookbook in late 2020.

When: October 12, 2019
Time: Doors 1 pm, show 2 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street
Tickets: Starting at $27.50 (including GST) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival

What: The day-long event includes food, kids activities, entertainment, contests, over 70 vendors, and, of course, fresh cranberries. And while the festival officially starts at 10 am, early-risers can enjoy a pancake breakfast at 8:30 am.

When: October 12, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 9167 Glover Rd – Fort Langley
Admission: Free

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

FEAST: Asian Dining Festival 2019

What: FEAST: Asian Dining Festival kicks off on October 18 and runs through November 18, 2019, this year. Urging diners to broaden their horizons and try a variety of Richmond restaurants – old and new – FEAST allows diners to indulge family-style.

Participants can expect curated menus when they dine in groups of four to 10 people, and some signature dishes, specialty items, and recommended FEAST menu options at a special price during the festival.

When: Now until November 18, 2019
Time: Various hours of operation
Where: Participating restaurants in Richmond
More Info: Online

2019 UBC Apple Festival

What: Entering its 28th year, the event features apple tastings, an extensive variety of apples and apple trees to buy and take home, and more.

When: October 19 and October 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: UBC Botanical Garden – 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Admission: $5 (cash only) for adults; children ages 12 and under enter for free

Big Day BBQ Tailgate Pop-up

What: Big Day BBQ is holding a Sunday Throwdown pop-up series every Sunday at The American. Sports fans can enjoy a classic spread of 14-hour smoked brisket, Memphis-style ribs, pulled pork, and a variety of sides like Tex-Mex Pasta Salad, Smokey Slaw, and Pit Beans. Rotating event specials like half chickens, beef ribs, and Frito pies will also be available on select days (these will be announced via Instagram closer to the game day).

When: Every Sunday until December 29, 2019
Time: 10 am
Where: The American – 926 Main Street, Vancouver

Treat yourself to Arts and Culture

Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper

What: The Burnaby Art Gallery presents Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper. The exhibition showcases Italian Master prints and drawings from Vancouver-area public and private collections, from the Renaissance to the late 18th century.

When: Tuesdays to Sunday until November 17, 2019. Closed Mondays and stat holidays
Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm (Tuesday to Friday), 12 to 5 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Suggested donation $5

A Thousand Splendid Suns

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What: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Ursula Rani Sarma is based on the book by Khaled Hosseini. Set in war-torn Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of the unlikely but extraordinary friendship of Laila and Mariam.

When: Tuesdays to Sundays until October 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Mother of the Maid

What: Pacific Theatre’s Mother of the Maid features the tale of Isabelle Arc, who knows what her teenage daughter Joan needs: discipline, a loving husband, and to stop communing with God. As Joan heads towards her destiny of becoming the Maid of Orleans, Isabelle must care for a daughter who belongs not just to her, but to all of France.

When: Various dates until October 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Luzia by Cirque Du Soleil


Cirque du Soleil LUZIA/Cirquedusoleil.com

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: October 3 until November 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Concord Pacific Place – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

World of Dance Live Vancouver

What: The World of Dance Live Tour features the best dancers from across all genres of dance,  incorporating both local and national talent. You’ll get to experience the same thrill and excitement that you do when watching the show on television but you’ll be right in the audience.

The tour will feature season three winning dance group The Kings and will be stopping in nine Canadian cities. Fans have the chance to purchase ticket packages that include a special meet and greet as well as autographs sessions.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 4 pm and 8:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Hidden Wonders

What: Hidden Wonders is the next edition of Shawn Farquhar’s Cabaret of Wonders, and premieres in a secret location in Chinatown. Shawn is a World Champion of Magic, has performed on Ellen, fooled Las Vegas headliners Penn & Teller twice on Fool Us, and had his magic featured on shows like Fringe, Shut Eye and X-Files.

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 27, 2019
Time: TBA
Where: Secret location in Chinatown. Guests will be provided with address and password
Tickets: Online

Revision: the art of recycling

What: Burnaby Arts Council presents ReVision: the art of recycling at Deer Lake Gallery, featuring a non-profit society of artists. Explore artwork made from upcycled waste materials and discarded objects, workshops, artist talks, events, and more.

When: Now until October 26, 2019 (closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays)
When: Various times
Where: Deer Lake Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Admission: By donation

The Shipment

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What: The Shipment by Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee, features five Black actors – Andrew Creightney, Chris Francisque, Omari Newton, Adrian Neblett, and Kiomi Pyke – playing what is described as a “bad b-list of Black iconography: Video Ho, Crackhead John, Bad Cop, Standup Comedian, Drug Dealer Mama, Grandma from Heaven, and Record Company Executive, to name just a few.” The stereotypes are mashed-up with clichés, distortions, and sleights of hand to encourage the audience to confront their own bias.

When: Various dates until October 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver International Film Festival 2019

What: VIFF features over 320 films and events, and welcomes about approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe to Vancouver. The festival also showcases the biggest Canadian film program in the world.

When: Now until October 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Ticket Packs and Passes: Online

In the BAG Family Sundays

What: Visit Burnaby Art Gallery for a different family-friendly art project this fall. October’s project is Printing the Present, November’s project is Collecting Memories, and December’s project is Wayfinding with Water.

When: October 20, November 17, December 15, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm, beginning on the hour and half-hour mark with the last at 3:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

The 12th Annual Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show

What: Oppenheimer Park and Gallery Gachet present The World As We Create It, an exhibition featuring artwork from the Oppenheimer Park community. Artwork from more than 30 artists includes drawings, paintings, sculpture, print, mosaic and mixed media works.

When: Tuesday to Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Gallery Gachet 9 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, donations accepted

Vancouver Writers Fest 2019

What: The 2019Vancouver Writers Fest features over 100 authors and over 80 events on Granville Island and across Vancouver. The Festival features readings, workshops, performances, Q&As and more. Artists and authors include guest curator Tanya Tagala, youngest ever Griffin Poetry Prize winner Bill-Ray Belcourt, former Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin and BC Book Prize winner Laisha Rosnau; international superstars Mona Awad, Tash Aw and Stephen Chbosky, and more

When: October 21 until October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Out of Concealment – Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii

What: Bill Reid Gallery presents the Vancouver premiere of Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson’s solo exhibition Out of Concealment. Williams-Davidson honours Indigenous feminine power by re-imagining supernatural figures from Haida tradition. Her vivid portraits — which feature Williams-Davidson herself — use creative design, photographic collage, and subtle integration of designs by celebrated Haida artist Robert Davidson.

When: October 22, 2019 (opening celebration), Exhibition from October 23, 2019 to April 5, 2020
Times: 6 to 8 pm (opening celebration), Various times
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art – 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

SPARK ANIMATION 2019 Film Festival

What: SPARK ANIMATION celebrates the impact of animation on today’s entertainment industry and honours the diversity of films and techniques in the field. Highlights include Hollywood producer Bonnie Arnold receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, a 20th Anniversary screening of Disney’s Tarzan with the co-directors, the SPARK Animation Conference and Career Fair, film premieres and screenings, and more. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver.

When: October 24 to 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

ArtBreakers Illustration Market

What: The ArtBreakers Market is a weekend-long illustration and design exhibition. The market will feature a diverse roster of artists, including award-winning children’s book author and illustrators, art directors, and magazine illustrators.  Over the weekend, over 45 of these top-tier professionals will be gathered at Heritage Hall to showcase and share their personal projects and wares with the public.

When: October 26 and 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday) 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Everywhere From Here: New works by David Wilson

What: Vancouver painter David Wilson has had his work collected nationally and internationally with an extensive history of solo and group exhibitions. His latest exhibition, Everywhere From Here is being shown at a pop-up gallery on Granville Island.

When: October 24 to November 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm daily or by appointment.
Where: 1387 Railspur Alley, Granville Island, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Chutzpah! Festival

What: The Chutzpah!  Festival celebrates all aspects of Jewish culture, with Canadian and international artists performing theatre, comedy, dance, music, and more at venues around Vancouver.

When: October 24 to November 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Wael Shawky: Al Araba Al Madfuna

What: For the first time in Western Canada, Egyptian artist Wael Shawky will be showing a collection of his latest work with Al Araba Al MadfunaShawky’s contemporary artwork gives visitors the chance to see how history and mythology blur together, or become interchanged as we search for meaning and narrative in real life.

Check out screenings of the multilayered film productions Al Araba Al Madfuna I and Al Araba Al Madfuna II, which will take place during the run of the exhibition on select days. Each explores how mythologies are recorded alongside our current narratives of uncertainty and change.

When: Tuesdays to Sundays from now until January 12, 2020. Closed Mondays
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Polygon Gallery — 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Price: By donation

Transits and Returns at Vancouver Art Gallery

What: Transits and Returns is Vancouver Art Gallery’s newest exhibition, and showcases artists local First Nations artists and those from communities throughout the Pacific region. Transits and Returns explores wide-ranging experiences that are inclusive of both global connections and ancestral knowledges.

Participating artists include Edith Amituanai, Christopher Ando, Natalie Ball, BC Collective with Louisa Afoa, Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick with Nāpali Aluli Souza, Hannah Brontë, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Mariquita Davis, Chantal Fraser, Maureen Gruben, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Taloi Havini, Lisa Hilli, Carol McGregor, Marianne Nicolson, Ahilapalapa Rands, Debra Sparrow and T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss.

When: Now until February 23, 2020
Time: Daily 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays until 9 pm, and the first Friday of each month until 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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NF: The Search Tour

What: American rapper NF is performing at PNE Forum on October 3 during his North American The Search tour. NF’s The Search became his second album to reach the number one spot on the Billboard 200 charts upon its release.

When: October 3, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ice Cube

What: The ledgendary Ice Cube is stopping in Vancouver for two epic shows. He started his career with NWA two decades ago where he wrote most of the lyrics to Straight Outta Compton and his debut solo album AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted sold more than a million copies. He has sold over 10 million solo albums to date. In 2016, the rapper was inducted into the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame as part of N.W.A. and a year later, he was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

When: October 3, 2019 (River Rock Casino), October 4, 2019 (Hardrock Casino)
Time: 8 pm
Where: River Rock Casino Resort and Hardrock Casino
Tickets: Online

Tegan and Sara

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What: The musical twins are making their back to Calgary for a show this fall as part of their Hey, I’m Just Like You tour, which is in support of their new album of their same name as well as their memoir, High School. Hey I’m Just Like You is a brand new album that is built off of cassette tapes from the same era upon which Tegan and Sara recorded dozens of songs they wrote between the ages of 15 and 17. The show is expected to feature archival video footage, readings from the memoir, and songs from the new album — mixed in with fan-favourite classics.

When: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Grammy-nominated rapper Logic will be coming to Vancouver this fall as part of his “The Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Tour”. Featuring special guests J.I.D. and YBN Cordae.

The multi-platinum artist is best known for the song 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) which featured Alessia Cara and Khalid. His most recent release, Homicide, featuring Eminem, also made its debut at number one on the Spotify US charts upon release.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:30 pm
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Jontavious Willis

What: Blues musician and singer Jontavious Willis performs at Mel Lahan Hall at St. James on October 6.

When: October 6, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Mel Lahan Hall at St. James – 3214 West 10th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Toronto punk rockers PUP are performing at Vogue Theatre on October 9 on their Falls Apart Tour. The concert is coming hot on the heels of the band’s most recently released album, April 2019’s Morbid Stuff.

When: October 9, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Jonas Brothers

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What: For the first time in nearly a decade, the Jonas Brothers are hitting the road and will be making a stop in Vancouver’s Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena on their Happiness Begins Tour. Featuring special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw.

When: October 11, 2019
Time: Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm
Where: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Interrupters

What: LA ska-punk rockers The Interrupters bring the Fight the Good Fight World Tour to the MacEwan Hall with guests Skinny Lister and Sharp/Shock.

When: October 16, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Irish singer/songwriter Hozier brings his Wasteland, Baby! Tour to Vancouver this October. The multi-platinum artist had his breakthrough after releasing debut single “Take Me to Church,” which has been certified in several countries worldwide including the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Canada. Hozier will be joined by guest Freya Ridings, best known for her 2017 single “Lost Without You.”

When: October 18, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre — 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard
Tickets: Online

East Van Opry 2019

What: The seventh East Van Opry features a variety of Vancouver musicians, including Scott Smith’s Adventures in Steel Guitar, Lonesome Town Painters, and Shirley Gnome.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Luke Combs

What: Rising country star Luke Combs will be performing at Rogers Arena as part of his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour. He’ll be joined by supporting acts Morgan Wallen, Jameson Rodgers, and Dee Jay Silver.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, Show 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Who

What: The Who are taking over the Rogers Arena on October 21 as part of their 2019 North American ‘Moving On’ tour. They will be joined by special guest Liam Gallagher.

When: October 21, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thom Yorke

What: Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke brings his solo tour to Vancouver on October 21. Yorke will be performing with special guest Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, audiovisual composer Tarik Barri, as well as Nigel Godrich. The last solo album Thom Yorke produced was Suspiria in October 2018, the soundtrack album for the horror film Suspiria.

When: October 21, 2019  
8 pm
Where: The Orpheum — 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Matt Mays

What: JUNO-award winner Matt Mays brings his Howl At The Night Tour to Vancouver on October 23 with special guest Skye Wallace.

When: October 23, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Judah & The Lion

What: Nashville alternative rockers Judah & The Lion bring the Pep Talks World Wide Tour 2019 to the Orpheum with guests Flora Cash.

When: October 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Dallas Smith and Dean Brody

What: Dallas Smith and Dean Brody team up for a show at the Abbotsford Event Centre during their aptly-named Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone tour. The two will be joined by Chad Brownlee and Mackenzie Porter.

When: October 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online



What: American hip-hop ensemble BROCKHAMPTON will be taking the stage with special guests at the PNE Forum on Saturday, October 26, as part of their “Heaven Belongs To You Tour.” Today, the 15-member group is made up of musicians and creatives from all over the world who celebrate the different talents they bring together. To date, they’ve released six albums: All-American Trash (2016), SaturationSaturation IISaturation III (2017), Iridescence (2018), and most recently, Ginger (2019).

When: October 26, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: PNE Forum — 2901 East Hastings Street
Tickets: Starting at $56.50 (including GST) — Tickets available via Ticketleader

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