21 things to do in Vancouver this week: October 9 to 11

Oct 2 2018, 7:20 am

Hooray for shortened work weeks! Make the most of yours with these 21 events happening in Vancouver from Tuesday, October 9 to Thursday, October 11. VIFF Live, Cirque du Soleils, and more.

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

VIFF Live! RZA: Live From The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and Creator Talk with RZA



  • What: Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA will be performing a live-score of Lai Kar-Leung’s Kung-fu classic The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) this year. Before the show, RZA will also participate in the VIFF Creator Talk Series to discuss his admiration of martial arts movies, his creative process, and his experiences as a director and film composer.
  • When:  Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  • Where: Rio Theatre — 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver (Creator Talk), Orpheum Theatre — 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver (RZA Live)
  • Times: Creator talk at 6 pm (19+), RZA Live at 8:15 pm
  • Tickets: Available online. Click here for Creator Talk and here for RZA Live

Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference

  • What: The Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference brings together business, academic, and government leaders from both sides of the border to explore new strategies for the region to come together, maximize shared competitive advantages, and elevate global economic position.
  • When: Tuesday, October 9 to Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver – 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $400

Spooktober – Dare to Laugh

  • What: Spooktober is Vancouver TheatreSports’ limited-run seasonal celebration of all things eerie. There are four different shows you’ll be dying to see. Monster Matches pits teams of monsters against one another in a series of ‘head-to-headless’ short-form scenarios to see who ‘eeeks’ the most laughs. Cult Fiction – Everyone Laugh Together is framed as a spooky documentary. Scared Witless – Creepy Campfire Tales sees a group of hikers trapped by a storm in a spooky forest. WTF – What the Fright takes its format from their regular late night show, What the Fun!
  • When: Tuesday, October 9 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Meet the Masters – Dalí and Piccaso at the Oakridge Centre

Surrealist Piano sculpture

  • 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


  • What: Inspired by current events, Baby-Sitter is a dark comedy that cuts to the heart of feminism and all the confusion that surrounds it. While echoing the concerns of the #MeToo movement, the play also shakes up male-female relationships, asking what are the limits of freedom of expression? And how do we deal with the labels that society imposes on us? English subtitles on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • When: Tuesday, October 9 to Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Théâtre la Seizième- 226-1555 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Courtney Barnett

  • What: Courtney Barnett brings her Tell Me How You Really Feel Tour to Vancouver with guests Waxahatchee.
  • When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm, show 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $37.50

Nitro Circus: You Got This Tour

  • What: The “You Got This” tour will feature Travis Pastrana and Nitro Circus’ best athletes in FMX, BMX, Scooter and more, attempting never before seen tricks and completely ill-advised stunts in an action-packed all-new production.
  • When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Corteo – Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil Vancouver

Corteo Cirque du Soleil

  • What: One of Cirque Du Soleil’s most-loved productions is coming to Vancouver this fall as part of its North American Tour. From October 10 to 14, 2018, Corteo will dazzle audiences at Pacific Coliseum. Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together theatrical acting and stunning acrobatics into a world of fun, comedy, and spontaneity.
  • When: Wednesday, October 10 to Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Times: Various times
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online. Tickets start at $49.

The Piano Teacher

  • What: An Arts Club Theatre Company production by Dorothy Dittrich. Erin, a concert pianist, hasn’t touched a piano since her husband died. As Elaine, a piano teacher, gently reacquaints Erin with her instrument, other life changes follow. A simple update to Erin’s home, for instance, brings the unexpected companionship of a contractor, Tom. Audience advisory: mature themes and strong language.
  • When: Various dates from Wednesday, October 10 to Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $29-$49

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

  • What: Explore the dozens of local makers, bakers, and growers at Langley Community Farmers’ Market.
  • When: Wednesdays until October 10, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver International Improv Festival

  • What: Enjoy over 14 interactive improv performances, workshops and an opening night gala at VIIF 2018.
  • When: Wednesday, October 10 to Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Online

National Geographic Live!

Spinosaurus exhibit at National Geographic’s Explorer’s Hall

  • What: Hear from your favourite explorers, scientists, and photographers, as they highlight key issues and help preserve the world’s natural environment while illustrating their talks with beautifully built visual presentations. The first show kicks off on Wednesday, October 10 with ‘Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous’ hosted by paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim.
  • When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street
  • Price: Starting at $45 – Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series

  • What: The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series is hosting its Vancouver finale exhibition at Gallery Jones on East 1st Avenue. This year, 28 of Vancouver’s top emerging artists were selected from curators at Artsy to go on and compete in the regional competition. On October 10, you can see the best of Vancouver’s art scene and enjoy Bombay Sapphire cocktails creatively designed by Kevin Brownlee.
  • When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Gallery Jones — 258 East 1st Avenue
  • Price: FREE – Register via Bombay Sapphire
  • Age: Attendees must be 19+

The Macallan Whisky Dinner at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

  • What: Whisky lovers can take part in an ultra-exclusive showcase for single malts and journey through the Scottish highlands when the celebrated distillery takes centre stage during a whisky pairing dinner at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar on October 10. Tickets to the dinner, which pairs a custom menu created by Executive Chef Roger Ma with seven varieties of The Macallan’s world-renowned whiskies, are available for $149 per person plus tax and gratuity.
  • When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $149; call 604-642-2900 to reserve

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Stanley Park Ghost Train

Ghost Train


  • What: This year’s theme is ‘Jack O’Lanter’s Journey Through the Dark Forest,’ so get ready to be spirited away into an ancient Celtic Halloween world where spirits wander and nothing is what it seems. Guests will join Jack on his journey through Stanley Park, where they can expect a visit from a 12-foot monster and creatures barely human. Meanwhile, the kids can enjoy a less scary daytime train ride through the forest to see Stanley Park’s Halloween displays, without live performers.
  • When: Thursday, October 11 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Time: Live theatrical performance trains run Monday to Thursday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday to Sunday: 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Kids’ matinee trains run Friday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.
  • Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On TicketLeader, $6-$12 depending on age and train

Keiji Haino

  • What: Active since the 1970s, Keiji Haino’s venerated career has navigated a wide array of styles and instrumentations including blues, rock, free improvisation, noise, percussion, psychedelic music, minimalism, and drone.
  • When: Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Wall to Wall Comedy

  • What: Simon King and Sam Tonning present Wall to Wall Comedy at the Wallflower. Featuring Ivan Decker, Wes Barker, Fatima Dhowre, Harris Anderson and Oli Maugha
  • When: Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Wallflower – 2420 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Leadership Lessons from Women in Politics

BC Liberals leader Christy Clark at Daily Hive (Caley Dimmock/Daily Hive)

BC Liberals leader Christy Clark at Daily Hive (Caley Dimmock/Daily Hive)

  • What: The leadership advice learned from politics is inspirational and transferable to any leadership position. Hear from the panel about their experiences in overcoming leadership challenges, gain advice for branding yourself as a leader within your organization and externally, learn how to respond professionally to harsh criticism and handle conflict, and continue being a trailblazer after facing devastating blows. Speakers include Christy Clark, Former Premier of British Columbia, Hon. Hedy Fry, MP, Nicole Read, Mayor, Maple Ridge, and moderator Pamela Martin, former CTV News at Six anchor.
  • When: Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Time: 7 am
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel – 791 W Georgia St. Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $49-$79

Stage 43 presents M*A*S*H

  • What: Step back in time to 1909 as you explore Mackin House in an immersive way. Join the heritage performers as they give demonstrations, tell stories and share traditions throughout the different rooms in Mackin House. Enjoy the Celtic sounds of Black Sheep, then make crafts, watch baking demonstrations, and participate in interactive activities for all ages.
  • When: 
  • Time: Various
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online

Ghostly Gastown Tour

  • What: Learn about Vancouver’s early days and the many spectres that haunt the city’s oldest neighbourhood.
  • When: Various dates until Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Angel Statue in front of Waterfront Station – 599 W Cordova St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

nabs West Oktoberfest

  • What: Put on your Dirndl and Lederhosen and engage with over 150 professionals from Vancouver’s marketing, media, and communications industry. Due to high demand, tickets are selling like soft pretzels, so make sure you get yours. Raise your glass to a night full of bier, brot and fun. By supporting nabs through events like Oktoberfest, you help support Canadian professionals in the marketing and communications industry facing personal, career and family challenges due to illness, injury, unemployment or financial difficulties.
  • When: Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 11 pm
  • Where: Deutsches Haus (Vancouver Alpen Club) – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • Price: $30-$35; buy online
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