11 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, October 21

Oct 20 2017, 1:12 am

Start your weekend with one of our picks of 10 great events to check out today, including the David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Concert, Hip-Hop Karaoke, and more.

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

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club

Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club (Vancouver Alpen Club)

Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club (Vancouver Alpen Club)

  • What: The Vancouver Alpen Club is hosting its annual Oktoberfest party throughout October, and everyone’s invited. This year, the club is working with three German breweries, Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen, Krombacher and Erdinger, to make sure your steins are kept filled. As well, there’ll be schnitzel, bratwurst, roasted pork hock, sauerkraut and authentic German potato salad, for sale, along with veggie and gluten-free options too. There will be also be performances by Schuhplattler dance group, the Alpen Plattlers, original German music, and traditional games.
  • When: Now to October 21, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm to 1 am
  • Where: Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online at Vancouver Alpen Club, $35 regular, $75 VIP

Free pumpkins in downtown Vancouver from Evo

  • What: Evo will hand out 100 pumpkins to the first 100 members who join them at the Evo Pumpkin Patch found at both Robson Square and at the corner of Granville and Georgia in downtown Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Robson Square and the corner of Granville and Georgia in downtown Vancouver
  • Cost: Flash your Evo App or Member card if you’re already a member or sign-up.

Broken Social Scene

  • What: It’s going to be loud, it’s going to be new, and it may even be a little crowded onstage at the Commodore Ballroom when Broken Social Scene’s ensemble arrives to perform for their Vancouver fans. This will be the first time since 2011 that Broken Social Scene will be touring the West Coast, and they will be accompanied by Vancouver’s own The Belle Game. The band has also partnered up with MusiCounts, and will be donating $1 from every ticket sale towards putting an instrument in the hands of a child.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $46, Available at LiveNation

Halloween Howl Haunted House

  • What: The Hyde Away Youth Centre and youth of Port Coquitlam present a spooky Haunted House at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 3 pm to 5 pm
  • Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre – 1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Regular

Hip-Hop Karaoke

  • What: Other than the fact that it’s strictly Hip-Hop, there is one other notable difference between Hip-Hop Karaoke and others: there are no teleprompters. You’re rapping to a full house of people on the main stage of the club just like the many infamous rappers of past performances at Fortune.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm to 10:30 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, $7

Coho Commotion

  • What: ​Follow the journey of salmon from hatching grounds to ocean. Watch salmon leaping, get up close and personal with real specimens and hear about their extraordinary lives. Please leave pets at home.
  • When: ​Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Capilano Fish Hatchery, end of Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver
  • Price: 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 manner of food stuffs.
  • When: Every Saturday until October 21, 2017
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Art on the Spot: Famous Artist

  • What: An Emily Carr look-a-like leads participants of all ages in an art project inspired by artwork of the artist.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Price: Free

Demystifying Mushrooms

  • What: ​​Learn to identify common mushrooms without harvesting them, and investigate fungi’s role as the underground interconnected “world wood web”.  A 30 minute indoor slideshow is followed by a slow trail walk. ​Ages 15+.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: Registration at 8 am, Event starts at 10 am
  • Where: Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam
  • Registration: $8 per adult, $4.25 per youth/adult 65+. Registration required – 604-432-6359. Barcode 7069.

Star Wars Reads Day

  • What: Experience Star Wars in the library with crafts, Jedi Training Academy, contests, prizes and more. There will be fun activities for every age – from Padawans to Jedi Masters.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 2 pm to 3 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Public Library – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Price: Free

David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Concert featuring Oprah Winfrey, Steven Tyler, Jay Leno, and many more

Oprah Winfrey. (Shutterstock)

  • What: The David Foster Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Miracle Concert will take over Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, October 21, and it is promising a star-studded lineup of celebrities and artists. Celebrity guests include Oprah Winfrey, Goldie Hawn, and Dr. Phil McGraw while the performances, headlined by Canadian producer David Foster, will feature Steven Tyler, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jay Leno, Robin Thicke, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, and Laura Bretan.
  • When: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Starting at $49 via Ticketmaster
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