35 things to do in Vancouver this week: October 30 to November 3

Oct 29 2017, 8:12 pm

November is just around the corner, and there’s still lots of fun events to check out in October! Experience it all with our 35 things to do from Monday, October 30 to Friday, November 3. Kaskade, Halloween, Canada vs Maori All Blacks, and more.

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

Monday, October 30

Vancouver Canucks versus Dallas Stars

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Image: Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks take on the Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Innovate Now 2017

  • What: Organized by the Rideau Hall Foundation and CityAge, this special event is bringing together leaders and visionaries who understand the need for creating a national culture of innovation, embracing the disruptive tools, new ideas, technologies, and strategies, available to re-ignite Canada’s spirit of innovation.
  • When: October 30 and 31, 2017
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Price: $295 for non-profits and startups | $495 for public sector | $695 for private sector – Registration available via Innovate Now

The Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum

  • What: Explore the Village in the dark of night with your costumes and dancing shoes. Everyone is invited to join the beautiful Madam Monarch for the Hill Street Bash.
  • When: Now to October 30, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: $9-$14, members free

Spooky Singing & Haunting Harmonies – A Rockin’ Halloween Howl!

  • What: A spooky sing-a-long where you can learn haunting harmonies for Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Highway To Hell by AC/DC, sing together, and become a choir for the night. Prize for best costume.
  • When: Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $12 admission in costume, $15 without. Tickets at the door.

Fresh Air Cinema Halloween Drive In

Drive-in movie theatre. (Shutterstock)

  • What: Laugh along to frightful family film favorite The Nightmare Before Christmas or the classic Halloween flick Ghostbusters.
  • When: Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Time: 6 and 8 pm
  • Where: Semiahmoo Park, White Rock
  • TicketsOnline, $20 Carload plus tax and service charge

SoulKitchen! A Pop-Up Food Phenomenon

  • What: Organized by the Curatorialist and helmed by Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu of Café Medina alongside professionals from Chambar, The Dirty Apron, and Bao Bei, SoulKitchen! is an ode to the spirit of the Mediterranean. So come inquisitive, and come hungry. 
  • When: Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Café Medina – 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $70

Live! at the Station – CiTR 101.9 FM

  • What: CiTR features live performances at the Station Lounge throughout the fall. On October 3, enjoy sets from Phono Pony and Mark Mills.
  • When: Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Time: 1 to 3 pm
  • Where: AMS Student Nest-Room LL 500 – University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween on the Heights

  • What: Families are invited to dress up and go trick or treating down Hastings Street. Kids and their adults will be able to get yummy treats from neighbourhood stores and ride the Halloween Trains in the Dark.
  • When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    • Trick or Treating from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
    • Halloween Trains in the Dark from 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: 
    • Trick or Treating is along Hastings Street in Burnaby
    • Halloween Trains in the Dark at Burnaby Central Railway at Confederation Park – 120 North Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: All events are free, except the Halloween Trains in the Dark, which costs $3.50 and includes free hot chocolate and cookies. Costumes strongly encouraged.

Central City Halloween Fun Event

  • What: Families are invited to Central City for a free Halloween Fun Event. Children ages 12 and under dressed in costume can take part in the centre-wide trick-or-treating at participating stores (while limited treats last). Plus, families can enjoy Halloween craft activities, face-painting, balloon artists, entertainment, story-time, and more (near Winners).
  • When: October 31, 2017
  • Time: 4 to 6 pm
  • Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Halloween 2017 on Commercial Drive

  • What: Free pizza at Fomoso for children under 12 years old, trick or treating at businesses along Commercial Drive, kids activities such as face painting and balloon twisting, and a fireworks finale.
  • When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • Time: 12 pm to 8 pm (fireworks finale at the end of the night)
  • Where: Along Commercial Drive, with fireworks at Grandview Park, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Minoru Park Halloween Fireworks Festival

  • What: Organized by the City of Richmond, this is far and away Vancouver’s greatest, most professional Halloween fireworks show. In addition to the awesome fireworks, on the ground will be dancing, actors, activities for children, and plenty of other Halloween sideshow creature-people.
  • When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:45 pm
  • Where: Minoru Park  – 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Halloween Hilarity at Cafe Deux Soleils

  • What: Comedy gets spooky on October 31 with eerie laughs at Cafe Deux Soleils. Come enjoy mini-chocolate bars, ghost stories, a real-life Ouija Board, and Halloween comedy with The Fictionals. Plus dress up in costume for a chance to win prizes.
  • When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drivr, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, $7 or $5 for students

Stanley Park Ghost Train 

  • What: The legendary Ghost Train returns to Stanley Park this Halloween. This year’s theme is the Alien Invasion; be prepared to be abducted to an unearthly, fantastical, and strange world. Journey into the restricted zones and witness the landing.
  • When: Now to October 31, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance
  • Tickets: Online

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. This year, there will be eight haunted houses for you to explore (if you dare). And you’ll also be able to brave 20 rides – five more than last year.
  • When: Now to October 31, 2017
  • Time: 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. Also available at Lower Mainland 7-Eleven Stores starting October 4. $25-$105 depending on the date. Online discount available.

Wednesday, November 1

Fifth Annual BC Business Summit 2017

  • What: Business, academia, First Nations and government leaders from across BC and Canada, along with local, national and international presenters, come together to examine strategies to diversify the British Columbia and Canadian economies.
  • When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 am to 2:45 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, BC Ballroom – 900 West Georgia Street. Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $299 plus gst

The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh 

Cave Canem Productions

Cave Canem Productions / Facebook

  • What: Brothers Coleman and Valene can’t seem to co-exist without sudden outbreaks of violence over the pettiest concerns. When their doubt-ridden parish priest attempts to bring reconciliation, their confessions quickly turn from earnest offerings into weapons in a hilarious and dark race to the bottom.
  • When: Now to November 11, 2017
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
  • TicketsOnline, $15.75-$38.35

IT is a comedy horror show

  • What: Inspired by the works of Stephen King and monster movies of the 80s and 90s, IT is a horror comedy show by Instant Theatre.
  • When: November 1 and 2, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Havana Restaurant – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Kits House

Kits House / Facebook

  • What: An intimate version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s science fiction classic featuring two haunting chorus characters who speed along the action, play many supporting roles, and speak to Jekyll as the voices in his head, spurring him toward triumph and tragedy. Presented by Theater Crossing and Kits House.
  • When: October 31 to November 19, 2017
  • Where: Kits House – 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$25

HUB Bike Shorts: An Evening of Films about Bikes

  • What: HUB Cycling’s Bike Shorts Film Event and Fundraiser features local and international short films about cycling. Join us for a celebratory evening with prizes, beer, popcorn, a silent auction and an incredible community.
  • When: November 1, 2017
  • Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

UBC Slam

  • What: UBC Slam at Benny’s Bagels is open to everyone. Perform your own poems on the open mic, or sign up for the slam. With featured poets Roya and Francis.
  • When: Every second Wednesday until April 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Benny’s Bagels – 2503 West Broadway, Vancouver

Night for All Souls

  • What: Curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto, this unique cultural event offers the public an opportunity to remember their dead, whether interred at Mountain View Cemetery or not, in a gentle atmosphere of contemplative beauty.
  • When: Now to November 1, 2017
  • Where: Mountain View Cemetery- 5455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: All events are free. Donations are welcome.

Thursday, November 2

Bone Appetit

  • What: Enjoy a cocktail and delicious selection of vegan and vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, as well as a pawsome variety of silent auction items, all to support animals in need.
  • When: Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront – 1133 West Hastings, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $60 per person; buy online



Kaskade / Facebook

  • What: A central figure of the global electronic community for decades, Grammy nominated Kaskade performs a special Redux set at Celebrities.
  • When: Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Good Night Out 101

  • What: Good Night Out Vancouver invites industry staff and patrons to take part in an important discussion around consent, safety and community in Vancouver’s multi-genre nightlife scene. This session will clarify definitions of harassment and assault and share Good Night Out’s strategies for intervening when you see someone being problematic at bar, club or concert or anywhere liquor is served.
  • When: Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

  • What: This immersive concert-style theatre show chronicles the amazing journey shared by folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Using projection photos and original film footage, this 50th anniversary celebration also features a full live band performing all of their hits, including ‘Mrs. Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more.
  • When: Thursday November 2, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
  • Price: $39.50-$49.50 (plus service charges) – Tickets available via Ticketmaster

VAFF 2017 Opening Night

Image: VAFF

  • What: The 21st annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival Opening Night Screening is Columbus Movie, a romantic comedy drama from director Kogonada, starring John Cho. Afterwards, attend the “Casino Royale” themed Opening Gala at River Rock Casino Resort.
  • When: Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino, 8811 River Rd, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $50

Vancity Tech Women: Launch Party

  • What: Get out and meet other women who work in tech in Vancouver (non-technical roles included and encouraged) without the pressure of networking, all while doing some good for our larger Vancouver community. Featuring speakers Liza McDowell from the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and from Stacey Bujnowicz from Slack. All proceeds from ticket sales and prize draws going to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.
  • When: Thursday November 2, 2017
  • Where: Bench Accounting – 545 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15


  • What: Speed mentoring with YES! Vancouver is an opportunity to connect with some of the raddest professional women in the city. Featuring 20 minutes per mentor and a choice of five mentors per attendee.
  • When: Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: RED Academy – 1490 West Broadway #200, Vancouver
  • Admission: Online, Free to $45

Friday, November 3

Vancouver Giants versus Kamloops Blazers

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Image: Vancouver Giants / Facebook

  • What: Vancouver Giants face off with Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League action at Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

Tipsy Tea at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

  • What: The Fairmont offers a ‘Tipsy Tea’ 19+ event every Friday evening in the Notch8 Restaurant + Bar. Head to the tea room and bring your appetite and your competitive spirit. You’ll be going head to head in games like Snakes & Ladders, Operation, and the Game of Life.
  • When: Every Friday until November 17, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Notch8 Restaurant + Bar – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $75 per person (19+ only)

6LACK With Guests Sabrina Claudio and Sy Ari Da Kid

  • What: 6LACK (pronounced Black) is a melodic rapper who hails from Atlanta, Georgia. His debut project, FREE 6LACK, has sold over 200,000 units with over 100 Million streams. During the summer of 2017, 6LACK also joined The Weeknd on his Starboy Tour: Phase 1.
  • When: 
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 867 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Umbrella Party Vancouver 2017

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Umbrella Party. IVASHstudio / Shutterstock

  • What: The event is being hosted by Party4Health, and organizers say it will be “rainiest, outdoor urban dance party in history.” Taking place on November 3, the idea behind the event is to “break the link” between the gloomy weather and the gloomy moods that many people often feel at this time of year.
  • When: Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Time: 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Where: To be announced on November 2, 2017
  • Price: Free

Canada vs Maori All Blacks

  • What: Canada is set to host their second ever Senior Men’s Fifteens match at BC Place when they take on the Maori All Blacks, in preparation for their respective November Internationals in Europe.
  • When: Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Time: Gates 6 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

ODESZA – 2017 A Moment Apart Tour

  • What: ODESZA (Harrison Mills, Clayton Knight) is one of the most celebrated groups in electronic music, winning over fans online and at their consistently sold-out live shows. Their latest album A Moment Apart features guests including Leon Bridges, Regina Spektor, and RY X, creating an eclectic mix that showcases ODESZA’s range.
  • When: November 3 and 4, 2017
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $49.50

Women Trans Femme Night with Blind Tiger Comedy

  • What: WTF Night aims to provide a safe, supportive environment to dig into improv/ comedy exclusively for those who identify as female, transgender, femme, genderqueer, trans-masculine, trans-feminine, or feel that their socialization or treatment as a woman, transperson, or femme has impeded their participation in improv. This free drop-in class and jam are reserved for WTF performers. No experience required.
  • When: Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:15 pm
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: Free
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