28 things to do in Vancouver this week: October 10 to 13

Oct 9 2017, 8:16 am

Fall rolls on with our checklist of 35 things to do from Monday, October 9 to Friday, October 13. Vancouver Canucks, alt-J, and more.

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

Tuesday, October 10

Vancouver Canucks versus Ottawa Senators

Image: Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with the Ottawa Senators on October 10 at Rogers Arena.
  • When: October 10
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online


  • What: In this 15-minute original live action, haunted experience, participants will put on virtual reality goggles and headphones becoming fully immersed in the adventure as the main character in their own horror movie. DREAMSCAPE was filmed using 360-degree directional cameras to absorb viewers in the video as the thrilling experience unfolds.
  • When: October 10 to 31
  • Where: Shebeen Whiskey House – 212 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $20 per person, pre-booking is recommended – Moves Media website

Gastown Cabaret 3rd Birthday

  • What: Gastown Cabaret celebrates it’s third birthday with burlesque, belly dancing, comedy and more. Plus take part in the Donut Eating Contest and the Lip Synch Contest.
  • When: October 10
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Guilt & Company – 1 Alexander Street (downstairs), Vancouver
  • Tickets: Suggested minimum donation $10

Vancouver Story Slam

  • What: Ten storytellers share original stories. Featuring Alix Born, Burcu Ozdemir, Greg Bishop, Griffin Tedeschini, J.P. Lorence, Johnny Scoop, Linda Lawson, Michele Luchs, Reive Doig, and T.J. Mair. The evening will open with a story from special guest Mike Funergy, who is a finalist in the 2017 Storytelling Championship.
  • When: October 10
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cottage Bistro – 4470 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, $5

Sawdust Collector: Kloszart + Miller, Zubot and Tamborazo

  • What: Sawdust Collector is a weekly concert series taking place on Tuesday nights at The Gold Saucer, curated by Barbara Adler, Cole Schmidt, James Meger and guests.
  • When: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: #211 – 207 West Hastings, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5 – $10 or PWYC at the door

Sketch A-Peel

  • What: Vancouver Film School’s Writing Class 55 presents two nights of live sketch comedy.
  • When: October 10 and 12
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: VFS Cafe – 390 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, $5

A New Economy

The Borealis String Quartet

The Borealis String Quartet / Facebook

  • What: Big things happen when humanity is at the core of business. Can cooperation save the world? A New Economy is a film that explores the central idea of ‘collaboration vs competition.’ The Borealis String Quartet will also give a special live pre-show performance.
  • When: October 10
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Canadian Music Centre – 837 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Wednesday, October 11

Taste of Yaletown 2017

La Pentola

Dishes from La Pentola (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

  • What: The annual food fest is returning for its 13th year of special menus, tasting plates, and expert pairings in the restaurants of one of Vancouver’s swankiest neighbourhoods.
  • When: October 11 to October 27
  • Where: Multiple venues in Yaletown
  • Price: Special menus for $25, $35, or $45

Vancouver International Improv Festival 2017

  • What: The 19th annual Vancouver International Improv Festival takes over Granville Island with over 40 unique performances at four venues, workshops, and more.
  • When: October 11 to 14
  • WherePerformance Works, Waterfront Theatre Revue Stage and The Improv Centre
  • TicketsOnline, $15 per show, $18 for evening pass, and $50 for festival pass

2017 Fastest Growing Companies Reception

  • What: Meet and mingle with some of BC’s fastest growing companies when Business in Vancouver presents the 2017 Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies Reception.
  • When: October 11
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where:  TELUS Garden – 5th Floor – 510 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, subscribers: $85, non-subscribers: $95

I Left My Heart in Ma’Sum Ghar

  • What: ​​​Powerful, candid, and uncensored, this comedic solo storytelling saga from Morris Bartlett explores the brotherhood of soldiers, would-be weapons of mass destruction, and the fickleness of fate.
  • When: October 11
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Heritage Grill – 447 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Pay what you want

Fall Mason Bee Care Workshop

  • What: Learn how to keep mason bees in this hands-on, informative workshop. Participants will learn about the best types of mason bee houses, the best places for installation, how to care for your bees in spring and fall, the mason bee lifecycle, and what to plant to support bees in your yard or garden.
  • When: October 11
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Be Clean Naturally – 38140 Cleveland Avenue, Squamish
  • Price: $20 per person – please register and pay in advance by calling The Soap Shoppe & Herbal Apothecary at 604-898-8889

Meditation with your Dog

  • What: Marieke Leliveld offers a relaxing guided meditation specialized for you and your dog. Expand your breath, practice being in the present moment, feel more grounded and connect to your four legged companions.
  • When: October 11
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Paw Prints Dog Grooming Salon – 2635 West 4th, Vancouver
  • Price: $15 donation

Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas

lauryn hill

Ms. Lauryn Hill / Facebook

  • What: Grammy-award winning Ms. Lauryn Hill and anthemic rapper Nas co-headline Pacific Coliseum on Wednesday October 11. Hill is best known for being a member of iconic hip-hop group the Fugees, as well as for her critically-acclaimed solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which produced hits such as “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Everything is Everything,” and won five Grammy Awards. Nas meanwhile has become a global phenomenon in his own right with eight platinum and multi-platinum albums under his belt, along with a staggering 13 Grammy nominations.
  • When: October 11
  • Time: Doors: 5:30 pm, Show: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: From $37, available at Live Nation.

Thursday, October 12

A Girl in Teen City: A Love Letter to Vancouver

Wise Hall

Wise Hall / Facebook

  • What: An evening of story and song about Vancouver featuring Oh Susanna and special guests Veda Hille, Grant Lawrence, Jenny Ritter, and Leah Abramson.
  • When: October 12
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25

A Little Night Music

  • What: Steven Sondheim’s musical masterpiece A Little Night Music has been enchanting audiences worldwide since its Broadway debut in 1973. Set in the turn of the last century in Sweden, A Little Night Music interweaves a tangled web of former and current lovers, and is full of hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire.
  • When: October 12 to 21
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$55

Connect to the Future: Careers in BC Cleantech

  • What: A free conference to learn more from cleantech CEOs and start-up experts. Gain insight into an industry leveraging renewable materials and energy, decreasing natural resources use, and reducing emissions and waste.
  • When: October 12
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

The HERO SHOW Decade

  • What: Vancouver’s longest running monthly sketch comedy show, The HERO SHOW, celebrates its 10 year anniversary with two different shows full of character monologues, musical performances, storytelling, weird readings and more.
  • When: October 12
  • Time: 7 and 9:30 pm
  • Where: China Cloud – 524 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Halloween at FlyOver Canada

Image: FlyOver Canada / Facebook

  • What: Broomelda the witch has once again worked her magic to transform FlyOver Canada this Halloween. Aspiring witches and wizards are welcomed into the Haunted Witches Academy before taking off on a spellbinding journey across Canada.
  • When: October 12 to 31
  • Where: FlyOver Canada – #201 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Palme Bleue Small Business Awards

  • What: An evening to celebrate and recognize the success and excellence of the francophone and francophile businesses and entrepreneurs of Greater Vancouver. The 5th anniversary special edition of the Gala will highlight the past winners of the Palme Bleue awards.
  • When: October 12
  • Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Terminal City Club – 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver
  • Register: Online,

Vancouver Canucks versus Winnipeg Jets

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with the Winnipeg Jets on October 12 at Rogers Arena.
  • When: October 12
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Friday, October 13



  • What: alt-J are made up of Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green. Their first album An Awesome Wave won the prestigious Mercury Prize in the UK and sold Gold in the US and Canada. Since then the band have continued to go from strength-to-strength headlining festivals across the globe and selling out massive arenas like London’s O2 arena and New York’s Madison Square Garden during their last tour.
  • When: October 13
  • Time: Doors: 7 pm; Show: 8 pm
  • Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: From $45, available online

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: October 13 to 31; Friday to Sunday, from 5:30 pm to 10 pm, Monday to Thursday 5:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance
  • Tickets: Online

Vancouver International Film Festival 2017

  • What: Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened, VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. The festival screen films from 70 countries on nine screens, with an international line-up including the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.
  • When: Now to October 13
  • Where: Various venues around Vancouver
  • Ticket Packs and Passes: Online

Novelty Act

  • What: Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn present a night of comedy where anything can happen. Sara and Riel are known around Vancouver and across Canada as storytellers and actors, and bring their unique comedy duo to the CSA space. Make sure to arrive on time as they are punctual ladies.
  • When: October 13
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: CSA space – #5 2414 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10

Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train

  • What: Bear Creek Park’s forest becomes alive with ghosts and ghouls intent on scaring you amidst creepy sounds and special effects. Favourite characters like Chainsaw Charlie are back, and you might run into the walking dead who roam the platform every Halloween.
  • When: October 13 to 31
  • Where: Bear Creek Park Train – 13750 88 Ave, Surrey

Turandot – Vancouver Opera

  • What: Giacomo Puccini’s famous Turandot is always a flashy and spectacular affair, and is the opening production of the VO’s 2017-18 season. Set in ancient Beijing, the opera is about an icy and vengeful princess who, through the power of love, sets herself and her people free. Sounds familiar, Frozen fans?
  • When: October 13 to 21
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Vancouver Opera; $49-$135

Two Friends

Two Friends

Two Friends / Facebook

  • What: Two Friends make their Vancouver debut at VENUE for their While We’re Dreaming Tour for EMBRVCE Fridays.
  • When: October 13
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Venue – 881 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15
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