35 things to do in Vancouver this week: October 23 to 27

Oct 21 2017, 11:03 pm

The nights are getting longer, so make the most of your days and evenings with our list of 35 things to do from Monday, October 23 to Friday, October 27. Vancouver Fall Home Show, Deadmau5, Vancouver Canucks and more.

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

Monday, October 23


dreamscape virtual horror

  • 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: Now to October 31, 2017
  • Where: Shebeen Whiskey House – 212 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $20 per person, pre-booking is recommended – Moves Media website

Magical Pumpkin Patch at West Coast Railway Heritage Park

  • What: Ride the train to search for your own magic pumpkin, then design it, have it carved and take it home. Magical Pumpkin Patch includes an outdoor mini-rail ride, multiple games and craft stations.
  • When: October 23 to 27, 2017
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park – 39645 Government Road, Squamish
  • Price: Children $15, parents free

Say Wha?! Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing

  • What: Funny people reading from the worst books they can find. Featuring Emma Cooper, TJ Dawe, Eric Fell and LeeAnn Keple. Created and hosted by Sara Bynoe.
  • When: Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10 at the door

Royal City Musical Theatre Into The Woods in Concert

  • What: Founded in 1990, Royal City Musical Theatre or R.C.M.T produces large scale musicals at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster. RCMT’s first Reading Series starts off with Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods.
  • When: Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Massey Theatre – 735 Eight Avenue, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Free with membership

QueerProv: Challenge


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  • What: Home team QueerProv take on Sci-Fi and Fantasy troupe Channel 73 3/4 at XY for the coveted coveted QP Tiaras.
  • When: Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: XY YVR – 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Human Faces, Forest Places

  • What: An evening in celebration of the diverse faces and places that comprise our urban forests. The evening will include the opening of the Human Faces, Forest Places photo exhibit, animated by Polymer Dance, and a panel debate on the theme ‘Urban Forests and Multicultural Diversity’.
  • When: Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver
  • TicketsOnline, Free

The Things I Cannot Change + Hunger

  • What: Filmmaker Tanya Ballantyne’s observational documentary, a potent account of a large Montreal family living in poverty, proved a flashpoint for debates around documentary ethics and was a forerunner of the NFB’s Challenge for Change program. Peter Foldès’s 1974 Hunger is a pioneering work of computer animation, and was made with technology developed at the National Research Council.
  • When: Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 pm

Tuesday, October 24




  • What: Deadmau5 will be back in Vancouver with his iconic mouse head and enormous cube for his aptly named Lots of Shows in a Row Pt. 2 tour. The show is to promote Toronto-born Joel Zimmerman’s (AKA Deadmau5) recently released album, W:/2016ALBUM/. The estimated two-hour long performances will feature songs from this new album, as well as past bangers: “Cat Thruster,” “Ghosts N Stuff,” “Strobe,” and more. Zimmerman will also bring along his Cube 2.1, the biggest (so far) of his infamous performance cubes.
  • When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Time: Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45.50-$80

Artist Talk with Thomas Nelles

  • What: Local artist Thomas Nelles was the winner of an open call to artists to create a temporary mural to surround the construction hoarding of the Surrey Central SkyTrain station while TransLink does upgrades. His two-part artwork titled Chrysalis and Butterfly Locomotion; Camouflaged are now installed and will be on display throughout the construction period.
  • When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: City Centre Library – 10350 University Drive, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

4th Annual Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Show

  • What: Make connections with businesses and individuals from across the region and hear from industry leaders on topics that matter to your business. This event features exhibitors and attendees from a wide variety of industries.
  • When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver-BC Ballroom – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

Mom’s The Word 3: Nest 1/2 Empty

  • What: From the creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series comes a new chapter in their stories of family and fracas. Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved,” and their bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Filled with insights, secrets, and ribald humour.
  • When: October 24 to 29, 2017
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$42

Halloween After Hours at Vancouver Aquarium

Scary fish/Vancouver Aquarium After Hours

  • What: When the lights go down, you’ll get to witness the nocturnal habits of more than 50,000 aquatic creatures during this adults-only spooky soirée. You can explore the Aquarium’s galleries with a beer or glass of wine in hand as you discover the eerie sea life. Don’t forget to dress in your Halloween-best because you can participate in the first-ever After Hours costume contest. You could win prizes and bragging rights for best costume, best group costume, and best aquatic-themed costume.
  • When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 10 pm
  • Where: 845 Avison Way in Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Price: $27 for members and $35 for non-members –  Tickets available online

VanDusen Botanical Gardens’ Glow in the Garden 2017

  • What: VanDusen Botanical Garden is bringing back its Glow in the Garden event for a second year, to take you on a wondrous walk of whimsy this Halloween. This year’s theme is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so you can expect to follow the white rabbit, surrounded by lights, sounds, and illuminated pumpkin caricatures.
  • When: October 24 to 31, 2017
  • Time: 5 to 9 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Tickets Tonight, $8.50-$12.50

2017 Pieces of Mind Mental Health Conference

  • What: The four hour Pieces of Mind Mental Health Conference features speakers, an interactive exhibit, on and off-campus resources and more. Listen and gain important insights from the stories of students, professionals, advocates, and community organizations regarding their experiences with mental health and how they have learned to thrive in their day-to-day lives.
  • When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University – 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey
  • Price: Free for all post-secondary students as well as KPU staff, and faculty.

Wednesday, October 25

Hoodie Allen

Hoodie Allen / Facebook

  • What: Born Steven Markowitz and raised on Long Island, Hoodie is a frat-rap artist who is cut form the same cloth as the likes of Asher Roth and Sam Adams. Putting the pop in pop-rap Hoodie Allen had been an internet staple for years, but became a bonafide big name in 2010 off of the back of his breakout hit “You Are Not a Robot.” Now he’s headed to Vancouver for an all ages show at the Vogue Theatre in support of his new album.
  • When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $30, available at Livenation.com 

3rd Annual Ghost Story Slam

  • What: Ten performers will take the stage on the frightful night to conjure up tales designed to put shivers in your bones and spiders in your hair. Hear stories and poems that’ll give you goosebumps the size of golf balls.
  • When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10-$15 sliding scale

13th Annual Culinary Apprenticeship Dinner at the Fairmont Waterfront

  • What: On Wednesday, October 25, 25 young cooks from Fairmont Hotels in the Pacific Northwest region will strut their cooking stuff at the 13th Annual Culinary Apprenticeship dinner. The event includes a cocktail reception, canapés, dinner, and wine. Head to the Ballroom of the Fairmont Waterfront to enjoy this year’s dinner themed ‘From Nose to Tail’, and after you’ve tasted everything, vote on your favourite dish.
  • When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Where: Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
  • Price: $149; purchase by emailing [email protected]

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

  • What: Discover more than 50 vendors that “Make it, Bake it, or Grow it”, selling the very best the region has to offer.
  • When: Wednesdays until October 25, 2017
  • Time: 12 to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley
  • Price: Free

A Walk in the Forest & Uplifted – Art Exhibition

  • What: Born in Scotland and based in Coquitlam, Sue Cowen celebrates the beauty of simple objects and experiences that make up everyday life with collections including a range of landscapes, figures, portraits, still life, and Celtic stones. Zoë Royer is a city councilor, creator of Sweetheart Bakery Press, business consultant and art gallery owner. Zoë loves all things beautiful and is a champion for the Environment and the Arts.
  • When: Now to October 25, 2017
  • Where: Silk Art Gallery – 2419 Clarke Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Depeche Mode

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  • What: Following their massive European stadium showing, the English electronic legends are coming to North America with a 28-show tour taking in both the US and Canada. Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit Tour is in support of the band’s 14th studio album, Spirit. The album has already been well received by fans and critics alike, with many calling it a return to form for the 80s icons, who undoubtedly rank as one of the most influential acts of all time.
  • When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $29 to $125

Memphis Blues BBQ Test Kitchen

  • What: Vancouver’s new curator of one-time interactive dining experiences, U-Feast, has teamed up with barbecue experts Memphis Blues to host the ultimate event – the BBQ Test Kitchen. You can go along to Memphis Blues on Commercial Drive on October 25 for a special five-course, off-menu evening of down south eats. During the feast the smokehouse owners, George and Park, will personally walk you through the wonders of their cuisine as you take a trip to the past with some barbecue dishes dishes from the good ole days.
  • When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Memphis Blues Commercial Drive – 1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Price: $55 including gratuity – Tickets available via U-Feast

Thursday, October 26

Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals

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Image: Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks take on the Washington Capitals on October 26 at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Vancouver Fall Home Show 

  • What: This year’s Vancouver Fall Home Show is an event you don’t want to miss with stars from HGTV Canada, 325+ trusted brands, and much more. The event will be taking place from October 26 to 29 and it’s a place where big ideas, trusted advice, and fresh inspiration will unite.
  • When: October 26 to 29, 2017
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Adults $16 each, buy tickets online

Spark Animation

  • What: A film festival, conference, business symposium, and job fair celebrating excellence in animation from around the world. Highlights include a spotlight on France features and shorts, Opening Night film The Breadwinner, and legendary animator Glen Keane
  • When: October 26 to 29, 2017
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street), Vancouver Convention Centre (999 Canada Place), and Scotiabank Theatre (900 Burrard Street)
  • Tickets: Online

Chris Liebing

  • What: Between curating one of the most respected labels exploring the heavier end of the Techno spectrum (CLR) to hosting the podcast of the same name between 2009 to 2015, Chris has been a global ambassador and exposed millions of listeners to the greatest DJs and producers the international Techno scene has to offer.
  • When: Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities– 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Art Of Leadership


  • What: The Art of Leadership brings together the most respected names in thought leadership in a place of inspirational interaction. The conference is built around the stories, ideas, discoveries and collaborative moments that drive achievement. The 47th US Vice President Joe Biden headlines alongside Canadian anchor and author Amanda Lang, author and Executive Creative Director formerly with Cirque du Soleil Welby Altidor, and New York Times bestselling authors Dr. Tasha Eurich and Vince Molinaro.
  • When: Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $499-$1249 plus gst

WorkSpace III

  • What: Amber Funk Barton and her contemporary dance company – the response. – return to the Shadbolt for the third installment of their WorkSpace series. Inspired by memories, past relationships and the relativity of time, WorkSpace III will endeavor to embody these ideas to a curated playlist of pop music.
  • When: October 26 to 28, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where:  Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$36

Brews for Bright Futures 2017

  • What: On Thursday, October 26 you can help support the Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver (LDAV) and help raise funds by attending its 2017 Brews for Bright Futures annual fundraiser. You’ll get a complimentary beer and a burger with your ticket. It’s a great opportunity to get together with family and friends to support a great cause. There will also be music, a giant crossword puzzle, games, prizes, and a silent auction happening, too.
  • When: Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: London Pub – 700 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Ptice: $25 – Tickets available via Eventbrite, by emailing [email protected] or calling (604) 873-8139

Friday, October 27

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: October 27 to 30, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: $9-$14, members free

One Man Stranger Things: A Parody

Image: One Man Stranger Things

  • What: Stranger Things burst into popular consciousness in July 2016, referencing 80s movies, kid culture, the supernatural and Eggo waffles. Charles Ross and TJ Dawe grew up in the 80s, addicted to adventure movies, and went on to co-create a series of one man parody shows of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Batman, which continue to tour the world. The world premiere of One Man Stranger Things: A Parody will recreate and spoof season one of Stranger Things, reminding audiences why they loved it, right in time for season two.
  • When: October 27 and 28, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where:  Anvil Centre Theatre  777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $17.50

Action Bronson

  • What: Since entering rap’s ring five years ago, Action Bronson has released a number of mixtapes, such as Rare Chandeliers (2012) with American hip hop producer The Alchemist, Blue Chips 2 (2013) with longtime producer Party Supplies, and his major label debut, an extended play (EP) titled Saaab Stories with frequent collaborator Harry Fraud, in 2013. Bronson released his first full-length album, Mr. Wonderful, in March 2015 and sold out his last Vancouver show in September 2016.
  • When: Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9:30 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: $40 via Live Nation

Leading Moms 2017

  • What: Inspirational talks by extraordinary moms. The 2017 theme is Change, and the event features keynote speakers Lotte Davis (CEO & Founder, One Girl Can Society), Andrea Reimer (City of Vancouver Councillor), and more.
  • When: Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Time: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $50-$119

Bonsor’s Big Boo!

  • What: Friendly frightening family fun at Bonsor. Featuring an imagination playground, crafts and games, cookies for kids, a haunted house, and more.
  • When: Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex – 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: $1

A Halloween Night at Wayne Manor

  • What: A Halloween Night at Wayne Manor is a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which audience members arrive at the Gotham City Policemens’ Masquerade Ball, and explore stately Wayne Manor where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into Gotham City.
  • When: Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Brock House Restaurant -3875 Point Grey Road, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $75-$250

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: Now to October 27
  • Where: Multiple venues in Yaletown
  • Price: Special menus for $25, $35, or $45