27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: October 12 to 14

Oct 5 2018, 11:03 pm

Another fun, fall weekend to enjoy! Here are 27 great events happening in Vancouver on Friday, October 12, Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14. Explore Fan Expo Vancouver, The Great Big Boo, and more.

And for more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fan Expo Vancouver 2018

  • What: A celebration of comics, sci-fi, and gaming. This year’s special guests include Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), and more.
  • When: Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, Hall A and B – 1055 Canada Place Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online at Fan Expo Vancouver, from $30

Vancouver International Film Festival 2018

Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival

  • 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 more than 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 Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Time: Various
  • Where: Various venues around Vancouver
  • Ticket Packs and Passes: Online

DJ Seinfeld

  • What: The sweeping emotive cuts of DJ Seinfeld take over Celebrities Underground for an evening filled with verdant dancefloor workouts and discerning dips into jungle and breaks.
  • When: Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15 plus fees

Vancouver Giants vs Kamloops Blazers

  • What: Vancouver Giants take on the Kamloops Blazers in WHL action
  • When: Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

Live at the Gallery, featuring Alanna Ho and Nicholas Marriot

  • What: Live at the Gallery is a monthly concert series held at the Deer Lake Art Gallery. This month’s concert features artists Alanna Ho and Nicholas Marriot.
  • When: Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Next 36 Startup Sprint 2018


  • What: NEXT Canada and ProtoHack are inviting up to 150 bright, entrepreneurial minds for two days of learning, prototyping, and pitching high-impact solutions to global problems. ProtoHack is an event that helps show budding entrepreneurs that they can create without having to write a single line of code. Rather, participants will be using prototyping tools, drag and drop editors, mockups, wireframes, and anything else they can think of to demo their idea on stage.
  • When: Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: Friday from 5 pm to Saturday at 9 pm
  • Where: Red Academy – 200 – 1490 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online for $30; Tickets are 25% off with the code “ILOVEDAILYHIVE”

Roy Wood Jr.

  • What: Roy Wood Jr. began his comedy career in 1999 at the age of 19 while attending Florida A&M University. In October 2006, Wood made his network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. In 2015 Wood became part of “the Best F#@ing News Team” as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. In addition, he is the host of Comedy Central’s storytelling series, “This is Not Happening.” 
  • When: Friday, October 12 to Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Saturday, October 13, 2018

2018 UBC Apple Festival

UBC Apple Festival


  • What: Entering its 27th year, the event celebrates one of BC’s favourite fruits and gives attendants a chance to learn about the diversity of apples, as well as taste a number of rare and peculiar varieties. One of the festival’s most popular events will be the “Friends of the Garden” apple tasting tent. There, visitors will be able to sample up to 60 kinds of new and heritage apples, all grown within British Columbia. Patrons will also be able to purchase an extensive variety of apples and apple trees to take home.
  • When: Saturday, October 13 to Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm both days
  • Where: UBC Botanical Garden – 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • Admission: $5 (cash only) for adults; children ages 12 and under enter for free

Fleetwood Labyrinth’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

  • What: Join others in walking the labyrinth in Fleetwood to the sounds of live, meditative music performed by a harpist or violinist. This event is in honour of Fleetwood Park Labyrinth’s 10th Anniversary. Free birthday cake will be provided.
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 3 pm
  • Where: Fleetwood Park – 15802 80 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Ranfei Wang Charity Piano Concert

  • What: Ranfei Wang performs selections from Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven and Prokofiev. All proceeds of the concert will go towards the Richmond Hospital Foundation.
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online

F is for Funny

  • What: Laughter Zone 101 presents a stand-up comedy showcase with Fatima Dhowre, Katie Nordgren, Ash Dhawan, Naomi Yamato, Syd Bosel, Ed Hill, Erin Jeffery and Jan Bannister.
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $22 plus service charges

Gordon’s Brook Restoration Celebration

  • What: An exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at a wetland restoration project located in a special conservation area of Aldergrove Regional Park. Talk with project experts, take a biologist-guided wetland tour (rubber boots recommended), enjoy festival-style booths and family-friendly activities, and more.
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Aldergrove Regional Park – Special Entrance at 202-272nd Street
  • Admission: Free

Flashlight Mysteries

  • What: Learn about local night animals in the day use area through activities, performances, exhibitors and storytelling. Lanterns will lead you to Detective Headquarters where park interpreters will introduce the mystery. Nancy the spider is hosting a masquerade party for local nightlife. Help her figure out which animal has crashed her party as you collect clues at stations along the trail.
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Surrey Bend Regional Park – 10238 168 Street, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Fall Family Fun

  • What: Celebrate Fall with seasonal games, activities and entertainment.
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: East Richmond Community Hall 12360 Cambie Rd, Richmond
  • Admission: Free, registration required #2528432

The Music of War: 100th Anniversary Commemoration

  • What: This fall marks the 100th year since the end of the WWI. In this concert, pianist Maria Jung and guests commemorate this meaningful anniversary through voice, clarinet and piano. With music and poetry touched by war, the musicians will showcase composers and poets who were involved in, or inspired by, the events of the War to End all Wars. Enjoy works by Britten, McCabe, Debussy, Vaughan-Williams, Ivor Gurney as well as a few memorable tunes that were popular during wartime.
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $16-$21

Oktoberfest “Das Original” at the Vancouver Alpen Club

  • What: If there’s one Oktoberfest event you don’t want to miss this year, it’s the Vancouver Alpen Club’s shindig. Head to 4875 Victoria Drive for one of the many dates this party is going down. There will be German food, beer, and live music all night long.
  • When: October 12 and 13; October 19 and 20, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Vancouver Alpen Club (Ballroom) – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • Price: $35; buy online

Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt

Calgary Stampede


  • What: Luke Bryan is coming back to Vancouver with Sam Hunt as part of his “What Makes You Country” stadium tour this fall. The country stars will share the stage with special guests Jon Pardi and Carly Pearce as part of the tour. “What Makes You Country Tour” is named after Bryan’s recently released album that debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts. It is his third consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Top 200 and his fifth #1 debut on the Top Country Albums chart.
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 4 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online via LiveNation

Sunday, October 14, 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: Now to Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Times: Various times
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online. Tickets start at $49.

Focus on Forests

  • What: Explore fall forest colours, patterns and symmetries through a cell phone or camera lens using basic photography techniques. Retrain your eyes to see new wonders while discovering why forests are important. Ages 14+.
  • When: Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am.
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
  • Admission: Free, registration required. Barcode 7458

Savour Fall Food Festival

  • What: Savour Fall Food Festival is Lonsdale Quay Market’s exciting food and beverage festival. Immerse yourself in the taste of Lonsdale Quay Market and explore an assortment of fine foods, from locally grown produce to imported delicacies to freshly made fare. You can watch a culinary showcase, take a delicious market taste tour, and learn more about beer and wine pairings with food. Tickets are just $5 – $10 and some events are free.
  • When: Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: Starts at 4 pm
  • Where: Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • Price: $5 – $10 entry

Manning Park Dark Sky – Astronomy Weekend

  • What: Manning Park’s first astronomy weekend features workshops, speakers and star-gazing. Bring your telescope and your astronomy questions for our star experts who will guide you on a tour of the night skies in the pristine alpine environment of Manning Park. Good for beginners and experts.
  • When: Friday, October 12 to Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Manning Park
  • Register: Online

2018 Tri-Cities Volunteer Fest

  • What: Local non-profits will be on hand to answer your questions about local and global causes that have an impact on your life. Learn where to volunteer, find an opportunity that fits with your schedule, and connect with an organization where you can explore your passions.
  • When: Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Coquitlam Centre
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Vin Van Sunday Roast

  • What: Vin Van will be running a Sunday Roast Series this autumn/winter, bringing the best of a British Sunday to Vancouver. The first pop-up is happening on October 14 at Cafe Lokal in Kitsilano. Attendees can expect a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings along with a dessert and of course, wine pairings.
  • When: Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Cafe Lokal – 2610 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: $55; buy online

Meet the Masters – Dalí and Piccaso at the Oakridge Centre

  • 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

The Great Big Boo!

The Great Big Boo! characters

  • What: A live, family-friendly Halloween show will be touring Cineplex theatres across BC, Alberta, and Ontario from October 12 to October 29: The Great Big Boo!. The 50-minute show combines the best of musical theatre and trick-or-treating and it’s returning after a successful run last year, featuring a dynamic, original score and some seriously spooktacular spectacular dance numbers. You can bring the kids along to this non-scary Halloween show that follows the story of Zoe and Justin who sing and dance their way through Boo Alley on a quest to save Halloween. There’s never a dull moment as the pair meet some larger-than-life characters along the way. After the musical, you’ll be invited to meet the stars and join them for a fun trick-or-treat event. The show is suitable for all ages, but it’s best suited for children aged 2 – 12 years.
  • When: Various dates from Friday, October 12 to Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various Cineplex cinemas across Metro Vancouver
  • Price: $22 – Tickets available via thegreatbigboo.com

The Dream Horror Live Haunted House

  • What: After what was supposed to be the event’s final year, Vancouver’s famous and terrifying Dream Horror Live Haunted House is coming back for one last scare. Production crews are still completing the house, but the final installment looks to be bigger, better, and scarier than ever. Part of what makes the house so scary is an abundance of actors. Many, stem from various film schools around the lower mainland. Some, however, come all the way from Calgary and out east to join in the madness. Best of all, proceeds will benefit athletes in East Vancouver, specifically those who can’t afford to play soccer.
  • When: Friday, October 12 to Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 11:30 pm, every night
  • Where: 3552 Commercial Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $10 at the door
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