27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: October 18 to 20

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Autumn weekends are best filled with fun events! Check out these 27 fun things to do in Vancouver on Friday, October 18, Saturday, October 19, and Sunday, October 20. WWE NXT Live, UBC Apple Festival, and more.

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Friday, October 18


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What: Irish singer/songwriter Hozier brings his Wasteland, Baby! Tour to Vancouver this October. The multi-platinum artist had his breakthrough after releasing debut single “Take Me to Church,” which has been certified in several countries worldwide including the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Canada. Hozier will be joined by guest Freya Ridings, best known for her 2017 single “Lost Without You.”

When: October 18, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre — 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard
Tickets: Online

Oktoberfest 2019: A Traditional Bavarian Event

What: Hard Rock Casino’s first-ever Oktoberfest event features live music by The Leder Hosers traditional Bavarian dancing by the Roving German Girls, craft beer, German cuisine, and more.

When: October 18, 2019
Times: 7 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online, each ticket comes with a free branded beer stein with a serving of beer, along with one serving of traditional German fare.

BC Lions vs Saskatchewan Roughriders

What: The BC Lions take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Place.

When: October 18, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler

What: True Pulse Theatre Co. presents their first show: Hedda Gabler by Norwegian realist Henrik Ibsen. The psychological drama explores truth in emotion, and aims to showcase human behaviour and mental illness in authenticity. Directed by Emilio Merritt.

When: October 18, October 25, November 5, November 15, November 22, November 29, December 6, December 7, December 13, December 14 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre – 7646 Prince Albert, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Oktoberfest “Das Original” at the Vancouver Alpen Club

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What: Head to Vancouver Alpen Club for Oktoberfest “Das Original.” There will be German food, beer, and live music to enjoy on three weekends.

When: October 18 and 19, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Price: $35; buy online

Frankenstein: Lost In Darkness

What: A brand new audio drama adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic tale. Directed by Chris Lam, featuring Corina Akeson, Tariq Leslie, Matthew Simmons, and Diana Squires.

When: Various dates October 18 to November 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Drive-In Cinema Under The Stars

What: Taking place over four consecutive weekends, Drive-In Cinema Under The Stars will be held in the parking lot of the Sea to Sky Gondola. Presented by by the Sea to Sky Gondola and Tourism Squamish, the selection of films will a mix of new and old, with appeal for the whole family.

All the movies begin at 7 pm, and organizers suggest that people arrive between an hour-and-a-half and two hours before the movie starts. The earliest that vehicles will be allowed to park is 4 pm, and spaces are available first-come, first-served. Parking closes 30 minutes before screening (6:30pm).

When: October 18 and 19, October 25 and 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Sea-to-Sky Gondola parking lot – Sqaumish
Tickets: $20 per vehicle

Saturday, October 19

Kids Up Front’s More Than A Movie Night – Toy Story 4

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What: Watch the hit film Toy Story 4 on the jumbotron at BC Place, and for every ticket purchased, a ticket will be donated to the communities of Kids Up Front. There will be on field activities for the family to enjoy before the screening, and every ticket includes a hot dog, soft drink, and popcorn.

Kids Up Front collaborates with over 120 local charities and youth groups to provide donated event tickets and programs to marginalized youth and children. 

When: October 19, 2019
Time: 5 to 6:15 pm (on field activities), 6:30 to 8 pm (Toy Story 4 screening)
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

NeXT Up Spin-a-thon: Spin to Win Against Cancer

What: The NeXT Up Spin-a-thon is BC’s largest exercise fundraiser, and helps raise funds for BC Cancer Foundation’s nutrition and exercise programming for cancer patients. Register to be one of hundreds of riders committing to one of six hourly slots on a bike at Method Studios (Kitsilano and North Vancouver), Cadence Cycling (South Granville), Spin Society (Mount Pleasant), and TaG Cycling (Broadway). There is also an option to register as a team to keep spinning throughout all six classes. There are also giveaways and prizes throughout the day.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: Various times throughout the day
Where: Method Studios (Kitsilano and North Vancouver), Cadence Cycling (South Granville), Spin Society (Mount Pleasant), and TaG Cycling (Broadway)
Register: Online

Luke Combs

What: Rising country star Luke Combs will be performing at Rogers Arena as part of his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour. He’ll be joined by supporting acts Morgan Wallen, Jameson Rodgers, and Dee Jay Silver.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, Show 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Kits House Autumn Fair 2019

What: The annual Kits House Autumn Fair features many free activities, including live music, festive photo booth, food truck and artisan vendors, live shows and yoyo workshops, all ages yoga and more. Plus for a small fee attendees can visit the haunted house, bouncy castle, pumpkin patch, face painting, carnival games, face painting, and a gift basket bonanza. Then stick around to see who wins the costume contest – best pet, best child and best adult costumes.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Kits House – 2305 West 7th Ave (Vine St from 5th Ave to 8th Ave)
Admission: Free, small fee for some activities

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. Visitors can expect eight haunted houses, live shows and performances, and 20 rides. Playland’s newest haunted house, “The Bloodshed,” will also be making a return.

As far as food and beverages go, expect all of Playland’s beloved offerings, as well as several pumpkin spice-themed options, including pumpkin spice mini donuts, kettle corn, and candy floss. The park’s Tipsy Unicorn drink, which was notoriously popular during Playland Nights and the Fair at the PNE, will also be making a return.

When: Select dates until October 31, 2019
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


What: On Saturday, October 19, pick a pumpkin by donation and help the Greater Vancouver Food Bank at Kitspatch, an event hosted by the West 4th Avenue Business Improvement Association. A total of 300 pumpkins will be placed in front of the Kitswings mural at West 4th Avenue and Burrard Street, where you can take your pick of the best from 11 am to 1 pm.

There’s going to be a professional photographer on-site to snap photos of the day and help you celebrate the festivities. Dogs are welcome and doggy treats will be available. Lucky’s Doughnuts and DAVIDsTEA will be served.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: In front of the Kitswings mural — West 4th Avenue and Burrard Street
Price: Free to attend


RAPS Kitten and Cat Adoption Event

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What: In total, Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS) has 25 kittens, plus another six who are a little older and also looking for forever homes. To help clear the shelter, RAPS is holding a kitten adoption event this weekend. Interested parties are encouraged to pre-apply on its website and fill out an online pre-approval application form in order to be considered.

Interested adopters are urged to call the RAPS Cat Sanctuary this week for a telephone pre-interview and reserve an appointment for October 19. RAPS says it can’t guarantee the timing of adoptions, but applicants should be prepared to take a kitten home on Saturday. All adopters will receive an adoption package.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm. Please call ahead (604-279-0024) for a telephone pre-interview and to make an appointment
Where: RAPS Cat Sanctuary, 201-13340 Smallwood Place, Richmond
Admission: Free


What: WWE NXT will stop at the PNE Agrodome on October 19, which promises to be an intimate show in the 5,000-seat arena. One of the hottest brands for pure wrestling fans, this will NXT’s first visit to Vancouver since 2017.

Organizers have announced a lineup that includes current champion Adam Cole, Delta’s Kyle O’Reilly and Penticton’s Tyler Breeze, and many more.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: PNE Agrodome — 2901 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Light the Night Walk

What: This beautiful three-kilometre walk is held every year in support and remembrance of those who have faced leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers. By walking, you can help raise funds for blood cancer research and patient support services.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: 5 to 9:30 pm
Where: Lumberman’s Arch – Stanley Park
Register: Online

East Van Opry 2019

What: The seventh East Van Opry features a variety of Vancouver musicians, including Scott Smith’s Adventures in Steel Guitar, Lonesome Town Painters, and Shirley Gnome.

When: October 19, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sunday, October 20

Schitt’s Creek: Up Close & Personal


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What: Just For Laughs presents a live event with the cast of Schitt’s Creek at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Cast members, including Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy, will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the CBC series. expect stories from cast members, surprises, and more in the interactive evening.

When: October 20, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

2019 UBC Apple Festival

What: Entering its 28th year, the event features apple tastings, an extensive variety of apples and apple trees to buy and take home, and more.

When: October 19 and October 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: UBC Botanical Garden – 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Admission: $5 (cash only) for adults; children ages 12 and under enter for free

Eat North presents Drags Benny Vancouver

What: This one-of-a-kind brunch presented by Eat North in partnership with TD Bank and Fairmont Waterfront will support the Vancouver Pride Society. This fundraiser brunch kicks off at 11 am and includes a welcome drink, brunch canapes, and then a three-course seated brunch. In addition to brunch, guests can opt for drag-inspired drinks alongside classic bevies like mimosas and Caesars.

RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Laila McQueen will be hosting this shindig alongside some top BC drag queens like Kendall Gender, Gia Metric, and Mina Mercury as well as Calgary drag personalities Angelina Starchild and Perla Coddington. This celebration will also offer a silent auction and a 50/50 draw with funds raised going towards Vancouver Pride Society.

When: October 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: $70 – $640; buy online

In the BAG Family Sundays

What: Visit Burnaby Art Gallery for a different family-friendly art project this fall. October’s project is Printing the Present, November’s project is Collecting Memories, and December’s project is Wayfinding with Water.

When: October 20, November 17, December 15, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm, beginning on the hour and half-hour mark with the last at 3:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Cat yoga at Catoro Cafe

What: Catoro, Vancouver’s recently-opened, magical cat cafe is hosting cat yoga at their forest-themed venue. The session will take place on Sunday, October 20 and includes one hour of guided Hatha yoga, followed by 30 minutes of cat cuddles, snacks, and refreshments at their cafe. And 100 per cent of ticket sales go towards the Cat Therapy and Rescue Society.

When: October 20, 2019
Time: 12 to 1:30 pm
Where: 666 E Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: $60, available online

Dancing Lessons

What: Dancing Lessons tells the story of a geophysics professor with Asperger’s syndrome who asks a Broadway dancer to teach him how to dance for an awards dinner. However, the dancer is recovering from an injury that may permanently end her dancing career. As their relationship develops, both are caught off guard by what they learn about themselves and each other. Presented by Naked Goddess Productions.

When: Now until October 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Return of the Salmon

What: ​Returns of the Salmon features displays, games, and conversations with fisheries experts from the Bell-Irving Hatchery and other community organizations. Then witness the salmon returning home to spawn in Kanaka Creek. All ages, and presented with Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society.

When: October 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – meet at fish fence – 23900 Kanaka Creek Rd, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

2019 International Theatresports Institute’s Conference and Festival

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What: Vancouver TheatreSports is hosting the 2019 International Theatresports Institute Conference and Festival, featuring over 100 improv performers from 18 countries in 50 performances across three theatres on Granville Island. Highlights include The Toys Strike Back, by Norway’s Det Andre Teatret, the El Jaguar Fiesta Tour of Vancouver with masked Mexican luchador El Jaguar (Derek Flores, New Zealand) and OK Tinder – The International Edition.

When: Now until October 20, 2019
Time: Various showtimes
Where: The Improv Centre, Waterfront Theatre, and The Nest on Granville Island
Tickets: Online

Wild Things

What: Wild Things at Richmond Nature Park is a family-friendly, theatrical experience that celebrates nature, wildlife and Halloween. An adult must accompany children while at Wild Things.

When: October 19 and 20, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, and 7:30 pm
Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Tickets: Online $4 or or at the door $6/ Children three years and under are free


What: Harvest Haus is partnering with the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) to launch the largest harvest celebration in Canada: Harvestland. Visitors can expect rides, attractions, food, and entertainers, as well as the return of the original Harvest Haus – the 19+, high-energy Oktoberfest party.

Harvestland will boast dozens of attractions, including tractor rides, logger sports showcases, pumpkin carving, and theatrical entertainers. Guests can also explore the colourful Bavarian Village, a Woodland Labyrinth, and the interactive Kinder Farm.

When: Now until October 20, 2019
Time: 12 to 10 pm (Fridays to Sundays)
Where: Hastings Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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