27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: October 19 to 21

Oct 9 2018, 5:26 pm

Embrace that Friday Feeling, the weekend is here! Here are 27 great events happening in Vancouver on Friday, October 19, Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 21. We’ve got Ellen Degeneres, Glow in the Garden, and more.

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

A Conversation with Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres/Facebook

  • What: Ellen DeGeneres, host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and voice of Finding Nemo‘s Dory, is bringing her smiling, dancing, pranking, and fun-loving personality to Rogers Arena for a one-night-only show. The Q&A at Rogers Arena will take place on Friday, October 19, and is being presented by TD Bank and hosted by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.
  • When: Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Jeff Martin

  • What: Jeff Martin, frontman for The Tea Party and Revelator, brings his West Coast tour to Imperial with special guests.
  • When: Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Girls Night Out

  • What: The Port Moody Arts Centre annual Girls Night Out is a night of comedy by women for women. Featuring stand-up comedian Erica Sigurdson, Sophie Buddle, Yumi Nagashima, and Molly’s Comedy Cabaret, the show’s proceeds will go towards supporting arts and music programming and gallery initiatives at the Port Moody Arts Centre.
  • When: Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Time: Reception 6:30 pm, Show 8 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Tickets: Online

The Dark Eighties Halloween Party

  • What: Dance all night to DJs Nikki Nevver, Vanessa Turner and Mirror//Mask, plus enjoy live art projections. Costumes are highly encouraged.
  • When: 
  • Time: 9 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Warehouse at Eastside Studios – 550 Malkin Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Toast To The Coast

  • What: Sip and savour your way through the galleries of the Vancouver Aquarium as you go on a foodie journey with meaning – one that supports important ocean issues, like halting ocean plastic pollution. This is a stand-up, cocktail reception style event.
  • When: Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $150; buy online

VanDusen Glow in the Garden 2018


VanDusen Glow in the Garden (Vancouver Park Board)

  • What: VanDusen Glow in the Garden invites those who attend “on an adventure through a whimsical garden with curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale Hänsel and Gretel.” Participants can follow breadcrumbs on a magical walk, featuring a variety of lights, sounds and zany illuminated pumpkin caricatures. The event also features tasty treats, arts, and crafts, and more fun for the whole family.
  • When: Friday, October 19 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 pm to 6 pm / 6 pm to 7:30 pm / 7:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Adult (19-64) $12.50 $13.50 / Senior (65+), Youth (13-18), VBGA member $10.50 $11.50 / Child (3-12) $8.50 $9.00 / Children two and under are free


  • What: Sakred Noir is hosting their first-ever Pop Up Shop & Party ALTAR NITE, with friends Mary Rich and Xane Studio. See what’s hot on the horizon in jewellery, fashion and art while enjoying live DJ, free drinks and bites. In support of Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.
  • When: Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm to midnight
  • Where: Six Hundred Four Sneaker Gallery – 151 Cambie St., Vancouver
  • RSVP: rsvp to [email protected]

Saturday, October 20, 2018


wild west

Boobyball Toronto

  • What: This giant party aims to raise funds for Rethink Breast Cancer’s programs, spread awareness about breast cancer prevention, and provide support for individuals under 40. This year’s Boobyball will be a Wild West theme. You can expect complimentary food and drinks all night, playing dress up to the theme, interactive experiences, and live performances all with a southern twist.
  • When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm to 1 am
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver — 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online, $75 to $115

Vancouver Canucks vs Boston Bruins

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with Boston Bruins in NHL action at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

East Van Opry 2018

  • What: Now in its sixth year, East Van Opry features a talented and eclectic mix of Vancouver musicians performing their hearts out.
  • When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
    Tickets: Online, $24

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • What: Check out over 60 farms and producers, food and coffee trucks every weekend at Trout Lake Farmers’ Market.
  • When: Every Saturday until October 20, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Chefs in the Hood

  • What: This event, presented by Silverchef Canada and ONO Vancouver, will bring together the best of Vancouver’s culinary talent in a collaborative dinner event. Guests can expect an eight-course reception style dinner and cocktails, beer and wine for purchase, and live entertainment as well. There will also be a silent auction and 50-50 in support of Dan’s Legacy warehouse project, a platform that provides therapeutic counselling and life-skills intervention programs to youth battling mental health and addictions issues resulting from childhood trauma and abuse
  • When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: The Law Courts Inn – 500-800 Smithe St 4 floor, Vancouver
  • Price: $69-$100; buy online

Latin Fiesta

  • What: Bring the family to the Museum of Surrey for a vibrant fiesta of all the senses that includes crafts, dancing, food and more.
  • When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Museum of Surrey – 17710 56a Ave, Surrey
  • Tickets: Admission, Free

UNIQLO & GO Mobile Pop-Up

  • What: The event gives you the opportunity to experience the fun and interactive side of the UNIQLO app. It’s also going to feature the brand’s top sellers that you can now purchase online through the app thanks to the launch of the highly-anticipated mobile store. You’ll be able to explore the UNIQLO fall collection and order items on-site that will be delivered right to your door, and you’ll get to leave with one free HEATTECH item, too.
  • When: Wednesday, October 17 to Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Where: 1263 Homer Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Fall Harvest Marketplace

  • What: Stroll through and shop from local vendors specializing in handmade creations. Pick up something warm and cozy for home, stock up on comfort food, or find that special something to compliment your fall look. Fun for the whole family.
  • When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Civic Centre Galleria – 100 Newport Drive Port Moody
  • Admission: $2, children 12 and under get in free

Crazy Rich Feast

  • What: A pop-up dinner, inspired by the 2018 critically acclaimed Asian-American romantic comedy, is coming to Vancouver for one night only. On October 20, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) will be hosting a multi-course dinner inspired by the film and the foods of Singapore. After a welcome cocktail, a Singapore Sling, the glamorous menu will be served family-style at long tables of 8 to 10 people. Dishes include five appetizers dishes, seven main course dishes, and five dessert dishes, each showcasing the diversity of South-East Asian cuisine and regional flavours.
  • When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – 1505 W 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: $128; buy online

Tove Styrke

Tove Stryke

Tove Stryke/Facebook

  • What: Swedish pop singer Tove Styrke released her third critically acclaimed album “Sway” in May 2018, and was widely acclaimed by Pitchfork, FADER, NME, Billboard, Rolling Stone Magazine, GQ and more.
  • When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St. Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Sunday, October 21, 2018

My Favorite Murder

Sunday, October 21

My Favourite Murder/Facebook

  • What: My Favorite Murder is the hit true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Since its inception in early 2016, the show has broken download records and sparked an enthusiastic, interactive “Murderino” fan base. A top five regular on iTunes’ comedy podcast chart, My Favorite Murder has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, Nylon and Rolling Stone magazine.
  • When: Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Diwali Downtown Surrey

  • What: Diwali Downtown Surrey draws thousands of attendees from all demographics for a South Asian cultural extravaganza. Diwali Downtown brings together the best of contemporary and classical Indian culture for the entire family. This year’s event will include over fifteen unique music and dance performances, an Indian style bazaar (marketplace) featuring South Asian crafts and food.
  • When: Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 5 pm
  • Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free or by donation

Return of the Salmon

  • What:  Cheer on the salmon returning home to spawn in Kanaka Creek.  Engage with displays, games and fisheries experts from the Bell-Irving Hatchery and other community organizations. All ages. Presented with Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society.
  • When: Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where:  Kanaka Creek Regional Park – meet at fish fence on 240th Street, north of Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: Free

Cannery Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Cannery Farmers’ Market is Steveston’s indoor winter market, held at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. This unique market features local food and artisan merchants, inside a historic cannery setting. Admission to the museum is free on market days, with guided heritage tours by donation.
  • When: Various dates from Sunday, October 21, 2018, to Sunday, April 28, 2019 
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

In the BAG Family Sundays

  • What: Come and make art. Get your minds humming with a visit to the gallery and then into the studio for family-friendly art projects. October’s theme is Chinese brush painting.
  • When: Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Suggested $5 donation

Goran Bregović and His Wedding and Funeral Band

  • What: The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC presents the boisterous cheer of Balkan virtuoso Goran Bregović and his Wedding and Funeral Band. The dynamic artist has collaborated with Iggy Pop, Cesária Évora, and Asaf Avidan, and will perform all-time favourites and new songs from his latest album, Three Letters from Sarajevo.
  • When: Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Chan Shun Concert Hall – 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Willowbrook Pop-In

  • What: The Pop-In at Willowbrook will be featuring a rotating variety of local businesses each week, kicking off with Fern & Petal, a new Vancouver-based essential oil brand. Stop by the Willowbrook Pop-In event and get a sense of how Fern & Petal’s quality essential oils and bath products could complement your lifestyle.
  • When: Now to Sunday, October 21, 2018
    Time: Starts 9:30 am
    Where: The North Entrance of Willowbrook Shopping Centre (Unit 501) across from Starbucks – 19705 Fraser Valley Highway, Langley
  • Price: FREE admission

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • What: Check out over 50 farms and producers, food and coffee trucks at Kitsilano Farmers’ Market.
  • When: Every Sunday until Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Scream Train 2018


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  • What: The ride takes visitors on a journey through forest that “comes alive with ghosts and ghouls intent on scaring you amidst creepy sounds and special effects.” The attraction includes such “favourite” characters as Chainsaw Charlie, as well as the walking dead who roam the platform every Halloween. It should be noted, that the scream train is specifically recommended for older children who “can handle being scared.” For the younger ghouls and goblins, there’s the Halloween Train Ride to the Pumpkin Patch. On this journey, kids can delight in the crafts and activities under the tent on the platform. In addition, each child who’s paid admission will receive a treat to enjoy on the pumpkin express train as it travels through the decorated forest.
  • When: Friday, October 19 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm to 10 pm
  • Where: Bear Creek Park – 13750 88th Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: $13 per person
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