27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: October 25 to 27

Oct 25 2019, 12:00 pm

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The last weekend of October is upon us! Enjoy these 27 things to do in Vancouver on Friday, October 25, Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27. Boobyball, Taste of Yaletown, and more.

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

Friday, October 25

Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels

What: Poison frontman and reality tv star Bret Michaels comes to Hard Rock Casino on his Unbroken Tour. Michaels’ album Custom Built topped Billboard’s Hard Rock list, and he has collaborated with the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Loretta Lynn, and Joe Perry on his album Jammin’ With Friends. Not only is Michaels established as a musical celebrity, but he now also has his own TV show called Rock My RV with Bret Michaels, where he rock n’ rolls old beat-up RV’s.

When: October 25, 2019
Times: 8 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Washington Capitals

What: The Canucks take on the Capitals at Rogers Arena. Tonight’s theme night is Diwali Celebration.

When: October 25, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Classic Scary Movie Marathon

What: Historic Stewart Farm presents a marathon of vintage scary movies on October 25. Films include The Bewitched Inn, filmed in 1899, and feature film Dracula from 1931.

When: October 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey
Admission: Free. Call 604-501-5100 to reserve your spot with barcode #4674085.

Comedy Bang! Bang! Live!

What: The long-running weekly comedy podcast created and hosted by Scott Aukerman comes to Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a live show with special guests.

When: October 25, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

RISE Conference Vancouver 2019

What: RISE Conference Vancouver features more than 25 world class speakers at the Pipe Shop in North Vancouver. ACE is presenting this two-and-a-half day mentorship conference for women who are seeking connection, inspiration and growth in their personal lives, or for business and career goals.

Attendees will have an opportunity to ask their burning questions, share stories of struggles and successes within a network of influential women and notable thought leaders. The retreat-like event is running October 25-27 and also features mindfulness activities, a marketplace, influential panels, and a networking opportunity with a community of successful women who “are on the RISE.”

When: October 25 to 27, 2019
Time: Friday 9 am, Saturday 8 am to 9 pm, Sunday 9 am to 8pm.
Where: Pipeshop at The Pier in North Vancouver
Tickets: Available online here.

Bangarra Dance Theatre

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What: Bangarra Dance Theatre comes to Vancouver for the first time in its 30 year history, and will perform a selection from their three decades that combine performance, lush musical scores, and totemic storytelling

When: October 25 and 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival

What: Horror fans can indulge in the macabre when the Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival makes its return to the York Theatre. For their second year, VHS is featuring not only short films from across the globe, but feature-length films as well. They are also adding a second day to the festival, so audiences can look forward to even more scares. At the end of the festival, there will be awards given out for a number of categories, including an audience choice award.

When: October 25 to 26, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Art’s Nursery – 8940 192nd Street, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Saturday, October 26

Boobyball Presents: Into the Ocean

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What: The annual Boobyball party returns to Van City this month, and this year’s charitable party is going underwater. Taking place on October 26 at The Permanent, the 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.

When: October 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm to 1 am
Where: The Permanent, 330 West Pender Street
Price: From $75, can be purchased online


What: American hip-hop ensemble BROCKHAMPTON will be taking the stage with special guests at the PNE Forum on Saturday, October 26, as part of their “Heaven Belongs To You Tour.” Today, the 15-member group is made up of musicians and creatives from all over the world who celebrate the different talents they bring together. To date, they’ve released six albums: All-American Trash (2016), SaturationSaturation IISaturation III (2017), Iridescence (2018), and most recently, Ginger (2019).

When: October 26, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: PNE Forum — 2901 East Hastings Street
Tickets: Starting at $56.50 (including GST) — Tickets available via Ticketleader

Haunted Village

What: Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel features live entertainment, spooky decor, live characters, and more.

When: October 25 to 28, 2019
When: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC
Admission:$14 adults, youth and seniors, $9 for children 2 to 12 years, free for members

ArtBreakers Illustration Market

What: The ArtBreakers Market is a weekend-long illustration and design exhibition. The market will feature a diverse roster of artists, including award-winning children’s book author and illustrators, art directors, and magazine illustrators.  Over the weekend, over 45 of these top-tier professionals will be gathered at Heritage Hall to showcase and share their personal projects and wares with the public.

When: October 26 and 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday) 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

VRRA Rabbit Festival

What: The Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy (VRRA) is hosting its 15th Annual VRRA Rabbit Festival on October 26. The festival will include demonstrations from bunny athletes from the Vancouver Rabbit Agility club, contests, raffles, drinks, and snacks.

With a minimum donation, the festival offers vet checks, nail clippings, and grooming services, just be sure to BYOB (bring your own bunny). There will also be educational services on-site to help inform attendees about caring for their rabbits and adoptable bunnies from the VRRA shelter will there to visit.

When: October 26, 2019
Where: Scottish Cultural Centre –8886 Hudson Street Vancouver
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Admission: With donation

Mid-Century Madness: Celebrating 60 years at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

What: To commemorate its 1959 inaugural year, Queen Elizabeth Theatre is hosting a dress up party with bubbly, photo booth, dancing, live entertainment, and more. Tickets are priced $19.59 to celebrate its birth year.

When: October 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

A Westwood Halloween

What: Westwood Recordings’ A Westwood Halloween features performances by Stickybuds, Moontricks, and Dirtwire, with support from Rumpus & Sivz. The 19+ event is a combination of dance and electronic music to boogie the night away to. With audio by PK Sound and visuals by Ineo Studios, expect a powerful and unparalleled party experience.

When: October 26. 2019
Time: 10 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street
Tickets: Starting at $35 (plus service charges) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Halloween at the Vancouver Aquarium

What: To celebrate Halloween, the Vancouver Aquarium is offering 50% off the price of entry for all youth (4 to 18 years of age) who dress up on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27. Children 3 and under get in for free.

Bring the little ones along to the Aquarium to face their fears and check out the spooktacular creatures residing there, such as snakes, spiders, bats, and cockroaches. The Reef Reborn 4-D experience lets you and the kids dive into a world of majestic sea turtles and eye-popping fish, all without leaving the Aquarium.

When: October 26 and October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way
Price: 50% off entry for all youth (4 to 18 years of age) dressed in costume, $38 for adults, free for children under the age of 3 — Tickets available via the Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Public Library Book Sale

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What: Vancouver Public Library is holding a huge book sale from October 24 to 26, in the Alice McKay Room, at the VPL’s main branch at 350 West Georgia Street. More than just books, however, the sale will also feature CDs and video games among the offerings. All sales are final, and attendees are asked to bring their own bags to carry their new finds home in. Prices start at just 50 cents for some items, and anything that remains unsold by Saturday will be half price.

When: Now to October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 9 pm Oct. 24, 10 am to 6 pm on Oct. 25 and 26.
Where: Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library central branch – 350 West Georgia St
Admission: Free

Diwali Downtown Vancouver

What: Diwali Downtown Vancouver is a multicultural event with South Asian dance performances and music by local artists. Help create a room sized mosaic artwork in the Rangoli room.

When: October 26, 2019
Time: 12:30 to 4:30 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Admission: Free or by donation

Sunday, October 27

Lansdowne Centre’s Drive-In Halloween Movie

What: Disney-lovers will be able to visit Metro Vancouver’s popular drive-in venue to catch the 2019 release of The Lion King. The free-to-attend event is also paired with two costume contests. The first is a “car costume contest,” which people can enter by posting photos of their car in costume on FreshAirCinema’s Facebook. Winners will be chosen from attendees that bring their car, in costume, to the movie. The second is a kids costume contest, which will take place an hour before the movie begins, with a prize for best costume.

When: Sunday, October 27, 2019
Time: Parking opens at 4 pm; costume contest at 6 pm; movie starts at 7 pm
Where: Lansdowne Centre Parking Lot – 5300 No. 3 Rd, Richmond
Admission: Free of charge

The Vancouver Fall Home Show

What: Fall in love with your home all over again at the Vancouver Fall Home Show. Explore the marketplace filled with home-related products and services. Attendees will see HGTV Canada stars Bryan Baeumler of Island of Bryan and Sabrina Smelko of Save My Reno, plus learn from many demos and presentations to help you with your next home project.

When: Now until October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Giants vs Prince George Cougars

What: Vancouver Giants face off with the Prince George Cougars at the Langley Events Centre. Today’s theme is Trick Or Suite Night and Save on Foods Family Sunday.

When: October 27, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Anmore Manor Haunted House

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What: Anmore Man has been a local neighbourhood scare for the past seven years. Visitors are invited to step inside the home and partake in a number of handmade decorations, horror scenes, and terrifying live actors.

When: October 25, 26, 27, and 31, 2019
Time: 7 to 10:30 pm
Where: 1151 Robin Way, Anmore
Admission: By donation to the Share Society, cash or non-perishable food items

Assassin’s Creed Symphony

What: Experience the action of Assassin’s Creed series with a live 80-piece orchestra and choir and video game footage. The event will also feature reimagined tracks from various composers including Jesper Kyd, Lorne Balfe, Brian Tyler, Austin Wintory, Sarah Schachner, Winifred Phillips, Elitsa Alexandrova, Chris Tilton, Ryan Amon, and The Flight.

When: October 27, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cult Classic Comedy!

What: Instant Theatre celebrates the Halloween season with a horror movie inspired comedy show. The comedians will watch the first five minutes of a cult classic horror film with the audience and then improvise the rest.

When: October 27, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

SPARK ANIMATION 2019 Film Festival

What: SPARK ANIMATION celebrates the impact of animation on today’s entertainment industry and honours the diversity of films and techniques in the field. Highlights include Hollywood producer Bonnie Arnold receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, a 20th Anniversary screening of Disney’s Tarzan with the co-directors, the SPARK Animation Conference and Career Fair, film premieres and screenings, and more. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver.

When: October 24 to 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Taste of Yaletown 2019

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What: The annual food fest is returning for its 15th year of special menus, tasting plates, and expert pairings in the restaurants of one of Vancouver’s swankiest downtown neighbourhoods. Diners can enjoy a variety of three-course set menus from participating restaurants, each with a special fixed price of either $35, $45, or $55 for 11 delicious days in a row.

When: Now until October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Participating restaurants in Yaletown
More Info: Online

Hidden Wonders

What: Hidden Wonders is the next edition of Shawn Farquhar’s Cabaret of Wonders, and premieres in a secret location in Chinatown. Shawn is a World Champion of Magic, has performed on Ellen, fooled Las Vegas headliners Penn & Teller twice on Fool Us, and had his magic featured on shows like Fringe, Shut Eye and X-Files.

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 27, 2019
Time: TBA
Where: Secret location in Chinatown. Guests will be provided with address and password
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Writers Fest 2019

What: The 2019 Vancouver Writers Fest features over 100 authors and over 80 events on Granville Island and across Vancouver. The Festival features readings, workshops, performances, Q&As and more. Artists and authors include guest curator Tanya Tagala, youngest ever Griffin Poetry Prize winner Bill-Ray Belcourt, former Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin and BC Book Prize winner Laisha Rosnau; international superstars Mona Awad, Tash Aw and Stephen Chbosky, and more

When: Now until October 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

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