27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: October 26 to 28

Oct 9 2018, 5:29 pm

The last weekend of October is here! Get yours going with these 27 events happening in Vancouver on Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28. Explore Variety Week Wrap Party, Taste of Yaletown, and more.

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

Friday, October 26, 2018

Goosebumps: An Evening with RL Stine

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What: RL Stine will be at Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a night of spooky stories and bone-chilling tales. The author will be doing a book signing and a Halloween party will also take place, so be sure to wear your best costumes. Stine, who has often been referred to the “Stephen King of children’s books,” has penned hundreds of spooky novels. As of 2008, Stine’s books sold over 400 million copies.

When: Friday, October 26
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Price: Available on Ticketmaster, $20-$62 plus fees

Haunted Village

What: Explore the Village in the dark of night. Come wonder at the curious, find the unusual and discover the unexpected. Visitors are encouraged to wear their costumes and dancing shoes. Everyone is invited to join the Hill Street Bash. It’ll be a spooktacular time.

When: Friday, October 26 to Monday, October 29, 2018.
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC
Price: $14 adults, youth and seniors, $9 for children 2 to 12 years. Members Free


What: BANNERS’ music is at once haunting and hopeful. His song “Start a Riot” has generated over 50 million Spotify streams, while his recent single “Someone to You” has reached the number one position at Alt Nation.

Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cirque Noir gets Freaky 2018

What: Celebrate Halloween with DJs, live cirque performers, freaky decor and treats, and more on two floors of spooky fun.

Time:  9 pm to 2 am
Where: Imperial – 319 Main St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $40-$60

SkyTrain Halloween Dance Party


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What: The annual SkyTrain Halloween Dance Party is set to take over the rails from Waterfront Station to the “outer reaches” of the system, complete with a “thumping sound-system, decorations, and several hundred of your transit-loving friends,” according to organizers. Those behind the event also note that unlike in previous years, “when we’ve been able to set up in advance, we will all be boarding the train at the same time.” As such, those who plan on attending are being asked to help to make sure the set up happens efficiently, primarily by making some space for the DJ to get the all the equipment in place.

Time: 8 pm  to 9:30 pm
Where: Event begins at Vancouver’s Waterfront Station
Admission: Regular SkyTrain fare

Variety Week Wrap Party 2018 with Ferris Wheel

What: Children’s charity Variety BC is bringing a 60-ft-tall Ferris wheel to the plaza on Friday, October 26 to mark the conclusion of Variety Week. The public can ride the attraction by an optional donation towards the charity. Aside from being able to enjoy unique views of the city not seen since the zip line during the 2010 Olympics, the public event also includes food and entertainment.

Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free event; Ferris wheel rides are by a suggested donation of $10

Company Wang Ramirez

What: Gravity turns elastic in Wang Ramirez’s new work Borderline, which combines b-boy dance battles with the soaring movement of Wuxia martial arts, to trace a line between chaos and control. Borderline pits five dancers and one rigger against the gravitational forces of weight and resistance.

When: Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Night for All Souls


Night for all Souls

What: Curated by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto, this unique cultural event offers the public an opportunity to remember their dead, whether interred at Mountain View Cemetery or not, in a gentle atmosphere of contemplative beauty.

When: Saturday, October 27 to Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Mountain View Cemetery- 5455 Fraser St., Vancouver
Admission: All events are free. Donations are welcome.

Red Carpet Ball – A Night at Studio 54

What: The famous nightclub is being revived for the Rotary Club’s Red Carpet Ball, who will be hosting an unforgettable night for a great cause. The experience will be complete with a glamorous red carpet entrance, valet parking, paparazzi, live entertainment, and an “ultimate experiences” auction. Music will be provided by the legendary Studio 54 DJ, now SiriusXM show host, Robbie Leslie, who’s flying in to host the party. Food for the evening takes on the theme of “choose your own adventure,” with chef-manned stations, hand-passed food offerings, and an array of beers and wines to wash it down with.

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 6 pm to 2 am
Where: Seaforth Armoury – 1650 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online: $40 for the dance, $150 for dinner and dance


What: Design your own take-home Jack O’ Lantern, go on a spooktacular scavenger hunt in the exhibit galleries, guess the ghoul and guts and compete for best costume and strut your stuff in our parade.

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Museum of Surrey – 17710 56a Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Wild Things

What: Once a year mischievous raccoons, a friendly bear, chatty crows and their forest friends emerge from the bog to greet visitors as they walk along a trail lined with candlelit pumpkins. Enjoy some spooky fun, storytelling and pumpkin carnival games at this Halloween-inspired event. An adult must accompany children. Flashlights and costumes are optional but encouraged. Rain or shine; dress for the weather.

When: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 201
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Admission: Free for those two years and younger, $4/child (3-12 years) and $6/adult (13+ years). Proceeds support educational and public programs in the park.

The Haunted Sea: Halloween at the Cannery

What: Dive to the darkest depths of “The Haunted Sea” at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site to explore what lurks in the mysterious fathoms below. Watery ghosts, sea monsters, and twisted tentacles coil and collide alongside historic legends and sea lore. Entertain your imagination with games, crafts, activities and a journey into the deep with real-life horrors that will leave you gasping for air. Suitable for all ages.

When: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Adults $11, Youth (6-17) $7, Seniors (65+) $9

Cineplex Community Day 2018

What: For the eighth consecutive year, Cineplex Community Day will treat guests to a selection of popular movies. All proceeds from donations and select concession sales will support the WE Charity (formally known as Free the Children), a family of organizations that makes doing good, doable. Popcorn, drinks, and select candy will be available to purchase at $2.50, a reduced price.

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 9 am – 11 am
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free

Halloween Yacht Party 2018

What: If you’re looking for seafaring way to celebrate the spirit of the Halloween season, than this special Halloween cruise with room for you and 400 friends might be just what you’re looking for. The event is presented by Where It’s At Entertainment and the event is 19+ only. Costumes are not mandatory, but with this being a Halloween event after all, they are “highly” encouraged.

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: Two sailings: 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm, (re-docking takes place at 11 pm and 12 am, respectively.)
Where: Boat sets sail in False Creek, at 750 Pacific Blvd.
Tickets: $70, available online (19-plus)

Diwali Downtown Vancouver

What: Diwali Fest returns for it’s 15th Annual Celebration of the Festival of Lights at Diwali Downtown Vancouver. This multicultural event features music and dance performances by local artists. The beloved Rangoli room will be back again – join in creating a room sized mosaic artwork.

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Admission: Free or by donation

Vancouver Canucks vs Pittsburgh Penguins

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Image: Vancouver Canucks / Instagram

What: Vancouver Canucks hit the ice against Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Arena.

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Taste of Yaletown 2018

La Pentola

Dishes from La Pentola (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

What: The annual food fest is returning for its 14th year of special menus, tasting plates, and expert pairings in the restaurants of one of Vancouver’s swankiest neighbourhoods. Diners can enjoy a variety of three-course set menus from participating restaurants, each with a special fixed price of either $25, $35, or $45, for 11 delicious days in a row.

When: Now to Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Multiple venues in Yaletown
Price: Special menus for $25, $35, or $45

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

What: Nnamdi Ogbonnaya is a multi-instrumentalist composer, producer, and performer. His musical identity was forged in the DIY community of Chicago. His relentless participation in numerous musical projects bridged genres and created inroads between scenes. Featuring special guest Sen Morimoto.

When: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: The Biltmore – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $13

Demystifying Mushrooms

What: Learn to identify common mushrooms without harvesting them. Investigate fungi’s role as the underground interconnected ‘world wood web’. A 30-minute indoor slideshow is followed by a slow trail walk. Edible mushrooms are not the focus of this walk. Ages 15+.

When: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 9 to 11:30 am
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Admission: $8.50 per adult, $4.50 per youth/adult 65+. Registration required.  Barcode 7460

SPARK ANIMATION 2018 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 four-time Academy Award winner Nick Park receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, a talk with Vancouver animation filmmakers and Oscar winners David Fine and Alison Snowden, the SPARK Animation Conference and Career Fair, film premieres and screenings, and more. All proceeds from this year’s festival will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver.

When: Thursday, October 25 to Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Poirier Street Market

What: Launched in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in the Lower Mainland.  The Poirier Street Market hosts a diversity of vendors and products from May through October. Each week a wide variety of vendors gather to showcase their products – made, baked, grown, or raised in BC.

Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Goat Yoga at Maplewood Farms

What: Maplewood Farms will be hosting 9 am weekend goat yoga classes taught by Kelli Sroka. Classes will take place on a grassy paddock. Guests should bring their own yoga mats and don’t wear designer gear as it’s going to get a bit muddy with the grass and goats. Selfies with the goats are encouraged so get ready to strike a pose. And if you need some new threads for those photos, goat yoga t-shirts are available to purchase online.

When: Every weekend from until Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 9 to 10 am. Arrive for class at least 30 minutes early.
Where: Maplewood Farms, 405 Seymour River Place North Vancouver
Register: Online, $30 for participants over 18

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers

What: Vancouver Whitecaps wrap up their regular MLS season against Portland Timbers at BC Place.

When: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Gallery Gachet and WePress Space Official Grand Opening

What: An afternoon of letterpress and 3D printer demonstrations, snacks and drinks, and a chance to hang out and meet new people. ASL, Mandarin, and Cantonese Interpretation provided. A collaboration between DTES Heart of the City Festival, Gallery Gachet, WePress, and Powell Street Festival Society.

When: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: 9 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

The Spellman House


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What: To help celebrate the launch of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix is giving a Spellman-themed makeover to the Cecil Green Park House. Visitors will be able to get a witchy makeover, enjoy a potion or two, find their own familiar, and get a sneak peak of the supernatural world that Sabrina lives in. Admission to the event is free, however, Netflix has already announced that the event is oversold. Tickets can still be obtained online, but if you want a sneak peek at the Spellman house, arrive early and beat the lines.

When: Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 1 to 4 pm (Saturday), 1 to 9 pm (Sunday)
Where: Cecil Green Park House – 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, free, admission is first-come, first-served.

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

What: The Ambleside Farmers Market has a good selection of organic and conventional produce. Prepared food vendors include baking, jams, honey, syrups, salsas and much more. There is also a varied selection of BC crafts including jewellery, clothing, artwork, pottery, skincare and more. The Ambleside Market also has a book exchange, newspaper reading area, games table, kids play area, and live music.

When: Every Sunday until Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
Admission: Free

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