27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: October 4 to 6

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Welcome to the first weekend of October, everyone! Enjoy your Friday, October 4, Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6 with these 27 things to do in Vancouver. Variety Week Wrap Party, Tegan and Sara, and more.

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

Friday, October 4

Variety Week Wrap Party 2019 with Ferris Wheel

What: Children’s charity Variety BC is bringing a 60-ft-tall Ferris wheel to Sunset Beach on Friday, October 4 to mark the conclusion of Variety Week. The public can ride the attraction by an optional donation towards the charity. The Wrap Party will also feature carnival attractions, live music, concessions, and the “Club Heartly Kids Korner”. Presenting sponsor Accent Inns who will have non-stop family activities and The Gaming Stadium will host an interactive esports experience for videogame fans.

When: October 4, 2019
Time: 12 to 10 pm
Where: Sunset Beach –1204 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free, Ferris wheel rides are by a suggested donation of $10

The Women of Comedy

What: TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival hosts The Women of Comedy at York Theatre. Performers include Canadian Comedy Award winner Martha Chaves (CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud, Because News), Australia’s rising Indigenous comedy star Steph Tisdell (Sydney Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Toronto’s Nour Hadidi (Just For Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival), and Vancouver’s Erica Sigurdson (The Debaters, CBC, CTV).

When: October 4 and October 5, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, 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 4 and 5; October 11 and 12; October 18 and 19, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Price: $35; buy online

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.

When: Select dates from October 4 to 31, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm from October 4 to 6, 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

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: October 4 until October 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Horror on Hastings II – A Rickshaw Wrestling Presentation

What: Horror on Hastings extravaganza returns for the second year at Rickshaw Theatre. Enjoy Halloween-themed wrestling with Ravenous Randy Myers, Calamity Kate, MechaWolf, Bestia 666, Nicole Matthews and Bishop, and more.

When: October 4, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $25-$45, available online

Potter’s House of Horrors

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Potters House of Horrors

What: Every fall, Potter’s House and Nursery in Surrey transforms into Potter’s House of Horrors, as it converts its grounds from an enjoyable, plant-filled garden centre into a maze of terror filled with the latest animatronics, digital sounds, high-tech scares and trained actors. The 17th year of the Potter’s House of Horrors includes attractions Death Valley Motor Inn, Devil’s Descent, Li’l Haunters, Escape from Incineration Escape room, Haunted Photo Booth, Xtreme Paintball Haunted Shootout, Creeps Concession, and The Last Ride.

Partial proceeds of the event go to the Critter Care Wildlife Society. In addition, Potter’s House of Horrors is proud to support the Surrey Food Bank and will be accepting non-perishable food donations onsite.

When: October 4 to November 2, 2019 (closed for Thanksgiving)
Time: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm (regular hours). Hours for family hour and Lil’ Haunters vary (check website for full schedule)
Where: Potter’s Farm and Nursery – 12530 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Available online starting at $15.99 for general admission and $12.99 for children. Pricing for family hour and L’il Haunters will vary

Saturday, October 5


What: Welcome the fall with a little taste of the German tradition of Oktoberfest with River District’s Octoberfestival. Enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment and fun activities at the River District Neighbourhood Centre. The Rheinlander Oompah Pah band and the Carnival Band will be playing, Science World will showcase exciting fall- themed demonstrations courtesy of TD Bank’s Play Grant, plus there will be balloon twisting and more.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: River District Neighbourhood Centre – 8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lvle Up Tournament Series

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What:  On Saturday, October 5 the Lvle Up Tournament Series is coming to Vancouver at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. The NHL 19 and FIFA 19 tournaments are open to all ages and skill levels.

Lvle Up is an esports tournament platform that hosts live and online tournaments for amazing prizes. In addition to NHL and FIFA tournaments, they also run tournaments from Madden, NBA Live and NBA 2K.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: NHL 19 tournament at 2:30 pm, FIFA 19 tournament at 5:30 pm
Where: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, Granville Ballroom, Fourth Floor — 39 Smithe Street
Register: Player entry fee: $40Guest entry fee: $10


What: Grammy-nominated rapper Logic will be coming to Vancouver this fall as part of his “The Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Tour”. Featuring special guests J.I.D. and YBN Cordae.

The multi-platinum artist is best known for the song 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) which featured Alessia Cara and Khalid. His most recent release, Homicide, featuring Eminem, also made its debut at number one on the Spotify US charts upon release.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:30 pm
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

World of Dance Live Vancouver

What: The World of Dance Live Tour features the best dancers from across all genres of dance,  incorporating both local and national talent. You’ll get to experience the same thrill and excitement that you do when watching the show on television but you’ll be right in the audience.

The tour will feature season three winning dance group The Kings and will be stopping in nine Canadian cities. Fans have the chance to purchase ticket packages that include a special meet and greet as well as autographs sessions.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 4 pm and 8:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara

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What: The musical twins are making their back to Calgary for a show this fall as part of their Hey, I’m Just Like You tour, which is in support of their new album of their same name as well as their memoir, High School. Hey I’m Just Like You is a brand new album that is built off of cassette tapes from the same era upon which Tegan and Sara recorded dozens of songs they wrote between the ages of 15 and 17. The show is expected to feature archival video footage, readings from the memoir, and songs from the new album — mixed in with fan-favourite classics.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Steveston Heritage Experience

What: ​The Steveston Heritage Experience leads you back in time on an interactive walking tour, stopping at four celebrated historic attractions—Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Tram, the Steveston Museum, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Along the way, you’ll hear eye-opening tales of yesteryear village life, as told by a chatty local who seems to have just stepped from the streets of 1914. Carefully chosen food and beverage tastings will also be served, offering a taste of life back in 1914—culminating with a popular dish of that day (and today), delicious seafood chowder from local favourite Pajo’s, along with a craft brew from Steveston’s Britannia Brewing.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 2 to 5 pm. Meet at the Britannia Shipyards NHS Visitor Centre at least 15 minutes before tour start time.
Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site 5180 Westwater Drive Richmond
Tickets: Online

Diwali Downtown Surrey

What: Diwali Downtown welcomes thousands of attendees from all backgrounds for a South Asian cultural celebration of contemporary and classical Indian culture. This year’s event includes an Indian style bazaar with crafts, music and dance performances, and more

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free or by donation

BC Lions vs Toronto Argonauts

What: The BC Lions take on the Toronto Argonauts at BC Place.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Another Oktoberfest

What: Enjoy four house-brewed German-style beers, along with a few special surprises. While this shindig featuring beer and pretzels is a FREE all-day event, you can guarantee your spot by purchasing tickets for the festivities early.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 10 pm
Where: Another Beer Co – 30 Capilano Way Unit 11, New Westminster
Admission: Free with the option of purchasing tickets online

Sugar Sammy

What: After an incredible year marked by a series of prestigious events, Sugar Sammy is bringing his razor-sharp wit back to Canada as part of his new “Canadian Tour.” In 2016, Sugar Sammy performed his hit show in front of a record-breaking crowd of over 115,000 people at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Following his local success, Sammy took his French and English show to France, Belgium, and Switzerland while hopping back to Canada this past winter to host the JFL Comedy Tour where he visited 12 cities.

When: October 5 and October 6, 2019
Time: 7:45 pm
Where: Bell Performing Arts Centre – 6250 144 St, Surrey; Centennial Theatre – 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Price:$39.99 – $59.99, available online

Sunday, October 6

Vancouver International Film Festival 2019


The Vancouver International Film Festival draws large crows (VIFF/Facebook)

What: VIFF features over 320 films and events, and welcomes about approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe to Vancouver. The festival also showcases the biggest Canadian film program in the world and some of the best in cinematography from British Columbia, including films in the Sea to Sky programming stream presented by TELUS.

The films and documentaries shown throughout the festival will celebrate a myriad of voices, stories, and perspectives stemming from the people within BC.

When: Now until October 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Ticket Packs and Passes: Online

Mobital Warehouse Sale: Wholesale Designer Furniture

What: Vancouverites have the opportunity to inject some TLC into their home interior by purchasing timeless, high-quality pieces. Local contemporary furniture wholesaler Mobital is hosting an exclusive warehouse sale from Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6 with 50 per cent or more off one-of-a-kind samples, floor models, and overstock.

When: October 4 to October 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 13128 80th Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake

What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on Real Salt Lake in the final game of the MLS season at BC Place. The club is also hosting Fan Appreciation Day, with the first 1,500 fans entering the stadium receiving a free Whitecaps FC baseball cap, thanks to CDW. The hats will be given out at Gates A, H and C.

Team-signed balls will be given away to lucky fans by players and coaches, and Bell Box e-Soccer winner Suraj Varma will face off with Whitecaps FC e-MLS player, Erfan Hosseini, in a halftime FIFA match on the videoboard. The game will also showcase 100 Youth Season Ticket Members taking on two Whitecaps FC players in a 100 versus 2 match at halftime.

When: October 6, 2019
Time: 1 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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, as well as live entertainment, inside a historic cannery setting. Admission to the museum is free on market days.

When: October 6 and 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Free

CRAFT Brühaüs Oktoberfest Party

What: Enjoy this two-day festival celebrating all things Oktoberfest. Attendees can expect German-inspired eats, big beers, and music.

When: October 5 and 6, 2019
Time: Saturday, 6 pm till late; Sunday, 2 pm till late
Where: Craft Beer Market – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Pacific Assistance Dogs – Graduation 2019

What: PADS invites everyone to come celebrate the 2019 Graduation of their assistance dog teams. There will be a ceremony, Puppy Parade and more, plus a reception.

When: October 6, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Michael J. Fox Theatre – 7373 Macpherson Ave, Burnaby
RSVP: Online

Opera On A Sunday Afternoon: Baroque to Verismo – Italian Opera through the Ages

What: Opera on a Sunday Afternoon by Burnaby Lyric Opera starts their new season on October 6 with a performance by operatic soprano Chloé Hurst and pianist Perri Lo.

When: October 6, 2019
Time: 3 to 5 pm
WhereShadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
TicketsOnline, $15

Eastside Flea

Eastside Flea summer pop-ups

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What: Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade independent maker wares to vintage clothing, collectibles, plants, artisan food. and more. You’ll also find food trucks, live entertainment, and more to check out.

When: October 5 and 6, November 2 and 3, November 16 and 17, November 30 and December 1, December 7 and 8, December 14 and 15. 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Eastside Studios – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
Price: $3 admission, no one turned away for lack of funds

Wünderbar ‘Oktobeerfest’ Pop-Up at Bells & Whistles

What: Bells & Whistles will be transforming into a Bavarian-inspired beer hall for over two weeks of beer-fueled celebration. Menu specials like warm pretzels with tangy honey mustard, currywurst, an Oktoberfest platter, and a custom-created Foothills Creamery soft-serve dessert will all be up for order. This Wünderbar ‘Oktobeerfest’ Pop-Up will also feature some classic German beer styles from local brewers.

When: Now until October 6, 2019
Time: Regular hours
Where: Bells & Whistles Fraser Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

PumpkinFest 2019

What: Visitors will be able to check out a pumpkin patch, as well as farm animals, an artisan market, local food vendors, and free swimming, gymnastics, and skating. PumpkinFest will also be hosting a “Home & Harvest” competition, allowing locals to showcase their award-winning baking, veggies, pies, art, photography, and other pieces of work.

When: October 6, 2019
Where: West Vancouver Community Centre — 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Time:  10 am to 3 pm
Admission: Free

Jontavious Willis

What: Blues musician and singer Jontavious Willis performs at Mel Lahan Hall at St. James on October 6.

When: October 6, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Mel Lahan Hall at St. James – 3214 West 10th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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