Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The weather forecast for the long weekend is supposed to be clear and sunny.  Get out there and enjoy it!  Check out our list of things to do in Vancouver this weekend for Thanksgiving!

 


Friday October 11th


#SafeFest Music Festival
, times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
$5-15; all ages
Centred around the local music community, the festival runs through October 13, and aims to be an inclusive experience where access is granted to people of all ages, to not only experience the live music scene but also to participate in it.  Featuring a mix of underage bands as well as some of the city’s most established artists, the goal is to promote a sense of ownership and participation in the culture that we all ultimately help to create.  As well as live performances the festival will also feature workshops by community leaders.  See the website for the full performance schedule.

Artisan Sake Tasting Night | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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12th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night: Tonarigumi Sake Night, 6:00PM-9:00PM @ Coast Coal Harbour Hotel (1180 West Hastings Street), Vancouver
$125-250
Don’t miss this popular Artisan Sake Maker tasting night series.  There is also a silent and live auction as part of the evening’s festivities.  This unique experience sells very quickly; buy tickets in advance!

Navratri South Asian Festival, 7:00PM-11:00PM @ BCIT Gymnasium Burnaby Campus (3700 Willingdon Ave), Burnaby
$5; free for children 10 and under
Get your dancing shoes ready and celebrate the spirited dance-centric nine day Navratri festival!  Join the hundreds of participants as they celebrate this cultural event with music, dance, performances, and food, through to October 13th.  See the website for more details.

Capture Photography Festival, times varies @ various galleries and locations, Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
From October 1 to November 15, this not-for-profit lens-based arts festival celebrating Metro Vancouver’s renowned photography scene is launching with more than 55 exhibitions at museums, galleries and artist-run centers with public art installations, and multi-platformed programming throughout the city. Don’t miss the Artist Talk series, workshops, and lectures running throughout the festival.

Stanley Park Ghost Train | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Stanley Park Ghost Train

Stanley Park Ghost Train Opening Night, 11:00AM-10:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Railway, Vancouver
$11; other pricing in effect
Travel through the silver screen into the world of classic horror movies with this year’s Monster Movie Mashup through November 2!  Take your velvet seat on the Halloween Ghost Train and journey back to a time when moving pictures unearthed the shadows that lay sleeping in the dark recesses of our minds.  Special matinee times on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Buy tickets in advance online or in person at the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre.  Limited same-day tickets available after 3PM onsite.

Stanley Park Ecology Society: Creatures of the Night, 6:30PM-9:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Railway, Vancouver
$5; other pricing in effect
Running in parallel with the Stanley Park Ghost Train, SPES’ nature program is an entertaining adventure for explorers of all ages.  From the miniature train plaza, follow your ecology guide through the forest on a 30 minute candle-lit walk to meet some of Stanley Park’s elusive animals.  On each half hour Thursdays-Sundays only.  Lanterns are provided; bring your sense of adventure!

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), time varies @ various venues in Vancouver
$13 + $2 VIFF membership; other pricing in effect
Don’t miss the last day of the festival!  As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF brings Vancouver audiences some of the best films from around the globe. Last year the Festival presented over 380 films from 75 countries to over 140,000 enthusiastic film-lovers. Buy your VIFF guide from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre, and visit VIFF’s website for more info and tickets.

Fright Nights | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Fright Nights @ Playland

Fright Nights at Playland Opening Night, 7:00PM-11:00PM @ Playland at PNE (East Hastings Street at Windermere Street), Vancouver
General Admission $22-35; Fast Pass $44-70
Face your fears… Fright Nights possesses Playland through November 2, and features 6 fright houses, 12 rides, and the freaky sideshow The Monsters of Schlock.  Fast pass holders gets access to expedited lines for each Haunted House.  Tickets online must be purchased for a specific night; buy in advance and save!  Leave your costumes and face paints at home.

The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island, various times @ secret locations in Vancouver
$25+
A new story! A new adventure! The same zombie plague… Back for its second year, the Zombie Syndrom is an interactive theatre adventure on the streets of Vancouver running through November 3rd. Check out the website for more details.

The Shipyards Night Market, 5:00PM-10:00PM @ Shipyards Plaza (138 Victory Way), North Vancouver
Free
Over 50 tents filled with local products showcasing British Columbia’s bakers, artisans, and farmers. A great evening for all ages, with food, fun, and festivities all night long. Takes place every Thursday and Friday until October 16.

Kokoro Dance Life | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Kokoro Dance

Kokoro Dance: Life, 8:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, Vancouver
$35; other pricing in effect
This premiere performance through to October 12 is a poignant exploration of the passage of time, the body’s aging, mortality, and the creation of art through all that.  Life recalls the joy of discovery and the pain of loss in a journey we all share, from the moment of our birth to the instant of our passing.  Buy tickets in advance.

13th Annual Richmond Night Market, 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 8351 River Road (next to Bridgeport Canada Line Station), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
The market features 250 vendors and 80 food booths, family friendly entertainment, a children’s amusement zone, and carnival-style rides. This year’s theme is based around the Magical Duck Island adventure board game, with $100,000 in prizes. Open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday until October 14.

 


Saturday October 12th


#SafeFest Music Festival
, times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
$5-15; all ages
Centred around the local music community, the festival runs through October 13, and aims to be an inclusive experience where access is granted to people of all ages, to not only experience the live music scene but also to participate in it.  Featuring a mix of underage bands as well as some of the city’s most established artists, the goal is to promote a sense of ownership and participation in the culture that we all ultimately help to create.  As well as live performances the festival will also feature workshops by community leaders.  See the website for the full performance schedule.

Raw Talent 12x12 Vancouver Photo Marathon Exhibition | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Raw Talent 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon (Facebook)

Raw Talent: 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon Exhibit, 6:00PM-11:00PM @ Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street), Vancouver
Free
Raw Talent showcases every photo taken by the 60 participants of the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon which took place on August 31st, 2013 on Commercial Drive.  Join all 60 marathoners as they regroup with nervous anticipation to find out how their images developed!  Photo enthusiasts, art lovers, and Vancouverites of all ages are welcome to experience this unique one-night-only event.  RSVP online in advance.

Capture Photography Festival, times varies @ various galleries and locations, Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
From October 1 to November 15, this not-for-profit lens-based arts festival celebrating Metro Vancouver’s renowned photography scene is launching with more than 55 exhibitions at museums, galleries and artist-run centers with public art installations, and multi-platformed programming throughout the city. Don’t miss the Artist Talk series, workshops, and lectures running throughout the festival.

18th Annual Fort Langley Cranberry Festival, 8:30AM-4:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Langley
Free and ticketed events
Celebrate the proud berry history of Fort Langley this weekend.  The fun starts with a pancake breakfast, contests, barrel-making demonstrations, games, live music, cooking demonstrations, fashion shows, market vendors, and more!  Limited parking; see the website for more details.

Grave Tales | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Grave Tales, 7:00PM & 8:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Langley
$15.10; 17+ only
The popular historic walking tour is back this year with even more spine-chilling stories!  Get ready to be thoroughly creeped out on the guided walking through the Fort Langley village.  Younger participants can make reservations for the Grave Tales Youth Edition.  Buy tickets in advance.

Fright Nights at Playland Opening Weekend, 7:00PM-11:00PM @ Playland at PNE (East Hastings Street at Windermere Street), Vancouver
General Admission $22-35; Fast Pass $44-70
Face your fears… Fright Nights possesses Playland through November 2, and features 6 fright houses, 12 rides, and the freaky sideshow The Monsters of Schlock.  Fast pass holders gets access to expedited lines for each Haunted House.  Tickets online must be purchased for a specific night; buy in advance and save!  Leave your costumes and face paints at home.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00PM @ Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way), Vancouver
$97-336
Limited tickets left to the game against the Habs!  Buy your’s online or in person at the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre.  See the website for the rest of the Canucks’ schedule.

AMPED | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Science World

AMPED: Feature Exhibition Opening, 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Science World (1445 Quebec Street), Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Science World’s has got the technology.  You’ve got the music inside you.  Let it all out at Science World’s new feature opening!  Explore the technology, creativity and craft behind modern pop songs in this exhibition that offers unique, fun and inspirational experiences around the writing, recording and performing of music.  Don’t miss The Wall of Amps today and tomorrow.  Part of Science World’s Around the Dome in 30 Days, a month-long science festival.  Visit the website for more details.

Stanley Park Ghost Train Opening Weekend, 11:00AM-10:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Railway, Vancouver
$11; other pricing in effect
Travel through the silver screen into the world of classic horror movies with this year’s Monster Movie Mashup through November 2!  Take your velvet seat on the Halloween Ghost Train and journey back to a time when moving pictures unearthed the shadows that lay sleeping in the dark recesses of our minds.  Special matinee times on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Buy tickets in advance online or in person at the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre.  Limited same-day tickets available after 3PM onsite.

Navratri South Asian Festival, 7:00PM-11:00PM @ BCIT Gymnasium Burnaby Campus (3700 Willingdon Ave), Burnaby
$5; free for children 10 and under
Get your dancing shoes ready and celebrate the spirited dance-centric nine day Navratri festival!  Join the hundreds of participants as they celebrate this cultural event with music, dance, performances, and food, through to October 13th.  See the website for more details.

Creatures of the Night | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – waelae.com

Stanley Park Ecology Society: Creatures of the Night, 6:30PM-9:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Railway, Vancouver
$5; other pricing in effect
Running in parallel with the Stanley Park Ghost Train, SPES’ nature program is an entertaining adventure for explorers of all ages.  From the miniature train plaza, follow your ecology guide through the forest on a 30 minute candle-lit walk to meet some of Stanley Park’s elusive animals.  On each half hour Thursdays-Sundays only.  Lanterns are provided; bring your sense of adventure!

New People/First People: Food Sharings Harmonizing Ritual, Art, Music & Dance, 2:00PM-4:00PM @ Britannia Community Centre (1655 William Street, off Grandview Park), Vancouver
$10-15 suggested donation
Don’t miss this unique exploration of indigenous perspectives on sustenance and food security through dance, music, art and ritual.  There will be an interactive dance workshop and dialogue exploring our human relationship to food and nature, along with a sharing and making of indigenous traditional dishes.  Part of the Vancouver Sustenance Festival happening through October 22; see the website for more events.

13th Annual Richmond Night Market, 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 8351 River Road (next to Bridgeport Canada Line Station), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
The market features 250 vendors and 80 food booths, family friendly entertainment, a children’s amusement zone, and carnival-style rides. This year’s theme is based around the Magical Duck Island adventure board game, with $100,000 in prizes. Open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday until October 14.

Zombie Syndrome | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island, various times @ secret locations in Vancouver
$25+
A new story! A new adventure! The same zombie plague… Back for its second year, the Zombie Syndrom is an interactive theatre adventure on the streets of Vancouver running through November 3rd. Check out the website for more details.

UBC Saturday Public Market, 9:00AM-1:00PM @ UBC Farm, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Free admission
In addition to over 250 varieties of UBC’s own fresh, organically grown produce, visit for live musicians, craftspeople, hot prepared food, bakers, and other young farm vendors all through mid-October. For those interested in learning more about the farm, don’t miss the 30 minute public tour at 11AM.

Trout Lake Farmers Market, 9:00AM-2:00PM @ John Hendry Park at Trout Lake (between Templeton Drive and Lakewood Drive), Vancouver
West End Farmers Market, 9:00AM-2:00PM @ Mole Hill (1100 block Comox Street), Vancouver
Burnaby Farmers Market, 9:00AM-2:00PM @ Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way), Burnaby
Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market, 10:00AM-2:00PM @ East Boulevard (between 37th & 41st Ave), Vancouver
River District Farmers Market, 10:00AM-3:00PM @ 8683 Kerr Street (SE Marine Drive & Kerr Street), Vancouver
Free admission
Check out the fresh produce at the Farmers Markets every Saturday until mid-October. See the websites for more info and other farmers markets in Metro Vancouver.

 


Sunday October 6th


AMPED: Feature Exhibition Opening Weekend
, 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Science World (1445 Quebec Street), Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Science World’s has got the technology.  You’ve got the music inside you.  Let it all out at Science World’s new feature opening!  Explore the technology, creativity and craft behind modern pop songs in this exhibition that offers unique, fun and inspirational experiences around the writing, recording and performing of music.  Don’t miss The Wall of Amps today.  Part of Science World’s Around the Dome in 30 Days, a month-long science festival.  Visit the website for more details.

World Indigenous Day | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Richard T Lee (Flickr)

World Indigenous Day, 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, Vancouver
Free
An event celebrating the beauty of Indigenous culture, bringing people from all communities together in the hopes of building relationships, and acknowledging our pride and diversity.  An afternoon of workshops, panel discussions, traditional foods, music and cultural dance, drumming, and much more.  Part of the Vancouver Sustenance Festival through October 22; see the website for more events.

Fright Nights at Playland Opening Weekend, 7:00PM-11:00PM @ Playland at PNE (East Hastings Street at Windermere Street), Vancouver
General Admission $22-35; Fast Pass $44-70
Face your fears… Fright Nights possesses Playland through November 2, and features 6 fright houses, 12 rides, and the freaky sideshow The Monsters of Schlock.  Fast pass holders gets access to expedited lines for each Haunted House.  Tickets online must be purchased for a specific night; buy in advance and save!  Leave your costumes and face paints at home.

Stanley Park Ecology Society: Creatures of the Night, 6:30PM-9:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Railway, Vancouver
$5; other pricing in effect
Running in parallel with the Stanley Park Ghost Train, SPES’ nature program is an entertaining adventure for explorers of all ages.  From the miniature train plaza, follow your ecology guide through the forest on a 30 minute candle-lit walk to meet some of Stanley Park’s elusive animals.  On each half hour Thursdays-Sundays only.  Lanterns are provided; bring your sense of adventure!

Stanley Park Ghost Train | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – monniblog.com

Stanley Park Ghost Train Opening Weekend, 11:00AM-10:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Railway, Vancouver
$11; other pricing in effect
Travel through the silver screen into the world of classic horror movies with this year’s Monster Movie Mashup through November 2!  Take your velvet seat on the Halloween Ghost Train and journey back to a time when moving pictures unearthed the shadows that lay sleeping in the dark recesses of our minds.  Special matinee times on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Buy tickets in advance online or in person at the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre.  Limited same-day tickets available after 3PM onsite.

#SafeFest Music Festival, times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
$5-15; all ages
Centred around the local music community, the festival runs through October 13, and aims to be an inclusive experience where access is granted to people of all ages, to not only experience the live music scene but also to participate in it.  Featuring a mix of underage bands as well as some of the city’s most established artists, the goal is to promote a sense of ownership and participation in the culture that we all ultimately help to create.  As well as live performances the festival will also feature workshops by community leaders.  See the website for the full performance schedule.

Navratri South Asian Festival, 7:00PM-11:00PM @ BCIT Gymnasium Burnaby Campus (3700 Willingdon Ave), Burnaby
$5; free for children 10 and under
Get your dancing shoes ready and celebrate the spirited dance-centric nine day Navratri festival!  Join the hundreds of participants for the last day of the celebration with music, dance, performances, and food.  See the website for more details.

Capture Photography Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Capture Photography Festival (Facebook)

Capture Photography Festival, times varies @ various galleries and locations, Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
From October 1 to November 15, this not-for-profit lens-based arts festival celebrating Metro Vancouver’s renowned photography scene is launching with more than 55 exhibitions at museums, galleries and artist-run centers with public art installations, and multi-platformed programming throughout the city. Don’t miss the Artist Talk series, workshops, and lectures running throughout the festival.

The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island, various times @ secret locations in Vancouver
$25+
A new story! A new adventure! The same zombie plague… Back for its second year, the Zombie Syndrom is an interactive theatre adventure on the streets of Vancouver running through November 3rd. Check out the website for more details.

Richmond Night Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – silverfd3s (Flickr)

13th Annual Richmond Night Market, 6:00PM-11:00PM @ 8351 River Road (next to Bridgeport Canada Line Station), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
The market features 250 vendors and 80 food booths, family friendly entertainment, a children’s amusement zone, and carnival-style rides. This year’s theme is based around the Magical Duck Island adventure board game, with $100,000 in prizes. Open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday until October 14.

Kitsilano Farmers Market, 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Kitsilano Community Centre (2690 Larch Street), Vancouver
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Guelph Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), Vancouver
Free admission
Check out the fresh produce at the Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant Farmers Markets every Sunday until mid-October. See the website for the full list of other farmers markets in Metro Vancouver.

 


Monday October 14th


13th Annual Richmond Night Market
, 6:00PM-11:00PM @ 8351 River Road (next to Bridgeport Canada Line Station), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
The market features 250 vendors and 80 food booths, family friendly entertainment, a children’s amusement zone, and carnival-style rides. This year’s theme is based around the Magical Duck Island adventure board game, with $100,000 in prizes.  Don’t miss the last Richmond Night Market for the season!

Capture Photography Festival, times varies @ various galleries and locations, Vancouver
Free & ticketed events
From October 1 to November 15, this not-for-profit lens-based arts festival celebrating Metro Vancouver’s renowned photography scene is launching with more than 55 exhibitions at museums, galleries and artist-run centers with public art installations, and multi-platformed programming throughout the city. Don’t miss the Artist Talk series, workshops, and lectures running throughout the festival.

AMPED: Feature Exhibition Opening Weekend, 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Science World (1445 Quebec Street), Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Science World’s has got the technology.  You’ve got the music inside you.  Let it all out at Science World’s new feature opening!  Explore the technology, creativity and craft behind modern pop songs in this exhibition that offers unique, fun and inspirational experiences around the writing, recording and performing of music.  Don’t miss The Wall of Amps today.  Part of Science World’s Around the Dome in 30 Days, a month-long science festival.  Visit the website for more details.

The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island, various times @ secret locations in Vancouver
$25+
A new story! A new adventure! The same zombie plague… Back for its second year, the Zombie Syndrom is an interactive theatre adventure on the streets of Vancouver running through November 3rd. Check out the website for more details.


What are you planning on doing this long weekend? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!


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    You’re forgetting about Laidback Luke!

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