Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

It’s the weekend before Hallowe’en but not everything in town is spook-related!  Don’t miss this weekend’s opera, literature, culinary, sport, and music related events.  Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

 


Friday October 25th

 

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!

PechaKucha Night New Westminster, 6:030PM-10:30PM @ River Market (810 Quayside Drive), New Westminster
$7.50; wait list only
Started in Tokyo in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architecture firm, PechaKucha Night began as a fun and unique night of local culture and entertainment.  Presenters from a range of fields of interest share who they are and what makes them passionate. There’s only one catch – each presenter gets 20 images at 20 seconds each.  Arrive at 6:30PM for drinks in the food hall and enjoy local craft beer, wine and relaxed sounds from Namoo Nara.   The ten PechaKucha talks starts promptly at 7:30PM.

Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival Opening Gala, 7:00PM-12:00AM @ SFU Woodwards (149 West Hastings Street), Vancouver
$25; 19+ only
VISAFF is Vancouver’s premier International South Asian Film Festival, through October 27.  Its purpose and vision is to bridge the gap between South Asian talent and mainstream audiences. V ISAFF is instrumental in breaking the South Asian stereotype, and expanding North American views on the artists within the culture beyond Bollywood.  Buy tickets in advance.

Haunted Village | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Tourism Burnaby

Haunted Village, 6:00PM-9:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
$14; other pricing in effect
Spirits be haunting, spectres be creeping, and banshees be wailing. Wear your ghostly garb and come join the fun through October 27.  Savour tasty toes at the Butcher’s Block Café, make a withdrawal at the Blood Bank, enjoy the Circus Sideshow, and check out “The Bone Shaker Ball” on Main Street.  Don’t forget a visit to the carousel; we hear it’s haunted…

History & Hauntings Walking Tour, 9:00PM-11:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
$21; recommended 15+
If you’re interested in history and hauntings, you will love this walking tour of mysterious Deer Lake Park through October 27.  Visit five ominous-looking buildings in the area, including the Ceperley Mansion, where mysterious happenings and hauntings have been reported.  Bring your own flashlight.  Pre-registration required.

Savour, 12:00PM-6:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay Market (123 Carrie Cates Court), North Vancouver
Delight your senses at Savour,  Lonsdale Quay Market’s food and beverage festival through October 27.  Explore the array of fine foods and experts who prepare them, from locally grown produce to imported delicacies.  Rediscover the taste of Lonsdale Quay Market with cooking demonstrations, guided Market taste tours, kids activities, contests and much more.  Don’t miss the cooking demo at The Salmon Shop, and the Market Taste Tour today at 5:00PM.

Vancouver Writers Fest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Writers Fest (Facebook)

Vancouver Writers Fest, times vary @ various venues in Vancouver
Ticketed and free events
Featuring 81 readings, performances, interviews and discussions, with 100+ award-winning and emerging writers from around the world.  The festival runs through October 27 at various locations around the city.  Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, world affairs, spoken word and music — there is something for everyone.  Vancouver Writers Fest 2013 includes Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Anne Michaels, and Colin Mochrie.  Visit the website for more details.

9th Annual Taste of Yaletown, times vary @ select restaurants in Yaletown, Vancouver
$25/35/45
Bringing together the talents of chefs with culinary treasures in the best dining district in Vancouver, Taste of Yaletown is a showcase of tastes, treats, sips and sights. From October 16-27, Yaletown kitchens will offer featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings to tempt the most adventurous foodie. With a fresh approach to fixed price menus of $25, $35 and $45, restaurants will offer any combination of food and drink or even special in-house events. Check the website for participating restaurants, and don’t forget to make reservations!

Don Pasquale, A Comic Opera by Gaetano Donizetti, 7:30PM-10:00PM @ Marpole United Church (1296 West 67th Ave), Vancouver
$22; other pricing in effect
She’s the perfect bride… until he marries her. Norina, a sassy young widow, wants to marry Ernesto – but Ernesto’s wealthy uncle Don Pasquale forbids it. Instead, the crotchety old man decides to find his own bride, so he can produce an heir and disinherit his nephew. Luckily, Norina has a plan – one that involves clever disguises, outrageous antics, and a plot to put Pasquale off marriage for good! Enjoy a dynamic new production of a classic comedy, featuring a cast of acclaimed and award-winning artists. Get tickets in advance.

Chinatown Haunted House | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Judge Dee’s Chinatown Haunted House, 7:00PM-10:00PM @ Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street), Chinatown, Vancouver
$12; other pricing in effect
“This Hallowe’en, take your children to Stanley Park.  Bring your friends to Chinatown.” Featuring over a dozen actors, dancers and musicians, this one-of-a-kind experience through October 31 is inspired by the gruesome stories of Judge Dee, China’s Sherlock Holmes.  Brave the Garden’s haunted pathways, uncover the clues and attempt to solve the crime.  Are you brave enough to make it out alive…?  Not recommended for young children or the faint of heart!  Get your tickets in advance from Tickets Tonight.

Dunbar Haunted House, 7:00PM-10:00PM @ 8324 Shaughnessy Street (at West Kent Ave North), Vancouver
$10; other pricing in effect
A popular Hallowe’en attraction with modest beginnings in 2004, the Dunbar Haunted House is one of the most popular haunted houses in Vancouver. This year’s haunt features snapshots of horrific moments in ancient, medieval, and modern history. For a less spooky experience (with no live actors), go on weeekdays between 1:00PM-7PM. Proceeds from all hauntings go towards local charities.

Capture: Ariel Kirk-Goshowaty Double Self-Portrait | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend


Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty – Double Self-Portrait
Photo Credit – Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty

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, 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.

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour  | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – The Vancouver Trolley

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour, departs every hour 6:30PM-9:30PM @ Canada Place (999 Canada Place), Vancouver
$40; 13+ older only
As the night falls and shadows begin to appear, you will be whisked away by Trolley where your host will tell the gruesome tales of troubled spirits, how they met their end, and where they now occupy their time. You will drive through eerie locations such as Stanley Park, the winding roads of Shaughnessy, and stop to visit Mountain View Cemetery and the autopsy room of the Vancouver Police Museum where over 15,000 autopsies have been performed. Stop by the Visitor Centre to make reservations in advance.

Reapers Haunted Attraction: Maze of Terror, 7:00PM-10:00PM @ 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack, BC
$10-18; not recommended for children under 8
One of the most popular haunted houses in the province, owners Lisa & Gary Moran promises by the end of the night, everyone will be screaming in terror. Leave your pets at home.

Witch’s Kitchen Scavenger Hunt, 10:00AM-8:00PM @ City Square Shopping Centre (555 West 12th Ave), Vancouver
Free
If you’re looking for some extra Halloween fun for your kids, you’ll definitely want to try this fun Scavenger Hunt through October 31! Complete the Scavenger Hunt list and enter to win a Sony Playstation Vita and the amazing video game The Little Planet. The Witch’s Kitchen is set up on the upper shops level, just upstairs from the food court. More information on the website.

Fright Nights | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Fright Nights (Facebook)

Fright Nights at Playland, 7:00PM-1:00AM @ 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.

Grave Tales, 7:00PM, 8:00PM & 9:00PM @ 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.

Zombie Syndrome | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Gerry Kahrmann for The Vancouver Sun

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.

 


Saturday October 26th

 

Vancouver Writers Fest, times vary @ various venues in Vancouver
Ticketed and free events
Featuring 81 readings, performances, interviews and discussions, with 100+ award-winning and emerging writers from around the world.  The festival runs through October 27 at various locations around the city.  Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, world affairs, spoken word and music — there is something for everyone.  Vancouver Writers Fest 2013 includes Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Anne Michaels, and Colin Mochrie.  Visit the website for more details.

TEDxKids@BC: The Power In Me, 9:00AM-5:00PM @ Science World (1445 Quebec Street), Vancouver
$20
This year’s TEDxKids@BC brings together an inspiring mix of British Columbia’s finest kid/ult speakers who have extraordinary ideas and inspiring innovation in the areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design – just like TED.  Check out the website for details on how to attend.

Vancouver Opera Tosca | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit — Vancouver Opera

Vancouver Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca Opening Night, 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie Street), Vancouver
$65-175
Set in a time of political and religious upheaval, Puccini’s masterful drama paints three unforgettable portraits: the fiery, pure-hearted Tosca; the passionate political idealist Mario; and the deeply depraved Scarpia.  Puccini’s score is filled with soaring melody, authentic Roman atmosphere, and spellbinding tension.  Visit the website for the synopsis and to purchase tickets.

Around The Dome: Explore Sustainability Weekend, 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Science World (1445 Quebec Street), Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Explore the many ways that we can get involved in being caretakers for our planet.  Part of Science World’s Around the Dome in 30 Days, a month-long science festival.  Visit the website for more details.

Wild Things at the Park, 5:30PM-8:30PM @ Richmond Nature Park (11851 Westminster Hwy at No. 5 Rd), Richmond
$10 families; other pricing in effect
Meet the creatures that emerge at this time every year at the Richmond Nature Park for a perfect mix of slightly spooky fun and interesting nature tales.  There will be mischievous raccoons, a friendly bear, hundreds of jack-o-lanterns, face painting, story telling, lantern making, and more!  For more info call 604.718.6188.

Knit City | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

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Knit City, 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive), Vancouver
$5; cash only
Back again for its second year for one weekend only, with tons of great workshops, demos, and fun! Meet awesome fibre enthusiasts, fatten up your stash, and learn new tips & tricks for your next knitting project.  See the website for more details.

The Little Chamber Music Series Relaunch Party, 8:00PM-10:00PM @ Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, Vancouver
$10-20; children under 12 free
Put on a costume and join the all-ages new music rave/dance party!  There will be cutting-edge Canadian new music, and lots of room to shimmy.  Buy tickets in advance.

Reapers Haunted Attraction: Maze of Terror, 7:00PM-10:00PM @ 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack, BC
$10-18; not recommended for children under 8
One of the most popular haunted houses in the province, owners Lisa & Gary Moran promises by the end of the night, everyone will be screaming in terror. Leave your pets at home.

Capture: Dina Goldstein - Cinderella | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Dina Goldstein – Cinderella
Photo Credit – Dina Goldstein

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.

Judge Dee’s Chinatown Haunted House, 7:00PM-10:00PM @ Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street), Chinatown, Vancouver
$12; other pricing in effect
“This Hallowe’en, take your children to Stanley Park.  Bring your friends to Chinatown.” Featuring over a dozen actors, dancers and musicians, this one-of-a-kind experience through October 31 is inspired by the gruesome stories of Judge Dee, China’s Sherlock Holmes.  Brave the Garden’s haunted pathways, uncover the clues and attempt to solve the crime.  Are you brave enough to make it out alive…?  Not recommended for young children or the faint of heart!  Get your tickets in advance from Tickets Tonight.

Urban Digs Pumpkin Festival, 11:00AM-3:00PM @ Urban Digs Farm (4992 Byrne Road), Burnaby
Free admission
Bring the whole family to pick out a beautiful, organic pumpkin for carving, eating, or both! There will be traditional carving pumpkins, sweet & delicious sugar pie pumpkins, funky & fanciful heirloom pumpkins, and loads of squashy cousins available.  Lots of things to do and see, including friendly farm animals, a straw pit, hot beverages, fresh produce, honey & eggs at the market stand, Pumpkin muffins, and other pumpkin inspired baked goods!  Leave your pets at home.

Parade of Lost Souls | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Parade of Lost Souls (Facebook)

Parade of Lost Souls, 6:30PM-9:30PM @ location to be announced October 26th at 12 midnight
Free
This beloved East Vancouver event, whose heartbeat is a community-driven parade inspired by Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead), and similar traditions that occur all over the world, was created by Paula Jardine and Public Dreams over 20 years ago.  In recent years, the parade has travelled around East Vancouver featuring performance of all sorts, interactive art installations, and all of you Lost Souls, sharing in and creating this enchanting experience.  This transitional year aims to be a smaller and cozier event, an imitate affair – after all, magical things come in small packages.  The secret location will be announced on October 26th at midnight on the Public Dreams website.  Stay tuned.

Savour, 12:00PM-6:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay Market (123 Carrie Cates Court), North Vancouver
Delight your senses at Savour, Lonsdale Quay Market’s food and beverage festival through October 27.  Explore the array of fine foods and experts who prepare them, from locally grown produce to imported delicacies.  Rediscover the taste of Lonsdale Quay Market with cooking demonstrations, guided Market taste tours, kids activities, contests and much more.  Don’t miss the cooking demo from Chef Shallaw Kadir, and the Market Taste Tour today at 5:00PM.

Thrill Vancouver, 4:00PM @ Turnable Plaza, Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, Vancouver
$5-10 suggested donation for admission; $10-40 makeup and prosthetics
It’s close to midnight, and something evil’s lurking… Calling all zombie dancers! It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes, practice your Thrilling moves and get ready for Vancouver’s annual Thriller Dance! If you’d like to participate, pre-register on the website.  All spectators should arrive at 4PM and await the zombies’ rising.

Family Fright at the Fort | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Family Fright at the Fort, 12:30PM-4:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Langley
$6.30-11.70; children under 2 free
Trick-or-treat at Fort Langley National Historic Site, and discover surprises along the way!  Watch as Go Bonkers twists balloon surprises, check out Mike’s Critters’ creepy crawly creatures, decorate a pumpkin, explore the Spooky Servants’ Quarters and much more!  The Full Barrel Café will be serving up a Halloween menu.  Geared toward families with children age 10 and younger.  Check out the events map on the website.

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.

Halloween Hunt & Trick-or-Treating, 12:00PM-3:00PM @ City Square Shopping Centre (555 West 12th Ave), Vancouver
Free
Get in the Hallowe’en spirit with magic shows, trick-or-treating, face painting, and pumpkin decorating! Plus, everyone under the age of 14 is eligible for a draw to win a Nintendo WII U Deluxe Set!  More information on the website.

Murder at the Cannery | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Murder at the Cannery, 1:00PM-5:30PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (12138 Fourth Avenue), Steveston, Richmond
$10; other pricing in effect
The owner of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery has been found dead inside the Cannery and the police need help solving the murder!  Catch the killer today and tomorrow, starting at 1PM on the hour.  Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 604-664-9009.

Elphin Saddles and Witches’ Butter, 1:00PM-2:30PM @ Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre (3663 Park Road, Lynn Canyon Park), North Vancouver
$8.25; 15+ only
Join Juliet Pendray from the Vancouver Mycological Society for a forest fungi walk, and search out mysterious mushrooms in Lynn Canyon Park.  Pre-registration required.

Haunted Village, 6:00PM-9:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
$14; other pricing in effect
Spirits be haunting, spectres be creeping, and banshees be wailing. Wear your ghostly garb and come join the fun through October 27.  Savour tasty toes at the Butcher’s Block Café, make a withdrawal at the Blood Bank, enjoy the Circus Sideshow, and check out “The Bone Shaker Ball” on Main Street.  Don’t forget a visit to the carousel; we hear it’s haunted…

History & Hauntings Walking Tour | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Ceperley Mansion
Photo Credit – bcheritage.ca

History & Hauntings Walking Tour, 9:00PM-11:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
$21; recommended 15+
If you’re interested in history and hauntings, you will love this walking tour of mysterious Deer Lake Park through October 27.  Visit five ominous-looking buildings in the area, including the Ceperley Mansion, where mysterious happenings and hauntings have been reported.  Bring your own flashlight.  Pre-registration required.

Grave Tales, 7:00PM, 8:00PM & 9:00PM @ 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.

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.

Chales Edenshaw | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Charles Edenshaw – Bentwood Chest (late 19th Century)
Photo credit: Canadian Museum of Civilization

Charles Edenshaw Opening, 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street), Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Charles Edenshaw (1839-1920) was recognized in his time as an exceptional Haida artist and remains an iconic figure in Northwest Coast art.  His work serves as a testament to a tremendous individual spirit and a singular talent.  With over 200 pieces assembled from public and private collections from around the world, this first major survey of Edenshaw’s work features the full range of objects that he produced and is organized around five central themes.

Don Pasquale, A Comic Opera by Gaetano Donizetti, 7:30PM-10:00PM @ Marpole United Church (1296 West 67th Ave), Vancouver
$22; other pricing in effect
She’s the perfect bride… until he marries her. Norina, a sassy young widow, wants to marry Ernesto – but Ernesto’s wealthy uncle Don Pasquale forbids it. Instead, the crotchety old man decides to find his own bride, so he can produce an heir and disinherit his nephew. Luckily, Norina has a plan – one that involves clever disguises, outrageous antics, and a plot to put Pasquale off marriage for good! Enjoy a dynamic new production of a classic comedy, featuring a cast of acclaimed and award-winning artists. Get tickets in advance.

9th Annual Taste of Yaletown, times vary @ select restaurants in Yaletown, Vancouver
$25/35/45
Bringing together the talents of chefs with culinary treasures in the best dining district in Vancouver, Taste of Yaletown is a showcase of tastes, treats, sips and sights. From October 16-27, Yaletown kitchens will offer featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings to tempt the most adventurous foodie. With a fresh approach to fixed price menus of $25, $35 and $45, restaurants will offer any combination of food and drink or even special in-house events. Check the website for participating restaurants, and don’t forget to make reservations!

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Rachel Patterson for The Vancouver Trolley (Facebook)

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour, departs every hour 6:30PM-9:30PM @ Canada Place (999 Canada Place), Vancouver
$40; 13+ older only
As the night falls and shadows begin to appear, you will be whisked away by Trolley where your host will tell the gruesome tales of troubled spirits, how they met their end, and where they now occupy their time. You will drive through eerie locations such as Stanley Park, the winding roads of Shaughnessy, and stop to visit Mountain View Cemetery and the autopsy room of the Vancouver Police Museum where over 15,000 autopsies have been performed. Stop by the Visitor Centre to make reservations in advance.

Dunbar Haunted House, 7:00PM-10:00PM @ 8324 Shaughnessy Street (at West Kent Ave North), Vancouver
$10; other pricing in effect
A popular Hallowe’en attraction with modest beginnings in 2004, the Dunbar Haunted House is one of the most popular haunted houses in Vancouver. This year’s haunt features snapshots of horrific moments in ancient, medieval, and modern history. For a less spooky experience (with no live actors), go on weeekdays between 1:00PM-7PM. Proceeds from all hauntings go towards local charities.

Fright Nights | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Fright Nights

Fright Nights at Playland, 7:00PM-1:00AM @ 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 Ghost Train, 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!

Burnaby Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Jason Lang for Burnaby Now

Burnaby Farmers Market (last day), 9:00AM-2:00PM @ Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way), Burnaby
River District Farmers Market (last day), 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.

Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival, times vary @ various locations
VISAFF is Vancouver’s premier International South Asian Film Festival, through October 27.  Its purpose and vision is to bridge the gap between South Asian talent and mainstream audiences. V ISAFF is instrumental in breaking the South Asian stereotype, and expanding North American views on the artists within the culture beyond Bollywood.  Buy tickets in advance.

 


Sunday October 27th

 

Stanley Park Ecology Society: Birds of a Feather, 9:00AM-11:00AM @ Stanley Park Ecology Society Nature House (south-east shore of Lost Lagoon, under the viewing plaza at North end of Alberni Street), Vancouver
By donation
Cooler weather is on its way, and with it, the winter birds return to Stanley Park.  Join this two hour easy walking exploration tour to learn about bird identification and behaviour.

Vancouver Whitecaps | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Bob Frid for Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Vancouver Whitecaps Fan Appreciation Match, 5:00PM @ BC Place
$28.25-148.25
This weekend’s match vs Colorado Rapids will mark a historic milestone for the club, as the one millionth fan to attend a Whitecaps FC MLS match will be welcomed through the gates. Sunday will also be a momentous occasion for Whitecaps FC defender Young-Pyo Lee. The South Korean defender has announced that this will be the final professional match of his distinguished career before retiring at season’s end. The club will recognize Lee prior to kickoff.  For more festivities and for tickets, visit the website.

9th Annual Taste of Yaletown, times vary @ select restaurants in Yaletown, Vancouver
$25/35/45
Bringing together the talents of chefs with culinary treasures in the best dining district in Vancouver, Taste of Yaletown is a showcase of tastes, treats, sips and sights. From October 16-27, Yaletown kitchens will offer featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings to tempt the most adventurous foodie. With a fresh approach to fixed price menus of $25, $35 and $45, restaurants will offer any combination of food and drink or even special in-house events. Check the website for participating restaurants, and don’t forget to make reservations!

Vancouver Writers Fest, times vary @ various venues in Vancouver
Ticketed and free events
Featuring 81 readings, performances, interviews and discussions, with 100+ award-winning and emerging writers from around the world.  Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, world affairs, spoken word and music — there is something for everyone.  Vancouver Writers Fest 2013 includes Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Anne Michaels, and Colin Mochrie.  Today’s the last day!  Visit the website for more details.

Vancouver Recital Society presents Vilde Frang and Michail Lifits | Thngs To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – EMI & Virgin Classics (vimeo)

Vancouver Recital Society presents Vilde Frang and Michail Lifits, 3:00PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street), Vancouver
$25-55
From prodigy at 12, when she performed with the Oslo Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons, to virtuoso at the age of 26, Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang’s prodigious talent has defined her as one of the leading violinists of her generation.  She is a treasure waiting to be discovered… by you!  Limited tickets still available.

Judge Dee’s Chinatown Haunted House, 7:00PM-10:00PM @ Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street), Chinatown, Vancouver
$12; other pricing in effect
“This Hallowe’en, take your children to Stanley Park.  Bring your friends to Chinatown.” Featuring over a dozen actors, dancers and musicians, this one-of-a-kind experience through October 31 is inspired by the gruesome stories of Judge Dee, China’s Sherlock Holmes.  Brave the Garden’s haunted pathways, uncover the clues and attempt to solve the crime.  Are you brave enough to make it out alive…?  Not recommended for young children or the faint of heart!  Get your tickets in advance from Tickets Tonight.

Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival, times vary @ various locations
VISAFF is Vancouver’s premier International South Asian Film Festival, through October 27.  Its purpose and vision is to bridge the gap between South Asian talent and mainstream audiences. V ISAFF is instrumental in breaking the South Asian stereotype, and expanding North American views on the artists within the culture beyond Bollywood.  Buy tickets in advance.

Science World - Around The Dome | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Around The Dome: Explore Sustainability Weekend, 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Science World (1445 Quebec Street), Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Explore the many ways that we can get involved in being caretakers for our planet.  Don’t miss the opening of the TD Environmental Trail and a special City Farm Fest today!  Part of Science World’s Around the Dome in 30 Days, a month-long science festival.  Visit the website for more details.

Princess, Pirates & Magical Creatures Party, 1:00PM-5:00PM @ River District Centre (8683 Kerr Street), Vancouver
Free admission
All princesses from across the land, pirates of the sea, and magical creatures from your favourite fairytales, round-up a horse, chart a course, and make your way to River District!   Create tricked-out treat bags and crafts! Come dressed-up in costume and win some loot from the treasure chest!  At 3:00PM, cozy-up inside the Centre for an out-of-this-world Munchkin Matinee movie adventure: Escape from Planet Earth.

Halloween Hissteria, 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre (3663 Park Road, Lynn Canyon Park), North Vancouver
$2 suggested donation
Are you hiss-terical about snakes and lizards? Meet reptiles from around the world and discover they aren’t as scary as you might think.  Speak with and learn from experts from the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles.  Fun for all ages.

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Savour, 12:00PM-6:00PM @ Lonsdale Quay Market (123 Carrie Cates Court), North Vancouver
Delight your senses at Savour,  Lonsdale Quay Market’s food and beverage festival through October 27.  Explore the array of fine foods and experts who prepare them, from locally grown produce to imported delicacies.  Rediscover the taste of Lonsdale Quay Market with cooking demonstrations, guided Market taste tours, kids activities, contests and much more.  Don’t miss the cooking demo from Chef Shallaw Kadir, and the Market Taste Tour today at 5:00PM.

Murder at the Cannery, 1:00PM-5:30PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (12138 Fourth Avenue), Steveston, Richmond
$10; other pricing in effect
The owner of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery has been found dead inside the Cannery and the police need help solving the murder!  Catch the killer starting at 1PM on the hour.  Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 604-664-9009.

History & Hauntings Walking Tour, 9:00PM-11:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
$21; recommended 15+
If you’re interested in history and hauntings, you will love this walking tour of mysterious Deer Lake Park.  Visit five ominous-looking buildings in the area, including the Ceperley Mansion, where mysterious happenings and hauntings have been reported.  Bring your own flashlight.  Pre-registration required.

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Family Fright at the Fort, 12:30PM-4:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Langley
$6.30-11.70; children under 2 free
Trick-or-treat at Fort Langley National Historic Site, and discover surprises along the way!  Watch as Go Bonkers twists balloon surprises, check out Mike’s Critters’ creepy crawly creatures, decorate a pumpkin, explore the Spooky Servants’ Quarters and much more!  The Full Barrel Café will be serving up a Halloween menu.  Geared toward families with children age 10 and younger.  Check out the events map on the website.

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.

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Grave Tales, 7:00PM, 8:00PM & 9:00PM @ 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.

A Wonderland in Vancouver, 1:00PM-8:00PM @ locations to be announced after registration
Free
Dress up as one of the characters from Wonderland (written or imagined).   Arrive and join the other characters at any one of the 7 city check points.  Continue on as characters tasked to take part in photo missions all over the city!  Pre-registration required.

Dunbar Haunted House, 7:00PM-10:00PM @ 8324 Shaughnessy Street (at West Kent Ave North), Vancouver
$10; other pricing in effect
A popular Hallowe’en attraction with modest beginnings in 2004, the Dunbar Haunted House is one of the most popular haunted houses in Vancouver. This year’s haunt features snapshots of horrific moments in ancient, medieval, and modern history. For a less spooky experience (with no live actors), go on weeekdays between 1:00PM-7PM. Proceeds from all hauntings go towards local charities.

Fright Nights | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Fright Nights at Playland, 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 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.

Witch’s Kitchen Scavenger Hunt, 12:00PM-5:00PM @ City Square Shopping Centre (555 West 12th Ave), Vancouver
Free
If you’re looking for some extra Halloween fun for your kids, you’ll definitely want to try this fun Scavenger Hunt through October 31! Complete the Scavenger Hunt list and enter to win a Sony Playstation Vita and the amazing video game The Little Planet. The Witch’s Kitchen is set up on the upper shops level, just upstairs from the food court. More information on the website.

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

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Stanley Park Ghost Train, 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.

Haunted Village, 6:00PM-9:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
$14; other pricing in effect
Spirits be haunting, spectres be creeping, and banshees be wailing. Wear your ghostly garb and come join the fun.  Savour tasty toes at the Butcher’s Block Café, make a withdrawal at the Blood Bank, enjoy the Circus Sideshow, and check out “The Bone Shaker Ball” on Main Street.  Don’t forget a visit to the carousel; we hear it’s haunted…

Reapers Haunted Attraction: Maze of Terror, 7:00PM-9:00PM @ 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack, BC
$10-18; not recommended for children under 8
One of the most popular haunted houses in the province, owners Lisa & Gary Moran promises by the end of the night, everyone will be screaming in terror. Leave your pets at home.

Capture: Jurgen Vogt - The Picnic | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Jurgen Vogt – The Picnic
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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.

 


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