Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: October 5, 2017

Autumn is in full swing with festivals and feasts this weekend and there are many ways to toast your glass or stein to good harvests. For those of us who solidly believe that this is the most wonderful time of the year – Fright Nights begin this weekend, marking Halloween as just around the corner! There’s also music, circus performance, dance, and it’s not too late to catch some VIFF flicks!


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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: October 5, 2017

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Vancouver at Harvest Haus 2017

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Time to take out the Lederhosen and start practicing your favourite German phrases, because Oktoberfest is coming to Vancouver! Harvest Haus, the biggest celebration of Oktoberfest in Vancouver, will be back from October 5 to 14 in a new, bigger location.

The fourth annual event will be taking place in Downtown Vancouver at Sole Food Street Farms (88 Pacific Boulevard), next to BC Place. This year’s Harvest Haus features a packed schedule of events fit for an excellent evening of guzzling beer and feasting on bratwurst.

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Celebrate Oktoberfest in Vancouver at Harvest Haus 2017

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This WeekendMusic, walking tours, lots of food, and dozens of theatre options will keep you busy in Vancouver this holiday long weekend, Friday through Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

 Dozens of Culture Days events, Word Vancouver, and Slow Fish Mystery Dinner are our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend – Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Top Oktoberfest Beers in Vancouver

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The days are shorter.  There’s a nip in the air.  Leaves are changing colours.  It must be time for . . . Oktoberfest.

The annual rite originated in Munich, where late September and early October are marked by 16 days of beer gardens and bratwurst.  One on the most important ingredients of any Oktoberfest is, of course, the beer – and not just any beer.

The official beer of Oktoberfest is a style known as marzen.  Marzens are generally medium- to full-bodied, with a distinctive malty flavour and clean finish.  The name marzen (German for March beer) refers to the fact that the beer is traditionally brewed in March, then cellared throughout the summer, which often increases the alcohol content.  Marzens also tend to be very drinkable beers, as Oktoberfest revelers gulp down stein after stein of them.

This year, Vancouver’s craft brewers have outdone themselves turning out a crop of  German-style marzens (Randy Shore details them all and more in this great Vancouver Sun article).   Here are four authentic marzens – available in local bars, brew pubs and liquor stores – to get you in the Oktoberfest spirit.

Attention Hopheads: CAMRA’s Oktoberfest & Harvestfest Oct 15

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Get ready, you sons and daughters of malt. Queen Liz deemed October B.C.’s official Craft Beer Month and CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) is celebrating with two events, Oktoberfest and Harvestfest, on Oct. 15, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at Malone’s Urban Drinkery.

Yes, that’s two events, in one pub, on one day. Brewski multitasking has never been easier for hard-core hopheads.
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Attention Hopheads: CAMRA’s Oktoberfest & Harvestfest Oct 15

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club this weekend and next

Oktoberfest originates in 19th century Munich, but the world’s biggest fair has a boisterous presence in Vancouver. Deutsch-happy Canadians will slam frothing mugs together with a resounding “Prost” at the Alpen Club’s DAS Oktoberfest events October 1, 7, and 8, which include live music, dancing, bier, plus an unconventional and lively showdown known as the Bavarian Olympics. Continue reading:
Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club this weekend and next