Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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October is here and it’s official, I can start going on and on about Halloween festivities! Not only Halloween (which as far as I’m concerned is a month-long affair) but there is also Oktoberfest and harvest festivals this weekend. It’s full-on autumn, which means it’s time for orange candles, roasted root vegetables, kicking around colourful leaves, and beginning to craft a costume! Also – if you haven’t checked out the Italian paintings at the VAG – do it this weekend, it’s your last chance!

 

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday October 2

Potter's House of Horrors

Potter’s House of Horrors

Potter’s House of Horrors
Where: 12530 72nd ave, Surrey
What:  It’s a haunted house! Halloween is happening, it’s on! This is one of the country’s top-rated haunted houses. Their multi-talented staff hand-builds the event from scratch every fall; converting a pleasant plant-filled garden centre into a maze of terror with animatronics, sounds, high-tech scares and trained actors to put on a fun and scary event that sends chills down the spines of all those who enter.
Runs until: Saturday October 31, 2015

A New Version of Romeo and Juliet

A New Version of Romeo and Juliet
Where: Studio 58
What: An encompassing approach to one of the best known stories of all time. This production features an accomplished design team who will create a stylish and atmospheric space, where the visuals tell the story as much as the words. A play about love and living to the extreme in the short time before death. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday October 18, 2015

Joe-Ink-4ourJoe Ink presents 4Our
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre
What: Exploring the dynamics of family, the transference of memory, and the singular moments that shape our lives, this emotionally resonant and visually striking performance reflects the unique chemistry and cross-generational relationships between the dancers. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday October 3, 2015

Maan Farms Chainsaw Massacre

Maan Farms Chainsaw Massacre

Maan Farms Chainsaw Massacre
Where: Maan Farms (790 McKenzie, Abbotsford)
What: Leatherface and his 2 accomplices are making a stand defending the last remaining piece of their territory. Try to survive this terrifying cannibal infested corn maze, taking along your weaker friends to sacrifice if the going gets tough!
Runs until: Saturday October 31, 2015

Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest

Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest

Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club
What: Brews, foods, and a free stein!
Runs until: Sunday October 4, 2015

Bose Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Bose Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Bose Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Where: 64th Avenue & 156th Street, Surrey
What: The maze is divided into two parts. (1st half and 2nd half) In each half you will find numbered posts with a set of trivia questions. Your answer to the trivia questions will take you in a direction. That direction, should you go the correct way will lead you to the next numbered post. And eventually the end of the maze!
Runs until: Monday October 12, 2015

Harvest Haus
Where: Queen Elizabeth Plaza
What: Harvest Haus brings folklore from the 1st century to the Great White North. Combining modern fare with authentic European harvest traditions, gather your closest mates for the most gluttonous and gratifying weekends of the year!
Runs until: Sunday October 11, 2015

Botanically Inspired

Botanically Inspired

Botanically Inspired
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens
What: In celebration of Craft Year 2015, CCBC is partnering with the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association to present a mixed media exhibition of works inspired by the garden.
Runs until: Saturday October 31, 2015

Harlequin Hypnosis Show

Harlequin Hypnosis Show

The Harlequin Hypnosis Show
Where: Annex, 823 Seymour, 7:00pm
What: At The Harlequin Hypnosis Show you can enjoy a night of hypnosis, music, and entertainment that is limited only by the bounds of your imagination. Join the fun by volunteering to be hypnotized or come dressed in steampunk style.

DIE_MANNEQUINDie Mannequin
Where: Venue (881 Granville)
What: An alternative rock band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada fronted by guitar player and singer Care Failure who has opened for bands such as Marilyn Manson, Guns N’ Roses, Buck Cherry, and Sum 41.

boobiesBoobies and Weiners
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main) opening reception at 7:00pm
What: Boobies & Wieners is back for a third year featuring immature and dirty nude art. Last year they featured well over 100 artists and this year should be even bigger.
Runs until: Saturday October 24, 1015

paintbynumbersPaintings by Numbers
Where: Perfomanceworks, Granville Island
What: Ticket holders are selected at random throughout the evening, to choose a painting from the pop-up exhibition on display at the venue. The evening is full of excitement and anticipation, waiting for your number to be called and claiming the painting of your choice. It is a very unique way of starting or adding to your collection of paintings, with some of our most celebrated and often world renowned, artists.

The Boom Booms
Where: The Commodore
What: A soul & funk band.

Melanie Martinez
Where: The Media Club
What: A 20-year-old artist from Long Island, New York – a provocative singer and songwriter with a visual presence.

JasonAJason Aldean
Where: Rogers Arena
What: Jason Aldean recently released his sixth studio album, “Old Boots New Dirt,” which debuted at No. one on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 chart. The new album’s smoking lead single, “Burnin’ It Down” topped both country radio charts and earned Platinum certification only nine weeks after release, making it the fastest selling single of 2014.

Overkill & Symphony X
Where: The Vogue
What: Thrash rock and progressive metal co-headliners.

 


 

Saturday October 3

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Harvest Dance
Where: West Vancouver Community Centre
What: Put on your cowboy boots and hat and join the West Vancouver community for a down-home-style dance for the whole family. There will be food, wine, auctions, and kids activities.

Are We Cool Now?

Are We Cool Now?

Are We Cool Now?
Where: The Cultch
What: An indie rock inspired  road trip featuring the songs of Vancouver’s own Dan Mangan.  A couple set out on a road trip, but getting away from it all causes them to reflect on their place in the world and with each other.
Runs until: Saturday October 10, 2015

DejaVuDeja Vu Vintage Market
Where: 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
What: Over 30 Vintage Vendors will be filling The Pipe Shop with their amazing collection of vintage furniture, home & garden decor, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, home baking, handmade & vintage inspired gifts.

Beethoven and Paganini

Beethoven and Paganini

Beethoven and Paganini
Where: Orpheum Theatre
What: Called “an unquestioned master of the violin,” Tianwa Yang has established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist. She performs Paganini’s virtuosic and melodic Violin Concerto No. 2. This concert also features Beethoven’s “calm before the storm” Symphony No. 8, a beautiful Classical symphony that gave no hint of the tidal wave about to be unleashed in his next and most famous symphony.

psychfestPsych Fest
Where: Hindenburg (23 West Cordova)
What: A two-day all-night music festival, with bands such as Ancestors, Eternal Tapestry, and Hallow Moon and Dirty Spells.
Runs until: Sunday October 4, 2015

Murders, Mysteries, and Mayhem

Murders, Mystery & Mayhem

Murders Mystery & Mayhem
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: A tour about the REALLY scary dark side of the city. You’ll hear sinister tales of unsolved murders, unruly riots, notorious gangsters and the nefarious side of our city’s history the other tours won’t talk about.
Runs until: Saturday October 31, 2015

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus
Where: The Biltmore
What: An American indie rock band.

Tobias Jesso Jr.
Where: The Rickshaw
What: The Vancouver-born pop singer-songwriter is on tour to support his debut release “Goon.”

Big Gigantic

Big Gigantic

Big Gigantic
Where: The Commodore
What: An instrumental livetronica, hip-hop and jazz musical group based out of Boulder, Colorado.

 


 

Sunday October 4

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Harvest Festival
Where: West Vancouver Community Centre, 10:00am – 3:00pm
What: Celebrate the autumn harvest – bring in your best veggies, pies, and preserves to participate in the home and harvest competition, get your future jack-o-lanterns at the pumpkin patch, ride ponies, pet farm animals, participate in a scavenger hunt, meet therapy dogs, swim, skate, and be entertained!

AirFishAir Breathing Fish Are Way Cool Because…
Where: Beaty Biodiversity Museum
What: Did you know that there are over 450 fish species that breathe air? Air breathing fishes live all over the world, including Canada, but most live in the tropical waters of the Amazon and southeast Asia. Ryan Shartau, a PhD candidate in the Department of Zoology, will show you some of the diversity and adaptations of these fascinating fishes. 

Tracking 101
Where: Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon, 1:30pm
What: Run by the Stanley Park Ecological Society: We may not always see the wild animals living amongst us, but evidence of their presence is there. At this introductory workshop you will train your eye to spot animal signs that you have been walking past all along.

Night Animal Prowl
Where: Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon, 6:00pm
What: Run by the Stanley Park Ecological Society: Celebrate World Animal Day while peering into the secret night lives of the park’s creatures of the night! This is an evening stroll that reveals the true nature of Stanley Park’s night life.  Pack your flashlights.

soulflySoulfly
Where: The Rickshaw
What: Remember Soulfly? Metal, right from the heart of the 90s has a new album called Archangel. And they are even touring with Soilwork. It’s like the furthest corner of high school hallways all over again.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen
Where: The Commodore
What: A British rock band that formed in Llandudno, North Wales in 2007. They have released one album that reached number 10 in the UK album chart.

Psych Fest
Where: Hindenburg (23 West Cordova)
What: A two-day all-night music festival, with bands such as Ancestors, Eternal Tapestry, and Hallow Moon and Dirty Spells.
Runs until: Sunday October 4, 2015

 


 

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Abbatoir Morning (ends this weekend)
Where: Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial)
What: Two women struggle to pay the rent in the basement of a slaughterhouse. With the last vestige of their business crumbling, their relationship is crumbling too and they must fight for what they can still hold in their hands.
Runs until: Saturday October 3, 2015

Of Heaven and Earth

Of Heaven and Earth

Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting  (ends this weekend)
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: With works by some of the greatest names in European art, Of Heaven and Earth examines the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art–from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the 19th century. The remarkable breadth of the exhibition showcases the outstanding quality of works by figures such as Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi and Titian alongside other lesser-known masters.
Runs Until: Sunday October 4, 2015

Material Future, The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery (ends this weekend)
Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery
What: An exhibition featuring the work of renowned Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the design architects of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building.
Runs until: Sunday October 4, 2015

Kon Ton

Kon Ton

Kon Ton (ends this weekend)
Where: Ayden Gallery
What: New works by Taka Sudo, Andy Kittmer, Lani Imre, Jason Gillingham and Seitaku Aoyama
Runs until: Sunday October 4, 2015

RigolettoRigoletto (ends this weekend)
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What: Opera season begins with with Giuseppe Verdi’s thrilling blockbuster, Rigoletto. Powerful baritone Gordon Hawkins will sing the title role, with international superstar soprano Simone Osborne as Gilda and acclaimed tenor Bruce Sledge as the Duke. Sensational melodies, heartbreaking drama and vivid characters make this dark, tender drama of love and revenge irresistible.
Runs until: Sunday October 4, 2015

Joe Ink presents 4Our (this weekend only)
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre
What: Exploring the dynamics of family, the transference of memory, and the singular moments that shape our lives, this emotionally resonant and visually striking performance reflects the unique chemistry and cross-generational relationships between the dancers. 
Runs until: Sunday October 3, 2015

Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival
Where: Various locations
What: One of North America’s largest film festivals is back! In its 34th year, VIFF promises to continue to bring the best in film to venues across Vancouver and it is up to film lovers to scour the listings and schedule in as many of their most anticipated shows as possible across daily evening shows and matinees. Last year there were 540 screenings of 349 films from over 70 countries, and this year you can expect a similar display of narrative drama, documentary, performance arts, international, and of course oddball and horror.
Runs until: Friday October 9, 2015

Love Bomb

Love Bomb

Love Bomb
Where: Firehall Arts Centre
What: An intimate and emotionally brave look at sex trafficking. In British Columbia, countless lives have been and continue to be affected by this epic problem. The dramatic production features nine original songs written by Steve Charles (Miss ShakespeareChelsea Hotel) with book and lyrics by Meghan Gardiner.
Runs until: Saturday October 10, 2015

DAVID WILSON Light and Colour eviteLight & Colour by David Wilson
Where: Kimoto Gallery
What: Wilson studied at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design but is primarily a self-taught painter. Wilson, often paints the familiar places he inhabits and with which he interacts. He’ll whip out his cellphone to snap a scene that speaks to him and then draw out the meaning from that moment when he’s back working in his studio.
Runs until: Saturday October 10, 2015

Annapurna
Where: PAL Studio Theatre
What: Twenty years ago, Emma walked out on her husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses, in the middle of the night. Now, hearing he’s in dire straits, she tracks him down in the wilds of Colorado in a grungy trailer, working on his magnum opus, hooked to an oxygen tank, and cooking in the buff. Their reunion, charged by rage and compassion, brings back the worst and best of their former bond. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Saturday October 10, 2015

Harvest Haus
Where: Queen Elizabeth Plaza
What: Harvest Haus brings folklore from the 1st century to the Great White North. Combining modern fare with authentic European harvest traditions, gather your closest mates for the most gluttonous and gratifying weekends of the year!
Runs until: Sunday October 11, 2015

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art

Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art
Where: Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Dr)
What: This exhibit showcases the work of a passing generation of great artists – craftspeople, illustrators, and painters, as well as that of young urban graffiti artists working today. The exhibition presents Portuguese popular art as multi-leveled, theatrical, politically astute, and individualistic providing a theatre of the nation, where art and culture are mediated through the eruption of personal, profound, and deeply felt sentiments.
Runs until: Monday October 12, 2015

Photo: Official Richmond Night Market

Photo: Official Richmond Night Market

Vancouver Night Markets
Where: Various locations in Vancouver and Richmond
What: Whether you’re thing is stir-fried tentacles, spicy tofu, custard buns, flashy iPhone cases, obscure DVDs or just poking through multitudes of trinkets under Vancouver’s refreshing summer night sky, night markets are now open! Inside Vancouver blogger, Carrie Leslie, profiles a bunch of them here: Vancouver Night Markets Open
Runs until: Monday October 12, 2015

Lively Objects

Lively Objects

Lively Objects
Where: Museum of Vancouver
What: The artworks take a variety of forms—gloves, tables, figurines, machines and projected images. Visitors can hunt for them or drift through the galleries and take their chances. Some works hide in plain sight, speaking only to those who stop to listen. Others deliberately pull focus and make a ruckus.
Runs until: Monday October 12, 2015

Bose Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Bose Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Bose Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Where: 64th Avenue & 156th Street, Surrey
What: The maze is divided into two parts. (1st half and 2nd half) In each half you will find numbered posts with a set of trivia questions. Your answer to the trivia questions will take you in a direction. That direction, should you go the correct way will lead you to the next numbered post. And eventually the end of the maze!
Runs until: Monday October 12, 2015

A New Version of Romeo and Juliet

A New Version of Romeo and Juliet
Where: Studio 58
What: An encompassing approach to one of the best known stories of all time. This production features an accomplished design team who will create a stylish and atmospheric space, where the visuals tell the story as much as the words. A play about love and living to the extreme in the short time before death. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.
Runs until: Sunday October 18, 2015

Salt Mist Seasons

Salt Mist Seasons

Salt Mist Seasons
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This display of watercolour prints and original paintings by Rosemary Hanna is inspired by the fishing boat Salt Mist. The show follows the ship through different seasons and traces the marinescapes from Vancouver and the southern Gulf Islands up the coast of British Columbia.
Runs until: October 2015

Every Little Bit Hurts

Every Little Bit Hurts

Every Little Bit Hurts
Where: Western Front (303 East 8th)
What: Sculptures made of clay, others made of plaster, and a 16mm film by Zoe Kreye, Lindsay Ljungkull, and Anne Riley.
Runs until: Saturday October 24, 2015

boobiesBoobies and Weiners
Where: Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main)
What: Boobies & Wieners is back for a third year featuring immature and dirty nude art. Last year they featured well over 100 artists and this year should be even bigger.
Runs until: Saturday October 24, 1015

Potter's House of Horrors

Potter’s House of Horrors

Potter’s House of Horrors
Where: 12530 72nd ave, Surrey
What:  It’s a haunted house! Halloween is happening, it’s on! This is one of the country’s top-rated haunted houses. Their multi-talented staff hand-builds the event from scratch every fall; converting a pleasant plant-filled garden centre into a maze of terror with animatronics, sounds, high-tech scares and trained actors to put on a fun and scary event that sends chills down the spines of all those who enter.
Runs until: Saturday October 31, 2015

Murders, Mysteries, and Mayhem

Murders, Mystery & Mayhem

Murders Mystery & Mayhem
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: A tour about the REALLY scary dark side of the city. You’ll hear sinister tales of unsolved murders, unruly riots, notorious gangsters and the nefarious side of our city’s history the other tours won’t talk about.
Runs until: Saturday October 31, 2015

Maan Farms Chainsaw Massacre

Maan Farms Chainsaw Massacre

Maan Farms Chainsaw Massacre
Where: Maan Farms (790 McKenzie, Abbotsford)
What: Leatherface and his 2 accomplices are making a stand defending the last remaining piece of their territory. Try to survive this terrifying cannibal infested corn maze, taking along your weaker friends to sacrifice if the going gets tough!
Runs until: Saturday October 31, 2015

Across the Top:

Across the Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Across The Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This exhibit will transport you to the Arctic where you will learn about its environment and people; the many voyages of discovery; the search for John Franklin’s lost expedition (both historical and modern), and the ultimate discovery of HMS Erebus by Parks Canada.
Runs until: Autumn 2015

Souvenirs of Howe Sound

Souvenirs of Howe Sound

Souvenirs of Howe Sound
Where: Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay)
What: The exhibition tells the story of how local tourism in Howe Sound began and evolved in the context of Vancouver’s colonization and urbanization. Explore historic photographs, advertisements, and accounts from early travellers.
Runs until: Sunday November 1, 2015

Make Every Show Like It's Your Last

Make Every Show Like It’s Your Last

Make Every Show Like It’s Your Last
Where: Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Gander is a cultural magpie, his far-reaching curiosity with the world around us revealed by works that tell stories. Ideas of concealment, accessibility and a deliberate smokescreen of meanings are recurring ploys for the artist. Work is characterized most typically by a conceptual as well as formal rigor.
Runs until: Sunday November 1, 2015

Cesna?em, the City Before the City
Where: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
What: A transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver’s nose.
Runs until: December 30, 2015


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