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Vancouver’s Apple Festival is the UBC Botanical Garden’s biggest fundraising event. It features live entertainment and lots of apples to buy and sample.

UBC Botanical Garden Apple Festival

In 2017 the UBC Apple Festival takes place on the weekend of October 14 and 15.

Each year the venue is at the UBC Botanical Garden which is located at 6804 SW Marine Drive on the University of British Columbia campus.

The UBC Botanical Garden is a recommended place to visit in Vancouver, especially between mid-October and mid-November with all of its fall colours, and especially during the Apple Festival when there is even more to see than usual. It’s not a huge festival, but a nice one to complement a visit to the garden.

UBC Apple Festival Crowds
Crowds at the UBC Botanical Gardens’ Apple Festival

About the Apple Festival

Attracting over 15,000 people in years when the weather is good, the annual UBC Apple Festival takes place on the weekend after Thanksgiving.

The two-day event runs from 11 am to 4 pm on both the Saturday and Sunday, and entertainment includes puppet shows, dancing and music of all kinds, including country, Celtic, folk and jazz. There are also dozens of apples to sample, tons of apples to buy and even apple trees to purchase, with all proceeds going to the UBC Botanical Garden.

The Irish Wakers at the Apple Festival
The Irish Wakers performing

Admission to the Festival

Admission to the event is only about $5, but free for children ages 12 and under. This is a fabulous deal, especially considering that regular admission to the UBC Botanical Garden this time of year is about $7 for adults, around $7 for seniors and youth, and $5 for children ages 3-12. Not only do you get admission for up to half price or even free, but you get the extra event activities included!

Autumn Places

At the festival there is apple sampling, where for an additional $5 or so you can enter the Apple Tasting Tent and sample your choice of dozens of different varieties. Most other activities, other than buying things, are included in the price of admission.

Leaf Pile at the Apple Festival

A massive leaf pile for children to play in

Apple Festival Activities

There is lots to see and do at the UBC Botanical Garden’s Apple Festival, not least of which is the opportunity to wander around the botanical gardens, which are especially beautiful with their fall colours.

Activities specific to the Apple Festival include the apple tasting, which features about five dozen different kinds of BC-grown apples. Being a fundraiser, there are also apples for purchase – some 50,000 pounds of them in fact – as well as a variety of apple trees for sale too. There is also an interesting market with other kinds of things for sale.

Apple Tasting Crowds
People at the apple sampling venue

Advice and Suggestions

TIP #1: If you’ve never been to the UBC Botanical Garden but want to, then check out this event! The fall colours are beautiful, admission is discounted and it’s a fabulous time to visit.

TIP #2: The apple sampling venue sells out, so don’t wait until towards the end of the day to buy your tickets. Get them early!

TIP #3: Parking close by can be a challenge, but a free shuttle bus is available starting at 9:30 am between the venue and both UBC’s Fraser River Parkade and Campus West Parkade.

For more information on the gardens, see UBC Botanical Garden.

For additional details on the festival, check out the Apple Festival website.

For ideas on other things to do in autumn, check out Vancouver Fall Activities or October or November in Vancouver’s Best Places’ calendar.