Harvestland in Vancouver
Celebrating its inaugural year in 2019, Harvestland is a family-friendly addition to Vancouver’s Harvest Haus Oktoberfest-themed festival. Whereas the latter is all about German beer and for adults only, the new attraction is for people of all ages.
Harvestland features several themed areas including the Wooden Labyrinth, Kinder Farm, Bavarian Village, Harvest Rides & Marktplatz and a small all-ages Biergarten. Folk can enjoy a variety of old-fashioned games, a carnival ride, logger shows, Bavarian food, drink and various other seasonal activities.
Dates and Times
Running daily from October 10th to 20th (except for October 15th when it’s closed), Harvestland is open from 4:00 until 10:00 pm on weekdays and from 12:00 until 10:00 pm on weekends and holidays.
Admission to Harvestland
General admission to Harvestland in 2019 costs $15.74 including taxes and fees. Children ages 4 to 12 and seniors ages 65+ are $10.49. There are also family packs available for 2 adults and up to 3 children that cost $47.24.
The rates listed above are for tickets purchased online in advance. Rates are subject to change and cost more expensive if purchased at the gate.
(Note: Admission to Harvestland does not include admission to Harvest Haus. Tickets to Harvest Haus, however, do include access to Harvestland.)
What to Expect
There are five themed areas at Harvestland in 2019. Each has different attractions for folk to enjoy.
Harvest Ride & Marktplatz
A ride and other attractions are available for folk during Harvestland (at an extra cost). The ride is called The Vertigo which offers guests a nice view of the festival grounds while spinning around high in the air. There are also some amusement-park-style midway games.
Vendors in the Marktplatz offer a variety of options for food and drink. Traditional Bavarian food such as bratwurst sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels and more are offered within this area.
The Kinder Farm area of Harvestland features several attractions for children and people of all ages. As one might expect from the name of the zone, there are interactive and educational farm animal displays where folk can learn about and interact with farm animals.
Other activities in this area include a pumpkin patch and an egg arm. Both are free with admission and are best suited for families with young children. Tractor rides are also offered here and are free with the price of admission.
Old-fashioned games and activities can be found in Harvestland’s Bavarian Village. Expect to see axe-throwing, sword-fighting, archery, lettuce chopping and pumpkin catapults. (Note: The activities in the Bavarian Village cost extra.)
One of the highlights of the festival is the logger show. This runs at 4:30 and 6:00 pm on weeknights and select times on weekends.
As the name suggests, the Wooden Labyrinth is a simple maze with wooden accents. Within the maze there are twists and turns and secret areas for folk to discover.
The maze is best for families with young children as it is not very big or too confusing. There are little areas scattered throughout the maze which make a good background for photos of little ones.
In addition to the large beer hall at the adults-only Harvest Haus event, Harvestland has its own small all-ages biergarten. There adult guests can enjoy a variety of classic Oktoberfest drinks and other favourite adult beverages.
Harvestland and Harvest Haus have a site-wide license so guests ages 19+ can enjoy their adult beverages anywhere throughout the festival venue.
For further details see the Harvestland website.
For more information about the adjacent adults-only Oktoberfest event, see our article about Harvest Haus.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s October Calendar
- Vancouver Oktoberfest Events (for adults)
- Best Places for Children
- Lower Mainland Pumpkin Patches
- Halloween Activities for Kids
- Vancouver Events at Halloween
- Vancouver Haunted Houses
- Vancouver Autumn Activities
- Vancouver at Thanksgiving