Vancouver in OCTOBER 2017

Vancouver in OCTOBER 2017

October in Vancouver

The Lower Mainland’s October calendar features dates and events in Metro Vancouver including markets, festivals and both autumn and Halloween activities.


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OCTOBER Events Calendar

October Events in Vancouver

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month including festivals, shows, farmers markets and other special events.

Note: schedules are subject to change – check official event websites for exact details.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

  • Together for Mexico – a fundraising event to raise money to support people affected by the recent earthquake in Mexico. Takes place in the gym at Our Lady of Sorrows at 555 Slocan Street from noon until 6 pm. Features music, food and a garage sale with all proceeds going to the earthquake relief. Admission is $5.
  • Port Moody Oktoberfest – a popular community event celebrating the traditional German holiday near the Port Moody Public Library.
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a film festival with movies showing at various theatres around town.
  • Nickelback – Feed the Machine Tour at Rogers Arena.
  • Diwali Fest – “Diwali Downtown Surrey” takes place at Surrey City Hall and features live music and dance performances as well as an Indian-style market from 3 until 6 pm.
  • Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond.
  • MEC Vancouver Race NINE – 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon runs along the West Dyke Trail in Richmond.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets – at Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Mt. Pleasant, Whistler and White Rock.

Monday, October 2, 2017

  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a film festival with movies showing at various theatres around town.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Free Buses for Children – Translink is letting students in grades K to 12 ride free on buses throughout the Lower Mainland (October 2-6, 2017). Regular fares apply to SkyTrains and Seabus travel.

Free October Events

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a film festival with movies showing at various theatres around town.
  • Cheap night Tuesdays at most movie theatres.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Free Buses for Children – Translink is letting students in grades K to 12 ride free on buses throughout the Lower Mainland (October 2-6, 2017). Regular fares apply to SkyTrains and Seabus travel.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a film festival with movies showing at various theatres around town.
  • Wednesday Farmers Markets – last markets of the season at Main Street and in Surrey.
  • Free Buses for Children – Translink is letting students in grades K to 12 ride free on buses throughout the Lower Mainland (October 2-6, 2017). Regular fares apply to SkyTrains and Seabus travel.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

  • Harvest Haus – a Munich-style Oktoberfest event near BC Place Stadium from 6 to 10:30 pm. Tonight is the Grand Opening.
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a film festival with movies showing at various theatres around town.
  • Thursday Farmers Markets – final markets of the year in New Westminster and Downtown.
  • Free Buses for Children – Translink is letting students in grades K to 12 ride free on buses throughout the Lower Mainland (October 2-6, 2017). Regular fares apply to SkyTrains and Seabus travel.

Friday, October 6, 2017

  • Thanksgiving WeekendOktoberfest Events
    • Oktoberfest Vancouver – an Oktoberfest evening at the Vancouver Alpen Club. Tickets are $35.
    • Harvest Haus – a Munich-style Oktoberfest event near BC Place Stadium from 6 to 10:30 pm. Tonight features the Duelling Arts.
    • Steveston Oktoberfest – an Oktoberfest event at the Steveston Community Centre in Steveston Village starting at 6:30 pm.
  • Free Buses for Children – Translink is letting children grades K to 12 ride free on buses throughout the Lower Mainland (October 2-6, 2017). Regular fares apply to SkyTrains and Seabus travel.
  • Mid-Autumn Moon Festival – food, music and various cultural activities at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden from 5:30 to 10 pm. Cost is $10 for adults or $20 per family (of 2 adults and up to 3 children under 14 years of age).
  • 54-40 – in concert at the Commodore Ballroom.
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a film festival with movies showing at various theatres around town.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against the Tri-City Americans at the Langley Events Centre at 7:30 pm.
  • Richmond Night Market – final weekend of the year for the market at 8351 River Road in Richmond.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Cost is $10 and free for children 12 & under.
  • Halloween Activities
    • Fright Nights – first day of the season for the haunted houses and rides at the PNE.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – two indoor haunted houses in Surrey. Tickets are half price this weekend!
    • Reapers – a haunted attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. Open from 7 to 10 pm.

Halloween in the Lower Mainland

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Best Places in Autumn

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

  • Apple Festival – a fundraising festival at the UBC Botanical Garden.
  • Highlands Flea Market – a gigantic annual flea market at Highlands United Church at 3255 Edgemont Boulevard in North Vancouver from 9 am until 2 pm.
  • Oktoberfest Events
    • Oktoberfest Vancouver – an Oktoberfest evening at the Vancouver Alpen Club. Tickets are $35.
    • Cloverfest – an Oktoberfest event at Shannon Hall at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey from 4 until 9 pm. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $35 at the door.
    • Harvest Haus – a Munich-style Oktoberfest event near BC Place Stadium with sittings from noon until 4:30 pm and from 6:00 to 10:30 pm. The afternoon session features “Lippensynchron” and the evening is the final public night of the season.
  • Free Movies at Cineplex – Cineplex Theatres celebrate Community Day with a select number of free films and discounted concessions today. Tickets are available in person on the day on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Diwali Fest – “Diwali Downtown Vancouver” takes place at the Roundhouse Community Centre and features live music and dance performances from 3 until 7 pm.
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival – a festival featuring theatre-sports-style performances at Granville Island.
  • Vancouver Art Book Fair & Library Book Sale – an artist and publisher book festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 12 to 5 pm.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – vs. Calgary at Rogers Arena.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets – in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Lonsdale Quay, Maple Ridge, Squamish, Trout Lake and the West End.
  • Halloween Events

Halloween Haunted Houses

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap night Tuesdays at most movie theatres.
  • Halloween Activities
    • Stanley Park Ghost Train – Halloween miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Bear Creek Halloween Trains – child-friendly Halloween Pumpkin Express miniature train rides as well as the more frightening Haunted Forest Scream Train for older folk at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – two exceptional indoor haunted houses in Surrey.
    • Reapers – a haunted attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. Open from 7 to 9 pm.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

  • Halloween Activities
    • Stanley Park Ghost Train – Halloween miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Fright Nights – haunted houses and rides at the PNE.
    • Grave Tales at Fort Langley – 2 and 3-hour Halloween-ish walking tour programs in Fort Langley. Advance reservations required. SOLD OUT!
    • Bear Creek Halloween Trains – child-friendly Halloween Pumpkin Express miniature train rides as well as the more frightening Haunted Forest Scream Train for older folk at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – two exceptional indoor haunted houses in Surrey.
    • Reapers – a haunted attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. Open from 7 to 9 pm.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

  • Halloween Activities
    • Stanley Park Ghost Train – Halloween miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Fright Nights – haunted houses, rides and Halloween fun at the PNE.
    • Grave Tales at Fort Langley – 2 and 3-hour walking tour programs in Fort Langley. Advance reservations required. SOLD OUT!
    • Bear Creek Halloween Trains – child-friendly Halloween Pumpkin Express miniature train rides as well as the more frightening Haunted Forest Scream Train for older folk at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – two exceptional indoor haunted houses in Surrey.
    • Reapers – a haunted attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. Open from 7 to 9 pm.

Friday, October 20, 2017

  • Oktoberfest Vancouver – an Oktoberfest evening at the Vancouver Alpen Club. Tickets are $35.
  • West Coast Women’s Show – at the TRADEX Centre in Abbotsford.
  • The Paperboys – 25th Anniversary concert at the Imperial (for adults ages 19+).
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway.
  • Halloween Events
    • Tribute to the Walking Dead – a haunted attraction at the Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road in Mission.
    • Stanley Park Ghost Train – Halloween miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Fright Nights – haunted houses and rides at the PNE.
    • The Valley Haunt – a haunted house outside someone’s home at 1311 Appin Road in North Vancouver. Open from 6 to 10 pm. Admission by donation (minimum $5) to the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – indoor haunted houses in Surrey.
    • Grave Tales at Fort Langley – 2 and 3-hour Halloween-ish walking tour programs in Fort Langley. Advance reservations required. SOLD OUT!
    • Bear Creek Halloween Trains – child-friendly Halloween Pumpkin Express miniature train rides as well as the more frightening Haunted Forest Scream Train for older folk at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
    • Reapers – a haunted attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. Open from 7 to 10 pm.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • Kitsilano Autumn Fair – a small but free community event both outdoors in the street and indoors at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at 2305 West 7th Avenue. The event includes a pancake breakfast, bouncy castle, children’s activities, pumpkin patch, live entertainment and a market. Activity tickets cost $1 each or 15 for $10.
  • Oktoberfest Vancouver – an Oktoberfest evening at the Vancouver Alpen Club. Tickets are $35.
  • David Foster Foundation Charity Concert – a fundraising event at Rogers Arena featuring multiple celebrities including Steven Tyler, Jay Leno, Robin Thicke, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli and others.
  • Gordon Lightfoot – in concert at 8 pm at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam.
  • West Coast Women’s Show – at the TRADEX Centre in Abbotsford.
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden that’s open to the public today by donation at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • BC Lions – pro football at BC Place Stadium with BC Lions vs. Edmonton Eskimos at 7 pm.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets – in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Lonsdale Quay, Maple Ridge and Squamish. Also, final markets of the year at Trout Lake and the West End.
  • Halloween Events
    • Tribute to the Walking Dead – a haunted attraction at the Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road in Mission.
    • Stanley Park Ghost Train – Halloween miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Fright Nights – haunted houses and rides at the PNE.
    • The Valley Haunt – a haunted house outside someone’s home at 1311 Appin Road in North Vancouver. Open from 6 to 10 pm. Admission by donation (minimum $5) benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
    • Bear Creek Halloween Trains – child-friendly Halloween Pumpkin Express miniature train rides as well as the more frightening Haunted Forest Scream Train for older folk at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – indoor haunted houses in Surrey.
    • Grave Tales at Fort Langley – 2 and 3-hour walking tour programs in Fort Langley. Advance reservations required. SOLD OUT!
    • Halloween Spooktacular – Halloween activities at Britannia Mine from 10 am until 3 pm near Squamish.
    • Reapers – a haunted attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. Open from 7 to 10 pm.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

  • Halloween Activities
    • Stanley Park Ghost Train – Halloween miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Bear Creek Halloween Trains – child-friendly Halloween Pumpkin Express miniature train rides as well as the more frightening Haunted Forest Scream Train for older folk at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – indoor haunted houses in Surrey.
    • The Valley Haunt – a haunted house outside someone’s home at 1311 Appin Road in North Vancouver. Open from 6 to 9 pm. Admission by donation (minimum $5) benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.

Autumn Activities

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap night Tuesdays at most movie theatres.
  • Halloween Events
    • Halloween After Hours – an adults only Halloween event at the Vancouver Aquarium from 6 to 10 pm.
    • Stanley Park Ghost Train – Halloween miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Fright Nights – haunted houses and rides at the PNE.
    • The Valley Haunt – a haunted house outside someone’s home at 1311 Appin Road in North Vancouver. Open from 6 to 9 pm. Admission by donation (minimum $5) benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
    • Bear Creek Halloween Trains – child-friendly Halloween Pumpkin Express miniature train rides as well as the more frightening Haunted Forest Scream Train for older folk at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – two exceptional indoor haunted houses in Surrey.
    • VanDusen Glow in the Garden – lit-up carved pumpkins and Halloween activities at VanDusen Garden from 5 to 9 pm.
    • Reapers – a haunted attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. Open from 7 to 9 pm.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

  • Depeche Mode – in concert on their Global Spirit Tour with special guest Warpaint at Rogers Arena at 7:30 pm.
  • Halloween Events
    • Stanley Park Ghost Train – Halloween miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Fright Nights – haunted houses, rides and Halloween fun at the PNE.
    • VanDusen Glow in the Garden – lit-up carved pumpkins and Halloween activities at VanDusen Garden from 5 to 9 pm.
    • The Valley Haunt – a haunted house outside someone’s home at 1311 Appin Road in North Vancouver. Open from 6 to 9 pm. Admission by donation (minimum $5) benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
    • Grave Tales at Fort Langley – 2 and 3-hour Halloween-ish walking tour programs in Fort Langley. Advance reservations required. SOLD OUT!
    • Bear Creek Halloween Trains – child-friendly Halloween Pumpkin Express miniature train rides as well as the more frightening Haunted Forest Scream Train for older folk at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – two exceptional indoor haunted houses in Surrey.
    • Reapers – a haunted attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. Open from 7 to 9 pm.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween in the Lower Mainland

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – vs. Dallas at Rogers Arena.
  • Halloween Events & Activities
    • Haunted Village – family-friendly Halloween activities at Burnaby Village from 6 to 9 pm.
    • Tribute to the Walking Dead – a haunted attraction at the Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road in Mission.
    • Stanley Park Ghost Train – Halloween miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Fright Nights – haunted houses, rides and Halloween fun at the PNE.
    • The Valley Haunt – a haunted house outside someone’s home at 1311 Appin Road in North Vancouver. Open from 6 to 9 pm. Admission by donation (minimum $5) benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
    • Belmont Haunted House – an impressive haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver.
    • The Haunt of Edgemont – a haunted attraction at a family’s home in North Vancouver’s Edgemont Village.
    • Dovercourt Crypt – a free haunted house in Lynn Valley in North Vancouver that’s open from dusk until 9:30 pm.
    • VanDusen Glow in the Garden – lit-up carved pumpkins and Halloween activities at VanDusen Garden from 5 to 9 pm.
    • FlyOver Canada at Halloween – a multi-dimensional theatre attraction with a Halloween theme at Canada Place.
    • Bear Creek Halloween Trains – child-friendly Halloween Pumpkin Express miniature train rides as well as the more frightening Haunted Forest Scream Train for older folk at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – two exceptional indoor haunted houses in Surrey.
    • Reapers – a haunted attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. Open from 7 to 9 pm.
    • Ghostly Vancouver Tours – 90-minute walking tours of downtown Vancouver, Gastown and New Westminster. Cost is $20.
    • Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour – for adults ages 19+ starting in Gastown and including the Dreamscape Haunted Virtual Reality Experience. Cost is $55.
    • Forbidden Vancouver Walking ToursLost Souls of Gastown tours go through the city’s historic district and cost around $25.

Tuesday, October 31 (Halloween)

  • Non-Halloween Events
  • Special Halloween Events
    • Halloween Fireworks – a free event with music, kids’ activities, fire juggling, magic show and fireworks at Minoru Park at 7191 Granville Avenue in Richmond from 6:30 to 8:45 pm. Smaller fireworks events also take place in Richmond at 8:15 pm at McLean Park (at 22500 McLean Avenue) and the West Richmond Community Centre (at 9180 No. 1 Road).
    • Anmore Fireworks a small-town community event put on by Anmore Village at Spirit Park at 2697 Sunnyside Road from 7 to 9 pm. By donation.
    • Halloween events at shopping malls and community centres throughout the Lower Mainland including at UBC’s Westbrook Village from 4 to 6 pm.
  • Haunted Houses
    • The Valley Haunt – a haunted residential home in North Vancouver. Open from 6 to 9 pm.
    • The Haunt of Edgemont – a haunted attraction at a family’s home in North Vancouver’s Edgemont Village.
    • Dovercourt Crypt – a free haunted house in Lynn Valley in North Vancouver that’s open from dusk until 9:00 pm and finishing with a small fireworks display at 9:15.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – two exceptional indoor haunted houses in Surrey.
    • Reapers – a haunted attraction at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack. Open from 7 to 9 pm.
    • Fright Nights – haunted houses and rides at the PNE.
    • Anmore Manor – a haunted residential home in Anmore from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Admission by donation.
  • Other Halloween Activities

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Science World at Halloween

2018 Events

The following events take place in October in 2018:

  • Beaty Nocturnal – the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC is open by donation tonight from 5 to 8:30 pm. Guided tours are at 7 pm (October 18, 2018).

Top 5 Things to Do in Vancouver in October

Vancouver Weather in October

The weather in the Lower Mainland in October is generally very nice. It’s getting cool, and Vancouver’s rainy season is just around the corner. More often than not, however, it’s a great month to be in Vancouver.

For specific information about Vancouver’s weather in October, including average temperatures and amounts of rainfall, click Weather in October.


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