Free Events in October 2017

Free Events in October 2017

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Free October Activities

October is a beautiful month in Metro Vancouver. Autumn has arrived, Halloween decorations are up and there are lots of FREE things to do.

Best FREE Places in October in Vancouver

For a list of some of the best things to do in October, including activities that aren’t free, check out the October Events Calendar. For a list of the best FREE (or almost free) special events this month, see below.

(Note: Event locations, times, prices and other details are subject to change. Check with each event’s website for the most up-to-date information.)

Free Events Every Day

Prior to listing free activities for each date of the month, below is a list of places that are free every day of the year in 2017.

  • Fort Langley – admission is free to the historic site all this year (but only until December 31, 2017).
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery – admission at the historic site in Steveston Village is also free throughout 2017.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – most of the region’s best parks and places in nature are free, and October is typically an exceptional month to get outside and enjoy the fall colours.

Sunday, October 1st

  • Diwali Fest – the “Diwali Downtown Surrey” portion of the festival is at Surrey’s City Hall today. The event features dance, music and market vendors between 3:00 and 6:00 pm.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Today’s guest band is Soultrax and admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out!
  • Sunday Farmers Markets – local farm produce and artisan products for sale at Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Mt. Pleasant, Whistler and White Rock.

Monday, October 2nd

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • 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.

Halloween in the Lower Mainland

Tuesday, October 3rd

  • It’s “Cheap Night” at most movie theatres in the Lower Mainland (so not free, but still less expensive than usual).
  • 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 4th

  • Family Halloween Movies – The film Coraline shows at Westbrook Village at 3378 Westbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm.
  • Wednesday Farmers Markets – final farmers markets of the year 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 5th

  • Thursday Farmers Markets – last markets of the season in New Westminster and Downtown in the Queen Elizabeth Plaza.
  • 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 6th

  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission at the Indigenous art gallery from 2:00 to 5:00 pm (because it’s the first Friday of the month).
  • 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.

Saturday, October 7th

Sunday, October 8th

  • Thanksgiving WeekendThanksgiving Sunday
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4 to 5 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out!
  • Sunday Farmers Markets – local farm produce and artisan products for sale at Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano and White Rock. Also, final markets of the season at Mt. Pleasant and Whistler.

Monday, October 9th

  • Thanksgiving Monday
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be and admire the fall colours!

Tuesday, October 10th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • It’s “Cheap Night” at most movie theatres in the Lower Mainland (so not free, but still less expensive than usual).

Wednesday, October 11th

  • Family Halloween Movies – The film Scooby Doo shows at Westbrook Village at 3378 Westbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be and admire the fall colours!

Thursday, October 12th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be and admire the autumn leaves!

Friday, October 13th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Saturday, October 14th

  • Free Movies at Cineplex – 5 free movies to choose from and discounted concessions today at select Cineplex theatres throughout the Lower Mainland. Tickets are available at the door on the day. Featured films include Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates. TIP: Get there early to get a good seat before they’re all sold out!
  • Halloween Expo – live entertainment, a market and other Halloween activities at Robson Square from noon until 7 pm. Some activities are ticket, but some are also free.
  • Diwali Fest – the “Diwali Downtown Vancouver” portion of the festival is in Yaletown at the Roundhouse and showcases East Indian dance, music, food and market vendors between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • 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.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets – fresh produce and artisan products for sale in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Lonsdale Quay, Maple Ridge, Squamish, Trout Lake and Vancouver’s West End.

Autumn Places

Sunday, October 15th

  • Vancouver Halloween Parade – the family-friendly parade starts at 11 am and runs along Howe Street and Granville. TIP: arrive early to find a good spot!
  • Halloween Expo – live entertainment, a market and other Halloween activities at Robson Square from noon until 7 pm. Some activities are ticket, but some are also free.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4 to 5 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Today’s guest band is the Jamie Croil Group and admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out!
  • Coquitlam Harvest Festival – extra fall-themed activities and entertainment at the Coquitlam Farmers Market starting at 10 am.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets – local farm produce and artisan products for sale at Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano and White Rock.
  • Cannery Farmers Market – an artisan market in Steveston Village at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery between 10:00 and 3:00 pm.

Monday, October 16th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be and enjoy the autumn colours!

Tuesday, October 17th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • It’s “Cheap Night” at most movie theatres in the Lower Mainland (so not free, but still less expensive than usual).

Wednesday, October 18th

  • Family Halloween MoviesThe Wallace & Gromit Movie: Curse of the Were-Rabbit shows at Westbrook Village at 3378 Westbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Thursday, October 19th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be and enjoy the autumn leaves!

Friday, October 20th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Halloween Haunted Houses

Saturday, October 21st

  • Kitsilano Autumn Fair – a small block party and community event from 10 am until 3 pm at 2305 West 7th Avenue in Vancouver. The event is ideal for families with young children and features a pancake breakfast, carnival games, pumpkins for sale, live entertainment, a small number of market vendors and food trucks. Admission and entertainment is free, but activities cost a token amount.
  • Family Favourites MoviesDespicable Me 3 is showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Darts Hill Garden – a beautiful garden in South Surrey that’s open to the public only on special occasions. Admission is by donation.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets – fresh produce and artisan products for sale in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Lonsdale Quay, Maple Ridge and Squamish. Also, final markets of the year at Trout Lake and Vancouver’s West End.

Sunday, October 22nd

  • Jazz Vespers – from 4 to 5 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Today’s guest band is Christie Grace and admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out!
  • Sunday Farmers Markets – local farm produce and artisan products for sale at Ambleside, Coquitlam and White Rock. Also, final market of the season in Kitsilano.

Monday, October 23rd

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Tuesday, October 24th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Belmont Haunted House – an impressive haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver that’s open by donation from 2 until 9 pm.
  • It’s “Cheap Night” at most movie theatres in the Lower Mainland (so not free, but still less expensive than usual).

Wednesday, October 25th

  • Family Halloween Movies – The film Paranorman shows at Westbrook Village at 3378 Westbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm.
  • Belmont Haunted House – an impressive haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver that’s open by donation from 2 until 9 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be and enjoy the fall colours!

Thursday, October 26th

  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation as it’s the last Thursday of the month from 5 pm to 8 pm.
  • Belmont Haunted House – an impressive haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver that’s open by donation from 2 until 9 pm.

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Friday, October 27th

  • Belmont Haunted House – an impressive haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver that’s open by donation from 2 until 9 pm.
  • Anmore Manor – a haunted house at 1151 Robin Way in Anmore (just north of Port Moody) between 7:00 and 10:00 pm. Admission is by donation with funds and canned food items benefiting the Share Society.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Saturday, October 28th

  • Parade of Lost Souls – A Halloween procession beginning at 7:00 pm in Vancouver’s Commercial Drive neighbourhood. Donations of $5 are appreciated.
  • Thrill the World Vancouver – zombie dancing to the tunes of Michael Jackson’s Thriller at Vancouver’s Olympic Village Square at 3 o’clock. Free to watch.
  • Haunted Farm Family Day – free family-friendly activities at Stewart Farm at 13723 Crescent Road in South Surrey from 12 until 3 pm.
  • Night for All Souls – Halloween-related activities honoring the dead at Mountain View Cemetery from 6 to 10 pm.
  • Belmont Haunted House – an impressive haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver that’s open by donation from 2 until 9 pm.
  • Anmore Manor – a haunted house at 1151 Robin Way in Anmore (just north of Port Moody) between 7:00 and 10:00 pm. Admission is by donation with funds and canned food items benefiting the Share Society.
  • Family Favourites MoviesCaptain Underpants is showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Saturday Farmers Markets – fresh produce and artisan products for sale in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge, as well as final markets of the season in Burnaby, Fort Langley, Lonsdale Quay and Squamish.

Sunday, October 29th

  • Belmont Haunted House – an impressive haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver that’s open by donation from 2 until 9 pm.
  • Anmore Manor – a haunted house at 1151 Robin Way in Anmore (just north of Port Moody) between 7:00 and 10:00 pm. Admission is by donation with funds and canned food items benefiting the Share Society.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4 to 5 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Today’s guest band is the Sanctuary Allstars and admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out!
  • Cannery Farmers Market – an artisan market in Steveston Village at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery between 10:00 and 3:00 pm.

Monday, October 30th

  • Belmont Haunted House – an impressive haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver that’s open by donation from 2 until 9 pm.
  • Anmore Manor – a haunted house at 1151 Robin Way in Anmore (just north of Port Moody) between 7:00 and 9:30 pm. Admission is by donation with funds and canned food items benefiting the Share Society.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be and enjoy the fall colours!

Halloween in the Lower Mainland

Tuesday, October 31st

  • Halloween Night
  • Halloween Fireworks – free fireworks and family-friendly activities at Richmond’s Minoru Park from 6:30 to 8:45 pm.
  • Belmont Haunted House – an impressive haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver that’s open by donation from 2 until 9 pm.
  • Anmore Manor – a haunted house at 1151 Robin Way in Anmore (just north of Port Moody) between 6:30 and 9:30 pm. Admission is by donation with funds and canned food items benefiting the Share Society.
  • 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 at Westbrook Village – free games, crafts and a haunted house at UBC at 3378 Westbrook Mall from 4 to 6 pm.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • It’s “Cheap Night” at most movie theatres in the Lower Mainland (so not free, but still less expensive than usual).

Other Information

For a more complete list of things to do in October, including activities that aren’t free, see Vancouver’s October Events Calendar.

And for a list of great activities that don’t cost a lot of money throughout the year, click Vancouver on a Budget.

To see what’s happening next month, click November Calendar of Events.