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Free Vancouver Events in October

Free October Events in Vancouver

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

Note: Thanks to the coronavirus, there aren’t as many free events this year as usual. There are still a number of things you can do on a budget – just not as much as normal. Whatever you do though, be safe and act responsibly. Wear a mask and practice physical distancing when appropriate.)

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

(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.)

Thursday, October 1st (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • New West Farmers Market – an outdoor market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm. (Note: 3:00 until 3:30 is reserved for seniors and people with special needs.)
  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 28th to October 4th people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.

Friday, October 2nd (2020)

  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission at the Indigenous art gallery from 2:00 until 5:00 pm (because it’s the first Friday of the month).
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 28th to October 4th people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.

Saturday, October 3rd (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Drive-In Movie – the film Angry Birds plays in Maple Ridge tonight. The cost is just $5 (so it isn’t free, but it is really cheap).
  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 28th to October 4th people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.
  • The Sky’s No Limit & Girls Fly Too! – held during the week of International Women’s day, this free event promotes females in the areas of aerospace, aviation, defense and marine industry. (POSTPONED until October 2nd & 3rd, 2021)

Sunday, October 4th (2020)

  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for children ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Bike to Work Week – during the week of September 28th to October 4th people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • The Sky’s No Limit & Girls Fly Too! – held during the week of International Women’s day, this free event promotes females in the areas of aerospace, aviation, defense and marine industry. (POSTPONED until October 2 to 3, 2021.)

Monday, October 5th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Free TransLink Bus Transit for School Kids – school children from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 get free bus (but not SeaBus or SkyTrain) travel from October 5th to 9th.

Tuesday, October 6th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Free TransLink Bus Transit for School Kids – school children from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 get free bus (but not SeaBus or SkyTrain) travel from October 5th to 9th.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

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Wednesday, October 7th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Free TransLink Bus Transit for School Kids – school children from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 get free bus (but not SeaBus or SkyTrain) travel from October 5th to 9th.

Thursday, October 8th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • New West Farmers Market – an outdoor market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm. (Note: 3:00 until 3:30 is reserved for seniors and people with special needs.)
  • Free TransLink Bus Transit for School Kids – school children from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 get free bus (but not SeaBus or SkyTrain) travel from October 5th to 9th.

Friday, October 9th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Free TransLink Bus Transit for School Kids – school children from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 get free bus (but not SeaBus or SkyTrain) travel from October 5th to 9th.

Saturday, October 10th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Drive-In Movies – the Addams Family and Coco play in Maple Ridge tonight. The cost is just $5 (so it isn’t free, but it is really cheap).

Sunday, October 11th (2020)

  • Thanksgiving Sunday
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for children ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

Monday, October 12th (2020)

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Tuesday, October 13th (2020)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

Wednesday, October 14th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

Thursday, October 15th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • New West Farmers Market – an outdoor market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm. (Note: 3:00 until 3:30 is reserved for seniors and people with special needs.)
  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission is by donation between 5:00 and 8:30 pm at UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (CANCELLED)

Friday, October 16th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

Saturday, October 17th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Drive-In Movies – the Haunted Mansion and The Invisible Man play in Maple Ridge tonight. The cost is just $5 (so it isn’t free, but it is really cheap).

Sunday, October 18th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for children ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

Monday, October 19th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.

Tuesday, October 20th (2020)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

Wednesday, October 21st (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

Thursday, October 22nd (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • New West Farmers Market – an outdoor market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm. (Note: 3:00 until 3:30 is reserved for seniors and people with special needs.)

Friday, October 23rd (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.

Saturday, October 24th (2020)

  • BC Election Day – polls are open for the BC General Election today from 8 am until 8 pm.
  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Coquitlam Halloween House – a private home with Halloween decorations at 443 Draycott Street in Coquitlam. Donations benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity are greatly appreciated. (Note: This event won’t be running as usual in 2020. It’ll still have some decorations, but not like in other years.)

Sunday, October 25th (2020)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets
  • Flea Markets
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for children ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Celebrate the Night – family-friendly activities and fireworks normally happen on the last Sunday in October in Maple Ridge’s Memorial Peace Park. (2020 details are to be confirmed. Likely the event will be just online.)
  • Coquitlam Halloween House – a private home with Halloween decorations at 443 Draycott Street in Coquitlam. Donations benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity are greatly appreciated. (Note: This event won’t be running as usual in 2020. It’ll still have some decorations, but not like in other years.)

Monday, October 26th (2020)

  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.
  • Coquitlam Halloween House – a private home with Halloween decorations at 443 Draycott Street in Coquitlam. Donations benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity are greatly appreciated. (Note: This event won’t be running as usual in 2020. It’ll still have some decorations, but not like in other years.)

Tuesday, October 27th (2020)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – because it is Tuesday, admission is by donation from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • Coquitlam Halloween House – a private home with Halloween decorations at 443 Draycott Street in Coquitlam. Donations benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity are greatly appreciated. (Note: This event won’t be running as usual in 2020. It’ll still have some decorations, but not like in other years.)

Wednesday, October 28th (2020)

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a series of arts performances and workshops in downtown Vancouver. This year, because of COVID-19, some of the events are online while others are scheduled to take place live.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.
  • Coquitlam Halloween House – a private home with Halloween decorations at 443 Draycott Street in Coquitlam. Donations benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity are greatly appreciated. (Note: This event won’t be running as usual in 2020. It’ll still have some decorations, but not like in other years.)

Thursday, October 29th (2020)

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a series of arts performances and workshops in downtown Vancouver. This year, because of COVID-19, some of the events are online while others are scheduled to take place live.
  • New West Farmers Market – an outdoor market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm. (Note: 3:00 until 3:30 is reserved for seniors and people with special needs.)
  • Coquitlam Halloween House – a private home with Halloween decorations at 443 Draycott Street in Coquitlam. Donations benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity are greatly appreciated. (Note: This event won’t be running as usual in 2020. It’ll still have some decorations, but not like in other years.)
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. Donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity. (CANCELLED)

Friday, October 30th (2020)

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a series of arts performances and workshops in downtown Vancouver. This year, because of COVID-19, some of the events are online while others are scheduled to take place live.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.
  • Coquitlam Halloween House – a private home with Halloween decorations at 443 Draycott Street in Coquitlam. Donations benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity are greatly appreciated. (Note: This event won’t be running as usual in 2020. It’ll still have some decorations, but not like in other years.)

Saturday, October 31st (Halloween) (2020)

  • Halloween Night
  • Special Halloween Night 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. (TBD)
    • Anmore Fireworks – a community event with fireworks between 7:00 and 9:00 pm at Spirit Park at 2697 Sunnyside Road in Anmore (near Port Moody). Admission is by donation. (TBD)
  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a series of arts performances and workshops in downtown Vancouver. This year, because of COVID-19, some of the events are online while others are scheduled to take place live.
  • Coquitlam Halloween House – a private home with Halloween decorations at 443 Draycott Street in Coquitlam. Donations benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity are greatly appreciated. (Note: This event won’t be running as usual in 2020. It’ll still have some decorations, but not like in other years.)

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.