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Free Events in October 2018

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.)

Monday, October 1st

  • Free Bus Travel for Children – school children from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 get free bus (but not SeaBus or SkyTrain) travel from October 1st to 5th.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.

Tuesday, October 2nd

  • Free Bus Travel for Children – school children from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 get free bus (but not SeaBus or SkyTrain) travel from October 1st to 5th.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

Wednesday, October 3rd

  • Free Bus Travel for Children – school children from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 get free bus (but not SeaBus or SkyTrain) travel from October 1st to 5th.
  • Main Street Farmers Market – final market of the 2018 season outside Central Pacific Station from 2:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • Free Afternoon Movies – the film Rise of the Guardians shows at Wesbrook Village at 3378 Wesbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm.

Thursday, October 4th

  • Free Bus Travel for Children – school children from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 get free bus (but not SeaBus or SkyTrain) travel from October 1st to 5th.
  • New Westminster Farmers Market – final market of the season at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Downtown Farmers Market – final market of the season in the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.

Friday, October 5th

  • Free Bus Travel for Children – school children from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 get free bus (but not SeaBus or SkyTrain) travel from October 1st to 5th.
  • Vancouver Halloween Expo – live entertainment in the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.
  • 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).

Halloween in the Lower Mainland

Saturday, October 6th

Sunday, October 7th

  • Thanksgiving Sunday
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade – the family-friendly parade starts at 11:00 am and runs along Howe Street and Granville. TIP: Arrive early to find a good spot!
  • Vancouver Halloween Expo – live entertainment in the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery from 12:00 until 7:00 pm.
  • Secrets to Outstanding Photography – a free workshop for adults wanting tips on how to take great photos. Runs from 2 until 3 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. (Click the link and then scroll down to “Secrets to Outstanding Photography” with Paul Fremers for further info.)
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission by donation.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets

Monday, October 8th

Tuesday, October 9th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

Best Places in Autumn

Wednesday, October 10th

  • Free Afternoon Movies – the film Wallace and Gromit – Curse of the Wererabbit shows at Wesbrook Village at 3378 Wesbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore if and while the weather is good.

Thursday, October 11th

Friday, October 12th

  • The Haunt of Edgemont – a haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.

Saturday, October 13th

  • Highlands Flea Market – a large garage sale-type market at Highlands United Church in North Vancouver.
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – a haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.

River District Drive-in Movies


  • Movie Night at the River District – free drive-in-style movies take place this evening at River District Vancouver. There’s free popcorn too! Showing tonight are Mama Mia: Here We Go Again! and Dirty Dancing. The films are free, but you need to “pre-purchase” your tickets.

Sunday, October 14th

  • The Haunt of Edgemont – a haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission by donation.
  • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets

Monday, October 15th

  • The Haunt of Edgemont – a haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore if and while the weather is good.

Tuesday, October 16th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.

Wednesday, October 17th

  • Free Afternoon Movies – the film Monster House shows at Wesbrook Village at 3378 Wesbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm.
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the fall colours if and while the weather is good.

Thursday, October 18th

  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission is by donation between 5:00 and 8:30 pm at UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.

Friday, October 19th

  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore if and while the weather is good.

Halloween Haunted Houses

Saturday, October 20th

  • Municipal Election Day – don’t forget to vote!
  • Darts Hill Garden – a semi-private garden in Surrey that’s open to the public by donation from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for young children!
  • 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. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.

  • Movie Night at the River District – free drive-in-style movies take place this evening at River District Vancouver. There’s free popcorn too! Showing tonight are Hotel Transylvania 3 and The Strangers. The films are free, but you need to “pre-purchase” your tickets.

Sunday, October 21st

  • Diwali Fest – live music and dance performances at Surrey City Hall from 3:00 until 6:00 pm.
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for young children!
  • 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. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission by donation.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets

Monday, October 22nd

  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for children!
  • 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. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.

Halloween Haunted Houses

Tuesday, October 23rd

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for children!
  • 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. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.

Wednesday, October 24th

  • Free Afternoon Movies – the film Coraline shows at Wesbrook Village at 3378 Wesbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm.
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for children!
  • 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. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.

Thursday, October 25th

  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation today between 5:00 and 8:00 pm (because it’s the last Thursday of the month).
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for children!
  • 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. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.

Friday, October 26th

  • Variety Week Street Festival – a street festival with live entertainment at Robson Square.
  • St. Paul’s Labyrinth – live music and labyrinth walking at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 1130 Jervis Street from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. Tonight features Zlatna Mountain singing tradition Balkan folk songs.
  • 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. Not recommended for young children!
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for young children!
  • Coquitlam Halloween House – a private home with fun Halloween decorations outside at 443 Draycott Street in Coquitlam. Donations benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity are greatly appreciated. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.

Saturday, October 27th

  • 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.
  • Kitsilano Autumn Fair – a small block party and community event from 10:00 am until 3:00 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.

  • Movie Night at the River District – free drive-in-style movies take place this evening at River District Vancouver. There’s free popcorn too! Showing tonight are Frankenweenie and IT. The films are free, but you need to “pre-purchase” your tickets.

  • Free Halloween Events
    • 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 Surrey – a zombie dance event at 1:00 pm at Surrey’s City Hall Atrium.
    • Haunted Farm Family Day – Halloween activities take place at Stewart Heritage Farm in Crescent Beach from 12:00 until 3:00 pm.
    • Night for All Souls – Halloween-related activities honoring the dead at Mountain View Cemetery in the evening.
    • 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. Not recommended for young children!
    • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for children!
    • Dovercourt Crypt – a haunted house at a private home that you can go right inside in North Vancouver. Open from 6:30 to 9:30 free of charge (although donations benefitting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn fund are greatly appreciated).
    • 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. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
    • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets

Halloween in the Lower Mainland

Sunday, October 28th

  • Celebrate the Night – family-friendly activities and fireworks in Maple Ridge’s Memorial Peace Park between 5:00 and 8:00 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. Not recommended for young children!
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for young children!
  • Dovercourt Crypt – a haunted house at a private home that you can go right inside in North Vancouver. Open from 6:30 to 9:30 free of charge (although donations benefitting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn fund are greatly appreciated).
  • 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. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Admission by donation.
  • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street.
  • Sunday Farmers Markets

Monday, October 29th

  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for children!
  • Dovercourt Crypt – a haunted house at a private home in North Vancouver from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. Tonight is “Hauntling Night” (meaning there will be less ultra scary stuff and no live actors).
  • 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. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.

Tuesday, October 30th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for children!
  • 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. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.

Halloween Haunted Houses

Wednesday, October 31st (Halloween)

  • Free Afternoon Movies – the film ParaNorman shows at Westbrook Village at 3378 Wesbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm.
  • Halloween at Wesbrook Village – free games, crafts and a haunted house at UBC at 3378 Wesbrook Mall from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
  • Halloween in Lower Lonsdale – free trick or treating at over 40 businesses in North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale area from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
  • Special Halloween Night Events
    • Halloween Fireworks – free fireworks and family-friendly activities at Richmond’s Minoru Park.
    • 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.
  • Free Haunted Houses & Decorated Places
    • Anmore Manor – a haunted house at 1151 Robin Way in Anmore (just north of Port Moody) between 6:300 and 9:30 pm. Admission is by donation with funds and canned food items benefiting the Share Society. Not recommended for young children!
    • Dovercourt Crypt – a haunted house at a private home that you can go right inside in North Vancouver. Open from 6:30 to 9:00 free of charge (although donations benefitting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn fund are greatly appreciated). Trick-or-treating goes all evening and fireworks happen at 9:15.
    • The Haunt of Edgemont – an exceptional haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Not recommended for children!
    • Coquitlam Halloween House – a private home with wonderful Halloween decorations at 443 Draycott Street in Coquitlam. Donations benefiting Variety the Children’s Charity are greatly appreciated. Open for viewing between 6:30 pm and 9 o’clock.
    • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. The lights are on between 6:30 and 10:00 pm and donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity.

Science World at Halloween

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.