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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.)

River District Movie Nights in October 2018

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.

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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.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore if and while the weather is good.

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.
  • 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.

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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Friday, October 26th

  • Variety Week Street Festival – a street festival with live entertainment at Robson Square.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Halloween in the Lower Mainland

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.

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 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Saturday Farmers Markets

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.
  • 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.
  • Dovercourt Crypt – a haunted house at a private home in North Vancouver. (To be confirmed.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dovercourt Crypt – a haunted house at a private home in North Vancouver. (To be confirmed.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dovercourt Crypt – a haunted house at a private home in North Vancouver.
  • 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.

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.
    • 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.
    • Dovercourt Crypt – a haunted house at a private home in North Vancouver. (To be confirmed.)
    • 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.
    • 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.

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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.