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Free Vancouver Events in October in 2021

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 of 2021, 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.)

 

Friday, October 1st (2021)

  • 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 27th to October 3rd people are encouraged to bike to work instead of driving or taking transit.

 

Saturday, October 2nd (2021)

 

Sunday, October 3rd (2021)

  • The Sky’s No Limit & Girls Fly Too! – usually held during the week of International Women’s Day in the spring, this free event promotes females in the areas of aerospace, aviation, defense and marine industry.
  • 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 3:00 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 27th to October 3rd 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.
  • Free Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm via St. Andrews-Wesley United Church in Vancouver. (Likely just available to stream online.)

 

Monday, October 4th (2021)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.

 

Tuesday, October 5th (2021)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • 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).

 

Wednesday, October 6th (2021)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.

 


Ways to Save on Adult Refreshments!

Did you know that there are nine parks and plazas on Vancouver’s North Shore where you can drink alcohol in public? You can buy your beverages at the liquor store and enjoy them with your friends at some fabulous places. See our article about North Shore Alcohol-Friendly Parks for details.


 

Thursday, October 7th (2021)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • False Creek Farmers Market – from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Concord Community Park near False Creek.
  • 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.)
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.

 

Friday, October 8th (2021)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.

 

Saturday, October 9th (2021)

 

Sunday, October 10th (2021)

  • 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 3:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Halloween Parade – a family-friendly parade in downtown Vancouver. (CANCELLED)

 

Monday, October 11th (2021)

 

Best Places in Autumn

 

Tuesday, October 12th (2021)

  • 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 13th (2021)

  • 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 14th (2021)

  • 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 15th (2021)

  • 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 16th (2021)

 

Sunday, October 17th (2021)

  • 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 3:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

 

Monday, October 18th (2021)

  • 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 19th (2021)

  • 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 20th (2021)

  • 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 21st (2021)

  • 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 22nd (2021)

  • Celebrate the Night – family-friendly activities and fireworks in Maple Ridge’s Memorial Peace Park. (2021 details are to be confirmed. Likely the event will be just online.)
  • 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 23rd (2021)

 

Sunday, October 24th (2021)

  • 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 3:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

 

Monday, October 25th (2021)

  • 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.

 

Tuesday, October 26th (2021)

  • 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).

 

Wednesday, October 27th (2021)

  • 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.

 

Thursday, October 28th (2021)

  • 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.)
  • Anmore Manor – a haunted house at a private home in the community of Anmore (near Port Moody) with admission by donation. (TBC)
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. Donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity. (TBC)

 

Friday, October 29th (2021)

  • 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.
  • Anmore Manor – a haunted house at a private home in the community of Anmore (near Port Moody) with admission by donation. (TBC)
  • Forestridge Haunted Yard – a decorated residential property at 2988 Forestridge Place in Coquitlam. Donations collected here also benefit Variety the Children’s Charity. (TBC)
  • 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 30th (Halloween) (2021)

  • BC Culture Days – live and online events take place at various venues in the Lower Mainland and around the province.
  • Anmore Manor – a haunted house at a private home in the community of Anmore (near Port Moody) with admission by donation. (TBC)
  • 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.

 

Sunday, October 31st (2021)

  • Halloween Night
  • Special Halloween Night Events
    • Halloween Fireworks – a free event with music, kids’ activities, fire juggling, magic show and fireworks at Minoru Park in Richmond. (TBD)
    • Anmore Fireworks – a community event with fireworks at Spirit Park at 2697 Sunnyside Road in Anmore (near Port Moody). Admission is by donation. (TBD)
    • Anmore Manor – a haunted house at a private home in the community of Anmore (near Port Moody) with admission by donation. (TBC)
  • 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.
  • 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 3:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

 

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.