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Vancouver Thanksgiving Weekend 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

There is a lot to do on the Thanksgiving Long Weekend in Vancouver. There’s so much to be thankful for, and so many places to explore.

There are parks to visit, autumn colours to admire and Halloween attractions to check out including indoor ones for when it’s raining. There are also markets, festivals and spawning salmon to see, plus so much more.

Thanksgiving in the Lower Mainland

Got family and friends visiting from out of town the weekend of October 6-8? When not sitting around the table eating turkey, go out and explore this great region of the world.

Weekend Special Events in 2018

Special festivals and events happening on the Thanksgiving Long Weekend in 2018 include the following:

  • Oktoberfest – Oktoberfest beer festivals this weekend likely include Harvest Haus near BC Place Stadium, Vancouver Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club and Oktoberfest at the community centre in Steveston Village. (Exact details to be confirmed.)
  • Mid-Autumn Moon Festival – food, music and cultural activities celebrating fall likely take place in Vancouver’s Chinatown at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden  on Friday, October 5th. (To be confirmed.)
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – films from all over the world are shown at various theatres around town all weekend.
  • Fort Langley Cranberry Festival – one of Fort Langley’s most popular events of the year is on Saturday, October 6th. (To be confirmed.)
  • Hockey Games – Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without Canadian hockey! The Vancouver Canucks likely play at Rogers Arena on the Thanksgiving Weekend and the Vancouver Giants at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Halloween Events a number of Halloween events start up for the season on the Thanksgiving Long Weekend including the following:
    • Fright Nights – haunted houses, rides and Halloween fun at the PNE from 7 to 11 pm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday (but not Thanksgiving Monday).
    • Halloween Pumpkin Express – child-friendly miniature train rides at Bear Creek Park in Surrey starting on the Saturday.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – a couple of haunted houses 12530 72nd Avenue in Surrey. Open on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday from around 7 to 10 pm, but closed on the Holiday Monday.
    • Reapers – A haunted attraction that’s open from 7 to 10 pm on the Friday and Saturday (October 5 & 6) and from 7 to 9 pm on the Sunday (October 7). It starts up for the season at the beginning of October and is located at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack.

Thanksgiving Autumn Activities

The Thanksgiving Long Weekend provides a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family enjoying traditional autumn activities, like exploring the outdoors and admiring the fall colours. Great places to do this include the following:

Best Places in Autumn

Halloween Activities

In addition to Thanksgiving, October is also the month for Halloween. A number of Halloween attractions open this weekend (as mentioned above).

If you are looking for something scary, Fright Nights at the PNE opens this weekend, and there is also Reapers in Chilliwack and Potter’s House of Horrors in Surrey (all of which are closed on October 8, the holiday Monday).

For more ideas on Halloween things to do this month, check out the following:

For other ideas on things to do at other times this month, check out Vancouver’s Best Places’ October Calendar.

Halloween Haunted Houses

Whatever you end up doing, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! For those of us that live in Vancouver, we have a lot to be thankful for!