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Vancouver Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving in the Lower Mainland

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.


This article contains information on the following topics:

Weekend Special Events | Autumn Activities | Halloween Activities


Thanksgiving in the Lower Mainland

Got family and friends visiting from out of town the weekend of October 12th to 14th in 2019? When not sitting around the table eating turkey, go out and explore this great region of the world.

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.

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Weekend Special Events in 2019

Special festivals and events happening on the Thanksgiving Long Weekend in 2019 include the following:

  • Thanksgiving Runs
  • Vancouver Oktoberfest – a German-themed party at the Vancouver Alpen Club. In 2019 it takes place on the weekends of October 4th-5th, 11th-12th and 18th-19th, plus the Friday of October 25th.
  • Harvest Haus – an adults-only German-themed Oktoberfest event at the Pacific National Exhibition fairgrounds (but in an area separate from Fright Nights and the main rides). 2019 dates include October 10th to 12th and 18th to 19th.
  • Harvestland – an autumn-themed event that’s suitable for people of all ages at the PNE fairgrounds. It runs daily from October 10th until the 20th except for Tuesday, October 15th.
  • Cirque du Soleil – the world-renowned Montreal-based circus presents Luzia at Concord Pacific Place near False Creek. (TIP: Book a night’s stay at a downtown hotel through StayVancouverHotels.com and qualify for a 50% discount on your circus tickets.)
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – films from all over the world are shown at various theatres around town up until the Friday of the Thanksgiving Long Weekend in 2019.
  • Fort Langley Cranberry Festival – one of Fort Langley’s most popular events of the year is on Saturday October 12th in 2019.
  • Halloween Events a number of other Halloween events take place on the Thanksgiving Long Weekend including the following:
    • Vancouver Halloween Parade – a parade featuring people dressed as superheroes, Japanese anime characters, zombies and other fun things in downtown Vancouver. It takes place on Sunday, October 13th, starting at 11 am.
    • Vancouver Halloween Expo – vendor stalls, entertainment and Halloween-themed activities at Robson Square from Friday, October 11th, until Sunday, October 13th.
    • Forbidden VancouverLost Souls of Gastown and other walking tours take place daily in downtown Vancouver.
    • Mystery Nights – a detective crime-solving game for groups of 2-5 players happen every evening in October at 7 pm. (It’s kind of like an escape room game, except it takes place in the Streets of Gastown.)
    • Fright Nights – haunted houses, rides and Halloween fun at the PNE 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 Saturday October 12th.
    • Potter’s House of Horrors – a couple of haunted houses 12530 72nd Avenue in Surrey.
    • Reapers – a haunted attraction that’s open on the Thanksgiving Weekend (October 11th to 13th) at 9423 Gibson Road in Chilliwack.
    • Haunt of Edgemont – a professional quality haunted house at a residential home in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation benefiting the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.

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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

Thanksgiving Weekend 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 is open this weekend and there is also Reapers in Chilliwack and Potter’s House of Horrors in Surrey (although most attractions like these are not open on 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!