Vancouver Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

Vancouver Thanksgiving Weekend 2017


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 7-9? When not sitting around the table eating turkey, go out and explore this great region of the world.

Weekend Special Events

Special festivals and events happening on the Thanksgiving Long Weekend in 2017 include the following:

  • Oktoberfest – Oktoberfest beer festivals this weekend include Harvest Haus near BC Place Stadium, Vancouver Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club and Oktoberfest at the community centre in Steveston Village.
  • Mid-Autumn Moon Festival – food, music and cultural activities celebrating fall take place in Vancouver’s Chinatown at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden between 5:30 and 10 pm on Friday, October 6th.
  • 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 7th.
  • Hockey Games – Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without Canadian hockey! The Vancouver Canucks play the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena on Saturday and the Vancouver Giants play the Tri-City Americans at the Langley Events Centre on both the Friday and Saturday.
  • 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 from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm daily 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 7 to 10 pm, but closed on the Holiday Monday. Note: Tickets are half price all weekend!
    • Reapers – A haunted attraction that’s open from 7 to 10 pm on the Friday and Saturday (October 6 & 7) and from 7 to 9 pm on the Sunday (October 8). It started up for the season on October 1st and continues later in the month too. 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 9, 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!