Like Thanksgiving Long Weekend is here.
As you prepare for a party or drive to get your pumpkin-spiced treats, we remind you that this three-day weekend still has an abundance of things happening in and around Metro Vancouver this long weekend.
If you find yourself looking for fun things to do around Vancouver, here’s your weekend tour for this Thanksgiving weekend.
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This weekend-8.-11. October
Get scared on Playland
Playlands Hallowed Eves Nights opens this weekend, October 8th. This year’s theme is described as having a “Caravan of Curiosities” that rolls into the city and takes over the entire park with firefighters, contortionists, an annoying doll and other strange things.
Catch a shooting star
Draconid’s Meteor shower has been responsible for some of the most spectacular meteor showers in recorded history! This year, meteor showers will be at their highest in the evening on Thursday 7 October and Friday 8 October. It may be a bit cloudy these days, but clear skies are expected for Friday night. For the best viewing experience, find a place away from the city lights and dress warmly for the celestial light show in October.
Visit This Epic House of Horrors
Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors, in Surrey, reopened on October 1, 2021. Formerly known as Potter’s Haunted Houses, it has been halted due to the pandemic. However, it is now left with improvements and new safety rules and extremely relaxing haunted houses to explore.
Get on a Halloween train
Although the Scream train for adults is not open until October 15, The Bear Creek Mini Golf & Train opens this weekend for kids. This is a Halloween fun pumpkin train ride that takes place October 9 – 31 from 10:00 to 16:30. For $ 10, kids get a train ride, treats and a pumpkin. Children under 2 are free and you do not have to buy your tickets online.
Go to Pumpkin Town
Laity Pumpkin Patch South in Maple Ridge has created an entire village made up entirely of pumpkins. In addition to that, they also have a host of other attractions that scream falls as best as possible. This is a great place to visit for the seasonal fall photos and of course pumpkins.
Get stuffed with pumpkin waffles and wine
Krause Berry Farms has been a long time destination for those who want to get a taste of the season and pick berries, pumpkins and award-winning pastries. Be sure to visit and get their limited seasonal pumpkin waffles. Also visit the winery to pick up some fruit wine (suggest Apple) for your Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, they also have a pumpkin patch.
Celebrate Oktoberfest before it disappears
Craft Beer Market’s Okterbfest menu lasts until October 11, 2021. Unfortunately, Harvest Haus has been delayed until next year, but you can still celebrate this German holiday with delicious food and of course beer.
Check out The Art of John and Yoko
If you are a John Lennon fan or by Yoko Ono, the Vancouver Art Gallery is hosting “Growing Freedom: Instructions of Yoko Ono and The Art of John and Yoko” from October 9, 2021. The exhibition will look at the couple’s collaborative projects as well as artistically instructional work by Yoko Ono.
Ongoing things to do
Be terrified of a haunted maze
From now until October 31, 2021, this haunted corn maze at Maan Farms is a series of terribly fun experiences. There are a number of opportunities to explore. Described as the ‘scary corn maze in Canada’, Maan Farms is back again and will also have 2 extra intimidating experiences to keep you on your toes.
Take a pumpkin, go on a hay trip
It is officially acceptable to start decorating your home with autumn pumpkins and taking cute pictures. There are a number of charming pumpkin patches around Metro Vancouver. Some of them offer rides, pets, attractions for children and of course pumpkins. While not all are open, check out our list of local pumpkin patches and choose your adventure.
Lose yourself in a Van Gogh painting one last time
Just a little longer, the Imagine Van Gogh exhibit has been a popular spot for many since its launch earlier this year. Tickets are sold out several times and the dates are extended to October 31st. This is the last month to experience this for yourself if you have not already done so, or go again if you wish. Here’s a look inside.
Dine in a haunted restaurant
There are plenty of great eateries in Metro Vancouver, but in keeping with the fall and Halloween theme, why not try your hand at one that is haunted? Get your start while eating at one of these supposedly haunted restaurants in Metro Vancouver.
Discover hidden lounges and talk
What started as the murmur surrounded by a hint of secrecy opened up a new hidden lounge in Chinatown, and it’s worth checking out – if you have the password that is. In fact, it is not the only thing. If you need more mystery, check out some of the other Vancouver speakeasies and secret bars.
Be amazed by the moon and back gallery
An impressive immersive experience just reopened in Richmond and it is absolutely amazing. The Moon and Back Gallery has a number of rooms with augmented virtual reality. The experience makes you smile, bring your photos to life and is truly out of this world.
Get lost in a maze
Chilliwack Corn Maze has opened on Greendale Acres. This is the 23rd maze, and this time will include 12 acres of adventure and the word “WANDER” in the maze itself. One-time tickets and season tickets are available.
Watch a movie on the big screen
Autumn is a perfect time to hit the cinemas with some buttery popcorn. There are some great movies to watch, including the latest Marvel hit Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. Opening this weekend is the much-anticipated Venom: Let There Be Carnage as well as The Addams Family 2.
For an extra special experience, check out the new 19+ VIP cinemas that just opened in Burnaby.
Find a farmers market
It is not called harvest season for no reason. If you love exploring farmers ‘markets, you can check out a new one using BC Farmers’ Market Trail. This is a free, mobile-friendly site with a farmers market finder that quickly leads customers to fresh local food and goods available anywhere in BC So wherever you are, you can still enjoy a great weekend farmers market.
Start the Halloween festivities with a wizard theme
Unleash your inner Harry Potter and experience this unique troll-themed bar just launched. Wizard’s It makes you create your own fatty drinks and learn to “perfect your brew.” The location is hidden from the public, so you’ll have to get tickets to enjoy the secrets of being a lavish wizard.
Enjoy a nice autumn trip
There is nothing better than the sharp autumn days in BC. Something about the smell in the air and the leaves on the ground brings new life to the city. This Friday and Saturday seems to be the perfect fall weather to explore the city and see the changing colors. It’s the perfect time to take a walk, reset and get in the fall mood.
Enjoy DaVinci’s art and greatest inventions
The DaVinci Exhibition is an exclusive multi-room exhibition and a unique interactive experience showcasing Leonardo da Vinci’s work. This is the first time this art exhibition is coming to Canada and has attracted millions of visitors worldwide. There is even an education program available for children. Take advantage of the exhibition now.
Play a round of mini golf
Try lying around and seeing some of the best places to play miniature golf. Fun for all ages, this activity is exciting for both families and friends while spending a few hours in a friendly competition. This also gives an excellent date idea.
Buy a Halloween costume
Over the past month, Spirit Halloween stores have already started popping up all over Metro Vancouver. While some people were confused that these shop windows showed up so early, others were very excited. If you’re into spooky fun, check out the stores that are open now.
Check out the cool Voxel Bridge
Cambie Street Bridge has a new digital and artistic makeover that is a true combination of art and technology. The underside of the bridge has been transformed into the digital world by the Voxel Bridge. This is the Vancouver Biennale’s most recent public art installation. Using augmented reality (AR) and blockchain technology, space becomes an interactive 3D world.
Whatever you do, we hope you enjoy your weekend activities!
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