Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

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The leaves fall, the temperature cools and the days get shorter. The only thing that does not change is that Vancouver is full of fun things to do!

From the Vancouver Fall Home Show to the Vancouver Writers Fest, Reapers Haunted Attraction and more, here are 15 things to check out this week.

Vancouver Fall Home Show 2021

What: The Vancouver Fall Home Show is back for its 39th year with hundreds of local experts under one roof. Visitors will learn to keep furniture out of the landfill with IKEA, discover inspiration for seasonal table decor to get Set for the Season with Q Living, learn to breathe new life into the home with plants from Plantsome and more.

When: 14 to 17 October 2021
Time: 16.00 to 21.00 (Thursday), 12-21.00 (Friday), 10.00-21.00 (Saturday), 10.00-18.00 (Sunday)
Where: Vancouver Convention Center West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Cost: Early Bird Price (before October 8) $ 12, Regular Adult Price (13+) $ 16, Seniors (60+) $ 11, Adult and Senior Tickets Half Half Daily After 4pm $ 8, Kids 12 years and under is free. Buy tickets online

Vancouver Writers Fest 2021

What: The Vancouver Writers Fest in 2021 features a variety of personal and hybrid events as well as a selection of digital events showcasing Canadian and international writers. Authors appearing at the Vancouver Writers Fest in 2021 include Wab Kinew, Douglas Coupland, Mieko Kawakami and more.

When: 18 to 24 October 2021
Time: Different times
Where: Different places
Tickets: Online

Treat yourself to Thanksgiving dinner from restaurants in Vancouver

Thanksgiving dinner

Regards Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

What: Although we love to eat all the holiday staples, we certainly do not want to buy groceries to prepare and make them, and we do not even get started with tidying up and dishes from such a sumptuous meal. This year we have decided to leave the cooking to the pros. If you have one too, here’s a handy list of Vancouver restaurants that serve Thanksgiving dinners.

When: Different operating days
Time: Different operating hours
Where: Various restaurants throughout Vancouver
Cost: Various, see the list of Vancouver restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner online

BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders

What: BC Lions take on the Calgary Stampeders on October 16 at BC Place

When: October 16, 2021
Time: 16.00
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: Miscellaneous, buy online

Visit a Pumpkin Patch near Vancouver

What: The spooky season is here, which means many of the Lower Mainland’s favorite pumpkin patches are open for the season. So take your sweater, take a friend with you, and try to find the cutest little pumpkin in the patch. Keep in mind that many of these pumpkin patches contain coronary safety measures, so visits may look a little different than previous years.

When: Different operating days
Time: Different operating hours
Where: Various pumpkin patches near Vancouver
Cost: Different, see the list of pumpkin patches online

Vancouver International Film Festival in 2021

What: BC’s largest cinema festival includes more than 110 feature films, 77 shorts and 20 events this year. All films at VIFF 2021 will be presented in cinemas, with all screenings following provincial COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Selected titles will also be available for streaming throughout the province and across the country on VIFF’s online streaming platform, VIFF Connect.

When: Now until October 11, 2021
Time: Different times
Where: Various venues in person and online via VIFF Connect
Ticket packages and tickets: Online

Reapers Haunted Attraction

Reapers Chilliwack

Reapers Haunted Attraction

What: Reapers Haunted Attraction has returned to scare anyone who feels brave enough to visit Chilliwack. The ultimate Halloween activity, Reapers, has several spooky experiences that ensure you never sleep again. An insane asylum-themed haunt is filled with insane patients and twisted doctors just waiting to get their hands on a new victim. There is almost no light in the 22,000-square-foot maze of terror. The black-out attraction includes a chainsaw massacre experience, complete with real chainsaws.

When: Select dates until October 31st
Time: 19 to 21 (Sunday to Thursday), 19 to 22 (Friday and Saturday)
9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: Available online, from $ 20 per. Person

UBC Farm Saturday Farmers’ Market

What: Experience Vancouver’s only farmers market on a farm that works. Tuesdays feature vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers and free-range eggs, all fresh from UBC Farm, while Saturdays feature a variety of retailers.

When: Every Tuesday and Saturday until November 27, 2021
Time: 16:00 to 18:00 (Tuesdays), 10:00 to 14:00 (Saturdays)
Location: UBC Farm – 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver

Go on a ghostly hike

What: Follow the lights and experience Vancouver’s gruesome, tragic story on the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour. Now in its tenth season in a row, the hike immerses guests in an interactive, theatrical experience as they travel deep into historic Gastown.

Stories, which include the great fire of 1886, a copper outbreak and the murder of a gold prospector, are told through the personal accounts of fictional characters from the 1890s. Billed as a “swinging, one-man show,” The Lost Souls of Gastown takes you out into the darkness as you are led through winding cobbled streets and forgotten alleys.

When: October 15-31, 2021
19.00, with extra walks on Halloween
Starting at the corner of Water and Cordova streets next to Buro Coffee
Cost: $ 32 for adults and $ 29 for students and seniors, buy online

Jasper Dark Sky Festival

What: The annual event takes place between October 15 and 25 and invites guests to admire and celebrate the great beauty of our universe within the world’s largest accessible dark sky reserve. The stargazing extravaganza has a number of events for everyone – whether you are an enthusiast in the space or looking for a little family fun.

When: 15 to 25 October 2021
Time: Different times
Where: Different places
Cost: Different, learn more online

Get horrified with our ultimate Halloween movie list

What: October is the perfect time to turn on a scary movie and then immediately regret having done so. As Halloween creeps closer, it might be time to get into the creepy spirit of watching some seriously scary movies. You know, the movies that make you lock the doors, turn on all the lights, and check under your bed. There are no criteria for being on this list, other than being downright scary.

Whether it’s Regan MacNeil’s head back in The Exorcist back in 1973 (still awful) or Charlie’s appearing in the corner of Peter’s bedroom in the middle of the night in Hereditary (make it stop!), These movies should NOT be seen alone. Do not say that we did not warn you. Heck, even some of these trailers are scary enough.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Sporting Kansas City

What: The Vancouver Whitecaps take the field against Sporting Kansas City in MLS action at BC Place on October 17th.

When: October 17, 2021
Time: 19.00
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Cost: Miscellaneous, buy online

New western culture crawl

What: The 18th annual New West Cultural Crawl sees artist studios and venues across the city open their doors for two days to welcome visitors into their creative spaces. Art fans of all ages are invited to and discover new works of art from professional and new artists in the New West.

When: 16 and 17 October 2021
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Venues across New Westminster
Cost: For free

Fin-tastic Fall Days at the Vancouver Aquarium

vancouver aquarium halloween

In Seeker / Shutterstock

What: The new Fin-tastic Fall Days at the Vancouver Aquarium in October are ready to welcome visitors to a family-friendly seasonal experience you’ll love. You can explore the Trick-or-Trout maze, where you have to find your way out of the seaweed forest. Plus, you can catch the new SCOOB! 4D Experience® in their theater in between meeting a couple of the more than 65,000 creatures who call the aquarium home. On the Halloween weekend, October 30 and 31, you can expect costume days where you can wear your costume.

When: Now until October 31, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Cost: Adults: $ 42 | Senior / Student: $ 36.75 | Children (3-12): $ 26.25 | Infant / Toddler (0-2): $ 0. Buy tickets online

Where the wild things are

What: Presentation House Theater presents an interactive production of Maurice Sendak’s literary classics, Where the wild things are. The audience will help transform Max’s bedroom into the various landscapes of his adventures as they travel to the land of the wild things.

When: Saturdays and Sundays from 16 to 24 October 2021
Time: Different times
Where: Presentation House Theater – 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver
Cost: $ 15- $ 22, buy online

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