15 things to do in the Fraser Valley this October

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Fall has officially arrived and there are tons of activities happening around the Fraser Valley. Here’s a look at what’s going on in Chilliwack, Langley, Surrey, and Abbotsford this October.

Everywhere

The Great British Columbia ShakeOut

Practice how to drop, cover and hold on during the annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. The ShakeOut has been organized to encourage millions of people to prepare for big earthquakes, learn how to recover quickly and keep safe in the case of an emergency.

  • When: October 15
  • Where: Across B.C. Register online to take part.
  • Website: shakeoutbc.ca
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Chilliwack

Harrison Craft Beer Festival

Enjoy quality beers, a friendly atmosphere and a full buffet to celebrate Craft Beer month in Harrison Hot Springs. The Festival includes three beer-related events: Cask Night, Beer Festival and Oktoberfest.

  • When: October 16 and 17
  • Where: Alice Hall at Harrison Hot Springs
  • Cost: Tickets start from $20 and can be purchased online. Ages 19+.
  • Website: harrisonbeerfest.com
Beer fest (Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr)

Beer fest (Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr)

 

The Vintage Barn Market

Expect vintage and refurbished items, artisans and pop-up shops at this popular fall market.

BMX Canadian Grands

Take part or sit back and enjoy the Canadian Grands BMX racing event in Chilliwack and help raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

  • When: October 2 to 4
  • Where: Chilliwack Heritage Park
  • Cost: Admission is $5
  • Website: bmxcanada.org
BMX (Peter Huys/Flickr)

BMX (Peter Huys/Flickr)

 

Langley

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival

Browse over 100 vendors at Fort Langley’s biggest event of the year. Pick up fresh cranberries for your Thanksgiving sauce, play the cranberry toss and enjoy free breakfast pancakes at the 20th annual festival.

Cranberries (Bruce Foster/Flickr)

Cranberries (Bruce Foster/Flickr)

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Watch pumpkin growers from all over B.C. get together to weigh their Gargantuan Gourds at the annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Check out the Estate Winery and enjoy pumpkin pies, ice cream, waffles, fudge, and milkshakes.

  • When: October 3. Weigh-off starts at 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery
  • Website: krauseberryfarms.com

Grave Tales

Take a chilling walk around Fort Langley’s National Historic Site and learn stories of the after-life, mysterious burials, lingering spirits and other spooky tales.

  • When: October 15 to 30
  • Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site
  • Website: Tickets can be purchased from brownpapertickets.com

Jellybean Park Farmers Market & Pumpkin Patch

Enjoy family activities and market produce along with hot apple cider, pony rides and pumpkin carving stations. All proceeds go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • When: October 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: 19615 Willowbrook Drive
  • Website: jellybeanpark.com
Farmers Market (esclphotograf/Pixabay)

Farmers Market (esclphotograf/Pixabay)

 

Surrey

Bear Creek Wildlife Walk

Join the Bear Creek Wildlife Walk and enjoy the park’s natural surroundings and wildlife. Keep an eye out for eagles nests and the annual salmon migration. Pre-registration by phone (604-502-6065) is required.

Halloween in the Forest

Dress up in your spookiest costume and learn all about owls, bats, spiders and raccoons at this family-friendly Halloween event.

Owl (Jeff Bryant/Flickr)

Owl (Jeff Bryant/Flickr)

Latin Fiesta

Discover traditional foods, lively performances and experience an authentic Latin Fiesta at the Surrey Museum.

Abbotsford

West Coast Women’s Show

Get together for the ultimate girls weekend at B.C’s largest shopping and entertainment show. Catch artist Bif Naked and actor Josh Morrow headline the main stage, along with a fashion show, over 400 exhibitor booths and an artisan market.

  • When: October 16, 17, and 18
  • Where: Tradex Exhibition Centre
  • Cost: $12 for adults
  • Website: westcoastwomen.net
Shopping (Markusspiske/Pixabay)

Shopping (Markusspiske/Pixabay)

 

BC Hop Fest

Celebrate Canada’s first Fresh Beer Festival and taste freshly hopped beer from over 15 B.C. craft breweries. Enjoy food trucks, entertainment, beer tastings and hop farm tours.

  • When: October 3, 1 to 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kinloch Farms, 1893 Cole Rd
  • Cost: $25 per ticket. Tickets include 3 free beer tasting tokens, parking and free water. Ages 19+.
  • Website: bchopfest.ca
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MCC Festival for World Relief

Help people in over 60 countries worldwide and support MCC relief work at the annual Festival for World Relief. The event features activities for all ages, along with good food and auctions.

  • When: September 18 and 19
  • Where: Tradex Exhibition Centre
  • Website: mcccanada.ca

4th Annual Trick or Treat

Get the kids into the Halloween spirit at this year’s Trick or Treat event in Historical Downtown Abbotsford. Bring a non-perishable food bank donation to receive an entry in the Gift Basket raffle.

Trick or treat (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

Trick or treat (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

 

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