20 things to do in Vancouver this Thanksgiving long weekend

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This Thanksgiving long weekend, take the extra time off to spend with your family, have a great meal and make some memories.

We’d love to help you create some moments that will last. Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this Thanksgiving long weekend.

Keep in mind, with Halloween approaching, some of these events are spookier than others.

Movie in the Morgue

  • What: “Here’s Johnny!” Share a scream with your fellow audience members at the Vancouver Police Museum’s special halloween screening of The Shining on Saturday, October 10.
  • Where: Vancouver Police Museum – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 10; 7 to 10 p.m.

Vancouver International Improv Festival 2015

  • What: The 2015 Vancouver International Improv Festival takes over Granville Island from October 6 to 10 for a week of comedy, celebrations and more! Some of the world’s best improvisers will be at three venues – Performance Works, Waterfront Theatre and Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Improv Centre – with over 40 performances to choose from.
  • Where: Granville Island – 1661 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 10; 5 to 11 p.m.

Richmond International Night Market

  • What: The market features 250 merchandise booths, 80 food vendors serving Asian street food and desserts (with a different specially featured and priced vendor each night), diverse family-friendly entertainment and more than 1,000 on-site parking stalls. It’s the last weekend for the season, so get in while you can.
  • Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond
  • When: Friday, October 9 to Monday, October 12; 7 p.m. to midnight (Friday and Saturday), 7 to 11 p.m. (Sunday and Monday)

Harvest Haus

  • What: Vancouver’s largest Volksfest returns for its succeeding year this autumn, held under the Festzelte at Queen Elizabeth Plaza –  Harvest Haus brings folklore from the 1st century to the Great White North. Combining modern fare with authentic European harvest traditions, gather your closest mates for the most gluttonous and gratifying weekends of the year.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: October 1 to 11; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.

Chilliwack Corn Maze

  • What: The Chillwack Corn Maze has a unique design this year: A Terry Fox silhouette to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Marathon for Hope. All along the maze, you’ll encounter Terry Fox trivia designed to point you in the right direction.
  • Where: 41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack
  • Hours: Now until October 31: Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fright Nights at the PNE

  • What: Be prepared to get scared at the largest and spookiest Halloween event for grown-ups in Western Canada. Fright Nights at Playland returns for another year on October 9 with seven terrifying haunted houses and 15 rides that will leave you trembling.
  • Where: Playland at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 9 to Sunday, November 1; various times.

The Lost Souls of Gastown at Halloween

  • What: The Lost Souls of Gastown is a visceral experience that raises the hair on the back of your neck, covers your skin in tingling goosebumps and sends involuntary shivers running down your spine—the perfect Vancouver Halloween event for anyone with a taste for the macabre.
  • Where: Tours meet at Cathedral Square, across from the Holy Rosary Cathedral at the intersection of Dunsmuir and Richards streets
  • When: Throughout October with multiple tour times to choose from

Free Yoga at Dude Chilling Park

  • What: Yoga instructor Solomon Montijo, along with ten other teachers, hosts free classes daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Dude Chilling Park.
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick St., Vancouver
  • When: Daily; 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Cranberry Sale

  • What: Plump and tasty cranberries are for sale at the Richmond Nature Park from 10am-3pm on October 10, while supplies last. Cranberry recipes will be available and a licensed dietician will be on-site. Revenue from the sale supports educational programs that teach children about the bog, its unique community of life and its place in the community of Richmond. What better way to culture an appreciation for these juicy little berries which are grown in bogs.
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
  • When: Saturday, October 10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Granville Island Turkey Trot Kids Run, Preschooler Dash

  • What: Bringing together families of runners in a celebration of Thanksgiving, the Granville Island Turkey Trot now includes a 1.1KM Kids Run for kids ages 5 – 12 and 350M for children 4 years old and younger Preschooler Dash on Sunday, October 11th, in addition to the 10KM Run, Walk or Stroll on Monday, October 12th. Each child receives a snack, water and fun post-race activities.
  • Where: Sutcliffe Park – 1318 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 11; 4 to 6 p.m.

Granville Island Turkey Trot 10KM Run, Walk or Stroll

  • What: The Granville Island Turkey Trot is a hallmark event for Granville Island and the Vancouver running community. Now in its 18th year, the event brings together families of runners in a celebration of Thanksgiving. In 2015, the Granville Island Turkey Trot will take place at Performance Works at Granville Island on Monday, October 12th.
  • Where: Performance Works Granville Island – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, October 12; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Concerts and Events

Blueprint 18th Anniversary

  • What: Blueprint, Live Nation, and Heineken present the Blueprint’s 18 Year Anniversary party, featuring Alesso, Audien, Matoma, Project 46, and Timeline as guests. All ages are welcome.
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 10; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Funk the Bar

  • What: Funk the bar is a global annual party night facilitated by Sideshow Kuts and Funk and Filth dedicated to spreading the party funk sound in more than 25 countries simultaneously on the same day.
  • Where: The Waldorf – 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 10; 9 p.m.

OCTOBURLESQUE! Long Weekend Thank You Party

  • What: It may be Thanksgiving but it’s still a long weekend and we’re celebrating in proper KITTY NIGHTS fashion with OCTOBURLESQUE! A night of burlesque fun and games (including our Gravy Drinking Contest!), fabulous prizes and of course a sexy dance party.
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 11; 8 p.m. to midnight

Farmers’ Markets

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • What: This is the farmers’ market that started up in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets.
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 9 to October 24

West End Farmers’ Market

  • What: The West End’s relaxed Saturday market is a great meeting spot for locals. Grab a cup of coffee, peek at the adjacent community gardens, and take a stroll with your purchases at Nelson Park.
  • Where: Comox Street (between Bute and Thurlow), Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays, May 30 to October 24; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market lines East Boulevard every Saturday, bringing out the locals in one of Vancouver’s oldest communities. Stroll, shop, and eat at this vibrant weekend gathering.
  • Where: East Boulevard (between 37th and 41st Avenues), Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays, June 10 to October 13; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

River District Farmers’ Market

  • What: This market offers a unique riverfront gathering place in a burgeoning local community. Shop from vendors and artisans, and soak up some local colour.
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza, 8683 Kerr Street
  • When: Saturdays, May 30 to October 10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kits market takes place Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre, and has a Bike Valet for shoppers on two wheels, and lots nearby for families to do.
  • Where: West 10th Ave (between Larch and Balsam), Vancouver
  • When: Sundays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 10 to October 25

Mt Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block, but it has quickly become a focal point of the community, bringing familiar vendors and neighbourhood faces together Sundays.
  • Where: 2300 Guelph Street, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays, June 14 to October 11; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

 

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