18 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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Here are some of the top events to check out in Vancouver between October 23 and 25. For a complete list of events, check out the Vancouver Events Calendar.

Vancouver Home and Design Show

  • What: The Vancouver Home and Design Show is the ultimate authority on all things design, entertaining and home improvement. With more than 325 exhibitors and a slew of sensational new features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, October 22 to Sunday, October 25; various times. Click here for more information.

Steel Panther

  • What: Hair metal revivalists Steel Panther come to the Hard Rock Casino, bringing their tight pants, blown out hair, and undeniably sexually charged lyrics with them. If you’re looking for a blast from a past that never existed, these are the guys for you.
  • Where: Hard Rock Casino – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlum
  • When: Friday, October 23; 8 p.m.

Lions vs. Tigercats

  • What: What a great time for sports. The Lions face off against the Tigercats, and just in time for the sun to go down.
  • Where: B.C. Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 23; 7 p.m.

Ghost Train in Stanley Park

  • What: The spooky spectacle for kids and fun-loving grown-ups runs in Stanley Park every October. This year’s theme, Horror Classics, brings back some of cinema’s most haunting characters like Dracula, Frankenstein and the Phantom of the Opera to roam the grounds around the train. Life-like decorations, sound effects and gravely lighting bring the Ghost Train to life every year.
  • Where: Stanley Park Train – Pipeline Road, Stanley Park (just north of the bus loop)
  • When: Friday, October 9 to Sunday, November 1; Monday to Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday to Sunday,  11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Taste of Yaletown

  • What: From October 15 to 29, Yaletown kitchens will offer featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings to tempt the most adventurous foodie. With a fresh approach to fixed price menus of $25, $35 and $45 restaurants will offer combinations of food and drink or even special in-house events.
  • Where: Various locations. A full list will be available on the website in October.
  • When: Thursday, October 15 to Thursday, October 29

Cineplex Free Movie Day

  • What: Cineplex’s Community Day will treat guests to a selection of family-friendly movies, with all proceeds from donations and concession sales going towards Free The Children. Flicks include Despicable Me 2, Fast & Furious 6, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Pitch Perfect, Hop, Dumb and Dumber To.
  • Where: Various Cineplex locations
  • When: Saturday, October 24; 9 a.m.

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.

Historical Halloween Adventure

  • What: Join the Britannia Shipyards this Halloween for a tour of the historic buildings and hear Halloween tales throughout Britannia Shipyard. You can even make a paper Halloween basket and trick or treat along the boardwalk houses.
  • Where: Britannia Shipyards – 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
  • When: Saturday, October 24 to October 31; 1 to 3 p.m.

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour

  • What: The Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour is back for another year. Your creepy host will take you around the city and tell you gruesome tales of Castelanni Milkshake Murder, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Lady in Red and many more.
  • Where: Tours start at Canada Place – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, October 14 to Saturday, October 31 (excluding Sundays and Mondays); tours depart at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

BC Beer Awards

  • What:  The signature consumer tasting event of BC Craft Beer Month, this festival celebrates the very best in craft brewing from across the province. A one-day only event, it features both the BC Beer Awards ceremony hosted by CBC’s Stephen Quinn and a craft beer festival with over 50 breweries (and cideries).
  • Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 24; 4 to 9 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.

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

Vancouver Chinatown Haunted House

  • What: From October 21 to 31, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will be transformed into a horrifying haunted house. Inspired by the stories of Judge Dee, the Sherlock Holmes of the Tang Dynasty, the garden will be haunted by the Seven Tyrants, as well as various ghosts, ghouls, psychos, and killers.
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • When: October 21 to 31; 7 to 10 p.m.

Marina and The Diamonds

  • What: Marina and The Diamonds: The Neon Nature Tour with Guests comes to the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 24; 8 to 10:30 p.m.

The Asylum at Gravecouver

  • What: Your worst fears, phobias and nightmares will be experienced at Gravecouver, so come prepared to be scared. Anyone with asthma, heart conditions, prone to seizures, physical ailments, respiratory, or any type of medical problem, are pregnant, or suffer any form of mental disease like claustrophobia should not enter.
  • Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • When: Thursday, October 15 to Saturday, October 31; 7 to 9:30 p.m. (also 1 to 4 p.m. on October 31)

Vancouver Writer’s Fest

  • What: The Festival is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. For six days in October, this celebration takes place in the cultural oasis of Granville Island.
  • Where: Granville Island – 1661 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, October 20 to Sunday, October 25; various times and events. Clickherefor an event schedule.

Florence + the Machine

  • What: Florence and the Machine come to Rogers Arena at the end of this month to play hits from their new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 25; 8 p.m.

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