23 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 2 and 4. For a complete list of events, check out the Vancouver Events Calendar.

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.

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.

4Our

  • What: Presented by JOE INK, 4Our is a dance piece from the beloved Vancouver choreographer Joe Laughlin that explores the dynamics of family, emotions and life itself.
  • Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: October 1 to 3

Vancouver International Film Festival

  • What: Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (144,000 and 349 respectively in 2014) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. They screen films from more than 70 countries on nine screens, including the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.
  • Where: Various locations. Click here for more information.
  • When: Thursday, September 24 to Friday, October 9

Jason Aldean: 2015 Burn in Down Tour

  • What: Country star Jason Aldean will burn down the house (not literally, hopefully) at Rogers Arena on Friday night.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, October 2; 7 p.m.

Doors Open Vancouver

  • What: Enjoy free, behind-the-scenes access to popular City of Vancouver sites. Learn what it takes to run a city while experiencing Vancouver’s architecture, green design, and cultural heritage at this all-ages event.
  • Where: Various locations. Click here for more information.
  • When: Saturday, October 3; various times.

Jellybean Park Pumpkin Patch & Farmer’s Market

  • What: Jellybean Park Langley is hosting a farmer’s market and pumpkin patch on Saturday, October 3rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with fun, family-friendly activities for all to enjoy. Festivities include pony rides by Laughing Stock Ranch at Jellybean’s onsite playground, face painting, local vendors and artisans showcasing their goods, a steaming hot apple cider stand, and pumpkin carving stations where children can pick out their pumpkins and carve their scariest jack-o-lanterns.
  • Where: Jellybean Park – 19615 Willowbrook Drive, Langley
  • When: Saturday, October 3; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oktoberfest at the Alpen Club

  • What: The Vancouver Alpen Club serves traditional German favourites from spätzle to schnitzel and now they’re breaking back their annual Oktoberfest. Anyone is welcome who loves German food and beer (and is over 19, of course).
  • Where: Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • When: September 26 and October 3, 16 and 17; doors open at 7:30 p.m.

BC Lions vs. Saskatchewan RoughRiders

  • What: Head over to the Lions’ den and cheer on our home team take on rivals the Saskatchewan RoughRiders. Whatever you do, don’t wear green.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 3; 4 p.m.

Pre Season: Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers

  • What: Catch a pre-season NHL game at Rogers Arena as the Canucks face off against the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 3; 7 p.m.

Weird Al Karaoke

  • What: A blend of Vancouver comedians write original Weird Al-style parodies of popular songs, then sing them live in front of you. Tacky costumes are always a stylish choice for this event.
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 E 26th Avenue
  • When: Saturday, October 3; 9 p.m.

PumpkinFest 2015

  • What: Join the 5th Annual PumpkinFest – an old fashioned, harvest community festival with family friendly activities:Old favorites such as a Pumpkin Patch, Farm Zone including a Petting Corral and Pony Rides, Antique Farm Equipment, Live Entertainment Stage, Family Zone featuring old fashioned kid’s games such as sack races, face painting and crafts, an Artisan Open Air Market, Scarecrow Competition, Scavenger Hunt,
    Pumpkin Carving and free public skate, swim and gym time.
  • Where: West Vancouver Community Centre – 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 4; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure

  • What: The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest, single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, and education and advocacy programs.The CIBC Run for the Cure takes place on Sunday, October 4th in Abbotsford (Rotary Stadium), Surrey (Bear Creek Park) and Vancouver (Concord Pacific Place). Register today to walk or run the 1km or 5km event to help create a future without breast cancer.
  • Where: Concord Pacific Place – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 4; 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

K. Trevor Wilson

  • What: Fresh off of winning two Canadian Comedy Awards, Toronto’s K. Trevor Wilson comes to North Vancouver. He has opened for Louis CK and his award-winning comedy album, Sexcop Firepenis, is also available for your listening and laughing pleasure.
  • Where: Finch and Barley – 250 East 1 Street, North Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 4; 9 p.m.

 

Recurring events

Richmond Night Market

  • What: Drawing crowds from all over Metro Vancouver, the Richmond Night Market is located within easy access of the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station. Roam the aisles to find games, food, and all sorts of wares for sale. Late nighters take note, this is the only local night market open until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays).
  • Where: 8351 River Rd. (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • When: May 15 to October 12, 2015; Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 p.m.

Shipyards Night Market

  • What: The Shipyards Night market features food trucks, live music, numerous vendors and a beer garden.
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: May 1 to September 25; Fridays, 5 to 10 p.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.

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

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.

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