14 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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If you’re at a loss for how to spend your free time this weekend, never fear. We’ve come up with the top events in Vancouver from October 16 to 18.

For more things happening around town, check out our events calendar.

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.

MERCATO Italian Market

  • What: This unique market is about bringing together the tastes of Italy with the produce grown in local farms. You’re invited to come shop for a vibrant assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables, handmade products from local artisans and delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef. The Italian community market element allows you the opportunity to bring home a taste of Italy every month. Stay for live Italian music featuring the classic mandolin and accordion, and children’s activities provided by Italian School teachers.
  • Where: Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • When: October 16 and November 20; 4 to 8 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

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.

ROAM Winter Expo

  • What: There is no escaping the winter. ROAM Expo is a unique marketplace that brings brands and services together that exhibit exciting and diverse ways to spend the low sun months. ROAM Expo will feature four distinct Marketplace categories; each offering specialized services and top quality products to help you get your winter on.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 17; 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, October 18; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Halloween Expo at the PNE

  • What: Halloween Expo at the PNE featuring food, performances, costumes and make-up.
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 18; noon to 9 p.m. (Saturday), noon to 8 p.m. (Sunday)

Arts Umbrella Celebrates 33rd Annual Splash Art Auction and Fundraiser

  • What: Now in its 33rd year, Arts Umbrella’s signature gala features a fine art auction of exceptional curated works, from stunning to sublime, where accessible children’s arts education is at the heart of it all. All funds raised at Splash help ensure that more than 21,000 kids access high-quality arts programming each year.
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, October 17; 7 p.m.

Vancouver Halloween Parade

  • What: The streets are about to get spooky. Vancouver’s Halloween Parade and Expo is returning this month to feed the festive buzz taking over as Halloween approaches. The parade will start at Howe Street and Drake and continue down to Smithe Street. It will then turn left down Smithe and continue up Granville Street, finishing between Davie and Drake Street.
  • Where: Howe Street, Smithe Street, Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 18; 11 a.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

Ripe 2015

  • What: The annual RIPE Dinner is a true celebration of the harvest; a showcase of local ingredients from local farms and producers paired with some of Vancouver’s top chefs and restaurants, including Chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co, Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage, Chef Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s Rangoli, Chef Ned Bell of Yew seafood + bar, and Chef Quang Dang of West Restaurant.
  • Where: Exhibition Hall, Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, October 18; 4 to 8 p.m.

Pumpkin Patch at Westham Island Herb Farm

  • What: Westham Island Herb Farm is a working farm that offers visitors the chance to explore their extensive property, while searching for the picture-perfect pumpkin.
  • Where: 2485 Westham Island Road, Delta
  • When: Open daily until October 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Lost Souls of Gastown

  • What: The Lost Souls of Gastown is a gothic theatre adventure that immerses guests in a Gastown long forgotten, sharing the area’s gruesome little-known secrets, including the little known true story about Blood Alley.
  • Where: Cathedral Square – Dunsmuir and Richards Streets, Vancouver
  • When: Throughout October with multiple tour times to choose from as Halloween nears
  • Cost: $22 for adults, $19 for students and seniors

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out at Science World

  • What: Body Worlds is coming back to TELUS World of Science for the third time since 2006, but you won’t see many human specimens on display at this exhibit. Animal Inside Out features over 100 preserved animal specimens ranging from the common pigeon to an expertly dissected camel. Visitors will be able to check out what’s under the skin of some spectacular animals and determine what makes us the same – and different.
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: October 3 to March 28, 2016

 

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