This upcoming weekend has just about everything you can imagine going on.
90s Halloween party? Yup! The Stanley Cup? That will even be in town!
From cool Halloween parties to art exhibits, here are 25 awesome events taking place in metro Vancouver this weekend.
Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend
Friday, October 20
Costume party | Astoria Hastings 90s Halloween Costume Party
Astoria Hastings is hosting The East Van 90s Halloween Costume Party on Friday, October 20th, 2017. DJ Vanessa Turner + guests will be playing 90s pop, alt, grunge, britpop, boy bands, Halloween hits and much more! This groovy party gives you the chance to get into the Halloween festivities an entire week earlier. Cover ranges from $5-$10.
Market | Eastside Flea Harvest Market
On Friday, October 20th, the Eastside Flea Harvest Market will have 20+ local artisan food vendors, free taste testing samples, bar specials (the reintroduction of their infamous boozy hot apple cider), a delicious and exclusive food truck seasonal special and more.
Virtual reality | DREAMSCAPE
DREAMSCAPE places you as the main character in your own horror movie. It runs this year from Tuesday, October 10th – Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. In this 15-minute original live action, haunted experience, participants will put on virtual reality goggles and headphones becoming fully immersed in the adventure. You will find yourself teleported into a series of dark, haunted locations filled with terrifying creatures and events. Tickets are $20.
Yuu Japanese Tapas’ first ramen challenge come to an end this Friday, October 20th, 2017. Located in Richmond (3779 Sexsmith Road), guests who finish their regular sized bowl (including the broth) in under 10 minutes get it for only $5!
Writers | Surrey International Writers’ Conference
The 25th annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference returns from Friday, October 20th – Sunday, October 22nd, 2017. Asides from having over 60 presenters (including published authors, editors, agents, and publishers), they are also hosting over 450 attendees who truly come from all over the globe. Tickets range from $75-$649.
Haunted house | Potter’s House of Horrors
Potter’s House of Horrors isn’t for the faint-hearted. Back by popular demand, Potter’s is rolling out three haunted house for the upcoming Halloween season. This includes the ultra-creepy haunted house that they call Monstrosity! Do you ever feel like someone is watching you? Perhaps right behind you? It runs this year until Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. Tickets range from $8-$50.
See what it’s like when the forests of Surrey come alive, while discovering unseen creatures. Ghosts and ghouls absolutely intent on scaring you amidst creepy sounds and special effects. Furthermore, your favourite characters such as Chainsaw Charlie are returning. You may even run into the walking dead who relish the Halloween season. Open rain or shine, the train runs from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. each night. Tickets are $12.
Beer | Oktoberfest Vancouver
Taking place at Vancouver Alpen Club, you’ll experience German food and beer steins by swaying to live music. Furthermore, visitors will have a heck of a time dancing with Vancouver’s very own Schuhplattler dance group the “Alpen Plattlers”. Tickets range from $35-$75.
Corn maze | Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
The farm features a 12 acre maze that can be a challenge to get through. As guests make their way through the maze, it becomes an interactive experience to say the least. The patch has over 15 varieties of pumpkins growing on the farm. Come with the family and find your perfect pumpkin. After you’re done exploring the farm, warm up with fire pits. If interested, it’s important to note that guests will have to reserve these ahead of time. Rental is $5 and includes starting of the fire, 1 bundle of wood, benches, and a table. Extra wood bundles can be bought for $5 each.
Trolley | Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour
Put on by the Vancouver Trolley Company and Vancouver Police Museum, people on board the trolleys will hear about the city’s murderous tales and infamous ghost stories. As nightfall begins, you’ll be whisked through Vancouver’s streets, while tuning into the echos of devastating events. Your host will dive into the stories of The Castelanni Milkshake Murder, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Lady in Red and much more. Tickets are $55.
Graveyard tour | Grave Tales
Dare to walk through Fort Langley’s graveyards at night? Grave Tales returns to Fort Langley National Historic Site this weekend from Friday, October 13th – Monday, October 30th, 2017. Join expert storytellers for a two- or three-hour program of spine-chilling stories as you walk through the village at night. Moreover, you’ll experience walking through graveyards and be in the presence of ghosts.
Celebrate Polish cinema this upcoming weekend at the Vancouver Polish Film Festival. It takes place at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts with tickets ranging from $10-$50.
Amusement park | Fright Nights at Playland
Fright Nights is back to haunt Playland on select dates from Friday, October 6th – Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. As well as, Fright Nights is presenting a new haunted house, The Bloodshed. The dilapidated Bloodshed cabin is home to a family of ruthless mutant murders, and promises to be the goriest haunted attraction at this year’s Fright Nights. Fear clowns? Guests can attempt to overcome their fear of clowns inside the Car-N-Evil haunted house. Tickets range from $22-$85.
Train ride | Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Each year the Stanley Park Ghost Train takes riders of all ages through a mystical journey in the forest during the Halloween season. This year, the Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train will carry an alien invasion theme. The 2017 event will run from Friday, October 13th – Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. Be prepared to discover out-of-this-world creatures and to be abducted during the 14 minute train ride. Admission starts at $6.
Art | Intangible
Featuring previously crafted, and never-before-seen creations, Intangible spotlights six trailblazing Coast Salish artists influenced by tradition as well as contemporary inspiration.
Display | City on Edge
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) explores the history of our city’s street protests with City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism. It’s a major, new photo-based exhibition on display from Thursday, September 28th – Sunday, February 18th, 2018. The exhibition showcases rarely seen walks of resistance.
Exhibition | West Coast Women’s Show
The ultimate girls weekend, the West Coast Women’s Show, will be returning for its 17th year at Abbotsford’s Tradex Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre. It takes place from Friday, October 20th – Sunday, 22nd. It will be loaded with fun, fashion, food and shopping at over 400 booths. Admission ranges from $4-$12.
Saturday, October 21
Stanley Cup | NHL Centennial Fan Arena
The Stanley Cup is coming to the west coast. The NHL has selected Coquitlam Centre as its only B.C. stop for its North American Centennial celebration. It takes place on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd, 2017. Moreover, a number of hockey heroes will be on site, including Vancouver Canucks alumni. These names will be released at a later date.
Halloween | Make a Glass Pumpkin
Have you ever made a glass pumpkin? This Saturday, October 21st, 2017, Terminal City Glass Co-op is hosting a workshop where you can create a pumpkin out of molten glass. Admission is $55 per person and each session is 20 minutes.
Football | BC Lions
The B.C. Lions take on the Edmonton Eskimos this weekend at BC Place. Tickets start at $25.
Charity gala | David Foster Foundation Miracle Concert
A number of renowned celebrities are set to converge on Rogers Arena for a good cause. The David Foster Foundation is set to host its 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert on Saturday, October 21st, 2017. The fundraising gala helps to raise money for families undergoing life-saving pediatric organ transplants. Oprah Winfrey, Steven Tyler, and Goldie Hawn will all be in attendance.
Halloween | Spooktacular Newton
Spooktacular Newtown takes over Newton Wave Pool for the third straight year on Saturday, October 21st, 2017. From 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., a number of exciting Halloween activities take place for kids of all ages to enjoy. Looking for a scare? Get in costume and ride the haunted train. You can also get a scare at the spook theatre and leave with a memory at the photobooth. After you’re done with all the activities, grab a bite from the free BBQ. There are also local restaurants located nearby to pick from.
Sunday, October 21
This fair features 175 tables and booths of fabulous finds waiting for you to discover it. There will be modern decor, toys, pottery, and much more. The event takes place at the Croatian Cultural Centre from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Movie | The Big Sick
The Big Sick is a movie about a Pakistani comic’s life and how he falls in love with an American student. It plays at the Rio Theatre, Tickets are $12.
Party | Get Your Freak On
Get Your Freak On takes place this weekend at Studio Nightclub. The night will feature performances from some of Vancouver’s hottest talent.
October 24 | VanDusen Glow in the Garden
VanDusen Glow in the Garden returns for Halloween from Tuesday, October 24th – Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. Guests will go on an adventure through a whimsical garden with curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
October 27 | Haunted House At Barclay Manor
The Haunted House at Barclay Manor comes alive next weekend on Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th, 2017. Put on by the West End Community Centre Association, this annual Halloween event has become one of Vancouver’s most popular attractions.
October 28 | Waldorf Haunted Hotel
Space + Time and the Waldorf Hotel will collaborate once again to bring you a halloween night not to be forgotten. Waldorf Haunted Hotel 2017 takes place on Saturday, October 28th. The iconic East Van institution introduces guests to its mysterious past. This party combines world-renowned talent, three floors of music, themed rooms, incredible cocktails and surprises to create an unforgettable experience.