Your hard work this week is being rewarded with the Thanksgiving Long Weekend.
Asides from eating turkey, there’s plenty you can do with the family to enjoy the extra time off.
Did you hear? Hockey is back!
From the Vancouver Canucks season opener to spooky haunted houses, here are 21 awesome events to check out in metro Vancouver this weekend.
Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend
Friday, October 6
German culture | Harvest Haus Vancouver 2017
Back for it’s 4th year, Harvest Haus 2017 is shaping up to be Vancouver’s largest Volksfest ever. Harvest Haus brings folklore from the 1st century to the Great White North. It runs from Thursday, October 5th – Saturday, October 7th and Friday, October 13th – Saturday, October 14th, 2017. Festivalgoers can choose from one of seven sittings, including the return of The Stein Games, Lippensynchron Battle, The Duelling Arts, and the introduction of The Clash of the Axes.
Bier | Oktoberfest Vancouver 2017
Nicht lange schnacken, Kopf in Nacken! That’s German for stop talkin’ and start drinkin!’ Oktoberfest Vancouver is back for another entertaining series of events beginning on Friday, October 6th, 2017 with additional events on October 7th, 13th-14th, and 20th-21st. Taking place at Vancouver Alpen Club, you’ll experience German food and beer steins by swaying to live music.
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? Tickets range from $8-$50.
Pumpkin farm | Chilliwack Corn Maze And Pumpkin Farm
Enjoy making your way through a corn maze? Perhaps picking out a pumpkin for Halloween? There’s a spot in Chilliwack that allows you to do both. The Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm is open for the season until Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. The patch has over 15 varieties of pumpkins growing on the farm. Come with the family and find your perfect pumpkin.
Trolley tour | Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour
Dare to see Vancouver’s hidden secrets? Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour is back for another spooky experience from Friday, October 6th – Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. 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.
Corn maze | Bose Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
The Bose Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is now open until Monday, October 9th, 2017. In 1999, the Bose family added a corn maze and pumpkin patch to their commercial farm to provide a hands-on, agricultural experience for the public – at affordable prices! Open rain or shine, guests are encouraged to wear boots as they make their way throughout the maze. Equally important, it’s important to bring a flashlight, phone light, or a headlamp as the days continue to get shorter.
Amusement park | Fright Nights
Metro Vancouver’s scariest halloween experience is back…and better. 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. Admission starts at $22.
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.
Performance | 13: The Musical
Bring On Tomorrow Co. presents the hilarious and clever coming-of-age comedy, 13: The Musical. It plays from Thursday, Sept. 28th – Sunday, October 1st and Wednesday, October 4th – Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at the Waterfront Theatre. Yanked from his New York City life after his parents’ divorce, 12-year-old Evan Goldman has a lot going on. Tickets are starting at $13.
Display | City on Edge
The project features over 650 images of street demonstrations, protests, and riots from the early 1900s. It also highlights the archives of the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers. It’s a major, new photo-based exhibition on display from Thursday, September 28th – Sunday, February 18th, 2018.
Film | VIFF 2017
Featuring more than 200 features and 100 shorts, VIFF will be a showcase of the world’s most exceptional filmmaking.
Outdoor shopping | Night Markets
The Richmond Night Market is open this Thanksgiving Long Weekend for you to discover everything it has to offer.
Autumn festival | Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
The 2017 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival returns with even more to do this year. Guests will see an emphasis on calligraphy, painting, music, and weiqi. Tickets are $20.
Saturday, October 7
Hockey | Vancouver Canucks Season Opener
Hockey is back! The Vancouver Canucks host the Edmonton Oilers this weekend at Rogers Arena to open up their season. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m.
Festival | Harvest Full Moon Festival
Richmond residents and visitors of all ages are invited to participate in the City Centre Community Association’s third annual Harvest Full Moon Festival this weekend on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. It will be led by local artist, Marina Szijarto. The Harvest Full Moon is a time of year to give thanks, bring awareness, exchange stories and reminisce about past experiences. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., everyone in the community is encouraged to attend this free event.
History | 250 Years of Heer
The eclectic program will begin with an academic discussion between Dr. Anne Murphy and Madan Gopal SIngh, exploring the cultural and spiritual significance of Heer on Punjabi expression. It takes place this Saturday from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Outdoor festival | Fort Langley Cranberry Festival
Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like the red touch of cranberries. The 22nd annual Fort Langley Cranberry Festival returns this weekend on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. From 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., historic Fort Langley will be bustling with over 70 vendors. Food, kid’s activities, entertainment, vendors, and of course, fresh cranberries will be present throughout the entire day.
Music | Blueprint 20 Year Anniversary
After two decades shaking up Vancouver’s entertainment scene, Blueprint Events is throwing another can’t-miss party, as they celebrate their milestone 20th birthday this Thanksgiving Long Weekend with the annual Blueprint Anniversary, aka the #BP20YR #BP20YR attendees can expect four days of festivities, culminating in an all-out bash at the Pacific Coliseum, featuring international artists Diplo, ZEDS DEAD, Showtek, Baauer, Felix Cartal and Kempeh on Saturday night.
Sunday, October 8
Concert | Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons bring their Evolve Tour to Rogers Arena on Sunday, October 8th, 2017. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. From Las Vegas, Nevada, the group is composed of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, lead guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist and keyboardist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.
Artist | Gryffin
American EDM DJ, record producer, and musician Gryffin performs at The Imperial. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show begins at 9:00 p.m.
Monday, October 9
Self-reflection | Monday Night Meditation
Join Alan Clements and discover the gift of meditation, mindfulness, and yoga. ‘Mindful Intelligence’ is the art of transforming projection and fear into self-respect and greatness. The event takes place at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House from 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Tickets range from $10-$20.
October 11 | Ms. Lauryn Hill & Nas
Grammy Award-winner Lauryn Hill and anthemic rapper Nas are coming to Vancouver on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 to perform at the Pacific Coliseum. The co-headlining tour will see the two joined by Chronixx on stage. Multi-platinum artist Ms. Lauryn Hill rose to fame as the lone female member of The Fugees, one of the biggest selling R&B acts around the world.
October 12 | Vancouver Halloween Parade And Expo
Over the course of four days, you’ll enjoy arts, performances, cosplay, films, comics, anime, games, makeup, and much more. From Thursday – Sunday, all activities will take place at UBC Robson Square. You’ll find everything set up underneath the glass roof. The parade will conclude the expo on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. It will start on Howe Street (Drake to Smithe), making its way to Granville Street (Smithe to Davie).
October 13 | Grave Tales
Grave Tales returns to Fort Langley National Historic Site 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.
October 13 | Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Be prepared to discover out-of-this-world creatures and to be abducted during the 14 minute train ride.
October 13 | Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train
Ever wonder what lurks inside Surrey’s forests? The Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train returns for another thrilling experience. It runs from Friday, October 13th – Tuesday, October 31st, 2017. See what it’s like when the forests of Surrey come alive, while discovering unseen creatures. Admission is $12.
October 14 | Free Movies at Cineplex
Moviegoers are going to want to mark this date down! Cineplex is offering free movies in celebration of Cineplex Community Day on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. This year’s movies are Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls, Ice Age: Collision Course, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, and Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates. Not to mention, you can get popcorn, drinks, and candy for just $2.50.
October 14 | Nightmare Before Christmas Market
The one day market will take place on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m and promises to offer something for everyone to enjoy. Expect a diverse lineup of vendors showcasing fashion, art, food, and much more. Vendors will be announced at a later date. Applications to become one are open until Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.
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