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31 Free Metro Vancouver Activities To Take Advantage Of This Fall (GUIDE)

It’s time to give your wallet a break.

Here are 31 FREE things to do and see in Metro Vancouver this fall.

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Free Metro Vancouver Activities

Outdoor Yoga

Outdoor Yoga Vancouver
Photo: Mat Collective / Facebook

About: Mat Collective has decided to continue their free outdoor yoga classes during the fall season this year. They are the largest free outdoor yoga program in Western Canada and continue to grow bigger year after year.
Date: Tuesday September 4th – Thursday November 29th, 2018
Time: Various

Monster Maze

About: The 40′ x 40′ Halloween Monster Maze will feature iconic Halloween scenes. Graveyards, spooky back alleys and country corn mazes will await brave shoppers to find their way. The maze will also have displays of ghosts, scarecrows, cobwebs, witches, cauldrons and rats.
Date: Wednesday October 17th – Wednesday October 31st, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Haunted Village

Burnaby Halloween events
Photo: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel / Facebook

About: During the four-days, the village will be transformed into a Halloween getaway that the entire family can take part in. Craving something sweet? The Ice Cream Parlour will be open for ghoulish snacks and light meals.
Date: Friday October 26th – Monday October 29th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Trick or Treat Royal City Centre

About: Enjoy a safe and fun Halloween by collecting candy from participating merchants.
Date: Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Richmond Halloween Fireworks

Richmond Halloween events

About: All four shows are free and will feature music, dancing demonstrations, children’s activities, roving entertainment, fire juggling and more!
Date: Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Time: Various

Teen Art Drop-In

About: Participants will also get the chance to make Samhain-inspired crafts from eco-friendly materials.
Date: Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Behind the Lines: A Traffic Story

About: Behind the Lines: A Traffic Story – Fasten your seatbelt for this new exhibit, exploring the 100 year history of the Vancouver Police Department’s Traffic Section!
Date: Thursday November 1st, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pumpkin Parade

About: Line it up on the walking path to join the parade of pumpkins. Pumpkins will be composted following the event.
Date: Thursday, November 1st, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Lumière Festival

Photo: Lumiere Vancouver / Facebook

About: A series of interactive art installations will once again light up three iconic Vancouver sites this holiday season:
Date: Friday November 2nd – Sunday November 4th, 2018
Time: Various

Diwali Dance Workshop

About: Come celebrate Diwali (festival of lights). Learn Bollywood dancing from the SHIAMAK Vancouver Dance Team.
Date: Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Art On The Spot

About: Tony O’Regan guides participants in an art activity inspired by the paintings of J.M.W. Turner.
Date: Saturday, November 10th, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Surrey Remembers

About: Take in the Remembrance Day service at the Cloverdale Cenotaph in Veterans Square. Museum of Surrey will remain open until 5:00pm with family friendly activities throughout the museum.
Date: Sunday, November 11th, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Family Nights in Cloverdale

About: Looking for plans on Friday nights? Come out for an evening filled with family-fun at recreation facilities in Cloverdale! All events are free to attend.
Date: Various
Time: Various

St. Paul’s Lights Of Hope

Lights of Hope
Photo: Lights of Hope

About: The launch of the fundraising campaign will be celebrated with fireworks and St. Paul’s Hospital’s iconic lighting display. Burrard Street will be illuminated with over 100,000 sparkling light bulbs!
Date: Friday November 16th – Monday January 7th, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Flea Market

About: More than 50 tables of pre-loved items are on display to comb through. Free admission for buyers.
Date: Saturday, November 17th, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Surrey Kids Conference

About: his exciting, free, workshop is for children ages six to 12. Workshops will include physical, educational, creative and inspirational components.
Date: Friday, November 16th – Saturday, November 17th, 2018
Time: Various

Filipino Festival

About: See the vibrancy of Filipino culture through textiles, performances, food and a storytelling session.
Date: Saturday, November 17th, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Vancouver Italian Christmas Market

Vancouver Italian Christmas MarketAbout: Once you arrive, visitors will experience one of the world’s most unique cultures. There will be a variety of vendors selling Italian products, local food and crafts.
Date: Friday November 23rd, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Edmonds Festival of Lights

About: This event will see organizers light up Edmond’s tree. Visit Santa and enjoy hot chocolate, hot dogs, entertainment and activities.
Date: Saturday, November 24th, 2018
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.



Photo: Yaletown BIA

About: Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down the street.
Date: Saturday November 24th, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Yule Duel

About: Choirs will be setup along Water Street, performing a selection of holiday songs to entertain the crowd. Once the judges have made their rounds, the festivities will shift to the main stage as teams compete in a final sing-off!
Date: Thursday December 6th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Bear Creek Park Light Festival

About: The trails and the trees will be illuminated by dazzling lights. You’ll get to walk through an enchanted forest experience that is said to be like nothing you’ve seen before.
Date: Sunday November 4th – Saturday November 10th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dixon Craft Fair

About: You’ll find talented artisans, to-die for homemade goodies and fun for the whole family.
Date: Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Heritage Christmas

Heritage Christmas
Photo: @marija_bojanic / Instagram

About: Stroll through Village streets to see wreaths, cedar swags and vintage-themed displays. At the bandstand, visitors can create their own magical holiday show with lights that change colours to sound.
Date: Saturday November 24th – Friday January 4th, 2019
Time: Various

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

About: This free, family event, will feature a 60-foot Christmas tree, Christmas market and more.
Date: Saturday November 24th, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Harrison Hot Springs Winter Light Festival

About: Harrison Hot Springs is going to overflow with holiday cheer this year with a new winter light festival called Lights on the Lake, the Christmas Tree Trail, a Cabin Style New Year’s celebration and certainly not least, a Whoville-themed Village!
Date: Saturday November 24th – Monday January 28th, 2019
Time: Various

Lights At Lafarge

Lafarge Lake
Photo: Gabor Retei / 604 Now Flickr Pool

About: The route will take visitors through a dazzling 1.2 kilometres of festive lights with ten themed zones. This family-friendly event is free to attend and is located near the Lafarge Lake SkyTrain station.
Date: Saturday November 24th, 2018
Time: Dusk – 11:00 p.m.

Holiday Craft Fair

About: The Ridgeway Holiday Craft Fair is back and will feature a collection of over 35 local artisans and small businesses offering their wares to holiday shoppers plus fun crafts for kids!
Date: Sunday November 25th, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lighting of the Fire Hall

About: Join in the annual celebration of the lighting of the Hamilton Fire Hall No. 5 with an afternoon of activities, entertainment and refreshments.
Date: Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Gingerbread Village

About: hoppers, locals and gingerbread enthusiasts will have a chance to admire various Surrey-inspired gingerbread creations and can even vote for their favourites.
Date: Saturday, December 8th – Sunday, December 16th, 2018
Time: City Central Shopping Centre mall hours

CP Holiday Train

About: Beginning in Montreal on November 25th and 27th respectively, two trains will make the festive journey, travelling through both the U.S. and Canada to bring holiday cheer to 164 communities along CP’s network.
Date: Monday December 17th – Tuesday December 18th, 2018
Time: Various


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