17 Fun Things To Do In and Around Vancouver This Weekend (Oct 1-3)

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It’s hard to believe but it’s actually October this weekend!

Known for sweater weather, warm drinks and autumn vibes, October brings about a new wave of events and things to do. Whether it’s the beer and food festivals, Halloween excitement, pumpkin patches or indoor events, Metro Vancouver is not short of things to do.

Check out a list of fun things to do in and around Vancouver for the first weekend of October.

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This Weekend – October 1-3

Celebrate Oktoberfest

vancouver oktoberfest

Photo: Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Official Oktoberfest activities are underway. The Parallel 49’s  massive 120 seat beer garden will go on until Sunday October 3rd, 2021, as will Bells and Whistles Wünderbar Pop-up. Craft Beer Market’s Okterbfest menu will run until October 11, 2021. There is also Harvest Haus to look forward to on October 8-9 (prepare by getting tickets early). Don’t miss out on celebrating all things German with delicious foods, live entertainment and of course beer.

Get Spooked Early At A Haunted Maze

maan farms

Photo: Dylaina Gollub Photography

On now until October 31, 2021, this haunted corn maze at Maan Farms is a number of horrifyingly fun experiences. There are a number of options to explore. Described as the ‘scariest corn maze in Canada’, Maan Farms is back at it again and will also have 2 additional terrifying experiences to keep you on your toes.

Grab A Pumpkin, Go On a Hay Ride

pumpkin patches in metro vancouver

Photo: @lidimendes /Instagram

It’s officially acceptable to start decorating your home with fall pumpkins and take cute pictures. A number of charming pumpkin patches exist around Metro Vancouver. Some of them offering rides, farm animals, kids attractions, and of course pumpkins. Although not all are open, check our the list of local pumpkin patches and choose your adventure.

Dine In a Haunted Restaurant

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Photo: Unsplash / @kkk7799

There are plenty of great places to eat in Metro Vancouver, however keeping with the fall and Halloween theme why not try your hand at one that is haunted? Get your spook on while having a meal at one of these reportedly haunted restaurants in Metro Vancouver.

Join A Cultural Walk or Bike Tour

Vancouver Biennale 2021

Photo: BC Culture Days

The Vancouver 2021 Biennale BIKEnnale/WALKennale is part of BC Culture Days. The Community Arts Council of Vancouver combining great art with self-guided walking and biking tours that are fun and informative on public art and points of culture, history and architecture throughout Metro Vancouver. This event is free and will be accepting optional donations. There is an event on October 2, 2021 and more throughout the month.

On-Going Things To Do

Get Lost in a Maze

The Chilliwack Corn Maze has opened up at Greendale Acres. This is the 23rd maze, and this time will feature 12 acres of adventure and the word “WANDER” within the maze itself. One-time tickets as well as seasonal passes are available.

Discover Hidden Lounges and Speakeasies

What started as murmurs surrounded by a hint of secrecy, a new hidden lounge opened up in Chinatown, and it is one worth checking out—if you have the password that is. As a matter of fact, it’s not the only. If you’re up for more mystery, check out some of the other Vancouver speakeasies and secret bars.

Catch a Movie on the Big Screen

Photo: Venom Trailer / Cineplex

Fall is a perfect time to hit the movie theatres with some buttery popcorn. There is are some blockbusters to watch out for, including the latest Marvel hit Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Opening this weekend is the much anticipated Venom: Let There Be Carnage as well as The Addams Family 2.

For an extra special experience, check out the new 19+ VIP Cinemas that just opened in Burnaby.

Find A Farmers Market

It’s not called harvest season for no reason. If you love exploring farmer’s markets, check out a new one using the BC Farmers’ Market Trail. This is a free, mobile-friendly website featuring a farmers’ market finder which quickly directs shoppers to fresh local food and goods available anywhere in B.C. So matter where you are, you can still enjoy a good weekend farmers market.

Start The Halloween Festivities with a Wizard Themed Drink

Unleash your inner Harry Potter and experience this unique wizard-themed bar which has just started. The Wizard’s Den will have you creating boozy potions of your own and learning how to “perfect your brew.” The location is hidden to the public so you will need to get tickets to enjoy the secrets of being a boozy wizard.

Enjoy A Nice Fall Walk

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Photo: Ann Badjura Photography / Flickr

There’s nothing better than the crisp days of Fall in BC. Something about the smell in the air and the leaves on the ground brings new life to the city. This Friday and Saturday is looking to be the perfect fall weather to go explore the city and see the changing colours. It is the perfect time to go for a walk, reset, and get into the Autumn mood.

Be Amazed At The Moon and Back Gallery

An impressive immersive experience just reopened in Richmond and it is absolutely stunning. The Moon and Back Gallery has a series of rooms with augmented virtual reality. The experience will make you smile, bring your pictures to life, and is truly out of this world.

Lose Yourself In A Van Gogh Painting

Only around for another few weeks, the Imagine Van Gogh exhibit has been a popular spot for many since its launch earlier this year. Tickets has sold out multiple times, with dates being extended until fall. Now may be the best time to experience this for yourself. Here is a look inside.

Enjoy DaVinci’s Art & Greatest Inventions

The DaVinci exhibit is an exclusive multi-room exhibit and a unique interactive experience showcasing the work of Leonardo da Vinci. This is the first time this art exhibit has come to Canada, and has drawn millions of visitors worldwide. There is even an educational program available for kids. Take advantage of the exhibit on now.

Shop For A Halloween Costume

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Photo: @jilly2786 / Instagram

This past month, Spirit Halloween stores have already started to pop-up all over Metro Vancouver. While some people were confused by these storefronts showing up so early, others were very excited. If you are into spooky fun, check out the stores that are open now.

Check Out The Cool Voxel Bridge

Cambie Street Bridge has a new digital and artistic makeover that is a true combination of art and technology. The underside of the bridge has been transformed into the digital world of Voxel Bridge. This is Vancouver Biennale’s latest public art work installation. Using augmented reality (AR) and blockchain technology the space will become an interactive 3-D world.

Play A Round of Mini Golf

Try putting around and check out some of the best places to play mini golf. Fun for all ages, this activity is exciting for both families and friends while they spend a few hours in some friendly competition. This also makes for an excellent date idea.

 

Regardless of what you do, we hope you enjoy your weekend activities!

 

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