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33 Metro Vancouver Events To Check Out This Weekend (October 12-14)

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Your short week is being rewarded with another exciting weekend!

From haunted houses to lantern festivals, here are 33 Metro Vancouver events to check out this weekend.

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Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend


Friday, October 12

Vancouver International Lantern Festival

About: Hosted by the Canadian Sichuan Chamber of Commerce, the festival is described as a “large-scale cultural event”.
Cost: $12 – $79.95
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Maan Farms Haunted Corn Maze

About: The Maan Farms Haunted Corn Maze serves up over 5 acres of pure terror, consisting of scares that play on your senses like never before.
Cost: $20 – $30
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


FAN EXPO Vancouver
Photo: Justice League Movie / Facebook

About: Similar to Comic-Con, FAN EXPO is a three-day event that allows fans of all sorts to nerd out together and meet a stellar list of celebrities.
Cost: $30 – $229
Time: 4:00 p.m. (Friday); 10:00 a.m. (Saturday/Sunday) – 9:00 p.m. (Friday); 7:00 p.m. (Saturday); 5:00 p.m. (Sunday)

Pop-Up Food Trucks

About: From July 23rd to October 31st, rotating food trucks will be on-site daily on the SkyTrain Walkway at Lougheed!
Cost: Various prices
Time: 11:30 a.m.

Spooktober – Dare To Laugh

About: Treat yourself to fangtastic comedy at Spooktober! Vancouver TheatreSports will feature four different Halloween themed shows in 11 weekly performances.
Cost: Various
Time: Various


Harvest Glow

Harvest GlowAbout: This massive harvest-themed, indoor light festival will bring together loved ones to laugh and play under the twinkle of half a million lights. The festival will feature an indoor pumpkin patch, mini putt, food trucks and drinks, a mystery corn maze and much more!
Cost: $8.99 – $39.99
Time: Various

Shigeru Ban

About: Offsite: Shigeru Ban is a new exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite location (1100 West Georgia Street) featuring the full-scale version of renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House
Cost: $6.50 – $24.00
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Vancouver Glow Party

About: Attendees will experience high-energy music, CO2 shows and laser lights, creating the perfect party atmosphere.
Cost: $10 – $20
Time: 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Maan Farms Fall Festival

About: This year they have TWO never before seen attractions: A Snow White pumpkin patch, which is a first in North America and The Giant Tire Crawl, a first in Canada!
Cost: Free – $38
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train

Stanley Park Halloween Ghost TrainAbout: Join Jack on his journey as his lantern casts a light on floating Druids, a 12 foot monster and creatures barely human.
Cost: Free – $12
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Monday – Thursday); 10:00 p.m. (Friday – Sunday)

Body Language

About: Guest curator Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation traces the deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment.
Cost: Free – $26
Time: 10:00 a.m.


Fright Nights At Playland

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Photo: @pne_playland / Instagram

About: Playland will have numerous haunted houses and all your favourite rides open this Halloween season to enjoy late into the evening.
Cost: $24 – $109
Time: Various

Harry Potter Dance Party

About: The event will be serving mystery potion drinks, including butterbeer and Harry Potter themed drinks. You can also take part in a costume contest that’ll have epic prizes up for grabs.
Cost: Free – $12
Time: 10:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

About: The event explores the Titanic’s human stories, which are told through more 120 authentic artifacts and and extensive room re-creations. Additionally, the exhibition commemorates the centennial of the maiden voyage and of life’s fragility.
Cost: $13.95 – $17.95
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Potter’s House Of Horrors

Potter’s House of Horros/ Facebok

About: Back by popular demand, Potter’s is rolling out three haunted house for the upcoming Halloween season.
Cost: $12 – $50
Time: Various

Mattie Gunterman

About: Presenting the paintings of Emily Carr with forty-eight photographs by US-born photographer Mattie Gunterman, this exhibition draws on the Gallery’s deep holdings of Carr’s work to reflect her engagement and affection for BC’s landscape.
Cost: Free – $24
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Definitely Dali Exhibition

About: As part of the Definitely Dali Project, two iconic Dali sculptures will be arriving at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery this summer: Woman Aflame and Surrealist Piano.
Time: 10:00 a.m.


Ghostly New Westminster Tour

Ghostly New Westminster Tour
Photo: Ghostly Vancouver Tours / Facebook

About: Come out to New Westminster for a spine-tingling journey through history and the paranormal.
Cost: $20
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Haida Now

About: Guest curated by Haida Curator Kwiaahwah Jones in collaboration with Viviane Gosselin, Co-curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV, this exhibition features an unparalleled collection of Haida art boasting more than 450 works created as early as 1890.
Cost: $9 – $19
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reapers Haunted Attraction

Metro Vancouver Haunted Houses
Photo: Stephanie / Flickr

About: Reapers features the scariest indoor theatrical horror experience in Western Canada. It’s an insane asylum themed haunt that brings the horrors of crazed patients to twisted doctors and hospital staff.
Cost: $11 – $20
Time: Various

Culture at the Centre

About: Co-curated by Jill Baird and Pam Brown, the collective effort offers insight into the important work Indigenous-run cultural centres and museums in BC are doing to support their language, culture, and history.
Cost: Free with museum admission
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chilliwack Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm

About: 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.
Cost: $12
Time: Various


Free 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.
Cost: Free
Time: Various

Curious Imaginings

About: This art exhibit will “challenge us to explore the social impacts of emerging bio-technology and our ethical limits”.
Cost: $11 – $35
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ghostly Gastown Tour

About: This tour is perfect for those who crave a deeper look into the history of Gastown and anyone that has a thirst for the supernatural.
Cost: $20
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Grave Tales

Grave TalesAbout: Running for over 10 years, guides will lead you through Fort Langley’s spooky past with only a candle-lit lantern in their hand. You’ll stop at the Big House in the Fort to discover more of Fort Langley’s untold past.
Cost: Starting from $13.20
Time: 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.


Saturday, October 13

Nightmare Before Christmas Market

Nightmare Before Christmas Market
Photo: Jerry Meaden / Flickr

About: This year’s new location (318 Keary Street) promises to offer something for everyone to enjoy. Vendors will be showcasing fashion, art, food, and much more!
Cost: Free – $3
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

River Walk For Hospice

About: All funds raised at their Walk from the River Market to the W at Pier Park and back will be used in New Westminster.
Cost: Starting at $20
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Halloween Mystery Nights

About: Sign up in teams of 2-5 players to play the Vancouver mysteries crime game in Downtown and compete for prizes.
Cost: $28/player plus fees and taxes
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Arts Umbrella Splash

About: Presented by TD Bank Group, the annual event gathers art lovers together for a show stopping evening featuring live performances, delicious food, and, at its core, a comprehensive art auction comprised of nearly 100 pieces by prominent B.C. artists.
Cost: Starting at $350
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

PBR Monster Energy Tour

PBR Monster Energy Tour
Photo: PBR / Facebook

About: Fans will be treated to 8-second rides as these brave cowboys square off against their 2,000-pound, animal-athlete opponents.
Cost: Starting at $35

Light The Night

About: Light the Night is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s (LLSC) annual walk and fundraising event – a night of solidarity and hope!
Cost: By donation
Time: 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 14

Haunted Harvest Fair

Haunted Harvest FairAbout: There will be haunted Houses (one tailored to older kids, one to the younger kids), bouncy castles, face painting, live music, delicious treats and a craft fair. The event will run rain or shine, making use of the interior of Sutherland Secondary.
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Upcoming Events

October 19 | VanDusen Glow In The Garden

Guests will go on an adventure through a whimsical garden with curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale – Hänsel and Gretel.

Follow the bread crumbs on a wondrous walk with zany lights and sounds, and illuminated pumpkin caricatures.

October 20 | Crazy Rich Asians Feast

A Crazy Rich Asians themed dinner is taking place at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.

PICA alumni and Singaporean Chef Regina Lee will be cooking up these mouth watering dishes at Bistro 101.

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