Fall is in full swing! Something about the crisp air and the orange and red leaves makes me feel so cozy. There is lots to do in our city this month as well!
Here we highlight the major annual events, but you can also visit our full calendar of events for a snapshot of everything that's happening around Vancouver and the surrounding areas.
Here's some of our favourite events and happenings in October:
Looking through a telescope can lead to amazing discoveries; seeing the rings of Saturn or Jupiter’s moons can leave a lasting impression no matter what your age. Join in for a special family event all about observing the night sky. Learn how telescopes work, enjoy live demonstrations, a show in the planetarium star theatre, make some fun astronomy crafts and take a look at the night sky through the telescope (weather permitting).
Where: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
When: October 4
Celebrate Diwali with a festive afternoon! Enjoy live music and dance performances, a Rangoli zone, Art Zone, Food Trucks and more fun! This event is FREE for the community to attend.
Where: Surrey City Hall Plaza
When: October 5
Come and celebrate the harvest season at PumpkinFest, an old-fashioned, community-style day with family-friendly activities.
On average over 5,000 people come together each year at the West Vancouver Community Centre to enjoy farm animals, old-fashioned games, artisan market, home and harvest competition, watch police and firemen demonstrations, participate in free swimming, gymnastics and skating, enjoy local food vendors and listen to fantastic local talent.
Where: West Vancouver Community Centre
When: October 6
The annual Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo is a three day festival of Arts, Performances, Cosplay, Films, Comics, Anime, Games and Makeup. With the Parade starts at 11 AM Sunday Oct 11 in downtown Vancouver, rain or shine, welcome to the world's largest Cosplay stage (this is a family friendly festival so blood or gore costumes are NOT allowed).
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
When: October 11
Travel through the silver screen into the world of classic horror movies! Take your velvet seat on the Halloween Ghost Train and journey back to a time when moving pictures unearthed the shadows that lay sleeping in the dark recesses of our minds.
Awake Dracula! Awake Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Phantom of the Opera. Crawl out from your coffins, slither from your slabs, and ooze out from your tombs! These October nights summon you from darkness.
Where: Stanley Park
When: October 11 - 31
Kits’ most popular annual Autumn family event filled with vendors, games, haunted house, a pumpkin patch and more!
Where: Kits House
When: October 19
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of BC’s favourite fruits. From learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to discover more about this delicious fruit.
Where: UBC Botanical Garden
When: October 19, 20
White chocolate bones, bloody brains, salted caramel brooms or quidditch sticks, and seasonal suckers the tasty treats we will be whipping up for All Hallows Eve. (Ages 6+) Registration Required. $12 per child.
Where: Coquitlam Heritage at Mackin House
When: October 23
Visit the haunted train station and learn about the spooky and sentimental traditions that cultures from all over the world celebrate during this season. Enjoy apple cider, treats and crafts too.
*No Registration Required. By Donation. All Ages.
Where: Coquitlam Heritage at Mackin House
When: October 26
Mr. I’s popular children’s Halloween concert Slightly Spooky Songs and Stories will enchant youngsters and their parents alike. Costumes are welcome and audience participation is encouraged. All will go home in the perfect mood for haunting when the big day arrives!
Where: Place des Arts
When: October 27
The tour will feature all your favourite Wiggles songs such as ‘Do the Propeller!’, ‘E-M-M-A’, ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Rock-a- Bye Your Bear’, as well as some of their most Pop!-ular hits from the Wiggle Pop! album. You’ll see The Wiggles, their Wiggly friends and dancers, Santa Claus, dancing reindeers and much more!
Where: Orpheum Theatre
When: October 29
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