Vancouver Events in October

The Best Events in Vancouver in October

Halloween at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Tourism Vancouver/ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

October 2016 is packed with fun: the VIFF, food and beer festivals, and Halloween!

For all the Halloween happenings around town see:

Ongoing through October 2
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses at the Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The Vancouver Art Gallery showcases the "most significant exhibition of Picasso’s work ever presented in Vancouver," including major works, painting, drawing, print, and sculpture.

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Cost: $24; discounts available for kids and seniors; by donation Tuesdays 5pm - 9pm

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Holiday Mondays through October 12
Richmond Night Market
What: Richmond's other amazing night market features with 80+ food vendors, 250+ retailers, live entertainment, and carnival rides.
Where: 8351 River Rd, Richmond
Cost: $2.75 admission; free for kids 10 and under and seniors over 60

Ongoing through October 14
The Vancouver International Film Festival
What: The VIFF is one of the five largest film festivals in North America. Acclaimed as "an unspoiled celebration of world cinema," VIFF showcases over 300 films from 60 countries around the world.
Where: Various locations around Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details.

Thursday, October 1 - Saturday, October 31
BC Craft Beer Month
What: October is BC Craft Beer Month, which means events at festivals and craft breweries and pubs throughout Vancouver.

Where: Various; see site for details
Cost: Various; see site for details

Friday, October 7 - Monday, October 31
Fright Nights at the PNE
What: One of Vancouver biggest Halloween attractions, the PNE celebrates Halloween with themed rides, creepy attractions, haunted houses, crazy live shows, and more.
Where: PNE, 2901 East Hastings St., Vancouver
Cost: $25 - $37, buy online for discounts

Saturday, October 8 - Monday, October 31 (Closed October 10)
The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
What: Take a ride on the family-adventure train at Stanley Park for spooky Halloween fun. This year's theme is Horror Classics, including Dracula, Frankenstein and the Phantom of the Opera. Bring the kids in costume!
Where: Stanley Park; enter the park off Georgia St., go straight ahead up Pipeline Road and look for event parking attendants
Cost: $11 for adults; $8 for kids 3 - 17 and seniors 65+; free for kids 2 and under

Monday, October 10
Thanksgiving in Vancouver

Thursday, October 13 – Thursday, October 27
Taste of Yaletown
What: This Yaletown-only version of Dine Out Vancouver lets diners try set menus of $25, $35, or $45 at some of the city’s best restaurants (which happen to be in Yaletown). Check the site for participating restaurants.
Where: Various locations in Yaletown
Cost: Set menus from $25 - $45, see site for menu details

Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, October 16
Vancouver Halloween Expo
What: The second-annual Halloween Expo has celebrity guests, costumes, games, comics, and more.
Where: PNE Forum, 2901 East Hastings St., Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: $15 - $25

Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16
UBC Apple Festival
What: The UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia's favourite fruits with apple tastings, kids' activities and a food fair.

Where: UBC Botanical Garden, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Cost: $5; kids under 12 are free

Sunday, October 16
Vancouver Halloween Parade
What: The annual Vancouver Halloween Parade features hundreds of cosplayers dressed as your favourites from film, comics, anime, and video games, plus at Giant Pumpkin Reaper and marching bands.
Where: Downtown Vancouver; parade route starts at Davie & Granville
Cost: Free

Monday, October 17 – Sunday, October 23
Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival
What: This annual festival is a chance to meet writers from around world, join in readings, discussions, debates and poetry slams.
Where: Granville Island
Cost: Various; see site for details

Saturday, October 22
Free Morning Movies at Community Day at Cineplex Theatres
What: Cineplex Theatres throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland will show six free movies Saturday morning, with proceeds from the $2 popcorn, candy and drinks going to WE Charity.

Where: Locations throughout Vancouver
Cost: Free

Wednesday, October 26 - Sunday, November 6
Heart of the City Festival
What: The Heart of the City Festival celebrates Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with over 80 events, including music, theatre, comedy, workshops, history walks and more.
Where: Various locations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, see site for details
Cost: Most events are free; check site for individual event information

Friday, October 28 - Monday, November 7
Vancouver Diwali Festival
What: Celebrate Diwali, the "festival of lights," with events around Vancouver, including dance performances, workshops, and the all-day celebration Diwali Downtown on Saturday, October 29 outside the Roundhouse Community Centre.
Where: Various locations around Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: See site for details

Ongoing through October 27
Vancouver Farmers’ Markets
What: Vancouver's neighbourhood farmer's markets are open weekly through October.
Where: Various locations around Vancouver; go here for details
Cost: Free

Monday, October 31
Your Guide to Halloween in Vancouver – Haunted Houses, Trick or Treating, Parties & More