Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for October 2010
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
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October 1 - November 30, 2010
Prostate Cancer Foundation BC and the Prostate Centre are proud to present a new initiative called the Hair Affair.  The Hair Affair is a new fundraising project that will run in the months of October and November that raises money and awareness for Prostate Cancer in British Columbia. For more information or to register please visit our website www.hairaffairbc.ca or you can call us at 604-574-4012


October 2, 2010
Your Support Can Change Someone’s Life at the Journey of Hope’s Starry Night Fundraiser on Saturday, October 2nd at 6pm.  We invite you to join us in helping to raise funds for research for the MPS IVB Donor Advised Fund in collaboration with a registered charity called The Canadian MPS Society.  Tickets for the exquisite 3 course plated dinner and entertainment at the Greenacres Golf Course in Richmond are $75 per person.  The no host bar event begins at 6pm with a silent auction. For tickets or any additional information please call Tina or Dan Priest (604) 271-2995 or email tina@northernbuilding.com or dan-priest@shaw.ca.  If you cannot attend, but still wish to make a donation, please go to www.morquiob.com website.


October 2 - 3, 2010
NBA JAM SESSION VANCOUVER. NBA Jam Session is making a stop at Granville Square on October 2-3. The free interactive basketball festival for all ages will give participants the chance to meet NBA player DeMar DeRozan from the Toronto Raptors; see a performance by Wun The Shot Versher of the Harlem Globetrotters; learn some dance moves from the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak and pose with the Larry OBrien Trophy. There is also a full-day 3on3 tournament. For more information or to register a team for the tournament, visit www.nba.com/jamsession.


October 2 - 3, 2010
ReVision – the Art of Recycling. In the hands of an artist, recycled trash is transformed into new creations. Twenty-four artists from British Columbia display work inspired by their creative use of recycled, salvaged materials. Stylistically diverse, these works incorporate reclaimed objects: an old book, a trombone, bottle caps, a lobster float, fire extinguishers, and a plethora of junk yard treasures. We hope you will come by and enjoy the show. For further information please visit our web site at www.revisiontheartofrecycling.com .  Granville Island Hotel.


October 2 to December 11, 2010
Back by popular demand!  The Baker's Market is a Saturday market starting up again on Oct. 2 - Dec. 11.   Inspired by farmers markets (no veggies please), just lots of sweet & savoury baked goodies. 11am-3 pm.  Enter through the back door at #115-408 East Kent Avenue South , Vancouver , BC   V5X 2X7 . www.bakersmarket.com for more info.


October 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010
Releaf Community Tree Planting Events. Don’t miss this chance to get outside, enhance wildlife habitat and improve Surrey community parks! All equipment provided. Drop in with your family for these FREE tree planting events. Saturdays in October 10:30am-1:00pm. Contact 604-501-5158  or environment@surrey.ca for more info .


October 3, 2010
Ioco Ghost Town Day. Recapture the spirit of the past at the historic Ioco town site. Meet the ghosts of Ioco’s past, take a tour of the Ioco town site in a Model A car, or experience old fashioned travel on the pony rides. Sing along to the ukulele, be amazed by magic and juggling acts or relax to some jazz music. Experience the old days of Ioco with lawn bowling, apple sampling, heritage games, a pie contest and pumpkin crafts. Lots to see and do for all ages at this community event. For more information: visit www.vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum/news.html or call 604-939-1648


October 8 - 31, 2010
Grave Tales: Fort Langley’s Ghostly Walking Tours. Tales of love, mysterious burials and old-school amputations in the HBC trading post and local cemeteries. Lanterns welcome. Best suited to an adult audience. $13 – advance tickets & info available online. Discounts for pass holders. First four weekends in October; Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm & 9 pm; Sundays at 7 pm. Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, 604-513-4777, www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley


October 8 - 31, 2010
Stanley Park Hallowe'en Ghost Train. All aboard the STANLEY PARK HALLOWEEN GHOST TRAIN: Ride the train and follow Alice through Nightmareland, brought to you by the Vancouver Park Board! Daily between 6:00PM - 10:00PM, October 8 31, 2010. Tickets at ticketmaster.ca and onsite. Hold onto your head as you travel down the rabbit hole into a dark forest filled with demonic playing cards, a disturbed Caterpillar and a Queen with an axe to grind (PG-5). Haunted Farmyard (daily 5:00PM 9:00PM) and Creatures of the Night theatrical nature walks (Tuesday- Saturday 5:00PM 9:00PM) are also part of the ghostly fun (all ages). Details available at www.vancouverparks.ca (604 257 8531)


October 9, 2010
CRANBERRY SALE. The Richmond Nature Park will hold a sale of fresh cranberries on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 10 am to 3 pm. Bulk local cranberries will be available while quantities last.  Cranberries, the “miracle fruit” of the bog are rich in vitamins and loaded with beneficial elements. They add zest to your baking and cooking, the colour can’t be beat. They’ll keep fresh in the fridge for weeks and are practically indestructible in the freezer. Proceeds will benefit the Richmond Nature Park Society. For more information call (604)-718-6188.


October 9, 2010
Cranberry Day. Try cranberry bannock and find out about the barrels of cranberries Fort Langley exported in the 1840s. Buy fresh berries, watch canoe races, and browse shops and over 70 vendor booths in the village of Fort Langley’s Cranberry Festival. Regular admission. Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, 604-513-4777, www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley


October 11, 2010
Traditional Turkey Dinner with all the Trappings. Let us do the cooking! Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, root veggie maple syrup bake, peas and cream, green salad, beverage, pumpkin pie with whip cream and cookies. Advance Tickets recommended: Adults $20  - Seniors $17  -  Youth up to 16 yrs $14. Prices include site admission. Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, 604-513-4777, www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley


October 13 - 31, 2010
Taste of Yaletown 2010.  The tastes, treats, sip, sights and sounds of Vancouver's most desirable neighbourhood will come alive again at the 6th Annual Taste of Yaletown from October 13-31, 2010! Food and wine enthusiasts are invited To discover culinary offerings from Yaletown's best restaurants! Enjoy special three-course menus at Fixed prices of $25, $35 or $45! Visit www.yaletowninfo.com for all participating restaurants and menus. Restaurants will begin accepting reservations October 1st.


October 15 to November 10, 2010
West Coast Chocolate Festival. This not-for-profit festival remains an ambitious, dynamic, volunteer-driven operation dedicated to providing work and mentorship experiences for youth while showcasing emerging talent in the local arts and chocolate industries. The Festival offers something for everyone, and upholds the idea that adults want to support youth. At the West Coast Chocolate Festival people support youth and the arts - by just showing up for chocolate. What is the goal of the festival? The festival thrives upon a passion for empowering youth through mentorship initiatives by providing positions for students in various festival projects, which cover a wide variety of areas of study. Sign up to volunteer and be part of the West Coast Chocolate Festival Team! Mission Statement The West Coast Chocolate Festival Society is a non-profit organization that empowers youth by creating mentored work experiences through chocolate inspired events.www.chocolatefestival.ca/events


October 16 - 17, 2010
Apple Festival, 11 am to 4 pm. A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia's favourite fruits. All are welcome to attend, from children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth. More information available on our website. The Apple Festival is proudly supported by media sponsor CKNW radio station. www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org


October 16, 2010
Burnaby Heights Tour.  Author and historian John Atkin leads you through the layers of development that have formed the residential and business areas of Burnaby Heights. 604-297-4565


October 16, 2010
Giant Indoor Flea Market at Confederation Community Centre, 4585 Albert Street (Willingdon & Hastings area), Burnaby. 9:30am - 2:00pm, 604 294-1936.


October 16 - 17, 2010
UBC Apple Fest. Join us for the 20th anniversary of this popular community event. A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia's favourite fruits. For $3 curious eventgoers can try over 60 varieties of heritage and new apples grown in BC. General Admission fee $2 for adults, and kids under 12 free. All funds generated from the festival support research and educational activities at UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research.www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/events/applefest.php


October 16 - 31, 2010
Beware of skulls, bones and spine-chilling adventures with Spooky Seas at the Vancouver Aquarium. Explore the exclusive Skulls, Bones and Creeps of the Deep exhibit, peer inside the jaw of a great white shark or come face to fin with the skull of a killer whale! Get swept along on a pirate’s search for cursed treasure in the award-winning 4D film The Curse of Skull Rock.  And join in on a haunted treasure hunt for your chance to win an Octopus Encounter for two. Don’t miss out - these spooktacular activities are here for a limited time only October 16-31. Learn more at www.visitvanaqua.org.


October 17, 2010
An Intimate Evening with Margaret Trudeau at The Chan Centre. National icon Margaret Trudeau speaks about her struggle with bipolar disorder, and the need to address the stigma surrounding the illness, Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 8pm.  Her complex, powerful and disarming memoir, Changing My Mind, will be released just days before her appearance. Tickets $42.50 for adults, $39.50 for seniors and $29.50 for students atTicketmaster.ca, or 604-280-3311. Info: www.chancentre.com


October 20 - 30 , 2010
The Shadow Machine.  A major new multimedia and dance creation in partnership with the W2 Community Media Arts Society. W2 Storyeum (151 West Cordova). www.companyerasgadance.ca


October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 2010
Be prepared to be scared! Our 102 year old General Store and Hotel is the perfect setting for a bone chilling night of fright!  Our ghouls can spook you on a scale from 1 to 10, so it’s great fun for all ages.  Our Haunted Hotel’s theme changes with each year… and this year it’s “Pirates of Harrison Bay”! Other activities on site include making crafts, kid’s activities, a Halloween movie, and of course, we will have treats! 2 pm to 8 pm- Kilby’s Haunted Halloween, 215 Kilby Rd, Harrison Mills–604-796-9576– www.kilby.ca


October 23, 2010
WILD THINGS. Walk a trail lit by hundreds of jack-o-lanterns, meet a troll, an owl, raccoons, and a variety of other "wild things". Get your face painted, carve a pumpkin and enjoy magic, music and munchies. This annual event at the Richmond Nature Park will delight audiences of all ages. Free entry, though a small fee will be charged for some activities.  11851 Westminster Hwy. For more information call (604)-718-6188.


October 24, 2010
Foraging for Fungi with Bill Jones. Join celebrated chef and wild mushroom expert Bill Jones on a journey through the forests of Foxglove Farm as he illuminates the art and science of mushroom foraging and identification. Back in the kitchen we’ll learn from Bill how to use these forest treasures to create delicious meals. Check out Foxglove Farm's ‘Centre for Arts, Ecology & Agriculture’ autumn programs. For more information and to register go to www.foxglovefarmbc.ca or call 250-388-6800.


October 24, 2010
RETRO DESIGN & ANTIQUES FAIR. 175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Mid-century Modernist decor, vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, retro glam accessories, decorative art pottery & glass, funky 50's kitsch, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day -- Call or Visit Website for Full Details - General Admission $5 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Cafe/Snack Bar. www.21cpromotions.com/antiques_fair/index.html


October 27, 2010
Arthur Clark.  Please join Dr. Arthur Clark as he discusses his book, "The ABCs of Human Survival: A Paradigm for Global Citizenship." The book examines the effect of militant nationalism and the lawlessness of powerful states on the well-being of individuals and local communities, and the essential role of global citizenship within that dynamic. Dr. Arthur Clark is a Professor of Neuropathology and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary, and an active staff neuropathologist at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. He is currently involved in a project to establish a Calgary Centre for Global Community. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Lawyer's Rights Watch Canada). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


October 28 - 30, 2010
Burnaby Museum Haunted Village.  The Circus is coming! The ghoul community, in the village are hosting a traveling circus. Problems ensue. Come join the dead-folk & help solve the mystery. Fun for all brave families. Come rain, shine or waning moon! Wear your costume & bring your flashlight & camera. See the circus characters, ghosts, witches, stilt walkers & goblins lurking in the village streets. Trick or treat at the houses of the ghoulish village folk. Hear the devil's blacksmith at the anvil. Run by the live scarecrows. Marvel at the fire show. New Mystery: there is trouble for the circus. Follow the clues. Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca


October 28 - 30, 2010
The Great Big Boo! The Great Big Boo! is the ultimate family Halloween event: a safe, not scary, family theatrical show paired with trick-or-treat fun. With music, dancing, and larger-than-life characters, your kids will be singing all the way home. See this special outdoor version of the show under the stars in the unique setting of Fort Langley National Historic Site.www.thegreatbigboo.com. Tickets $13 per person. Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, 604-513-4777, www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley


October 29, 2010
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)


October 31, 2010
Enjoy a traditional Halloween Party with bat whacking, pass the pumpkin, “what is it?” and worm eating fun. Other interactive activities include bite the apple, and feeding our wonderful farm animals. And as usual we will have our craft table, treats for the kids and a contest for the best costume. Admission: Adults $9; seniors $8, youth $7; or families $24. Children 5 and under are free! Your admission to the event helps preserve this wonderful 1906 general store museum and farm for future generations. Consider a membership, good for one full calendar year including admission to next Halloween and all 16 special events in between. 2010 prices still in effect $22 Adult, $20 Senior and $52 Family. Sunday, October 31st - 11 am to 4 pm - Kilby’s Kids Halloween Party,  215 Kilby Rd, Harrison Mills–604-796-9576– www.kilby.ca


October 31, 2010
Free Halloween Skate. Free skating for the entire family sponsored by the Kerrisdale Business Association and the Kerrisdale CC including skate rentals while quantities last. Free refreshments too! Kerrisdale Arena; 778-866-9875.


Ongoing to October 15, 2010
Vancouver International Film Festival. One of the most popular film festivals in North America and one of the largest cultural events in Vancouver. More than 150,000 people attend approximately 575 screenings of 350 films from 50+ countries. Check website for the 2010 Schedule of Films. http://www.viff.org/home.html


Ongoing to October 15, 2010
Vancouver International Film Festival. One of the most popular film festivals in North America and one of the largest cultural events in Vancouver. More than 150,000 people attend approximately 575 screenings of 350 films from 50+ countries. Check website for the 2010 Schedule of Films. http://www.viff.org/home.html


Ongoing to December 31, 2010
Vancouver International Biennale. Celebrate sculpture, new media & performance in public spaces. Themed "IN-TRANSIT-ION", the 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale expands beyond monumental scultpure installations along park, bike lane & urban plazas, to include a range of works on the new Canada Line Rapid Transit system. Bringing internationally renowned artists to our communities, the Vancouver Biennale acts as an open air museum, where art is accessible 365 days a year for all to enjoy. See our website for locations throughout the city. http://www.vancouverbiennale.com


November 4 - 5, 2010
Centennial Theatre and the Vancouver Tap Dance Society present Savion Glover – Bare Soundz. Savion has developed a contemporary, funked-up and post-bebop street style that pays discreet homage to past masters while pushing his chosen form of expression into the future. Savion’s ‘Bare Soundz’ unleashes an exhilarating blast of percussive footwork that is refreshingly free of any trace of showbiz glitz. Tickets are $62 for adults, $60 for seniors, and $48 for students. Available through the Centennial Theatre Box Office (604) 984-4484, www.centennialtheatre.com


November 26 to December 31, 2010
The Vancouver Park Board and British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund invite everyone to nights of magic and illumination for the thirteenth annual Bright Nights in Stanley Park. More than two million twinkling lights transform the forest, the train and children’s farmyard areas in the middle of the city’s wondrous Stanley Park. Bright Nights is enhanced by entertainment, dozens of delightful animated displays and more — carrying on the tradition started with the first Christmas Train over thirty years ago. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.burnfund.org (http://www.burnfund.org/).


December 1 - 4, 2010
EXTRA EXTRA. A fast-paced powerhouse of explosively charged images and rich, multifaceted textures. Choreographed by Judith Garay, artistic director of Dancers Dancing. Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova Street. www.dancersdancing.com















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