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

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Special Events for October 2012
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 - 12, 2012
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. http://www.viff.org/

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October 1 - 27, 2012
River District Farmers Market.  There’s something for everyone at River District’s Farmers Market (every Saturday). Come and shop from an excellent selection of fruits and veggies, prepared foods and handmade products produced by Metro Vancouver’s finest Farmers and artisans, enjoy musical entertainment, make fun arts and crafts with your kids, savour a delicious meal at Romer’s Burger Bar and take a stroll on the pier.  This one-of-a-kind farmers market is the only riverfront market in Vancouver. www.riverdistrict.ca

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October 1 - 31, 2012
Spend the day on the farm at Aldor Acres Pumpkin Patch in Fort Langley. We have animals galore - some to look at, some to hold, and some to just love. Dance along with Jethro the Singing Pig and give our big oxen, Zorro and Zeldo, a scratch. Then take a tractor-pulled hayride out to the patch and find that perfect pumpkin. Don't forget to stop by our Farmacy and pick up your farm fresh corn, cauliflower, broccoli, and potatoes. Follow us on Facebook for daily updates and different events. www.aldoracres.com

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October 1 to November 14, 2012
North Shore International Film Series.  North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents The North Shore International Film Series.  All films are screened at Park and Tilford Cineplex, 333 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver. Please see http://nvartscouncil.ca/events/north-shore-international-film-series for complete film bios and preview.

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October 4, 2012
Yaletown Rotary Fashion Show. The Rotary Club of Vancouver Yaletown is holding a Fundraising Fashion Show on October 4 2012. The event will be held at Bar None in Yaletown and will feature designs by Shelley Klassen of Blushing Boutique. Jewelry by Chelsea Rose Design will also be on display. Tickets costs $30 each and include one glass of wine and some nibbles. There will also be a silent auction & door prizes. For more information visit www.yaletownfashionshow.com

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October 4, 2012
The Nikkei National Museum presents a Speakers Series by Masako and Stanley Fukawa about Nikkei fishermen stories from their acclaimed books and some untold stories of the Japanese Canadian fishing community on October 4 at 7pm at the Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby. Masako and Stanley Fukawa are authors of award winning books: Nikkei Fishermen on the BC Coast, Their Biographies and Photographs (Honorable Mention by the BC Historical Federation for  historical writing in 2007)  and Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet: BC’s Japanese Canadian Fishermen (2010 Canada-Japan Literary Award,  2nd place in the B.C. Historical Federation for historical writing in 2009 and a finalist for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award 2009). This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibit Ryoshi: Nikkei Fishermen of the BC Coast currently on display at the Nikkei Centre. www.nikkeiplace.org

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October 4 - 27, 2012
The Lost Souls of Gastown.  Venture deep into Victorian Gastown to experience our city's earliest & most gothic history on this special Halloween Forbidden Vancouver walking tour. Hear stories of a fire wall that incinerated Water St, a forgotten plague that killed thousands in Vancouver's earliest days, a flame-haired goldrush beauty who had her heart broken & pocketbook looted by a cold-blooded theatre magnate... This tour will take in Vancouver's earliest sites & buildings including its first bawdy house & oldest standing building. These places have rich histories & have long been subject to ghost sighting rumours & unexplained occurrences. http://www.forbiddenvancouver.ca

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October 5 - 31, 2012
Halloween Ghost Train in Stanley Park: Scary Fairy Tales. The train has left the station and there's no turning back! You're in the deep dark woods now! Might as well just bite the apple, hang on to your beanstalk and spot as many golden eggs as you can. Come see what's crawling up Rapunzel's hair?...and why the fairy Godmother looks so..hungry?.. and if the Pied Piper really thinks you're going to follow him into that tunnel? Just remember..never trust the trolls and never, ever, look up to a witch..unless she's 12 feet tall! http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture

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October 5 to December 15, 2012
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents a rich & radiant exploration of Peruvian history and culture in its new exhibition Luminescence: The Silver of Peru on display from October 5 to December 16, 2012. The first-of-its-kind in Canada, the exhibition traces the country’s long history of silverwork – from the pre-Columbian era to the modern  age - and the fascination with the metal’s luminescent qualities. Exhibition & admission details at: moa.ubc.ca

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October 5 to December 16, 2012
Museum of Anthropology presents Luminescence: The Silver of Peru.  The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents a rich & radiant exploration of Peruvian history and culture in its new exhibition Luminescence: The Silver of Peru. The first-of-its-kind in Canada, the exhibition traces the country’s long history of silverwork – from the pre-Columbian era to the modern age - and the fascination with the metal’s luminescent qualities. For more information visit http://www.moa.ubc.ca/

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October 6, 2012
Cranberry Day at Meadows Maze in Pitt Meadows.  There are lots of events planned, including a cranberry pancake breakfast, free cranberries, booming cranberries in the bog, hay wagon rides, entertainment, contests, goodies, facepainting, and much more. Hopcott Farm's Meadows Maze, 13672 Reichenbach Road, Pitt Meadows.  For more information visit http://www.meadowsmaze.com/events.php

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October 6, 2012
Stanley Park’s Secrets Historical Walking Tour.  There are countless mysteries, myths & misconceptions about the history of Stanley Park. Find the answers to many of these mysteries while enjoying a stroll in the park. This walking tour also features rare historical photographs. $10.00 cash, drop in only.  Part proceeds go to the Stanley Park Ecology Society. Tour runs rain or shine. Please wear appropriate clothing & footwear as we may be walking on some uneven ground at times. Tours are presented by historical interpreter Jolene Cumming. For more info visithttp://www.stanleyparkhistory.ca

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October 6, 2012
Family Event – 5K Walk for Charity. Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (KBNF) is hosting a five kilometre Walk for the “Bu” fundraising event on October 6 at the Bear Creek Park track in Surrey. Registration begins at 10 a.m., the walk begins at 11 a.m., and a family barbecue will follow. The event’s goal is to raise awareness and funds for KBNF medical missions and educational services for West Africans. For more information and a pledge form, please visit http://kbnf.org/.

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October 6, 2012
Fort Langley Cranberry Festival. Pick up some fresh cranberries for your Thanksgiving feast and browse over 100 vendors in the village of Fort Langley's biggest event of the year! At Fort Langley National Historic Site, watch a barrel-making demonstration, try cranberry bannock, play the cranberry toss, and more. 604-888-8835, http://www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

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October 6, 13, 2012
Ioco Days Festival - "Home Town" theatre production. Rebel Haunt Theatre presents its newest Ioco-based audience-interactive play set in the 1930s. The audience moves with the actors through the Ioco townsite; exploring locations, meeting characters and watching the story unfold. For more information about Ioco Days Festival visit www.portmoodymuseum.org.

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October 6 - 28, 2012
Grave Tales at Fort Langley National Historic Site.  Join Fort Langley's expert storytellers for 90 minutes of spine-chilling tales of love, mysterious burials and old-school amputations from Fort Langley’s past. Be prepared to walk through various terrain, rain or shine as you weave through the village of Fort Langley from the misty cemetery to the deserted Hudson’s Bay Company fort where you’ll warm up around a cozy bonfire.  Age 17+; advance tickets highly recommended. For more information: call 604.513.4777 or visit http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley

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October 8, 2012
Hell's Gate Airtram's 5th Annual Pumpkin Drop.  Bring along a CARVED pumpkin and ride the tram for “FREE”. Drop your pumpkin from 500 ft to try and hit the target! One pumpkin per person. For more information visit http://www.hellsgateairtram.com

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October 8, 2012
Celebrating the 27th anniversary of the twinning of the sister cities of Guangzhou and Vancouver Guangzhou Cantonese Operatic Troupe.  The Troupe, led by Madame Ni Huiying, is composed of a variety of performers well known to those in the global Cantonese Opera community. Madame Ni had previously visited Vancouver about 27 years ago to perform Cantonese Opera, impressing the local community to take steps that eventually led to the signing of the Sister City Agreements in 1985.  Vancouver Playhouse, 601 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir. (604) 299-7222

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October 10 -27, 2012
White Rock Players’ production: Who Walks in the Dark at the Coast Capital Playhouse (1532 Johnston Road White Rock) from October 10th- 27th 2012 (Gala Night: October 12). Wednesday – Saturday 8:00pm curtain. Matinee Sunday October 21st 2:30pm Curtain. Tickets are $18 Adults, $16 for Students, Seniors and CCS members, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Box Office at 604-536-7535 or visit www.whiterockplayers.ca

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October 13, 2012
Celebrate World Girls’ Ice Hockey Day with the Vancouver Angels. Join girls from across Vancouver to celebrate World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend - a global opportunity for girls to celebrate ice hockey together. Opportunity to watch girls' ice hockey, participate in ice hockey games and also a special session for 4 to 8 year olds to experience ice hockey. Registration required. Killarney Ice Rink, 6260 Killarney Street - Vancouver. www.vancouvergirlshockey.com

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October 13 - 14, 2012
Kilby Harvest Festival. Craft market with crafts for children, first nations art, produce, fudge, jams, jellies and preserves, quilts & sewing, music, lunch feature and so much more!  http://www.kilby.ca/

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October 13 - 14, 2012
UBC Botanical Garden Apple Festival. A family-friendly celebration of apples! Sample uncommon apple varieties, including organic and heritage, and purchase bagged apples and trees. The festival includes crafts, food, demonstrations, and children's activities. We are pleased to announce that this year's Apple Festival will be hosting the naming ceremony for the very popular SPA 493 apple! Please join us on Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. on the great lawn to be one of the first to find out the name of Canada's newest apple. More info: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events

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October 13 - 21, 2012
Artists for Conservation Festival at Grouse Mountain.  From October 13 – 21st at Grouse Mountain, the 10-day international art and environmental education event will bring out the leading nature and wildlife artists from around the world – including Robert Bateman - and immerse visitors in art and nature through workshops, film, live painting demonstrations and a world class art show. Art collectors, nature enthusiasts, youth and families alike will have the opportunity to view the world's top nature and wildlife art exhibit, learn from master wildlife and nature visual artists, discuss conservation issues, participate in workshops, listen to inspiring lectures, watch live painting demos and documentary film.  Mention “AFC Festival” for discount Skyride tickets!  For more info visit http://www.artistsforconservation.org/festival

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October 14, 2012
Ioco Days Festival - Ioco Ghost Town Day. Visitors to this fall fair event will enjoy tours of the Ioco town site in a Model A car, vintage variety show entertainment, local artisan demonstrations, kids games and crafts. Help us celebrate the heritage of the site that was Ioco town.  For more information about Ioco Days Festival visit www.portmoodymuseum.org.

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October 16 - 21, 2012
Vancouver Writers Fest.  The Vancouver Writers Fest turns reading into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness brilliant conversations.  The Festival is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. For six days in October, this celebration takes place in the cultural oasis of Granville Island, and continues throughout the year with the Incite reading series at the VPL, special events with leading writers and the Spreading the Word education programs at Lower Mainland schools and in small BC communities. http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/

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October 17 - 31, 2012
Fright Nights at Playland.  Fright Nights at Playland is a Halloween experience for the lovers of freak, horror and terror. Disturbing haunted houses, freaky twilight rides, escapee axe murderers and a handful of monsters fill all of Playland making for a deathly night out! We strongly advise you to keep a friend close, within arm's reach... you never know what creepy creatures are waiting for you in the shadows!  http://www.frightnights.ca

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October 19, 2012
Creepy Creatures.  Discover spooky animals and make a worm compost binNature Camps. Camps for kids who are wild about wildlife, adore the outdoors and want to get closer to nature! Campers take home something that actually helps wildlife each day. For full program details and to register please call 604-526-2747 or email educate@wildliferescue.ca.

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October 19 - 20, 2012
Surrey International Writers' Conference. The Surrey International Writers' Conference provides writers of all development levels opportunities to improve and refine their writing skills, make contact with colleagues and other industry professionals and gain a deeper understanding of the literary marketplace. The conference's goal has been to inspire, educate and motivate aspiring and experienced writers since its first event in 1993.  http://www.siwc.ca

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October 19 - 21, 2012
It's All Greek To Me! Vancouver's Original Greek Food Festival.  Be Greek for a Weekend!  Authentic Greek food, dancing, wine, kids activities, arts and more await you at the longest running, original Greek food festival in the city.  Fun for the whole family. Hellenic Community Centre, http://www.helleniccommunity.org

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October 19 - 30, 2012
Haunted Mansion: 10 Days of Terror. Be prepared, to be SCARED at the Mission Arts Council's Haunted Mansion!  A guided tour of the mansion will spook you during the 10 days of Halloween terror.  Guests must be over eight years old. Those aged eight to 12 must be accompanied by an adult. http://www.haunted.missionartscouncil.ca

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October 20 - 21, 2012
The Great Big Boo!  The Great Big Boo! is a Halloween musical adventure for the entire family: a safe, not scary, event that combines a theatrical musical show with trick-or-treat fun. Join Vinnie the Vampire, Priscilla the Princess and the rest of the Boo Alley gang as they sing and dance their way through The Great Big Boo!'s madcap adventures! The larger-than-life characters will tell the story of Boo Alley, where Wendella the Witch discovers the true spirit of Halloween with the help of two young friends, Zoe and Justin.  PNE Forum Building
http://www.thegreatbigboo.com/home.php

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October 20, 2012
The 14th Annual West Coast Guitar Night.  The 14th Annual West Coast Guitar Night features an all star cast of acoustic guitarists showcasing live Jazz, Classical, Folk, Brazilian, Celtic, and Flamenco music. The Cultch Historical Theatre.  For additional information please visit www.lesfinnigan.com

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October 20, 2012
Vancouver Heritage Foundation presents: Laneway House Tour.  Join the Vancouver Heritage Foundation for its third Laneway House Tour. The tour is a self-guided four hour event that takes you into a number of private laneway homes. For more information please visit: http://vancouverheritagefoundation.org/projects/laneway.html

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October 20, 2012
Two of Tchaikovsky's most popular works.  Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Silver and Maestro Tovey presents orchestral music from two of the world's most famous – and most beautiful – ballets. Tchaikovsky's extraordinary, revolutionary music continues to captivate audiences world-wide with its spellbinding beauty, drama, and sheer joy. Don't miss this unique and special concert presentation. Sleeping Beauty: Act 2, Complete and Swan Lake: Symphonic Portrait. http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/concert/12MWS01/

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October 20, 2012
Quilting Demo’s at the Langley Centennial Museum!  Come to the Langley Centennial Museum to understand the 1,2,3’s of creating a quilt through a demonstration by our experts. Held during our new exhibit, Sewn Together: Quilts of the Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild, these introductory demos will help you explore the world of quilting. www.langleymuseum.org

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October 23 to November 4, 2012
The Cultch presents Gold Mountain.  David Yee is trying to piece together the broken jigsaw of his father's life. In an epic journey from a small village in China, to war-torn Liverpool, through the horrors of the Atlantic convoys, follow Yee Lui's story of friendship, addiction, and adversity. This stunning production features breath-taking imagery, engaging film, moving music, and extraordinary soundscapes. Vancouver East Cultural Centre.  http://www.thecultch.com/

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October 24 to November 4, 2012
The 9th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. Over 80 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside. With a focus on the rich and diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside, the ninth annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists and activists who thrive in the heart of Vancouver. The festival features twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks, and a diverse array of artist showcases. Tickets and Info: www.heartofthecityfestival.com

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October 25, 2012
The Dance Centre presents Ballet BC as part of the Discover Dance! noon hour series. Bold and innovative, Ballet BC has developed a distinctive and highly acclaimed style, presenting a varied repertoire of contemporary ballets by Canadian and international choreographers which combine the rigour of classical technique with a cutting-edge approach. Introduced by Artistic Director Emily Molnar, the company’s superb dancers will perform excerpts from a brand new work by American choreographer Nicolo Fonte, which is scheduled to premiere in November. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver. Tickets $12/$10 students, seniors and children. Info www.thedancecentre.ca

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October 25 - 28, 2012
History & Hauntings Walking Tour.  Join Burnaby Museum staff on an adult Halloween walking tour of five ominous looking buildings in the Deer Lake area. The evening includes a walk through the village museum with Halloween displays and a visit to the Ceperley Mansion where mysterious happenings and hauntings have been reported. 604-297-4565

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October 26, 2012
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/)

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October 26 - 28, 2012
Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum. Gravediggers and trolls and witches, oh my! 'Tis the season for ghoulish residents to take over the Burnaby Village Museum. Visitors can wander the village (circa 1925), trick-or-treat at quaint shops and enjoy unlimited carousel rides. Admission is $14 for adults, youth and seniors, and $9 for children (ages 2 to 12). The Haunted Village is open from 6 pm to 9 pm. http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/

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October 26 - 30, 2012
Ghost Ridge Haunted House. The Ghost Ridge Haunted House will bring you thrills, chills, ghosts and goblins! The Maple Ridge Lions will also be on hand to take your supper food orders. There is a family-friendly viewing also on offer, which provides the sets with the lights turned on and actors that won't be jumping out or trying to scare visitors.  On October 30 there will also be fireworks. http://www.ghostridge.org

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October 27, 2012
MEC North Vancouver Fall Classic 5 and10k Run.  Enjoy a crisp Fall morning run by lacing up for a 5k or 10k scenic, well marked race along beautiful Seymour Valley Trailway, in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Runners of all abilities and all ages are welcome. Medals awarded to top finishers in each category. For additional information and to registrar please visit www.mec.ca/events

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October 27, 2012
Parade of Lost Souls’ Secret Souls Walk.  Don your scariest costume and delve into the pagan origins of Halloween at the Parade of Lost Souls' Secret Souls Walk. At this annual celebration that honours the dearly departed and wakes the living, skeleton brides and witches dance under the streetlights and a colourful, torch-lit procession makes its way through neighbourhood streets and alleys. The "audience" makes up the parade and everyone is invited to participate in the ghoulish fun as the procession weaves past the homes, streets and alleys of Commercial Drive. The journey ends as spirits awake to a grand finale featuring torch choreography and fireworks. The Secret Souls Walk takes place from 5 pm to 9 pm. http://publicdreams.org

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October 27 - 28, 2012
ROCKtoberfest 2!  The wonders of the geological world can be seen at ROCKtoberfest2! On display at this family event, are private collections of fossils, crystals, and unique rock creations. Show activities include demonstrations, spin & win, rocksmash, and chances to win hourly door prizes. Check out rock dealers from around the province selling one-of-a-kind specimens, holistic crystals, jewellery, craft items, fabulous food and much more. Got a mystery rock? Bring it along and have an expert identify it.  125 Kyle Street, Port Moody.  For more information visit www.portmoodyrockclub.com

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October 27 - 28, 2012
Family Fright At The Fort.  Fort Langley Historic site will be crawling with creepy creatures, haunted by ghostly campfire stories, and overcome with a hay bale maze, pumpkin patch, and Trick-or-Treaters. Bring your best costume, your imagination, and your appetite! For additional information and tickets please contact 604.513.4777 or visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley

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October 27 - 28, 2012
Haunted Cannery Tours. Join us for a hair-raising tour through the Cannery, as ghosts of the departed lead guests on a spooky journey through BC's fishing history. 12138 Fourth Ave, Richmond;  http://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com

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October 28, 2012
The Vancouver Mycological Society's 33rd Annual MUSHROOM SHOW.  Mushrooms are Everywhere!  The show provides displays of identified mushrooms and other fungi, with their edible, poisonous or dubious status. Also we have displays, speakers, slide shows, books and roving experts on cultivation, preservation, gourmet cooking, medicinal use, hunting, ecology, and cultural use.  Bring your own specimens for identification! Vandusen Botanical Garden, www.vanmyco.com

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October 31, 2012
Brentwood Town Centre Halloween Happenings. Join Zarownica the Witch and Chuck the Pumpkin Man for a spooktacular  interactive dance show. Meet and Greet follows. Check our website for all our events @ www.brentwoodtowncentre.com

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Ongoing to October 3, 2012
Langley Community Farmers' Market - Langley. The Langley Community Farmers' Market invites residents of the Langleys to come discover a traditional "make it, bake it, grow it" market where the people selling their products have had a direct hand in growing and producing them. Join over 30 vendors offering an amazing array of in-season produce and fruit, processed foods and quality arts and crafts. 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley

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Ongoing to October 3, 2012
Main Street Station Farmers' Market - Vancouver. Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal. Access by bus and SkyTrain is exceptional at this central location. The market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street. There is ample room for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalk or detour into the park if they wish. Expect to find a great selection of vendors at this market - everything from produce, meat and cheese, baking and more!  Every Wednesday.

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Ongoing to October 6, 2012
The Duchess: a.k.a. Wallis Simpson. An extravagant and inspired epic, The Duchess takes us into a wonderland where Kings and Queens dance the Black Bottom, Faerie creatures demand blood, and Empires are given up for love. The play tells the story of the woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated his throne, Wallis Simpson. It travels into the emotional centre of a plain, brash, sexual woman, who collapsed only when the cocktails ran out - a woman destined to become the Yoko Ono of her time. Irreverent and ribald, this mostly true drama combines straightforward narrative with magic realism. Telus Studio Theatre. For more information please contact: 604-822-2678

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Ongoing to October 8, 2012
The Richmond Night Market. The Richmond Night Market 2012 event is located at No. 3 Road & River Road, Richmond, just one block from Bridgeport SkyTrain Station. It runs from May 18 to Oct 08 on every weekend starting at 7:00 pm. This outdoor event offers 88 food booths (the largest international food court ever), over 200 merchants & corporate sponsor booths, more than 1,700 on-site parking stalls, free admission, free live entertainment nightly on a top-notch performing stage, games, contests and hundreds of give-away prizes. Come and spend your summer in this fun-filled shopping and eating paradise with us! http://www.richmondnightmarket.com

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Ongoing to October 13, 2012
Abbotsford Farm & Country Market. The Market remains a premier shopping experience offering an array of fresh produce, processed foods, garden plants, arts & crafts. The selection changes from week to week as fresh produce, fruit, plants & other agricultural products come into season. Montrose Ave & North Of George Ferguson Way, 604-996-1542,
http://www.abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket.com

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Ongoing to October 27, 2012
Burnaby Farmers' Market - Burnaby. Every Saturday from May through October, Burnaby Farmers' Market has a large variety of farmers selling organic & non-organic produce, fruits, berries, plants, fish, cheese & meats, as well as prepared food vendors selling breads, honey, jams, sauces, pickles, pastas, pita bread, dips, salsas, ethnic foods, baking & pet treats. Our crafters sell jewelry, pottery, furniture, iron work, natural cosmetics, photography, baby wear, herbal skin care, knitting & much, much more. Burnaby Village Museum

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Ongoing to October 27, 2012
Pacific Theatre presents THE SPITFIRE GRILL music and lyrics by James Valcq, lyrics and book by Fred Alley. A musical breath of fresh, mountain air. Pacific Theatre launches its 2012-2013 season with a taste of home in Midnight Theatre Collective’s guest production of The Spitfire Grill, a soaring bluegrass musical with music and lyrics by James Valcq, lyrics and book by Fred Alley. With only a photo of some autumnal trees to guide her, Percy chooses the sleepy mountain town of Gilead to start her life over after being released from prison. The downside to starting over in a town just large enough to hold one diner? Well, when everyone knows everything about you it can make the whole "fresh start" idea a little trickier. andrea@pacifictheatre.org | 604.731.5483

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Ongoing to October 27, 2012
Lonsdale Quay Farmers' Market - North Vancouver. Every Saturday from May through October, Artisan Farmer's Market is in a wonderful location right by the water, shaded by trees on the East Plaza at North Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops. We have a great selection of organic & conventional produce, fruits & berries. Our prepared food vendors sell baking, jams, honey, preserves, salsas, sauces, pickles & pastas to name a few. Our crafters have jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, soaps, botanical prints, herbal skincare & much more. The Farmers' Market also features a book swap, kids play area & featured entertainment.

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Ongoing to October 28, 2012
DONT EAT THE WHALE MEAT. Recently, curator Patricia Owen stumbled upon a curious assortment of memorabilia: intricately crafted ships-in-bottles, travel postcards, itineraries from the heyday of CP Steamships, lithographed labels from over 100 different salmon cans dating back to the 19th century... and 50 cans of whale meat. The Vancouver Maritime Museum is thrilled to explore the rarely seen, sentimental, and kitschy objects in its collection with Dont Eat The Whale Meat. Vancouver Maritime Museum, 604-257-8300, jen@vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

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Ongoing to October 28, 2012
Ambleside Farmers' Market - West Vancouver. Every Sunday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm May through October, Ambleside Farmers' Market has a great location by the water at the entrance to Ambleside Park. We have a good selection of organic & conventional farmers selling produce, fruits & berries, plus prepared food vendors with breads, fish, jams, beef, honey, vinegars, pickles, salsas, pastas & baking, as well as a great variety of crafters selling jewelry, pottery, artwork, skin care & much more.

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Ongoing to October 28, 2012
Coquitlam Farmers' Market - Coquitlam. The Coquitlam Farmers' began in 1997 as a small summer market with a few vendors, and has grown to boast a weekly Sunday market from Mother's Day to Halloween; and a twice a month Winter market from November to March. Each week you will find a diverse mix of vendors, kids crafts, local entertainment, and strong involvement by community groups who provide education to the public on local programs and services. A variety of events, such as our Salmon BBQ, are held monthly, focusing on eating and supporting local! Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot. Coquitlam;

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November 2 - 11, 2012
Award-winning literary detective story to open Touchstone Theatre’s season: Eternal Hydra. Anton Piatigorsky’s fascinating, award-winning play Eternal Hydra will open Touchstone’s 2012/13 season.  Sex, identity politics and the myth of genius are some of the themes tackled, as the play looks for the truth about the origins of a long lost literary masterpiece. Playing at Studio 16 (1555 W. 7th Ave), Vancouver. http://www.touchstonetheatre.com

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November 10, 2012
The Main Street Vinyl Record Fair - Buy, sell, trade - new and used vinyl. Discover gems and stock up on
cheap classics! Thousands and thousands and thousands of vinyl records! The Cambrian Hall (215 East 17th Ave, Vancouver, BC). Go to www.VinylRecordFair.com  or find us on Facebook for more information.

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November 29, 2012
The Dance Centre presents South Asian Arts as part of the Discover Dance! noon hour series. Join South Asian Arts, Uzume Taiko and Sambata for an explosive performance of bhangra, and more! Originally a folk dance celebrating the harvest, bhangra has now surged in popularity worldwide, both in its traditional form and as a fusion with hip-hop, house, and reggae. This special presentation also brings together the percussive sounds of Japanese taiko, Brazil and Cuba. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver. Tickets $12/$10 students, seniors and children. Info www.thedancecentre.ca

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Ongoing to November 3, 2012
Firehall Arts Centre presents Chelsea Hotel. Leonard Cohen's powerful and inspirational music and lyrics are the heartbeat for Chelsea Hotel, an illusory world full of enchantment, desire, passion and love. Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a Writer checks into New York's infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song. Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face with the love of the present, a love he wishes he could not just forget, but erase from his memory. http://firehallartscentre.ca

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Ongoing until November 12, 2012
Exhibit Opening “Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia”  The Port Moody Station Museum is proud to present the exhibit Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia from May 14th to November 16th, 2012.  This traveling display was created by the Revelstoke Museum & Archive in partnership with the Revelstoke Railway Museum and portrays the history of the Chinese labourers who contributed to the building of the CPR between Port Moody and Craigellachie, BC.  In order to celebrate the arrival of this exhibit, the Museum will be hosting weekly family days every Sunday in July and August starting Canada Day weekend. The exhibit recounts the difficulties that faced the some 15,000 Chinese workers between 1880 and 1885 and includes a diorama of a typical Chinese worker’s campsite, artefacts such as opium pipes, coins, incense burners, as well as a slide show of historical photos.  It is estimated that between 600 and 2,200 workers lost their lives due to malnutrition, dangerous working conditions, and disease during this time. Discrimination was a daily reality for these workers, who would be paid half the salary of the white workers and were forced to do the most dangerous work in the camps. Port Moody Station Museum, www.portmoodymuseum.org

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Ongoing to January 30, 2013
Oak Street Farmers' Market. The Oak Street Farmers' Market is the only in Vancouver to offer all organic produce, eggs and meat. We are excited to be starting our second season with an expanded list of local organic farmers, bakers and prepared food vendors. Live entertainment every week.  Every Wednesday, Oak St & W 49 Ave (Unitarian Church); 778 869 4060









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