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


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Special Events for October 2013
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October 3, 2013
SFU Public Square: An Evening with Robert Reich
Simon Fraser University Public Square presents: An Evening with Robert Reich, one of the world's leading thinkers about work and the economy.? In partnership with Vancity, Simon Fraser University Public Square presents an Evening with Robert Reich. Robert Reich is one of the world's leading thinkers about work and the economy. Now Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, he has served under three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton. He also served on President Barack Obama's economic transition advisory board. In 2008, TIME magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the past century.
http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/2013summit/evening-reich.html


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October 3, 2013
H'Arts for the Homeless - Vancouver
In the House Productions is proud to present the Lookout Society's annual gala fundraiser, H'Arts for the Homeless, an event inspired by those helped and supported by the Lookout Society. Through circus, music, stories, dance and art, the gala will highlight the deep sense of relief and hope that a stable, safe home provides. H'Arts celebrates the joys, successes, untold strengths and stories of the residents, as well as the front-line workers who live and work at Lookout.
We are raising funds for essential services and support necessary to bring solutions to homelessness in Greater Vancouver. The gala will kick-off Homeless Action Week in a fun and memorable way. http://www.lookoutsociety.ca

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October 4, 2013
Redress Film Night Offers Personal and Historical Views on Japanese Canadian Internment and Apology
The Redress Film Night will be held on October 4, 2013 at the Nikkei Centre in Burnaby, BC where two films about Redress will be screened.
The Redress Film Night is a complementary addition to the exhibit A Call for Justice: Fighting for Japanese Canadian Redress (1977-88), which opened on September 22, 2013 at the Nikkei National Museum. The exhibit marks the 25th anniversary of Japanese Canadian Redress, commemorating the signing of the Redress Agreement which took place on the same day in 1988. The signing of the Redress Settlement with the Government of Canada acknowledged injustices inflicted on Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, http://centre.nikkeiplace.org/redress-film-night-2013/

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October 4, 2013
Christian hit maker Steven Curtis Chapman will be making a stop in Surrey for "The Glorious Unfolding" tour, also featuring Laura Story & Jason Gray. The tour to support Steven's new release, "The Glorious Unfolding", makes a stop at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium on Friday, October 4th. www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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October 4 - 5, 2013
MISCELLANEOUS Productions presents RAINCITY RAP
Raincity Rap festival and conference features celebrity hip hop artists Maestro Fresh Wes, Kinnie Starr and Chin Injeti during two days of industry panels, in-depth interviews, exclusive jam sessions, specific all-ages and free performances and a closing night urban music contest. Raincity Rap will provide opportunities to gain an appreciation of the art of hip hop and inside knowledge of the music industry.
Roundhouse Community Recreation & Arts Centre

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October 5, 2013
After a long hiatus, the Performance Series is back! Every 5th of the month starting in October, In the House Festival, in collaboration with the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI), will bring you amazing performances all in the intimacy of someone’s home! From world music to puppets, living rooms all over Burnaby will be bursting with culture and community. On Saturday, October 5th, the Performance Series kicks off with:
World at Your Door. Celebrate Burnaby’s diverse cultures through music! Chinese, Persian and South Asian music set the stage for the first show of the Performance Series. www.inthehousefestival.com
Time: Doors at 6:15, show at 7
Address: 7533 Cumberland St.
Tickets: $18 adult / $15 kids
Tickets can be purchased online at http://performanceseries.brownpapertickets.com/ or by phone at 604-874-9325.

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October 5, 2013
Cirque Musica - Abbotsford
Cirque Musica features top circus performers from around the world performing in an over-the-top arena spectacular. The show features the 'clown of clowns' David Larible who has headlined circus in arenas and theatres across Europe and is making his triumphant return to the North America where he previously was the headliner for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. In addition to David Larible, Cirque Musica will feature the world famous Wallenda Highwire Duo, the thrilling España Family and a cast of world-renowned performers. http://www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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October 5, 2013
Performance Series: World At Your Door - Burnaby
The Performance Series is back! Every 5th of the month starting in October, In the House Festival, in collaboration with the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI), will bring you amazing performances all in the intimacy of someone's home! From world music to puppets, living rooms all over Burnaby will be bursting with culture and community. 7533 Cumberland Street, Burnaby; http://www.inthehousefestival.com

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October 5, 2013
Cirque Musica features top circus performers from around the world performing in an over-the-top arena spectacular. The show features the "clown of clowns" David Larible, who has headlined circus' in arenas and theatres across Europe, and is making his triumpant return to North America where he previously was the headliner for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. In addition to David Larible, Cirque Musica will feature the world famous Wallenda Highwire Duo, the thrilling España Family, and a cast of world-renowned performers. Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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October 5 - 6, 2013
The Barn Fall Antique Show - Surrey
The Barn Fall Antique Show (formerly Antique Expo at Tradex) has moved to the Show Barn at the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Grounds. Join us Oct 5 & 6, 2013, to see the very best antiques these well-known Pickers & Dealers have to offer. Plus many NEW dealers not seen before. All in one stop! ATM & snack bar onsite, wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking! http://www.antiquesbydesignshows.com

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October 6, 2013
MercyMe - Multi GMA Dove Award winning group, MercyMe, brings their fall tour to the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports centre on Sunday, October 6th. Named "Christian Artists of the Decade" by Billboard Magazine, MercyMe has sold over 6 million records, scored 22 number-one singles on the biggest gospel charts, and have performed for over 5 million people. Along with this group's great success they have the incredibly strong ability to move and inspire all who see them. Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/LMGConcerts.

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October 6, 2013
Lace up your shoes to raise FUNDS and join us for our 5th annual Walk-a-Thon “Walk on the Wild Side”. Help change lives for the better - beginning right where you live, for the animals who can’t speak for themselves. Let gather together and raise funds and awareness for Critter Care Wildlife Society, and their mission to help injured and orphaned mammals from BC. Mark your calendars and we are looking forward to see you and all your friends, family members and K9-conpanion (welcome on leash). Choose between a 4k walk and a 2k walk & stroll through the peaceful paths of the park. Lots of goodies & prizes and fun for all! Check out all our treasures for sale including beautiful handmade jewelry. Enjoy a light BBQ after the walk (pre-registration is required) and visit our guest exhibitors to learn about other local organizations.
Location: Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley, (South Entrance, off 8th Ave)
For registration and more information please contact Cathy under 604–202–5697 or claycath@telus.net!
Check out our website for more information: http://www.crittercarewildlife.org and register online!

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October 6, 2013
CIBC Run for the Cure - Abbotsford - Abbotsford
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education & awareness programs. It was founded by a small group of volunteers who wanted to raise awareness & funds for the breast cancer cause. The CIBC Run for the Cure has made great strides since then, while staying true to grassroots and our volunteer founders' vision.  Rotary Stadium. http://www.runforthecure.com

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October 6, 2013
From Farms to Forks 4 - Vancouver
For the 4th year in a row, we're bringing together some of the city's most prominent chefs, mixologists and the region's best growers and producers for a fun night of canapés, BC wine and beer pairings, cocktails, and tasting stations! Each chef will be paired with a local BC grower and producer to celebrate the best of the season. Wine pairings provided by Vincor. Wander through PICA's classroom kitchens on a culinary adventure and watch the chefs in action as you sample food and drink from more than 15 of the city's best chefs! All funds raised will go towards Growing Chefs!, a non-profit that teaches kids to grow and cook their own food. 1505 West 2nd Ave; http://www.growingchefs.ca

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October 6, 2013
RTO's 5th Annual Pumpkin Fun Run - Langley
On Sunday October 6, 2013 we are hosting our fifth annual 6K Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk at Aldor Acres in Langley, BC. The purpose of this run is to raise funds for bursaries for students from the Langley School District who will take apprenticeship programs at the post-secondary level. Last year we successfully raised just over $3,200 for the Langley School District Foundation. All finishers receive post race refreshments, a chance to win great prizes, breakfast sandwiches hosted by CLAC and a pumpkin from Aldor Acres pumpkin patch. Free and convenient parking. Washroom facilities available.. Aldor Acres, http://www.rtobc.com/About_the_RTO/Events/

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October 6 - 10, 2013
Eco Fashion Week - Vancouver - Vancouver
Returning for its seventh edition, Vancouver's Eco Fashion Week celebrates fashionable designs that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. During the event, designers present their newest collections while adhering to guidelines that stay true to Eco Fashion Week's "green" credo. This season's event will once again take place at Robson Square and includes outdoor runway shows as well as seminars and events. UBC Robson Square; http://www.ecofashion-week.com

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October 6 - November 3, 2013
Super Sundays Art Adventures
Kids 7-11
Instructor: Jeri Sue Engen
Sundays: 10:00am- 12:00noon
$75- Oct 6 to Nov 3 (4 weeks) no class Oct 13
$75- Nov 17 to Dec 8 (weeks)
These lively classes will focus on a variety of art techniques to explore. Students will learn to work with reference material and art techniques from famous artists. This unique art experience will allow kids to mix colours, create patterns, draw, paint and make collages- plus have lots of fun! 604.988.6844  / programmes@nvartcouncil.ca / nvartscouncil.ca

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October 10, 2013
REBA with Special Guest Gord Bamford
One of the most successful female recording artists in history, REBA, is returning to the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre this fall on October 10th. Reba, who has sold over 56 million albums worldwide and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame will be joined by Canadian country music singer Gord Bamford. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, August 23rd at 10am. Tickets may be purchased online at abbotsfordcentre.ca, by phone at 1-866-977-2372, or in person at the AESC Box Office, the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, Matsqui Recreation Centre and Whatcom Wine & Spirits ticket outlets. info@abbotsfordcentre.ca

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October 11 - 20 , 2013
Greenpeace Flagship Rainbow Warrior Coming Home to BC - North Vancouver
Although it hasn't ever been in Canada, the new Rainbow Warrior's arrival in BC this October marks an unofficial homecoming for the Greenpeace flagship. A worldwide symbol of peace and environmental stewardship, the Rainbow Warrior will arrive in Victoria on October 4th before making the journey to North Vancouver the following week. Come and personally visit Greenpeace's fabled ship for a free group tour and an opportunity to meet the captain and crew! The ship will be calling on ports exclusively in Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. This is an incredible ship tour that promises to be fun and interesting for all ages!  Burrard Dry Docks, North Vancouver, Times and locations are subject to change. http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/

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October 11 - 31, 2013
It's that time of year again. Halloween, and the spooky Ghost Train at Stanley Park!!!   Come ride the Ghost Train and enjoy the chills, thrills and excitement of this spooky time of year. This year our spooky theme is Classic Horror Movies! Our forest and plaza will be crawling with classic characters such as Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein and his Bride and so much more. All dreamed up by the diabolical minds at The Finer Details and Mortal Coil Performance society. Take advantage of the additional Halloween-themed activities in the Stanley Park Train Plaza and join the thousands of families and schools, young and old in this creatively scary activity. While you are here don’t forget to pick out your favorite pumpkin at our patch for only $5. http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture

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October 12, 2013
CRANBERRY FESTIVAL
Fort Langley National Historic Site - 23433 Mavis Avenue. Make a historic stop at this year’s Cranberry Festival at Fort Langley National Historic Site and save 50% off admission. Bake bannock, watch barrel-making and play old-fashioned kids’ games. Discover how cranberries were traditionally harvested by the Katzie people, traded to the Hudson’s Bay Company workers at the fort, and exported to scurvy-ridden gold prospectors in the 1840s and 50s! Walk two blocks to the bustling Cranberry Festival, and browse nearly 100 vendor booths, including our tent at the Kids’ Zone along Glover Road. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/activ/activ2013.aspx

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October 12, 2013
Fort Langley Cranberry Festival - Fort Langley
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. http://www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

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October 12 - 30, 2013
GRAVE TALES HISTORIC WALKING TOURS
The popular Grave Tales historic walking tours are back! Spine-chilling stories are depicted at night by our expert storytellers as you walk through the Fort Langley village. Finish with a warm drink around the bonfire inside the fort. Get your tickets in advance, online only at ticket web: http://www.ticketweb.ca/snl/VenueListings.action?venueId=265794&pl= More information: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley 604-513-4777

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October 12 - 30, 2013
Grave Tales
Interpreters will share tales of misfortune in Fort Langley’s cemeteries, streets, and inside the spooky Hudson’s Bay Company fort. Tours cover stories of Hudson’s Bay Company workers’ long dead, but still lingering spirits, including Louisa and William Emptage. Many claim to have seen Louisa in early mornings searching for William at the Fort Langley cemetery. If you don’t manage to glimpse these two, the tour ends back at Fort Langley National Historic Site in the site’s most haunted building, which some claim is home to a young boy’s ghost who still wants to play. Finish the tour with a hot drink around the bonfire.(October 12th to 30th, 7, 8 or 9 pm, $15.10/adult; reservations required at
www.ticketweb.com)

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October 13, 2013
Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Kilby - Harrison Mills
Prepare to loosen that belt... for our very popular, traditional Thanksgiving Dinner! Your experience includes roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, brussel sprouts, a fresh homemade dinner roll, gravy, beverage, with your choice of apple crisp or pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Reservations recommended.
Harrison Mills, British Columbia; http://www.kilby.ca

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October 13, 2013
Thanksgiving at Kilby Historic Site
It’s all about the restaurant as they serve up a traditional turkey dinner. By Reservation only as it will sell out!
Kilby Historic Site
215 Kilby RD, Harrison Mills
www.kilby.ca
604-796- 9576

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October 15 to November 10, 2013
Festival of Chocolate - Vancouver
The Fall Festival of Chocolate showcases everything one can learn about cocoa and chocolate. The magical mystery of these ingredients is explored through seminars and pairings held at local chocolate shops, wineries, breweries, restaurants, cafes, and bakeries across the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Don't miss out on this delicious opportunity to celebrate all things chocolate. Various Locations, http://www.festivalofchocolate.ca

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October 15 to November 10, 2013
West Coast Chocolate Festival - For the Senses & the Soul - Coquitlam
No ordinary chocolate event, our festival inspires, informs, surprises, entertains & above all, celebrates chocolate. Events can be savoured individually, or experienced successively for the ultimate chocolate experience... the indulgent little escape we all need once in a while. Featuring over one hundred individual events over a three week period, the Festival offers the opportunity to experience the luxury of chocolate. Various Locations, http://www.chocolatefestival.ca

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October 17 , 2013
Project LUNCH BOX
Please mark your calendars and come listen to a talk on Thursday, October 17th, 7 - 8:30 pm at the JCC, where we will be talking about many of the nutritious ways to feed our children (and families) healthier lunches (and more). Learn about many of the most common offenders, know what's really in the food we're feeding our kids and how to make healthier, more nutritious choices and versions of family favorites. Learn about the most important nutrients growing bodies and brains need to thrive and develop and how the food we eat every day affects us on many levels. Please join me (Heidi Seidman, RHN) and Julia O'Loughlin, RHN, as we take you through the importance of childhood nutrition. Recipes and resources provided
$10 Member Value Price
$15 Regular Price
Heidi Seidman heidi@seidman.com
Pazit Krimerman pafc@jccgv.bc.ca 604-2575111 ext. 331

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October 17 - 31, 2013
Fright Nights at Playland - Vancouver
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 18 - 31, 2013
Witch’s Kitchen - Scavenger Hunt
If you're looking for some extra Halloween fun for your kids, you'll definitely want to try this fun Scavenger Hunt! Check out our Witch’s Kitchen at City Square Shopping Centre! FREE event! Complete the Scavenger Hunt list and Enter to WIN a SONY PLAYSTATION VISTA and an amazing video game THE LITTLE PLANET. Free hot chocolate from Starbucks on Tuesdays and Fridays (2:30-4:30 pm) to all the Children who do the Scavenger Hunt (pick up your coupon at City Square Administration office). http://www.mycitysquare.com/en/city-square-vancouver-events.html, City Square Shopping Centre, 555 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver,

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October 19 - 20, 2013
UBC Botanical Garden Apple Festival
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia's favourite fruits. From children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to not only discover more about this delicious fruit, but have a whole lot fun doing it! More than 70 varieties of heritage, new and "tried and true" varieties are available for sale. One of the most popular activities at the Apple Festival is the tasting tent where curious event goers can taste up to 60 varieties of new and heritage apples grown in British Columbia. Adding to the festival atmosphere is entertainment on the main stage, children's activities, a food fair and more.  http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events

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October 22 - 27, 2013
Vancouver Writers Fest - Vancouver
The Vancouver Writers Festival (previously the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival) celebrates its 25th year with a new name & fresh look. The festival is one of North America's top literary events & attracts some of the world's best writers. Internationally renowned & undiscovered authors mingle with readers of all ages in intimate & informal settings. The festival features a variety of conversations, panel discussions, on-stage interviews & musical collaborations. Whether you attend an author reading, poetry bash or passionate writers' debate, you can count on stimulation & inspiration. Granville Island, http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/

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October 24, 2013
LFL - BC Angels vs. Regina Rage - Abbotsford
Coming off a successful inaugural campaign the Legends Football League Canada ('LFL Canada') is returning for a second season to the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre. The 2012 LFL Canada Champions, the BC Angels, will kick-off their 2013-14 season against the Saskatoon Sirens on Friday, September 13th. The BC Angels will also play a second home game on Thursday, October 24th against the Regina Rage. 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford, http://www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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October 25, 2013
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 25 - 26, 2013
Harrison Beer Festival & Oktoberfest - Harrison Hot Springs
The Harrison Beer Festival has been created to showcase BC Craft Breweries and celebrate Craft Beer Month in BC. The Harrison Hot Springs and Agassiz region has a rich history in the beer industry. For 60 years, hops - a basic ingredient in beer - were the main industry in the Agassiz Area of British Columbia. At the height of the business, 300 acres were planted with hops.  St Alice Hall - Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, http://www.harrisonbeerfest.com

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October 25 - 27, 2013
Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum - Burnaby
Come have fun with monsters, vampires, mummies and the magic of Halloween as ghoulish residents take over the Burnaby Village Museum! Spirits be haunting, spectres be creeping, and banshees be wailing. Wear your ghostly garb and come join the fun. Dick Cadaver hosts "The Bone Shaker Ball" on Main Street; savour tasty toes at the Butcher's Block Cafe; make a withdrawal at the Blood Bank & enjoy the Circus Sideshow and ride the carousel. p> Entrance includes trick-or-treating for the children and unlimited carousel rides for all. Tickets available at the door. 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

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October 25 - 27, 2013
International Artist Day Festival in White Rock - White Rock
The city of White Rock, BC Canada is excited to announce this celebration to honour artists. The International Artist Day Festival will showcase visual and performing arts during a week-long celebration Oct 21 - Oct 27, 2013 held at the White Rock Community Centre. The festival is a community event and many of our artistic people in the visual and performing arts will be participating in the numerous activities planned during the festival. This is a chance to meet and get to know the creative talent in your own backyard. http://www.inwhiterock.com

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October 25 to November 9, 2013
Pacific Theatre presents a Ruby Slippers Theatre production: COMMUNION by Daniel MacIvor
Is there ever a good time to reconnect with the daughter whose life you ruined? Leda is a recovering alcoholic who has been visiting her therapist, Carolyn, for some time. She has a life-changing secret she needs to share with her estranged and zealously religious daughter, Annie, but she doesn’t know how. When Carolyn finally gives Leda concrete advice, the resulting actions lead all three women on a collision course with their all-too-human need for certainty and connection.
Playing Oct 25-Nov 9 Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm with 2pm matinee on Saturday at Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave. For tickets ($19.99-29.99, taxes and fees not incl.) call 604.731.5518 or visit www.pacifictheatre.org. A guest production by Ruby Slippers Theatre.

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October 26 - 27, 2013
Family Fright at the Fort
Trick-or-treat at Fort Langley National Historic Site, and discover surprises along the way! Watch as “Go Bonkers” twists balloon surprises, check out “Mike’s Critters” creepy crawly creatures, decorate a pumpkin, explore the Spooky Servants’ Quarters and much more! The Full Barrel Café will be serving up a Halloween menu. Geared toward families with children age 10 and younger. October 26th and 27th, from 1 pm to 4 pm – $6.30/child (age 3 to 16); $11.70/adult (17+); FREE with annual pass. Tickets at the door. Fort Langley National Historic Site

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October 26 - 27, 2013
Haunted Halloween Tours - Richmond. Join us for a hair-raising tour through the Cannery, as you help us solve a murder! http://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com

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October 26 - 27, 2013
Kilby Kids Halloween Party
Witch & Warlock costume party with crafts, ooey-gooey games and prizes for all ages.
Event is free with admission
Kilby Historic Site
215 Kilby RD, Harrison Mills
www.kilby.ca
604-796- 9576

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October 26 - 30 , 2013
Grave Tales Youth Edition - Fort Langley National Historic Site
Gather around the fire inside the old Hudson’s Bay Company fort for some ghost stories and fun in this family-oriented version of our popular Grave Tales. Geared toward older youth and teens, who must be accompanied by a parent. (October 26th to 30th, 6 pm – $11.70/adult or youth; reservations by phone only at 604-513-4799)

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October 27, 2013
Family Day at PdA! Halloween Hoopla
Gather up the family and tour exhibitions in fibre arts, mixed media and acrylics. Then participate in a variety of Halloween-themed workshops in the artists’ media where you can make something beautifully spooky! Join us at 2pm for Mr. I's Spooky Songs & Stories concert (tickets $7/person available at the registration desk), perfect for getting wee ones (and the rest of us) in the mood for haunting! The Van Gogh Café will be open serving light snacks and beverages. Don’t be intimidated by art, get engaged in it! Admission to Family Day at PdA is by donation. Reserve your spot online here or by calling (604) 664-1636.
1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam | 604.664.1636 | www.placedesarts.ca

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October 27, 2013
Little Spooks & Friendly Ghosts at VanDusen Botanical Garden - Vancouver
Brought to life by Public Dreams, this event is for families with children aged 9 and younger. It features games, performances, Halloween crafts and a carved pumpkin display. Play Giant Jenga - a fun and interactive game with 7' tall pieces made from lightweight packing foam - or learn to juggle from a circus performer and make spooky wind catchers with ghosts and goblins. Tickets are available in advance at the Garden Entrance or at the Gate on the day of the event.
Vancouver, http://www.vandusengarden.org/

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Ongoing until October 10, 2013
Granville Island Farmers' Market - Vancouver
Across From The Public Market In Triangle Square, every Thursday
Celebrating over 20 years of all things fresh straight from the farm, this is the most established market of its kind in Vancouver. Throughout the summer and early autumn months, it's the go-to place to get the freshest produce from local farmers - from the field to your table in hours. This year, bring your reusable bag to the Farmers' Market new location: Triangle Square (conveniently in between Net Loft and Public Market). It's cash only, but there are ATMs nearby. And remember, if you can, make sure to bike, walk, take transit, or the Aquabus and False Creek Ferry. http://www.granvilleisland.com

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Ongoing to October 10, 2013
Royal City Farmers' Market - New Westminster
Summer Market is set in gorgeous Tipperary Park, Royal City Farmers Market offers amazing fresh foods and handmade goods, as well as music, kids' entertainment, eat-on-site treats, and a beautiful setting to shop and picnic. Royal City Farmers' Market: Real food. Real fun. http://www.rcfm.ca

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Ongoing to October 11, 2013
Vancouver International Film Festival - Vancouver
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 2012 Schedule of Films. Various Locations. http://www.viff.org/

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Ongoing until October 11, 2013
THE SHIPYARDS - NIGHT MARKET
Shipbuilders Square, in the newly developed Shipyards in Lower Lonsdale, are home to what is to become the largest gathering of Food Trucks in the Lower Mainland. Fun and festivities, Live music showcasing talent from all over BC, Over 50 tents filled with local products, showcasing BC's artisans, bakers and farmers.  Friday Night Markets, http://www.northshoregreenmarket.com

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Ongoing until October 12, 2013
Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market - Vancouver
Vancouver Farmers Markets returns to Kerrisdale Village this season for 14 weeks of local food fun in the heart of one of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods. In the shadow of Point Grey High School and just up the street from Kerrisdale Arena, the farmers market will feature over 40 vendors selling farm produce, prepared foods and craft items from across BC. The market is situated on East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenues and there is ample street parking and close access to bus nearby. Saturdays,http://www.eatlocal.org

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Ongoing to October 19, 2013
East Vancouver Farmers' Market - Vancouver
Trout Lake Community Centre Parking Lot
More than a market - a community institution! This market was established in 1995 and features a great selection of organic and conventionally grown produce, nursery items as well as meat, cheese, seafood and prepared foods of all sorts. High quality local craft is available and perfect for gifts.Enjoy entertainment by acoustic musicians and kids can have their face painted or get a balloon animal from our resident balloon sculptor. On-site hot food available. Make a day of it and visit the beautiful Trout Lake park complete with an off-leash dog park and beach with picnic area.  Saturday, http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org

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Ongoing to October 20, 2013
Kitsilano Farmers' Market - Vancouver
Each week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.  Sunday, http://www.eatlocal.org

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Ongoing to October 26, 2013
Burnaby Farmers' Market - Burnaby
Burnaby Village Museum
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. http://www.artisanmarkets.ca

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Ongoing to October 26, 2013
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. http://www.artisanmarkets.ca

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Ongoing to October 29, 2013
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Miyuki Shinkai and Jeff Wilson.  District Foyer Gallery.
Jeff is a self-taught realist acrylic painter exploring a range of Canadian & Scottish urban & rural narratives.  Typical subjects include heavy machinery, signage, utility poles and alleyways, interspersed with rural themes, such as the coastlines, forests & mountains. Subjects are characteristically cropped, to give dynamic & asymmetric compositions.  Canvases are rendered in a harmonious but distinctive, commonly vivid palette.  This combination of composition and colour reflects a confluence of visual techniques pioneered by the Scottish Colourists & Group of Seven.
3D Miyuki Shinkai: Glass installation
Miyuki has been working in blown glass for over twenty years.  Her main interest is narrative expression in installation style which incorporates glass and other media such as wood, painting, paper, and found object.  Through her work she wishes to share her excitement of visual art and hopes to inspire the audience to seek curiosity and beauty in life.  Miyuki lives on the Sunshine Coast and owns and operates Mellonglass studio with her husband.
604.988.6844 / exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca / www.nvartscouncil.ca

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Ongoing to October 31, 2013
Seabreeze Adventures is a locally owned and operated whale watching company located in Steveston. Whale watching begins in April and runs through to October 31st. We have a fleet of three, 40-foot semi-covered vessels accommodating groups of 23 passengers.  Our boats have comfortable seating inside and unrestricted outside viewing. Our vessels are coastguard certified and our captains have extensive BC and Vancouver whale watching experience.  A certified naturalist/interpreter is on board for every trip. We also offer a free round trip shuttle service for hotel guests. http://www.seabreezeadventures.ca

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Ongoing to to October 31, 2013
Downtown Food Cart Walking Tour
Explore the popular food cart scene in the downtown core that is the largest in Canada! From Gastown to Granville Street, the tour will take you to the best street eating this city has to offer. In the mood for some traditional Indian naan? How about some Hong Kong dim sum? Or authentic Australian Pies? This tour is a fantastic way to sample 6 different food carts with an array of flavours. Tuesday to Friday, Meeting Place: Corner of Abbot and Water; http://offtheeatentracktours.ca/vancouver/

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Ongoing to November 5, 2013
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Christine Breakell-Lee at the District Library Gallery
Vancouver based artist Christine Breakell-Lee received her degree in Fine Arts and Communication from SFU. Since her solo show Mixed Media in 2010, she has established a strong presence among private collectors and designers. Christine's paintings evoke a spectrum of emotion, often pulling from personal experience that she realizes through her process of abstraction, spontaneity and contrast. It is through this process of adding and layering paint beneath the resin that her work evolves. Christine is represented in Vancouver by Art Works and Buckland Southerst Gallery and in Toronto by Art Interiors. Her studio is located at 1000 Parker Street where she spends time painting each day. Lynn Valley Main Library, 604.988.6844  exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca  www.nvartscouncil.ca

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November 9 - 10, 2013
The Main Street Vinyl Record Fair 8 - feat. Johnny de Courcy LIVE!
Buy, sell, trade - new and used vinyl. Discover gems and stock up on
cheap classics! 2 DAYS with A DIFFERENT GROUP OF VENDORS EACH DAY!
Thousands and thousands and thousands of vinyl records... plus a selection of turntables and gear. Over 45 dealers with a number of personal collections up for sale!  The Cambrian Hall (215 East 17th Ave, Vancouver). http://www.vinylrecordfair.com/

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November 14 - 17, 2013
Just Between Friends is North America’s leading infant, children and maternity consignment sales event. An annual Spring and Fall event offer consignors up to 70% on their item sales. Shoppers enjoy 50-90% discount off original retail prices on a wide selection of new or gently used items, ranging from clothes, to toys, to strollers, to furniture and more. It is a community event that is win-win for both shoppers and consignors alike. It is a great opportunity to support the wonderful moms and parents of the community, so get involved! The three day family event will also feature local businesses, and fun entertainment for children. Unsold items benefit our local charity BabyGoRound. Vancouver's first event is November 15-17, held at Hellenic Community Centre. If you are interested in becoming a consignor, vendor, or volunteer, please visit http://vancouverbc.jbfsale.com for more information. 604.628.2017

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November 24, 2013
Family Day at PdA! Lantern Making & All Things Small
Gather up the family and tour Place des Arts annual Positively Petite miniature exhibition, . . . still life in Vancouver . . . photography by Marina Crawford and Botticelli Remix.Voyage Allegorique, works in oil on wood by Danaca Ackerson. Then participate in a variety of all-ages, drop-in style workshops that celebrate all things small and create your very own lantern in preparation for our free annual multicultural celebration of light: A Lantern Affair on December 7. The Van Goh Café will be open serving light snacks and beverages. Don’t be intimidated by art, get engaged in it! Admission by donation. Reserve your spot online here or by calling 604.664.1636 before Tuesday, November 12. 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam | 604.664.1636 | www.placedesarts.ca
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December 6 - 7, 2013
WESTERN FRONT ANNUAL FUNDRAISER & CRAFT SALE
Western Front presents TOQUE on December 6 & 7, 2013. The annual fundraiser and craft sale returns for the Western Front’s 40th Anniversary with an exciting showcase of artists, designers and artisans. Admission by donation.  Held in the newly renovated Luxe Hall, the annual fundraiser is a longstanding Western Front tradition, initiated by Western Front founding members and friends almost 40 years ago. TOQUE offers a unique selection of vendors with goods ranging from publications, textiles and ceramics to jewellery and tasty treats. Vancouver-based artist Arvo Leo is creating this year’s limited-edition tea towels, available for sale at the event. Renowned as one of Vancouver’s most well-curated craft fairs, TOQUE has been cited as ‘the most artful of all the artisan fairs’ (Georgia Straight) and ‘a true artists’ fair with a solidly local feel’ (Scout Magazine). For more information please contact Kristin Lim on 604-876-9343 / development@front.bc.ca. Visit http://toque2013.tumblr.com for updates.

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December 14 - 15, 2013
Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music" is coming to Abbotsford!
When the new music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together! “Elmo Makes Music” features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with, such as “C Is For Cookie” and “The Alphabet Song”. www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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Ongoing until December 29, 2013
Nikkei National Museum presents a new exhibition: A Call for Justice: Fighting for Japanese Canadian Redress (1977-1988)
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, http://centre.nikkeiplace.org/a-call-for-justice/

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Ongoing until January 5, 2014
Foncie's Fotos - Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver presents an exhibit of the works of Foncie Pulice, the last man standing from Vancouver's great era of post-war street photography. Creator of about 15 million images over his lifetime, Foncie captured Vancouverites in action as they strode the city streets. His photographs trigger vivid memories for long-time residents who recall the particular day, the hour, their companions, the circumstances. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

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Ongoing until March 1, 2014
When is a bike also a musical instrument? What sound does a Qarkabeb make? How can you make sound visible?
Visit the ArtStarts Gallery and be immersed in an exciting sonic experience. Sound Play is an interactive exhibition exploring music, acoustics, composition and sound-making, featuring installations and artwork by students from across BC and by professional artists working with young people.
Pedal sound-making bikes, listen to original songs, experiment with a cymasium, play with musical instruments from around the world, and more. Come play with us! The ArtStarts Gallery is located at 808 Richards Street (at Robson) in downtown Vancouver. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.  For more information, visit http://artstarts.com/gallery








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