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October Events in Metro Vancouver


Monday, September 30th, 2013 — 11:16am PDT
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As the rain pelts down, removing leaves and acorns from wind-blown branches, we pull out our gumboots and prepare for muddy treks into pumpkin patches, zombie-focused parties, and haunting seasonal activities around Metro Vancouver. October is probably one of the busiest months around when it comes to events, with the Vancouver International Film Festival underway, the Stanley Park Ghost Train preparing for its Monster Movie Mashup, and various other Thanksgiving and Halloween-themed activities.

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Multi-Day Events

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below. The following list of events (mainly submitted by readers) is updated daily so be sure to bookmark this post and check back often.

October Events in Metro Vancouver

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Architecture & Design: Film Night at the Hollywood
The Zombie Syndrome Opens for the Season
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Author Nicholas Sparks at Chapters Metrotown
Pure Magnolia ReVamp Charity Gala
Surrey Library: Authors Among Us
Women in Film and Television: Martini Madness
North Shore International Film Series: Twenty Feet From Stardom
Oak Street Farmers Market
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Lookout Society’s H’Arts for the Homeless Gala
Remembering Lena: Auction + Storytelling
Opening Reception: Hot Art Wet City
Jaclyn Guillou at Raw Canvas
Capture Photo Festival: An Evolutionary Look into Vancouver Street Photography
Port & Chocolate at the Vancouver Rowing Club
The Hollow Opens at Metro Theatre
We (Heart) LAMP: Lighting Architecture Movement Project
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Friday, October 4, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
West End Food Festival
Fraser Valley Food Show Opens
The Superhero Ball
Raincity Rap
Abracadaver Cabaret at Wise Hall
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Steveston Beer Festival
Rhodes College Speed Coaching
Burnaby Performance Series
6th Annual Celebrity Dim Sum
Fortius Family Day, Burnaby
A Night on Broadway For the Surrey Food Bank
Artists for Conservation Festival on Grouse Mountain
West Vancouver Pumpkinfest
Vancouver Art/Book Fair
The Barn Fall Antique Show in Cloverdale
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
River District Farmers Market
West End Food Festival
Fraser Valley Food Show
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island

Sunday, October 6, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Pauline Johnson/Tekahionwake: 100th Anniversary Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour
Feed Ur Sol: At SoL Sun Belt Cookery
Artists for Conservation Festival on Grouse Mountain
West Vancouver Pumpkinfest
Vancouver Art/Book Fair
The Barn Fall Antique Show in Cloverdale
Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates: West 4th
Kitsilano Farmers Market
West End Food Festival
Fraser Valley Food Show
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island


Monday, October 7, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Go For It: Women in Biz Conference
A Brief History of Gentrification in Vancouver
West End Food Festival
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Vancouver Sustenance Festival Begins
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
Kokoro Dance Presents: Life at the Roundhouse
Oak Street Farmers Market
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
The Hot Flashes: Canadian Cancer Society Fundraiser
Talk With Exhibiting Artist Sylvia Grace Borda
Soiree Lounge Grand Opening
Yaletown Farmers Market
Kokoro Dance Presents: Life at the Roundhouse
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival

Friday, October 11, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Vancouver International Film Festival
BC Dine and Vine
Hot Chocolate Sale on Granville
Of Mice and Men Opens at Little Mountain Gallery
Thanksgiving Family Dinner and a Movie
Free Public Tours of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior
Last Shipyards Night Market of the Season
Stanley Park Ghost Train Opens for the Season
Fright Nights at Playland Opens for the Season
Kokoro Dance Presents: Life at the Roundhouse
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Vancouver 12×12 Photo Marathon Exhibit
Fort Langley Cranberry Festival
Homelessness Action Week in Vancouver
Eastside Stride Walking Tours
Paddle for the Planet in Deep Cove
Simon King Stand-Up Comedy Taping
Burnaby City Hall Farmers Market
Free Public Tours of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
River District Farmers Market
Kokoro Dance Presents: Life at the Roundhouse
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival
Fright Nights at Playland

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Graze Thanksgiving Dinner
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival
Fright Nights at Playland
Homelessness Action Week in Vancouver


Monday, October 14, 2013
Thanksgiving Loonie Skate at Kensington Rec Complex
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival
Fright Nights at Playland
Homelessness Action Week in Vancouver

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The Cultch Birthday Bash
Meet Author and TV Producer Ian Weir: Surrey Library
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival
Fright Nights at Playland
Homelessness Action Week in Vancouver

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
Vancouver New Music Festival Opens
Village Surrey Movie Night: Revenge of the Electric Car
Oak Street Farmers Market
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival
Fright Nights at Playland
Homelessness Action Week in Vancouver

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
Vancouver Home + Design Show Opens
ShakeOut BC Earthquake Drill
DemocracyLOUD: A Media Democracy Day Fundraising Concert
Craft Invested: 10,000 Hours Conference
Ballet BC Presents: Tilt
Yaletown Farmers Market
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival
Fright Nights at Playland
Homelessness Action Week in Vancouver
Vancouver New Music Festival

Friday, October 18, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Beetlejuice – Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
Vancouver Aquarium Toast to the Coast Gala
Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me
Fright Night Racing at Burnbay Velodrome
Science World After Dark Murder Mystery
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours Begin
Vancity Tribe and Blim Fall Fashion Event
Friday Flicks at the River District: The Corpse Bride
Opera Mariposa Presents: Don Pasquale
Ballet BC Presents: Tilt
Vancouver Home + Design Show
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival
Fright Nights at Playland
Homelessness Action Week in Vancouver
Vancouver New Music Festival

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
Harvest Festival – West End Farmers Market
Grape Stomp at Township 7 Winery
Light The Night Walk Vancouver
Drawing Demo & Workshop with Mandy Tsung
North Shore Rotary Food and Wine Festival
Home Movie Day Vancouver
TEDxRenfrewCollingwood
Zombie Fest Fort Langley
4Cats Art Studio: Halloween Bag Design
The Chan Centre Presents: Kronos at 40
BC Beer Awards
Social Bites: Local Global Dinner Party
River District Farmers Market
Opera Mariposa Presents: Don Pasquale
Ballet BC Presents: Tilt
Vancouver Home + Design Show
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
Vancouver Farmers Markets RIPE Celebration Dinner
Pumpkin Patch at River District
Friends of the City Archives Fall Fundraiser
2013 Strachan Hartley Legacy Run 5k/10k
Drawing Demo & Workshop with Mandy Tsung
Vancouver Home + Design Show
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours


Monday, October 21, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
The Land of Boo Begins at Highstreet in Abbotsford
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
Architecture & Design: Film Night at the Hollywood
Vancouver Tourism Awards Gala
The Vancouver Writers Fest Opens
LOHA – Housing + Sharing
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Land of Boo at Highstreet in Abbotsford
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Vancouver Sustenance Festival
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival Opens
International Day of the Girl – “Girl Rising” Screening Event
North Shore International Film Series: Amour
Surrey Psoriasis Patient Forum
Hound of the Baskervilles Opens at the Newton Cultural Centre
New West Doc Fest
Oak Street Farmers Market
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Land of Boo at Highstreet in Abbotsford
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
The Vancouver Writers Fest

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
Shanti Uganda: 5th Annual Evening of Art Dinner and Art Auction
Chairs for Charity
Farm Folk City Folk 20th Anniversary
NorthWest Comedy Fest
The Midlife Affair at the Vancouver Convention Centre
Chinatown Haunted House
Festival MOSAIC at The Chan Centre
Project B – Breast Cancer Fundraiser
Yaletown Farmers Market
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Land of Boo at Highstreet in Abbotsford
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
The Vancouver Writers Fest
Hound of the Baskervilles at the Newton Cultural Centre
New West Doc Fest

Friday, October 25, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Fall West Coast Women’s Show
Sponsored by Miss604: Halloween – Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
The Marvellous Real Opens at the Museum of Anthropology
International Artist Day Festival Gala Opening in White Rock
Opera Mariposa Presents: Don Pasquale
Pecha Kucha New Westminster
Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Land of Boo at Highstreet in Abbotsford
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
The Vancouver Writers Fest
Hound of the Baskervilles at the Newton Cultural Centre
New West Doc Fest
Chinatown Haunted House

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Fall West Coast Women’s Show
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
The Brick Games: Charity LEGO Event in Langley
Trick or Treat in Dunbar Village
Swords ‘N’ Spooks: Academie Duello’s Halloween Cabaret & Dance 2013
Spruce Collective Presents The Urban Market at Highstreet in Abbotsford
Stepping Stones: An Inspiring Event With Women Leaders
Parade of Lost Souls
Vancouver Junior Roller Derby League: Skate Spooktacular
The Great Pumpkin Giveaway
Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum
Family Fright at Fort Langley
Halloween Hoopla at Bill Copeland Sports Centre
The Buffy Musical at Pacific Cinémathèque
Aldergrove Wall-O-Lantern Festival
Free ArtStarts Weekend: Let’s Bhangra! With South Asian Arts
River District Farmers Market
Murder Mystery and Halloween Party
Murder at the Cannery: Steveston
Architecture Tours/Site Visits
All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery
Vancouver Opera: Tosca
Thrill Vancouver
Halloween Hunt at City Square
Opera Mariposa Presents: Don Pasquale
Knit City: Knit Social
International Artist Day Festival Weekend in White Rock
Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Land of Boo at Highstreet in Abbotsford
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
The Vancouver Writers Fest
Hound of the Baskervilles at the Newton Cultural Centre
Chinatown Haunted House

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Sponsored by Miss604: Fall West Coast Women’s Show
Sponsored by Miss604: Taste of Yaletown
James Cunningham Seawall Race
Royal Tea Party at River Market
Family Fright at Fort Langley
WOC presents Stage Fright: The Thrillusion Show
River District Halloween Party: Princesses, Pirates, and Magical Creatures
The Chan Centre Presents: Mariza
Free ArtStarts Weekend: Let’s Bhangra! With South Asian Arts
Murder at the Cannery: Steveston
Art Abandonment: Community Arts Vancouver
A Wonderland in Vancouver
Halloween Pizza Making Competition
Knit City: Knit Social
International Artist Day Festival Weekend in White Rock
Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Land of Boo at Highstreet in Abbotsford
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
The Vancouver Writers Fest
Hound of the Baskervilles at the Newton Cultural Centre
Chinatown Haunted House


Monday, October 28, 2013
Halloween Pizza Making Competition
Graze Harvest Feast
SFU: Moving In Metro: A Discussion on Mobility Pricing
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Land of Boo at Highstreet in Abbotsford
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Hound of the Baskervilles at the Newton Cultural Centre
Chinatown Haunted House

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Creating Nonprofit Centers
Vancouver Diwali Fest Opens
Halloween Haunted Mansion Spook Fest, Burnaby
Hot Talks: Ben & Erica from Earnest Ice Cream
9th Annual Art Show at Heritage Hall
GirlsRaising
SFU: Moving In Metro: A Discussion on Mobility Pricing
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Land of Boo at Highstreet in Abbotsford
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Hound of the Baskervilles at the Newton Cultural Centre
Chinatown Haunted House

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival
Dress for Success Vancouver: Luncheon Series Launch
North Shore International Film Series: Much Abo About Nothing
Everything Wine: Food and Wine Festival
Oak Street Farmers Market
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Land of Boo at Highstreet in Abbotsford
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Hound of the Baskervilles at the Newton Cultural Centre
Chinatown Haunted House
Vancouver Diwali Fest

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival
Global Dance Connection Series
Trick or Treating in Mount Pleasant
Vancouver Opera: Tosca
Paranormal Ad-Tivity at The Portside
Halloween at YVR
This Is Halloween: by Cabaret Torlage with DJ Chris Rockwell
Opening Night: Relatively Speaking
Yaletown Farmers Market
Stanley Park Ghost Train
The Land of Boo at Highstreet in Abbotsford
The Zombie Syndrome On Death Island
Fright Nights at Playland
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Hound of the Baskervilles at the Newton Cultural Centre
Chinatown Haunted House
Vancouver Diwali Fest

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One comment

  1. It’s amazing how many diverse events this city offers. Great list, Rebecca (as usual)!

    I will attend my very first TED talk at the TEDX RenfrewCollingwood on the 19th which I did not see on the list.
    Looking forward.

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