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Vancouver Events in October


October 2013 is packed with fun: the VIFF, food and beer festivals, and Halloween!

For all the Halloween happenings around town see:

  • Complete Guide to Halloween in Vancouver 2013
  • Top 10 Vancouver Halloween Attractions & Events 2013
  • Best Vancouver Halloween Attractions for Kids
  • Ongoing through October 11
    The Vancouver International Film Festival
    What: The VIFF is one of the five largest film festivals in North America. Acclaimed as "an unspoiled celebration of world cinema," VIFF showcases over 300 films from 60 countries around the world.
    Where: Various locations around Vancouver; see site for details
    Cost: Various; see site for details.

    Ongoing through October 14
    Richmond Night Market
    What: Richmond's other night market returns for 2013 with 80+ food vendors, 250+ retailers, live entertainment, and carnival rides.
    Where: 8351 River Rd, Richmond
    Cost: $1 admission

    Ongoing through October 30
    Vancouver Farmers’ Markets
    What: Vancouver's neighbourhood farmer's markets are open weekly through October.
    Where: Various locations around Vancouver; go here for details
    Cost: Free

    Tuesday, October 1 - Thursday, October 31
    BC Craft Beer Month
    What: October is BC Craft Beer Month, which means events at festivals and craft breweries and pubs throughout Vancouver, including local "beer battles," Steveston Beerfest, and the BC Beer Awards in Vancouver.
    Where: Various; see site for details
    Cost: Various; see site for details

    Friday, October 11 - Saturday, November 2
    The Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
    What: Take a ride on the family-adventure train at Stanley Park for spooky Halloween fun. This year's theme is Movie Monster Mashup, complete with Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Mummy! Bring the kids in costume.
    Where: Stanley Park; enter the park off Georgia St., go straight ahead up Pipeline Road and look for event parking attendants
    Cost: $11 for adults; $7 for kids 3 - 17 and seniors 65+; free for kids 3 and under

    Friday, October 11 - Saturday, November 2
    Fright Nights at the PNE
    What: One of Vancouver biggest Halloween attractions, the PNE celebrates Halloween with themed rides, creepy attractions, haunted houses, Hollywood Horrors, crazy live shows, and more.
    Where: PNE, 2901 East Hastings St., Vancouver
    Cost: $25 - $30, buy online for discounts

    Monday, October 14

    Wednesday, October 16 – Sunday, October 27
    Taste of Yaletown
    What: This Yaletown-only version of Dine Out Vancouver lets diners try set menus of $25, $35, or $45 at some of the city’s best restaurants (which happen to be in Yaletown). Check the site for participating restaurants.
    Where: Various locations in Yaletown
    Cost: Set menus from $25 - $45, see site for menu details

    Saturday, October 19 – Sunday, October 20
    UBC Apple Festival
    What: Now in its 23rd year, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia's favourite fruits with apple tastings, kids' activities and a food fair.
    Where: UBC Botanical Garden, UBC, Vancouver
    Cost: $4; kids under 12 are free

    Tuesday, October 22 – Sunday, October 27
    Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival
    What: This annual festival is a chance to meet writers from around world, join in readings, discussions, debates and poetry slams.
    Where: Granville Island
    Cost: Various; see site for details

    Wednesday, October 23 - Sunday, November 3
    Heart of the City Festival
    What: Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, the Heart of the City Festival celebrates Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with over 80 events, including music, theatre, comedy, workshops, history walks and more.
    Where: Various locations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, see site for details
    Cost: Most events are free; check site for individual event information

    Tuesday, October 29 - Friday, November 8
    Vancouver Diwali Festival
    What: Celebrate Diwali, the "festival of lights," with events around Vancouver, including dance performances, workshops, and the all-day celebration Diwali Downtown on Saturday, November 2 outside the the Roundhouse Community Centre.
    Where: Various locations around Vancouver; see site for details
    Cost: See site for details

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

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