It’s certainly feeling a lot more like fall with the foggy mornings and rainy days. The evenings are getting darker too, so it’s time for Diwali, the festival of lights. Enjoy harvest dances, harvest festivals, and apple festivals too. There are wildlife walks, geology walks, and a brand new park opening in Surrey. If you are looking to add some BOO! to your weekend, check out our Halloween activities guide, which has been updated with new spooktacular events. We’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do. You are bound to find something fantastic to make a memorable weekend with your favourite people!
Fall Harvest Community Dance
Friday, October 13th, 6 pm – 8 pm, Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, Cost: $6.50/person, 2 and under are free
A fun-filled evening of dancing to live Square dancing music. Includes: a hearty soup or stew, fresh bun, pie and ice cream and a beautiful pottery bowl made and donated by the Trout Lake Pottery Club to eat from. Yes, you get to take it home! Enjoy the arts and craft station and pie walk. Please pre-register. Kids under 2 years of age are free and you do not need to register them.
Golden Harvest 2017
Friday, October 13th, 6 pm – 8 pm, The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
Local chefs, culinary arts students, and food artisans offer samples made using products from our local region North of the Fraser. There will also be a few of the farmers who provide some of the chef’s ingredients, craft brewers and some info on beekeeping, fermenting and other fun things.
Bear Creek Wildlife walk – for kids!
Saturday, October 14th, 10 am – 11 am, Bear Creek Park, 13750 – 88 Avenue, Surrey
Explore the forest and tasting orchard at Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preserve, search for signs of wildlife at Bear Creek Park, enjoy the sight of colourful leaves and more – there’s so much to do outdoors this season!
Fraser River Geology Walk
Saturday, October 14th, 10 am – 12 pm, Derby Reach Regional Park, 10716 Allard Crescent, Langley
Learn about the Ice Age glaciation on the south coast, the geologic history of the Fraser River, and the peatlands in Derby Reach Regional Park. Hear about a disastrous landslide in Haney in 1880 that produced a tsunami on the Fraser River! With John Clague, professor of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University, author of Vancouver, City on the Edge, and an expert on earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and floods. Presented by Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association. Registration required: email@example.com. Free for all ages!
ArtStarts Explores: Water
Saturday, October 14th, 11 am – 12 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Water, water EVERYWHERE! Living in Vancouver, we’re surrounded by water (all around us and ABOVE us)! Join in for a workshop where we explore water as it relates to creative thinking and art making.
Grand Opening: Bose Forest Park
Saturday, October 14th, 11 am – 2 pm, Bose Forest Park, 6203 164 Street, Surrey
Come out and celebrate the official opening of Surrey’s newest park. Drop by to get this know this special place and explore scenic trails through forest and swamp, try out the new playground, enjoy family-friendly entertainment, go on a scavenger hunt (and enter a prize draw), plant a tree or shrub. Tons of fun to be had!
Forest Elders and Giants
Sunday, October 15th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
There is wisdom in those that stand the test of time, and wisdom to gain from learning their ways. Enter another fall season in the changing wood and learn about Stanley Park’s ancient trees—elders that nourish the young, and giants that have towered over centuries of events. This event is delivered in collaboration with the Ancient Forest Alliance.
The Toad Prince
Sunday, October 15th, 2 pm – 5 pm, Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould Street, Chilliwack
The Toad and the Prince is a “Beauty and the Beast” story set in China. This is imaginative puppet theatre that even includes a smoke-breathing dragon! Indri, the son of a magical water sprite and a prince of toads, must learn to place another’s needs before his own. Inspired by the compassion of a courageous friend, he discovers that true beauty is found within the kindness we show and accept from others. Using beautiful puppet theatre to engage and delight audiences Tears of Joy Theatre produces, develops, and presents puppet theatre in a way that celebrates the diversity of world cultures. Tears of Joy Theatre objective is to teach and enrich children’s lives by helping them experience, create, and perform art with professional artists The Toad and the Prince is sure to charm audience members of all ages.
Diwali in Kits
Sunday, October 15th, 4 pm – 6 pm, Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu celebration of light at the Kitsilano Community Centre. Activities include Bollywood dancing, henna tattoos, diya painting, saree draping, Chai from Trudy Ann, refreshments from Jolly’s and All India Restaurant, as well as Panago Pizza! A great event for the family! $8 registration is inclusive of activities and treats.
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes