5 Events You Can’t Miss This October

Yank out the scarves, start figuring out your Halloween costume and get ready for the Canucks!

It’s that time of year again.

Summer is officially over and Christmas season is not quite here yet. Even though we’re between your favourite seasons, there’s plenty happening this month and there’s a few notable events I thought I’d keep you up to date with.

Here are my top 5 events to check out this October in Vancouver:

1. The Vancouver International Film Festival | October 1 – 15

The VIFF is an annual film festival held in Vancouver for two weeks in early October. The festival began in 1982 and has progressed to where it is now known as one of the premier film festivals in the world – recognized by all major film makers, producers and actors.

This year there will be 359 films shown from over 80 countries with more than 600 screenings to choose from. There will be 87 Canadian and almost 100 feature length films. The VIFF is the biggest annual showcase of Canadian film in the world, and puts a special emphasis on BC films.

For all the details and things you need to know, check out my guide to the Festival.


2. Taste of Yaletown | October 13 – 31

autumn in vancouverPhoto: Yaletown

A mini-food festival in Vancouver’s “most desirable neighbourhood.”

Yaletown Vancouver is known for its trendy inhabitants, real-estate and of course – its restaurants.

The Taste of Yaletown invites the public to discover and enjoy culinary offerings and delectable wines from over 20 of Yaletown’s best restaurants, each presenting an exclusive three-course menu at pre-fixed prices of $25, $35 or $45.

For a look at the menus and restaurants, click here.


3. The Vancouver International Improv Festival | October 5 – 10

For over a decade, the Vancouver International Improv Festival has been bringing the world’s best improvisers to Vancouver for a week of hilarious shows and informative workshops.

This year, the lineup is packed with gifted performers from all around North America — all coming together for a week of over 20 performances at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street, next to the Granville Island Hotel). That’s 20 shows created live, using only your suggestions and the imaginations of two dozen talented improvisers.

View the full schedule and order tickets online.


4. Fright Nights at PNE | October 15 – 31

Dont miss the scariest Haloween event in Vancouver!

Fright Nights at PNE include performances, rides and its famous haunted houses (that are actually scary!).

This year there will be 5 haunted houses, including a new Clown House featured in stunning 3D. There will also be a History of Execution Display, the Junkyard Symphony and the Kinshira Fire Performers.

For this event, you can save a few bucks by purchasing your tickets online.

Fright Nights are open nightly, 6pm – Late.

5. Vancouver International Writers Festival | October 19–24

The Vancouver International Writers Festival is one of North America’s premiere literary events, held annually over 6 days in late October.

Now under the artistic direction of Hal Wake, the Writers Festival attracts the world’s best writers to Vancouver. Internationally renowned and undiscovered authors mingle with 14,000 readers of all ages in intimate, interactive and informal settings on Granville Island, an urban oasis in the heart of Vancouver.

Events at the Vancouver International Writers Festival take many forms: readings, panel discussions, performances and interviews. All events are directed at the book-reading public.