Events and Entertainment Around Town – October Edition

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The feel of fall in the air! The days may be shorter, but there’s no shortage of things to do on these crisp autumn days and evenings. Pre-season hockey! Symphonic concerts! VIFF! Halloween! Whether you’re into dance, music, movies, laughs or sports, there’s an array of fun October attractions for all ages.

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden – Vancouver Art Gallery
Event dates: June 24-October 1
The most important exhibition of French painter Claude Monet’s work in Canada in two decades, Claude Monet’s Secret Garden will trace the career of this pivotal figure in Western art history.

Culture Days – Various locations
Event dates: September 29-October 1 | Various times

Wednesday Main St Station Farmer’s Market – Across Pacific Central Station
Event dates: May 31-October 4 | Time: 2pm-6pm
Located just steps from the Skytrain, this convenient Wednesday farmer’s market is ideal for local food fans seeking an easy shop on their commute. Over 85% of the vendors at Main Street Station are primary producers offering an excellent mix of fresh and organic produce, meat, eggs, handmade cheeses, and more.

The Piano Guys – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event date: October 4 | Time: 730pm

Thursdays Downtown Farmer’s Market – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Event dates: June 1-October 5 | Time: 11am-3pm
Shop fresh weekly to enjoy quality fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs and poultry, baked goods, artisan food and craft, fresh fish, and local craft beer, wine and spirits.

Ludwig Van Beethoven – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: October 5 | Time: 2pm
The opening concert of the Tea and Trumpets series features the music of one of the greatest of the great composers, Ludwig van Beethoven, and stories from the life of this tortured genius. Tea and cookies are served in the lobby one hour before each concert.

Peter Zedlacher – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: October 5-7 | Various times
Two time Gemini Award nominee for performances at ‘Just for Laughs’ and CBC’s ‘The Halifax Comedy Festival.’ Past winner of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-Up.

Terra and Beyond – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: October 6-7 | Time: 8pm
Share COlonels Chris Hadfield’s viewpoint “Beyond the Terra,” with music and inspiring images from the International Space Station. As a special guest, Chris welcomes singer/songwriter Danny Michel.

BC Lions vs Ottawa Redblacks – BC Place
Event date: October 7 | Time: 4pm

Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers – Rogers Arena
Event date: October 7 | Time: 7pm

Angels in America – Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Event dates: September 7-October 8 | Various times
Perestroika is a revolution against the politics and prejudice in the 1980s as the AIDS epidemic rages on, and the characters wrestle with their ideologies and an angel looking for an answer.

Fred Penner – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: October 8 | Time: 2pm
Fred Penner, a Canadian icon of entertainment and inspiration for children and families, makes his long-awaited return to the VSO.

Imagine Dragons: Evolve Tour – Rogers Arena
Event date: October 8 | Time: 730pm

2017 Richmond Night Market – Near Bridgeport Station on Canada Line
Event dates: May 12-October 9 | Various times

Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators – Rogers Arena
Event date: October 10 | Time: 7pm

Kings of Leon – Rogers Arena
Event date: October 11 | Time: 7pm

Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators – Rogers Arena
Event date: October 10 | Time: 7pm

Vancouver Canucks vs Winnipeg Jets – Rogers Arena
Event date: October 12 | Time: 7pm

Vancouver Tap Dance Society – Scotiabank Dance Centre
Event date: October 12 | Time: 12pm
Get set for VanTap Romp, a percussive extravaganza with a troupe of accomplished and entertaining dancers! Featuring guest artist Terry Brock and friends, this exhilirating program showcases the infectious rhythms, technical skill and musicality of tap, tracing its vibrant history and its contemporary innovations.

Vancouver International Film Festival – Various downtown movie theatres
Event dates: September 28-October 13 | Various times
VIFF continues to expand the frame to create multi-experiential streams that include some of the best cinema from around the world.

Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week – North Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay
Event dates: October 6-13
Inagural craft beer week on Vancouver’s North Shore! A toast to North Shore’s history in brewing.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Orange County – BC Place
Event date: October 13 | Time: 7pm

Hyperlink – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: October 4-14 | Various times
Two storytellers debate the human condition and the (im)possibilities of connection in our era of unprecedented technological progress. Hyperlink is a show about life online and the limits of digital empathy.

Compania – Sharon Fridman – Hasta Donde – Scotiabank Dance Centre
Event dates: October 12-14 | Time: 8pm
One of a new generation of sensational Israeli choreogrpahers, Sharon Fridman has taken the dance world by storm since establishing his company in Madrid a decade ago. His athletic, adventurous work is rooted in contact improvisation techniques, filtered through an innate musicality and an eye for design.

De Ann Smith – The Comedy Mix
Event date: October 12-14 | Various times
2014 Canadian Comedy Award winner, rocketed onto the comedy scene in 2006. Since then, she’s performed all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Iceland Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs Montreal and Chicago, and JFL42 to name a few.

Just for Laughs Canadian Comedy Tour – Bell Performing Arts Centre and Chan Centre for Performing Arts
Event dates: October 13-14 | Time: 7pm

Bill Maher – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event date: October 14 | Time: 8pm

Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames – Rogers Arena
Event date: October 14 | Time: 7pm

Apple Festival – UBC Botanical Garden
Event dates: October 14-15 | Time: 11am
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apples Festival celebrates one of BC’s favourite fruits. From learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to discover more about this delicious fruit.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes – BC Place
Event date: October 15 | Time: 430pm

Vadim Gluzman with VSO – Orpheum Theatre and Bell Performing Arts Centre
Event dates: October 14-16 | Time: 7pm and 8pm
One of the planet’s greatest and most accomplished violinists, Vadim Gluzman makes his much-anticipated return to perform Shostakovich’s dark and complex second violin concerto.

Hanson Brothers 25th Anniversary – Vogue Theatre
Event date: October 18 | Time: 7pm

Saturday West End Farmer’s Market – 1100 Comox Street (between Bute and Thurlow)
Event dates: May 27-October 21 | Time: 9am-2pm
Located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, this laid-back Saturday market looks onto beautiful Nelson Park and adjacent community gardens.

Turandot – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event dates: October 13-21 | Time: 2pm and 730pm
Puccini’s final masterpiece. Turandot blends epic choruses wiht unforgettably itimate moments. Sumptuous red and gold sets and ornate costumes will be the backddrop for the exciting role deubt of soprano Amber Wagner as Princess Turandot.

Animal Triste – Scotiabank Dance Centre
Event dates: October 12-14 | Time: 8pm
First shown in Montreal in February 2017, the work is a poignant, beautiful and fierce comment on the nature and posture of Man in all his humanity.

Lachlan Patterson – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: October 19-21 | Various times
Runner up on NBC’s Last Comic Standing 2014.

Angela Cheng Plays Ravel – Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Event dates: October 20-21 | Time: 8pm
Celebrated Canadian pianist Angela Cheng makes her welcome return to the VSO, performing Ravel’s G Major Piano Concerto, a work heavily influenced by the driving rhythms of the Paris jazz scenes of the 1920s.

Gallop and Go! – Vancouver Playhouse Theatre and Anvil Centre
Event dates: October 20-21 | Time: 10am and 1130am
Get ready to move to that barnyard beat with ‘Clip Clop’ the horse. Featuring a bouncy bunch of original and symphonic sing-a-long tunes. Accompanied by an orchestral trio and folk instruments.

BC Lions vs Edmonton Eskimos – BC Place
Event date: October 21 | Time: 7pm

David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Concert – Rogers Arena
Event date: October 21 | Time: 9pm

30th Vancouver Writer’s Fest – Granville Island
Event dates: October 16-22 | Various times
Explore a world of books and ideas with 110+ authors, 95+ events.

Saturday Lonsdale Quay Farmer’s Market – East Plaza of Lonsdale Quay Market
Event dates: May 7-October 29 | Time: 10am-3pm
The Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market has a great selection of conventional and organic produce. You also will find local artisans with jewellery, pottery, photography, kids clothing, soaps and much more.

Happy Place – Firehall Arts Centre
Event dates: October 19-29 | Various times
A compelling look at seven women living among each other in extraordinary circumstances.

Fright Nights at Playland – Playland at PNE
Event dates: October 6-31 | Time: 7pm onwards
Now featuring 8 haunted houses, 20 rides (5 more than last year), and live performances.

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour – Downtown
Event dates: October 6-31 | Various times

Stanley Park Ghost Train: Alien Invasion – Stanley Park Miniature Train
Event dates: October 13-31 | Various times

Thanks for Giving – Granville Island Stage
Event dates: October 5-November 4 | Various times
While Nan bastes the turkey and prepares the stuffing, her husband hides a freshly hunted bear in the garage and her troublesome daughter is raiding her purse again. To top it all off, her grandchildren have chosen this Thanksgiving to disclose some unexpected personal truths to the family.

No Filter – The LOL of TMI (Thu) – The Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: October 1-November 19 | Time: 914pm
Delve into the over-shared digital world.

King Charles III – Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Event dates: October 19-November 19 | Various times
His time has finally come. The queen is dead and Charles ascends the throne, at last. But is he ready for the monarchy or anarchy? When a single decision jeopardizes the trust of the prime minister and the people, revolt against the crown isn’t far behind – and Kate and William are always one step away, vying for their shot.

The Laugh Jedi (Thu-Sat) – Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: October 1-November 19 | Time: 730pm
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away – the improvisers strike back!

Theatresports (Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat) – Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: October 1-November 19 | Various times
Razor sharp wit and lightning fast reflexes! 2 teams of players are pitted against each other in competitive improv matches.

OK Tinder (Fri and Sat) – The Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: October 2-November 19 | Time: 1115pm
The good, the bad and the laughable of Vancouver’s dating scene in 60 minutes of side splitting laughter.

Rookie Night Comedy (Sun) – The Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: October 2-November 19 | Time: 730pm

Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities – Concord Pacific
Event dates: October 19-31 | Various times

 

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