From now until winter, there are tons of free events going on around Vancouver. From art walks to haunted houses, Vancouver is one happening city this fall. Thankfully, we won’t have to break the bank to explore our city. For your convenience, we curated all the free things to do in Vancouver this fall 2019. Finally, you can leave the wallet at home and save your cash.

It's finally fall. This season is the best for so many reasons and it's literally the perfect time to grab a PSL, throw on a sweater, and explore the city. 

Anyone who lives in Vancouver knows how expensive it is. While it would be great to hit up every event that is going on, we know that is unrealistic. 

This season is made for events and thankfully, not all the good ones cost an arm and a leg. Whether you are participating in a guided walk or watching a movie in the park, there is something for everyone on this list and they're all completely free.

All these events are taking place on different days so we strongly recommend hitting up as many as you can. Now you can have fun totally within your budget.

It's going to be one amazing season

Public Art Walking Tour 

When: September 27, 28, and 29, 2019

Address: Meet at the center circle in Thornton Park, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This free, 75-minute walk will take you through the Southeast False Creek area. Here, you will be able to see and learn about public art displays. It's a seriously cheap way to get to know the city and see some cool art. 


National Tree Day 

When: September 28, 2019

Address: Maple Park, 14939 84 Ave., Surrey, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can celebrate National Tree Day at Maple Park by planting a tree. Not only that, but there will be live music, activities, and a free lunch. 


Etsy: Made in Canada 

When: September 28, 2019

Address: Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: The sixth annual Etsy: Made in Canada pop-up is back. Shop all the best local sellers and get home decor, jewelry, clothes, and much more. 


Pop-Up Brewing Taproom 

When: September 29, 2019

Address: 238 East 1st Ave., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Granville Island Brewing is having a pop-up taproom and it sounds amazing. Sip on some new beer while you enjoy the music and maybe a board game or two. It’s free so why not?


Main Street Farmers Market 

When: October 2, 2019

Address: 1150 Station St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: October 2 is the last free farmers market of the 2019 season. Head down to Central Pacific Station from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and browse all the local goodies while you still can. 


Another Oktoberfest 

When: October 5, 2019

Address: Another Beer Co, 30 Capilano Way #11, New Westminster, BC

Why You Need To Go: This free event will have beer and pretzels all day. Need we say more? 


Diwali Fest 

When: October 5, 2019

Address: Surrey City Hall, 13450-104th Ave., Surrey, BC

Why You Need To Go: Live music and dance performances. What else could you ask for? On October 5, you can head to Surrey City Hall and take in the event for totally free. 


Heritage Apple Day

When: October 5, 2019

Address: Derby Reach Regional Park, 21801 Allard Crescent, Langley City, BC

Why You Need To Go: This fall activity will let you sample a wide variety of apples all for free. You may even get the perfect fall photo at the festival. 


PumpkinFest

When: October 6, 2019

Address: West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Want the iconic fall Insta photos without having to pay for it? Visit Pumpkin Fest at the West Vancouver Community Centre. There will be tons of free activities including swimming and skating.


Tuesdays at the Vancouver Art Gallery 

When: Every Tuesday

Address: 750 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Every Tuesday, the Vancouver Art Gallery accepts admissions by donation from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


The Haunt of Edgemont 

When: October 11 to October 31, 2019

Address: 3414 Emerald Dr., North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This haunted house is also by donation with all proceeds going towards the B.C. Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Get the scare of your life totally free or for only a couple bucks. 


Vancouver Halloween Parade 

When: October 13, 2019

Address: Howe Street from around Davie to Smithe, then along Smithe to Granville Street, and then up Granville to Drake

Why You Need To Go: On October 13, you can watch Howe Street and Granville turn into a spooky sight. We suggest you get there early as the streets are bound to fill up. 


Kits House Autumn Fair 2019 

When: October 19, 2019

Address: Kits House, 2305 West 7th Ave. 

Why You Need To Go: This fair will have all the fall activities including live music, photos booths, food trucks, pumpkin patches, carnival games, and even a haunted house. While some activities cost money, it’s free to get in and walk around. 


Vancouver Public Library Book Sale 

When: October 24, 25, and 26

Address: 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can check out this massive book sale totally free for three days in October. Browse through video games, CDs, books, and find the perfect item just for you. Prices start at 50 cents so it’s super cheap.


Go Celebrity Spotting 

Why You Need To Go: Vancouver is a hot spot for films. Tons of shows including Batman and Riverdale were filmed here. Visit the Filmed in Vancouver website and see who is out and about. 


Halloween Fireworks

When: October 31, 2019

Address: Minoru Park, 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond, BC

Why You Need To Go: Before you hit the town on Halloween night, stop by Minoru Park in Richmond and see some free fireworks. It's the perfect way to kick off your spooky night.


Movie Night at the River District

When: Various dates this fall

Address: River District, South Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This free drive-in style movie takes place at the River District in Vancouver. The movies have been confirmed and posted online so take a look. Also, there will be free popcorn!


Deer Lake Craft Festival 

When: November 22 to 24, 2019

Address: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC

Why You Need To Go: Grab a friend or two and head to Burnaby to shop from over 60 artisans. There will be everything from fashion to woodworking which means it’s your one-stop-shop for Christmas shopping. 

Visit Sylvia Hotel 

Address: 1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This iconic hotel gets covered head to toe in amazing leaves. During the fall, the building is a wide range of bright yellow and orange hues. It’s free to check out and your Instagram will thank you. 


*Bonus* Walk Around Stanley Park 

Address: Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC 

Why You Need To Go: Stanley Park in the fall is beautiful. As the leaves change, you can walk through a variety of brightly coloured orange, yellow, and brown trails. It’s the perfect place to take in everything fall has to offer. 


Events around the city are always popping up. Be sure to keep one ear to the ground to find even more cool and free events. 


There are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.


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