The workweek is finally drawing to a close and it's time to get your weekend plans in order. Fall has truly descended upon us, while winter has already made some unexpected and early arrivals in other parts of Canada. This gloomy, rainy Vancouver weather is making the work week harder than it needs to be. There are a ton of amazing things to do in Vancouver even if the weather is dreary.
Vancouver has never had a shortage of fun, and exciting activities to keep your weekends full. From catching the final weekend of the city's best film festival to laughing out loud at a riotous comedy show, the city is ripe with amazing events.
If you haven’t already, pop down to Shameless Buns this weekend along with your friends and S/O to grab some limited-edition pumpkin spiced deep fried spam fries. Or maybe you can truly embody the spirit of fall, but going pumpkin picking at any of these adorable pumpkin patches in Vancouver and eat those pumpkin spiced spam fries at the same time.
Overdose of pumpkin? We think not. Here are seven awesome events taking place this weekend that you absolutely need to check out:
Vancouver Film Festival
Price: Tickets from $15
When: Now until Friday, October 11
Address: Various venues around Vancouver
Why You Need To Go: This is your final weekend to catch films and hidden gem films at VIFF. There are movies for everyone at this massive film festival.
Fright Nights at PNE Playland
Price: Tickets from $25
When: Friday, October 4 to Thursday, October 31
Address: Playland, 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1
Why You Need To Go: Get scared out of your mind at dozens of haunted houses and go on rides in the dark at PNE Fright Nights.
Diwali Festival 2019
Price: Free events and ticketed events, see website for full details.
When: Saturday, October 5 to Sunday, November 3
Address: Various venues around Vancouver.
Why You Need To Go: This is a cultural festival in Vancouver that celebrates the biggest and brightest festival in India, Diwali, also translated as "triumph of good over evil". That's pretty lit if you ask us.
When: Sunday, October 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Address: West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive.
Why You Need To Go: The event has something for everyone free swimming and skating, local food vendors and live, local music.
The Late Show – Adult Only Improv Comedy
Price: Tickets from $16.75
When: Saturday, October 5 at 11:15 p.m.
Address: 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Why You Need To Go: This edgy and uncensored improv comedy show is a total riot and definitely only for a +19 audience. Sip drinks and laugh at a stage-side table with your friends at this hilarious show
Cirque Du Soleil Luzia
Price: Tickets from $54
When: Various dates.
Address: Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6
Why You Need To Go: Cirque Du Soleil is bringing their Mexican-inspired Luzia show to Vancouver. Cirque-lovers can get their tickets now for a front-row seat to the colourful and acrobatic show.
CRAFT Brühaüs Oktoberfest Party
Price: No tickets required! Reserve your spot to guarantee entrance.
When: Saturday, October 5, 12 a.m. to Sunday, October 6, a.m.
Address: 85 West 1st Street, Vancouver, BC V5Y 3K8
Why You Need To Go: Brühaüs is a two-day festival celebrating all things Oktoberfest. It features German-inspired food, delicious beers, and music.