Metro Vancouver’s Free & Cheap Events for October 2015

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October is my favourite time of year!  The beauty of the trees changing colours makes autumn my favourite season, hands down.  On top of the beauty, I love the crisp fresh air autumn brings and enjoying the outdoors before the cold.  *On a side note, I also love fall for the fashion and not dealing with hay fever, haha!*  But seriously, the REAL reason I love October, is that it brings the fun festivities of Thanksgiving and Halloween!  A time to be with loved ones for the holiday and to be a kid at heart again for Halloween.  

I’m excited to share with you a few different posts for the month of October that will include free and cheap Thanksgiving, pumpkin patches and Halloween events.  For now though, I have the October free and cheap event list for Metro Vancouver ready!  Keep in mind to check back often as the October event list will be updated as new events are found.  As always, I’ll keep the list of events free or under $15!  And if you didn’t find what you were looking for, check out Penny Lavish’s post on farmers markets in the Lower Mainland for October. 

Make sure to comment below with your favourite Thanksgiving and/or Halloween event!  We’d love to hear from you! 

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Okay, let’s get started!  Here are events for October!

Downtown & Waterfront Free Walking Tours

What: A walking tour with a complete overview of downtown Vancouver with some history, street art, and more in 90 minutes.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 701 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC at Pacific Centre Mall at the Georgia St. entrance.

Admission: Free

When: Monday’s and Friday’s at 11am

Granville Street and Gastown Free Walking Tours

What: A 100 minute walking tour that explores the founding of the city of Vancouver.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 701 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC at Pacific Centre Mall at the Georgia St. entrance.

Admission: Free

When: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11am

Chinatown Free Walking Tours

What: A  2 hour walking tour that explores the multicultural heritage of the city of Vancouver.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 701 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC at Pacific Centre Mall at the Georgia St. entrance.

Admission: Free

When: Thursdays and Sundays at 11am

Richmond Night Market 

What: At the market you can sample delicious food from food trucks, play carnival games, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from a variety of vendors!  Pick up a “Sweet Deals Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings!  Click here for more info.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $2.75 for Regular Admission.  Free Admission for Children 10 & under and Seniors 60 & up.

When: May 15 – October 12; every Friday & Saturday 7 pm-12 am, Sunday & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm.

Girl Empowered Leadership Workshops

What: Free motivational workshops help raise awareness of issues girls face and inspire them to create change of their own.  Click here for more info.

Where: 7399 122 St., Surrey, BC at Strawberry Hill Library.

Admission: Free

When: September 14 – October 26 5 pm-6:15 pm

Vancouver International Film Festival 2015

What: One of the largest film festivals in North America.  Must have an annual membership for $2.  Click here for more info.

Where: Various locations in Vancouver, BC.

Admission: Prices vary for each film, but there are lots of films under $15.  Keep in mind of any additional fees.

When: September 24 – October 9

Cineplex Family Favourites

What: Family movies for less with a part of the portion proceeds going towards supporting Free The Children.  Click here for more info.

Where: Select locations around Metro Vancouver

Admission: $2.99

When: September 26 – December 12; Saturdays at 11am

East Van Community Yoga

What: Indoor hatha yoga by donation/free.  Visit their Facebook page or our blog post for more information.

Where: 1814 Pandora St., Vancouver, BC at Dharmalab.

Admission: Free/by donation

When: Ongoing on Thursday’s from 6:15 pm-7:15 pm

Studio 58/Langara College presents Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet

What: In this play of Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo + Juliet, travel back in time fifty years to 1965.  Click here for more info.

Where: 100 W 49th Ave., Vancouver, BC at Studio 58, Langara College.

Admission: $12.25 on Tuesday, $14.25 on Previews & Matinees.  Buy tickets here.

When: October 1 – 4 & October 6 (cheap pricing dates)

The Vegabond Players Presents: Other Desert Cities

What: Set in Palm Springs, this powerful drama of politics, passion and family secrets was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Click here for more info.

Where: Queens Park, New Westminster, BC at The Bernie Legge Theatre.

Admission: $15 Adult, $13 Seniors/Students; $10 preview on October 1 & 2.

When: October 1 – 24 from Thursday to Saturday at 8 pm & Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

NORTHERN SWELL: A Coldwater Surf Photography Exhibit

What: Opening party for the exhibit.  Must RSVP.  Click here for more info.

Where: 1888 Main St., Vancouver, BC at Shaper Studios.

Admission: Free

When: October 2 at 7 pm

Nardwuar’s Video Vault

What: Join CiTR’s DJ Nardwuar the Human Serviette live at CiTR as he talks and plays clips from his audio and video vault of interviews!  Click here for more info.

Where: 3500 – 6133 University Blvd., Vancouver, BC at CiTR Radio (101.9FM).

Admission: Free

When: October 2 at 12 pm

Doors Open Vancouver

What: Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to popular city of Vancouver sites.  Click here for more info.

Where: Various locations in Vancouver, BC.

Admission: Free

When: October 3 10 am-5 pm

Jelly Bean Park Pumpkin Patch and Farmers Market

What: There will be a pumpkin patch, carving stations, local farmers and artisans, and family-friendly activities.  All proceeds from the pumpkin patch and apple cider stand will benefit the Make-A-Wish BC.  Click here for more info.

Where: 19615 Willowbrook Dr., Langley, BC at Jellybean Park.

Admission: Free

When: October 3 from 9 am-1 pm

Surrey Skill Share Fair

What: About teaching and learning all kinds of useful, handy, and practical skills.  Click here for more info.

Where: 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC at Surrey Nature Centre.

Admission: Free

When: October 3 from 10 am-4 pm

Blaauw Eco Forest Celebration

What: Celebrating two years since the official ribbon-cutting for the Blaauw Eco Forest, a generous gift to TWU by the Blaauw family.  Option to purchase a catered bag lunch in the forest, but must pre-purchase.  Click here for more info.

Where: Langley, BC (see here for address details).

Admission: Free

When: October 3 from 11 am-2:30 pm

Deja Vu Vintage Market

What: Featuring vintage furniture, home & garden décor, handmade & local, jewelry, home baking, and antiques.  Click here for more info.

Where: 2901 E Hastings St., Vancouver, BC at PNE Forum.

Admission: $5, Children are free.

When: October 3 from 9 am-4 pm

Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off

What: A giant pumpkin weigh-off with festivities and events at the farm.  They’ll have everything pumpkin there, incl. pumpkin fudge, pumpkin milkshakes, and more at cost.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 6179 248th St., Langley, BC at Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery.

Admission: Free

When: October 3 from 8:30 pm-12:30 pm, weigh-off at 11:30 am.

Knit City 2015

What: Free demonstrations, book signings, vendors, a chance to win a gift basket packed with goodies from their vendors, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 2901 E Hastings St., Vancouver, BC at PNE Forum.

Admission: $10 each day, Children 12 & under are free.

When: October 3 – 4 from 9 am-5 pm

2015 Vancouver International Photography Festival

What: Will feature different photographers armed with a specialised set of knowledge on photography, exhibition of winning photographs, and more!  Click here for more info.

Where: 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, BC at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Admission: $5 for both days; Camera Expo on October 4 is an additional $5.

When: October 3 & 4 from 9 am-5 pm

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Fall Fair

What: A pumpkin patch, fall produce, food trucks, crafts, sweets, and games.  Click here for more info.

Where: 2300 Guelph St., Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free

When: October 4 10 am-2 pm

Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Legacy Project

What: A workshop inspiring women to get involved in soccer by coaching, officiating and volunteering.  Keynote speakers are Andrea Neil & Emma Humphries.  Register before.  Click here for more info.

Where: 3713 Kensington Ave., Burnaby, BC at Fortius Sport & Health.

Admission: Free

When: October 4 10 am-5 pm

By Donation Indoor Yoga

What: Vancouver yoga instructors are coming together to give you free Hatha Yoga classes Monday to Friday!  Click here or visit our blog post to find more info.

Where: 341 E Broadway St., Vancouver, BC at Aché Brasil.

Admission: By donation (if you can)

When: Starting October 5 each week on Monday, Wednesday & Friday 12:30 pm-1:30pm and Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 am-10:30 am.

Vancouver International Improv Festival 2015

What: Showcasing the best of improvisational comedy from Vancouver and the world with shows, performances and workshops.  Click here to find more info.

Where: Vancouver, BC

Admission: Starting at $12 for a weekday show.

When: October 6 – 11

North Shore International Film Series

What: The North Vancouver Community Arts Council and the Toronto International Film Festival present this film series.  Oct. 7 film is “What We Did On Our Holiday”.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver, BC at Cineplex Odeon, Park & Tilford.

Admission: $11

When: October 7 at 7 pm

SFU Centre for Dialogue and the Vancouver Sun Presents: IT’S A MINORITY! WHO GETS TO GOVERN?

What: A panel of Canada’s constitutional experts as we explore what happens when a minority government is elected.  Reserve your seat ahead of time.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 515 W Hastings St., Vancouver, BC at SFU Vancouver, Segal Centre, Room 1420.

Admission: Free

When: October 7 from 5:30 pm-7 pm, refreshments at 5 pm.

Surrey Libraries: Authors Among Us – The Dark Side: The Craft of Writing about Death, Demons, and Despair

What: Meet authors who delve into the dark side to create their fictionalized worlds. Click here to find more info.

Where: 15105 105 Ave., Surrey, BC at Guildford Public Library.

Admission: Free

When: October 7 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Women’s History Month – Collecting with Purpose: Maisie Hurley and the Convergence of Activism and Native Art Appreciation in Vancouver

What: October is women’s history month and Dr. Sharon M. Fortney will be speaking.  Limited seating.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 1150 Chestnut St., Vancouver, BC at City of Vancouver Archives.

Admission: Free

When: October 8 from 7 pm-8:30 pm

Yuk Yuk’s on Tour (Cascade’s Casino)

What: One night of laughs in Langley, BC, will feature comedians, Chris Gaskin, John Beuhler, and Sunee Dhaliwal.  Click here for more info.

Where: 20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC at Cascade’s Casino in the Summit Theatre.

Admission: $10 plus tax

When: October 8 at 8pm

Movies in the Morgue: Halloween Special

What: A series of film screenings for Halloween being held at the old Vancouver city morgue.  “Friday the Thirteenth” is playing on October 8 and “The Shinning” on October 10.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 240 E Cordova St., Vancouver, BC at Vancouver Police Museum.

Admission: $10

When: October 8 & 10 at 7 pm

Vancouverite: A Comedy Show 

What: This comedy show features funny stories about adjusting to Vancouver from comedians.  Click here for more info.

Where: 2206 Main St., Vancouver, BC at Hot Art Wet City.

Admission: $7.14 advance tickets, tax included.  $10 at door.  Click here to buy tickets.

When: October 9 at 8pm.  Doors open at 7:30pm.

Fort Langley’s 20th Annual Cranberry Festival

What: There will be entertainment, kid’s activities, vendors, food, a pancake breakfast, and cranberries.  There is a free shuttle from Trinity Western University and Walnut Grove Secondary, starting at 9:30 am, going every 15 minutes approximately.  Click here to find more info.

Where: Glover Rd. between Francis Ave. & Mavis Ave., Fort Langley, BC

Admission: Free

When: October 10 from 10 am-4 pm; pancake breakfast from 8 am-12 pm or until supplies last.

Harvest Festival at the West End Farmers Market

What: Everything squash, apples and pears, including recipes, information, cooking tips, a pie competition, and kids activities.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 1100 Comox St., Vancouver, BC at West End Farmers Market.

Admission: Free

When: October 10 from 9 am-2 pm

Kids Gallery at Surrey Museum Grand Opening

What: Explore the world of sustainable energy from a kid’s point of view at the grand opening, all ages event.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 17710 56A Ave., Surrey, BC at Surrey Museum.

Admission: Free

When: October 10 from 10 am-5 pm

Come Try Hockey

What: Girls age 4+ can come try hockey for free in a fun, 45 minute safe on-ice session with the Vancouver Angels.  Everything is supplied, must register.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 6260 Killarney St., Vancouver, BC at Killarney Arena.

Admission: Free

When: October 12 from 8:30 am-10:15 am & 10:15 am-12:00 pm.

Thanksgiving Toonie Skate

What: Ice skate for a toonie.  All ages event and includes skate and helmet rental; bars are not available.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 6159 Curtis St., Burnaby, BC at Kensington Complex.

Admission: $2; free for children 3 & under.

When: October 12 from 11:30 am-3 pm

A Conversation with Brian Jackson about Heritage in Vancouver

What: As the chief planner overseeing the city’s momentous Heritage Action Plan, Brian Jackson will offer a valuable perspective on the future direction of heritage conservation.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 453 W 12th Ave., Vancouver, BC at Vancouver City Hall, committee room 1, 3rd floor.

Admission: $11.20, $9.61 for members.

When: October 15 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Kyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket 

What: Audience members will receive a slip of paper, where they write anything, anonymously.  The comedians talk about what’s on your mind after they receive the bucket that’s full of the paper slips.  Click here for more info.

Where: 2206 Main St., Vancouver, BC at Hot Art Wet City.

Price: $7.14 advance tickets, tax included.  $10 at door.  Click here to buy tickets.

When: October 16 at 9pm.  Doors open at 8:30pm.

Family Night Pumpkin Carving

What: An evening with crafts, games and pumpkins (1 pumpkin per family).  Click here for more info.

Where: 6188 176th St., Surrey, BC at Cloverdale Recreation Centre.

Price: Free

When: October 16 from 5 pm-7 pm

15th Annual West Coast Women’s Show

What: Shop at over 400 booths and enjoy entertainment including celebrity speakers, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, and more!  Click here to find more info.

Where: 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford, BC at TRADEX Trade & Exhibition Centre.

Admission: $12 – Adult, $9 – Senior, $7 – Senior on Friday from 1 pm-5 pm, $9 – Youth (13-17), $4 – Children (6-12), Free for children under 5 yrs.  Save $2 on adult admission when you buy online.

When: October 16 -18

Year of Light Celebration at UBC

What: UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy will be celebrating the Year of Light with a public lecture and lab tours.  Click here for more info.

Where: 6245 Agronomy Rd., Vancouver, BC at UBC Campus, room 310, Hugh Dempster Pavilion.

Admission: Free

When: October 17 at 1 pm

Beaty’s Birthday Bash 

What: Drop-in activities all day with a cake cutting at 11 am.  Click here for more info.

Where: 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC at Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

Admission: Free

When: October 17 from 10 am-3:30 pm

Toopy and Binoo Live at Capilano Mall

What: Catch Toopy and Binoo live.  Click here for more info.

Where: 935 Marine Dr., North Vancouver, BC at Capilano Mall.

Admission: Free

When: October 17 at 11 am & 2 pm

Apple Festival

What: Celebrating one of BC’s favourite fruits with displays, demonstrations, food fair & craft vendors, entertainment and more.  Click here for more info.

Where: 6804 SW Marine Dr., Vancouver, BC at UBC Botanical Garden.

Admission: $4 cash only, Children 12 & under are free

When: October 17 & 18 from 10 am-4 pm

Halloween Movies at the Vancouver Police Museum – Kids Program

What: Bring your child to a Halloween themed movie while you check out the Vancouver Police Museum.  “Hotel Transylvania” is playing on October 17 and “Scooby Doo” on October 24.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 240 E Cordova St., Vancouver, BC at Vancouver Police Museum in the photo exhibit room.

Admission: $15 (includes one adult admission, popcorn, juice, and trick or treat bag to go)

When: October 17 & 24 at 11 am

Family Sunday

What: Activities inspired by current exhibitions.  Click here for more info.

Where: 13750 88 Ave., Surrey, BC at Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey Arts Centre.

Admission: Free

When: October 18 from 12 pm-4 pm

North Shore International Film Series

What: The North Vancouver Community Arts Council and the Toronto International Film Festival present this film series.  Oct. 21 film is “Jimmy’s Hall”.  Click here to find more info.

Where: 333 Brooksbank Ave., North Vancouver, BC at Cineplex Odeon, Park & Tilford

Admission: $11

When: October 21 at 7 pm

Spark Animation 2015 Festival

What: From independent animation to special premieres, CG to stop-motion, SPARK ANIMATION celebrates the emerging influence of animation in today’s entertainment.  Click here for more info.

Where: Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free – $14 (tickets range for events)

When: October 21 – 25

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