Free Movies at Cineplex Community Day on October 14, 2017

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Movie lovers rejoice!  Free movies are coming to a theatre near you this week.  Cineplex will be hosting a Community Day event with free movies at select theatre locations across Canada.  This event will support the WE Charity, a movement that empowers you to create positive change, with 100% of the Proceeds from donations and select concession items going to the charity.

On the morning of Saturday, October 14th, you can catch a free movie at 9:30 am at select Cineplex locations.  Cineplex will host five different movies on Saturday morning, including Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls, Ice Age: Collision Course, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.  With doors opening at 9 am, you’ll want to arrive early, because seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.  

As an added bonus to this event, they will be selling a number of concession items for $2.50, including popcorn, select drinks and candy!  Cineplex will also offer 100 bonus SCENE points for concession purchases made of $10 or more before taxes on October 14th before 11 am.

If you’d like to donate to the WE Charity, you can do so by donating $2, which gives you one of five change bracelets in a variety of colours sporting different positive messages. 

The movies playing for the Cineplex Community Day include:

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Trolls
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Don’t forget to find out where your favourite movie will be playing on Community Day in Metro Vancouver.  Comment below to tell us what movie you’ll be seeing on Community Day.
For more information on Cineplex Community Day, please visit Cineplex’s official website.
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Where: Select Cineplex Theatres

Admission: Free

When: October 14 from 9:00 am-11 am

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Metro Vancouver’s Free & Cheap Events for Thanksgiving Long Weekend 2017

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Thanksgiving weekend is finally here for us Canadians.  With the long weekend, I’m sure you’re looking for some fun frugal and free activities to do this weekend with your friends, family and loved ones.  Well you’re in luck, because I’ve found lots of free and frugal events this weekend around the Lower Mainland.  If the events listed below aren’t enough, be sure to visit Penny Lavish’s posts about free & inexpensive pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted attractions around the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland.  And as an extra bonus, if you love shopping, Tsawwassen Mills is having Thanksgiving specials on all weekend long.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Below is a list of the Thanksgiving long weekend events for 2017 around the Lower Mainland:

Friday

Richmond Night Market 

At the market you can enjoy delicious food from from around the world, enjoy carnival games and rides, visit the Magical Dino Park, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from over 200 vendors!  Pick up a “Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings!  Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more information.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $3.75 for general admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm; May 12 – October 9

Downtown & Waterfront Free Walking Tours

What: A 90 minute walking tour that combines history, street art, architecture and more.  Visit the Tour Guys website for more information.

Where: 701 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC at Howe St.

Admission: Free

When: Friday at 11am

Vancouver International Film Festival 2017

What: VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America that screens films from over 70 countries on nine screens.  Must have a membership for $2.  Visit the Vancouver International Film Festival website for more information.

Where: Various locations in Vancouver, BC.

Admission: Prices vary from $10 – $17 per film depending on age and time of showing.  Keep in mind of any additional fees.

When: September 28 – October 13

2017 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival: The Four Arts

What: A festival that focuses on the four arts of Chinese scholars: calligraphy, painting, music, and weiqi.  There will be live performances, fun activities, and delicious food.  Visit the event site for more information.

Where: 578 Carrall St., Vancouver, BC at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Admission: $11.71 general admission; Free for members

When: October 6

Fort Langley National Historic Site 

What: Built in 1827, Fort Langley brings the heyday of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading era to life on the banks of the Fraser River, once a British trade route.  For more information, visit the Fort Langley National Historic website for more information.

Where: 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley, BC

Admission: Free

When: Open 7 days a week from 10 am-5 pm; closed on December 25 & 26 and January 1

Saturday

Richmond Night Market 

At the market you can enjoy delicious food from from around the world, enjoy carnival games and rides, visit the Magical Dino Park, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from over 200 vendors!  Pick up a “Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings!  Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more information.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $3.75 for general admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm; May 12 – October 9

Granville Street and Gastown Free Walking Tours

What: A 2.25 hour walking tour that explores the founding of the city of Vancouver.  Visit the Tour Guys website for more information.

Where: 701 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC at Howe St.

Admission: Free

When: Saturday at 11am

Vancouver International Film Festival 2017

What: VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America that screens films from over 70 countries on nine screens.  Must have a membership for $2.  Visit the Vancouver International Film Festival website for more information.

Where: Various locations in Vancouver, BC.

Admission: Prices vary from $10 – $17 per film depending on age and time of showing.  Keep in mind of any additional fees.

When: September 28 – October 13

Cineplex Family Favourites

What: Family movies for less with a part of the portion proceeds going towards supporting Free The Children.  Visit the Cineplex website for more information.

Where: Select locations around Metro Vancouver

Admission: $2.99

When: Saturday at 11am

Fort Langley’s 22nd Annual Cranberry Festival

What: Celebrate the harvest and history of the cranberry in Fort Langley.  There will be unique vendors, free entertainment, family activities, a pancake breakfast, and cranberries.  There is a free shuttle from Trinity Western University and Walnut Grove Secondary, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Visit the Fort Langley Facebook page for more information.

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

Admission: Free; some activities may be at cost

When: October 7 from 10 am-4 pm

Harvest of Love Wedding Show

What: The Fraser Valley’s newest wedding venue with top local bridal vendors. Door prizes, hors d’oueres, and wine sampling.  Visit the event site for more information.

Where: 18119 83 Ave., Surrey, BC

Admission: Free for brides who have registered; $10 for guests

When: October 7 from 12 pm-4 pm

Wild Salmon Caravan

What: A celebration of the spirit of salmon.  There will be a parade, performances, drumming, singing and more.  Visit the City of Vancouver website for more information.

Where: Parade starts at 1607 E Hastings St Vancouver, BC; Parade destination, feast, and festival is at Trout Lake Park, 3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC

Admission: Free 

When: October 7 from 9 am-4 pm

Wonderful Wetlands Tour

What: Enjoy a guided walk through West Creek Wetlands – an ecological reserve normally off limits to the public and home to an incredible variety of plants and wildlife.  Registration required.  Ages 14+.

Where: Glen Valley Regional Park in Langley

Admission: Free 

When: October 7 from 9:30 am-11 am

Fort Langley National Historic Site 

What: Built in 1827, Fort Langley brings the heyday of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading era to life on the banks of the Fraser River, once a British trade route.  For more information, visit the Fort Langley National Historic website for more information.

Where: 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley, BC

Admission: Free

When: Open 7 days a week from 10 am-5 pm; closed on December 25 & 26 and January 1

Sunday

Richmond Night Market 

At the market you can enjoy delicious food from from around the world, enjoy carnival games and rides, visit the Magical Dino Park, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from over 200 vendors!  Pick up a “Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings!  Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more information.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $3.75 for general admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm; May 12 – October 9

Vancouver International Film Festival 2017

What: VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America that screens films from over 70 countries on nine screens.  Must have a membership for $2.  Visit the Vancouver International Film Festival website for more information.

Where: Various locations in Vancouver, BC.

Admission: Prices vary from $10 – $17 per film depending on age and time of showing.  Keep in mind of any additional fees.

When: September 28 – October 13

Chinatown Free Walking Tours

What: A 2.25 hour walking tour that explores the multicultural heritage of the city of Vancouver.  Visit the Tour Guys website more information.

Where: 701 W Georgia St., Vancouver, BC at Howe St.

Admission: Free

When: Sunday at 11am

Fort Langley National Historic Site 

What: Built in 1827, Fort Langley brings the heyday of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading era to life on the banks of the Fraser River, once a British trade route.  For more information, visit the Fort Langley National Historic website for more information.

Where: 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley, BC

Admission: Free

When: Open 7 days a week from 10 am-5 pm; closed on December 25 & 26 and January 1

Monday

Richmond Night Market 

At the market you can enjoy delicious food from from around the world, enjoy carnival games and rides, visit the Magical Dino Park, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from over 200 vendors!  Pick up a “Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings!  Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more information.

Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC

Admission: $3.75 for general admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.

When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm; May 12 – October 9

Vancouver International Film Festival 2017

What: VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America that screens films from over 70 countries on nine screens.  Must have a membership for $2.  Visit the Vancouver International Film Festival website for more information.

Where: Various locations in Vancouver, BC.

Admission: Prices vary from $10 – $17 per film depending on age and time of showing.  Keep in mind of any additional fees.

When: September 28 – October 13

Thanksgiving Toonie Skate

What: Enjoy activities and ice skating for a toonie.  This family-friendly event includes skate and helmet rental.  Visit the City of Burnaby website for more information.

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

Admission: $2

When: October 9 from 11:30 am-3 pm

Fort Langley National Historic Site 

What: Built in 1827, Fort Langley brings the heyday of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading era to life on the banks of the Fraser River, once a British trade route.  For more information, visit the Fort Langley National Historic website for more information.

Where: 23433 Mavis Ave., Fort Langley, BC

Admission: Free

When: Open 7 days a week from 10 am-5 pm; closed on December 25 & 26 and January 1

Make sure to comment below with your favourite frugal Thanksgiving event!  We’d love to hear from you! 

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Free & Cheap Pumpkin Patches in Metro Vancouver & the Fraser Valley 2017

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Autumn is officially here, which means pumpkin season is in full force.  Luckily for us, local farms open their doors to visitors for their annual pumpkin patches, every year, starting in late September/early October.  Hands down, I’d say this is the best way to get a pumpkin and has to be my favourite fall activity.  So, I did some research and found pumpkin patches around Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley that will cost less than $15 per person, with some that even offer free admission.  So get ready to bundle up, bring a camera and have some fun!  If you loved this post, you might also enjoy reading Penny Lavish’s posts on free and inexpensive corn mazes, haunted attractions, and Halloween attractions.

Please note: Service fees and taxes may apply, as well as, pumpkins and additional activities may be at an additional cost. See pumpkin patch websites for full details on schedule as schedule may change due to weather or for other circumstances.

Below are the free & cheap 2017 pumpkin patches in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley:

Aldor Acres Family Farm Pumpkin Patch

What: 15 different varieties of pumpkins.  There is also animal displays, petting zoo, and pig races at the farm.
Where: 24990 84th Ave., Langley, BC
Admission: $8 (pumpkins not incl., range from $1 – $20)
When: September 23 – October 31; daily

Maan Farms Pumpkin Patch

What: There is a pumpkin patch, as well as, other activities at the farm for an extra cost.
Where: 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Admission: Free for the Pumpkin Patch only (pumpkin not incl.); other activities at extra cost
When: Now – October 31; see website for complete details

Willow View Farms Pumpkin Patch

What: A pumpkin patch, petting zoo, playground, and hay rides.
Where: 288 McCallum Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Admission: Free; $2.50 hay rides on weekends; Pumpkins at cost.
When: Now – October 31; daily

Chilliwack Pumpkin Farm

What: 15 different varities of pumpkins to pick from.  There is also a corn maze, pedal carts, giant jumping pillow, spiders web and more for an extra cost.
Where: 41905 Yale Rd. West, Chilliwack, BC.
Admission: Free to walk out and pick out your pumpkin (pumpkin at cost); Other activities at cost ($9)
When: Now – October 31; see website for complete details

Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch

What: There is a wagon ride, petting zoo, mini corn maze and play area included with admission.
Where: 18507 20th Ave., Surrey, BC
Admission: $5 (pumpkin not included)
When: September 30 – October 29; every weekend

Bose Pumpkin Patch

What: Take a hay wagon ride to the Bose Pumpkin Patch.
Where: 64th Ave. and 156th St., Surrey, BC
Admission: Free with the purchase of a pumpkin
When: October 1 – 29; Saturday’s and Sunday’s

Port Kells Nurseries

What: A pumpkin patch with a haunted house, hay rides, chicken coop, a corn & hay maze, sudan grass maze, a goat palace, and more.
Where: 18730 88th Ave., Surrey, BC
Admission: Free; $5 for hay rides, which can be used towards pumpkins, concession treats or nursery products
When: October 1 – 31; daily

Laity Pumpkin Patch – North

What: Recommended for ages 6 & under.  There is a pumpkin patch, a maze, tractor-wagon ride, farm animals and more.
Where: 21145 128th Ave., Maple Ridge, BC
Admission: $5 (3 yrs & older); free for children 2 & under; pumpkins extra
When: October 1 – 31; daily

Laity Pumpkin Patch – South

What: Recommended for ages 6 and older.  There is a pumpkin patch, a maze, farm animals, tractor ride and more.
Where: 12725 Laity St., Maple Ridge, BC
Admission: $5 (3 yrs & older), free for children 2 & under; pumpkins extra
When: October 1 – 31; daily

Petey’s Pumpkin Patch

What: There is a pumpkin patch, fun maze, family fun zone, and more.
Where: 9423 Gibson Rd., Chilliwack, BC
Admission: $8; pumpkins range from $2 – $25
When: October 1 – 31; daily

Richmond Country Farms Pumpkin Patch

What: Ticket includes professional entertainment, live band, a wagon ride, a pumpkin (child size only) with a carrying bag, a visit to the animal farm, and a Spartan apple.
Where: 12900 Steveston Hwy., Richmond, BC
Admission: $10 on weekdays; $13 on weekends & holidays
When: October 7 – 31; daily

Make sure to comment below with your favourite pumpkin patch activity.  We’d love to hear from you! 

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Free Bollywood Aerobics Classes this Summer for the Month of July 2017 in Surrey

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Surrey is offering a fun-filled free workout class this July.  Enjoy free Bollywood aerobics classes this summer.

Every Thursday in July, there will be Bollywood aerobics classes happening at the Old Grosvenor Road School Site.  From 5:30 pm-6:50 pm, you can join in on a free cardio workout that combines Indian dance moves with muscle strengthening to Bollywood music.

It is recommended that you wear runners, comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.  If you’re looking to switch out your workout routine, try something new or just looking for a free Bollywood aerobics class, then this is definitely a class to go to!  You’ll be working out without even knowing it and I can’t think of a better way to do it, outdoors on a beautiful summer night.

In the event of rain, the class will be cancelled that day.  For more information, please visit the City of Surrey website.

Please comment below and share your favourite free fitness program in the summer.  We’d love to hear from you!

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What: Bollywood Aerobics Classes
Admission:
 Free
When: July 6 – July 27 on Thursdays from 5:30 pm-6:50 pm
Where: 13601 Grosvenor Rd., Surrey, BC at Old Grosvenor Road School Site

Free Outdoor Yoga Classes in Vancouver at Kits Beach and Main Street this Summer 2017

Outdoor Yoga

Summer is in the air and it brings free events and activities all summer long in Metro Vancouver.  The largest free outdoor yoga program in Western Canada is beginning tomorrow and best of all, it’s in our backyard!

This program is run by the generous people at Mat Collective.  From June 1 until August 31, they’ll be offering free outdoor yoga classes all week long.  Each class is scheduled at different times of the week, but they offer a total of 15 outdoor classes, so there’s lots of time to soak in the sun, quite literally, ha!  Classes are held at two locations in Vancouver, including, Kits Beach and Main Street.

They offer a class for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or an expert in your yoga practice.  Some of the different yoga classes they offer are, Kundalini, Hatha, Power Hatha, Hatha Flow, Flow, and more.  With this many options, you’re sure to find a great class to enjoy this summer.  And if you can’t make the classes this summer, they run free classes indoor all year long. 

For more information, please visit the Mat Collective website or view the yoga class schedule.

 

What: Mat Collective Summer Outdoor Yoga
Admission:
 Free
When: June 1 – August 31, Monday to Sunday
Where: Kitsilano Beach at 1015 Maple St, Vancouver, BC and Main Street location at  95 E 32nd Ave, Vancouver, BC

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Tulips of the Valley Returns this April for Spring 2017 in Chilliwack, BC

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This April get out and enjoy some sun and flowers.  The Tulips of the Valley returns for another year in Chilliwack this Spring.

The Tulips of the Valley is opening this spring at their new location this April 18 and runs until April 30.  The colder weather in the Lower Mainland has delayed opening day, since they want visitors to enjoy all the beautiful colours of the tulips in full bloom.

The Tulips of the Valley offers low admission prices for everyone.  Admission prices start at $3 for youth 6-16 and $6.50 for adults on weekdays with advance purchase online.  Ticket prices vary and the most expensive ticket is $20 to watch the sunrise.  They also offer a deal on admission price for local’s for 1/2 price admission for adults and kids are free with one person of having proof of address.  On April 20, residents that live in Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison, Mission and Hope can get this deal.  They also have a second day where they offer half price admission for residents that live in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Langley on Thursday, April 27.

At the fields, they’ll have different food vendors there, including fresh Dutch Stroopwafels.  If you haven’t had a Stroopwafel, you’re missing out, it’s mouthwatering good!

And if you loved the flowers, you can also buy fresh tulips, potted tulips and photo cards to take home with you.  An all around great event/activity to do this Spring that you won’t want to miss!

For more information, please visit the official Tulips of Valley website.

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What: Tulips of the Valley
Admission:
 $3 – $20, children 5 & under are free
When: April 18 – April 30; see website for hours
Where: 41310 Yale Rd., Chilliwack, BC

Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival Returns for Spring 2017 in Abbotsford, BC

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Get out and enjoy a breath of fresh air this spring.  The Abbotsford Tulip Festival returns for the 2nd annual year.

The Abbotsford Tulip Festival opened on April 10 to showcase the 3 million tulips that grow in the field.  With a cold winter, the tulips are still blooming, but it shouldn’t be long before they all show their beautiful colours as pictured above.  The festival will be ongoing until May 7 though, so that gives you lots of time to see the beautiful flowers.

Admission prices begin at $2 for local Abbotsford residents after 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and goes up to $30 to for special access to the fields during sunrise on the weekends.  If you’re looking for a deal and aren’t a local Abbotsford resident, the best deal is during the week for $8, ages 13-64.  Plus, if you go during the week, you beat the busy crowds, so that’s a bonus too!  All tickets include parking too.

For more information, please visit the official Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival website.

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What: Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival
Admission:
 $2 – $30, children 2 & under are free
When: April 10 – May 14; see website for hours
Where: 36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, BC

52 Free And Cheap Holiday Events in Metro Vancouver for November And December 2016 And January 2017

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The holidays are fast approaching.  I’ve got the key to help you get in the holiday spirit early this year.  I’ve found free and inexpensive events around Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley that are sure to bring some magic to your heart.  There’s the classic Santa parades, tree lighting festivals, Christmas markets and Christmas trains to enjoy, but there’s also some new holiday events including the new Enchanted Christmas Light Maze.  There’s definitely something fun for everyone.  

Once you’ve finished reading, be sure to share your favourite holiday activity by commenting below!  If you want to stay up to date with all of the latest deals, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog by e-mail, RSS feed, or follow Penny Lavish on Twitter and Facebook.

Below is the list of events for November, December and January, listed in chronological order. 

Santa’s Pancake Breakfast and Elves Workshop
Admission: $8 – $12/When: November 12/Where: Abbotsford

The Christmas Show at Langley Events Centre
Admission:
$10 Adult, $5 Senior/Youth, Free for children 13 & under/When: November 12 & 13/Where: Langley

Light up the Village at Park Royal
Admission:
Free/When: November 18/Where: West Vancouver

West Coast Christmas Show & Market
Admission:
$6 Adult, $5 Senior, Free ages 0-16/When: November 18 – 20/Where: Abbotsford

Santa’s Arrival at Park Royal
Admission: Free/When:
November 19/Where: West Vancouver

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival
Admission: Free/When:
November 19/Where: Surrey

Tree Lighting at HighStreet
Admission: Free/When:
November 19/Where: Abbotsford

Heritage Christmas
Admission:
Free/When:

St. Paul’s Lights of Hope Firework Show
Admission:
By donation/When: November 24/Where: Vancouver

Winter Wonderland Day(McArthurGlen)
Admission: Free/When:
November 24/Where: Richmond

Deck the Halls
Admission: Free/When:
November 24/Where: Vancouver

Enchant Christmas Light Maze and Market
Admission:
$5 for market, $15 – $20 for both attractions/When: November 24 – December 31, except Nov. 28 – 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 25/Where: Vancouver

St. Paul’s Lights of Hope Display
Admission: Free/When: November 24 – January 9/Where: Vancouver

Toys for Tots Christmas Breakfast
Admission:
By donation (toy or money) incl. free buffet breakfast/When: November 25/Where: Abbotsford

Nativity Exhibit & Craft Fair at the Highlands United Church North Vancouver
Admission:
Free/When: November 25 – 26/Where: North Vancouver

Festival of Trees
Admission: Free/
by donation to vote/When: November 25 – January 2/Where: Vancouver

CandyTown – A Yaletown Holiday Festival
Admission: Free/When: November 26/Where: Vancouver

Edmonds Festival of Lights
Admission: Free/When: November 26/Where: Burnaby

Christmas on the Peninsula
Admission: Free/When:
November 26/Where: White Rock

Dundarave Christmas Fair
Admission: Free/When:
November 26/Where: Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Market
Admission:
$4 – $8/When: November 26 – December 31/Where: Vancouver (Jack Poole Plaza)

Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Admission:
By donation ($4 suggested)/When: November 28 – January 1 (closed December 25)/Where: Vancouver

Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Admission:
$8 – $12, free 2 & under/When: November 28 – January 1 (closed December 25)/Where: Vancouver

Yule Duel 2015
Admission: Free/by donation/When: December 1/Where: Vancouver

Steveston Festival of Trees
Admission: Free
/When: December 1 – 31/Where: Richmond

Van Dusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights
Admission:
$8.57 – $15.24 online, Free for children 3 & under/When: December 1 – January 2(closed December 25)/Where: Vancouver

The Robson Square Ice Rink and Plaza
Admission: Free
(plus skate rentals if needed)/When: December 1 – February 28/Where: Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting
Admission: Free/When: December 2/Where: Vancouver (Robson Square)

Breakfast with Santa
Admission:
$5.50/When: December 3/Where: Vancouver

Lumière Festival
Admission: Free/When: December 3/Where: Vancouver

Dundarave Nativity & Paddle Songs
Admission: Free/When:
December 3/Where: West Vancouver

Santa at the Cannery
Admission: Free/When:
December 4/Where: Richmond

Rogers Santa Claus Parade
Admission: Free/When:
December 4/Where: Vancouver

Christmas in Steveston Village
Admission:
Free/When: December 4/Where: Richmond

Community Tree Decorating
Admission: Free/When:
December 7/Where: Vancouver

Holiday Turkey Dinner
Admission:
$2 min. donation + non-perishable food item/When: December 7 & 9/Where: Port Coquitlam

Wreath Workshop
Admission:
$10/When: December 8/Where: Port Coquitlam

North Pole BC’s Festival of Christmas
Admission:
See website/When: December 8, 10, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23/Where: Abbotsford

Christmas Train
Admission: $10 +tax/When: December 9 – January 1 (closed December 25)/Where: Surrey

Breakfast with Santa
Admission:
$10/When: December 10/Where: Port Coquitlam

World Christmas
Admission: Free/When:
December 10/Where: Vancouver

Breakfast with Santa
Admission: $10/When: December 10 & 11/Where: Vancouver

The Nutcracker Suite
Admission:
$15 for some seats/When: December 19/Where: Vancouver

Christmas Lunch
Admission: Free/When:
December 15/Where: Port Coquitlam

CP Holiday Train
Admission: Free/When: December 16 – 17/Where: Agassiz, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam

Christmas at Canada Place
Admission: Free/When:
December 16 – 30/Where: Vancouver

Discovery Saturday: Very Vintage Christmas
Admission:
By donation/When: December 17/Where: Surrey

Christmas Wassail & Bonfire Night
Admission: Free/When: December 17/Where: West Vancouver

Discovery Saturday: Very Vintage Christmas
Admission: By donation/When: December 17/Where: Surrey

Women’s Winter Faire
Admission:
By donation (suggested $3 – $5)/When: December 17- 18/Where: Vancouver

Celebrating Solstice
Admission:
$5 members, $10 non-members/When: December 18/Where: Vancouver

Cookie Decorating
Admission:
$7/When: December 23/Where: Port Coquitlam

 

Metro Vancouver’s List of Craft Fairs and Markets for Fall and Winter 2016

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Metro Vancouver is full of craft fairs and markets throughout the year.  With the holidays not being too far away now, craft fairs and markets are popping up all around Metro Vancouver for this fall and winter 2016.  You can find everything from jewellery to baked goods to beauty products to tree ornaments to home décor and so much more.  So whether you want to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping or you are just looking to buy some homemade and vintage items for yourself, I’ve made a list of markets happening soon.  All of the markets have a low admission cost of under $15 per person and some admission fees will even get you in for numerous days. 

Please note: Some craft fairs and markets may charge for parking and may only accept cash for admission fee, so be sure to check their website for more information.

So let’s get started!  Below are the 2016 Fall & Winter Craft Fairs & Markets listed in chronological order.

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage

Admission: Free
When: Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am-5 pm and Sundays from 12 pm-5 pm; November 1 – December 23
Where: 4557 Mt. Lehman Rd., Abbotsford, BC

Circle Craft Christmas Market

Admission: $7.50 2 for 1 after 5 pm, $9 – $15 (see website)
When:
Wednesday, November 9 – Sunday, November 13
Where: 999 Canada Pl., Vancouver, BC at Vancouver Convention Centre West

The 4th Annual Christmas Market

Admission: Free
When:
Friday, November 11 from 5 pm-9 pm & Saturday, November 12 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 36035 North Parallel Rd., Abbotsford, BC at Quality Hotel & Conference Centre

The Olde Farmhouse at Christmas

Admission: $5 one day or $8 for two days
When: 
Saturday, November 12 from 9 am-4 pm & Sunday, November 13 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford, BC at The Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre

3rd Annual Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair

Admission: By donation
When: Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, November 13; 10 am-4 pm
Where: 6550 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby, BC at Bonsor Recreation Complex

The Christmas Show at the Cloverdale Rodeo & Fair

Admission: $7  Youth (14- 16)/Senior (65+), $10 General Admission; children 13 & under are free
When:
Saturday, November 12 11 am-7 pm and Sunday, November 13 11 am-6 pm
Where: 6050 176th St., Surrey, BC at Cloverdale Rodeo & Fair (Agriplex)

Christmas at Hycroft

Admission: $15, Free for children 13 & under
When: November 17 – 20
Where: 1489 McRae Ave., Vancouver

Refresh Market: Winter Market

Admission: $3 advance, $5 at door
When:
 Friday, November 18 from 5 pm-9 pm and Saturday, November 19 from 9 am-4 pm
Where: 39645 Government Road, Squamish, BC at Westcoast Heritage Railway

Deer Lake Craft Festival

Admission: Free
When:
Friday, November 18 from 11 am- 7 pm, Saturday, November 19 from 10 am-5 pm and Sunday, November 20 from 10 am-5 pm
Where:
6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market

Admission: $3
When: Friday, November 18 from 12 pm-8 pm, Saturday, November 19 from 10 am-6 pm & Sunday, November 20 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 44140 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack, BC at Chilliwack Heritage Park

West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Marketplace

Admission: $6 Adult, $5 Senior for all 3 days; children 16 & under are free; 2 for 1 admission on Friday after 5 pm or buy tickets online and save $1
When: Friday, November 18 from 12 pm-9 pm, Saturday, November 19 from 10 am-6 pm & Sunday, November 20 from 10 am-5 pm
Where: 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford, BC at The Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibiton Centre

Murrayville Holiday Market

Admission: Free
When:
Friday, November 18 from 4 pm-9 pm & Saturday, November 19 from 11 am-8 pm; Friday, December 9 from 4 pm-9 pm & Saturday, December 10 from 11 am- 8 pm
Where: 21667 48 Ave., Langley, BC at Murrayville Hall

Fair Trade Christmas Market at St. Andrew’s United Church

Admission: Free
When:
Saturday, November 19 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 1044 St. George’s Ave., North Vancouver at St. Andrew’s United Church

Christmas Craft Fair at Avalon Gardens

Admission: Free
When: Saturday, November 19 from 10 am- 3 pm
Where: 22323 48th Ave., Langley, BC at Avalon Gardens

St. Thomas More Collegiate Christmas Craft Fair

Admission: Free
When: Saturday, November 19 – Sunday November 20; 10 am- 4 pm
Where: 7450 12th Ave, Burnaby, BC at St. Thomas More Collegiate

Bloom Winter Market

Admission: $2; children 12 & under are free
When: 
Saturday, November 19 – Sunday, November 20; 11 am-5 pm

Where: 9167 Glover Rd., Fort Langley, BC at Fort Langley Community Hall

2016 North Vancouver Holiday Market

Admission: $2; free for the first 150 people daily
When:
Saturday, November 19 – Sunday, November 20 and Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4; 10 am-4 pm
Where:
2145 Jones Ave., North Vancouver, BC at Carson Graham Secondary School

Blim

Admission: By donation
When:
Sunday, November 20 from 12 pm-6 pm
Where: 3102 Main St., Vancouver, BC at Heritage Hall

Mercato: Italian Market – Indoor Christmas Themed Market

Admission: Free
When: Friday, November 25 from 4 pm-8 pm
Where: 3075 Slocan St. Vancouver, BC at the Italian Cultural Centre

Charity Craft Fair Vancouver

Admission: By donation
When: Saturday, November 26 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 128 West Cordova St., Vancouver, BC at Woodwards Vancouver

CandyTown – A Yaletown Holiday Festival

Admission: Free
When: Saturday, November 26 from 12 pm-7 pm
Where: 1152 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC

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Renfrew Craft Fair

Admission: Free
When: Saturday, November 26 from 10 am-3 pm
Where: 2929 E 22nd Ave., Vancouver, BC at Renfrew Community Centre

Strathcona Winter Craft Fair

Admission: $2; kids under 12 are free
When: Saturday, November 26 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 601 Keefer St., Vancouver, BC at Strathcona Community Centre Gymnasium

Christmas Craft Fair

Admission: By donation – cash or non-perishable food donation
When: Saturday, November 26; 10 am-4 pm
Where: 4111 Moncton St., Richmond, BC 

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair 2016

Admission: $4 pre-sale, $5 at door
When: 
Saturday, November 26 from 10 am-5 pm
Where: 4747 Dunbar St., Vancouver, BC at Dunbar Community Centre

Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair

Admission: Free/by donation with proceeds going to Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation
When: 
Saturday, November 26 from 10 am-5 pm
Where: 100 Newport Dr., Port Moody, BC at Port Moody City Hall Galleria

Crafty Affaire Market: Holiday Market – South Surrey

Admission: $2 – $5
When: 
Saturday, November 26
Where: 1577 128 St., South Surrey, BC at Ocean Park Community Hall

Christmas on the Peninsula

Admission: Free
When: Saturday, November 26 from 10 am-6 pm
Where: White Rock, BC at White Rock Community Centre and other locations around uptown White Rock

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair

Admission: $4 online, $5 door
When: Saturday, November 26 from 10 am-5 pm
Where: 4747 Dunbar St., Vancouver, BC at Dunbar Community Centre

Maan Farms Christmas Market

Admission: Free
When: Saturday, November 26 – Sunday, November 27
Where: 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford, BC at Maan Farms

Portobello West Holiday Market 2016

Admission: $2; children 12 & under are free
When: 
Saturday, November 26 – Sunday, November 27 from 11 am-5 pm
Where: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC at Creekside Community Recreation Centre

The 2016 Vancouver Christmas Market

Admission: $8 Adult which includes a complimentary season pass
When: 
November 26 – December 31; Schedule varies, see website
Where: 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC at Jack Poole Plaza

Krafted Market

Admission: $3; children 12 and under are free
When: 
Sunday, November 27 from 10 am- 5 pm
Where: 1720 56th St., Tsawwassen, BC at South Delta Recreation Centre

Christmas Market at HighStreet

Admission: $2 donation
When:
Friday, December 2 from 5 pm-9 pm, Saturday, December 3 from 11 am-7 pm & Sunday, December 4 from 11 am-4 pm
Where: 3122 Mt. Lehman Rd., Abbotsford, BC at Highstreet Shopping Centre (Inside Space #J150 near Westland Insurance / London Drugs)

Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair

Admission: $3 – Adult, $2 – Senior, Free for children 12 & under
When: 
Friday, December 2 from 5 pm-9 pm, Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 618 Poirier St., Coquitlam, BC at Poirier Forum

the SHIFT Holiday Remix

Admission: $3; children 12 & under are free
When: Saturday, December 3 from 10 am-5 pm

Where: 9400 208 St., Langley, BC at West Langley Lions Hall

Wesbrook Community Craft & Artistry Fair

Admission: Free
When:
Saturday, December 3 from 10 am-5 pm
Where: 3335 Webber Lane, Vancouver, BC at Wesbrook Community Centre

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Kensington Craft Fair

Admission: Free
When:
Saturday, December 3 from 10 am-4 pm
Where: 5175 Dumfries St., Vancouver, BC at Kensington Community Centre

Thornhill Artisan Fair

Admission: See website
When: Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4; 10 am-4 pm
Where: 9730 Spilsbury Rd., Maple Ridge, BC

The OddFellows Market – Get Scrooged

Admission: $2
When: Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4; 10 am-4 pm
Where: 1882 Adanac St., Vancouver, BC at The Wise Hall

Etsy Vancouver Winter Market

Admission: $3 online, $5 at door
When: Saturday December 3 – Sunday, December 4; 10 am-5 pm

Where: 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC at The Pipe Shop Building

Deck the Halls Christmas Craft Fair

Admission: $2
When: Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4; 11 am-5 pm
Where: 3102 Main St., Vancouver, BC at Heritage Hall

Make it!

Admission: $7 at door for 4 days, save $1 off admission; children 12 & under are free
When: 
Thursday December 8 & Friday, December 9 from 11 am-9 pm, Saturday, December 10 from 10 am-6 pm & Sunday, December 11 from 11 am-5 pm
Where: 2901 E Hastings St., Vancouver, BC at the PNE Forum

Coquitlam Christmas Farmers Market

Admission: Free
When: 
Sunday, December 10 from 9 am-4 pm
Where: 633 Poirier St., Coquitlam, BC at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

Admission: $3
When: Saturday, December 10 from 11 am-7 pm & Sunday, December 11 from 10 am-6 pm
Where: 3102 Main St., Vancouver, BC at Heritage Hall

Got Craft? Holiday Edition

Admission: $5 at door or $3 postcard coupon
When: 
Saturday, December 10 – Sunday, December 11; 10 am-5 pm
Where: 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC at The Pipe Shop Building

Crafty Affaire Market: Holiday Market – Vancouver

Admission: $2 – $5
When: Saturday, December 17
Where: 3250 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC at Croatian Cultural Centre

Women’s Winter Faire

Admission: By donation (suggested $3 – $5)
When: Saturday, December 17 – Sunday, December 18; 11 am-5 pm
Where: 3102 Main St., Vancouver, BC at Heritage Hall

Love it. Craft it. Fair

Admission: $3, Free for children 12 & under
When: Sunday, December 18; 10 am-5 pm
Where: 637 E 15th Ave., Vancouver, BC

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Halloween 2016 Guide: Free & Cheap Pumpkin Patches in Metro Vancouver & the Fraser Valley

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Autumn is here and Halloween is on it’s way.  Pumpkin season is here and they come in all shapes and sizes to buy for cooking, baking and best of all, carving!  Local farms in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley host pumpkin patches for guests every fall.  Hands down, this is the best way to grab your pumpkin(s) for the season.  Pumpkin patches allow you to pick out your pumpkin in any size and they usually offer other great activities.  I’ve found several pumpkin patches that will cost less than $15 per person and some are even free!  So get ready to bundle up, bring a camera and have some fun!

Please note: Service fees and taxes may apply at an additional cost. See pumpkin patch websites for details on schedule.

Below are the free & cheap 2016 pumpkin patches in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley:

Maan Farms Pumpkin Patch

What: There is a pumpkin patch with free pumpkin carving on October 15, 16 & 22 – 31.  There are other activities at the farm at an extra cost.
Where: 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Admission: Free for the Pumpkin Patch only (pumpkin not incl.); corn maze extra cost
When: Late September – October 31; daily

Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch

What: There is a hayride, petting zoo and mini maze.
Where: 18507 20th Ave., Surrey, BC
Admission: $5 (pumpkin not included)
When: October 1 – 30 open every weekend

Bose Pumpkin Patch

What: Take a hay wagon ride to the Bose Pumpkin Patch.
Where: 64th Ave. and 156th St., Surrey, BC
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dmission: Free with the purchase of a pumpkin
When: October 1 – 30 open Saturday and Sundays

Willow View Farms Pumpkin Patch

What: A pumpkin patch, petting zoo, playground, and hay rides.
Where: 288 McCallum Rd., Abbotsford, BC
Admission: Free; $2.50 hay rides on weekends; Pumpkins at cost.
When: Late September – October 31

Chilliwack Pumpkin Farm

What: 15 different varities of pumpkins to pick from.  There is also a corn maze, hay bale maze, animal displays, pedal carts, corn sandbox, kiddy play area, giant jumping pillow, spiders web and picnic area at extra cost.
Where: 41905 Yale Rd. West, Chilliwack, BC.
Admission: Free to walk out and pick out your pumpkin (pumpkin at cost); Other activities at cost 
When: Late September – October 31; weekends 

Aldor Acres Family Farm Pumpkin Patch

What: 15 different varieties of pumpkins.  There is also animal displays, petting zoo, and pig races at the farm.
Where: 24990 84th Ave., Langley, BC
Admission: $8 (pumpkins not incl., range from $1 – $20)
When: September 17 – October 31; daily

Port Kells Nurseries

What: A pumpkin patch with a haunted house, hay rides, chicken coop, a corn & hay maze, sudan grass maze, a goat palace, and more.
Where: 18730 88th Ave., Surrey, BC
Admission: $5, children 3 & under are free; $5 admission goes towards your pumpkin
When: October 1 – 31; daily

Laity Pumpkin Patch

What: There is a pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm animals, vegetable gardens, frontier town, wooden animals, tractor-wagon ride, and more.
Where: 21145 128th Ave., Maple Ridge, BC
Admission: $5 (3 yrs & older); pumpkins $2 & up
When: October 1 – 31; daily

Petey’s Pumpkin Patch

What: There is a pumpkin patch, fun maze, family fun zone, and more.
Where: 9423 Gibson Rd., Chilliwack, BC
Admission: $8; pumpkins range from $2 – $25
When: October 1 – 31; see website for more details

Richmond Country Farms Pumpkin Patch

What: Ticket includes professional entertainment, live band, a wagon ride, a pumpkin (child size only) with a carrying bag, a visit to the animal farm, and a Spartan apple!
Where: 12900 Steveston Hwy., Richmond, BC
Admission: $9 on weekdays, kids 2 & under are free (pumpkin not incl.); $13 on weekends  & holidays, kids 3 & under are free (pumpkin not incl.)
When: October 1 – 2 & 8 – 31

Make sure to comment below with your favourite pumpkin patch activity.  We’d love to hear from you! 

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