The Best Events Happening This October

Photo: Janelle Hollyrock, October 2013

Photo: Janelle Hollyrock, October 2013

It’s October! Let’s do stuff!

And don’t forget to check out our event listings of free things to do in Vancouver here

Saturday, October 7

At the Secrets of Stanley Park Walking Tour you’ll hear tales of crime, riots, persecution, political intrigue, class warfare, scandal, and murder. October 7 at 2 PM @ Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Vancouver might have been founded on a barrel of whisky, but it was built on the brothels that lined the muddy streets of Gastown. Explore its history at Red Light Rendezvous | Sins of the City Walking Tour. October 7 at 4 PM – 5:30 PM @ Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

Explore Vancouver’s sinful past from saloon to brothels at Vice, Dice, and Opium Pipes | Sins of the City Walking Tour. October 7 at 11 AM – 12:30 PM @ Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

L.A. Witch with guests Sugar Candy Mountain. October 7 at 7 PM @ Fox Cabaret

Monday, October 9

Test your Scooby knowledge at Answer Me: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia. October 9 at 5 PM – 9 PM @ The American

Wednesday, October 11

At the Secrets of Stanley Park Walking Tour you’ll hear tales of crime, riots, persecution, political intrigue, class warfare, scandal, and murder. October 7 at 2 PM @ Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Thursday, October 12

A Girl in Teen City: A Love Letter to Vancouver — An evening of story and song about Vancouver featuring Oh Susanna and special guests Veda Hille, Grant Lawrence, Jenny Ritter, and Leah Abramson. October 12 at 7 PM @ The Wise Hall & Lounge

Friday, October 13

What better date for The Dark Eighties 3 Year Anniversary than Friday the 13th? An epic night of cult 80s dance hits October 13 at 8:30 PM – 2 AM @ Astoria Hastings

BeatRoute + Vancouver Art Book Fair present the VABF Opening Party BAUHAUSE OF HORRORS, a Friday the 13th goth party with special guest DJ set by Louise Burns. October 13 at 8 PM – 12 AM @ Fox Cabaret

Skeleton Hands / Statiqbloom / Wire Spine / Crimes AM / Civilian Public. October 13 at 9 PM – 2 AM @ Red Gate Arts Society

Live Deejays, Friday the 13th flash tattoos, drink specials, food truck & more at Friday The 13th: Part II hosted by East Van Arts & Culture. October 13 at 7 PM – 12 AM @ The Ellis Building

Solve a murder mystery at Halloween Mystery Nights – Downtown Murder Mystery. Every night from October 13 to 31 at 7 PM @ Vancouver Mysteries

Saturday, October 14

Light The Night Vancouver fills Stanley Park with lanterns to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. October 14 at 4 PM – 7 PM @ Stanley Park

Beginners Taxidermy: Stuff The Rat — a one-day workshop for beginners to learn the techniques used in small mammal taxidermy. October 14 at 4 PM @ This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven

Kink-based LGBTQ and STRAIGHT friendly event KINK Fetish Nights X hosted by PLUR Productions. October 14 at 9 PM – 3 AM @ XYYVR

Sunday, October 15

Beginners Taxidermy: Stuff The Rat — a one-day workshop for beginners to learn the techniques used in small mammal taxidermy. October 15 at 2 PM @ This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven

Test your Scooby knowledge at Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia. October 15 at 3 PM – 5:30 PM and 7 PM – 10 PM @ The Biltmore Cabaret

Thursday, October 19

Learn the original choreography to Michael Jackson’s Thriller at Thriller Flashmob Back Again! October 19 at 7 to 9 pm @ Britannia Community Center

A Night of Melancholy Melody with Louise Burns and Mise en Scene. October 19 at 8 PM – 2 AM @ Fox Cabaret

MOOT Studio hosts an open space for performance of all flavours every new moon at the New Moon Cabaret. October 19 at 8 PM – 10 PM @ Moth Orbit Object Theater

Friday, October 20

Halloween is coming to The Astoria a week early for The East Van 90s Halloween Costume Party! October 20 at 8:30 PM @ Astoria Hastings

Local artisan food and drinks at the Eastside Flea Harvest Market. October 20 at 6 PM – 10 PM @ Eastside Flea

Weirdo lo fi artist Ariel Pink. October 20 at 7 PM @ VENUE

a Friday Late Night Movie screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. October 20 at 11:30 PM – 1 AM @ The Rio Theatre

Saturday, October 21

Day of The Dead Party for Project Amigo brings some spooky revelry to the Hellenic Centre with a Day of the Dead fiesta featuring a fantastic Mexican buffet and a mariachi band. October 21 at 6 PM @ Hellenic Community of Vancouver

The sing-along event of the year — Once More, With Feeling, The Buffy Musical. October 21 at 12:30 PM @ The Cinematheque

Learn the original choreography to Michael Jackson’s Thriller at Thriller Flashmob Back Again! October 21 at 2 to 4 pm @ Britannia Community Center

Zola Jesus with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Maria Usbeck. October 21 at 7 PM – 11 PM @ VENUE

Sunday, October 22

11 years after one of the most influential American punk bands, Jawbreaker, called it quits the three members reconnect in a San Francisco recording studio in Don’t Break Down: a Film About Jawbreaker. October 22 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM @ The Bottleneck

The sing-along event of the year — Once More, With Feeling, The Buffy Musical. October 22 at 12:30 PM @ The Cinematheque

Learn the original choreography to Michael Jackson’s Thriller at Thriller Flashmob Back Again! October 22 at 2 to 4 pm @ Britannia Community Center

The Descent crew pays tribute to horror films playing cuts from soundtracks of all the creepy classics at Descent Creepy Classics. October 22 at 9 PM – 2 AM @ The Red Room

Thursday, October 26

 “The most terrifying movie ever made,” Suspiria (40th Anniversary Remaster!). October 26 at 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM @ The Rio Theatre

Friday, October 27

Head Fanzine’s Hella Weird Halloween Horror Show releases Head Fanzine Volume IV: The Horror Issue with sick & twisted visuals and Head Fanzine DJs. October 27 at 9 PM @ The Lido

Join OCB for a Halloween Ball as they explore the infinite dimensions of the universe at Interstellar Dimensions, OCB’s 24th Anniversary Halloween Ball. October 27 at 8 PM – 2 AM @ Our Community Bikes

Halloween Night at Wayne Manor is an immersive theatre experience combining a masquerade in a stately manor home, the rich history of DC Comics, and a colourful collection of villains. October 27 at 7 PM – 1 AM @ Brock House Restaurant

Cirque Noir gets Freaky with 3 rooms | 2 floors | and Cirque performance artists, silk aerialists, stilt walkers, LED hoop performers, and costumed dancers. October 27 at 9:30 PM – 3 AM @ Imperial

For bigger, braver souls. Barclay Manor has been converted into a spooky scary house for the Haunted House at Barclay Manor. October 27 at 7 PM @ 1447 Barclay St, Vancouver, BC

Join Cloudscape Comics in their spooky haunted studio for candy and potluck at the Cloudscape Halloween Bash! October 27 at 7 PM – 10 PM @ Memorial Park South

Food trucks, local vendors, live entertainment and many Halloween howls at Vancouver: Halloween at Creekside Public. October 27 at 5 PM @ Olympic Village Square

Saturday, October 28


What’s Up? Hot Dog! becomes Bob’s Burgers! Rock’n’roll hot dog joint puts on its best Bob’s Burgers costume. October 28 – November 1 @ WHAT’S UP? HOT DOG

Evil Dead the Musical, a hilarious live stage show that takes all the elements of the cult classic horror films, Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them to create a crazy theatrical experience. October 28 at 9:15 PM – 11:15 PM @ Studio 1398

DPK Presents: Halloween at 333 — 5 local punk bands doing covers of Hatebreed, Misfits, Madball, Discharge, and Metallica. October 28 at 7:30 PM @ 333

2 Levels & 4 Rooms Of Kinky Halloween Partying at Sin City’s Fetish Halloween. October 28 at 9 PM – 3 AM @ Imperial Vancouver

XXX dance club Eden hosts their 7th annual “Bare to Scare” Halloween Ball. October 28 at 9 PM – 2 AM @ Club Eden

Thrill The World Vancouver is part of an annual international dance event in which participants simultaneously emulate the zombie dance seen in the music video of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. October 28 at 12 PM – 4 PM @ Creekside Community Recreation Centre

Bop till you drop in two ghastly rooms with nine deathly DJs at the ANZA Haunted House. October 28 at 9 PM – 2 AM @ AnzaClub

Go aboard the Fright Night Boat Cruise with DJs on a fully decorated ghost ship. October 28 at 5:30 PM – 10 PM @ Elevate Entertainment

Enter through our pumpkin patch and ghastly graveyard and immerse yourself in thrilling theme rooms, deadly DJ’d dancing tunes, a phantasmic photo booth at the Treehouse Manor Halloween Party. October 28 at 8 PM – 2 AM @ Treehouse Manor

For bigger, braver souls. Barclay Manor has been converted into a spooky scary house for the Haunted House at Barclay Manor. October 27 at 4:30 PM & 6:30 PM @ 1447 Barclay St, Vancouver, BC

The starting location of this year’s Parade of Lost Souls: ALTAR EGO will be revealed at midnight on the website www.dustyflowerpotcabaret.com. October 28 at 7 PM – 10 PM @ Commercial Drive Area, East Vancouver

Food trucks, local vendors, live entertainment and many Halloween howls at Vancouver: Halloween at Creekside Public. October 28 at 5 PM @ Olympic Village Square

Hardcore Horror Vol.2 with Halloween punk covers from with covers from Motorhead, Cockney Rejects, Broken Bones, Riot Squad, The Dicks, and iLDjARN. October 28 at 9 PM – 12 AM @ Funky Winker Beans

Spooktacular fun, ghoulish thrills, the city’s best DJs, and a haunted cinema at Halloween at The Fox. October 28 at 10:30 PM – 2 AM @ Fox Cabaret

If you are in the market for a Halloween party that comes with its own after party, this ones for you: Everyone Only // Oskar Offermann (Mulemusiq/Nomad/Berlin). October 28 at 10 PM – 3 AM @ Hidden City

Let’s Walk Together in Hogan’s Alley hosted by Heart of the City Festival and Carnegie Community Action Project. October 28 at 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM @ NW corner of Union & Main

Sunday, October 29

Hauntingly beautiful singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright plays October 29 at 7 PM – 10 PM @ Imperial Vancouver

Reading by Jeramy Dodds from his newest collection of poetry, Drakkar Noir, a haunting yet hilarious depiction of a journey to and from the furthest limits of the human experiment. October 29 at 6 PM – 8 PM @ The Paper Hound Bookshop

Find one-of-a-kind local artists and artisans at The Artisan’s Event – Autumn Market. October 29 at 11 AM – 4 PM @ Heritage Hall

Founding member of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo. October 29 at 8 PM @ The Cobalt

Decked-out go-go girls shimmy and shake at the Go-Go Bungalow Halloween Haunt! October 29 at 8 PM – 11 PM @ Shameful Tiki Room

Monday, October 30

See Dario Argento’s symphony of horror, Suspiria, in a new 4k digital restoration. October 30, 2017 at 8:50 PM @ Vancouver International Film Festival

Tuesday, October 31

On All Hallow’s Eve gather with the the infernal specters to watch secret rites and experimental theatre at Fringe Cabaret: Back From The Dead. October 31 at 8 PM – 10 PM @ Studio 1398

Hallo.Work.It Bossy Halloween Party — A special edition of Bossy, sweaty & sweet femme-powered hip hop and R&B. October 31 at 10:30 PM – 2 AM @ Fox Cabaret

Dance to remixes and edits of Fleetwood Mac at the Fleetmac Wood Presents A Halloween Ball. October 31 at 9 PM – 1 AM @ The Red Room

See Dario Argento’s symphony of horror, Suspiria, in a new 4k digital restoration. October 31, 2017 at 6:30 PM @ Vancouver International Film Festival

Chelsea Wolfe. October 31 at 9 PM – 12 AM @ VENUE

Hear tales of mystery, mayhem, and murder at Halloween Cemetery Tour. October 31 at 5 PM – 7 PM @ Fraser Cemetery

 
 

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