• A view of buildings in Vancouver Downtown, including the Sinclair Centre in red brick and the Harbour Centre with an ornamental needle pointing skyward. The Sinclair Centre is an older building in Downtown Vancouver, built with grey stone on the lower level of the building and red brick for the higher storeys.
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posted by: Days Inn Vancouver Downtown on: October 09, 2018

by Simona K. 

October in Vancouver is full of exciting events! We picked a few to help you find out what’s on this month so you can experience Vancouver in its best! Keep reading!


Art: Annual International Representational Exhibition

The 9th Annual International Representational Exhibition focuses on representational and semi-representational original paintings, prints and drawings. This international competition brings forward some of the highest levels of detail, suspending belief that these works are created by the human hand.

When: Oct 9 - Oct 29

Where: Federation Gallery, 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 4B7

Apple Festival 2018

A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of BC’s favourite fruits. During The Apple Festival you will discover more about this delicious fruit by learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare varieties. One of the most favourite activities at the Apple Festival is the Tasting Tent, where you can indulge yourself in tasting a huge variety of new and heritage BC-grown apples.

Where: UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

When:  Oct 13 & 14 / 11am - 4pm

BC Lions vs Edmonton Eskimos

The BC Lions, a professional Canadian football team competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL), is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Lions played their first season in 1954, and have played every season since. They are the oldest professional sports franchise in the city of Vancouver.

Where: BC Place, 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6B 4Y8

When: Oct 19 / 7pm

Drive-in Nights at River District Vancouver

Get ready to enjoy the best of the best Hollywood hits from summer 2018 and from the past. The best of all is that all the showings are free and you can experience the thrills from the front seat of your vehicle. Check out the program for this month.

October 13 - Mamma Mia! Here we go again!

October 13 - Dirty Dancing

October 20 - Hotel TRANSYLVANIA 3

October 20 - The Strangers

October 27 - Frankenweenie

October 27 - IT


Where: River District Drive-In, North Fraser Way and Boundary Road, Vancouver
When: Sep 15 - Oct 27 / Every Saturday


Heart of the City Festival 2018

The 15th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists with a focus on the rich and diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside. The topic of the 2018 Festival is “Seeds of Justice, Seeds of Hope.” to acknowledge and support the community’s commitment to social justice. Immerse yourself into twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art and history talks. Find out more here.

When: Oct 24 - Nov 4

Where: Downtown Eastside


2018 VanDusen Glow in the Garden

Halloween season is upon us and VanDusen Glow in the Garden invites you for an adventure through a whimsical garden. The breadcrumbs will lead you on a wondrous walk with zany lights and sounds, and illuminated pumpkin caricatures. This year visitors can enjoy an expanded event area for the first time, with new food vendors, and timed tickets. Find out more details here.


When: October 19 - Wednesday, October 31, 2018 / daily slots: 4:30pm to 6pm,    6pm to 7:30pm or 7:30pm to 9pm

Where: VanDusen Garden, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver


Fright Nights at the PNE

This year you can explore 8 haunted houses, including a new house: The Bloodshed; experience 20 thrilling rides, and enjoy a gruesome comedy show by The Monsters of Schlock. Get ready to be scared! You can purchase your tickets here.

When: October 5 - October 31 / starting at 7pm

Where: PNE at the Playland Entrance at East Hastings and Windermere street

Ghost Train In The Stanley Park
A family event for all ages will take you on a journey on the Stanley Park Ghost Train through a mystical world, inspired by Hallowe'en and other spooky tales. Will it be The Little Monsters matinee or The Park After Dark ride? Experience a fright free glimpse of the whimsical world of ghosts and ghouls. Find out more about the event here.


When: October 11 - October 31 / check out the schedule here

Where: The Stanley Park Train is located on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance.


Backbone plays around with the perception of what strength is, where it comes from, and how it is measured. This international circus is a hectic celebration that tests the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual, and collective. You can purchase the tickets here.

Where: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, 600 Hamilton street, Vancouver

When: Oct 30 - Nov 4 / 7pm

Curious Imaginings
Vancouver Biennale is thrilled to present the innovative sculpture exhibition Curious Imaginings. The renowned Australian artist Patricia Piccinini is taking her hyper-realist, fantastical creatures outside the museum for the first time. The historic Patricia Hotel will be transformed for the Curious Imaginings exhibition so you can experience the exhibition in an intimate setting. More details

When: Oct 1 - Dec 15

Where: Patricia Hotel, 403 E Hastings, Vancouver, BC
Hope you enjoyed our tips on how to spend October in Vancouver! Do you have any other recommendations? Comment below, let us know on our Facebook page or post your pictures on Instagram and se the tag #mydaysinnvan.