15 Amazing Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: October 21-23

Another fall weekend has arrived and it’s filled to the brim with great events and activities!

Plan your days with our checklist of 15 amazing events taking place in Metro Vancouver from October 21-23. Diwali Fest, Kate Bush burlesque tribute and more.

And for more fun things happening in the city, be sure to take a look at our listings list.

Diwali Fest 2022

Diwali party

Diwali Fest/Facebook

What: Diwali Fest is celebrating a return to in-person events this year, with multiple events bringing food, live performances, and fun to Downtown Vancouver.

Enjoy a virtual Diwali Stories With Vancouver Public Library event on Thursday, October 20. Reading online Archie celebrates Diwali is presented live by author Mithali Banerjee Ruths.

Head to VPL’s Central Branch on Friday, October 21 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM for Diwali @ Vancouver Public Library. There will be music and dance performances throughout the evening, delicious chai served and diya paintings for those in attendance.

This year’s festivities will end on Sunday, October 23 from 2-5pm with Diwali Downtown Vancouver at the Roundhouse Community Center. Visitors are treated to live performances, an interactive rangoli installation, and fun children’s activities during the afternoon.

When: October 20, 21 and 23, 2022
different times
Various locations, check the website for details
Free or by donation

For the love of winter – an Arc’teryx showcase

What: Arc’teryx, in partnership with Moment Factory, invites Vancouverites to find new inspiration with the launch of their Winter 2022 collection.

Immersive projections and sonic dreamscapes come together in a multi-sensory event that will seamlessly transport guests into the heart of Vancouver’s coastal mountains. Visitors can preview adventure gear as they join like-minded natural thrill seekers for the ride.

When: 23 to 25 October 2022
Time: 12 noon to 7 p.m. (Sunday), noon to 8 p.m. (Monday and Tuesday)
Where: Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Center West Building. Entrance at Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Cost: Free but registration is required. Register online

Double Murder: Clowns/The Fix

What: UK-based Hofesh Shechter Company, a groundbreaking dance company, presents Double Murder: Clowns/The Fix to kick off DanceHouse’s 15th anniversary season. clowns is a macabre comedy of murder and desire, while The solution is described as “providing a raw and compassionate moment to balance the forces of aggression that pressure us on a daily basis.”

When: October 21 and 22, 2022
Time: 8 pm
Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: From $35, buy online

Go on a haunted walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver

Banned Vancouver/Submitted

What: Follow the lamplight and discover Vancouver’s gruesome, tragic history on the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour. Now for the 11th consecutive year, the walking tour immerses guests in an interactive, theatrical experience as they travel deep into the historic district.

When: Now until October 31, 2022
Various times, with extra times on weekends and Halloween week.
Starts at the corner of Water and Cordova Street, next to Buro Coffee
Cost: $32 for adults and $29 for students and seniors. Buy online

Vancouver Canucks vs Buffalo Sabres

What: The Canucks welcome the Buffalo Sabers to the Rogers Arena for their season opening on October 22.

When: October 22, 2022
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Cost: Various, buy online

Vancouver Fall Home Show 2022

What: The Vancouver Fall Home Show is back for its 40th year with hundreds of local experts all under one roof. Mainstage presenters include Sebastian Clovis, innovator and host of HGTV Canada’s Gut Job; Tiffany Pratt, designer, author, and co-host of Food Network’s Project Bake-Over, and Megan Golightly, professional organizer and owner, GoSimplified. Plus, you can discover the latest trends in decorating, renovating, cooking and more for your home.

When: October 20 to 23, 2022
Time: 4pm to 9pm (Thurs), 12pm to 9pm (Friday), 10am to 9pm (Saturday), 10am to 6pm (Sunday)
Where: Vancouver Convention Center West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Cost: Early Bird Price (before October 20) $12, Regular Price for Adults (13+) $16, Seniors (60+) $11, Adult and Senior Tickets Half Discount Every Day After 4PM $8, Children 12 Years and younger are free. Buy tickets online

Science World’s LOVE: Fear

Science World

Science World/Facebook

What: Science World’s Extravagant Evenings for Teens, or SWEET, invites young people aged 13 to 18 to enter the dome and learn all about fear. Participants discover what happens to their brains and bodies when they are afraid. They will also learn how to create terrifying content to share with others.

Teens can take a journey through Science World’s ghost theater, learn how to create their own special effects, and even try out the horror VR. Triple O’s and Gallery spaces will also be open.

When: October 21, 2022
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Where: Science World at TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street
Cost: Free for young people aged 13 to 18, register online

Live Band Burlesque Tribute to Kate Bush

What: Kate Bush’s timeless music comes alive at the Rio Theater with Burgundy Brixx’s live band burlesque experience. Whether you’re a lifelong fan or a new discoverer of Bush thanks to Weird stuffyou will enjoy The Hot & Heavy Band with singers Brixx and Lisa-Marie Ricketts performing her hits.

With burlesque performances by Tonya Kay, Jessie Rockley, Mz. B. Haven, Ann Narky, Shaboobie Boobarella, Johnny Bongo, Fionna Flauntit and Burgundy Brixx. There will also be a Kate Bush/Weird stuff costume contest with prizes and a Weird stuff tribute final.

When: October 22, 2022
Time: Doors: 8.30 p.m., performance 9 p.m.
Where: Rio Theater – 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
Cost: $30 online, $35 at the door. Buy online

Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors

What: Do you like the feeling of fear? Then you’ll love Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors.

This Surrey haunted house is actually three different haunted features in one, plus more ways to get your blood pumping. For 2022, try the Lovecraftian nightmare Echoes of Abbath, New Year’s Evil, which keeps you trapped in a 1970s motel, and Zycko Zerkus – a carnival maze.

When: Now until October 31, 2022
Time: different times
Where: 12530 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Cost: $29.99 to $49.99 per person

Diwali Boat Party Festival

What: Celebrate Diwali by cruising around the harbor on the two-tier Burrard Queen while listening to DJ Shalv play the hottest Bollywood tunes. Traditional dress is highly recommended and there will be a professional photographer on board to take pictures of you and your loved ones during the Diwali nightlife experience.

When: October 21 and 22, 2022
Time: 8 pm
Departs from:
760 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Various prices, buy online

Elton John

Elton John

Elton John performs on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour in Melbourne, Australia (@eltonjohn/Instagram)

What: Music legend Sir Elton John is bringing his massive worldwide tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road The Final Tour, to Vancouver for two shows.

John is one of the best-selling solo artists of all time, with 38 gold records and 31 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. He has also written the music for stage and screen successes Billy Elliot: The MusicalElton John and Tim Rice’s Aidaand The lionkingwhich was named the highest-grossing show or movie release in the world.

When: October 21 and 22, 2022
Time: 8 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Various prices, buy online

Community Living BC’s Community Inclusion Picnic

What: Community Living BC is hosting a picnic in Douglas Park to celebrate Community Inclusion Month, a provincial and municipal designated month to promote the full community participation of individuals with learning disabilities. There is food, games, prizes and more for all guests.

When: October 22, 2022
Time: 12 to 14 hours

Where: Douglas Park – 801 West 22nd Avenue, Vancouver

Cost: Free

Secrets of The Haunted Bog in Guildford City Center

What: Guildford Town Center invites guests to discover the secrets of The Haunted Bog. Dangers, scary creatures and more lurk in this family-friendly haunted event. In addition, bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Surrey Food Bank and GTC will double the donation by $2 per item donated for a maximum cash donation of $5,000.

When: Now until October 31, 2022
Time: 12 to 7 p.m.
Where: Guildford Town Center (near Center Court) – 10355 152nd Street, Surrey
Cost: Free

And there’s a Seattle event coming up soon that you need to have on your radar!

Cloudbreak: Revive Live Music Fest in Seattle


Cloudbreak (Pexals/Submitted)

What: Seattle’s music venues have been quiet for far too long, and it’s time for fans around the world to re-enjoy the magic of live music in the Emerald City.

This November, discover Seattle’s music scene in a whole new way with #CloudbreakMusicFest. Stay at a participating downtown hotel and get free access to live music throughout the city. Find out more at CloudbreakMusicFest.org.

When: November 3 to 23, 2022
Time: different times
Where: Various Locations in Seattle
Cost: Downtown hotel guests get free access to live music events across the city when booking stays between November 3 and 23, 2022. Restrictions apply. Learn more online

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