With bad weather heading our way for the Thanksgiving weekend aren’t we all looking for some fun indoor entertainment? Here is our favourite list of activities around the Lower Mainland from scary to artsy and everything in between.
1) Cranberry Festival, Fort Langley, October 10
Like turkey and pumpkin pie, cranberries are a key part of Thanksgiving dinner. Fields of them grow just outside of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley, and this Saturday (October 10), they’re ripe for celebration. That’s the date of the 20th annual Cranberry Festival, on which over 50,000 people descend on the quaint town of Fort Langley to honour the red berries. In addition to fresh berries for sale, a pancake breakfast, and plenty of local shopping, there will be boat races and fun with floating pumpkins.
2) Body World: Animals Inside Out, World of Science, until March 2016
BODY WORLDS creator and anatomist, Dr Gunther von Hagens takes you on an anatomical safari with ANIMAL INSIDE OUT. As you explore this captivating exhibition, you will experience the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of a variety of the world’s most spectacular creatures.ANIMAL INSIDE OUT contains more than 100 specimens that have been painstakingly preserved by the remarkable process of Plastination, invented by Dr von Hagens. Students will be able to examine the anatomical intricacies of familiar and exotic animals like giraffes, camels and octopuses. This exhibition is an unforgettable way for students to learn about animal science.
3) NY Portuguese Short Film Festival, Museum of Anthropology, UBC, October 10 & 11
The mission of the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival is to bring Portuguese culture to the big screen and showcase films with a unique Portuguese perspective. The NYPSFF offers a contemporary Portugal full of ideas and spirit while bridging audiences with different cultural background. The objective of the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival is to promote contemporary Portuguese cinema produced in Portugal and abroad. All short films presented at the NYPSFF are written and directed by Portuguese. The festival is produced and hosted by Arte Institute.
4) The Great Symphony, Chan Centre, October 9 & 10, 8pm
Franz Schubert was one of the greatest writers of melody, second perhaps only to Mozart. His Ninth Symphony is a majestic symphonic statement, and a sad reminder that this great composer died at only thirty-one years of age. Exciting young conductor Alexandre Bloch presides over a concert that also features great pianist Ingrid Fliter performing Haydn’s most popular work for keyboard and orchestra.
5) Harvest Haus, Queen Elizabeth Plaza, until October 11
Vancouver’s largest Volksfest returns for its succeeding year this autumn, held under the Festzelt at Queen Elizabeth Plaza – Harvest Haus brings folklore from the 1st century to the Great White North. Combining modern fare with authentic European harvest traditions, gather your closest mates for the most gluttonous and gratifying weekends of the year!
The crunch of fresh produce, crackle of the grill, the fizz of the pour, the bite of the chopping block and the clinking of glassware. Applause. Laughter. Conversation. Music. The sounds of autumn! PROST!
6) Fright Nights, Playland/ PNE Fairgrounds, until November 1
Wander the fairgrounds all decked out for Halloween and swarming with wandering spooks. Ride the rides under the cover of darkness, including Canada’s most extreme pendulum ride.
7) Vancouver International Improv Festival, Various locations, until October 10
Some of the world’s best improvisers will be at Performance Works Theatre, Waterfront Theatre and The Improv Centre for a week of mind-expanding and mind-blowing comedy! With over 40 shows to choose from, #VIIF2015 truly offers something for all audiences.
8) Eastside Flea , Wise Hall, October 10
We saw things go out the door at the last market like records, old traffic signs, vintage clothing, handmade body products, strange curios and more! Don’t miss this event, vendors will all have their best summer finds & creations ready for you to peruse under the sparkly lights, rubbing shoulders with all your friends!!
9) Murders, Mystery & Mayhem, Vancouver Art Gallery, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays until October 31
This ain’t a ghost tour – it’s a tour about the REALLY scary dark side of the city. You’ll hear sinister tales of unsolved murders, unruly riots, notorious gangsters and the nefarious side of our city’s history the other tours won’t talk about. Starting from the Vancouver Art Gallery (where you’ll hear the tawdry tale of it’s doomed architect) this 90 minute night time walk will explore the wicked events of “Canada’s most livable city.” While Vancouver is undeniably beautiful on the surface, some of its sinister history will shock you. Get ready for a frightfully fun evening!
10) Dracula, Surrey Arts Centre, until October 10
Lucy Seward is wasting away with a mysterious illness, baffling all the medical experts. Her only hope lies with her father’s friend, the beautiful and mysterious Professor Anna Van Helsing. But is she strong enough to fight the evil that threatens the house and all within it? And just who is their neighbour, the enigmatic Count Dracula?