80 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, October 19

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 80 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, October 19.



      American country artist Luke Combs plays Rogers Arena, with guests Morgan Wallen, Jameson Rodgers, and Dee Jay Silver.

      Vancouver blues legend Jim Byrnes plays Ladner's Genesis Theatre.

      Kiev-based quartet DakhaBrakha fuses beguiling beats and traditional Ukrainian folklore at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Local roots and country artists play the East Van Opry at the Rio Theatre, hosted by Charlie Demers.

      West Coast Guitar Night at the Historic Theatre features solo performances by acoustic guitarists Kent Hillman, Andre Stepanian, Jacob Seyer, Luis Medina, Edgar Avelino, and Les Finnigan.

      Punk Rock Ping Pong #2 at Pat's Pub and Brewhouse features performances by You Big Idiot, ATD, Normal People, and Die Job.

      Swing dance to live music by the Milk Crate Bandits jazz band at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

      Fiesta Africana at the Backstage Lounge features new and vintage African and Latin dance music, with guest percussionist Yoro Noukoussi from Benin.

      Felabration 2019 at the Imperial Vancouver features performances by the Boom Booms, Queer as Funk, Mostly Marley, Tonye Aganaba, and Kesseke Yeo.

      Regina folk-bluegrass group the Dead South plays the first of two nights at the Commodore Ballroom. SOLD OUT.



      Light The Night is an evening walk at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park that raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

      The Cayford Gala at the South Hall Banquet Palace supports the Forward Foundation, which provides end-of-life experiences of connection for terminally ill young adults.

      The Me Love Bingo! Trick & Treat Episode at the Russian Hall is a game night and variety hour supporting the marine conservation organization Georgia Strait Alliance.



      The Kits House Autumn Fair features music, carnival games, magic shows, improv, and food trucks on Vine Street between 5th and 8th Avenues.

      The Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms features pumpkins, a live band, a wagon ride, and an animal farm.

      The Regional Animal Protection Society presents a Kitten and Cat Adoption Event at the RAPS Cat Sanctuary.

      Roundhouse Productions presents a laser-video show at the BCIT Planetarium featuring the music of Pink Floyd, Gorillaz, and Radiohead.

      Rascal’s annual Fetish BDSM Halloween Party (costumes optional) takes place at New Westminster's Sapperton Pensioner's Hall. 



      The TriCity International Wine & Food Festival at Coquitlam's Hard Rock Casino Vancouver showcases over 50 themed wine stations and 15 food companies, with proceeds to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.

      The Vancouver Police Pipe Band hosts its second annual Pipes & Drams whisky-tasting experience at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

      The Trout Lake Farmers Market at John Hendry Park features seasonal produce, local meat, seafood, eggs & dairy, craft beer, wine & spirits, artisanal prepared food, and handmade craft.



      Aili Storen leads a workshop at YYOGA West Sixth for those who want to deepen their yoga practice by finding stability and confidence in arm balances.

      The Smart Maker Festival at the UBC Student Nest is an international platform for showcasing projects and prototypes in science and art.

      Lecture on the Vancouver housing crisis at Christ Church Cathedral features P.E. Moskowitz, author of How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighbourhood.



      The Toys Strike Back! is an improvised performance at the Improv Centre based on the toys and stories that kids bring to the show. Created by Det Andre Teatret of Norway as part of the International TheatreSports Festival.

      The Stanley Park Ghost Train takes kids into the mystical and magical world of Alice in Nightmareland, with tombs, tombstones, crypts, and catacombs.

      Flashlight Mysteries: The Park of Darkness at Deas Island Regional Park features puzzle challenges along lantern-lit trails for children 12 and up.

      Pint-Sized Pumpkin Carving at Coal Harbour Community Centre lets kids get into the spooky spirit and carve their own jack-o-lanterns, with carving tools and ghoulish music supplied.



      The Comic Strip features standup comedy by Stuart Jones, Randee Neumeyer, and headliner Katie-Ellen Humphries (above) at Tyrant Studios.

      Canadian comedian Jon Dore performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Jump on a bus with masked Mexican Luchador El Jaguar for an “alternative facts” tour of Vancouver as part of the International TheatreSports Festival.

      The Ferocious Four is a bad-ass improvised tale of action, power, and heroines at the Nest as part of the International TheatreSports Festival.

      The Bechdel Test explores the complexities, relationships, and stories of women at the Waterfront Theatre as part of the International TheatreSports Festival.



      The Poetry Burlesque at the Biltmore Cabaret is a 19+ variety show featuring more than 10 local artists performing poetry, dance, drag, and music.

      The two-day First Pick Handmade Home Décor at Heritage Hall is a home-goods marketplace featuring works by more than 30 local artisans.

      Bodies of Water at Notional Space is a multidisciplinary collection of music, movement, poetry, and live digital paintings that question our origin stories across bodies of water.

      The two-day 10 Dimensions Art Show and Sale at the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre features original artworks in a variety of media.



      Margie Gillis Legacy Project: Evolutions at West Van's Kay Meek Arts Centre is a transformative retrospective of the iconic Montreal-based choreographer and dancer.




      Writer-in-residence Doretta Lau leads a workshop at Historic Joy Kogawa House for writers who want to rediscover their love of writing or deepen their connection to the craft. 

      Launch at Massy Books of the graphic novel The Blue Road: A Fable of Migration, written by Wayde Compton and illustrated by April dela Noche Milne.



      Vancouver Opera presents a performance of Verdi's classic romantic tragedy La Traviata at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

      Pianist Libby Yu collaborates with the Arietta String Quartet in a chamber version of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor at Richmond's Loewen Piano House.



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      Suitcase Theatre presents performances of the Vancouver Fringe Festival faves Legoland (by Jacob Richmond) and Didn't Hurt (by Rodney Decroo, above) at Havana Theatre as part of Replay: A Bunch of Great Plays, Again.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at the Granville Island Stage of The Birds & the Bees, a Canadian comedy about love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys.

      Vagabond Players present a performance at New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre of Terror By Gaslight.

      Naked Goddess Productions presents a performance at Jericho Arts Centre of Dancing Lessons, about a professor with autism who approaches his neighbour for a dancing lesson.

      Final performance at the Metro Theatre of Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors, about the last frantic hours before a Three Tenors-style concert in Paris.

      Performance at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre of Cost of Living, a Pulitzer Prize–winning play about relationships and living with physical disabilities.

      Mitch & Murray Productions presents a performance of Annie Baker's comedy Body Awareness, directed by Aaron Craven.

      Performance at Bobby's Apartment of Company, an immersive production about Bobby’s life as a bachelor, told in the context of his 35th birthday.

      Performance at Richmond's Gateway Theatre of China Doll, a coming-of-age story about a young girl’s path to freedom through books and reading.

      Stage 43 Theatrical Society presents a performance at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre of The Creature Creeps, a throwback to classic (and campy) Hollywood horror.

      North Vancouver Community Players present a performance at the Theatre at Hendry Hall of the psychological thriller The Business of Murder.

      Performance at the Historic Theatre of Hold These Truths, starring Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi, a U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who fought against the mass incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during WWII.

      Performance at Pacific Theatre of Frankenstein: Lost in Darkness, Mary Shelley’s haunting fable of hubris and loss re-interpreted as an immersive audio drama.

      Performance at North Van's Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of the suspense drama Bear Witness, about a young woman who takes her baby out for a stroll and witnesses a murder.




      Transits and Returns at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the dynamic between place and movement in the work of twenty-one Indigenous artists from around the Pacific.

      Without a Word at the Polygon presents a selection of portrait photographs from the private collection of Bill Wu, including works by Berenice Abbott, Robert Doisneau, Walker Evans, Graciela Iturbide, and Mary Ellen Mark.

      Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

      Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist's career.

      Views of the Collection: The Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery focuses on the street as a source of inspiration and site for the production and enactment of culture, with works by Roy Arden, Kati Campbell, Robert Capa, Robert Frank, Fred Herzog, Hong Chan Park, Judy Radul, Jack Shadbolt, Danny Singer, and Ian Wallace.



      There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island); and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

      In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers, and printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.



      Potter’s House of Horrors, one of the Lower Mainland’s largest Halloween attractions, features two ultra-scary haunted houses and one geared for kids 12 and under.

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures.

      Parq Vancouver is a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven cable bridges suspended in trees, the Living Forest exhibit, totem-pole collection, Cliffwalk, and Treetop Adventure. 

      The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

      Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

      The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

      Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Colombian director Alejandro Landes's thriller Monos, about eight adolescent rebel guerillas keeping watch over their American hostage.

      Screening at the Cinematheque of Close-Up, director Abbas Kiarostami’s true-life story of a poor young Iranian man who insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy family by posing as a celebrated filmmaker.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's music documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.


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