80 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, October 26

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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 26.



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      Anglo-Dutch experimental rock band the Legendary Pink Dots play the Biltmore Cabaret, with guests Orbit Service.

      Blues-drenched, clarinet-driven 1920s vintage jazz band the Dime Notes plays North Van's Centennial Theatre.

      Chicago indie-rock band Whitney plays Venue, with guests Lala Lala.

      Russian rock quintet Mumiy Troll plays the Vogue Theatre.

      Canadian country artists Dean Brody and Dallas Smith play Abbotsford Centre, with guests the Reklaws.

      American folk-pop singer-songwriter Noah Kahan plays the Commodore Ballroom.

      The Park Sound Halloween Show features performances by Sleepy Gonzales, Zach Kleisinger, and Hello Victim at North Van's Park Sound Studios.

      Texas rap collective Brockhampton plays the PNE Forum.

      Halloween at the Commodore features performances by Stickybuds, Moontricks, Dirtwire, and Rumpus & Sivz.



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      Charity Art Auction at Pacific Arts Market features works by over 40 local artists & craft people, with proceeds to the North Shore Women's Centre.

      BC Guide Dogs Trivia Night at Ladner's Sacred Heart School raises funds for guide dogs, PTSD service dogs, and autism support dogs.

      Halloween Bash at Surrey's Elements Casino features music, food, and prizes for best costumes, with proceeds to the Surrey Hospice Society.



      The BC Vintage to Modern Toy Expo at Surrey's Shannon Hall features toy trucks, cars, comics, models, GI Joes, Barbies, Lego, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Tonka, Corgi, and antique cast-iron toys.

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

      East Van Halloween Party at the Hungarian Cultural Society features '80s and '90s music, costumes, prizes, and local beer.

      Mid-Century Madness is a dress-up party celebrating 60 years at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.




      The eighth annual East Vancouver Apple Press Fest at Vancouver Technical Secondary School brings people together to make apple cider.

      The Parallel 49 Brewing Company Halloween Party features seven beers on tap, Porky's food truck, and costume contests.



      Dr. Glyn Williams-Jones of SFU's Earth Sciences Dept. discusses the Mt. Meager and Tseax volcanoes in southwest and northwest B.C. and the recent initiatives to study and monitor their activity at Delta's Cedar Park Church.

      Jacqui Sunderland-Groves of the Wildlife Co-existence Lab at UBC speaks about great ape ecology at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre.



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      Spooktacular Newton on 137th St. between 72nd and 74th Ave. in Surrey features trick-or-treating, mini golf, face painting, food, and a haunted train.

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

      Kids can get up close and personal with wild salmon and learn about their extraordinary lives at Capilano River Regional Park's Coho Commotion

      Kids can celebrate Halloween at Steveston's historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery and see what lurks in The Haunted Sea.




      Author and activist Naomi Klein speaks on climate action at the Chan Centre as part of the Vancouver Writers Festival.

      The two-day International Che Guevara Conference at the Russian Hall features discussions and debates on the ideas of the Cuban revolution and how it has impacted Latin America and the world.



      The Comic Strip at Tyrant Studios features standup comedy by Ed Hill, Myles Anderson, and headliner Yumi Nagashima.

      Canadian comedian Eddie Della Siepe performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Vancouver TheatreSports' Halloween Howl at the Improv Centre features costumed performers, palm readings, Poe poems, potions and poisons, and laughter.

      Comedy meets Dungeons & Dragons at Little Mountain Gallery's Deathtrap '74: An Improvised D&D Adventure.

      Hot Mess features brand-new sketch-comedy show by Carmelahhh at Little Mountain Gallery.




      Family Day at the Contemporary Art Gallery features a creative workshop based on Ingrid Koenig’s exhibition Navigating the Uncertainty Principle.

      The three-day Burnaby Artists Guild Art Show & Sale at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts features the work of Marjorie Wong.

      The two-day Artbreakers Illustration Market at Heritage Hall features some of Vancouver's finest talent in illustration, art, and design.

      Arts Umbrella’s annual art auction and gala, Splash, takes place at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.


      ProArteDanza, founded by former National Ballet of Canada dancer and renowned choreographer Roberto Campanella, performs at the Norman Rothstein Theatre as part of the Chutzpah Festival.

      Karen Flamenco presents a one-hour production at Granville Island's Improv Theatre featuring traditional flamenco music, dance, storylines, and magic.

      DanceHouse in partnership with Dancers of Damelahamid presents Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Canadian premiere of Spirit at the Vancouver Playhouse.



      The Vancouver Writers Fest features local and international writers taking part in literary events and immersive conversations on various stages on and around Granville Island. Events today include The Literary Cabaret, featuring authors Ivan Coyote, Cherie Dimaline, Tom Lanoye, Sean Michaels, Zalika Reid-Benta, and Bindu Suresh (above) at Performance Works.

      Author Linden Carroll signs her new historical novel Full Circle at Black Bond Books.

      Author Melanie Janisse-Barlow launches her new collection of poetry, Thicket, at Massy Books.



      Pianist brothers Sergei and Nikolai Saratovsky join forces as a four-hand piano duo at West Van's Silk Purse Arts Centre.

      In the Court of Versailles is an evening of French Baroque music to celebrate the glory of Louis XIV at Hycroft Manor.

      The Erato Ensemble explores themes of sex, sexuality, and gender identity in a supportive environment hosted by sexual-health facilitator Tanille Geib at the Orpheum Annex.



      Suitcase Theatre presents performances of the Vancouver Fringe Festival faves Legoland (by Jacob Richmond, above) and No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery (by Ryan Gladstone) at Havana Theatre as part of Replay: A Bunch of Great Plays, Again.

      Performance at CBC Studio 700 of Dracula: A Modern Radio Play, Adam Darts' adaptation of the classic horror story by Bram Stoker.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents its final 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 its final performance at New Westminster's Bernie Legge Theatre of Terror By Gaslight.

      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.

      Final 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.

      Final 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.

      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.

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




      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.



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

      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.

      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 the Cinematheque of director Ben Wheatley's unsettling 2011 folk-horror shocker, Kill List.

      Twentieth anniversary screening at the Rio Theatre of directors Eduardo Sánchez & Daniel Myrick's low-budget horror blockbuster The Blair Witch Project.


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