Vancouver's Entertainment Season

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The leaves turn technicolour and then fall away, the nights get short, the lights turn on, and the summer days of basking in the sunshine give way to a season of lively entertainment. Quite the opposite of winter hibernation; Vancouverites are awakened by the brisk air, the potential for layered cozy attire, and the promise of festivals, concerts, opera, symphony, and weather that is often gentle enough to continue the outdoor fun. Begin the season with the warm smell of jack-o-lanterns, harvest festivals, and exciting spooks, and end it with the twinkle of holiday festivities and the promise of a brand new year.


  • VIFF

    Vancouver International Film Festival | September 24 to October 9

    One of North America's largest film festivals is back! In its 34th year, VIFF promises to continue to bring the best in film to venues across Vancouver and it is up to film lovers to scour the listings and schedule in as many of their most anticipated shows as possible across daily evening shows and matinees. Last year there were 540 screenings of 349 films from over 70 countries, and this year you can expect a similar display of narrative drama, documentary, performance arts, international, and of course oddball and horror. Learn more

    > Book a stay during the Vancouver International Film Festival

  • Madonna

    Madonna | October 14

    It's the queen of the 80s, going strong on her reign and powering into every decade with her own style of fun and in-your-face pop music. This tour is in support of her 13th studio album, "Rebel Heart." Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the Madonna show

  • Throwback TheatreSports

    Throwback TheatreSports | Oct. 15 to Nov. 21

    Do you remember Tubbs and Crockett? Leg warmers? The Rubik's Cube? Line-backer shoulder pads? Big hair? For those of you who do, you know these are icons from the decade of excess - the 1980s. For those of you who weren't yet born, you're probably familiar with some of them through retro fashion, music re-mixes, period movies and old TV re-runs. Throwback TheatreSportsTM is a show with more twists than the Rubik's Cube. It will keep you in stitches regardless of whether or not you lived through, or should we say ‘survived,' the 80s. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Throwback TheatreSports

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    UBC Apple Festival | October 17 to 18

    The UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia's favourite fruits and is held at the university's Botanical Garden each October. Festival-goers can taste up to 60 varieties of apples, including heritage, new and tried-and-true varieties. There are also grafting and cider-pressing demonstrations, a children's area (complete with face painting, storytelling and puppet shows) and the chance to enjoy apple pie, cider and other apple treats. Afterward, explore the stunning grounds of the Botanical Garden or walk along the treetop Greenheart Canopy Walkway. Admission is $4 (children 12 and under are free). Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the UBC Apple Festival

  • Writer's Fest

    Writer's Fest | October 20 to 25

    A celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. Over six days of inspiring and evocative storytelling by local and international authors such as Paula Hawkins, author of the psychological thriller The Girl on the Train and Michel Chikwanine, a former child soldier and co-author of the graphic novel, Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Writer's Fest

  • Rock n' Roll Vancouver Half Marathon

    Vancouver Rock'n Roll Oasis Half Marathon | October 24 to 25

    Rock out while you run - live music all along the course makes this run a unique one, where you leave the ear buds at home and move your body to the same tune of everyone around you. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the Vancouver Rock'n Roll Oasis Half Marathon

  • Florence + the Machine

    Florence + the Machine | October 25

    Make your way to Rogers Arena on October 25th to revel in the hauntingly beautiful voice that belongs to none other than Florence Welch. Florence + the Machine's latest release, "How Big How Blue How Beautiful" is out now, and has reached #1 on iTunes in 18 countries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and more. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Florence + the Machine

  • Nitro Circus

    Nitro Circus | November 1

    Nitro Circus has exploded to global popularity, leaving a burning impression on the minds of young people across the planet. In a world where authenticity is rare, Nitro Circus is the only action sports entertainment company that delivers the biggest and best, mind blowing cross platform entertainment for daredevils and risk taking wannabes in the spirit of fun, friendship and camaraderie. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Nitro Circus

  • Dark Sisters

    The Vancouver Opera: Dark Sisters | November 26 to December 12

    In a renegade Mormon community of the American southwest, brave Eliza attempts to escape her life as one of five "sister wives" in a polygamous marriage and save her daughter from the same fate. The women's children have been removed by state authorities and their husband, known as the Prophet, has retreated to the desert, seeking divine guidance. In desperation, the women subject themselves to the glare of the media. While the world watches on television, Eliza bares her heart, unleashes her condemnation of the community's patriarchy, and pleads with her sister wives to break free. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Dark Sisters

  • James Bond

    Fifty Years of Bond...James Bond | November 27 to 28

    Celebrate Fifty Years of James Bond with a reprise of one of the VSO's most successful Pops concerts ever. Just in time for the release of 007's twenty-fourth movie, SPECTRE, you will hear the most memorable songs and music from Dr. No through Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, From Russia With Love, For Your Eyes Only and all the way up to the Oscar-winning Skyfall. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Fifty Years of James Bond


  • Alien Contagian

    Alien Contagian: Rise of the Zombie Syndrome | October 6 to November 1

    This year, audiences are tasked to respond to a highly confidential NASA report about a downed Unidentified Flying Object that has crashed on earth. The exact location is unknown. To add to the mystery, the alien pilot is reportedly injured, has escaped and is hiding in Vancouver. Furthermore, every NASA official sent to locate the UFO has returned in a zombie-like state. In this interactive, smartphone-enabled and clue-breaking adventure, brave and adventurous audience members must find the downed spacecraft, quell the nearby zombie uprising and ultimately save the human race from the brink of extinction. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Alien Contagion: Rise of the Zombie Syndrome

  • Ghost Train

    Stanley Park Ghost Train | October 9 to November 1 aboard! Back from the graveyards of yesteryear comes the most gripping, exciting, and spine-tingling creatures ever to haunt the Stanley Park Train! Witness Dracula, Frankenstein, the Phantom of the Opera, and more, as they come back to life from behind the silver screen to haunt you, chill you, and thrill you! This weird and wild adventure will take you back to a time when moving pictures dared to unearth the shadows that lay sleeping in the dark recesses of our minds. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the Stanley Park Ghost Train events

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    Fright Nights at Playland | October 9 to November 1

    Misty, dark, dreary, and full of spooks and scares may not sound like everyone's ideal night out, but to those of us who love Halloween, nothing could be better! Playland turns into an animated haunted carnival, including seven haunted houses and fifteen of its best rides; what better way to scream away all of your fears? Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Fright Nights at Playland

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    Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour | October 14 to 31

    Tour Vancouver's eeriest haunts with the Vancouver Police Museum and Vancouver Trolley Company's Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour. The annual offering dares brave visitors to board a frightful trolley bus and travel through the city listening to storytellers spin tales of murder, treachery and intrigue. With a walk through Mountain View Cemetery and a chilling visit to Vancouver's original city morgue (where more than 15,000 autopsies have been performed), this jaunt is not for the faint of heart. The 2.5-hour tour runs nightly, October 14 to 31 (excluding Sundays and Mondays), and departs from Canada Place hourly from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are required; individual bookings and private charters are also available. Tickets are $40 (must be 13 or older to participate). Reserve early: tickets are limited and sell fast. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tours

  • Halloween Parade and Expo

    Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo | October 15 to 18

    The magnificent Vancouver Halloween Expo is waiting for you at the PNE Forum. Make sure you purchase your tickets early, so that you can partake in all this event has to offer, including a Rock Music Festival, Fantastic Food Festival, Exhibition of arts, dance, performance, cosplay, films, comics, anime, games, makeup and more! Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo
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    Fort Langley's Grave Tales | October 15 to 29

    Tales of love in the after-life, mysterious burials, and hair-raising amputations will chill visitors during Fort Langley National Historic Site's annual Grave Tales Historic Walking Tours. Costumed interpreters will share tales of misfortune in Fort Langley's cemeteries, streets, and inside the spooky 1850s fort. Learn about some long dead, but still lingering spirits, including Louisa Emptage who searches for her Hudson's Bay Company-employed husband William at the Fort Langley cemetery. Maybe you'll see the ghostly young boy who still wants to play in the Big House. Finish the tour with a hot drink around the bonfire. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Fort Langley's Grave Tales

  • Halloween at FlyOver

    Halloween at FlyOver Canada | October 16 to November 1

    This Halloween, Broomelda is back and ready to lead all aspiring witches and wizards through the Haunted Witches Academy at FlyOver Canada. Graduating is easy.... Just survive! Meet with Broomelda to uncover the secret on how to graduate and then make your way through the spookily hunted hallways before taking off on a spellbinding flight across Canada! All surviving graduates receive their very own Official Witch Academy diploma! Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Halloween at FlyOver Canada
  • Chinatown Haunted House

    Chinatown Haunted House | October 21 to 31

    WARNING: Not for young children or the faint of heart! This Halloween, take your children to Stanley Park.
    Bring your friends to Chinatown. Join the team at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden again this year at Vancouver's fastest growing Halloween event. From October 21 to 31, the team will transform the Garden into a terrifying Haunted House. Featuring over a dozen actors, dancers and musicians, this one-of-a-kind experience is inspired by the gruesome stories of Judge Dee: China's Sherlock Holmes. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the Chinatown Haunted House events

  • Forbidden Vancouver - Lost Souls of Gastown

    Forbidden Vancouver - Lost Souls of Gastown Tour (Ongoing)

    Venture into Vancouver's eeriest alleys and oldest neighbourhoods on this gothic foray into the depths of Gastown. Guided by a centuries-old resident, participants relive some of the city's most mysterious, gruesome and historic events, learning about the lives - and deaths - of notorious figures like Gassy Jack (the founder of Gastown) and John Bray (a Klondike gold prospector whose brutal murder hasn't stopped him from haunting Gastown's main drag). The Lost Souls of Gastown takes place daily from Tuesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., and costs $22 for adults and $19 for seniors and students. Learn more.

    > Buy your Lost Souls of Gastown Tour now

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