Discover the best of the season with this Metro Vancouver Fall Festivals and Events Guide. Explore immersive visual experiences, bald eagle viewing, apple and cranberry harvesting, salmon spawning, cultural performances and so much more.
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Many events require online registration to save your spot and wearing a face mask is mandatory.
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Vancouver Fall Festivals and Events
UBC Apple Festival – Oct 19 – 20
The 30th annual UBC Apple Festival at Botanical Gardens has been reimagined for 2021.
There will be 15 apple varieties to shop for online at the Apple Market, along with 35 different apple trees and apple juice.
Online orders can be picked up from UBC Botanical Gardens on Oct 15-17, 2021
Celebrate fall’s apple harvest. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©
Tastes of Yaletown – October 1 – 31
Tastes of Yaletown celebrates its 17th year. There are 12 restaurants with special offerings of prix fixe menus for $25, $35, $45 and $55. Take-out is also an option to enjoy in your home.
Imagine Picasso Immersive Exhibition – October 27, 2021 – January 8, 2022
Imagine Picasso, a dream come true features more than 200 of Picasso’s masterpieces.
This spectacular exhibit at the Vancouver Convention Centre is for ages 3 and up. The display opens October 27.
Timed entry tickets need to be reserved online.
Download the exhibition booklet.
Best Vancouver Fall Events – Imagine Picasso Immersive Exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Eastside Culture Crawl – November 12 , 13, 14, 18, 19, 21
The Eastside Culture Crawl, a festival of visual arts, design and crafts, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021.
Find out more about the Eastside Culture Crawl.
Circle Craft Christmas Market – November 10 – 14
The Circle Craft Christmas Market has been a tradition in Vancouver since 1972. It is Western Canada’s largest craft market.
Held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the market features over 300 Canadian artisans and craftspeople.
Find out more about the market and to book tickets.
Masks are required, as well as proof of vaccination. Children 12 and under do not need to be vaccinated.
Chutzpah Festival – November 4 – 24
The Chutzpah Festival provides an array of entertainment performed by Canadian artists from across Canada. Choose from concerts, new dance works, comedy, theatre, film, and storytelling, with opportunities to interact with creative artists.
Find tickets for performances to watch in-person or online via live stream or on demand.
Performances are held at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre.
East Van Panto: Alice in Wonderland – November 24, 2021 – January 02, 2022
The classic Alice in Wonderland takes a twist with a true East Van vibe. Alice finds herself at a Commercial Drive leftist tea party after she falls down the rabbit hole and lands in Grandview-Woodlands Wonderland.
The performances will be at the York Theatre and offered online. Buy tickets here.
East Van Panto Alice in Wonderland. Photo: Dawn Pettenby/TimMatheson
North Vancouver and West Vancouver Festivals and Events
Capilano Regional Park – Celebrate Salmon Season – mid-October through early November
Take a short hike at Capilano Regional Park to view salmon swimming up river to spawn. The Coho Look provides some of the best views. Walk through towering Douglas fir trees to cross two bridges to take in scenic views of the river.
The trail is a 1 km loop and starts near the closed Capilano Fish Hatchery. Download a map.
Ambleside Farmers Market – Now until November 14
Shop the Ambleside Farmers Market for an assortment of BC Crafts, a variety of farm-fresh produce and delicious prepared foods.
The market is open from 10 am – 3 pm on Sundays at Ambleside Park located at the foot of 13th Street.
New Westminster Festivals and Events
Hidden Wonders Speakeasy Magic Experience – October 8, 2021 – January 1, 2022
Two-time world champion of magic Shawn Farquhar will perform his intimate slight of hand trickery at a secret location in historic downtown New Westminster. Only ticket holders will be given the exact location. Book tickets.
Farquhar has appeared on Ellen, Masters of Illusion and Fool Us.
Richmond and Delta Festivals and Events
Reifel Bird Sanctuary Lesser Snow Geese start arriving in October through mid-December
Visit the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, one of the top birding watching spots in North America, to see masses of white Lesser Snow Geese. In January 2021, the mid-winter count was 135,000.
Snow Geese like to sleep on the water and large dense flocks can often be seen in the marshes and rivers in the Sanctuary. Find out more.
The Da Vinci Experience and His Incredible Machines at Tsawwassen Mills – Until January 10, 2022
Come explore 10 replicas of Leonardo Da Vinci’s incredible machines. This immersive visual experience features both full size and in scale reproductions based on Da Vinci’s original projects.
Find out more and buy tickets here.
Coquitlam Fall Festivals and Events
Salmon Come Home Celebration – mid-October through early November
Celebrate the return of salmon to Coquitlam rivers. The prime time to see chum, chinook and coho salmon battle their way up the river to their spawning grounds is usually mid-October through early November.
There are eight viewing spots in Coquitlam, but one of the best is the Hoy Creek Linear Park. Download special free self-guided activities, scavenger hunt and map. Caution always watch out for bears. Know what to do if you encounter a bear.
Surrey Fall Festivals and Events
Surrey Fusion Festival – September 24 – October 25
This year the Surrey Fusion Festival is a virtual experience of food, music and culture.
There is a digital concert series and cultural cooking challenges.
Bear Creek Park Lights – November 5 – 18
New for 2021, Bear Creek Park Lights offers a safe, fun family-friendly evening event.
Journey through half-kilometre trails of the park gardens to be dazzled by a series of illuminated natural landscapes and whimsical light displays.
The display runs from November 5 – 18 from 4:30 – 9:30 pm. The event is closed on November 11 for Remembrance Day. Find out more here.
Tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets are free for this event. There are 80 tickets for each booking time. Entry times are available every 30 minutes.
Maple Ridge Fall Festivals and Events
Culture Days – The Bees Knees: Dressing up in the 1920s in Maple Ridge – September 11 – November 20
The ACT Art Gallery and Maple Ridge Museum explore the changing world of fashion in the 1920s.
This interesting exhibit looks at the carefree time during which radical changes occurred for women in society. Admission is free. Find out more.
Langley Fall Festivals and Events
The Bog Riverside Cranberry Farm – Late September – October 9
Come experience the Cranberry Harvest and Farm Tour at Riverside Cranberry Farm.
Take the Harvest Walk around the perimeter of the cranberry field to watch active cranberry harvesting. On a self-guide audio tour to learn about cranberry farming and its history. There are lots of great photo opportunities. For an additional fee, take the cranberry plunge wading experience.
Remember to visit the farm to table store onsite to pickup fresh cranberries for Thanksgiving. The stage of harvest cannot be guaranteed for tour date purchased
Check for dates and tickets.
Harvesting cranberries at the Bog Riverside Cranberry Farm in Langley
Harvesting cranberries at the Bog Riverside Cranberry Farm in Langley.
Harvesting cranberries at the Bog Riverside Cranberry Farm in Langley
Abbotsford Fall Festivals and Events
Celebrate family fun at the 7th annual Fall Festival on the Maan Farm. The Barnyard Adventureland features a zip line, pedal kart track, giant tire crawl, play fortress, jumping pillow, and giant slides. There are two Pumpkin Patches – The Classic Pumpkin Patch includes the opportunity to take a photo in the Pumpkin House with a Princess; and the Enchanted Patch, is North America’s only all-white Pumpkin Patch. The four-acre poop-themed Corn Maze is an interactive daytime adventure of interesting facts. There is also an animal play area with goats and hay wagon rides.
Don’t forget to check out the festive fall treats, Mama Maan’s Kitchen and the Country Store
Hours: Open September 17 – October 31, 2021. Dog Days are Sept. 18 & 19, Oct. 9, 11, 30 & 31. Buy tickets online.
Maan Farms Fall Festival Pumpkin Patch
See our guide to Metro Vancouver Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes
Squamish Fall Festivals and Events
Bald Eagle Viewing – Late October through February
Download a map of the best Bald Eagle viewing area. The Eagle Run viewing site, along the Squamish River, is open all year and the shelter has informational panels about eagles. Check here for the daily eagle counts.
Britannia Mines Museum – Ore And Orcas: The Remediation of Howe Sound / Átl’ka7tsem – October 1 – 31
Visit Britannia Mine’s special exhibit in the Terra Lab during the month of October to find out about the environmental impacts the mine caused over the years of operation.
Learn about the subsequent remediation and continued promising recovery of Howe Sound. To celebrate the improved ecosystem, a number of unique marine specimens will be on display. The interactive exhibit features a real Orca skeleton and dolphin skulls.on display.
Sip and Savour Squamish – November 4 – 25
Discover local Squamish chefs and craft makers at the month-long dine-around event.
Going to Squamish? Why not make a weekend of it and stay over so you can also check out the Squamish Craft Tasting Trail.
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BC Culture Days – September 24 – October 24
BC Culture Days is a celebration of the arts, culture and heritage in various communities throughout BC.
Many events are virtual and free or pay what you can by donation. Search for all events