Discover the best of the season with this Metro Vancouver Fall Events and Festivals Guide. Explore immersive visual experiences, bald eagle viewing, apple and cranberry harvesting, salmon spawning, cultural performances and so much more.
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Vancouver Fall Events and Festivals
Harvest Days VanDusen Botanical Gardens – New in 2022 starting October 1.
Activities: A celebration of the fall season and autumn’s bounty. Fun for the whole family, the veggie garden and maze area will be transformed for fall with fun photo areas, activities and entertainment, tasty treats and more.
Admission: Tickets must be purchased in advance online.
Hours: Harvest Days will be open every Saturday and Sunday in October, in addition to October 10 and October 21. Entry times are available between 10am and 3pm, with garden access available until 5pm.
Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver
American Crown Circus and Circo Osorio – various dates in September and October
The Flying Circus is coming to Lansdowne Centre in Richmond, Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in Abbotsford, Guildford Town Centre in Surrey (Sept 16-19), Tsawwassen Mills and Coquitlam Town Centre, Coquitlam.
Feel the excitement under the big top with African acrobats, high flying flyers and much more.
Buy tickets here.
Fintastic Fall Days at the Vancouver Aquarium – October 1 to 31, 2022
Activities: Check out the new Spooky Wet Lab, new animal encounters with; rainbow boa, boa constrictor, Brazilian tarantula, and hissing cockroaches. There also new is the bat talks, hagfish feeding, wolf eel feed and ghost nets. The maze is back and perfect for little ones.
The new 4-D Experience® Splash and Bubbles – Splash, Bubbles, Dunk and Ripple need your help to find Dunk’s lost lucky pebble as they embark on an epic adventure exploring our one big ocean! Playing October 1 – November 11, 2022
Get a taste of fall with seasonal inspired food and treats for a limited time only – BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Fall Mac + Cheese , Sweet Potato Poutine, Seafood Chowder, Assorted Aquatic Fall Themed Sugar Cookies , Hot Apple Cider, Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s and BBQ Pulled Pork Poutine.
Hours: Open all year. October 1 to 31, 2022 for special spooky encounters and for new 4-D Experience® Splash and Bubbles – October 1 – November 11, 2022
Location: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, in Stanley Park.
Apple Festival – UBC Botanical Garden – October 15-16, 2022
This year’s UBC Apple Festival at Botanical Gardens is the first in-person festival since 2019.
Activities: Apples and apple trees will be available to buy. There is a children’s area, food and craft fair, entertainment and a display all about the nearly 200 types of apples grown in BC. Taste varieties of heritage and new apples in the tasting tent for an additional fee. Tickets provide access to the UBC Botanical Gardens and Greenheart TreeWalk.
Admission: $7 for the early bird and $10 regular. Tickets are only available online for the event and are limited for the best possible experience. Purchase an additional ticket for the Apple Tasting Tent. Early bird pricing is in effect until September 21.
Everyone must have a ticket. Ages 7 and under are free.
Hours: 11 am-4 pm, October 15-16, 2022. Tasting Tent: 11:30 am-3:30 pm
Location: UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC.
Celebrate fall’s apple harvest. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©
Harvest Haus – September 30 and October 1, 2022
Come for an Octoberfest celebration of European fall harvest at the 7th annual Harvest Haus.
Activities: Traditional German Octoberfest food and entertainment with more than 16 beer vendors featuring seasonal local craft brew along with European offerings. Wine and other spirits available.
Admission: Buy tickets.
Hours: September 30: 6-11:30 pm; October 1, Matinee 11:30 am-4:30 pm. Saturday night sells out fast.
Location: PNE Forum, Vancouver
Website: Harvest House
Vancouver International Film Festival September 29 – October 9, 2022
Celebrating its 42nd year VIFF will present about 120 features and 100 short films.
Buy tickets online.
BC Culture Days September – October 16, 2022
BC Culture Days is a three week celebration of culture, heritage and arts in communities around BC.
With more than 100 events to choose from in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley discover pop-up Flamenco, free dance and music performances, DIY Donut Workshop, art sessions, storytelling, walking tours and more.
Find an event.
Chutzpah Festival – November 3-24, 2022
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.
Performances are held at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre.
National Geographic Beyond King Tut – The Immersive Experience, November 4, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Take a one hour journey through nine galleries for a multi-sensory experience of one of the world’s greatest archaeological finds in Egypt. Discover the ancient wonders of the King Tut story, Great Sphinx, Pyramids of Giza and more.
Admission: Tickets range in price from peak to off peak hours. See more details and buy tickets.
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Beyond King Tut Immersive experience in Vancouver. Courtesy photo.
Circle Craft Christmas Market – November 9-13, 2022
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.
Admission: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors and Youth 13-17, 12 and under free. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after 5 pm is 50% off.
Find out more about the market and to book tickets or buy onsite.
East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid – November 16, 2022 – January 01, 2023
Under the sea Ariel dives into an ocean adventure where she makes a questionable deal with a devilish octopus named Ursula, fights off evil electric eels with her trash crab BFF, Sebastian, and has to help save the ocean from a mysterious purple slime of despair.
The performances will be at the York Theatre and offered online. Buy tickets here.
Eastside Culture Crawl – November 17-20, 2022
The Eastside Culture Crawl, a festival of visual arts, design and crafts, celebrates its 26th anniversary in 2022.
Find out more about the Eastside Culture Crawl.
Disney on Ice – Road Trip Adventure – November 23-27, 2022
Disney on Ice presents a wild road trip adventure for Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends as they travel to favorite Disney destinations. Elsa and Anna experience a magical journey. Moana travels to the sun soaked Motunui. Simba takes a safari to the Pride Lands. Aladdin visits a whole new world. Woody and Forky join the escapades of fun-filled carnival.
Dates: Various performance times November 23-27, 2022. The show is approximately 45 minutes in length.
Tickets: $25.00 – $130.00 plus fees. All guests ages 2 and older need to purchase a ticket. Buy tickets.
Location: Pacific Coliseum, 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver.
Disney on Ice Aladdin parade in Vancouver. Courtesy Photo
A Series of Concerts by Candlelight until December 31, 2022
Enjoy a series of live concerts illuminated by candlelight in a variety of locations throughout Vancouver.
Find out more about this Concert by Candlelight and to book tickets.
Lumière – Returning November 2022 – select installations available until February 2023
Lumière is an incredible series of interactive light displays at several locations in Vancouver’s West End, Downtown and Granville Island. This is the 9th year the event has provided Vancouver with an exceptional visual experience.
Activities: There are numerous stunning art and interactive light displays at several Vancouver locations.
Admission: Free for all to enjoy with COVID-19 social distancing.
Hours: Returning November 2022. Some installation will stay until February 2023. The displays are best viewed after sunset.
North Vancouver and West Vancouver Festivals and Events
Brewhalla Music and Beer Festival – October 7, 2022
Lonsdale Quay Market and Food Hall celebrates beer and music.
Come to the festival for tastings available of more than 50 beers and listen to music from over 10 local performers. Try this discount code LETSGO20 (this may only work for the Cloverdale event) when you buy tickets here.
There will be a variety of food trucks available.
The festival is located at the Shipyards in North Vancouver. Look below for the October 29 event in Cloverdale.
Vancouver Cheese and Meat Artisan Food and Beverage Festival – November 5, 2022
A showcase of artisan cheeses and meats from the Pacific Northwest, along with liquor samples. Participants are given a small charcuterie board to try the samples described by the vendors.
There are three tasting times offered 11 am, 3 pm, 7 pm or a full pass to all. Buy tickets.
Festival takes place at the historic Pipe Shop, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver.
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 Capilano Fish Hatchery. Download a map.
Ambleside Farmers Market – Now until the end of October
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 Fall Festivals and Events
Hidden Wonders Speakeasy Magic Experience – October 4-November 27, 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 Fall 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.
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
Bear Creek Park Lights – November 4-18, 2022
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 4 – 18 from 4:30 – 9:30 pm. The event is closed on November 11 for Remembrance Day.
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.
Brewhalla Beer and Music Festival Cloverdale – October 29, 2022
Brewhalla Cloverdale celebrates craft beer and music on October 29 between Noon and 6 pm at the Agriplex.
Come to the festival for tastings available of more than 50 beers and listen to music from up to 10 local performers. Use the discount code LETSGO20 when you buy tickets here.
There will be a variety of food trucks available.
Maple Ridge Fall Festivals and Events
Celebrate the Night – Festival of Lights – October 21, 2022
Activities: Celebrating fall and Halloween. Family fun-filled activities include storytelling, pumpkins, crafts, games, food trucks and a fireworks finale.
Hours: 6 pm – 8:00 pm. Fireworks at 8:00 pm.
Location: Memorial Peace Park, 11900 224 Street, Maple Ridge
Langley Fall Festivals and Events
The Bog Riverside Cranberry Farm – Late September – October, 2022
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
Maan Farms Fall Festival – 2022
(about an hour from Vancouver)
Activities: Celebrate family fun at the 10th 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. Play the day away in our Barnyard Adventureland, save the magical creatures in the Enchanted Corn Maze, and pick your perfect pumpkin to take home in our Pumpkin Patch.
Don’t forget to check out the festive fall and Halloween inspired treats. There is wine-filled ‘blood’ bags at the Blood Bar or deep-fried treats and cotton candy delights, NaanTacos, Mad Jack Pumpkin Spice wine, Creepy Cloud Cocktail, Double Pumpkin SpiceCream, Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts, and more of Mama Maan’s legendary cooking.
Hours: Opens September 17 for the Fall at the Farm. Pumpkin Patch opens, September 24, 2022
Location: 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford, BC
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.
Sip and Savour Squamish – TBA
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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