As the cool fall weather takes hold in our city, it might seem like our options for activities are shrinking. But, believe it or not, there is still tons to do in the Vancouver area, even as those leaves change colour. Our city is chock full of really fun things to do this week around the city. And don’t you worry, a few of them are fall-themed!

Here’s our rundown of things to do this week.

Check out a new art exhibit at the Bill Reid Gallery

A new installation at The Bill Reid Gallery recently opened up! Using photographs, textiles, clothing, and more, the exhibit by First Nation’s artist Sho Sho Eqsuiro is bound to be interesting. With the express purpose to spark conversations and reflection on genocide and injustice, we know it will be a powerful exhibit.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 639 Hornby Street
Cost: $13

Catch a flick at the VIFF

Local cinephiles rejoice! VIFF is back this year and there are some bonkers good movies coming to town. We highly recommend you check out Belfast, Memoria, and Saloum, to name just a few. Events and showings are happening both in-person and online, so you have no excuse to not be watching movies!

When: Starts Friday, October 1st
Where: All over the city

Truth and Reconciliation Day

If you missed it, a new national stat holiday has taken effect in a lot of places across the country. It is, of course, incredibly solemn given that it’s a day-off to reflect on Canada’s fraught history with Indigenous people and First Nations. We hope that you take the day, do some thinking and maybe even try to educate yourself about Indigenous history and current injustices.

When: September 30th

Experience BC Culture Days

This event is the number one excuse to get involved in your local arts and culture community. Held across the province with dozens of in-person and online interactive events, it’s your chance to engage with the finer things in life. Whether it be a talk, a workshop, or a class, there’s a whole lot of great stuff to check out.

When: Events throughout the week
Where: All over the province
Cost: Free

Get some fall vibes at Maan’s Farm Fest

Remember when we mentioned fall-themed activities? Well, folks, this is a big one. Maan’s Farm Fest is one of the most fun fall things you can do in the Lower Mainland. Chill with pumpkins, cute baby goats, and all manner of tasty fall treats. It’s sort of like autumn Disneyland.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford
Cost: $18

Immerse yourself at the Moon and Back Gallery

Want to expand your mind and just hang out in an immersive art experience? Your answer should be yes because the Moon and Back Gallery’s newest attraction is exactly that. Walk through a dream of lights, colours, and lights and forget about the outside world for a little bit.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 150-12111 Bridgeport Road, Richmond
Cost: $24.99 to $38.99

Enjoy some performing arts at the Cabaret Festival

Life is a cabaret, they say. And A festival dedicated to the classic performance type is hitting the city this week. This year they are “indigenizing the digital stage” and we just know there are going to be some amazing, interesting, and worthwhile performances.

When: Events throughout the week
Where: Around the city and online
Cost: Depends on the show

Laugh at Jokes Please!

Love to laugh? Love to have fun? Well, Jokes Please! is one of the best comedy shows in the city and is very much worth checking out if you’re a fan. With an eclectic and interesting group of comedians every week, there’s always something for someone. Get your tickets early because there is a limited capacity!

When: Thursday, September 30th
Where: Little Mountain Gallery, 195 E 26th Ave, Vancouver
Cost: $10

Live like a gourd at Petey’s Pumpkin Patch

We are a sucker for pumpkins. As soon as we see a pumpkin, a primal feeling bubbles up in us, and we get the urge to jump headlong into fall. And, if you suffer from the same affliction, we recommend checking out Petey’s Pumpkin Patch in Chilliwack. There are pumpkins and even a train for you and your fam. Just good old-fashioned wholesome fun.

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 9423 Gibson Road, Chilliwack
Cost: $8 to $10 with a non-perishable food item

Learn about the Fraser at New Westminster RiverFest

Rivers consistently rank as one of the best bodies of water out there. So, we’re glad that New West is putting together a fest that’s so river-focused. The New Westminster Riverfest is an education, family fun time dedicated to the Fraser. Check it out to learn more about the wonder of our natural world

When: On until September 28th
Where: Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Cost: Free!

Now there you go folks, some great things to do this weekend. So now when your friend, partner, spouse, or pet looks over to you and says “What do you want to do today?” you got a whole list to answer that question.