With Thanksgiving nearly here, we thought we’d go ahead and share some of the best things to do in Vancouver this long weekend. From the return of Fright Nights to visits to cranberry farms and everything in between – here’s what’s on our radar.

Fright Nights


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Returning to PNE Playland is Fright Nights, a Halloween-themed experience sure to scare your socks off. With seven haunted houses, 18 thrilling rides, roaming monsters, live performances, & more, Fright Nights is back for the spookiest season yet, and it’s open select Fridays until October 31st. Grab your tickets now for the ultimate scare later!

When: Friday, October 7th to Monday, October 31st
Where: 2901 East Hastings
Cost: $45-$54

Go on an Ocean Safari


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If you’re looking for an activity out of the ordinary, Richmond is the place to be! Join one of the Wildlife Spectacular whale-watching tours and get ready to catch a glimpse of humpback whales, orcas, sea lions & fascinating birds.

When: Daily tours available starting at 12 pm
Where: 210-12240 Second Avenue, British Columbia. A shuttle service is available from various locations in Vancouver
Cost: Visit their website to explore all the tour options


Blueprint Events and Live Nation present the ultimate fall music fest this weekend. On the main stage on Friday, October 7th, we have Armin van Buuren and Kaskade at the Pacific Coliseum. On Saturday, there are performances by Black Tiger Sex Machine, G Jones, and more. And on Sunday, October 9th, Fisher and Artbat will perform on the Seasons House Stage. The latter two performances will be at the PNE Forum on Hastings Street.

When: Friday, October 7th to Sunday, October 9th
Where: 100 North Renfrew Street
Cost: $175.50 for a three-day pass

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) 


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This weekend is your last chance to check out the incredible lineup of films at VIFF this year, so don’t miss out! Guests can expect 120 features and 100 shorts, as well as multiple talks, performances, and other unique events celebrating film culture. Individual tickets are available for $15 a pop.

When: Until Sunday, October 9th, 2022

Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors

Switching gears back to ‘spooky,’ it’s high time horror lovers get out to Surrey and experience the ultimate haunted attraction in the Lower Mainland. Get chased by circus clowns and partake in three different “haunts” with their own storylines.

When: See available times here.
Where: 12530 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Cost: $57.48

AP Dhillon 


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The Indo-Canadian singer, rapper, and record producer Amritpal Singh Dhillon (known professionally as AP Dhillon) is performing at Rogers Arena on Saturday, October 8th, so grab your tix while you can. Five of his singles have peaked on the Official Charts Company UK Asian and Punjabi charts, while “Majhail” and “Brown Munde” have topped the chart.

When: Saturday, October 8th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way
Cost: $103.05

Harvest Days at VanDusen

If you’re looking for a celebration of autumn’s bounty in the form of seasonal eats, decorated scarecrows, and fall foliage – then look no further than Harvest Days at VanDusen. On Monday, you can take a stroll through the massive veggie gardens, bales of hay, and cornstalks, and peruse the pumpkins with a warm beverage in hand. Sounds like an ideal post-Thanksgiving meal activity to us!

When: Every weekend in October, & Monday, October 10th and Friday, October 21st
Where: 5251 Oak Street
Cost: $8.60

Visit a pumpkin patch 

And speaking of fun, family-friendly activities – a trip to your local pumpkin patch is never a bad idea. Especially when it comes to getting in the Thanksgiving/harvest mood! Enjoy hot apple cider, meet a variety of farm animals, and pick up some cool pumpkins (and pumpkin-inspired treats) for the road.

Where: Check out our picks above

Riverside Cranberry Farm 


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It’s peak cranberry season, and the folks at “The Bog” / Riverside Cranberry Farm in Fort Langley are offering “cranberry plunges” to visitors who go on their self-guided harvest walks. Basically, visitors can suit up and wade through the field of floating cranberries themselves! Talk about a unique fall activity!

When: Open until Monday, October 10th
Where: 26885 88th Avenue Langley
Cost: $14.28 to $43.45

Feast on Thanksgiving food

Now, let’s dive into what we’re all looking forward to doing this weekend: Eating tons of great food. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to indulge in a special meal that doesn’t involve your oven. From Rosie’s “Turkey Tailgate” at Strange Fellows Brewing to Thanksgiving courses at The Flying Pig, Cardero’s and more – here are some amazing picks when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner in the form of dine-in and take-out.

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap on this long weekend, everyone! Have an amazing Thanksgiving Monday and be sure to tell the people you care about that you’re grateful for them.