Looking to do some pre-Halloween shopping, pick up some antiques or apples from the UBC farm, or enjoy a live show? This weekend is the perfect opportunity to do all four. So without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend (October 13-15).

Spooky Pop-up and Halloween Market 

Robson Square is transforming into a Halloween market on Saturday, October 14th from 11 am to 5 pm, which will be outdoors, dog-friendly and open to all ages. Shoppers can expect to peruse a ton of Halloween-inspired decor, spooky candles, art & prints, and street food – to name a few.

When: Saturday, October 14th
Where: 800 Robson Plaza
Cost: Free admission

UBC Apple Festival 


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The two-day UBC Apple Fest this weekend features a food fair, live entertainment on the Great Lawn, and over 40 varieties of new & heritage BC apples available for tasting – all at the UBC Farm from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 14th and 15th.

When: Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th
Where: UBC Botanical Garden
Cost: $8 early bird pricing

Sponsored: National Shawarma Day

What better way to celebrate National Shawarma Day, than with the creators of it? This October 15th, hit up your nearest Osmow’s to celebrate culture & the rich flavours of Shawarma with $5 specials all day long.

When: Sunday, October 15th, 2023
Where: click here to find your nearest Osmow’s
Cost: $5 Chicken/Falafel Wraps or on the ROCKS

Antique Show at the Vancouver Flea Market

Admission to the weekend flea market at Terminal Avenue typically ranges from $1.50 to $3, and features a ton of secondhand and vintage gems – if you’re willing to work for them. And on October 15th, there’s a special Antique Show ($4 admission) to check out and a Record Show ($5 admission) on October 29th.

When: Sunday, October 15th and October 29th
Where: 703 Terminal Avenue
Cost: $4-$5 admission

Black Veil Brides


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If you’re into hard rock with a twist of goth inspo, Black Veil Brides is a must-hear band that’s performing in Vancouver this weekend. Known for songs like In the End and Knives and Pens, you’re sure to get your fix of angst here.

When: October 14th
Where: UBC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Cost: $25+


Ola Dada’s Live Comedy Special

Maybe a little standup is what you’re after this weekend, and you’ll definitely share plenty of laughs at Ola Dada’s upcoming Live Comedy Special Taping at Elysium.

Fresh off of a successful national tour and appearances on Canada’s Got Talent and Just for Laughs, Ola is taking his talents and unique perspective on Canadian life to the big screen.

The evening show starts at 9 p.m. and wraps up at 10:30 p.m., with tickets available online for $32.74 per person.

When: Saturday, October 14th
Where: 1240 Thurlow Street
Cost: $32.74

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Noah Reid


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Known for his silky smooth voice and role in Schitt’s Creek, Noah Reid has certainly proved himself as a dynamic Canadian actor-singer-songwriter duo. In 2016, he received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Original Song for his work in the film People Hold On.

When: October 15th
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Cost: $59.75+

North Shore Art Crawl 


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If you want to check out some art without pinching your wallet, head to this year’s North Shore Art Crawl, which will feature a wide range of art at 69 local galleries, community centres, and art schools. Plus, a handful of venues will have demos and DIY activities where you can join in on the action!

When: Friday, October 13th to Sunday, October 15th
Where: Participating venues on the North Shore
Cost: Free

MastersFX Monster Museum

Ready to meet 80 terrifying hand-crafted monsters? MastersFX Monster Museum opens in Burnaby this weekend, and guests can check out all of their creepy creatures and characters, as seen in multiple popular movies and TV shows. It’s movie magic meets your worst nightmare!

When: Opening on Saturday, October 14th
Where: 4185 Dawson Street, Burnaby
Cost: $17.50+

Oktoberfest at Austria Vancouver Club 

The Austria Vancouver Club is celebrating Oktoberfest with celebrations on September 30th, October 14th, and 28th, according to their events calendar. And they all feature dinner & dancing! For just $45 a pop, you can enjoy an authentic Oktoberfest-inspired meal and enjoy live entertainment by Al Pichler & the Alpiners and The Silver Stars.

When: Saturday, October 14th
Where: 5851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Cost: $40 for members, $45 for non-members

The Big Shop of Horrors

Opening on Friday, October 13th is The Big Shop of Horrors at The Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, a thrilling haunted house experience inspired by the famed horror musical, Little Shop of Horrors.

When: Opening Friday, October 13th
Where: 7380 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan
Cost: $15 per adult, $10 per child aged 8 to 12

And there you have it, Vancouver! Fingers crossed we get some sunshine this weekend.