In case your plans for the weekend are still up in the air, we’ve got 12 amazing things to do around the city that will surely get those creative juices flowing. From new art exhibits and a cabaret show to several exciting shopping experiences, here are some of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend (October 14-16).

Wolf Alice 

We’ll start with the highly-anticipated return of Wolf Alice, the English rock band that is taking the world by storm with their third album Blue Weekend. The acoustic duo includes singer Ellie Rowsell and guitarist Joff Oddie, as well as a featured bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey as of 2012.

When: Friday, October 14th
Where: 868 Granville Street
Cost: $89.25+

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival  

Vancouver Outsider Art Festival

Photo via CACV

Every year, the Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) brings together dozens of exhibits, workshops, live performances, and visual art installations for visitors to peruse. Selected artists are often individuals/groups facing social exclusion in Vancouver – and self-identify as “outsider” artists. So, if you’re looking for an inclusive space to engage in the local art scene, this is a fantastic opportunity to do it.

When: Friday, October 14th to Sunday, October 16th
Where: 181 Roundhouse Mews
Cost: Free admission

Jin-me Yoon: About Time

Speaking of art, The Vancouver Art Gallery presents a new exhibition starting this weekend featuring award-winning Vancouver artist, Jin-me Yoon. His exceptional work is distinguished by a “poetic, cinematic aesthetic,” according to a media release – and will incorporate photography, video, and installation. The exhibit will run from Saturday, October 15th to Match 5th.

When: Saturday, October 15th to March 5th

Test your Olympic skills with athletes inspiring excellence

The Richmond Olympic Oval is the perfect place to get a taste of what being in the Olympics is like, with a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. Plus, you’ll get to meet a Canadian Olympian, and hear all about their experience and journey to the games right from Team Canada’s top performers.Best of all? You can channel your inner Olympian by participating in a sports demonstration & coaching session!

When: Open Thursday, October 13th to Sunday, October 16th from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 6111 River Road, Richmond
Cost: Visit their website to see all the pricing options

Forever Yours Lingerie’s first-ever warehouse sale

Shifting gears to shopping experiences. Don’t miss out on the sizzling savings at Forever Lingerie’s first-ever warehouse sale! Touted as having the most size-inclusive selection in Canada, you’ll be able to score deals between $5-$50 on bralettes, panties, loungewear, swim and more.

When: Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: 402-17665 66A Ave, Surrey, BC
Cost: $5-$50

Stock up at the Leah Alexandra Jewelry Warehouse Sale

If you’re in the market for new jewelry, we’ve got another sale to toss your way, folks. Start your holiday shopping early, or treat yourself during the annual Leah Alexandra Warehouse Sale running this Friday and Saturday in beautiful Mount Pleasant. Guests can find amazing deals on samples, overstock, slightly less-than-perfects, experimental pieces, discontinued pieces, and more. Credit cards and cash are accepted.

When: Friday, October 14th from 11 to 7 pm and Saturday, October 15th from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 75 West 7th Avenue
Cost: $30-$120

Cabaret Bijou

Cabaret Bijou brings together the best of the art deco scene, aerial art, and gourmet food – and the spectacular experience is coming to Vancouver this Sunday, October 16th. Guests can choose between a private booth or a centre table, where they’ll enjoy a 4-course gourmet meal while aerial artists, jugglers, contortionists, musicians, and “madmen and divas” perform around them.

When: Sunday, October 16th to March 2023
Where: 1655 Whyte Avenue, Burrard Civic Marina
Cost: $129-$279+

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Stage Fright: Murder at the Improv


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Head to the Improv Centre on Granville Island for a special Halloween-themed murder-mystery show set in the 1950s. Think Clue but on the stage, with an eclectic cast ready to bring the story to life. Oh, and audience participation is required!

When: Every Friday and Saturday from September 30th to October 29th
Where: 1502 Duranleau Street
Cost: $58.60+

Scour the city for the best Halloween costume

From Dressew Supply to the finds at the Mintage Mall, here are some fantastic places to peruse if you’re looking to find a killer costume for Halloween this year.

Where: See our picks above

Go on a fall weekend getaway 

From oceanside retreats to stunning forested getaways, there is no shortage of cozy options to check out this season. With the colours on the cusp of changing and the weather cooling down, the most vibrant, gorgeous time of year is almost upon us – so we think a little getaway is very much warranted.

Where: See our picks above

Frozen River (nîkwatin sîpiy)

Krystle Pederson in Frozen River. Photo via Leif Norman, courtesy of Manitoba Theatre for Young People

This Sunday, October 16th is the last day to check out Carousel Theatre’s production, nîkwatin sîpiy – Aka, Frozen River. The award-winning story follows two 11-year-olds (Wâpam, who is Cree, and Eilidh, who is Scottish) born under the same blood moon, but in different parts of the world. Grandmother Moon narrates the tale, which unfolds from the ancient forests of the past to present-day Manitoba. Written by Michaela Washburn, Joelle Peters, and Carrie Costello – nîkwatin sîpiy explores how reconciliation efforts and environmentalism are connected in a family-friendly play appropriate for all ages.

When: Wednesday, September 28th to October 16th, excluding Mondays
Where: 1412 Cartwright Street, Waterfront Theatre
Cost: $35 for adults

Autumn pop-up market

And last but not least, we have a fall-themed pop-up market courtesy of Made in the 604. Over 70 local vendors are coming to The Pipe Shop in North Van on Sunday, October 16th. So mark your calendars, and get ready for some great finds! Admission is free and the venue is dog-friendly.

When: Sunday, October 16th
Where: 115 Victory Ship Way

And that’s a wrap on the weekend, Vancouver! We hope you enjoy the sunshine while you can – and get up to something fun, of course.