Welcome to the first week of October, Vancouver! We know fall has been underway for a minute now, but the start of October always makes it feel like the season is really here. So with that, here are some of the best pumpkin patches, concerts, haunted attractions, and other things to do in Vancouver this week (October 2-6).

Iron Maiden


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To say that the ’70s English band helped popularize the genre of heavy metal would not be an understatement, with hits like Burning Ambition and Hell on Earth making their rounds even today. Vancouverites can catch the icons live at Rogers Arena this week on Tuesday, October 2nd.

When: October 2nd
Where: Rogers Arena
Cost: $79.45

Brinkworth Dungeon

This year’s Brinkworth Dungeon has transformed into a haunted pirate ship-themed attraction, complete with “Vampira,” who is “condemned to a neverending thirst for blood.” If that doesn’t make your toes curl this week, we don’t know what will!

When: Wednesday, October 4th to Sunday, November 5th
Where: 22260 48 Avenue, Langley
Cost: $25 per adult, $12 per child 12 years old and under

Sponsored: Right by BC Place, The Douglas, Autograph Collection Hotel is perfect for concert and game lovers

If you’ve got a concert or hockey game coming up at Rogers Arena & BC Place, then we know the perfect place to book your stay. The Douglas Autograph Collection is steps away from the venue in one of the best locations downtown. Relax in one of their luxury suites, walk to your concert, and bring your pets with you, too! It’s the weekend away that’ll make you feel like a celebrity.

Cougar Creek’s House of Horrors

Speaking of spooky attractions – the longest-running haunted house in the Lower Mainland tends to conjure up quite a scare – and this year, you’ll have three themed haunted houses to choose from: Echoes of Abbath, New Year’s Evil, and the evil clown-filled Zycho Zerchus. Best of all? Opening weekend tickets include access to all three!

When: Friday, September 29th to October 31st
Where: 12530 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Cost: $29.99 to $49.99

Mount Pleasant Single Mingle 

From 6 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 5th, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House is hosting a social event for singles in the area hoping to make some new connections. Guests can expect drinks to be provided, as well as plenty of stations set up to help them mix and mingle, including carnival games, a Yenta matchmaker, a DIY photobooth and polaroid station, and more.

The event is open to individuals of all backgrounds, and will be a Queer and Trans-friendly space, according to the event page.

When: Thursday, October 5th
Where: 800 East Broadway
Cost: Free admission

Fin-tastic Fall Days at the Aquarium


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Throughout October, the Vancouver Aquarium is hosting its fall-themed event series with activities for the whole family to enjoy, from its spooky wet lab to the aquarium’s own ‘fall colours’ of 65,000 animals and vibrant ecosystems to witness.

The experience will be open from 10 am to 5 pm from October 1st to 31st.

When: Sunday, October 1st to October 31st
Where: 845 Avison Way
Cost: $37.95+

Oktoberfest Pairing Dinner at CRAFT False Creek

CRAFT False Creek is celebrating the occasion with a special Oktoberfest Pairing Dinner, complete with three courses, four perfectly paired brews, tasting notes and stories from McClelland Premium Imports, and fun prizes and giveaways.

When: Thursday, October 5th
Where: 85 West 1st Avenue
Cost: $81.21

Catch a movie at VIFF

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This week is prime time to catch a movie or two on the silver screen at VIFF 2023, which is screening 140 feature films and 100 shorts across seven venues in Vancouver.

When: Thursday, September 28th to Sunday, October 8th
Where: 1181 Seymour Street and six other participating venues
Cost: $18 for regular screenings, galas, and special presentations

Free nights at Vancouver Art Gallery 

Thanks to a new partnership with BMO, the Vancouver Art Gallery has launched free admission to the public on the first Friday of every month, from 4 pm to 8 pm. The next free Friday night will be on October 6th  so mark your calendars and get ready to enjoy some after-work art!

When: Friday, October 6th and every first Friday of the month
Where: 750 Hornby Street

U-pick pumpkins 

Spooky season isn’t complete without at least one or two trips to your local pumpkin patch, so we’ve rounded up some great U-pick options for residents of Metro Vancouver to check out.

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap on the first week of October!