Recovering from Thanksgiving food comas is never easy, but there are plenty of things to do around the city that will get you off the sofa this week. From the Vancouver Outsider Arts Fest to a Halloween-themed Taylor Swift dance party, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (October 9-13).

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival


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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: October 12th to 17th
Where: 181 Roundhouse Mews
Cost: Free admission

Bad Blood: Tylor Swift Halloween Dance Party 

Calling all Swifties! Time to celebrate Friday the 13th at The Hollywood, where the DJs will be spinning Taylor Swift all night long at a Halloween-themed celebration.

When: Friday, October 13th
Where: 3123 West Broadway
Cost: $20.82

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

Zack Fox

American stand-up comedian, rapper, writer, actor, and illustrator Zack Fox clearly does it all, collaborating with everyone from Kenny Beats to Thundercat. And he’ll be performing at the Commodore on October 11th.

When: October 11th
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Cost: $47.75

Pumpkins After Dark

From spooky jack-o-lanterns to fun new displays, to live pumpkin carving demos (and plenty of photo ops in between), there is plenty to see at this year’s Pumpkins After Dark event. And as one of the most highly-anticipated fall events in Metro Vancouver – it sets the bar pretty high!

When: October 6th to 31st
Where: 6100 Boundary Road, Burnaby
Cost: $20.95 to $24.95 for adults, $15.95 to $19.95 for youth

Stage Fright 2: Murder at the Disco

Head to the Improv Centre on Granville Island for a special Halloween-themed murder mystery show set in the 1970s – this week on Friday the 13th! 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 28th to October 28th
Where: 1502 Duranleau Street
Cost: $58.60+


George Kusunoki Miller, known professionally as Joji, is a Japanese singer-songwriter and rapper, known for his unique blend of lo-fi, R&B, and trip-hop.

When: Friday, October 13th
Where: Rogers Arena
Cost: $71.75+

Take a ride on Hell’s Gate Airtram

This attraction isn’t free, but if you’re a fan of haunted rides and weird histories – this one’s the perfect combination. Plus, if you go in larger groups, tickets drop to just over $30 each, which is not too bad at all for a ride on one of the steepest trams in North America!

When: Open throughout October
Where: 43111 Trans Canada Highway, Boston Bar, BC
Cost: $36.99 per adult, or $30.99 per ticket for groups of 8+

Enjoy the fall colours 

The leaves are changing quickly this year, so we thought we’d round up our fave spots in the city to appreciate the quintessential oranges, reds, and golds of the season. We know time is tight between work and school, but a leisurely stroll through the autumn trees only comes once a year!

Where: See our picks above

Go on a fall hike

BC is absolutely stunning in autumn, and the season is about to bring changing colours and beautiful fall foliage with it. Explore our beautiful province and get your steps in for the month.

Where: See our picks above

And there you have it, Vancouver! Here’s to an amazing week ahead.