Fun Things to Do in Vancouver in October for Families

Christina Myers September 30, 2021

October has arrived, and with it plenty of cool autumn weather – just right for heading out on a day’s adventure to take in some fun activities (and enjoy the falling leaves along the way.) With the holiday season not too far off, now is a great time to enjoy being a tourist in your own town at a slower pace with fewer people around.

Always check ahead for potential closures or last-minute changes in hours due to shifting protocols and covid safety measures.

Here’s Some Fun Things to Do in Vancouver in October for Families:

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival

When: October 9
Where: Fort Langley

After going on hiatus for 2020, this popular event is back this year as a small scale, reduced capacity lineup – but all the fun that local families have come to enjoy. Fresh local berries, a pancake breakfast, and  more than 60 marketplace vendors, along with food trucks, kids activities and more, are all on the schedule.

Howlover Canada

When: on now until October 31
Where: Canada Place, downtown Vancouver

This spooky version of the ever popular Flyover Canada attraction includes a some ghostly, creepy animated friends along for the flight. This one’s recommended for four and up, and kids must be 40 inches tall to ride and accompanied by a parent. Book tickets in advance; weekends have extra family fun with a caricaturist on site and more activities.

Pumpkin Train & Scream Train

When: Oct 9 to 31 for daytime pumpkin train, Oct 16 to 31 for evening scream train
Where: Bear Creek Park, Surrey

The mini railroad at Bear Creek Park in Surrey is back with with its popular daytime pumpkin train and the spookier after dark version, the scream train. Daytime rides include a treat and a pumpkin; nighttime trains are for ages 12 and up only as they’re a much scarier version, including live actors along the train’s route. Tickets first come first serve during the day and purchased in advance for the night train.

Playland’s Hallowed Eve

When: select nights Oct 8 to 31
Where: PNE grounds, east Vancouver

The Caravan of Curiosities has arrived at Playland/PNE with firebreathers, contortionists and other oddities, including Chippy, the spooky puppet who is ready to become the Ringmaster of the Sideshow. Thrill seekers will enjoy the chance to visit the amusement rides. Haunted houses won’t be running this year but check out the website for a full listing of activities. Not recommended for 7 and under as there will be roaming actors and props that are designed to be scary.

Where the Wild Things Are

When: October 16-24, select dates and times
Where: Presentation House Theatre – North Vancouver

Looking for something for the younger kids? This stage production is aimed at kids aged three to six (and their caregivers, of course). This theatrical retelling of the famous Maurice Sendak picture book will transport your little ones away across the waters to the land where the wild things are.

2021 Bikennale/Walkennale

When: on now until October 11
Where: locations around Vancouver

The Vancouver Biennale and the Community Arts Council of Vancouver have joined forces to offer a great event that blends outdoor recreation and great art. Self-guided walking and cycling tours include fascinating information on public art and points of cultural and historical interest throughout Metro Vancouver. To enjoy this Vancouver family fun in September, register as an individual or group and enjoy updated tours now until the middle of October.

Taves Family Farm

When: on now until Winter
Where: 333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford

Starting September 1, this Fraser Valley farm – one of  the most popular destinations for Vancouver family fun in September – will be open daily. With u-pick open for apple, plum, and goji berry, along with pumpkins right around the corner, this farm has plenty of fresh produce to take home, along with heaps of farm fun while you’re there, including a farm store, a kid’s play area, and much more.

BC Culture Days

When: now to October 24
Where: various locations

Explore music, food, arts, and much, much more in Canada’s largest public participation campaign for the arts. Free interactive events in communities throughout the Greater Vancouver region are aimed at all ages, from young children to seniors. Check out the listing of events that pique your curiosity or choose those closest to home. These ongoing events are a great way to learn something new at a budget-friendly price.

Sensea Immersive: Da Vinci Experience

When: on now until March 31, 2022
Where: Tsawwassen Mills

Enjoy a whole new way to experience the art of Leonardo Da Vinci with an immersive display of the artist’s masterpieces. This 360-degree digital show includes displays, sound effects, projection mapping, virtual reality experiences, and more.

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