Posted on September 06, 2015

Ten Things to do in Vancouver this Fall

Vancouverites can feel a little apprehensive about the start of fall, also known as the city’s rainy season. Well, don’t despair! We have you covered with a list of indoor and outdoor fall activities to help make the most of these months.

Vancouver International Film Festival
Check out the Vancouver International Film Festival. It runs from September 24 to October 9. This year, the festival includes, “Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia” – a collection of East Asian cinema, as well as, “Spotlight on France,” which highlights the country’s cinematic culture.

Browse Local Craft Shows
Fall marks the start of Vancouver’s holiday craft shows. On September 13, check out the Autumn Shift Festival, a European-style bazaar at Main and Broadway. Also, Knit City runs from October 2 to 4 at the PNE Forum and Etsy’s “Made in Canada” Market is on September 26 at Robson Square.

Vancouver Fringe
The Vancouver Fringe Festival is known for being part theatre and part party. The festival is unique because any artist is given a chance to participate - mainstage shows are drawn out of a hat! The festival runs from September 10 to 20, featuring 89 artists and more than 700 performances.

Enjoy the Fall Colours
With all the foliage in Vancouver, fall is a time when nature really shows off. Take a stroll though Stanley Park or VanDusen Botanical Garden and let the beauty take your breath away.

Ride the Ghost Train
The Stanley Park Ghost Train rattles through the park from October 9 to November 1 (closed Oct. 12 for Thanksgiving). This year’s theme is “Horror Classics” and the ride is perfect for children because of the relatively low spook factor.

Eat at the Apple Festival
Featuring an apple-tasting tent, food vendors and a children’s entertainment area, UBC’s Apple Festival is an event for the whole family. It runs October 17 and 18 at the UBC Botanical Garden.

Sip on Craft Beer
October is craft beer month and a great time to try some of the new breweries in Vancouver: Callister Brewing Co., Doan’s Craft Brewing Company and Off The Rail Brewing among many more. Real brew enthusiasts can buy tickets for the BC Beer Awards, held on October 24.

Learn About the City

The annual Doors Open Vancouver gives you behind-the-scenes access to some of the Vancouver’s most popular - but not usually accessible - buildings. This year, it takes place October 3 from 10am to 5pm. Last year, participants got an in-depth look at 20 buildings, including the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver’s Animal Control Centre and the Vancouver Fire & Rescue Training Centre.

Enter a Race
With more than 30 races in and around the city, Vancouver has earned its “fit city” reputation. Stay in shape by registering and training for a race, walks, five-kilometre runs and full marathons. There really is something for everyone!

Grow a Moustache

“Movember” is about raising funds and awareness for men’s health. Grow a moustache or pledge your support by participating in the events going on throughout the city in November.