BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for Oct. 19-25

This Week: Scare yourself silly on a spooky trolley ride, bite into a delicious apple at the UBC Apple Festival and celebrate the written word at the Writers Fest

UBC Apple Festival – October 19-20

If an apple a day really does keep the doctor away, attendees of this family friendly festival won’t be catching a cold any time soon. Close to 44,000 pounds of fruit are sold at this UBC Botanical Garden festival each year. Stop by between 11 am and 4 pm to taste-test the 70 varieties of apples available, purchase your own fruit tree, watch cider-pressing demos, or just have fun in the family entertainment area with puppet shows, face painters and more. Cap off the day with a visit to the food fair for a slice of pie and a cider, both apple of course.

#dinnerpartyYVR – October 19

This weekend Vancouver chefs will be opening their homes to cook dinner for strangers, all in the name of charity. It’sis an all-new kind of dinner party happening simutaneously in over 30 homes brought to you by Social Bites, Chimp and HomeDine. Tickets for #dinnerpartyYVR are $35 per person and include dinner at a cook’s home, a drink with dinner, and entry to the after-party at Hawkers Market featuring local dessert vendors. Ticket sales go towards the charity that each dinner host has chosen. Meet your neighbours, eat great food, and support charity all in one go? Sounds like the perfect night out.

Credit: Gateway Theatre

The Highest Step in the World – October 10-26

Captain Joe Kittinger broke world records in 1960 when he ascended 102,800-feet in the air in a weather balloon before jumping to earth to test a new scientific parachute system. In 2012 he helped guide test pilot Felix Baumgartner to beat this record during Red Bull’s Stratos mission. Kittinger is the inspiration behind The Highest Step in the World, a groundbreaking play that uses high wires, digital media projections, light and sound to create a show unlike anything you have seen before. It has gained high praise since its 2010 premiere in Calgary, Alberta, and this month it stops by B.C.’s Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Rd, Richmond).

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour – October 18-31

Hop on a Vancouver trolley for a guided 2.5-hour nighttime tour of creepy locations throughout the city, including the autopsy room at the Vancouver Police Museum and the eerie Mountain View cemetery. Your host will spook you with gruesome ghost stories as you drive through Stanley Park and the roads of Shaughnessy in the moonlight.This event is only for those over the age of 13 and it’s highly recommended to book tickets in advance.

Vancouver Writers Fest – October 22-27

This year marks the 26th birthday of the Writers Fest and celebrations will include a record-setting 80 events. For six days on Granville Island there will be readings, panel discussions, performances, interviews, and musical events all relating to works of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, among other genres. Highlights include interviews with well-known Canadian authorsMargaret Atwood (Oct. 26) and Douglas Coupland (Oct. 24), journalist Amanda Lindhout‘s discussion about her upcoming book A House in the Skythat describes her terrifying year-and-a-half-long kidnapping in Somalia (Oct. 23), and comedian Colin Mochrie (Oct 27), of Whose Line is it Anyway? fame, who lightens things up with a discussion about his new bookNot Quite the Classics.

Credit: The Cultch

My Big Gay Italian Wedding – October 23 to November 3

This comedic play is full of crazy characters poking fun at gender and cultural stereotypes, and it all takes place at the wildest wedding you’ll ever attend. Anthony and Andrew are getting married and everyone – from an overbearing Italian mother to a sabotaging ex-boyfriend – tries to get involved, resulting in situations that will have you doubling over in laughter. Join in on the festivities at Vancity Culture Lab (1895 Venables St) with a special preview price of $10 on Oct 23.

Credit: The Cultch / Adrienne Surprenant

Bulletins from Immortality…Freeing Emily Dickinson – October 23-26

This unique productionat the Cultchcombines dance, theatre, and the 19th-century poetry of Emily Dickenson. The show celebrates the talented poet whose work was not publicly recognized during her own lifetime.During Bulletins from Immortality,American actress Elizabeth Parrish reads Dickenson’s work asMargie Gillis, one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary dancers, interprets the poet’s psyche in movement.

Judge Dee’s Chinatown Haunted House – October 24 – 31

This is one Halloween event that is not recommended for children or the faint of heart. This murder mystery and haunted house takes place inside the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardenand is based on the historic stories of detective Judge Dee – once known as China’s Sherlock Holmes. Featuring over a dozen actors, dancers and musicians, shows start every 10 minutes between 7-10 pm, but it’s recommended to buy tickets online. Will you solve the crime before running away in fear?

Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – October 25-27

Come out to Burnaby Village Museumfor a kid-friendly Halloween celebration where you can eat tasty toe cookies and other treats at the Butcher’s Block Cafe,make a withdrawal at the “Blood Bank”,and enjoy a Circus Sideshow. Admission ($14 for Adults, $9 for kids) includes trick or treating and unlimited carousel rides for everyone.

An Evolutionary Look into Vancouver Street Photography – October 1 – January 26

Legendary Vancouver street photographer Foncie Pulice captured thousands of locals on film for over 40 years. Now four contemporary B.C. photographers interpret his work with an exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver in collaboration with the Capture Photography Festival. The artists featured include Lincoln Clarkes, Brian Howell, Angela Fama, and John Goldsmith. The original photos used as inspiration can also be seen at the same museum in an exhibit titled Foncie’s Fotos.