BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for Oct. 5-11

This Week in BC: Glow (and run) in the dark at the Electro Dash 5k, stuff your face at Farms to Forks, and scare yourself silly on a spooky Gastown walking tour

East Meets West by Terry Sasaki — October 5

For over 20 years Terry Sasaki has been creating unique paintings that combine elements of his Japanese heritage with his experiences living in Canada. To create his art he uses vibrant acrylic paint on textured handmade rice paper. You can admire this art exhibition all month long inside the beautifulDr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, but the artist himself will be present for the opening reception and fashion show on October 5 from 2–4 pm.

Wayzgoose — October 5

What is a Wayzgoose? The Alcuin Society explains: “Originally this used to be a goose dinner prepared by a young printer at the end of his apprenticeship, when he invited all those who had supported him in his career. Later it came to represent the annual party that a printing house would hold at the end of summer, before the printers went back to working by candlelight.” Today, it is a celebration where printers and book artists come together to exhibit their work. This free event takes place October 5 at the Vancouver Public Library from 10 am to 4 pm. Expect printing presses, book art, and many demonstrations including bookbinding and paper marbling.

Tattoos and Scrimshaw – now until Nov 7

Foodies rejoice! Over 20 top Vancouver restaurants and food producers have come together for the fourth time to raise funds and awareness for local non-profit Growing Chefs! Chefs for Children’s Urban Agriculture. The ticket, which goes for $149, gives you access to the kitchens of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
 where you’ll find tastings from restaurants like Burdock & Co., Maenam, and Wildebeest. Before you fall into a food coma, there’s a silent auction with items like professional cooking classes and a dinner prepared while you watch the Canucks from VIP seats. Sounds like a delicious way to cap off your weekend.

Eco Fashion Week — October 6-10

“If you’re looking for granola and hemp, you’ll have to check the snack bar,” reads the website of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week.Through unique fashion shows, expert panel discussions, and seminars happening October 6-10, they’re out to prove (for the seventh time) that going green can be chic. Local designer Nicole Bridger kicks off the event with a show that is sure to turn heads: male models will wear her eco-friendly women’s collection in an effort to tweak the audience’s perception of what is beautiful.

Canucks — October 5,8 and 10

Go cheer our local team on at one of the home games this week at Rogers Arena. October 5 we’re up against the Edmonton Oilers, October 8 we play the San Jose Sharks and October 10 the New Jersey Devils are the ones to beat. Can’t get tickets? There’s loads of sports bars all over the city playing the games on the big screen; just follow the blue and white jerseys in any crowd.

Tattoos and Scrimshaw — Until November 7

The Vancouver Maritime Museum celebrates the long history of nautical tattoos and sailor art, with its latest exhibit, Tattoos & Scrimshaw: The Art of The Sailor. The show sheds light on how this iconic imagery can tell us stories about our old maritime culture on the west coast.

Electro Dash — October 11

Usually you celebrate after you cross the finish line, but with this 5km race, it’s a party the whole way through. Runners of all ages will be decked out in neon and glow sticks, there will be a laser light show in the sky, and dance music will be blasting to help coax runners to the end. There’s still time to sign up!Electro Dash goes down at the Pacific National Exhibition on October 11.

Credit: The Cultch

Inside the Seed — Now until October 12

Presented at The Cultch (1895 Venables Street, Vancouver), this timely play tells a tale about scientist Foster Bryant, who discovers a new genetically modified kind of rice. With this breakthrough, he believes he has the key to saving an overpopulated world on the brink of catastrophe. But does he? He’ll compete with a giant present-day biotech firm that has a lot more on the line. To save the world Foster has to uncover the truth that lies inside the seed.

The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour — Until November 9

Forbidden Walking Tours will transport you to 19th century Gastown, where you’ll learn about Vancouver’s early and often gruesome history. Your storytelling guide will share true tales about the great fire that chased people down Water Street, the ghost of the Gassy Jack, and the notorious unsolved murder of John Bray. The tour runs through the month of October, but reserve your spot now as it fills up close to Halloween.

Feast of Fourth — October 1-13

Everyone can be a foodie at West 4th Avenue’s food and drink celebration. Everyday between October 1-13, different restaurants along 4th will feature special pairing menus, tastings, tours, or deals on multiple-course dinners. A few of the participating restaurants include Trattoria, Las Margaritas, Sushi Bella, and Burgoo. Check out the full schedule for Feast of Fourth and choose your favourites.