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This Week: Do the monster moonwalk at the annual Thriller Dance, raise your glass at Oktoberfest, meet hockey legend Bobby Orr, and more
Spend the day with your family at Lonsdale Quay Market’s Savour Fest in North Vancouver this weekend. In addition to the market’s beautiful views and abundant dining options, there will be special cooking demonstrations, guided market taste tours (advance signup needed), contests, and multiple kids’ activities happening at the North Shore landmark on the water.
Relive your favorite Halloween horror flicks as you travel through Stanley Park on the Ghost Train. This year’s Monster Movie Mashup is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat and will test your courage in the darkness. Several trains will depart each hour between 6 pm and 10 pm, with special Matinee trains on weekends from 11 am to 6 pm geared towards a younger audience.
Prost! Come celebrate Oktoberfest right here in Vancouver with the Vancouver Alpen Club. Featuring classic Bavarian music and traditional dancing, you’ll forget you haven’t crossed the Atlantic. And what’s Oktoberfest without a little yodelling? Engage your competitive spirit in the classic yodel-off, saw and hammer competition or participate in the nightly Oktoberfest Princess pageant. Must be 19 years of age to attend.
Venture over to the Museum of Anthropology on UBC’s Point Grey campus for the opening weekend of The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011. Based on Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier’s term for the bizarre realism of everyday Latin American life, expect an exhibit that “is amazing because it is strange”. Free admission offered to UBC students and faculty.
Join some of Vancouver’s other night creatures and moonwalk to Yaletown for the annual Thriller Dance. Thrill Vancouver is the local constituent in the international Thrill the World event; a Toronto-based flash mob that began as an attempt to set a Guinness World Record. Join in and boo-gie or simply sit back and enjoy the dead dance.
Build workplace community, get active and help create environmental awareness during this year’s Bike to Work Week. Not only will cycling to work help you arrive at your desk awake and energetic, it offers incredible financial and physical benefits including a lower risk of breast cancer in women. Prizes are awarded to the workplaces with the highest participation levels.
Bobby Orr, one of the greatest hockey players of all time, will be in Vancouver October 30 to celebrate his new memoir, Orr: My Story.
The book reveals the personal story of the Hall of Fame defensemen and two-time Stanley Cup winner who was forced to retire from the NHL in 1978 due to knee injuries. Today, Bobby Orr is a hockey scout who mentors the next generation of players. Stop by Chapters on Robson before 6 pm to lineup for your chance to meet the legend and have your copy of the book signed.
In 1816 a group of friends held a contest to see who could write the scariest story. Little did they know that one of their tales, about an obsessed scientist and his destructive creation, would continue to fascinate readers two centuries later. This month, Mary Shelley’s original horror story Frankenstein comes to the stage at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre just in time for Halloween. Tickets are $26, with a preview showing on Oct. 30 for $15.
Coming from diverse musical backgrounds, this creative ensemble combines the sounds of the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, marimba, guitar, violin, piano and cello to create music that blends classical and jazz genres. The Colin MacDonald Pocket Orchestra will be playing the North American premiere of Fantasia by Bulgarian composer Benzion Eliezer at The Orpheum November 1 at 8 pm.
Stock up on fresh produce, snacks and treats at this in-the-city farmer’s market that’s open every Thursday noon to 4 pm. And there’s plenty of time to check it out since it’s one of the few markets staying open throughout the entire fall season – until December 19. Catch the variety of food vendors set up along Mainland Street, close to the Yaletown Canada Line Station.
If you’re looking for a little Southern hospitality, then check out Cook Hall at Market by Jean-George, where guest chef David Gross shows off gastropub fare done Atlanta-style. Live out your Tom Cruise-in-Cocktail fantasies with DIY cocktail kits, then gorge yourself on fun and tasty items like popcorn shrimp and real popcorn splashed with ranch dressing, and kale Caesar salad with crispy egg (pictured). Don’t miss: The Butterscotch pudding. It’s to die for. Seriously.
BC Adventures for the Week of Oct. 26