Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for October 10 to 16

This week: sweat off all that turkey, watch a scary movie in the morgue and try out a few of Yaletown’s top restaurants

Sip & Savour Salt Spring – Oct 9 to 11

Surround yourself with local harvests a-plenty at this weekend’s harvest food and drink festival. You can stock up for your Thanksgiving feast at the Salt Spring Saturday Market, explore the island’s local cusine on the Salt Spring Island Culinary Tour, and taste regional wines, ciders and beers paired with farm-fresh products at the Sip & Savour Tasting Event at Salt Spring Island Ales.

If you’d rather leave turkey dinner to the pros, book a reservation at one of several participating restaurants for a harvest themed longtable Thanksgiving dinner, featuring live music and great company.

Various Events & Locations

Movies in the Morgue: The Shining – Oct 10

The Vancouver Police Museum is inviting brave movie buffs to the morgue, where they screen scary movies the second Tuesday of every month. This week’s feature flick, The Shining, is a quintessential horror story that will surely kick your Halloween adrenaline into high gear. Pack your pillows and blankets to feel right at home among the ghosts of the city.

7:00 p.m.
Vancouver Police Museum, 240 East Cordova Street

Credit: Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot – Oct 11 to 12

If you’re craving some exercise to compensate for all the eating you’ll be doing this weekend, sign up for Granville Island’s popular Turkey Trot. This year the race, which supports the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and Granville Island’s Arts Umbrella, will also include a Kids Fun Run and Preschoolers Dash on Sunday. On Monday the field opens up to adults for the main event: a 10k run/walk/stroll. If you’re still lacking motivation then maybe the free food, drinks, yoga, music, awards and more will encourage you to cross the finish line.

Race starts in front of Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St.

Free Hot Drinks at Faubourg – Oct 12 to 18

Faubourg Paris is celebratingits 5th anniversary, and to show its appreciation, they’re inviting loyalty cardholders for un café. All three Vancouver locations (Kerrisdale, Downtown and West Vancouver) will be serving up free hot drinks during the first two hours of operation from the 12th through to the 18th, and all day long on the 16th.

And we aren’t just talking any old drip coffee. Faubourg’s own blend of espresso beans, created by Social Coffee Tea Company, are roasted in a slower process for optimum flavours. Its range of delicious green, red and black teas from Mariage Frères will also be available. Not a cardholder just yet? Apply onsite and enjoy your complimentary hot beverage right away.

Kerrisdale (2156 West 41st Ave), Downtown (769 Hornby Street), West Vancouver (792 Main Street, Park Royal South)


Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour – Oct 14

Her Madgesty, the Queen of Pop, is coming to Vancouver and it’s bound to start “Causing a Commotion”. Madonna, who has been called the most successful live performer of all time, is touring her “Rebel Heart” album, which features three iTunes chart toppers including hit single “Living for Love”. It marks the very first time the record-shattering solo artist will perform in Vancouver making this an opportunity you really don’t want to miss.

8:00 p.m.

Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way

Playland Fright Nights – Oct 9 to Nov 1

Fright Nights at Playland is back in full swing — quite literally. This year’s spooky Halloween theme park features The Beast, a brand-new ride that swings guests 120 degrees while they are spun in their seats. Western Canada’s largest grown-up Halloween event also includes seven haunted houses, 15 rides, an old-fashioned monster “freak show” and a brand-new fire show by the Radiant Heat Fire Troupe. Ticket prices vary by date but are $3 cheaper if purchased online or at a 7-Eleven location.

Various times

Playland at the PNE, 2901 East Hastings Street

Credit: VIMFF

Reel Rock 10 – Oct 14 & 16

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series doesn’t start until November, but you can get your first taste of mountain adventure this weekend with two screenings of Reel Rock 10. The compilation of five outdoor films features such notable world-class climbers as Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, Alex Honnold, Jimmy Webb, and Daniel Woods — with a special tribute to the late Dean Potter — and promises to get you amped for the upcoming festival.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.
$15 online, $17 at the door

Rio Theatre & Centennial Theatre

Taste of Yaletown – Oct 15 to 29

Since its regeneration, Yaletown has become the centre of Vancouver’s culinary scene — and in a city riddled with award-winning restaurants, that’s saying something. Now in its 11th year, Taste of Yaletown is a perfect opportunity to find your new favourite dinner spot.

The two-week event features over 20 restaurants — including Hamilton Street Grill, Hapa Izakaya and La Pentola — that prepare $25, $35 and $45 menu options to showcase their talented teams, best flavours and unique atmospheres. Many restaurants also include lunch menus and #TOY2015 supports healthy office eating habits with a free shuttle throughout the Downtown area at lunch hour. The fine-dining festival adds even more life to this eclectic district and reminds us of the gastronomic excellence that exists in our backyard.

Various locations

Science World After Dark – Oct 16

If Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum awakened your inner child, now is your chance to live out the dream firsthand. This Friday, Science World will open its doors (and its beer taps) to a 19+ crowd for three and a half hours of adult-only fun. Do the statues and skeletons really come alive at night? You’ll have to find out for yourself. What we can promise is an exciting live action murder mystery paired with delicious Parallel 49 beer.

6:30 p.m – 10 p.m

Vancouver Giants vs. Tri-City Americans – Oct 16

The Canucks are playing at home this weekend, but that’s no reason to forget about our WHL team. The Vancouver Giants are hosting the Tri-City Americans this Friday night at the Pacific Coliseum. The Giants are back home after a road trip through the prairies, and with tickets starting at just $5 this is hockey entertainment everyone can afford.

Pre-game starts at 6:30 p.m, puck drops at 7:30 p.m
100 N. Renfrew Street