Cultural Calendar

The spooky month of October has many events all around the Lower Mainland! Bring the whole family out for family-friendly events, and celebrate the Halloween season. If you’re not a fan of Halloween, there are many other cultural events to keep you busy. Celebrate South Asian Arts at the Discover Dance! series, or if you’re a fan of the fine arts, attend the International Artist Day Festival. No matter what your interests are, these events will surely captivate the entire family.

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Baker’s Market

Select Saturdays, Oct. 4–Dec. 6

Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre

7646 Prince Albert St., Vancouver

Satisfy your sweet tooth this fall with the annual Baker’s Market! Enjoy free samples of your favourite baked goods, and try new desserts. Many bakers set up shop to sell their delicious goods. There’s a wide variety of offerings, ranging from traditional cakes to healthy cookies that you won’t feel guilty eating. Come down and enjoy the Baker’s Market, you’ll be sure to find something sweet. For more information on event days, please visit the website.


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Dancers performing in the South Asian Arts dance series.| Photo courtesy of Evan Kheraj.

Dancers performing in the South Asian Arts dance series.| Photo courtesy of Evan Kheraj.

Discover Dance! Series: South Asian Arts

Thursday, Oct. 23, 12 p.m.

The Dance Centre

677 Davie St., Vancouver

The Discover Dance! series is back with a new South Asian flare! Enjoy the South Asian dancers as they dance traditional bhangra and other classical Indian dances. The performance also includes Bollywood dance, which combines comedy, dance and stories. This is an event you won’t want to miss, so buy your tickets and indulge in South Asian culture! For more information on ticket prices, please visit the website.


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International Artist Day Festival

Friday, Oct. 24–Sunday, Oct. 26

White Rock Community Centre

15154 Russell Ave., White Rock

The International Artist Day Festival is for art enthusiasts and those who want to learn more about the wonderful world of art. The International Artist Day Festival was created to celebrate the artists behind the paintings. It celebrates the artists who work hard to capture events and create masterpieces. There will be music, entertainment and, of course, artists who will talk about their works. For more information, please visit the city of White Rock’s website under the Arts & Culture Tab, Cultural Festivals and Events.


Piece of Punjabi literature.| Photo courtesy of the Dhahan Prize.

Piece of Punjabi literature.| Photo courtesy of the Dhahan Prize.

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Dhahan Prize Public Reading

Friday, Oct 24, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Room 5380, SFU Surrey

250-13450 102nd Ave., Surrey

The Dhahan Prize Public Reading is an event to celebrate and support accomplishments in the Punjabi language. This one-day event recognizes excellence in short stories and novels in the Punjabi language. The event will feature award winners who will read from their work at the SFU Surrey campus. The event is free, but those wishing to attend must RSVP. For more information on the literary works or the event, please visit the website.


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Free Children’s Halloween Party

Sunday, Oct. 26, 1–4 p.m.

Vancouver English Centre

250 Smithe St., Vancouver

Skills 4 Kids presents a free Children’s Halloween Party! This event is for the kids to enjoy Halloween more than once a year! With costume contests, scavenger hunts and crafts, kids will have a blast! There will be light refreshments and snacks served to all attendees. Don’t miss out on this special event. Bring your Halloween spirit, and celebrate the season with other families!


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Ballet Philippines: MasterPieces

Sunday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.

River Rock Casino Resort

8811 River Rd., Richmond

Spend your evening watching the elegant dancers of Ballet Philippines perform MasterPieces. The ballet company is celebrating 45 years of giving the gift of dance. MasterPieces displays elegant dances and contemporary dance forms to capture the Filipino spirit. The company hopes to represent the Filipino people and their love for dance. For more information on ticket prices, please visit the website.


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Halloween at Lonsdale Quay Market

Friday, Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Lonsdale Quay

123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver

Halloween at Lonsdale Quay is an event that keeps the younger children in mind! Bring the little kids to this fun event geared especially for them. With Halloween storytime, mini pumpkin decorating and much more, kids will feel the fun, spooky Halloween spirit in no time. Other activities include face-painting and a fun Halloween movie for the family. This event also includes trick or treating, so be sure to bring something to hold all the treats.


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WW1: Vancouver’s Commemorative Places Bus Tour

Sunday, Nov. 2, 1–5 p.m.

BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre

4500 Heather St., Vancouver

This event is being held to remember the lives of Vancouverites who lost their lives in World War 1. This guided tour educates attendees about how the fallen Vancouverites helped shape and shift our city to what it is today. Host Isaac Vanderhost is a historian and Heritage Vancouver Board member who is well-educated on the subject. Meeting at the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, this tour will take passengers on an emotional ride throughout the city. For more information on ticket pricing, please visit the website.