Henrik Ibsen’s classic three-act play about a housewife who becomes disillusioned with her condescending husband is returning to the Jericho Arts Centre stage for the first time in over a decade. The show features a highly regarded cast that holds more than a dozen Jessie awards and nominations between them, so don’t wait another decade to catch this honest account of interpersonal relationships.
Planning a year abroad can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. The Study and Go Abroad Fair brings together top-ranked universities from around the world so that you can compare programs, pre-req’s, scholarships and destinations head-to-head. If you’re keen to travel but not so keen to study, the Travel Zone will help you explore your Gap Year options with information on how to volunteer, intern or work abroad instead.
New Vancouver Convention Centre West, 999 Canada Place
Alien Contagion: Rise of the Zombie Syndrome — October 6 to November 1
If you’re one to daydream about saving the world from the apocalypse, this Halloween is your chance for heroics. The Virtual Stage is hosting their fourth Zombie Syndrome Halloween event, and this year’s mission is more dangerous than ever. The immersive theatrical adventure, led by a team of professional actors, will be requesting the help of Vancouver’s most courageous to track down and vanquish an alien credited for a fast-growing population of the vicious undead. Past years have seen brave Vancouverites fight zombies in downtown Vancouver, on Granville Island and in Gastown, but this year’s location remains highly confidential.
Whether it’s to stock your own cellar or to get a head start on Christmas shopping, you’ll want to note the date of October 3rd, when hundreds of wine lovers will be lining up for first dibs on the 2012 vintage of Bordeaux wines. The rare bottles, selected from from ‘en primeur’ tastings in Bordeaux, will be available at just 12 BC Liquor Stores, including eight in the Lower Mainland, with selection varying at each location. Read up on what to keep and what to crack open before you line up amongst the province’s most savvy oenophiles.
Feeling thirsty for hilarious theatre? You’re in luck. British comedy duo James & Jamesy have two more performances of their award-winning show High Teaat North Van’s Presentation House Theatre this weekend. The fictive story, which tells of a catastrophic disaster that floods the world in tea, has been named Best Comedy and Best of Fest at theatre festivals across the country. The interactive evening will definitely have you laughing—and likely believing in magic—before the final curtain call.
Have you always wondered the value of those ancient heirlooms in your attic? Bring them down to the Vintage Retro & Antiques Market this Saturday and Sunday to find out for once and for all. An on-site appraiser isn’t the only draw—whether you’re an antiques aficionado, a yard-sale snoop, or you’re in the market for something specific, this eclectic assortment of collectables is a must-see.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7 admission (+ $12 per appraised item)
Tradex Exhibition Centre, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford
Doors Open Vancouver invites you to explore the stunning architecture, unique cultural heritage and proud green emphasis we’ve come to associate with Vancouver as 18 local sites open their doors to the public. Start with a preview event at City Hall on Friday afternoon before making your way to such venues as the Orpheum Theatre, VPL Central Library, False Creek Energy Centre and Vancouver Police Department Mounted Unit on Saturday. You won’t be able to visit them all in one day, however suggested routes group participating buildings geographically to help you maximize your time.
Pre-register for visits to Carnegie Community Centre and the City of Vancouver Tactical Training Centre, and check out which venues offer scheduled tours upon arrival. Featuring family-friendly activities at most stops, Doors Open Vancouver will help you to further appreciate our beautiful seaside metropolis.
The Pumpkin Patch — Open Weekends Beginning October 3
You heard it here first—and likely your Instagram feed second: the Richmond Country Farms Pumpkin Patch is now open seven days a week. Enjoy a wagon ride past duck ponds and waterfalls out to the pumpkin patch, where you can frolick through the picturesque fields (armed with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, of course) to choose the perfect jack-o'-lantern canvas. A live band, a visit to the animal farm and a B.C.-grown Spartan apple snack will complete this ultimate fall activity… and help to fill your photo stream.
Weekends 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Weekdays 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Weekday General Admission: $8; Weekend & Holiday Admission: $12; Extra Kid Sized Pumpkin: $4
12900 Steveston Hwy, Richmond
A highly anticipated collaboration between Spirit of the West’s John Mann and Canadian playwright Morris Panych, The Waiting Roomexplores the intricacies of family, healing and hope. Hosted by the Arts Club Theatre at the Granville Island Stage, this touching story of one man’s journey through cancer diagnosis has been called “an extremely personal, contemplative, angry—and appreciative—musical journey” by The Globe and Mail. Inspired by Mann’s own experience and his solo album of the same name, The Waiting Room combines moving commentary with a sharp sense of humour to tell a difficult but captivating story.
Evening and matinee showtimes available
Granvillle Island Stage, 1585 Johnston Street
Lost Souls of Gastown at Halloween — October 1 to 31
Learn all of Vancouver’s spookiest secrets at Forbidden Vancouver's fourth-annual Lost Souls of Gastown tour. The Halloween-themed events run three times nightly throughout October, leading only the bravest souls through the creepiest streets of our city. Beginning at Cathedral Square, this gothic spectacle guides you through Vancouver’s gruesome past, sharing tales of the city’s first bawdy house, a long-forgotten plague, the famous Gastown fire and the gory murders of those still rumoured to haunt our city.
$19 students and seniors; $22 adults
Starts at the corner of Dunsmuir and Richards
Born and raised in Kelowna, Haley fell in love with the West Coast while studying English Literature at UBC. Remaining true to her Okanagan upbringing, she still feels most at home on a golf course or by the water.