During Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, families eat sweets, exchange gifts and watch fireworks. In Vancouver the community is celebrating with music and Bhangra dancing, plus an Indian bazaar with crafts and food from South Asia. You can also take a cooking class if you want to bring some of the food home with you, after all the dancing is done.
- Roundhouse Community Centre
2) Chrysanthemums and Maple Leaves: Festival of Japanese Music
The Vancouver Inter-cultural Orchestra welcomes four master musicians from Japan and the Netherlands to celebrate Japanese music and culture. You can listen to traditional music dating back to the imperial courts, and modern works from Japanese and Canadian composers. Ancient instruments like the sho, shakuhachi and koto are featured in workshop events as well.
- Various venues in Burnaby and Vancouver
3) Vancouver Writers Fest
Writers and readers converge on Granville Island and at other venues to celebrate the written word. You could discover a new author or go see one of your favourites. The talent ranges from Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu, to Vietnamese-Canadian Kim Thuy, to French writer Maylis de Kerangal, plus literary superstars Sarah Waters, Colm Toibin and Thomas King.
- Various venues
4) Modulus Festival
This festival invites people on a musical adventure, where you can grab a beer, sit down and take in many intriguing and innovative works. One event features a special edition of Dances for a Small Stage, where classical musicians are thrown together with dancers, plus perogies will be served. Or you can check out machines think love, a work inspired by the mathematician Alan Turing, with music using a text by Samuel Beckett.
- Various venues, Vancouver
5) Cloverdale Halloween Costume Parade
Dress up your whole family and head over to downtown Cloverdale, the Brick Yard Station and Clover Square Village Mall. There's a group photo at 2 p.m. and then kids will get a chance to trick or treat. Check out a 400-kilogram pumpkin grown by The Pumpkin Dude, then show off your scary costume in the parade. Other activities include crafts and a special exhibit showing scary creatures.- Oct. 25
- Downtown Cloverdale
6) BC Beer Awards — sold out
Of course, we'd also recommend the BC Beer Awards and Festival hosted by Stephen Quinn. Except the event is sold out. So if you were able to get a ticket, lucky you!