09/26/2014 02:58 EDT | Updated 11/26/2014 05:59 EST

Lower Mainland weekend events you won't want to miss

There are a lot of events to choose from this weekend with B.C. Culture Days starting up, Oktoberfest on our doorstep and other big festivals underway. Scroll down for On The Coast's six recommendations for things to do this weekend in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

1. Word Vancouver

A free celebration of books and reading takes place around the Vancouver Public Library this weekend. Be sure to catch BC Almanac host Mark Forsythe, who's reading from his new book "From the West Coast to the Western Front," co-written by Greg Dickson.

- Saturday and Sunday, Library Square 


The Vancouver International Film Festival is in full swing. Check out the locally-made films and a special series on fashion and style this year.

- MORE | How to make the most of the Vancouver International Film Festival

Though we may not have Benedict Cumberbatch or Reese Witherspoon gracing the red carpet in Vancouver, there are many great speakers and special guests coming to give us an inside take on the world of filmmaking.

- Sept. 25 to Oct. 10, Various venues

3. "Unmasked": Make-up, Martinis and Murder

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is hosting an evening of entertainment featuring Peking Opera and MarTEAni mixologist Olivia Chan. The owner of the Treasure Green Tea Company will offer a green tea tasting and William Lau will offer a behind-the-scenes peek at how an opera performer gets ready for the audience. Reknowned Peking opera performers from China will perform. 

- Sept. 27, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

4. FlipOut 2014, Fraser Valley

If you think your thumbs are up to the challenge, head to the third annual open pinball tournament. This pinball contest in Abbotsford bills itself as the largest in the country.

- Sept. 26-28, Castle Fun Park, Abbotsford

5. Free weekend at Science World: Around the Dome festival

Around the Dome is a month-long family-friendly science festival, and this weekend Science World is kicking it off with a weekend of free admission. The festival features science and technology in use right here in Metro Vancouver. 

- Sept. 27 and 28, Science World

6. Rivers and Trails Festival

As part of Culture Days in B.C., Port Coquitlam is celebrating its rivers and trails. You can take part in a river clean up, watch a salmon release, and head on a 10-kilometre guided bike ride between Peace and Lion parks on the Traboulay PoCo Trail.

- Sept. 28, Lions Park