10/04/2014 02:51 EDT | Updated 12/03/2014 05:59 EST

On The Coast's events picks for the first weekend of October

There's a lot going on across Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland as fall gets underway, including the annual arrival of Bordeaux wines at B.C. liquor stores, the launch of the Hastings Park Winter Market and the unveiling of the 'Wait for Me, Daddy' sculpture in New Westminster.

Here are four more great goings-on across the Lower Mainland this weekend. The fifth event listed happens next week, on Thanksgiving — but only if you choose to take part.

1. Doors Open Vancouver

The city kicks off its inaugural Doors Open event this Saturday.

The public will get to tour civic buildings and learn about the history and architecture from these buildings themselves.

Peek into the Vancouver Police Department's tactical training centre, the city's works yard, and the False Creek energy utility building.

- Saturday October 4

- Various venues in Vancouver

2. Fraser Valley Food Show 

Fans of food and cooking unite at the 7th annual Fraser Valley Food Show. The show is at the Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, B.C.

Wine, beer, local celebrity chef Ned Bell, and the gluten-free living show are all part of the festivities — sounds like a recipe for a good weekend.

- Fri. Oct. 3 - Sun. Oct. 5

- Tradex, Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford

3. 13th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night

This is the largest sake tasting festival in Western Canada.

It's a fundraiser for Tonari Gumi, the Japanese community's volunteer association. You can taste more than 50 plum wines and sake from local and international producers. You'll also get to sample appetizers from top local restaurants, with those proceeds going toward helping seniors. 

- Saturday, Oct. 4

- Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Vancouver

4. WWI: The Homefront — Our Town

Heritage Vancouver is taking people on a time-travelling tour of what would have been happening on the home front during the First World War. 

Find out what life was like during the war era for typical working-class citizens.

The tour starts at the South Memorial Park Cenotaph in South Hill, which used to be a separate community and later became part of the city of Vancouver. 

- Sunday, Oct. 5

- South Memorial Park Cenotaph, Vancouver

5. Looking ahead: Calling all hosts for Share Thanksgiving

If you are a "more the merrier" type of host and you are thinking that what this Thanksgiving needs is more people at your table, you might want to consider inviting a new immigrant family to your holiday meal.

Share Thanksgiving bills itself as a "free turkey-based matching service" that pairs Canadian families with new immigrants for a big delicious meal. 

- Monday, Oct. 13

- your dining room