1) Fright Nights at the PNE
Yes, the most frightening event in Western Canada is back.
Those of you who love to scare yourselves silly will have plenty to scream for at Playland from Friday night through the rest of the month.This year, organizers have added an all-new haunted house to the roster.
Keep a wide eye out for cloaked men in search of a spare limb or two. Admission buys you access to PNE rides, all seven of the houses, and entertainment from the Monsters of Schlock.
2) Fort Langley Cranberry Festival
Parking in Fort Langley will be at a premium Saturday, as the village hosts its 19th annual Cranberry Festival. Festivities kick off with a pancake breakfast at 8:30am on Church Street.
If you sleep in, fear not, there will be plenty of other eating opportunities between the fleet of food trucks, and the 10,000 pounds of cranberries up for sale.
Work up an appetite by taking a tour of a cranberry bog, cheering on the Cranberry Voyageur Races, competing in a great cranberry hunt, or learning how to make cranberry bannock.
Shuttles start running from Trinity Western University and Walnut Grove Secondary from 9:30am.
3) Conversations With My Mother
We all know mothers like to give advice, but even from beyond the grave?
The Gateway Theatre in Richmond launches its new season Friday with "Conversations with my Mother," a look at the never-ending bond between mothers and daughters.
Written, acted, and directed by women, the play is the story of two sisters, opposite in personality, haunted by the spirit of their recently deceased mom. It's a comedy, but a poignant one, and it runs until October 25.
4) Bowen Island Applefest
The annual festival runs this Sunday in the Davies Heritage Orchard. Apple lovers can indulge in cider tastings, apple tastings, more than 50 heritage apple pies, and heritage apple tea.
New this year is an apple pie contest—if you think you've got what it takes, be there, pie in hand, by 12:45 p.m. PT. If apples aren't your thing, Nancy Leonard will be sharing honey from her beehives, Lorraine Ashdown and Earl Jenkins will be providing the day's musical entertainment, and it will be your last chance this year to stock up on bounty from the local farmers' market.
5) THEN & NOW
A fundraiser for Vancouver street paper Megaphone Magazine, THEN & NOW is night of songs and storytelling by Vancouver songwriters and artists.
Friday night at The Wise Hall, you'll find Shaun Verreault (of Wide Mouth Mason fame), Hot Panda, The Wild Romantics, and Tonye Aganaba, among other performers.
There will also be delicious beer courtesy of Parallel 49. Tickets are $15, and proceeds go to this non-profit that offers voice and economic opportunity for homeless and low-income people in Vancouver.