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Back to live: The return of more in-person events this fall

From sports to arts to seasonal favourites, live events are back. After a year and a half of pandemic closures, cancellations and limited in-person fun, BC is finally seeing the return of many events and activities. So, we’ve rounded up a list of what’s happening around the province, plus have everything you need to know for how to enjoy your favourite activities again safely.

Here are a few things to expect:

  • Don’t forget your mask. They continue to be mandatory at all large events (yes, even outdoors too).
  • Bring proof of vaccination and your government photo ID.
  • Be prepared for most purchases to be cashless.
  • Some events have moved exclusively to a digital ticketing platform. Do your research in advance to ensure you have what you need and expect touchless screening on entry.
  • Many large events have a no bag or clear bag only policy to make check-in quicker (best to leave your bags at home).

Our additional advice: book your tickets well in advance, arrive early so you’re not rushing or stressed out, keep calm and remember, we’re all in this together so be patient and kind to one another.

Now, here’s your guide to safe, fall fun in Vancouver and around BC.

Canucks mascot Finn waving a Canucks flag
Photo by the Vancouver Canucks

Sports

Our favourite sports teams have officially welcomed fans back to the action.

Vancouver Canucks

Where: Rogers Arena
When: 41 home games October 26 to late April – and even longer if they make the playoffs.
Big events: October 26 home opener vs. Minnesota Wild, October 30 they host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, and December 8 they battle their Stanley Cup rivals, the Boston Bruins. Plus, join us March 15, 2022 for our BCAA Member night!
Good to know: Rogers Arena will be returning to full capacity starting on October 25, but it’s still a good idea to secure your seat early. BCAA Members save up to 30% on select single-game tickets ad 10% at the Canucks Team Store.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Where: BC Place
When: October 27 vs Minnesota United FC, November 7 vs Seattle Sounders FC.
Good to know: You can find the current COVID-19 safety protocols here.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC game
Photo from 2019 by Vancouver Whitecaps FC

BC Lions

Where: BC Place
When: November 12 vs Calgary Stampeders, November 19 vs Edmonton Elks.
Big events: The Grey Cup championship game is in Hamilton this year on December 12. A fun one to watch at home.
Good to know: Here’s what to know before you go to a game.

Abbotsford Canucks

Wait, who? The Abbotsford Canucks is the Vancouver Canucks’ AHL farm team who’ve just moved from New York State to launch their inaugural season in the Fraser Valley.
Where: Abbotsford Centre
When: 36 home games from October to April with single-game tickets available for just $25.

performer standing on the stage

Concerts

Live music is back with a great lineup of fall performances from:

City and Colour

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
When: November 12 and 13
Highlights: Watch for Dallas Green’s crowd-pleasing The Girl

The Cowboy Junkies

Where & where: Nanaimo’s Port Theatre (November 16), UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (November 18)
Highlight: Gotta be that sweet, Sweet Jane

Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk

Where: Hollywood Theatre in Vancouver
When: November 19
Highlight: Married since 1999, they’re touring with their first record together

Mother Mother

Where: Commodore Ballroom
When: nightly, December 2-5
Highlight: This BC-based band from Quadra Island’s song Hayloft blew up on TikTok

visitors at the Da Vinci Experience
The Da Vinci Experience by Jelly Marketing

Autumn is alight

An array of exciting events have arrived to ring in the season, including:

The Da Vinci Experience

What: Travel through time and immerse yourself in Da Vinci’s world and work. You’ll get a multi-sensory 360º immersive journey, with more than ten replicas of his incredible machines, as well as a VR look at the life of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Where: Tsawwassen Mills shopping centre
When: runs till October 31

The Wizards’ Den

What: A magical, 90-minute immersive experience that is guaranteed to bring out your inner Harry Potter as you learn to brew potions and cast spells. Complete challenges to unlock the ingredients to make your perfect mead.
Where: inside a pop-up bar at 904 Granville Street
When: October and November

An Octopus at the Vancouver Aquarium
Photo by Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium’s Fin-tastic Fall Days

What: Enjoy their trick or trout maze, a 4D movie experience with Scooby and the gang, and Halloween dress-up days.
Where: Stanley Park
When: October 1-31

Sankofa: African Routes, Canadian Roots

What: A new Museum of Anthropology exhibit that focuses on the experience of African Canadians in Vancouver. BCAA Members receive 15% off regular admission to the museum.
Where: UBC’s Museum of Anthropology
When: daily this October

Bad to the Bone Halloween

What: Family-friendly chills and thrills including a witches lair, bone yard and the spooky skeleton science show.
Where: Britannia Mine Museum where BCAA Members save 15% on single visit museum admission rates.
When: October 23 & 24, October 30 & 31

Vallea Lumina

What: A spectacular, multimedia night walk through an enchanted forest in pursuit of hidden wonders.
Where: Sixteen Mile Creek Forest Service Road, Whistler, BC
When: The Winter Vallea Lumina runs November 26 through April

Halloween decoration outside a house

Halloween haunts

Many of BC’s frighteningly fun Halloween events have returned this year. Get spooky with these great options:

Field of Screams Zombie Apocalypse

What: The Okanagan’s biggest, most terrifying haunted corn maze. Four mazes create a horrifying experience you won't soon forget.
Where: Vernon, BC
When: right up until October 30

Haunted Corn Maze

What: Walk (or run) through the scariest corn maze in Canada. Warning: this is very scary, very intense, and very good fun in the dark.
Where: Maan Farms in Abbotsford
When: right up until October 31

Eerie Illusions

What: A new Covid-safe self-guided walk featuring lights, illusions and special effects. Just in time for Halloween.
Where: Burnaby Village Museum
When: October 22-31

Visitors at Hallowed Eves
Hallowed Eves by PNE

Hallowed Eves

What: Halloween thrill rides, creepy decor and a cast of scary characters and live performances.
Where: Playland, Vancouver
When: October 8-31


Foodie fun

Finally, our favourite feasting events are back:

Cheese and Meat Artisan Food Festival

What: Enjoy the best of locally made food and beverages that pair perfectly.
Where: The Pipe Shop in Vancouver, The Powerhouse in Victoria
When: November 6 in Vancouver, November 27 in Victoria

Whistler Cornucopia

What: Whistler’s annual fall festival of food and drink, “made for the epicurious, uninhibited food and drink lover.” Enjoy educational seminars, chef’s demonstrations, signature events, and delicious winery dinners.
Where: Whistler Conference Centre
When: November 4-28

Guided tour at an ice cave

Movies

Take in the magic of the big screen. BCAA Members save up to 30% at Landmark Cinemas, where you can watch the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die, or The Matrix 4, coming in December. Or make a weekend of it and check out:

Whistler Film Festival

What: Canada’s coolest film festival features six world premieres and a Content Summit.
Where: Whistler, BC (and online)
When: December 1-5 in Whistler, December 1-31 online

Bonus tip for BCAA Members: if you find yourself in Whistler, make sure you plan a stop at the Scandinave Spa, where Members save 15% on bath access and 10% on Scandinave massage services with bath access.

Now that you’ve marked your calendar with your favourite upcoming events, here are a few final tips to ensure you keep yourself and those around you safe:

  • Do your research well in advance, so you know what to expect upon arrival.
  • Bring an extra mask or keep one in your vehicle, just in case.
  • Remember to keep six feet away from the people around you, indoors and out.
  • If you’re feeling unwell, stay home and check the BC Centre for Disease Control for what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Have a great time! For additional autumn inspiration, see our exclusive Member savings on fall essentials. Not a Member? Join today for less than $7 a month to take advantage of these partner offers and more.

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