DIWALI IN BC
October 3-November 17 at various locations
Founded by Rohit Chokhani last year, this six-week celebration of Diwali includes theatre, dance, and workshops across BC, from Vancouver to Vernon. The theme of the second annual festival is ‘New Horizons,’ in response to racial tensions and gender abuse that continue to pervade today’s world – don’t miss productions like A Vancouver Guldasta and Shyama.
1074 Davie Street
Chinatown’s favourite fried chicken joint – Juke Fried Chicken, Ribs and Cocktail Bar – has opened a new location in the West End. Little Juke, which holds 22 people, retains most of the popular fixings of the original, with a few new additions to the menu. Come in for rotisserie chicken, as well as mac-and-cheese poppers, roast potatoes, and milkshakes.
November 2-6 at various locations
Music on Main’s annual post-classical festival is back with another exciting lineup of musicians and composers from all around the world. Along with performances from artists like France’s Thierry Pécou, artist talks, and documentary showings, there will be intriguing evenings dedicated to driftwood percussion and improvisation.
SYMPHONY OF FIRE FESTIVAL
October 31 at Lucky’s Comics
Presented by Lucky’s Comics, this music-to video/video-to-music festival is all submission-based: make a video, send it to them, and they’ll screen it at the festival on October 31. For its fifth edition, Symphony of Fire’s theme includes concepts like superstitions, magic, ghosts, nightmares, obsessions, and moons. The inclusive event will be accepting submissions until October 28.
GOOSEBUMPS: AN EVENING WITH R.L. STINE
October 26 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
The author behind the beloved children’s horror books Goosebumps will be in conversation about his life and career. A book signing and Halloween party – bonus points for paying tribute to his classic characters: Slappy, anyone? – will follow the talk. Stine recently signed on to write even more installments in the Goosebumps series, and his teen horror series, Fear Street, is also back with a couple of new books.
VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST
October 15-21 at various locations
The 2018 edition of the annual writing festival places emphasis on topics like equality, migration, and reconciliation. Don’t miss appearances by crime writer Ian Rankin, feminist authors like Jodi Picoult, and local journalist Andrea Warner, who will interview legendary artist Buffy Sainte-Marie in celebration of her new book, Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Official Biography.
October 20 at the Imperial
In support of Rethink Breast Cancer, the annual Booby Ball raises funds and awareness for the cause – this year, country-style. That means there’s going to be line dancing, horseshoe throwing, southern-inspired cocktails, live music, and more. Get out your cowboy boots and support young women living with breast cancer.
October 26 at the Ellis Building
This new monthly Friday night market officially launches on October 6. Head over to the Ellis Building for small batch and handmade goods crafted by local artisans like Take Care Stitchery and Sticks & Stones Jewelry. There will also be food trucks and a cash bar. Doors are open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Main St.
FAN EXPO VANCOUVER
October 12-14 at Vancouver Convention Centre
Featuring meet and greets, workshops, and panels, this three-day pop culture convention is always a good time. At this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver, get an autograph or photo with celebrity guests like Jaleel White (Family Matters), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, Star Wars), and Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk).
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMAN EXTINCTION
October 10-20 at the Historic Theatre
It’s 2178 and the last woman and man on Earth are getting ready to leave the planet for a new home to carry on their genetic legacy.
In A Brief History of Human Extinction, award-winning playwright Jordan Hall explores questions about our human nature, hope, and our role in the destruction of our world.