October is a lovely time to visit Vancouver: rug up, grab a warm beverage and stroll the waterfront or the parks and enjoy the leaves turning colour. But don’t miss out on the city’s cultural activities while you’re here! There are some ground-breaking art exhibitions, along with live comedy and theatre. Read below for some of our top picks of things to do in Vancouver in October.
Every Weds – Saturday night
Vancouver loves its comedy, and belly laughs are just the ticket right now! Rawsome Comedy operates out of a space in Gastown, offering shows four nights a week in a COVID-friendly environment – that means plexiglass between the tables, and mandatory masks whenever you move around. Don’t miss Thursday night’s Bomb Shelter amateur comedy show, and on Saturday nights, skip dessert and instead settle in for a later-night Nightcap Comedy show.
UBC Apple Festival
October 16 – 18
UBC’s beloved Apple Festival has been re-imagined for 2020. Instead of joining the apple-loving crowds to sample heirloom varieties, eat pie and drink cider, the event is largely moving online. At the Apple Market, you’ll be able to order a selection of 10 festival favourite apple varieties, juices, and even apple trees for your own backyard, then pick them up at UBC between October 16 and 18.
Shame and Prejudice – A Story of Resilience at UBC Museum of Anthropology
Through January 3, 2021
While you’re down at UBC picking up your apples, book a ticket to visit the Museum of Anthropology to check out Shame and Prejudice, a collection of works by Kent Monkman. The exhibition tells the story of the past 150 years in Canada, reinserting Indigenous voices into the narrative, challenging colonial ideas of our history. The artist’s gender fluid, time-travelling alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, tells the story, moving from New France and Confederation through to and contemporary life both in the city and on the reserve.
Third Realm at Polygon Gallery
Through November 8
It’s definitely worth taking the trip over to the North Shore for Polygon Gallery’s current exhibition, Third Realm – Contemporary Art from Asia. Photography, film and installation pieces from some of the region’s seminal contemporary artists explore the sociopolitical landscape in Asia from 2004 through 2019, both challenging and harnessing the limitations of documentary images.
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Feature Image: Couple on the Coal Harbour Sea Wall: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang
Microphone: Skitterphoto via Pexels
Third Realm Installation: Scott Massey via Polygon Gallery website
Apples: UBC Apple Festival website
The Scream, 2016: Kent Monkman via the UBC MOA website