SPE­CIAL EVENTS & FES­TI­VALS

Where Vancouver - - Entertainment -

To Oct 12

VAN­COU­VER INTERNATIONAL FILM FES­TI­VAL The an­nual fest fea­tures hun­dreds of genre-de­fy­ing films from around the world, in­clud­ing a huge se­lec­tion of doc­u­men­taries and Cana­dian films. Many screen­ings have di­rec­tors, writ­ers and ac­tors in at­ten­dance for in­sight­ful post-screen­ing dis­cus­sions. Var­i­ous venues. 604683-FILM (3456). www.viff.org

To Jan 11

TI­TANIC: THE ARTIFACT EX­HI­BI­TION Fo­cuses on the ill-fated ship’s com­pelling hu­man sto­ries, told through more than 120 au­then­tic ar­ti­facts and ex­ten­sive room re-cre­ations. $17.95, se­nior $15.95, stu­dent $13.95, un­der 5 free. Van­cou­ver Lipont Art Cen­tre, 4211 No. 3 Rd., Rich­mond. 604-285-9975. www.ti­tan­ic­van­cou­ver.com Map 3: C3

Oct 3-Nov 17 DI­WALI IN BC Events through­out the prov­ince spread aware­ness of the Hindu fes­ti­val of lights. This year’s theme, “New Hori­zons,” is ex­plored through pow­er­ful per­for­mances that range from fam­ily drama to clas­si­cal dance. A Van­cou­ver Gul­dasta (Oct 2-21), Shyama (Oct 27), The Be­liev­ers Are But Broth­ers (Oct 30-Nov 10). Var­i­ous venues. www.di­wal­ibc.ca

Oct 5-31

FRIGHT NIGHTS AT PLAY­LAND Brace your­self for gutwrench­ing rides, hair-rais­ing crea­tures roam­ing be­hind you, and blood­cur­dling screams com­ing from in­side the haunted houses. Play­land en­trance, E. Hast­ings St. at Win­der­mere. www.fright­nights.ca Map 2: C3

Oct 10-14

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: COR­TEO Brings to­gether the pas­sion of the ac­tor with the grace and power of the ac­ro­bat to plunge the au­di­ence into a the­atri­cal world of fun, com­edy and spon­tane­ity. W-Th 7:30 pm, F-Sa 3:30 and 7:30 pm, Su 1 and 5 pm. $49+. Pa­cific Coli­seum, 100 N. Ren­frew St. www.cirque­du­soleil .com/cor­teo X Map 4: D5

Oct 11-14

WHISTLER WRIT­ERS FES­TI­VAL Hear talks and work­shops by au­thors and pub­lish­ers such as Grant Lawrence, Jane Reid, Stephen Vogler, Eden Robin­son, Charles De­mers, Peter Carey and Rawi Hage. Var­i­ous venues in Whistler. www. whistler­writ­ers­fest .com Map 2: A8

Oct 11-31

THE STAN­LEY PARK HAL­LOWEEN GHOST TRAIN: JACK O’LAN­TERN’S JOUR­NEY THROUGH THE DARK FOR­EST Each year the train takes rid­ers on a jour­ney through a mys­ti­cal and mag­i­cal world, themed by Hal­loween and other creepy tales. $15.10, se­nior/13-18 $11.20, 3-12 $9.90, un­der 3 free. Minia­ture Rail­way in Stan­ley Park, off Pipe­line Rd. Tick­ets 604-252-3700. www.ghost­train.ca X Map 5: C5

Oct 12-14

FAN EXPO VAN­COU­VER Wear your best cos­tume to meet all your favourite stars of film, TV, anime

and comics. F 4-9 pm, Sa 10 am-7 pm, Su 10 am-5 pm. $30+. Van­cou­ver Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, West Build­ing, Halls A and B, 1055 Canada Place Way. www.fan­ex­po­van­cou­ver.com  Map 1: B6

Oct 12-31

HAUNTED VAN­COU­VER TROL­LEY TOURS Board a dec­o­rated trol­ley bus and travel through the city lis­ten­ing to sto­ry­tellers spin spooky tales of mur­der, treach­ery and in­trigue. Visit eerie lo­ca­tions such as Mountain View Ceme­tery and the au­topsy room of the Van­cou­ver Po­lice Mu­seum. $55. For ages 13+. 604-801-5515, ext. 100. www.van­cou­vertrol­ley.com

Oct 14-Nov 4

DI­WALI FEST Cel­e­brate the Hindu fes­ti­val of lights with cooking classes, Ran­goli paint­ing lessons, dance per­for­mances and more in down­town, Sur­rey and East Van­cou­ver.

Many events are free or by do­na­tion. Var­i­ous venues. www.di­wal­ifest.ca

Oct 15-21

THE VAN­COU­VER WRIT­ERS FEST Writ­ers min­gle with thou­sands of read­ers in in­ti­mate set­tings. This year’s au­thors in­clude Buffy Sainte-Marie, Monique Gray Smith, Bill Gaston, Ken­neth Op­pel, Dionne Brand, Jodi Pi­coult and Kevin Chong. Sev­eral events for chil­dren. Var­i­ous venues. 604-6816330. www.writ­ers­fest.bc.ca

Oct 18-21

VAN­COU­VER FALL HOME SHOW See the de­sign in­dus­try’s big­gest names and game-chang­ers—in­clud­ing Todd Tal­bot, Tif­fany Pratt, Colin McAl­lis­ter and Justin Ryan—and find the lat­est in in­no­va­tive prod­ucts. Van­cou­ver Con­ven­tion Cen­tre West, 1055 Canada Place Way. 604-639-2288. www.van­cou­ver­fall­home­show.com  Map 1: B6

Oct 19-21

VAN­COU­VER ART BOOK FAIR Canada’s long­est-run­ning international art book fair cel­e­brates publishing works from lo­cal and international cre­ators. Free. Emily Carr Univer­sity, 520 E. 1st Ave. www. van­cou­ver­art­book­fair.com Map 1: F8

Oct 24-Nov 4

DOWN­TOWN EAST­SIDE HEART OF THE CITY FES­TI­VAL More than 100 events—in­clud­ing mu­sic, sto­ries, songs, po­etry, cul­tural cel­e­bra­tions, films, the­atre, dance, spo­ken word, work­shops, gallery ex­hibits, mixed me­dia, art talks, his­tory talks and his­tory walks—in over 40 venues all fo­cus on the Down­town East­side’s rich and di­verse com­mu­ni­ties. 604-6285672. www.heartofthecityfes­ti­val.com

Oct 27

GOOP HEALTH WELL­NESS SUM­MIT Gwyneth Pal­trow’s life­style brand brings its pop­u­lar well­ness sum­mit to Canada. En­joy talks, well­ness work­shops and healthy food op­tions. The re­tail hall fea­tures a well­ness phar­macy, ath­leisure shop and clean­beauty apothe­cary. $400. Stan­ley Park Pavil­ion, 610 Pipe­line Rd. www.goop .com/in­goophealth Map 5: C5

Nov 8-10

VAN­COU­VER POD­CAST FES­TI­VAL Pan­els, work­shops and live tap­ings all fo­cus on true crime, high­light­ing the power of pod­cast­ing. Var­i­ous venues. 604-646-3200. www.van­pod­fest.ca

Nov 21-25

dis­ney on ice presents dare to dream This ice-skat­ing spec­tac­u­lar show­cases the ad­ven­tures of five dar­ing Dis­ney hero­ines. W-Sa 7 pm. Mati­nees Sa-Su 11:30 am and 3:30 pm. Pa­cific Coli­seum, 100 N. Ren­frew St. www.dis­ney­on­ice.com  Map 4: D5

Nov 21-Dec 24

van­cou­ver christ­mas mar­ket Shop for hand­made crafts and gifts, ride the carousel, en­joy live entertainment, and sam­ple the schnitzel and Bavar­ian beer at this tra­di­tional Ger­man-style mar­ket. 11:30 am-9:30 pm. $12, se­nior $9, youth $5, un­der 6 free. Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place Way. www.van­cou­ver christ­mas­mar­ket.com  Map 1: B6

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