Doors Open Vancouver (Saturday, October 4, various locations)
Use this Saturday to explore 20 different participating businesses as part of the inaugural DOV event. The public will have a chance to gain free behind-the-scenes access to popular buildings, taking in the cultural, architectural and design history as part of the program. Visit buildings such as Vancouver City Hall, The Salt Building, National Works Yard, City Studio, Vancouver Animal Control Shelter and the Carnegie Community Centre, to name a few. For details, click here.
Harvest Haus (this weekend, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza)
It’ll be hard to miss the huge tented area directly off West Georgia Street downtown – home to Vancouver’s first-ever Harvest Haus. This multi-day Oktoberfest-style party aims to attract thousands, with several seatings available each day. Sample imported Bavarian beer, cider, locally made German foods, and catch live music and DJs to keep you in a jovial mood (lederhosen or not). Tickets are selling fast, so don’t wait. Find all the details here.
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure (Saturday, October 5)
Head to 88 Pacific Blvd at Concord Pacific Place this Saturday and strap on your pink shoes, shirt and running attire to show your support at this year’s walk/run event. The CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest single-day volunteer-based event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, awareness and educational programs. Do your bit and participate. For details and registration, click here.
Fraser Valley Food Show (1190 Cornell Street
Use this weekend as the perfect excuse to head to the Fraser Valley for a food-inspired day exploring all the latest local offerings, food trends, special demonstrations, guest speakers (like Ned Bell and Adam Hart) and more. Catch the culinary action at The Gusto TV Celebrity Cooking Stage, and don’t miss the Grapes and Hops stage, as well as the Wine, Beer and Spirits tasting pavilion. For details, click here.
Just opened : twelveWEST (1219 Granville Street)
Strap on those stilettos and head to Vancouver’s newest and hottest elite nightclub to light up Granville, twelveWEST. Owned and operated by Peter Girges (of popular Pierre’s Champagne Lounge in Yaletown), it’s guaranteed this space will be consistently packed with pretty people. You ought to be one of them. For details, click here.
Coming up: Toast to the Coast (845 Avison Way, October 17)
Plan ahead and buy your ticket to this month’s annual gala fundraiser for the Vancouver Aquarium. Enjoy gourmet bites prepared by top Ocean Wise restaurants and taste signature B.C. wines during this culinary journey celebrating the conservation of our oceans at Vancouver Aquarium’s Toast to the Coast. This year there is more to sip, savour and explore than ever before – you don’t want to miss out. For more info and tickets, click here.
Photo courtesy Harvest Haus