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The ultimate Burnaby fall events list

From haunted adventures to fall treats, here is our list of the best Burnaby fall events to help you get into the fall spirit.

By Marco Ovies | September 16, 2022 |5:00 am

Fall is just around the corner and there are plenty of Burnaby events to attend. Whether you want to go on a spooktacular haunted adventure, eat some fall goodies, or enjoy some live performances, there’s something on this list you’ll love. Plus, be sure to check back because we’ll be adding to this list throughout the season!

Burnaby Farmers Market (May to October)

Burnaby’s Farmers Market runs every Saturday until Oct. 29. This is a great place to grab some locally grown produce and learn more about local businesses. The vendors change up every weekend, and every so often they’ll host a themed market (our personal favourite was the pet-themed one where they held a pet costume contest).

Address: Burnaby City Hall Parking Lot, 4949 Canada Way

Truth and Reconciliation: Art that Speaks to the Heart (Sept. 17 and 24)

The Amazing Brentwood will provide a space for Indigenous musicians, dancers, and storytellers on Sept. 17 and 24 in observation of Truth and Reconciliation. They’ll be taking place from 1-3pm in the Brentwood Plaza. For a full list of performances, you can visit The Amazing Brentwood website.

Address: Brentwood Plaza, 4567 Lougheed Hwy.

Culture Days (Sept. 22 to Oct. 15) 

 

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Culture Days are coming to Burnaby from Sept. 23 until Oct. 16 and will be filled with plenty of free activities, demonstrations, and discussions. These events will be happening all over Burnaby at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Art Gallery, and Burnaby Village Museum. There will be flash mobs, print-making on the back of a bike, musical performances, and so much more. For a full schedule of all the events, visit the City of Burnaby website.

The Five Vengeances (Sept. 27 to Oct. 1)

 

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The Five Vengeances is a queer love story that follows Fury, a raging warrior out to avenge the murder of her love Bella by the detestable Overlord. With only the aid of her old friend, Shotgun, Fury has to infiltrate the corrupt ranks of the Overlord’s Empire to exact her revenge. However, members of the royal family have their own devious plans, and Fury soon finds herself tangled deep in the snake pit ultimately realizing that vengeance is never a painless road.” This production is being staged at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 and you can buy tickets online.

Address: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave.

Burnaby’s best fall treats

 

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Whether you’re drinking pumpkin spice lattes or don’t want to look at another pumpkin again, we’ve put a list together of some of the best fall treats in Burnaby. Try them throughout the season or book off a whole day to try them all!

Pumpkins After Dark (Sept. 22 to Oct. 31)

Pumpkins After Dark brings over 6,000 different pumpkins to Burnaby and will be the Halloween event of the year. You’ll be able to walk down magical pathways of lit pumpkin sculptures and displays, all with music, sounds, and special effects. There will also be classic Halloween characters, dinosaurs, dragons, movies, and pop culture icons making this an event with something for everyone!

Address: Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial St.

World Rivers Day (Sept. 25)

Sept. 25 is World Rivers Day, and to celebrate you can visit the Burnaby Village Museum for a free event to “learn about our local waterways and restoration efforts to help protect these environments.” There will be displays, tours, activities, crafts, and live entertainment. This event takes place from 11:30am to 4:30pm and for a full list of activities, you can visit the Burnaby Village Museum website.

Address: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave.

Enjoy the fall leaves

Burnaby has so many great parks for you to explore this fall. The Beacon created a list of some of the best parks to get you into the fall spirit.

Spectral Visions art exhibit, Burnaby Art Gallery (Oct. 1 to Nov. 1)

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Spectral Visions (City of Burnaby)

The Burnaby Art Gallery will display some of the darker works in the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection. “Featured are works from Francisco Goya’s series Los Caprichos, where the famed Spanish romantic painter and printmaker satirized late 18th century Spanish society through the depiction of follies, superstitions, and failures. Such historical works are set alongside contemporary works that add colour to the foreboding they portray. Canadian artist Betty Goodwin delicately examines the fragility of human life and the states it traverses in work from her series Le Memoire du Corps.” There will be over 30 different artists showcased at this exhibit. Entry is by donation with $5 being the recommended amount.

Address: Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Ave.

Silver anniversary toonie skate (Oct. 1)

The Bill Copeland Sports Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a toonie skate on Oct. 1. For just $2 you can skate and enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, and other entertainment. Skates and helmets are included with the admission fee.

Address: Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Ave.

Jazz Jams (Oct. 4 to Nov. 29)

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Jazz Jams is an event open to all musicians no matter their age or experience level. Meet local jazz musicians and we know you’ll make beautiful music together. Jazz Jam is hosted by Cory Weeds of the Cellar Jazz Society and is being held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Nov. 29 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Address: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave

Rubber Ducky half marathon (Oct. 16)

 

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If you’ve ever wanted to run in a marathon, look no further than the 2022 Rubber Ducky taking place at Burnaby Lake Park. You can either run either the half-marathon, 7-miler, or 5-km races. You can register for this race until Oct. 9 online.

Address: Burnaby Lake Park, 4519 Piper Ave.

Eerie Illusions (Oct. 20-30)

Burnaby Village Museum will transform itself into a Halloween paradise from Oct. 20-30 from 5:30-10:30pm. There will be new displays, costumed staff, live performances, and surprises hidden in the shadows. This will be a self-guided tour of the museum and is suitable for all ages. You’re also encouraged to attend in your Halloween costumes. Food trucks like Green Coast Coffee, Reel Mac and Cheese, and Cravings Kettle Corn will be on site. Tickets for Eerie Illusions go on sale on Sept. 20

Address: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave.

The Haunted Halloween Adventure (Oct. 21–31)

 

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The Haunted Halloween Adventure invites participants to solve the mystery of missing villagers while having to fight off a terrifying barrage of orcs. You can also enjoy a variety of other spooky games and visit the village tavern for some good food, drinks, and merriment. The quest will involve archery, axe throwing, and many more exciting elements that will keep participants on their toes. The event will take place from Oct. 21 to 31, and more info and tickets can be found here. This is a 19+ event but organizers said that if older children are interested, their parents or guardians should reach out to see if exceptions can be made.

Address: Warner Loat Park, 4252 Piper Ave.

Monster Mash (Oct. 27)

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Monster Mash is being held on Oct. 27 (City of Burnaby)

The Eileen Dailly Leisure Centre is holding a Monster Mash on Oct. 27 from 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy water and deck games, create creepy crafts, and participate in a Halloween hunt. Plus, the best costumes will win a prize.

Address: Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre, 240 Willingdon Ave.

Spooktacular Toonie Skate (Oct. 28)

Dress up in your best spooky costume and enjoy a toonie skate at the Kensington Arena. Skates and helmets are included in the admission fee.

Address: Kensington Complex, 6159 Curtis St.

Halloween Howler (Oct. 29)

Bring your family to this free Halloween event on Oct. 29 from 10am to noon at the Cameron Recreation Complex. There will be preschool and children’s crafts, preschool ball pit and ride’em toys, children’s gymnastic circuit, face painting, costume prize draws, a photo booth, and mini golf.

Address: Cameron Recreation Complex, 9523 Cameron St.

Bonsor’s Big Boo (Oct. 29)

The Bonsor Recreation Complex is holding a Halloween event geared towards kids aged 10 and younger. There will be an Imagination Playground, creepy crafts, ghostly games, cookies for kids, face painting, colouring, and more! Tickets cost $1 and you must register for either a 10:30am to noon, or a 1-2:30pm time slot online.

Address: Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Ave.

Ghouls and Goblins Toonie Skate (Oct. 29)

Another toonie skate is being held at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre on Oct. 29 from 12:30-3pm. There will be ice skating, face painting, crafts, and games. Costumes aren’t required but are strongly encouraged. Skates and helmets are included in the admission fee.

Address: Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Ave.

Halloween on the Heights 

Halloween on the Heights makes its return to Burnaby! You can take your children along Hasting Street to visit different businesses and grab some yummy treats. Participating vendors will have Halloween on the Heights decals displayed on their windows.⁠ And like a lot of these events, costumes are strongly encouraged.

Marco Ovies

Marco Ovies is Burnaby Beacon's Lifestyle Reporter Creator focusing on all things food, events, and fun things happening in the city.

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