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12 activities and events to check out in Burnaby this fall

It's time for some spooky, fall fun!

By Vikki Hui | October 12, 2021 |5:00 am

‘Tis the season of pumpkins and foliage, and there is never a dull moment in Burnaby. We’ve compiled a list of fall activities and events for all ages, and there is definitely something for everyone.

Go hiking or take a stroll to enjoy the beautiful scenery around us: Take advantage of the cool weather and fulfill your daily exercise quota by heading into nature. We made sure to include trails suitable for all skill levels in our selection of the best trails in Burnaby.

Take in the beauty of fall leaves at Burnaby parks: Nothing screams fall more than the fiery foliage around us, and you can enjoy it all at your own time! Check out our list of the best places to see fall foliage.

It’s Pumpkin time!: Fall isn’t complete unless you come into contact with at least one pumpkin. Looking for the perfect pumpkin? Head to Hop-On Farms (pie pumpkins), Kin’s Farm Market (pee-wee pumpkins and regular pumpkins), Wing Wong’s Nursery, or Mandeville-Gardenworks. Do you have a go-to spot to get your pumpkins in Burnaby?  Let us know!

Try bird-watching: The seasons are changing and so are the birds. Get to know your feathery neighbours better by grabbing some binoculars and visiting Burnaby Lake Regional Park or Deer Lake.

Attend virtual Halloween events hosted by the Burnaby Public Library: Celebrate the festivities safely from home in this series of creative workshops designed for teens and young adults. From pumpkin carving to learning Halloween-inspired drag makeup and chatting with the Vancouver Paranormal Society, Halloween lovers are guaranteed a month-long celebration.
Location: Zoom
Date: Now until October  28, 2021
Details:  Register online

Solve spooky rhymes and riddles: Tourism Burnaby’s Boo-rnaby is returning for a second year starting on October 13. Stay tuned for the daily challenges that will be posted on their website and join in on the spooky fun.
Date: Starts on October 13, 2021
Details: Online

Visit the Halloween event at the Burnaby Village Museum: Prepare to be enchanted by the Burnaby Village Museum’s Eerie Illusions from October 22 to 31. Visitors will experience Halloween like never before in this installation of lighting, projections, soundscapes, and special effects designed to immerse you into a world overrun with unruly spirits, talking crows, and time portals.
Location: Burnaby Village Museum — 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Date: October 22 to 31, 2021
Tickets and details: Online

Take spooky photos: Check out the festive Garden of Horror display at Metropolis at Metrotown for some great photo ops. Try your luck at getting some treats at their daily giveaways.
Location: Metropolis at Metrotown Grand Court
Date and time: October 25 to 31, 2021 (Daily giveaways from 2pm to 6pm, while quantities last)
Details: Online 

Attend spooky theatre: Watch eight Vancouver-based performers share spookily funny stories about what freaks them out the most at the Scaredy Cat Cabaret. The event is available for viewing in person at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and for livestreaming.
Location: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts —  6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Date and time: October 28, 2021, 7:30 to 9:30pm
Tickets and details: Online

Ghouls and goblins toonie skate: Join in on ice skating, Hallowcrafts and fun on the ice at Kensington Area (October 29) and Bill Copeland Sports Centre (October 30). Admission is $2 a person, including skate rental. Free for children three years and under.
Location: Kensington Area and Bill Copeland Sports Centre
Date and time: Kensington Area (October 29) from 6 to 9pm and Bill Copeland Sports Centre (October 30) 12:30 to 3pm
Details: Online

Head to the farmers’ market: Shop for local eats, produce, and gourmet goods at the Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market. It’s a weekend activity for the whole family. Added bonus: there’s delicious food trucks on-site! The market takes place every Saturday through October.
Location: North Parking Lot at Burnaby City Hall at Canada Way and Deer Lake Parkway
Date and time: Saturdays through October from 10am to 2pm 

Support local vendors: The Nikkei Centre is hosting pop-up shops featuring local vendors during the entire November from Thursdays to Saturdays. Head over to hunt down some one-of-a-kind gifts just in time for the holiday season!
Location: Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre—6688 Southoaks Crescent
Date and time: November 2021, Thursdays to Saturdays. Thursday 10am-7pm | Friday 10am-7pm | Saturday 10am-5pm
Details: Online

Vikki Hui

Burnaby Beacon contributor

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