Things To Do

Things to do in the Fraser Valley

Looking for some local things to do?

Check out this great list of discounts being offered by local tourist attractions all over Greater Vancouver, thanks to Tourism Vancouver.

Reminder: Kids under 12 ride free on public transit now

September is the start of apple/pumpkin/corn maze season and they run through until the end of October. Click here for a list of all the Greater Vancouver fall hot spots.

 

Updated: October 14, 2021

 

Abbotsford

Maan Farms 

There are no shortage of things to do at Maans Farms County Experience and Estate Winery.  From lunch at mama Maan’s kitchen paired with a glass of wine from the estate winery to a day of fun in the barnyard adventure area. They have year-round activities like Barnyard Adventure plus addition seasonal festivities (corn maze, sunflower festival, haunted corn maze at night).

Open daily 9-6pm tickets can be purchased online, book ahead and save $. Located at 790 McKenzie Rd.

I checked the farm out in August, here is a review of the farm . Ill be heading back there for an updated review of the fall festival soon!

Ripples Winery

Date Night at Ripples Winery.  Fri/Sat 4pm to close.  Includes a charcuterie board and a bottle of wine to share between 2 guests – $39.99 Call 604-864-1033 for more information and to reserve.

Singletree Winery

Singletree Winery presents an exclusive new tasting experience for wine lovers in the Fraser Valley: Di Vine Domes. By current Public Health regulations, and as it changes the winery will adapt, small groups from the same household (up to 6 people) or single persons with a max bubble of two, are invited to taste wine and enjoy local goodies inside decorated transparent domes.

The domes at Singletree Winery are placed by the vines and offer a cozy atmosphere that is COVID-safe and great for families or couples wishing to enjoy a special date.

The winery team offers two domes with distinct themed décor: The Canadian Cabin with traditional porch chairs, faux fur rugs and a rustic feel, and the Enchanted Forest, with a chandelier, live edge table and cozy seats. Both domes are heated and complemented with winter decorations and lights.

There is a minimum spend of $50 per person to experience the domes, and bookings are 1.5 hours to enjoy one of three tasting experiences. View these choices here.

To reserve, book on the website. Tastings inside the Di Vine Domes at Singletree Winery are available from Wednesday to Sunday, 12-5:30pm. Extended dome hours are available on Friday and Saturday when you purchase a gourmet meal option; with one sitting per night from 6-8pm. The domes are thoroughly sanitized between bookings.

Wine lovers get to enjoy award-winning wine flights by Singletree and can choose between food options, like locally-sourced charcuterie and cheese boards and gourmet three-course meals, prepared by chef Adrian Beatty.

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Taves Family Farms (Apple Barn)

Come visit Billy and his barnyard friends down at Farmville! Meet Billy the goat, Charlie the pig, Jelly Bean the donkey, Toasty the bunny rabbit, and the rest of the gang!

As of September 1, the farm is open 7-days a week 9am-6pm until October 31.

Please pre-register online to secure your spot.
Only limited drop-ins will be available.

Willow View Farms

October hours: Open Monday – Saturday 9-5:30 Sunday 11-5:30. Open until Oct 31

This is a great family farm.  Admission is free. They have lots of seasonal produce in store and for u-pick.  They offer hay rides on certain days, there is a petting zoo area where you can feed animals, there is a picnic area where you can enjoy your apple slushy or apple cider.  No dogs on the farm. Masks required inside country store

 

Harrison

“Season of the Wild”

The wilds include the waterways surging with life, including salmon and, the modern-day dinosaur, the white sturgeon. Every year, the salmon swim up the Harrison River and come to rest in the region’s tributaries to lay their eggs. Spawning season begins in the middle of October and attracts tens of thousands of eagles. Eagle viewing is from October to early January with peak viewing from late November to early December.

“November foreshadows the arrival of 35,000 plus wintering bald eagles. While the peak numbers are usually present, squabbling for spawned out salmon carcasses is the feature of the day. 25 years of festival history, is now honouring the eagles with Season of the Wild, says David Hancock, founder of the Hancock Wildlife Organization. Guests are encouraged to explore the Season of the Wild web page to discover the best ways to see the eagles. Signature experiences include boat tours, nature walks, salmon dishes, and a speaker
series. Guests can immerse themselves in the wild by booking one of the region’s wildlife getaway packages.
Click here to see itineraries.

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Langley

Krause Berry Farms

September to December hours: Open Wednesday to Sunday 930-5pm

From the centre of a beautiful 200-acre estate, Krause Berry Farms is serving up fresh, hot waffles at its walk-in waffle bar, featuring outdoor covered and garden seating. Or, on weekends only, Krause offers a  waffle bar.

Shop the Market & Bakery for pre-picked berries (no pre-orders taken), BC fruits & farm fresh baking. Browse our Home & Garden section for something new or the perfect gift.

Shop online and schedule a pick up from the new ‘Online Store’ found outside to the Left of The Porch.

Upick Click here to see what’s in season.

Waffles with seasonal toppings. Enjoy fresh hot seasonal berry waffles (regular or vegan gluten friendly) year round from our walk in Waffle Bar.

The Estate Winery is open year round with covered open air, patio & garden seating Spring to Fall. Summer weekends we provide live musical entertainment on 2 stages for visitors of the Farm and Estate Winery to enjoy.

The Porch is open daily for pizza, fries, shortcakes, milkshakes & pie.

Drive In Waffle Field : Closed until Summer 2022

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The Bog – Harvest Tour at The Bog at Riverside Cranberry Farm

At Riverside Cranberry Farm, harvest season is a most picturesque time. Take in a self-guided tour, snap photos around Riverside’s cranberry bog, learn about cranberry farming, and bring home some freshly harvested cranberries and other goodies from the new onsite Farm Store. And if you like, venture right into the bog with the “Cranberry Plunge” (the farm provides the waders) – limited availability/capacity for this add-on. Sept 30–Oct 7, Thurs–Sat (hours vary by date). Starting from $10 per person; booking and info at riversidecranberries.ca/tours  

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Tracycakes Bakery Café – High Tea

The Harvest High Tea has returned to Tracycakes Café. Until November 10, savour finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and jam, seasonal “babycakes,” and more. $34 per person. Reservations recommended; call 604.427.1424 to reserve. Info: tracycakesonline.com
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Grave Tales at the Fort Langley National Historic Site
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A beloved Halloween tradition. Join the Fort’s expert storytellers as they share a two-hour or three-hour program of spine-chilling stories while you walk through the Fort Langley village under cover of night. Oct. 15–Nov 7 (Wed–Sun); hours vary by date: 6, 7, 8 and 9pm (all tours except 6pm are ages 18+). Tours in English only; one French tour will be held Oct. 27, 8pm. No tours on Oct. 31. Tickets ranging from $17 to $29 per person. Masks are mandatory for guests. Physical distancing is to be maintained at all times. Tours will be outdoors. Tickets available 10am to 5pm by calling 604.513.4824 or in person at the Fort Langley National Historic Site visitor centre. ** website says tickets must be purchased in advance.

Maple Ridge

West Coast Family Events

Be sure to check out West Coast Family events page for a list of lots of upcoming family events in Maple Ridge.

 

Surrey

 Museum of Surrey

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Robert Silverman at Bell Performing Arts Centre

Celebrated Vancouver pianist own Robert Silverman and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) welcome audiences back to a live, intimate performance of Johann Sebastian Bach, the renowned Baroque composer. For his return to the Chan Centre and UBC—where he taught for thirty years—at 8pm on Saturday, October 23rd, as well as a performance at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey at 7pm on Sunday, October 24th, Silverman has curated a selection of works that he has studied and honed through the pandemic.

For a complete list of all the VSO events and performances click here

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Virtual

Arts Club Theatre  

AUDIO PLAYS (AVAILABLE ON SPOTIFY, APPLE PODCASTS, ARTSCLUB.COM)

THE CULL

By Michele Riml & Michael St. John Smith
A Biting New Drama
Streaming November 4, 2021–July 4, 2022

REDBONE COONHOUND

By Amy Lee Lavoie & Omari Newton
A Hard-Hitting New Comedy
Streaming January 27–September 27, 2022

THE WRONG BASHIR

By Zahida Rahemtulla
A Hilarious Story of Mistaken Identity
Streaming March 24–November 24, 2022

TITLE TBD

By Quelemia Sparrow
A New Audio Experience About This Land
Streaming June 2, 2022–February 2, 2023

 

BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation – Cook-A-Long Event 

Mark your calendar! BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC) and We Heart Local BC are hosting a new free Cook-Along BC webinar from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 15. Join us for this virtual cooking event to celebrate both BC Chicken Month and Organic Week, the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming, and products across the nation!
This cook-along will feature hearty fall-inspired recipes and fresh ag-education! Chef Trevor Randle will provide expert online instruction as he guides participants through two locally grown organic recipes: “Organic Braised Moroccan Chicken with Couscous” and “Organic BC Cider Poached Apples with Toasted Walnuts”. The class features easy-to-follow directions and a comfortable cooking pace for all ages and all skill levels.

Farmers Dion Wiebe from Rossdown Farms and Natural Foods and Molly Thurston of Claremont Ranch Organics will join Chef Randle to provide insights on poultry and organic farming in BC. Participants will also have the chance to ask questions to learn about BC agriculture. Plus, participants will be entered into a draw for a chance to win 1 of 3 fabulous prize packages valued at $250+ each!*
“This event is an interactive opportunity to connect with your local BC farmers,” said Becky Parker, Manager, Community Engagement with BC Agriculture Council. “Participants will learn about the food they are eating directly from the people who produce the ingredients.”

This Cook-Along BC event is made possible thanks to the event’s Presenting Sponsors, BC Chicken Marketing
Board and Organic BC. Also, special thanks to the additional event prize donors, BC Dairy Association, BC
Egg, and Summerhill Pyramid Winery.
Click here to register for this free event and find the recipes and shopping/equipment list, please visit. Space is limited, so register today!

Field to Fork Challenge 

Attention BC young cooks! Enter the 2nd annual Field to Fork Challenge now! Submit BC grown recipes and cooking videos for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $6,400! Winners will be selected based on recipe choices, use of BC ingredients, evidence of thorough study, food and kitchen safety, and presentation.

Entry Categories/Deadlines

  1. BC Junior-Level Students (grades 4-7) – Enter June 2 to September 30, 2021
  2. BC Senior-Level Students (grades 8-12) – Enter June 2 to September 30, 2021

Check out this blog post for more information or register here. 

 

BC Culture Days

September 24 to October 24, 2021

This year’s BC Culture Days activities will kick off with a brand new video series, RE:GENERATE, showcasing the creative resilience of five remote or rural B.C. communities, as they adapt to COVID-19 restrictions and re-emerge with inspiring ideas for the future. Each week of the month-long event, several new videos will be released online, featuring event coverage and interviews from one of five communities – Prince Rupert, Bella Coola, Sooke, Salmon Arm, and Kimberley.

There will also be a pre-recorded welcome ceremony from Chief Kwakwee Baker, member of the Squamish First Nation, as well as a pre-recorded provincial proclamation from BC Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, Hon. Melanie Mark.

Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. It is a collaborative movement dedicated to providing free, hands-on, and interactive arts and culture activities across Canada. BC Culture Days will run September 24 to October 24, 2021.

#bcculturedays #REGENERATE2021 #RECONNECT2021 #REIMAGINE2021.

 

Dancehouse

DanceHouse, in partnership with Digidance, announces the Canadian digital broadcast of celebrated Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker’s Dog Without Feathers, streaming Sept 29 to Oct. 11, 2021. Inspired by a poem by João Cabral of the same name, Colker crafts a mesmerizing vision of mud-and-dust-covered dancers shown as emergent from the animal and elemental worlds, yet at the same time destructive of them. In creating the work, Colker’s 14-member company explored the beauty as well as the cultural and environmental impact of Northeast Brazil’s Capibaribe River; the work is saturated with the sounds, landscape, animals, plants and people of the region.

Uprooted

UPROOTED (you tube video) is a digitally adapted theatre production that stems from conversations with over
one hundred diverse youth who are anxious about climate change. What was to be presented live in May 2020, this
production has been re-staged and filmed at the York Theatre due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Written by youth
with professional playwright Valerie Methot, and produced by a team of youth and professionals across Canada,
UPROOTED strengthens response to climate change and promotes mental health management.
Three friends on an annual camping trip must suddenly face a threat to the BC forest they love. Will they take a
stand for future generations and protect what they view as sacred? Watch UPROOTED now

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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has renewed their popular TD All-Access Pass program that allows full-time Secondary and Post-Secondary students to subscribe to TheConcertHall.ca for half-price.

A full year of access to the VSO’s performances, will now cost a student only $64.99 + taxes. There are other subscriptions that provide access for different periods of time. For more information on subscriptions, visit theconcerthall.ca/pricing.

To register for the TD All-Access Pass, all students need to do is fill out a form and within 48 hours, once the Customer Service team verifies their full-time student status, a coupon code will be emailed to them.

  • The Music Room is a new virtual education space hosted in the TheConcertHall.ca, presented by TELUS
  • Families and Educators are invited to discover symphonic music geared to youth, curated education materials, and get backstage access to learn directly from the VSO’s musicians and maestros
  • Families can subscribe for just $59.99 for the full season
  • Educators can subscribe at the classroom, school or district level

 

Tina Evans