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Things to do in Vancouver this Week | Oct. 26 - Nov. 1

It's the week to look over your shoulder...


We say that, cause it's spooky season in Vancouver; with Halloween coming up this weekend, restaurants, experiences, and other local businesses are gearing up to get festive and get dressed!


If you're not a Halloween celebrator, there are some other events around the city that will keep you busy and active, too!


Check out the things to do in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland this week!


HALLOWEEN AT THE PLAZA



Visit the Mount Pleasant Plaza on Halloween, Oct. 31 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for an awesome day of family activities and events.


There'll be treat bags, live entertainment, balloons, hot chocolate, and so much more!


For details, visit here!


SOUTH AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL



From Sunday, Nov. 1 to Thursday, Nov. 12, TSAFF & VSAFF is presenting the "South African Film Festival!"


Experience the best and latest South African films online! Watch and learn from their immersive festival of features and documentaries that explore the culture, history, and politics of South Africa.


Proceeds from purchased tickets and passes will be going to the Education without Borders program in South Africa and Canada! For more information, or to purchase your tickets, visit here!


HALLOWEEN BOAT CRUISE VANCOUVER 2020


Photo courtesy of Burrard Queen.


On Saturday, enjoy a COVID-friendly, social-distanced Halloween Boat Cruise on Saturday, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Enjoy a 3-hour ride around the harbour with food, drinks with a premium bar, awesome music, and so much more.


Be ready for a scare, too! Come dressed in your Halloween costume!


This event is +19. For more information, and to book your tickets, visit here.


IMMERSIVE HAUNTED ADVENTURE 2020



This Halloween weekend, from Friday, Oct. 30th to Sunday, Nov. 1, you can prepare for the fight of your life by taking on creatures that are ravaging the streets of Vancouver!


Bring you and your friends (max. group of 6) over to The Empty Chest to loot chests, explore the grounds, and battle monsters!


There's also a VIP experience where you can craft your own bow!


For more information, check it out here.


DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE HEART OF THE CITY FESTIVAL



From Wednesday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Nov, 8, the 17th annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival is back!


"This Gives Us Strength" is this year's festival theme, focusing on touching the sources of our community that we draw upon to cope and face the challenges of today: a worldwide pandemic, physical distancing and isolation, ongoing and growing displacement, the tragic realities of the fentanyl crisis, and the legacies of systemic racism.


You can experience the festival in-person or online this year. For more information, check it out here!


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