Like any time of year, fall is rich with things to do around Metro Vancouver. The leaves are changing, the air is a little crisper, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. Here are 10 reasons to leave your home this autumn…

  1. Diwali Fest: Don’t miss this Indian celebration on October 1st at Surrey City Hall from 3pm to 6pm. Watch music and dance performances, and stroll the Indian-style bazaar featuring South Asian crafts and food.
  1. White Rock Farmers’ Market: Fill your kitchen with local fruit and veg, cheese and baked goods, every Sunday from 10am to 2pm until October 29th. There are also local artisans selling crafts and musicians entertaining shoppers.
  1. Fort Langley Cranberry Festival: This year, the decades-old tradition will be held on October 7th in the heart of Fort Langley. The family-friendly event draws vendors and entertainment, and includes a pancake breakfast.
  1. Oktober Fest: One of the largest Oktoberfests in the Lower Mainland returns September 29th to October 1st. With the Evergreen Line, it’s easier than ever to enjoy a safe celebration of beer. Fill up on bratwurst and pretzels, while listening to live music.
  1. Vancouver International Film Festival: A great reason to spend a little time indoors is the selection of films from around the globe screening during VIFF from September 28th to October 13th.
  1. Richmond Night Market: This famous night market continues its weekend 2017 season until October 9th. Check out the Prehistoric Park exhibit or treat your kids to the bumper cars – there’s lots to experience.
  1. Bear Creek Park: Hop on this Halloween train, day or night, in Bear Creek Park in Surrey from October 7th or 13th to 31st. The Pumpkin Express is perfect for young kids, while the Haunted Forest Scream Train caters to older kids and adults.
  1. Potter’s House of Horrors: Prepare to be terrified at this long-running haunted house in Surrey. This year, the house is open from October 6th to 31st, with an early, family show from 4pm to 6:30pm and the really frightening stuff from 7pm to 10:30pm.
  1. Bald Eagle Festival: Celebrate eagles and salmon during this 22nd annual Fraser Valley festival on November 18th and 19th. Learn all about these two integral wildlife fixtures during the two-day festival just east of Mission.
  1. Cornucopia: While not technically Metro Vancouver, this festival of food and wine in Whistler is an incredible excuse for a weekend away. This year, the event happens from November 9th to 19th. Leave home with an empty stomach.

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