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Everyone Needs Study Breaks

While trying to stay optimistic for those attending BCIT this semester, here is a list of things to do around Vancouver this fall. Now, although studying and meeting with your project groups will take up the majority of your time the next few months, getting some fresh air and socializing are key to keeping sane.


Vancouver Start Up Week – Sept. 21 – 28, 2015

Although it’s short notice, Vancouver Startup Week is upon us starting Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. This week is aimed at bringing together Vancouver’s startup community, as well as entrepreneurs from different industries and cities, to share best practices and new innovations.

Check out the website, for information on the week’s different events, sessions, and speakers!


Vancouver International Film Festival – Sept. 24 – Oct. 9, 2015

With over 350 films from 70 different countries, there is bound to be at least one movie that will spark your interest. These features will be showcased all around the Greater Vancouver Area, so be sure to check out to see if a venue and interesting movie is near you.


Oktober Fest’s Harvest Haus – Oct. 1–11, 2015 – Queen Elizabeth Plaza

Join the European harvest celebration with your friends and explore the 1st century food, drink, and music traditions. A great way to start the holiday season and let off some steam before the semester hits a boiling point!

Check out last year’s highlight video and a more detailed description of the festivities.



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Cranberry Festival – Oct. 10, 2015 – Fort Langley, BC

This year is Fort Langley’s 20th Annual Cranberry Festival, and it is sure to bring out a large crowd. An approximate 60,000 people make it out every Thanksgiving Saturday to celebrate the little red berry and experience the various activities, entertainments, and vendors the birthplace of B.C. has to offer. If you do stop by, be sure to pick up some Cranberry Popcorn as it is something I get every year.


Vancouver’s Halloween Expo & Parade – Oct. 15-18, 2015

Come celebrate the scariest holiday Downtown Vancouver with local artists, exhibitors, comic-conners, and vendors. This is the event’s second year running and its planners are hoping to surpass the estimated 100,000 people who witnessed the event last year!

Check out for a complete itinerary.


The Apple Festival – Oct. 17/18, 2015 – UBC Botanical Garden

Because there are not enough harvest festivals in autumn, Vancouver wants you to celebrate the Apple! With over 70 types of Apples for sale at the event, numerous vendors showcasing Apple-inspired cuisine, and 20,000kg of Apples to be sold, this is sure to be a sweet event.


BC Beer Awards – Oct. 24, 2015 Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver

Celebrate the craft beer you’ve enjoyed so much all summer as B.C.’s local industry awards its top producers and innovators. With over 50 breweries expected to partake in the day’s event, and drink tokens only $1.25, this can be a great chance for you to relax and taste the best beer B.C. has to offer.


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Purchase your tickets here!







Remembrance Day – Nov 11th at 10am – Victory Square Cenotaph, Vancouver

Join the rest of Canada by paying taking time out of this day to remember those who have fought for, and continue to fight for our country and freedoms. Witness the city shut down areas of West Hastings and Cambie Street to allow people from all over the Lower Mainland to pay their respects.


Vancouver’s Christmas Market – Starting Nov. 21, 2015 – Queen Elizabeth Plaza

Embrace the holiday spirit and check out Vancouver’s Christmas Market. Enjoy roaming the various booths for presents all while celebrating the warm food and drinks, activities, and live music.


Hiking (As long as weather permits)

At no extra cost, besides a tank of gas and some snacks, take advantage of Vancouver’s beautiful mountains this autumn. If the beauty isn’t reason enough for you to get outside, did you know that surrounding yourself in nature has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, boost your immune system, and improve your concentration?

Here is a trail guide so you can explore.


Running Events

If road and trail running is your thing, there are plenty of races to keep you occupied and raise your endorphin levels. From 5k to ultra-marathons, there is something for beginners to experts.

Here’s a guide for your fitness needs.


Concerts (All Fall)

With many performers such as Joe Rogan, ACDC, The Weeknd, and Florence and the Machine stopping off in Vancouver, it is easy to say that Fall is the concert season in our city. If you like to get out and enjoy live shows, check out this compiled list at Just Shows Vancouver.