Decorate your sugar skull before Mexican Day of the Dead

And four other reasons Vancouver is awesome this week

Sugar Skulls and Pan de Muerto Nights

Join Metate Bake Shop every Thursday in October for a fun night of sugar skull decorating and delicious Pan de Muerto (Mexican Day of the Dead Bread). Bring your friends and family and learn more about this beautiful tradition.  If you’d like to decorate your very own sugar skull, register for their “Sugar Skull Workshop” via Eventbrite.

When: Thursday evenings in October from 3 to 7 p.m.

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Where: Commissary Connect, 417 Industrial Ave

Fall 2019 Record Convention

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Photo iStock

Record collectors and music lovers, you’ll be spinning with delight at this semi-annual event that’s packed to the brim with records, CDs and music memorabilia galore.

When: Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr.

River District October Festival


Fall is here, and it can be a beautiful time to enjoy an afternoon along the Fraser with family. This free event will feature live entertainment and fun activities. They’ve got the Rheinlander Oompah Pah band playing, exciting fall-themed demonstrations from Science World, kids crafts and more —including some tasty perks over at Romer’s and Everything Wine, both in the River District.

When: Oct. 5, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: River District, 8683 Kerr St.

Apero at Dachi

East Van’s Dachi is holding a casual Apero afternoon, featuring snacks and wines by the glass, or $5 corkage on your BYO bottles of wine (the fee will be donated to B.C. Hospitality Foundation). Super casual, no reservations. Just spend an afternoon like a French person!

When: Oct. 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Dachi, 2297 East Hastings St.

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club

Photo Vancouver Alpen Club/Facebook
Photo Vancouver Alpen Club/Facebook

This is “das original” Vancouver Oktoberfest that you can’t leave off the list. Held at the historic Alpen Club, the event stretches over three weekends of beer, food, music and fun. Dress up, dance and raise a few glasses in the German tradition. Regular tickets $35 (plus taxes) include admission to the Oktoberfest, while VIP tickets $80 (plus taxes) include admission and access to a designated area that provides a delicious German buffet and a server who takes care of your drinks all night long (drinks not included in the prices).

When: Oct. 4 to 5, 11 to 12 and 18 to 19. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Vancouver Alpen Club, 4875 Victoria Dr.

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