Playland gets its freak on for Fright Nights

And four other reasons Vancouver is awesome this week

Fright Nights at Playland
Ready to have the pants scared off you? Playland is no longer a summery chill zone — it’s transformed into the place where grown-ups go to get spooked silly. Enjoy more than 20 stomach-dropping rides, ripping live shows, eight haunted houses and plenty more freaky action at this popular annual Halloween-themed event. Oh, and be warned: Some creepy characters will be roaming the grounds, dressed up and ready to give you a fright. You, however, need to leave your costumes at home for this one.
Oct. 5 to 31
Playland at the PNE, East Hastings Street at Windermere Street

Feast Asian Dining Festival
This brand-new “dine out”-style fest will offer fixed family-style menus, encouraging you to get out and enjoy meals with friends and family. That means pricing for groups of two, four, six and eight. Participating restaurants include Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese establishments. Get out of your comfort zone and check out some great eats in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and elsewhere.
Oct. 10 to 21
Participating restaurants

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Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club

oktober fest

This is the granddaddy of all Vancouver Oktoberfests! Held at the historic Alpen Club, they’ve got three October weekends of beer, food, music and fun. Dress up, dance and raise a few glasses in the German tradition. Regular tickets include admission to the Oktoberfest, while VIP tickets 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).
Oct. 5 to 6, 12 to 13 and 19 to 20
Vancouver Alpen Club, 4875 Victoria Dr.

Courtney Barnett at the Vogue Theatre


Check out one of indie rock’s most talked-about rising stars when Courtney Barnett plays two shows at the Vogue Theatre. The Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist is on tour to support her spring release Tell Me How You Really Feel. Opening for Barnett is Waxahatchee. All ages.
Oct. 9 and 10. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.

The Snapshots Collective: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
What better time of year for theatre events that put you right in the heart of the action than Halloween, when being part of the thrills is part of the fun. Local group the Snapshots Collective will perform Sweeney Todd, and their version of the ghoulish site-specific musical will put you up close and personal with the demon barber himself. This show will definitely make your hairs stand up.
Oct. 10 to 31
Mrs. Lovett’s Pie Shop, 348 Water St.

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