It’s official – fall is over and sweater weather is here to stay. Warm scarves and oversized hoodies, all things pumpkin, and chilly mornings to wake up to – who needs anything more? We know some of us would love to stay home on the weekend, but there are people who like to go out!
Remember, there are only few more sunny days left, so make hay while the sun shines!
Read on to find out what exciting things you can do this weekend that are accessible by transit. The best part? We tell you how to get there!
Note: Event timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each event’s website for exact details.
Location: Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch), 350 W Georgia St
Transit: Expo Line
Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading – this festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests. You can also catch the poets chosen for our Poetry in Transit partnership. Check out TransLink’s community engagement bus at Word Vancouver (Sunday, Sep 30 – 11am to 5pm)
Search the Stations Scavenger Hunt
Location: Coquitlam SkyTrain station
Transit: Millennium Line
The City of Coquitlam celebrates four Millennium Line stops where multiple works of public art are installed. Join the hunt to explore the SkyTrain stations of Coquitlam (Burquitlam, Coquitlam Central, Lincoln, and Lafarge Lake-Douglas)!
SCAVENGER HUNT! Search the (SkyTrain) Stations this Culture Days weekend (Sept. 28-30) for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Details and registration at https://t.co/SnsBrMOPJm  pic.twitter.com/7aQDOCLqSg 
— City of Coquitlam (@cityofcoquitlam) September 25, 2018 
Vancouver International Film Festival
Location: Various, including International Village – 88, W Pender St
Transit: Expo Line, Bus 23
VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. Screening films from more than 70 countries on nine screens, VIFF’s program includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems. Visit their website  to pick your film or event, and to buy them online.
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📢 Ticket packs and passes on sale now! http://goviff.org/ticketpassespacks Save up to 17% on #VIFF2018 tickets by purchasing a Ticket Pack! Or get a pass, which grants you full access to almost all of our films. Here's a sneak peek at some of what you'll be able to see this year 📽️ 
Culture Days BC
Transit: SkyTrain, Buses
Culture Days is a Canada-wide volunteer movement that aims to increase awareness and engagement of Canadians in all the arts and culture in their own communities. What started in 2010 on a small scale is now a country-wide annual event that brings together many diverse communities to celebrate their and others’ cultures. Visit the Culture Days BC website to find out events in your community 
#CultureDays  is coming, Sept 28, 29 & 30! Talented organizers across the country have registered a record number of events — thousands of free, participatory arts & culture events are yours to discover: https://t.co/tFUUbeNlTf  pic.twitter.com/MUtcUHer2b 
— Culture Days (@CultureDays) September 21, 2018 
Africa With the Masters
Location: Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver
Transit: Buses 4, 20
This event by the African Friendship Society includes dance and drum workshops with professionals from Africa, Brazil, and Cuba. African Play Day focuses on giving families a chance to partake in traditional games.
Bring the kids to celebrate Culture Days in Vancouver, BC with the African Friendship Society on September 29-30th, and discover African culture through traditional games. It's FREE and open to all! @CultureDays  @Miss604  @MmeRoberts  @CPFTriCities  pic.twitter.com/bvRWi3Y1hN 
— Jacky Yenga (@JackyYenga1) September 19, 2018 
Location: Hastings Racecourse, 188 North Renfrew St, Vancouver
Transit: Buses 16, 28, 130
The iconic Hastings Racecourse hosts this traditional fare with exciting horse races, live music, and drinks!
Location:West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Transit: 250, 253, 255
Family-friendly pumpkin patch activities include riding ponies, a petting farm, live music, an artisan market, and much more!
This isn’t an exhaustive list! There are many more events happening on the weekend in your local communities. Tell us which ones you are planning to go!
Author: Tanushree Pillai