Some of our favorite events of the year happen in October – from the Canada-wide creativity of Culture Days to our gala and art auction Splash.

  • The Big Draw: 3 locations!
    Oct 1, 2016, 11 am-3 pm
    Free, instructor-led event open to all! Capture the movements of our Arts Umbrella dancers who will be on-site to model.
    Arts Umbrella Granville Island, 1286 Cartwright St.
    Arts Umbrella South Surrey, The Shops at Morgan Crossing, N116 – 15850 26 Ave.
    Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobby, 650 Hamilton St.
  • Culture Days
    Sep 30-Oct 2, 2016

    Free participatory public activities that take place in hundreds of cities across Canada. Various venues.
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
    Sep 29-Oct 14, 2016
    Hundreds of films from around the world. Various venues.
  • Generation Z Workshop
    Oct 2, 2016
    Calling all young filmmakers! Join @VIFFest Oct 2 at 3:30pm for Generation Z Workshop & enhance your storytelling skills!  Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.
  • Totally Indie Day
    Oct 8, 2016
    Totally Indie Day, presented by STORYHIVE, invites independent content creators for a dynamic day designed to provide real insights and hands-on advice from top experienced industry pros and rising new talent. Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.
  • Granville Island Turkey Trot
    Oct 9-10, 2016
    A hallmark event for Granville Island and the local Vancouver running community, supporting AU and Quest Food Exchange. Kids run Sunday; 10km Monday.
  • Splash
    Oct 15, 2016
    Arts Umbrella’s annual art auction and gala – a spectacular evening featuring works from close to 100 prominent BC artists and inspiring student performances. Performance Works, Granville Island.


  • Ballet BC – Program 1
    Nov 3-5, 2016
    Four works from Ballet BC Resident Choreographer Cayetano Soto. QE Theatre, 650 Hamilton St.
  • Potted Potter in Vancouver
    Dec 13-24, 2016
    Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff condenses all seven Harry Potter books into 70 hilarious minutes. Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.
  • Mixed Nuts
    Dec 16-18, 2016
    Classic holiday performance reinvented with a twist. Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St