Six Fall Must-Dos in the Tri-Cities

Fall officially starts this weekend. If you’re looking for some fun this autumn, look no further, because we’ve rounded up six not-to-be-missed seasonal events.

Art Knapp Funland

We’ve already filled you in on Art Knapp Funland, but it bears repeating because there’s lots of family fun to be had while it’s open, until November 3, 2013. Funland is held in Art Knapp’s covered outdoor area at the back of the store, which means that it’s a great rainy-day activity. When you stop by you’ll find lots of activities to keep your little ones happy and engaged. There are free activities for kids, like their new jungle gym. You can also buy tickets to participate in the pumpkin patch train, rides and entertainment. Braver souls can check out the haunted tunnel ride, which promises to be bigger, better and scarier than ever. You can also pick up a pumpkin (or three) without having to brave the mud and rain at the pumpkin patch. To find out more call 604.942.7518 or visit

Ioco Ghost Town Day

It will be a blast to the past during Port Moody’s annual Ioco Days on Sunday, October 6, 2013! A variety of activities are offered at this centennial edition including pony rides, entertainment and tours of Ioco in Model A cars. Costumed actors wander amongst the public and interpret local history, while you visit game booths. Join in the fun at the Ioco Bowling green at the corner of Corner of Ioco Road and 1st Avenue. This event promises free, family fun, and a great opportunity to learn more about Port Moody’s history. Find out more at

Halloween Haunted House

Stop by Vickie Ayers’ annual Halloween Haunted House for Variety the Children’s Charity nightly from Friday, October 18 to Thursday, October 31, 2013 between 6:30 and 9:00pm, rain or shine. This family-friendly event features lots of fun for the kids with candy handouts, interactive toys, scary music, dancing lights, smoke machines, pumpkin patch and graveyards galore. Bring your bottles and cans for her year-long bottle drive. This is a great way to have a little fun and support a good cause at the same time. Vickie’s house is at 443 Draycott Street in Coquitlam. For more information call 604.939.7419.

Impromptu Gala

Place des Arts is going LIVE for its third annual gala fundraiser, Impromptu: Live! On Air on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 7:00pm. Experience the Golden Age of Television and the crazy antics of a 1950s TV broadcast, will supporting arts education programs at Place des Arts for all ages and abilities. Guests will don their best 1950s party wear for an interactive evening of theatre, dance and music. Add in some delicious anapés and appetizers, nifty silent and live auctions and fabulous impromptu entertainment and you have a not-to-be-missed event. Early bird tickets are on sale until September 30 for $50 each (or $80 for the VIP package). After that the price goes up to $60 for everyone and $90 for VIPs. Get yours in person at 1120 Brunette Avenue, or by calling 604.664.1636. Find out more at

Best of BC Wines Uncorked

Wine lovers will want to mark their calendars for Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 7:00-9:30pm, when the Best of BC Wines Uncorked takes over Port Moody City Hall Galleria. This semi-annual wine tasting event showcases new and current releases from top BC wineries and raises funds for the Port Moody Arts Centre. Sample more than 125 vintages from over 35 of the best BC wineries, enjoy live music and nibble appetizers. If you’re looking for the perfect red to serve with Christmas dinner, this is the place to go. Tickets for this event are $45 each, which includes all taxes and fees. Get yours online at, by phone at 604.931.2008, or drop by the Port Moody Arts Centre at 2425 St. John’s Street.

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

Fall means salmon spawning in local rivers and streams, and the Hyde Creek Watershed Society, in partnership with the City of Port Coquitlam, is celebrating. The 14th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival is happening November 17, 2013 from 11:00am-3:00pm. There will be activities for all ages, including nature walks, educational displays, hatchery information, sampling demonstrations, site tours, crafts, face-painting and a first-hand look at the salmon in the creek. If you’re hungry stop by the Lions BBQ for salmon burgers and salmon chowder. Events are happening in two locations – Hyde Creek Recreation Centre at 1379 Laurier Avenue and Hyde Creek Education Center and Hatchery at 3636 Coast Meridian. Admission and parking are free. To find out more visit

Happy fall!

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