5 Vancouver Events to be Thankful for This Week (Oct. 1-7)

We’re grateful for sips, spooks and saplings.

(Photo Credit: Danielle Cunningham.)

A French Feast

October 4

The Santé à La Famille dinner at H Tasting Lounge will have all of the deliciousness of Thanksgiving dinner minus your drunk uncle with problematic political views. This six-course French-inspired dinner is prepared by chef Alex Mok and his culinary team, and each dish is paired with one of Mission Hill Winery’s best wines. The menu includes scallop crudo, 7-day aged duck breast, and tiger blue cheese cheesecake – maybe wear some pants with a little extra give.When: Thursday, October 4 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Where: H Tasting LoungeCost: $140More Info: eventbrite.com (Photo Credit: West Coast Modern.)

A Creative Coast

October 4

Architecture is rooted in location, location, location—and West Coast designers have established a unique kind of modernism inspired by our wet and woody digs. Celebrate some of the trailblazers of West Coast modern design at the Masters of West Coast Modernism exhibition. This show/tribute/discussion hybrid celebrates the work of Bruno Freschi, Don Vaughan, Paul Merrick, Peter Cardew, and Richard Henriquez.When: Thursday, October 4 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Where: Inform InteriorsCost: By donation, $10 minimumMore Info: westcoastmodern.org (Photo Credit: The PNE/Playland.)

A Haunted House

October 5

The Halloween season is upon us, and that means Fright Nights. Playland’s annual celebration of all things feared and freaky features eight haunted houses, including the brand new “Bloodshed” (sounds inviting, right?) and performances from Guinness World Record holders Monsters of Schlock. Come for the thrills, stay for those little donuts.When: Friday, October 5 – Wednesday, October 31 (select evenings)Where: PlaylandCost: $22More Info: frightnights.ca (Photo Credit: Imagine Native.)

A Daring Drama

October 6

Sgaawaay K’uuna: Edge of the Knife is a landmark film – it is the first feature ever made entirely in the two dialects of the endangered Haida language. The film tells the story of Adiits’ii’s transformation into the Haida Wildman Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid, and his loved ones’ struggle to capture and cure him. With only 20-ish native speakers of Haida left, this momentous work of cinema is a tale of survival in more ways than one.When: Saturday, October 6 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Where: Bosa Theatre at Capilano UniversityCost: FreeMore Info: eventbrite.ca (Photo Credit: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.)

A Tiny Tree

October 7

The miniature garden and living art form pénjǐng (盆景), more commonly known as bonsai, inspires practitioners to pursue inner peace and tranquility. Plus, it’s super condo-friendly. In this Pénjǐng Workshop, participants will get  a tour of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese garden’s 100-year old pénjǐng collection from master gardener Pin Lee. You’ll also get a hands-on demonstration and workshop, with plants available to purchase for beginners.When: Sunday October 7, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese GardenCost: From $8More Info: vancouverchinesegarden.com