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Vancouver, WA Events


Our calendar is chock-full with original events that keep Vancouver USA humming all year round. The weekly farmers markets and summer festivals may be winding down, but the fun doesn't stop when the leaves start changing and the temperature slowly drops.

October offers pumpkin pageants and Cedar Creek Grist Mill's annual apple cider pressing, while November brings the Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver and the Festival of Trees to ring in the holiday season.

Along with the chilly weather comes ice-cold beer, served at Vancouver USA's Winter Brewfest in Esther Short Park. Put the holiday cheer in your pint glass and try some fresh winter ales from more than 35 breweries. Christmas at the Fort also promises to invoke the holiday spirit with festive activities from the 1840s like wreath making and caroling. Don't forget the mug of hot chocolate!

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Clark County ScareGround's Haunted House Scream Park

October 07, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

The Clark County ScareGround's is the Northwest's premier all-ages Halloween event located on the 170-acre Clark County Event Center campus in Ridgefield, WA. Featuring four all new Haunted Houses, the Scream Parlor, Midway & Exhibits, photo ops, and ghouls galore! The ScareGround's is the #1 destination for a scary-good time this October. Open until 11 p.m. on Octob...

Ghost Stories of Vancouver at Tap Union Freehouse

October 15, 2016 to October 31, 2016

October is a spooky month,and Tap Union Freehouse is all about Vancouver history. So, starting October 15th the walls will be hosting "Ghost Stories of Vancouver." This ghostly collection is by Chelsea Gaya and Claire Shomphe from XO Chels Photography. The show will illustrate reimagined true ghost stories of real people in Vancouver who are said to still hau...

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“Little Shop of Horrors” – Magenta’s 2016 Musical Production

October 07, 2016 to October 22, 2016 (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Magenta Theater
  • 1108 Main Street Vancouver, WA 98660
  • Times: 7:30 PM Shows: October 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21; 2:00 PM Show: October 22
  • Admission: $20-$22
  • Phone: 360-635-4358
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“Little Shop of Horrors” – Magenta’s 2016 Musical Production Directed by Jaynie Roberts "Little Shop of Horrors" is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world! Jaynie Roberts directs the fi...


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Ghost Run

October 22, 2016

It's the 5th Annual Ghost Runners Brewery Ghost Run and Anniversary Party. Dress up in a costume and head out on a 3-mile fun run. This is an adult-only event, so feel free to be as crazy as you want to be. You may dress like your favorite pet, but your furry friend needs to stay at home. After the run, return to the tap room for food, drinks, games and more fun.

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Drink This!

October 22, 2016
  • Location: Downtown Vancouver & Uptown Village
  • Main St. Vancouver, WA 98660
  • Times: From: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: Free to participate. Beverage cost varies by location
  • Phone: 425-698-3236
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Drink This! Vancouver is chance to meet the makers of artisan beverages! It is a free event and is open to anyone. No signups, just show up at one of our locations, get your map, and choose your route. All locations are within walking distance, and you can win prizes along the way! Note that some venues are 21+ with ID. PRIZES: Fill up your stamp card, and turn it in to a...

Family Nature Fest

October 22, 2016

What’s not to love about a chance to get outside, see wild animals, and spend time with family, all without leaving town? Join Columbia Springs and iQ Credit Union for Family Nature Fest! Featuring: live animal shows, guided nature walks, hatchery tours, scavenger hunts, crafts, and activities from Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia Gorge Refuge ...

Pumpkin Lane at Pomeroy Farm

October 01, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)

Join us every full weekend in October for a trip down Pumpkin Lane, a mile long hayride adorned with over 100 “pumpkin people.” Along the way, stop at the pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Activities while you're here: farm animals, hay bale maze, tour the historic log house, photo ops, Farm Cafe, and much more! 

Rusty Grape Octoberfest 2016

October 22, 2016

October is coming... which means Octoberfest! Celebrate the Rusty Grape's 10 year anniversary. Pint Glass Relay at 5:00 pm, 3 person team playing for a dinner for 6, including shuttle service. Costume contest at 6:30pm, winner gets a Rusty Grape Swag Bag and a free pizza coupon. Yodeling contest at 8:00 pm with winner getting free pizza for a year.   Regular me...

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Open Saturday at Pearson Field

Started May 28, 2016 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Pearson Field Education Center
  • 201A East Reserve Street Vancouver, WA 98661
  • Times: From: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 360-992-1818
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The Fort Vancouver National Trust helps to host this free educational experience, with the Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages into the wonderful world of flight. Experience the "Golden Age of Aviation" at the North...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Kiggins Theatre!

Started June 25, 2016 (Recurring monthly on the 4th Saturday)

Vancouver now has it's very own monthly showing of your favorite cult movie classic! The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown on a screen as actors perform along with the movie, and audience participation is encouraged! Also, feel free to dress up! All ages are welcome, however, it is a rated "R" film and parental discretion is advised.     ...

Vancouver Farmers Market

March 19, 2016 to October 30, 2016 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Downtown Vancouver
  • 8th & Esther Street Vancouver, WA 98660
  • Times: Saturday - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM; Sunday - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 360-737-8298
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The market is Southwest Washington's #1 visitor attraction and home to over 250 vendors. You'll discover fresh and local produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, delicious food, pet treats, and accessories for yourself, home, or garden. The Vancouver Farmers Market is a pet friendly place where you can chat with people who have grown or created your purchase, grab a bite...


Featured Events

Special Olympics SW Bowling Tournament

October 23, 2016
  • Location: Allen's Crosley Lanes
  • 2400 E Evergreen Blvd Vancouver, WA 98661
  • Times: From: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Phone: 253-579-2706
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Clark County Special Olympics WA is hosting the SW Bowling tournament once again! Hundreds of athletes and unified partners will be competing for the Gold!

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Southwest Washington Wind Symphony

October 23, 2016
  • Location: The Performing Arts Center at Union High School
  • 6201 NW Friberg-Strunk Street Camas, WA 98607
  • Times: From: 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 360-574-8386
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The Southwest Washington Wind Symphony opens its 12th season with its "Literary Notes" concert. Discover how heroes from very different eras - Huckleberry Finn, Beowulf, and John Wayne - are portrayed in musical works from timeless literature and movies. Selections include "Huckleberry Finn Suite" by Franco Cesarini, "The Cowboys" by John Willia...


Live Radio On-Stage: Dracula

October 27, 2016
  • Venue: Kiggins Theatre
  • 1011 Main St., Vancouver Vancouver, WA 98660
  • Times: Starting: 7:00 AM
  • Admission: Adults $5, Children $3
  • Phone: 360-816-0352
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The performance of Dracula by the Mercury Theatre on the Air is the basis for this Re-Imagined Radio performance. Voice actors and Foley artists under the direction of Sam A. Mowry will perform the original broadcast script Thursday, 27 October 2016, at the Kiggins Theatre. Doors at 6:00 PM, Show starts at 7:00


“The Edge of Night” Story-telling Event

October 28, 2016

“The Edge of Night” Story-telling Event Friday, October 28, 7:30pm Story-tellers will present their “edge of night” true to life stories in anticipation of the “haunting” weekend. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door


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Lantern Tours: Walking Vancouver Barracks

October 29, 2016

Lantern Tours: Walking Vancouver Barracks explores the U.S. Military history of the site. Each adult carries a lantern as a park ranger guides the group on an outdoor walking tour of the historic Army post. Visitors will learn about Ulysses S. Grant, Oliver Otis Howard, George C. Marshall, William S. Harney, and other significant figures in Vancouver Barracks' history. These to...

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Kiggins Theatre - Halloween!

October 29, 2016

It's almost that time of year again! Don't miss our annual celebration of the spookiest time of year with your favorite cult movie classic: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Present by Vancouver's very own shadow cast The Denton Delinquents. Feel free to dress up how ever you want and partake in our annual, MASSIVE costume contest - with awesome prizes like your very own troph...


Scary Run

October 30, 2016
  • Location: Reflection Plaza
  • 1703 Main Street Washougal, WA 98671
  • Times: Starting: 9:00 AM
  • Admission: $15-$60
  • Phone: 360-574-7292
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Earn your post-event party by running or walking 5k or 10k in beautiful Washougal, WA. Festive food and drink to follow the race! Costume is optional, but definitely makes the photos more enjoyable.

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