Embrace all that fall has to offer and take some time to explore Coquitlam in October. Get outside on a trail run in Mundy Park, explore our many parks in search of fall colours or watch salmon return to local streams. Stay inside and cheer on the Coquitlam Express, listen to live music, catch a performance or search out local comfort foods at one of our many restaurants.
There will be candy, pumpkin pie, hearty cuisine and new art exhibitions. Here are 10 fun events and activities to get outdoors, spark creativity, reunite with friends and get those pulses racing.
Bring Back the Noise
Calling all hockey fans! The Coquitlam Express are hosting Salmon Arm on Oct. 20 at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex. Get your tickets. Locals tip – head to nearby Austin Heights for a pre- or post-game meal at one of the many restaurants in the neighbourhood.
Experience the Evergreen Cultural Centre
The 2022 season is underway at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. Live shows and a fantastic Art Gallery await just steps from SkyTrain and City Centre restaurants for a local date night.
The Circus is back in City Centre
American Crown Circus returns to City Centre October 13-17. Check out this travelling Circus for some fun and laughs. The “Big Top” is conveniently located in the Coquitlam Centre parking lot. For more information visit American Crown Circus.
See the Salmon Return
The name Coquitlam comes from the Coast Salish word “kwikwetlem,” which means “red fish up the river.” This is the time of year when salmon return to spawn in our local rivers – and one location to view this natural wonder is along the Hoy Creek trail, walking toward Hoy Creek Hatchery.
The much-loved Salmon Come Home is slated for Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Hatchery. This is a free celebration of salmon returning to the creek, featuring live salmon demonstrations and other activities. Be sure to watch their website for further event details.
Check out Culture Days in Coquitlam
Culture Days is on until October 16. See what is happening around town and make plans to have fun locally.
Dine Out, Take Out & Support Local for Thanksgiving Day
Why not give yourself a day off cooking so you can spend more time relaxing? Many local restaurants will be offering special turkey meals on Thanksgiving Day (Monday, Oct. 10) or try something completely new (ramen, pho or Korean Fried Chicken perhaps?). Check out our Eat-Drink map for a listing of 200+ local restaurants and to search for dine-in or take-out/delivery options near you.
New Restaurants to Try
Join us in welcoming these local restaurants to Coquitlam! Here are some new places you’ll definitely want to try.
- Milaap Indian Kitchen: The buzz is high for their Butter(ica) Chicken. Check them out Milaap Indian Kitchen
- On & Off Kitchen and Bar: A restaurant with a spectacular view of the valley and creative made from scratch dishes. On & Off Kitchen and Bar.
- Dookbaeki Korean: Korean Soul Food served in traditional Korean stone bowls made from loess used to cook and serve stews. Visit Dookbaeki.
Shop the Farmers Market
The season is nearly wrapping up so pick up your local produce, baked goods, prepared foods and one-of-a-kind artisan crafts at the Coquitlam Farmers Market. Get a jump on your Christmas shopping or simply stock up on all those delicious jams and pickles for the months ahead. The market is open every Sunday during October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the final date being Oct. 30.
View an Art Exhibition
Celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions: Stitched Together, Fibre Art and Mixed Media by Robin Fischer, Karen Johnson and Karlie Norrish McChesney and Industrial Remnants, Mixed Media by Sherry Cooper. Both exhibitions will be on view at Place des Arts from October 28 to December 15, 2022 and online from November 4 to December 15, 2022. Visit their website for the details.
Costumes, candy, haunted houses, spooky decorations… boo! While Halloween lands on a Monday this year, you can bet the celebrations will take place all weekend. Check Coquitlam Heritage who are hosting some fun Halloween activities at the historic Mackin House Museum.
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