Things to Do: Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving for the long weekend

Weekend activities for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, Oct. 5

For the third year, the Ledlin family hosts its Bavarian-style Oktoberfest bash behind Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.) — with more food vendors and a bigger tent. Enjoy the games, have a taste of Munchen Oktoberfest beers (Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr) and get up and dance to The Oktoberators’ tunes, among others. The party runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 (includes a beer) for an evening; $40 for a full festival pass (includes three beers); or $600 for 10 entrance tickets, a private table and 10 beer and food tickets (plus a private VIP bar). Donations accepted for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Visit

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Hear the contenders running for mayor and city council in Port Moody at the Glenayre Community Association all-candidates’ debate, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Glenayre elementary gym (495 Glencoe Dr., Port Moody). Visit


Saturday, Oct. 6

The City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way) has two free technology classes this morning: Introduction to Virtual Reality, in Room 137 at 10 a.m., and Club D: Make and Create with instructors Colleen and Rana (an eight-week coding class for girls aged 9 to 12) in the computer lab at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required for both sessions by calling 604-554-7334. Visit

The Tri-Cities Community TV, a non-profit group that last month filmed mayoral, council and school trustee candidates in The Tri-City News’ office, will have its annual general meeting in the Coquitlam Foundation Room at the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way) from 2 to 4 p.m. Attendance is free; however, only members can vote (membership is $30). Visit

The parks and gardens of downtown Port Coquitlam will be explored in a guided walk hosted by the PoCo Heritage Trees, which now as a collaborative exhibit up at PoCo Heritage called The Secret Life of Trees. The walk is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Meet at the museum (150-2248 McAllister Ave.). Call 604-927-8403.

Swing out to the sounds of the Bruce James Orchestra, which returns to the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way) as part of the Coquitlam venue’s variety series. The night starts with a 45-minute dance lesson with instructors. Call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit

Dance to salsa and Latin beats in the rehearsal hall of the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) with Alberto Gonzalez and Teresa Szefler. A dance class starts at 8 p.m. with the floor opening up for the party at 9 p.m., until 12:30 a.m. Entry is $10; parking is free or take the Evergreen Extension to Douglas-Lafarge Lake. Visit


Sunday, Oct. 7

Fill up on fresh produce for your Thanksgiving dinner, at the weekly Coquitlam Farmers Market that’s held in the parking lot of Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Musician Caden Knudson entertains. Visit

Meet the Coquitlam mayoral, council and school board candidates at a gathering hosted by the CIVIC Association of Iranian-Canadians, at 1 p.m. in the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way).

Today starts a week-long campaign to prevent fires in B.C. Make sure your family has a fire safety plan and practises it regularly. For tips, visit

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