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Free Things to Do in October


October brings along the scents and sounds of fall, some spooky tricks and sugary treats. To make the most of this season we have compiled a list of events and activities that you can enjoy for FREE.

National Seniors Day Celebrations
October 1 & 3 | Various Times & Locations

Celebrate National Seniors Day with a variety of free events across the city for citizens aged 55+.
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Print Making Workshop
October 1 | 3:30–5:30pm | Ecole Salish Secondary School

Explore the spontaneous art form of monotype printmaking with local artist Katina Giesbrecht.
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Creative Skill Share: Leadership Training
October 2–November 18 | Various Times & Locations
Bring out your creative side and help us plan the next Holiday Art Jam. In the process learn creativity and leadership skills.  
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Thursday Artist Talk: Ron Long, “The Art, Technique, and Challenge of Nature Photography”
October 3 | 7:30–9pm | Surrey Art Gallery

Understand photographic techniques from Ron Long as he shares his experiences and challenges of capturing nature.
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ReLeaf Tree Plantings
October 5–November 2| 10am–12pm | Various Locations
Plant trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat and make Surrey a healthier and more beautiful place.
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Exhibit Spotlight – Being Punjabi
October 5 | 1–4pm | Museum of Surrey

Celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit about Surrey's Punjabi community.
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Movie Afternoon: Goodnight Mr. Tom
October 8 | 1–3pm | Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Join us for an afternoon of munching on popcorn and watching the classic Goodnight Mr. Tom.
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Talk: Her Story
October 10, 16 & 25 | 11am–12:30pm | Various Locations
Hear stories of courage, persistence and strength of women from Surrey’s past.   
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Thanksgiving Youth Feast
October 11 | 6–9:30pm | Guildford Recreation Centre
Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Guildford youth team.  
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Crescent Beach Pop-up Gallery
Various Dates & Times | Beecher Place (12160 Beecher Street)
Enjoy a range of community-led art activities, including exhibitions, workshops and community art projects.
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Exhibition Tour
October 16 | 7–8:30pm |
Surrey Art Gallery
Learn more about digital art in the exhibit Garden in the Machine.
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Swap Event
October 19 | 11–3pm | Surrey Libraries–
City Centre
Bring your clean, reusable household items that you no longer need and find something new to take home.
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Cantonese Opera Behind the Scenes
October 19 | 1–3:30pm | Museum of Surrey

Get backstage access to see the costumes, make-up, hair and all the preparation that goes behind the Chinese opera.
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SAGA Competitive Sketch Off
October 19 | 6–8:30pm | Surrey Art Gallery
Take part in the artist sketch off or enjoy being in the audience and participate in a hands-on art activity.
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Seniors Forum Advance Care Planning
October 19 | 9am–2:30pm |
Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Learn about planning for future health care decisions at this seniors forum.
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Family Sunday
October 20 | 11am–3pm |
Surrey Art Gallery
Drop in to create, experiment, and enjoy art with friends and family.
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Diwali Dance Youth Workshop
October 24 | 5–7pm | Surrey Libraries–
City Centre
Learn about the importance of Diwali while moving to the tunes of some festive beats.
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Youth Speak Up
October 25 | 8:30am–3pm | Surrey City Hall
Join us for a day of workshops and activities to discuss community topics that are important to the youth.
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Classic Scary Movie Night
October 25 | 6:30–8:30pm |
Historic Stewart Farm
Bring your pillow and blanket to cozy up and enjoy a selection of classic scary movies in the Farmhouse.
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Halloween in the Forest
October 26 | 10am–2pm |
Surrey Nature Centre
Come in costume for some Halloween family fun and don't forget to meet the Forest Fairy.
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Halloween Howl
October 26 | 6–8pm |
Bridgeview Community Centre
Attend the annual Halloween Howl event in costume and enjoy a variety of activities, games and treats.
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Haunted Farm
October 26 | 12–3pm | Historic Stewart Farm
Skip the scare factor for a change and enjoy the whimsical Halloween traditions with your family.
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Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest Tree Planting
October 26 | 10am–12pm |
Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest Park
Join the Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society to plant trees and shrubs to help grow Surrey's urban forest.
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Story Time at Redwood Park
October 26 | Various Times |
Redwood Park
Join us for a story inside the treehouse and then explore the forest on a guided sensory walk.
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Artists’ Talk
October 26 | 2:30–4pm | Surrey Art Gallery
Listen to Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and Paisley Smith discuss their virtual reality collaboration.
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October 26 | 1–4pm | Museum of Surrey

Go on a 'fang-tastic' scavenger hunt and make 'spooktacular' décor just in time for Halloween.
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Outdoor Treasure Hunt
October 26 | 11am–3pm | Bear Creek Park
Go on an outdoor treasure hunt to try geocaching!
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Family Nights at Recreation Centres
All through October| Various Locations and Times
Laugh and bond with your family over some fun activities for all age groups.
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