Top 10 UBC Events to Attend in October 2018

Welcome fall to UBC with open arms by checking out these events! The classic UBC Apple Festival is back, plus the pumpkin run, academic talks, and more!

October 3: Global Experience Fair

Talk to students who have gone abroad and learn about programs that could work for you, including: Exchange, Summer Abroad, Research Abroad, and Global Seminars. Find an info session at the fair to get practical tips on a range of topics, from applying to how to fund your trip.

October 4: Tricksters & Transformers: An Evening of Indigenous Word

Join MOA for a special evening of literature, poetry and hip hop by Indigenous artists. Dive into a night with Eden Robinson, Christie Lee Charles and Snotty Nose Rez Kids—an eclectic lineup of powerhouse First Nation artists here to wow with their written and spoken words.

October 9, 15 & 17: City Votes Mayoral Debates

Get to know the candidates for mayor in Surrey, Kelowna and Vancouver with a debate series brought to you by CBC British Columbia and the University of British Columbia.

Stephen Quinn, host of The Early Edition on CBC Radio One will moderate the debates in Surrey on October 9 and Vancouver on October 17, while the Kelowna debate on October 15 will be moderated by Chris Walker, host of Daybreak South on CBC Radio One.

October 11: UBC Library United Way Spelling Bee

The 9th annual UBC Library United Way Spelling Bee is coming soon! UBC faculty, staff, and students are invited to create a team of 4-10 people and compete for the win in this annual cross-campus event to raise awareness for the United Way.

October 13 – 14: Apple Festival 2018

A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of BC’s favourite fruits. From learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to discover more about this delicious fruit.

October 15: Uncivil discourse: What is everyone so angry about?

The world seems more divided than ever. This environment has enabled populist movements to rise and hashtag activism to thrive. Are these divisions new, or have they just become more visible? How can we overcome the most cynical manifestations of anger, such as name-calling and tribalistic thinking? Join our panel of UBC and community experts in the Lower Mainland for an important conversation about the growing divide of public discourse.

October 17 – 18: Career Days

Career Days will feature approximately 100 employers attending over a two-day period. There will be a vast range of employers from various industries, eager to engage with students and share career opportunities and insights.


October 18: Pumpkin Run

Want to increase your daily activity count with a scenic run during your day? No problem, come do it with a work colleague! Needing a break from school? Make a relay team with your friends and run the beautiful trails of Pacific Spirit Park! This is the best way to celebrate the Fall, pumpkins and all it has to offer. You can take part in one of two ways: either as an individual on a 6km run/walk or as part of a four person relay.

October 19 & 20: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with Jeffrey Kahane and Karen Gomyo

A favourite of Vancouver audiences, renowned violinist Karen Gomyo performs the rich, grand, and lyrical Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms. Schumann’s beautiful ‘Spring’ Symphony and the gossamer music of Mendelssohn’s fairy tale The Fair Melusina round out this brilliant opening to the Classical Traditions series at the Chan Centre.

October 25: When Does Fiction Become True? Explorations on Stage, Film and in Literature

This talk, presented by Green College, features speakers Carmen Aguirre and Daniel Canty. Carmen Aguirre is an author, actor, and playwright. Her first book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, was the winner of the 2012 CBC Radio’s Canada Reads competition. Daniel Canty is a Montreal-based writer and film director who works in literature, film, theatre and design, translation, and new media.

There’s more to check out at UBC in October. To stay up-to-date with all the campus events, follow @UBCevents.