Top 10 UBC Events to Attend in October

We’re officially into fall, UBC! There’s a lot going on in the month of October. Don’t miss out on some of the UBC classics like the Apple Festival, the Pumpkin Run (formerly known as the Great Trek), and more.

For more things happening around UBC, check out our monthly highlighted events.

1. Oct 4: Global Experience Fair

Thinking about going abroad? Drop by the main lobby at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre anytime between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm on Wed, Oct 4 to find out what your international experience options are. Learn more.


2. Oct 4: International Research Roundtable – After the Ink is Dry

Join a group of leading practitioners and scholars from Canada, the U.S., Sweden, Israel and beyond who are exploring what happens when parties try to deliver on a negotiated deal ‘after the ink is dry.’ Examples featured will include those from the Great Bear Rainforest, the Ktunaxa territory, Kauai and Chesapeake Bay. This event will feature an interactive performance led by the Vancouver Playback Theatre. Learn more.


3. October 10: UBC Day of Learning – Envisioning our future at the 75th Anniversary of Japanese Canadian Internment

UBC is commemorating the 75th anniversary of Japanese Canadian internment and the 5th anniversary of the UBC Honorary Degree Ceremony for the 76 Japanese Canadian students expelled in 1942. Register for free panels, workshops, and discussions taking place 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Learn more.


4. Oct 10 – 13: UBC United Way Campaign – A Week of Caring

Support a great cause by checking out the events going on all week. The line-up includes the 9th annual Great Pancake Race on Oct 10, the Turkey 2K Trot on Oct 11, the Arts Food Truck Festival on Oct 12, and a campus-wide 50/50 contest starting Oct 13. Learn More.


5. Oct 14 – 15: UBC Apple Festival

Get a taste of autumn at the 26th annual Apple Festival held at the UBC Botanical Gardens. There’ll be live music, apple tasting, cider, and more. The $5 entrance fee will get you access to the gardens too! Learn more.


6. Oct 18 – 19: Career Days

Polish up your resume because UBC’s annual Career Days and Graduate & Professional Schools Fair is coming to the AMS Nest. You’ll get the chance to meet employers and network with organizations looking to recruit from various academic disciplines. Learn more.


7. Oct 27: Pumpkin Run

Formerly known as the Great Trek, the Pumpkin Run is the revamped version of the event to celebrate the formation of the UBC Point Grey campus. Run or walk 8km around campus as an individual or as a group of 4 in a relay. Afterwards, there’ll be a post-event pancake lunch, smoothies, pumpkin-themed food, beverages, and celebrations. Learn more.


8. Oct 29: The Foreclosure Follies

Come out to a Brecht-style cabaret, with plenty of music and comedy, asking some uncomfortable questions about how we regulate the financial sector. This quirky show is the product of economists, bankers and commercial law judges coming together with actors and creatives using the arts to pose essential questions in our society. Learn more.


9. Oct 1 – 29: Thunderbird Varsity Games

Grab some friends and come out to support your UBC Thunderbirds. Check out men’s basketball vs. Western University on Thu, Oct 12 at 4 pm or catch women’s volleyball as they host the West Coast Classic. See the full schedule and get your tickets.


10. Oct 30 – Nov 3: Thrive Week

As the days get shorter and the workload adds up, don’t forget to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Thrive is a mindset and a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for everyone at UBC. Learn more.

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