Hair-metal band fans of the Lower Mainland, it’s time to unite! Slash, the famed guitarist of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, is rocking out on Friday at the Commodore Ballroom at 868 Granville Street with Myles Kennedy and Bad City. The show starts at 8 p.m. For ticket information, visit

Always wanted to experience Oktoberfest, but can’t quite make it to Germany? Check out the next best thing: Oktoberfest 2010 at the Edgewater Casino at 311 – 750 Pacific Blvd. in Vancouver, on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets, which cost $45, include all beer samples, and are available at the door or at

Baker’s Market
If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in luck; the doors of Vancouver’s Baker’s Market open back up on Saturday for four hours, starting at 11 a.m. Local vendors offer stuff for everyone, even gluten-free goodies. The market’s held at #115-408 East Kent Ave. South, through the back door, and admission and parking are free.

If sci-fi and fantasy gets your blood pumping, head down to the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel in Richmond for the 35th edition of VCON, the Lower Mainland’s annual science fiction and fantasy convention. The convention runs from Friday to Sunday, and ticket information is available at

The Drift - Art on Main
Love art in all its forms? Then take a stroll down Main Street this Saturday and Sunday and enjoy the 6th Annual Drift Weekend Art Tour, which showcases local Vancouver artists working in all media. The event is free and takes place in a variety of venues, including cafes, galleries, and shops. For more information, visit

CIBC’s Run for the Cure
Each year thousands of people are affected by breast cancer, and on Sunday, CIBC’s Run for the Cure is offering Vancouverites the chance to participate in Canada’s largest single-day event aimed at fundraising for research, education and awareness programs. For more information, head to