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Upcoming Special Events

Be sure to check out this page or our brochure for details on upcoming special events! Would you like to volunteer for one of these events? Send us an email at and let us know that you are interested!

Trout Lake Photo Contest 2016 – Festivals and Events


Trout Lake Park hosts many festivals in the spring, summer and fall, at all times of the day and through all types of weather. Many photographers capture their excitement, quiet, and beauty, diversity, chaos and sometimes challenges.

The Grandview Community Association is sponsoring a third annual photo contest and is looking for images that celebrate festivals and events. Trout Lake (John Hendry Park) must be easily identified in each picture and the event names and date must be included.

Greeting cards will be made with the winning photos and sets of these will be sold in the centre. The images will also be used in brochures and in posters at the community centre.

Prizes are $50 gift certificate to community centre programs for the top five photos and a set of greeting cards.

  • Formats for submission: submit by email in hi res j-peg format to Submit a tiff back up if you have one.
  • Deadline – submit by September 30th, 2016.
  • Prizes – $50 gift certificate for Trout Lake Community Centre programs for each of the top 4 winners and a package of the photo cards.
  • Selection will be by a local photographer and Grandview Community Centre Association board members.
  • Permissions – winners will be asked to sign a rights agreement allowing for use of the image for the photo cards which may be sold by the centre, and for in centre use and display. Any other use will be negotiated.
  • Winners will be announced at an event in the Fall.

Magic Trout Imaginarium Workshops


Wonderous workshops for kids and kid-like adults!

Weekend Workshops (Saturdays 9AM-2PM):

  • Sept 24 – Recycled Calligraphy with Martin Reisle. All Ages. – $35
  • Oct 2 – SPECIAL EVENT: Wunder Hunt from 1PM-4PM. All Ages. – FREE
  • Nov 12 to Nov 26 – Intro to Calligraphy (3 sessions) with Martin Reisle. Ages 12+. – $200 + $30 Kit
  • Nov 26 – Callirgraphy Pen Making with Martin Reisle. Ages 15+. – $60
  • Dec 3 – Automatons: The Art of Mechanical Toy Making. Ages 8+. – $50

Thursday Afternoon Workshops:

  • Sept 15 to Oct 13 – Learn to Build Series (5 sessions). Ages 8+ – $190
  • Nov 10, 17, 24 – Intro to Calligraphy (3 sessions) with Martin Reisle. Ages 12+ – $200 + $30 kit
  • Dec 1 – Calligraphy Pen Making with Martin Reisle. Ages 15+ – $60.

Halloween Series:

  • Oct 8 – Tin Can Learns: Learn to use a drill (parent & child). Ages 3+
  • Oct 15 – Felted Halloween Mask Workshop. Ages 8+
  • Oct 22, 29 – Soft Circuits: Monster Stuffy with light up eyes (2 sessions). Ages 10+

Big Draw Vancouver

Draw on the walls! Draw on the floor! The big draw 2016 at Trout Lake Community Centre invites the public to engage in drawing in a playful and sensory way. This free, four-hour event is designed for people of all ages and abilities to come and draw in unconventional ways. Participants will be invited to draw on the floors and the walls of the community centre, they will experiment with drawing to music and sounds, drawing with their non-dominant hand, drawing with their eyes closed, walking while drawing, drawing with pens taped to their limbs, partner drawing, and more. For more information and workshop times visit: Please pre-register.

Sat | 10:30 AM-2:30 PM | Oct 1 | FREE


Together we will go on a wunderhunt for curiosities around the park! Participants will get to bring home their miniature own curiosity collection for display! Please pre-register as space is limited.

Sun | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM | Oct 2 | FREE

Street Beats (10+ yrs)


Connect with community and play found object instruments (think STOMP!) in this creative percussion band. Participants must also be available on Sun. Oct. 23 & Sat. Nov. 5th to rehearse at the Yaletown Roundhouse with bands from other Community Centres. There will be a Community Performance at the Roundhouse, on Sun. November 6th, at 3 pm, as part of Music on Main Modulus Festival. No Drop ins.
Tu | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM | Oct 4-18 | FREE

Fall Harvest Community Dance


Bring the family for a fun filled evening of dancing to live Square dancing music. Price includes: a hearty soup or stew, fresh bread, beverage and a beautiful pottery bowl made and donated by the Trout Lake Pottery Club to eat from. Yes, you get to take it home. Enjoy the youth supervised arts and craft station. Kids under 2 years of age are free and you do not need to register them. Please pre-register.

Fri | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Oct 7 | $6.50/person

Tin Can Lantern (Parent & Child)

Together parents will help guide their child to learn to use a drill in order to create a lantern out of recycled tin cans. Workbenches, tin cans, led lights and tools will be supplied. Please pre-register as space is limited.

Sat | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM | Oct 8 | $7/person

Halloween Felted Mask Making Workshop

Learn to needle felt your own mask. (8+ yrs) Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Please pre-register as space is limited.

Sat | 9:00 AM-12:00 PM | Oct 15 | $40/person

Sukkot Festival


Come celebrate and help build a Sukkah! Build a Sukkah at Trout Lake! Celebrate the Jewish Harvest Festival of Sukkot. Build and decorate the Sukkah, make crafts, sip hot apple cider, and listen to a Sukkot Story! The sukkah will be standing through-out the week-long festival of Sukkot (October 16-23). All are welcome to visit! This is a family fun event for everyone to enjoy!

Sun | 2:00 PM-4:00 PM | Oct 16 | FREE

Stat Holiday Family Day

We’ve got the bouncy castle set up, arts & crafts, games and more. Please join us on October 10 (Thanksgiving), November 11(Remembrance Day), December 26(Boxing Day) from 9am to 12pm. FREE!


Diwali Lunch & Dance Celebration


Listen to the story of Diwali and decorate diya clay lamps, eat traditional Indian sweets, and listen and dance to traditional Indian music. Enjoy a delicious luncheon of seekh kebab and vege samosas, lamb curry, butter chicken, aloo gobhi, mattar paneer, raita, rice, naan, salad, and chai tea. Kids under 2 years of age are free.

Sun | 12:30 PM-2:30 PM | Oct 23 | $8/person

Halloween Celebration


Come jump in the bouncy castle, play Halloween games, and make some pumpkin crafts. Please register early as this event will sell out.

Sat | 10:00 AM-12:30 PM | Oct 29 | $4/person

Artisan Pottery Sale

Enjoy live music, hand crafted pottery from the Trout Lake Pottery Club. On Saturday, only, enjoy delicious Trout Lake Seniors baking, hand knitting and quilting.

Fri Nov 25 4:00 PM-9:00 PM | FREE admission
Sat Nov 26 9:00 AM-4:00 PM | FREE admission
Sun Nov 27 9:00 AM-4:00 PM | FREE admission

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy delicious pancakes, hot yummy breakfast sausages and fruit. There will be lots of fun filled activities in the gym: including the bouncy castle and arts & crafts. Do not forget to take a picture with Santa too! Kids 2 years and under free! 3 seatings are available: 9:30AM-10:30AM, 10:45AM-11:45AM, 12:00PM-1:00PM

Sun | Various times | Dec 4 | $5/person

Hanukkah the Festival of Lights

The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days. Treat yourself to doughnuts, chocolate gelt, make a dreidel and spin it, light the menorah, sing songs and listen to the story of Hanukkah. Please pre-register. Kids 2 years and under free!

Sun | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM | Dec 18 | $2/person
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