People gathered outdoors, sitting on hay bales watching a musical performance

Harvest Days celebrates autumn splendor at VanDusen Botanical Garden

September 20 2023 –

VanDusen Botanical Garden warmly welcomes the return of Harvest Days, an affordable family-friendly event that celebrates the fall season.

Starting October 7, throughout weekends in October, the VanDusen vegetable garden and maze area will be transformed with autumn décor, crafts and activities, delicious food vendors, and lively music performances suitable for all ages.

Seeking the perfect fall backdrop for memorable family photos? The picturesque garden, adorned with scarecrows, hay bales, cornstalks, and pumpkins, offers the ideal autumn setting.

Children are invited to enjoy a fall-inspired craft section and meander through the ever-popular hedge maze. Food trucks, including Popcorn in the Park, Coffee Bike, BistrotVan, and Melt City Grilled Cheese, will be on site selling refreshments and tasty snacks.

Daily bluegrass and old-time live music sessions will feature artists such as the Lonesome Town Painters, The Soda Crackers, and No Frills String Band. Three sessions will be held each day.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the expansive 55-acre botanical garden and experience the fall sights. Notable highlights include sugar maples, ginkgo trees, bald cypress, and the stunning Autumn Stroll, lined with deciduous trees selected for their brilliant array of colors.

Event details 

VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street 

  • Every Saturday and Sunday in October starting October 7
  • Monday, October 9 (Thanksgiving) 
  • Friday, October 20 (Professional Development Day)

Entry times are available every hour between 9 am and 3 pm. Harvest Days activities take place from 9 am to 4 pm, with garden viewing available until 5 pm.

Live music session times

  • 9:30 am to 11:30 am
  • 11:45 am to 1:45 pm
  • 2 pm to 3:45 pm


Tickets are sold online for designated entry times.  
Pricing is as follows:

  • Adult (19 to 64): $12.30
  • Senior (65+): $8.60
  • Youth (13 to 18): $8.60
  • Child (5 to 12): $6.15
  • Preschooler (4 and under): Free (ticket required for entry)
  • VBGA member: Free (no ticket required)

Prices are subject to GST and online service fees. These fees include general admission to the entire garden.

Please visit for tickets and further information.