The first autumn season of these pandemic times is upon us, and like spring and summer we have had to adjust our activities. With social distancing and limited indoor capacities, this might be more of a challenge in the cold weather season. Even though many of our traditional fall community events are either canceled or undecided right now there are still a few things going on, and of course we can always create our own festivities like crisp fall hikes, scenic bike rides, and baking comfort food recipes at home.

By now many of us may be getting tired of our own living room movie nights and are missing a real cinema experience. While most major theaters remain closed for now, there are movies on the big screen showing now at two of our locally treasured independent theaters which are also historical landmarks. And right now is the perfect time to support them.

Kiggins Theatre in Downtown Vancouver and Liberty Theatre in Downtown Camas are currently open for business. Both theatres have concessions including local craft beer and wine for enjoying during the movie. Seating is socially distanced and limited capacity so tickets must be reserved and purchased ahead. Masks are required. Go online for current showings, ticket information, and updates.

Also, while shopping online is convenient for ordinary purchases, it doesn’t take the place of the sensory delights of the Vancouver Farmers Market. The good news is that the Vancouver Farmers Market is extending their season through November! This special Fall Farmers Market is a great place to find the best of fall and winter bounty from local farmers and everything you need for holiday meals and gifting. The Fall Market will be open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through November. You can find the market on 8th and Esther Streets in Downtown Vancouver.

There’s also good news for those who enjoy shopping from local vendors at Night Market Vancouver! Though the public market is currently closed, Night Market Vancouver is offering an alternative shopping format: a collective retail store experience called NMV Pop-Local. It’s a place for local vendors to showcase their products and brands in a safe space following health and safety guidelines. Over 40 local vendors provide a unique shopping experience. NMV Pop-Local is located at 111 W 9th Street. They are open every weekend, Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Find updates and a current list of vendors at www.nightmarketvancouver.com/nmv-poplocal.