Now that summer is a sun-filled memory it is time to turn our attention to one of the loveliest times of the year, autumn, and all of the fabulous fun-filled events Steveston Village offers.

The Steveston Merchants Association (SMA) is a key player in organizing many of the community’s eagerly anticipated celebrations. The SMA’s signature events (Steveston Scarecrow Crawl, Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village, Girls’ Night Out and Christmas in Steveston Village) are designed to get local residents out strolling the streets and exploring local businesses.

Steveston Scarecrow Crawl

Now in its sixth year, the Steveston Scarecrow Crawl has become one of the community’s well-loved attractions. During the month of October cleverly themed scarecrows lurk in doorways and peek out of store windows. These delightful handcrafted guardians often reflect the personality of the shop to which they belong.

Many of them are not garden variety scarecrows – in fact, you never know quite what you will spot – whether it is a giant slug, a couture ‘crow, nautical or fairy tale characters (we are after all “Storybrooke”). Take a photo with your new friends, and step inside the businesses to visit the talented merchants responsible for creating these mascots.

Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village

Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village is always a seasonal highlight for little pirates, mermaids, princesses and dragons. It is a real “treat” to see imaginatively costumed children in the daylight hours receiving a Halloween goody from participating merchants. Taking place on October 31 between 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., this is the perfect warm up act for the big night! Maps of participating businesses will be available and treats will be handed out while supplies last.

Halloween at the Cannery
Halloween is a busy time in Steveston Village. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery invites you to their family-fun event. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance. Contact the Cannery for tickets and further information (604-664-9009).

Cannery Farmers’ Market
The Cannery Farmers’ Market season starts in October. Stock up on local produce and crafts on select Sundays. Steveston Insider is proud to play a role as a Cannery Farmers’ Market sponsor.

Girls’ Night Out
Girls’ Night Out takes place on the third Thursday in November. This SMA event has become legendary and “girls” come in droves to be part of this special night out on the town. Women of all ages take to the streets of Steveston to power shop at participating businesses, which offer exciting specials and incentives. This is the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. Restaurants will be offering pre and post shopping drinks and dining.

Follow “Steveston Girls Night Out” Facebook page to ensure you are in the loop; learn when tickets go on sale for the after party – tickets sell out almost instantly!

Festival of Trees
During the month of December enjoy a walk through an indoor forest of decorated Christmas trees when the Steveston Merchants Association partners with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery for the Festival of Trees. Steveston businesses personalize their trees with festive flair.

Christmas in Steveston Village
To cap off the year, Christmas in Steveston Village puts holiday shoppers in the Christmas spirit. On the first Sunday in December crowds eagerly anticipate Santa’s arrival by Vancouver Whale Watching boat at Fisherman’s Wharf. Follow Santa to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site where you can take a photo with Santa from 2:00-4:00pm. Shop the Cannery Market.

Visit local shops and do some Christmas shopping – it’s never too early to start. You will find unique gifts and as an added fringe benefit, you will feel good about having shopped locally and directly supported the community.

The Christmas Classic Car Show will cruise through the village at 12:15 – 12:30p.m. then be on display until 2:30p.m. in the parking lot of Steveston Hotel.