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27 events to check out in Vancouver this Labour Day long weekend

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Daniel Chai Sep 01, 2017 8:29 am 2,170

The Labour Day Long Weekend has arrived and Vancouver is full of exciting events to enjoy! From PNE to Labor Day long weekend events at Tsawwassen Mills and more, here are 27 events to check out this Labour Day Long Weekend.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Labour Day long weekend events at Tsawwassen Mills

Tsawwassen Mills/Facebook

  • What: Unlike other shopping malls, you certainly won’t be bored at Tsawwassen Mills. There’s actually something for everyone including a massive indoor skatepark at West 49, an aquarium-inspired bowling alley at Uncle Buck’s, an indoor kids play area, and tons of dining options. And that means you could even end up visiting the mall more than one day this Labour Day long weekend.
  • When: September 2 to 4
    • Saturday: 11 am to 9 pm, activities 1 to 5 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm, activities 1 to 5 pm
    • Monday: 11 am to 7 pm, activities 1 to 5 pm
  • Where: Tsawwassen Mills Mall – 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Delta
  • Price: Free

Digitalistic: Bloghouse Revival Party

  • What: A dance party dedicated to the dynamic electronic dance scene of the early-to-mid 2000s with DJs Trevor Risk and Waspy, plus Phil David in the Projection Room.
  • When: September 2
  • Time: 10:30 pm
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free RSVP – valid before 11 pm, or $8

Richmond World Festival

  • What: Featuring performances by over 75 artists on nine stages, including headliners Tokyo Police Club, Dragonette, and Verbal Jint. There will also be a digital carnival, an artisan marketplace, and over 50 food trucks to enjoy.
  • When: September 2
  • Time: 11 am to 11 pm
  • Where: Minoru Park, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Dance In Transit

  • What: Dance in Transit by Sam’s Dance provides free outdoor dance events around Downtown Vancouver during the summer. Young or old, shy or outgoing, new or longtime dancers – everyone is welcome.
  • When: Now to September 2
  • Where: Robson Square, Jim Deva Plaza, Queen Elizabeth Plaza, and Plaza of Nations
  • Price: Free

Miss Wheelchair

  • What: This free event aims to break barriers and boost integration by showing that wheelchairs and disabilities are not a limitation. If you’re interested in participating as a contestant simply fill out a registration form. The event also aims to change the image surrounding women with disability and show that everyone is beautiful. On the evening, the audience will be invited to participate in voting for their favourite contestant who shines the most beautifully inside and out.
  • When: September 2
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre –  1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
  • Register: Online for free

First Caturday

  • What: First Caturday is the day for sweet and delicious outdoor cat-napping and socializing. Bring your cat (on a leash, or harness) and socialize with other feline lovers and their furry friends.
  • When: September 2
  • Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Park (meet by the cherry blossoms) – 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Tuesdays with Morrie – Gateway Theatre

  • What: Tuesdays with Morrie is one half of two plays from Hong Kong that are part of Gateway Theatre’s Pacific Festival. This production is the Cantonese translation of the Off Broadway play, specifically tailored to resonate with Chinese audiences. The relationship between a career-driven journalist and his declining former college professor is at the forefront of the show. The play will be performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles.
  • When: Now to September 2
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: At Gateway Theatre; $62

Att Bapu – Bapu Baldev Singh Live in Concert

  • What: After the phenomenal success of “Zindagi De Rubroo 2016”, and “Naad Festival 2016” Naad Foundation proudly presents this year’s masterpiece “Att Bapu 2017” a live event by musical veteran Bapu Baldev Singh, dedicated to the transition of cultural and folk lore of Generations.
  • When: September 2
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Dysfunctional Disney Cabaret

Miss Kiss

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  • What: Dysfunctional Disney Cabaret is a fun and sexy homage to your favorite princesses, villains and enchanted animals. Watch the Magic Kingdom turn topsy-turvy with these wild and wacky tributes. Burlesque, circus arts, live singing, drag, and comedy.
  • When: September 2
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

National Anthem

  • What: National Anthem – Ronald Dario, Patrick Dodd, Kerri Donaldson, Allie Entwistle, and Geoffrey Walter – present another hilarious improv show with fun stories, and special guests.
  • When: September 2
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Toast Collective – 648 Kingsway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey “All The Hits Tour” 2017

Image: Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie / Facebook

  • What: Multi-platinum-selling artists, multiple Grammy Award-winners and music icons, Lionel Richie and very special guest Mariah Carey are touring together for the first time ever. Lionel Richie has sold over 100 million albums world wide, and has an Oscar, a Golden Globe, four Grammy awards all to his name. Mariah Carey has sold over 220 million records, and has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist Of The Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting.
  • When: September 3
  • Time: Doors at 6 pm / Show at 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena –  800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Live Nation, $39.95 to $299.95

Nomadic Tempest Tall Ship Circus Show Vancouver 2017

  • What: Nomadic Tempest is a travelling nighttime acrobatic show synchronized to music and digital video projections by BC-based Caravan Stage Company. The free, all-ages spectacle takes place onboard the Amara Zee, the world’s only tall ship that doubles as a stage and backdrop for live performances.
  • When: Now to September 3
  • Time: 9:45 to 11 pm. Recommended arrival by 8:45 pm.
  • Where: 299 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (on the seawall in Southeast False Creek, between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village)
  • Price: Free, Eventbrite

Chinatown Night Market

  • What: Chinatown Night Market features amazing food, entertainment and merchandises every weekend during the summer.
  • When: Now to September 3
  • Time: Saturdays from 7 to 11 pm, Sundays from 7 to 10 pm
    Where: Keefer Street in Chinatown, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Beer-unch at Craft Beer Fest at the PNE

  • What: This summer, if you love the power couple of beer and brunch, Sundays at the PNE is where you need to be. That’s because for 2017 Craft Beer Fest is adding a Sunday long-table brunch with beer pairings for thirsty fans. It includes a Fair Gate Pass, reserved seating at one of three long tables, a four course brunch and four beer samples.
  • When: September 3
  • Time: Doors at 11:30, brunch at noon
  • Where: Italian Gardens – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Cost: $49; tickets available online

Safe and Sound Music Fest 2017

Safe & Sound Music Festival

DVSN/ Safe & Sound Music Festival

  • What: Contemporary R&B artists Majid Jordan, DVSN, and Jessie Reyes as well as special guest K-OS are set to headline the one-day event. Other artists include Tonye, David Morin, Hayleau, Prado, Omar Khan, SJS, The Freshest, DJ Arems, Jay Swing, and Andishae. The festival will be hosted by local radio personality DJ Flipout.
  • When: September 3
  • Time: Noon to 10 pm
  • Where: Westminster Pier Park, New Westminster
  • Tickets: $55 to $95 at safeandsoundfest.com

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

  • What: Returning for its tenth year, the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market will be operating in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre, the market will feature a mix of stalls, including food vendors, artists, and craftspeople.
  • Day/Time: Select Sundays from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Dates: September 3 and 17
  • Where: Steveston Community Centre parking lot, 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond

Victory Square Block Party 2017

  • What: A massive street party featuring live music from Palm Oil, Graftician, Laydy Jams and more. Presented by CiTR Radio 101.9FM, Discorder Magazine and Music Waste Festival.
  • When: September 3
  • Time: 2 to 9 pm
  • Where: Victory Square Park – Cambie and Hastings
  • Price: Free

Polish Festival Vancouver

  • What: An annual event organised by The North Shore Polish Association Belweder, celebrating Polish culture, folklore, music, cuisine, and more.
  • When: September 3
  • Time: 2 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Lynn Valley Village, 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
  • Price: Free

SJS Labour Day Boogie

  • What: Slow Jam Sundays is a sexy video dance party featuring all your favourite old school (and new school) slow jams, spun by DJs Marlon J. English and P-luv alongside hosts Ariel Swan and Aaron Dudley.
  • When: September 3
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 867 Granville Street,
    Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Brazilian Cultural Festival & Capoeira Batizado

  • What: Brazilian Cultural Festival and Capoeira Batizado in partnership with the Roundhouse, featuring Aché Brasil’s awe-inspiring acrobatic dance/martial arts Capoeira, spectacular Samba dances with dazzling costumes and more.
  • When: September 3
  • Time: 1:30 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre: Roundhouse – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At the door, $10-$15. Kids under five free.

Monday, September 4, 2017

FAÇADE Festival

Facade mockup on Vancouver Art Gallery/FAÇADE Festival

  • What: Kicking off the fall arts season, FAÇADE will bringing the digital art of projection mapping to downtown. The free festival will see the facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery lit up for 10 days by as many artists. It’s the second year of the festival, which last year saw 35,000 people enjoy the new media festival in the heart of downtown.
  • When: September 4 to 10
  • Where: Georgia Street facade of Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Music in the Park 2017

  • What: Listen to great music, visit local artists at work and soak up those last rays of summer sun, while taking in the majestic views of the North Shore mountains and the pristine Capilano Reservoir. There will be free activities for the kids and free artist demonstrations in many mediums by a selection of talented local artists – they will also have artwork for sale.
  • When: September 4
  • Time: Noon to 5 pm
  • Where: Capilano River Regional Park
  • Admission: Free

Nathan For You – Sneak Peek and Q&A

  • What: Host Nathan Fielder presents a live sneak peek of the upcoming season of Nathan for You. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion that will include several off-the-cuff jokes by Fielder.
  • When: September 4
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35

HAIM

  • What: HAIM is embarking on a North American tour, with Vancouver as its only Canadian destination. The sisterly trio from LA — Danielle Haim (guitars and lead vocals), Este Haim (bass), and Alana Haim (guitars and keyboards) — promises their second album Something To Tell You differ from the band’s debut, and said they’re excited to share it with their fans.
  • When: September 4
  • Time: Doors 5:30 pm, / Show 7 pm
  • Where: Malkin Bowl, 610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Ticketmaster, $42.50

Labour Day long weekend events at Tsawwassen Mills

  • What: Unlike other shopping malls, you certainly won’t be bored at Tsawwassen Mills. There’s actually something for everyone including a massive indoor skatepark at West 49, an aquarium-inspired bowling alley at Uncle Buck’s, an indoor kids play area, and tons of dining options. And that means you could even end up visiting the mall more than one day this Labour Day long weekend.
  • When: Now to September 4
    • Saturday: 11 am to 9 pm, activities 1 to 5 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm, activities 1 to 5 pm
    • Monday: 11 am to 7 pm, activities 1 to 5 pm
  • Where: Tsawwassen Mills Mall – 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Delta
  • Price: Free

Aritzia Warehouse Sale 2017

  • What: The last few days of the immensely popular Arizia Warehouse Sale. Get 50 to 90 per cent off and freshen up your wardrobe for the fall!
  • Time: 7 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and 9 am to 7 pm on Sunday and Monday.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

PNE

Rides at Playland in the PNE. (Júbilo Haku / Flickr)

  • What: Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. Enjoy the last day of this year’s fair from 11 am to late.
  • When: Now to September 4
  • Time: Gates open at 11 am
  • Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Gate Admission and Ride Passes: Online

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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