What: Foodies take note: The Vancouver Greek Food Festival, one of the city’s longest running annual cultural events, returns to the city for its 39th year. Priding itself on being the “Original Greek Food Festival” the free event will feature live entertainment, dancing, a kids zone, a market place with artisan crafts, and of course authentic Greek food.
When: September 9 to 11 and 16 to 18 (for times please check the event’s Facebook page)
Where: Hellenic Community Centre – 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
What: The Luxury & Supercar Weekend is revving up for its seventh year, bringing $200 million worth of cars to Vancouver. More than 8,000 people are expected to attend the event, which showcases some of the world’s most luxurious vehicles from rare classic to modern supercars; all set against the stunning background of VanDusen Botanical gardens.
When: Saturday, September 10 to Sunday, September 11
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Advanced tickets are available online and can also be purchased on-site at the event. General admission is $50. VIP admission (19+) is $100.
What: Hundreds of models, dancers, actors, musicians and fashion designers are coming together in Vancouver for the first ever SHINE! extravaganza, to raise awareness of mental health and addiction. More than 900 guests are expected at the fashion and dance fundraiser, which will be held on Saturday, September 10 at the Commodore Ballroom.
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
When: Saturday, 10 September, from 6:30 pm to 2 am
What: A tour that will take you on a journey through East Vancouver’s lesser known spots. Led and organized by youth tour guides, they’ll explore themes of diversity, equality, and inclusion in Vancouver’s past, present, and future.
Where: Aboriginal Friendship Centre – 1607 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: This annual Open House offers a chance to experience a host of different dance styles in a day of free classes, workshops, studio showings and events. All classes are open level and suitable for beginners. Pre-registration is not required.
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – Level 6, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
What: An exhibition of watercolour drawings by Mark Hall-Patch, exploring anarchistic art movements, depictions of alienation, and grave existential danger. The delicate nature of the works make stunning representations of failed utopian societies.
Where: grunt gallery – #116 – 350 East 2 Avenue, Vancouver
When: From Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5 pm, closed Monday and Sunday
Canada’s Lisa Weagle slides through the rings on a stone delivery at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship March 19, 2014 in Saint John, Canada (Jamie Roach/Shutterstock)
What: This pre-season open house gives you a chance to try curling with qualified instructors. Participants will get 45 minutes of free on-ice instruction covering the basics of curling, including delivery, etiquette, plus a chance to throw rocks.
Where: Hillcrest Centre, Vancouver Curling Club – 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
When: Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11, from 10 am to 4 pm
Book: On Eventbrite, it’s recommended to reserve your 45-minute slot
What: Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is launching its first ever Big Yoga event, a team-based 10-hour relay, consisting of 10 one-hour yoga sessions. It’s open to all ages and all levels, and includes a range of yoga styles and classes.
Where: Jonathan Rogers Park – 110 W 7th Ave, Vancouver
When: Saturday, September 10, from 9 am to 7 pm
Register: Online, totally free, but you must fundraise at least $100
What: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar has extended their popular Sunday Seafood Boil Series into September. Taking place on the restaurant’s streetside patio, Boulevard’s talented chefs will serve up a fresh-caught bounty of jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, crawfish, and Dungeness crab with all the fixings for a series of classic, East Coast-inspired seafood boils served family-style on communal tables.
When: Every Sunday of September (4, 11, 18, and 25) from 6:30 pm
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Price: $59 per person with a two-guest minimum (beverages, tax, and gratuity not included); tickets available online
What: Feast of Fields is a four hour wandering gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and between farm folks and city folks. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, guests stroll across a farmers field, traveling from tent to tent (sometimes through the barn, past the tractor or around the chicken coop) listening to live music, and tasting gourmet creations from BC top chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers and other beverage producers.
When: Sunday, September 11 from 1 to 5 pm
Where: Laurica Farm/Fraser Common Farm – 25775 12 Avenue, Aldergrove
Price: Tickets are $95 per person; available online
What: An open-air market boasting more than 40 vendors in converted shipping containers, many working from an onsite 4,000-square-foot co-working kitchen, to showcase vendors selling whole foods, akin to a farmers’ market experience.
Where: Hawkers Wharf – 925 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver
What: Although most of the shows featured in this year’s Fringe are ticketed, if you head to the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Free Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, you’ll find plenty of musical acts performing for free.
Where: Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar – Ocean Art Works, 1531 Johnston St, Vancouver
When: Various dates and times, from September 8 to September 18
What: The Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge is one of Lynn Valley’s best kept secrets. The 50-metre high bridge stretches across a beautiful canyon boasting raging waters, waterfalls and deep pools below. And the best part is – it’s free of charge for all to see.
What: One of the biggest attractions in Vancouver, Granville Island is a great place to go for free. Enjoy the hustle, bustle and bounty of the Public Market and marvel at the island’s unique arts and crafts, while enjoying the spectacle of street buskers.
When: Granville Island Public Market is open seven days a week, from 9 am to 7 pm, most other retail stores are open seven days a week, from 10 am to 7 pm
Vancouver’s first mural festival has left 41 new amazing, permanent examples of street art along and around Main Street. Check out our map showing all 41 murals, then go for a stroll and take them all in.
What: Whereas other successful improv troupes in Vancouver are comprised of dozens of performers, these guys opt to keep it simple – the Sunday Service is five top-notch performers that have been nationally recognized so many times they’ve lost count (just kidding, it’s 21). They perform every Sunday at the Fox Cabaret in Mount Pleasant and never fail to bring down the house, making it a popular spot for comedians and regular folk alike to take in a night of guaranteed laughs.
Time: Sundays at 9 pm
Address: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street
DH Vancouver Staff
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