What: TaiwanFest returns to Vancouver this September. Taking place over three consecutive days, this celebration of Taiwanese culture features live performances, folk music, workshops, a delicious street buffet (which should not be missed), Chinese medicine, and much more.
When: Saturday, September 3 through to Monday, September 5
What: The Aritzia Warehouse Sale is returning to Vancouver until Monday, September 5 at the Convention Centre. As usual, there will be a constant rotation of new stock coming in daily with major price cuts of 50% to 90% off the original retail cost.
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
When: Thursday, September 1 to Monday, September 5; 7 am to 9 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 9 am to 7 pm on Sunday and Monday.
What: Hosted by the Vancouver Tap Society, the four-day event will feature appearances and workshops taught by world-renowned dancers such as Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Ted Levy, and Jason Samuels Smith.
What: Corsets, vintage prosthetic limbs, pinball machines – these are just a few of the wacky collections curated by Vancouverites on display at the Museum of Vancouver. All of the collections have an interactive component.
Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
When: On display from June 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017
What: A Surrey farm has decided to celebrate Rugby Canada through a giant corn maze. An aerial shot shows the Rugby Canada logo in full – the silhouette of a rugby player against a Canadian maple leaf – along with a beaver holding a rugby.
Where: Bose and Sons Family Farms – 64th Avenue and 156th Street, Surrey
When: Open through September.
Cost: Adults are $7, kids are $5, families of four are $22.
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
What: 100 Braid St Studios is throwing open its doors to visitors as part of the monthly Open Art Studios, allowing guests to visit their studio in a former winery and check out their artists’ working studios, ask questions, and learn about techniques.
Where: 100 Braid St Studios – 200-100 Braid St, New Westminster
What: A farm fresh foodie festival! Enjoy more than 20 heirloom tomato varieties, a chef cooking demo, tomato tastings, live music, cob oven pizza, a tomato fermentation workshop, market vendors, a certified organic farm store, garden and farm tour.
Where: Earthwise Society Demonstration Garden and Farm – 6400 3 Ave, Delta
What: Join this free Qi Gong, gentle flowing movement class with Hing Tse, who will show you how to move your body for greater flexibility, balance and well-being. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes. All levels welcome.
Where: Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano – 1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
When: Every Saturday, from 9 to 10 am
Register: On Eventbrite, first class free, ongoing classes by donation
What: Visit one of the largest collections of contemporary art in Canada in one of Vancouver’s most treasured heritage sites, which also has a schoolroom and rooftop garden. Owner Bob Rennie has spent more than $10 million to restore the building.
Where: Wing Sang Building – 51 East Pender Street, Vancouver
What: Everyone is welcome at the Richmond Cuddle Party. All genders will be participating, and the gender ratio varies – women cuddle with men, women with women, men with men, and often in clusters of four or more.
Where: Exact address will be emailed with confirmation of your attendance
What: The virtual experience coined MIRAGE is an art installation that offers a two minute walk through experience for customers. It uses digital, audio, and state of the art projection technology with a mirrored ceiling to help visitors create lasting memories. This Sunday is your last chance to check it out on a weekend.
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – Grand Court, Lower Level
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.
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: DJ Saratonin will spin tunes at Flygirl Production’s Hershe Bar party. She’s opened for Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea, Sia, Tegan & Sara and more. Despite it being an event for gay women, everyone is welcome.
Where: Red Room Ultra Bar – 398 Richards Street, Vancouver
What: Open until September 5, Top Secret immerses people in a challenging pursuit to find the world’s most advanced computer chip. Created in Australia, the exhibit greets you with pictures of six suspects.
What: Vancouver comedian Graham Clark (of CBC’s The Debaters fame) hosts one of the longest-running shows in town at The Havana Theatre. How long-running? BeforeThe Hangover, Zach Galifianakis did weekly sets here. Aside from big names and legendary Vancouver acts like Charlie Demers, the best part of the show may very well be the oddball audience prizes that Clark himself finds at flea markets and garage sales around the city.
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: Situated on beautiful Granville Island, this is the most popular place for improv in Vancouver. Keep in mind that improv is, well, improvised – shows can be a little hit or miss, but they’re always good for some laughs. Choice shows include Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow, a Game of Thrones-inspired improv show; The Big Picture, a stew of “all your favourite movies in one hilarious mashup” and Firecracker!, an all-ladies performance of some of the best female improvisers in Canada.
What: For one night, fill that festival shaped hole in your heart with enough uninhibited musical euphoria to last you well past midterms. Staged on the rooftop garden of the AMS Nest, and set to the soundtrack of more than seven incredible local artists, You Be Sea is a festival dedicated to groovy music, free love, and philanthropy.
Where: The AMS Nest Rooftop Garden – 6133 University Boulevard, Vancouver
What: This Monday come to the Havana to watch some of the best and brightest comics in the city. Graham Clark hosts this wonderfully eclectic show where you get to laugh at jokes and you might win a great prize.
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
When: Monday, September 5; 9 to 10 pm
DH Vancouver Staff
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