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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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DH Vancouver Staff Sep 23, 2016 8:33 am

We might be in for a wet weekend, but that doesn’t mean you need hide inside.

Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25.

Saturday, September 24

The Bacon Convention

  • What: Vancouver’s bacon lovers will get their very own festival and the opportunity to eat all the bacon they want when The Bacon Convention makes its debut this fall. On September 24 and 25 the PNE Forum will be transformed into a “pancetta paradise” by over 100 booths occupied by local breweries, distilleries, restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, and bacon-y retailers.
  • When: Saturday, September 24 from 2 to 10 pm, and Sunday, September 25 from 11 am to 7 pm
  • Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $25.15; available online

Colin Mochrie in Vancouver

  • What: Be prepared to laugh until it hurts, Colin Mochrie is coming to Vancouver for two nights of hilarity. The star of Whose Line Is It Anyway is coming back to Vancouver in September to perform at The Improv Centre and The Vogue Theatre.
  • When: Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver and The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Start at $29. Click here to purchase for The Improv Centre and here for The Vogue Theatre.

Etsy Vancouver Market: Made in Canada

  • What: Get ready to shop till you drop! The Etsy Vancouver Market is returning for a third year this September, bigger, better and longer. This year the Market will take place at The Pipe Shop Building in North Vancouver, running over two days, on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25.
  • Where: The Pipe Shop Building – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Available Eventbrite, $3 in advance, $5 on the door. Tickets are valid for both days. Children under 12 go free.

Cosmic Sea

  • What: When your mind has gone deep space fishing, what creatures will it encounter? Cosmic Sea showcases new works from Jenn Brisson, Kristian Adam and Phresha, featuring invisible sea creatures, jellypurrrs and octophants, to name a few.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: From September 8 to September 30, open Wednesday to Saturday, from noon to 5 pm; opening reception on Friday, September 9, from 7 to 11 pm
  • Register: No need to register, just turn up.

Qi Gong in Kits

  • 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

Winter Gardening Workshop

  • What: Learn how to get your garden ready for cold weather, including staggering plant cycles, protecting your soil and various structures you can use to maximize your harvest. Take home seeds from the Seed Sharing Library or bring your own to donate.
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, September 24, from 11 am to 1 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Mardi Gras for Elephants and Rhinos

  • What: This free event aims to raise awareness of the poaching of elephants and rhinos around the world. Come down to enjoy live music and speakers, get your face painted like a rhino or just compete in the best dressed elephant competition!
  • Where: Creek Side Park – 1455 Quebec Street (beside Science World), Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, September 24, from noon to 1:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Word Vancouver

  • What: This free festival is Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading, and promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.
  • Where: Various locations around Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 21 to Sunday, September 25
  • Schedule: wordvancouver.ca

Literary Magazine Pop-Up

  • What: The live nightly readings 0f homegrown literary magazines will all revolve around a central theme, like nerd-lit or comedy/standup, as well as an attractive free-to-practically-free cover charge. Over the week, the events will feature over 25 writers, artists, and comedians, with plenty of special guests.
  • When: September 20-24
  • Where: Little Mountain Shop (Main & 28th)

If We Wanted To

  • What: A 17-year-old Vancouver artist is wearing her heart on her art with a new installation featuring a love grave of white roses and cold, hard cement. Dorothy Zhang‘s latest work will be exhibited at a solo show entitled If We Wanted To, on September 24 and September 25 at The Waterfall Building.
  • Where: The Waterfall Building – 1540 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Opening reception on Saturday, September 24, from 3 to 10 pm, exhibition continues on Sunday, September 25, from 1 to 10 pm
  • Entry: Totally free. Opening reception includes refreshments.

Whitecaps Vs. Colorado Rapids

Watch the Whitecaps take on the Colorado Rapids this Saturday at BC Place.

Teenage Dirtbag with Jacob Samuel

  • What: Hosted by stand-up comic and New Yorker cartoonist Jacob Samuel, comedians John Cullen, Abdul Aziz, Pam Choi, Alex Sparling, and Levi McCachen explore the follies of youth.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, September 24; 7:30 to 10 pm

Sunday, September 25

See the Royals

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – aka William and Kate – are coming to Vancouver this Sunday, and if you want in on the action, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of the best places to watch the royals – click here to check it out.

Sunday Seafood Boils at Boulevard Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Boulevard

Photo courtesy of Boulevard

  • 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

The Sunday Service

  • 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.
  • Price: $7
  • Time: Sundays at 9 pm
  • Address: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street

Money & Mindfulness Workshop for Millennials

  • What: A workshop for those between the ages of 25 and 40 who want to learn more about business, finance, and money.
  • Where: FS Cafe – 1401 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, September 25; 10 am to 4 pm

Marinoni Screening

  • What: Marinoni Film Screening (Japanese subtitled version). This is an advance screening before the world premiere in Japan this fall. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the filmmaker and subtitle feedback discussion with a Japanese translator.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, September 25; 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Ninjitsu Sunday

  • What: Ninjitsu, as directed under Sensei A.J. Dowla, a 30+ year practitioner of Budo, takes a kaleidoscopic approach to bettering oneself through the study of this martial art. Through the practice of Ninjitsu you’ll learn to move your body and mind in a more poetic way, through breath and traditional exercises. Free Community Drop-in Class. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. All levels welcome.
  • Where: Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano – 1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, September 25; 10:30 am to noon

View some strange collections at the Museum of Vancouver

  • 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

Bose Farms Corn Maze 2016

  • 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.

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