What: Since 1995 The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society has produced The Word On The Street Vancouver, the primary literary festival for Western Canadian book lovers and literacy enthusiasts. In 2013 the festival rebranded as Word Vancouver.
Where: Various locations. Click here for a full schedule.
When: Wednesday, September 23 to Sunday, September 27; various times.
What: The Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) is Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show featuring 250 exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, consumers and media.
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
When: Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27; various times. Click here for more information.
What: Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (144,000 and 349 respectively in 2014) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. They screen films from more than 70 countries on nine screens, including the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.
Where: Various locations. Click here for more information.
What: Etsy Vancouver is one-day marketplace, bringing together local Etsy sellers and communities in celebration of the country’s maker movement. Crafters, artisans, and collectors will be selling their handmade and vintage goods to the lovely community. Come show your support to your fellow talented Vancouverites!
Where: UBC Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
What: The Vancouver Alpen Club serves traditional German favourites from spätzle to schnitzel and now they’re breaking back their annual Oktoberfest. Anyone is welcome who loves German food and beer (and is over 19, of course).
Where: Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
When: September 26 and October 3, 16 and 17; doors open at 7:30 p.m.
What: There’s been a murder in Brewery Creek and it’s up to you to solve it! This 1920s murder mystery extravaganza features a cast of characters drawn from the city’s past. The suspects are at large in historic Mount Pleasant. You and your squad of fellow detectives must set out to unravel a web of intrigue, deceit and murder—sampling delicious locally-brewed craft beer along the way!
What: Each weekend over 20,000 visitors hit up this massive summertime night market in Richmond and experience the diverse array of booths, food and drink vendors, kids’ play area, and live entertainment.
Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
When: Friday, May 8 to September 27; Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 11 p.m. and Sundays 6 to 10 p.m.
What: Drawing crowds from all over Metro Vancouver, the Richmond Night Market is located within easy access of the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station. Roam the aisles to find games, food, and all sorts of wares for sale. Late nighters take note, this is the only local night market open until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays).
Where: 8351 River Rd. (nearby Bridgeport Station)
When: May 15 to October 12, 2015; Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 p.m.
What: The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block, but it has quickly become a focal point of the community, bringing familiar vendors and neighbourhood faces together Sundays.
Where: 2300 Guelph Street, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
When: Sundays, June 14 to October 11; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m