10 things to do in Burnaby this September

Aug 25 2018, 6:28 pm

Burnaby is packed with fun events in September, including Nikkei Matsuri Festival, Lauryn Hill and more. Here are 10 things to do around the city this month.

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

Nikkei Matsuri Festival 2018

  • What: Nikkei Matsuri is Burnaby’s family-friendly Japanese cultural festival. Enjoy special guests, games, food, performances, a beer garden, marketplace and more.
  • When: Saturday, September 1 to Sunday, September 2, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 7 pm
  • Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby
  • Admission: Nikkei Matsuri activities that take place in the Garden are free to all attendees. A $3 admission fee will be collected at the entrance of the building for attendees wishing to partake in the Game Zone, Matsuri Marketplace, special workshops and main stage performances (all indoor activities).

Labour Day at Burnaby Village Museum

  • What: Old-fashioned fun at Burnaby Village Museum, complete with games of chance, entertainment, demonstrations, a children’s craft, and market vendors.
  • When: Monday, September 3, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free, plus free Carousel Rides

World of Dreams Vancouver


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  • What: The Takarazuka Revue is a Japanese all-female theatre company, born over a century ago and still flourishing today, entertaining millions of fans each year. The actresses perform everything from lavish Western-style musicals to traditional Japanese shows to comic book and novel adaptations, along with many of their own original works.
  • When: Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Michael J Fox Theatre – 7373 MacPherson Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $27-$59

Ms. Lauryn Hill

  • What: Two decades ago, Ms. Lauryn Hill released her hit solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Now, she’s celebrating the 20-year anniversary of that album with a North American tour that includes a stop in Burnaby at the city’s Festival Lawn in Deer Lake Park. Hill is best known for being a member of iconic hip-hop group the Fugees, as well as for her critically-acclaimed solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which produced hits such as “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Everything is Everything,” and won five Grammy Awards.
  • When: Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Time: Gates 5 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Drive, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online

Exhibition Opening – Watermarks

  • What: Watermarks is a visually immersive experience of various perspectives of aquatic scenes of Coastal British Columbia. Featuring the works of Amelia Alcock-White, Michael Abelman, and Graham Coulthard; hosted and organized by the Burnaby Arts Council.
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2018 
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Live At the ‘Bolt: Elektra Women’s Choir

Elektra Women's Choir

Image: Elektra Women’s Choir

  • What: Under the artistic direction of Morna Edmundson, Elektra makes its home in Vancouver where its 45 auditioned members come from all reaches of the Lower Mainland. Works by Canadian composers Kathleen Allen, Alexina Louie, Don MacDonald and Stephen Smith will round out an evocative and lovely program, crafted to bring delight to listeners of all ages.
  • When: Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $18

Active Aging Week

  • What: Active Aging Week, the annual health promotion event for adults over 50 years, is organized by the International Council on Active Aging. Learn more about the various events around Burnaby here.
  • When: Sunday, September 23 to Friday, September 28, 2018.
  • When: Various times
  • Where: Various locations in Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

World Rivers Day

  • What: A free family-friendly celebration of rivers and waterways. Activities include demonstrations, displays, tours, activities, crafts, music. and a headline musical performance by Ginalina. Plus the Burnaby Village, Carousel (rides $2.65 each) and Ice Cream Parlour will be open.
  • When: Sunday, September 23, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Burnaby Community Dialogues

  • What: The Burnaby Taskforce on Homelessness and other community members welcomes you to an open and inclusive time for dialogue and learning on the overdose and opioid crisis in the municipality of Burnaby. Registration is free but sign-up soon since seating is limited. There will be be free food and drink served in the first half-hour. Child-minding will be provided. Naxolone training is also offered.
  • When: Wednesday, September 26, Tuesday, October 16, Saturday, October 27, and Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Martha Wainwright

  • What: Martha began building a buzz with her well-noted EPs, prior to her 2005 critically and commercially successful debut LP, Martha Wainwright. Martha continues to tour her music around the world to sold-out audiences and has spent time on the silver screen playing characters in Martin Scorse’s Aviator and the HBO special Olive Kitteridge alongside Frances McDormand.
  • When: Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $40
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