50 things to do in Vancouver in September

Aug 29 2016, 9:07 pm

Summer is leaving us, but with the start of fall comes some great (crisp, even) events happening around town.

Here are 50 things to do in Vancouver this September.

Food and Drink

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Sunday Seafood Boils at Boulevard Kitchen

  • 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: 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
  • Where: Multiple locations (please check website)
  • Price: Admission is free

Greek Food Festival

  • 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
  • Price: Free admission

Unbuckled: Vancouver’s Ultimate Backyard BBQ 2016

  • What: In keeping with last year’s down-home agenda, Unbuckled will combine plenty of tasty BBQ, a licensed Saloon, fun games and competitions, and a concert with country/bluegrass bands.
  • Where: Brockton Baseball Diamond – Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, September 10, from 1 pm until dark, around 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: From unbuckled.ca, Early Bird tickets priced $25, Regular tickets priced $30-$45

Annual Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields

  • 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

Chef Meets Truck

  • What: Eight of the city’s top restaurant chefs will be arriving in Yaletown by food truck to dish out a variety of different menu items. From 6 to 9 pm on September 13, ticket holders will be able to hop from truck to truck as they taste fresh local favorites and enjoy the best craft beer and wine in the province.
  • When: Tuesday, September 13 from 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Yaletown (at the intersection of Hamilton and Nelson)
  • Price: Tickets are priced at $69 per person; available online here

East Van Brewery Tour benefitting Cystic Fibrosis Canada

  • What: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process and sample some delicious flights of local beer. Tickets include a private tour of Main Street Brewing and tastings in all three breweries: Steel Toad Brewpub, Main Street Brewing, and Big Rock Brewery. All proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
  • Where: 310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 15; 6 to 9 pm
  • Cost: $70. Click here to purchase tickets.

Cheese and Meat Festival – Vancouver

  • What: Calling all lovers of cheese and meat: Mark your calendars for September 17, 2016. The first ever Cheese and Meat Festival is headed to Vancouver. The event is designed to showcase ethically produced meats and cheese from around the world, according to organizers.
  • When: Saturday September 17, 2016, Afternoon Tasting: 3 to 5 pm, Evening Tasting: 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Terminal City Club – 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $55 per person; tickets available online

Slow Fish Dinner 2016

  • What: Eight chefs in eight kitchens cooking eight sustainable local fish and seafood options, served with eight salmon-safe local wines. Expect geoduck, humpback shrimp, mussels, ling cod, and other local seafood and fish options.
  • Where: Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – 1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, September 18; 6 to 9 pm
  • Cost: $89 to $99. Click here to purchase tickets.

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

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T.J. Miller Vancouver 2016 show

  • What: Comedian T.J. Miller, known for his roles in Deadpool and HBO’s Silicon Valley, has just announced a new standup tour this fall. Vancouver will be one of the few lucky Canadian destinations in Miller’s 20-stop The Meticulously Ridiculous Tour.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre
  • When: Wednesday, September 7
  • Time: 7:30 pm

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.

Jokes Please!

  • What: Check out this tiny, cramped Mount Pleasant black box theatre for some of the best stand-up in the city. Hosts Andy Kallstrom, Ross Dauk and Ivan Decker are some of the best crowd warmers out there, and local heavy hitters (think: Dino Archie, Sophie Buddle, Graham Clark) often dot the lineup as they perfect their sets. For five bucks, it’s almost stupid not to give it a shot.
  • Price: $5
  • Time: Thursdays at 9 pm
  • Address: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 E 26th Avenue

Kings Head Comedy

  • What: Another $5 comedy night regularly featuring Vancouver’s best, as well as the occasional big name who happens to be touring through Vancouver. Hosts Colin Sharp and James Kennedy have clearly been doing this a while, in a good way – the unanimous five star rating on Facebook speaks for itself. Plus, $3.50 beers don’t hurt either.
  • Price: $5
  • Time: Tuesdays at 9 pm
  • Address: 1618 Yew Street

The Laugh Gallery

  • 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.
  • Price: $5
  • Time: Mondays at 9 pm
  • Address: 1212 Commercial Drive

Vancouver TheatreSports League

  • 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.
  • Price: $8 to $22
  • Time: Varies
  • Address: 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island

Yuk Yuk’s

  • What: A Canadian comedy club chain with locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and more, Yuk Yuk’s is the most “establishment-y” comedy club in Vancouver – which is not necessarily a bad thing. Here you’ll see (mostly) polished routines from the top-tier Canadian talent like Byron Bertram, Tommy Campbell and Kathleen McGee, and if you don’t know who they are, don’t worry, they’re don’t know you either.
  • Price: $7 to $19
  • Time: Varies
  • Address: 2837 Cambie Street

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

The Comedy mix

  • What: A cozy lounge featuring actual waiters serving food from a menu, the Mix is another comedy lounge that feels “legit.” The venue hosts local and touring comedians, so check their lineup for your favourites if you’re planning a night out. Go early in the week for the best deal – tickets start at $8 on Tuesday and increase as the week goes on.
  • Price: $8 to $20
  • Times: Tuesday to Thursday at 8:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm
  • Address: 1015 Burrard Street

UBC Improv

  • What: UBC improv is – you guessed it – the University of British Columbia’s improv team. Billing themselves as “a power-packed comedy juggernaut that assaults all that is dreary” might be a tad optimistic, but the high-energy group never fails to get auditoriums full of students going. Catch them at the Scarfe 100 lecture hall every two weeks for a $5 performance, or pretend you’re a student and slip into a free residence show. Bonus: it’s pretty easy to sneak in your own drinks.
  • Price: Free to $5
  • Time: Varies
  • Address: Varies – usually at UBC

Concerts and Shows

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Watch The Book of Mormon

  • What: This hilarious Broadway musical from the creators of South Park returns to Vancouver for another run this summer.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: August 24 to September 4
  • Tickets: On sale on June 20. Visit ticketmaster.ca for more information.

Vancouver Luxury & Supercar Weekend 2016

  • 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.

Action Bronson Vancouver 2016 Concert

  • What: American rap artist Action Bronson comes to Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on Monday, September 12. Since entering rap’s ring four years ago, the former chef who hails from Flushing, Queens (NY), has released a number of mixtapes.
  • When: Monday, September 12
  • Time: Doors 8 pm / Show 9:30 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $40 via Live Nation

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

  • What: The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival presents: Mercedes Amaya “La Winy.” Festival audiences will for the first time encounter the authentic Spanish Gypsy style of flamenco.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, September 17; 8 pm

Fall Vancouver Wedding and Honeymoon Show

  • What: On September 18, the Vancouver Convention Center East (under the five sails) will be transformed into everything bridal as top wedding and honeymoon professionals showcase the very best in Vancouver’s Wedding Industry.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place Exhibit Hall A, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, September 18; 11 am to 4 pm
  • Tickets: $15. Click here to purchase.

Saint Motel Vancouver 2016 Concert

  • What: American indie stars Saint Motel return to Vancouver playing the Commodore Ballroom on Tuesday, September 20. Saint Motel formed in 2009, and since then has been making waves internationally.
  • When: Tuesday, September 20
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $27 via Live Nation

The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses

  • What: Fans of Zelda, listen up: the music from the famed video game series, played by a full orchestra, is coming to Vancouver in September. The Zelda Symphony will play all your favourite tracks from the series that was first released 30 years ago.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 23; 8 pm


Group of girls shopping

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Aritzia Warehouse Sale 2016

  • What: The Aritzia Warehouse Sale is returning to Vancouver on Thursday, September 1 to 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.

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.


Image: Vancouver Art Gallery / Shutterstock

Image: Vancouver Art Gallery / Shutterstock

Vancouver Façade Fest 2016

  • What: Façade Festival is back for another year to transform the Robson Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery into a piece of projection mapping art with the help of five local artists.
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver (Robson side)
  • When: Tuesday, August 30 to Monday, September 5; façades light up at sundown.

MIRAGE art installation at Metropolis at Metrotown

  • 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.
  • Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – Grand Court, Lower Level
  • When: Running until September 5
  • Price: Free


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Whitecaps FC/Facebook

Watch a Whitecaps game

Vancouver’s soccer team needs your support. Get out and show it this season. For a full game schedule, click here.

Check out a BC Lions game

Our home CFL team is ready to kick butt for another season as they gear up for 2016. Click here for a full game schedule.

Take yourself out to a ball game

The minor league team and Northwest League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays are back in action at The Nat, and you can get in for as low as $14. Click here for the full season schedule.

Odds and Ends

2016 Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival

  • 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.
  • When: September 1-4, 2016
  • Where: Various locations around Vancouver
  • Tickets and registration: www.vantapdance.com 

Ghostly Granville and Downtown Tour

  • What: A 90 minute walking tour through Vancouver’s entertainment district. Hear the sordid history of Vancouver’s nightlife and as well as the many ghost stories along the way
  • Where: Outside Christ Church Cathedral – 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 2; 7:30 to 9 pm

Richmond Cuddle Party

  • 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
  • When: Sunday, September 4; 2 to 5 pm

Science World’s Top Secret exhibit

  • 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.
  • When: Open until September 5
  • Where: Science World
  • Price: Prices vary, buy tickets online

Oasis Beach Club 2016

  • What: A poolside party, comparable to the legendary fiestas found in Miami and St. Tropez, will hit Vancouver this summer. The inaugural Oasis Beach Club will take over the Second Beach Pool on September 9 for a music-fuelled cabana fiesta.
  • Where: Second Beach Pool – Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 9, from 7 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: Start at $75. Click here to purchase.

KINK Singles Mix and Mingle

  • What: If you are LGBTQS and you are wanting to get yourself out there and meet new people you can go to events with, hang out with or date, come on out. The venue is located in downtown Vancouver and will be posted closer to the date. Dress code is dress to impress, but not fetish as this will be a public venue and event. Keep an eye open and make conversation with everyone.
  • Where: Downtown Vancouver – exact location TBD
  • When: Friday, September 9; 7 to 10 pm


  • 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
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $75-$20,000

Big Yoga For Big Sisters

  • What: Ever fancied doing relay yoga? You’re in luck. Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is launching its first ever Big Yoga for Big Sisters event in Vancouver in September. The event, which takes place on Saturday, September 10 at Jonathan Rogers Park, will be a team-based 10-hour relay, consisting of 10 one-hour yoga sessions.
  • 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

Zombiewalk Vancouver 2016

  • What: The ghoulish stroll around downtown is the city’s largest annual flashmob. Organizers say the Zombiewalk grows larger every year, and costumes continue to get gorier and grosser.
  • When: Saturday, September 10
  • Time: Meet at 3 pm / Walk at 4 pm
  • Where: Meet at Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Route: West along Robson from Howe/Hornby and south along Denman up to English Bay

Blast from the Radical Past – East Van edition

  • 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
  • When: Saturday, September 10; 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Bike the Night Vancouver 2016

  • What: Bike the Night hopes to emulate the celebratory and inclusive atmosphere of Montreal’s Tour La Nuit – an annual ride as part of the city’s Go Velo Festival. Similar in nature to Vancouver’s Bike Rave, cyclists decorate their bicycles with all types of lighting, play music, and even dress in costume.
  • When: Friday, September 16
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Route: 10 km

Canadian Cannabis Diversity Summit

  • What: This town hall style event aims to educate members of the local communities, the general public and the press about legislation, regulation, law enforcement, economic opportunities in the cannabis industry, advocacy and more from leaders in the industry.
  • Where: Cannabis Culture Lounge – 307 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 16; 5 to 9 pm

UPS and United Way Plane Pull 2016

  • What: UPS and United Way are holding their third annual Jet Pull in September to help move families out of poverty. It’s a 100% family-friendly event, including a plane pull for kids, carnival games, a bouncy castle, tours of the UPS plane, face painting, and food trucks.
  • When: Saturday, September 17; 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Vancouver International Airport – 3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond
  • Registration: Click here to register with your team.

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

Salmon Filleting Workshop

  • What: Come and join Living Oceans Society and Chef Trevor Bird from the well-loved Fable restaurant. In simple and easy steps, he will get your filleting skills up to speed, give you great cooking tips on what to do with the whole fish and make it a fun and interesting workshop!
  • Where: Miele Experience Centre – 69 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 27; 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Cost: $60. Click here to buy tickets.

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.