21 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 12 to 16

Sep 8 2016, 12:11 am

September is going past fast! Fall is almost fully upon us and before you know it, we’ll be up in the mountains enjoying everything a Vancouver winter has to offer.

Hopefully, that’s a huge dump of beautiful snow, but the wait is excruciating right? As usual, we’ve got your back and we’re here to keep you busy.

So, here are 21 things to do in Vancouver this week, from fantastic Fringe to fiery flamenco.

Monday, September 12

Vancouver Fringe

Trump: The Musical! (Vancouver Fringe Festival)

Trump: The Musical! (Vancouver Fringe Festival)

  • What: This year’s Fringe Festival continues, bringing 261 arts performances to Vancouver this week alone, including the rather brilliantly titled Trump: The Musical!
  • Where: Various locations all over Vancouver
  • When: Every day, until September 18; show times vary
  • Tickets: From Vancouver Fringe Festival

Mix Tapes Info Session

  • What: Fancy trying some roller derby, but not sure where to start? This info session will tell you everything you need to know about Terminal City Roller Girls’ new training program The Mix Tapes. All abilities welcome.
  • Where: The Astoria Pub – 769 E. Hastings St, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, September 12, from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Info: On Facebook, totally free to attend

Action Bronson

  • What: American rap artist Action Bronson is famous for his hilariously irreverent and often food-based lyrics, a burgeoning master of the microphone.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, September 12, doors at 8 pm, show at 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: From Ticketmaster, $40

Greasy Spoon Vol. 19

  • What: An evening affair that will defy your preconceptions of diner food! This time, The Greasy Spoon Diner pairs Jackie Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery and her chosen kitchen team, with a front of house team of people from all over Vancouver. They’ll fuse together fine dining and diner food to deliver a four-course meal to remember.
  • Where: Save On Meats – 43 W Hastings St, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, September 12, from 5:30 to 11:30 pm
  • Tickets: From Eventbrite, $95

Tuesday, September 13

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 favourites 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: On Eventbrite, $69

Easter Seals Drop Zone

  • What: Want to rappel down a 20-storey building? Now’s your chance to do it, while raising money for Easter Seals House, a low cost caring place for parents and kids.
  • Where: 999 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 13, from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Register: Sign up at thedropzone.ca

Puzzled Pint

  • What: Love solving puzzles? With friends? While eating and drinking? Then Puzzled Pint is for you. All you have to do is solve a puzzle to figure out where it’s being held… then when you get there, do more puzzles!
  • Where: It’s a mystery – to figure it out, solve the online puzzles
  • When: Tuesday, September 13, exact time revealed with location
  • More clues: puzzledpint.com

Bluebird North

  • What: An intimate, interactive musical showcase that brings together some of Canada’s most inspiring songwriters to share their songs and stories, including Shari Ulrich, Helen Austin, Stephen Fearing, and Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason).
  • Where: The Roundhouse – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, September 13, at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: From Brown Paper Tickets, $18

Wednesday, September 14

Evening Canning Workshop

  • What: This is a fantastic taster session offering you the opportunity to learn how to make your own jams and jellies. You’ll also be able to take home a jar of preserves.
  • Where: Greater Vancouver Food Bank – 1150 Raymur Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 14, from 6 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $15

Lebanese Family Dinner

Lebanese food (The Dallah Room/Eventbrite)

(The Dallah Room/Eventbrite)

  • What: The Dallah Menu is taking over ‘The Barn’ in Strathcona to serve up a Lebanese family-style dining experience. A portion of proceeds will go directly to help build a soccer school for youth in Cape Verde.
  • Where: The Barn in Strathcona – 651 Union Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 14, from 7 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $64.50

Ukulele Workshop Extraordinaire

  • What: Ruby’s Ukes presents a Ukulele Beginners Workshop Extraordinaire with Daphne Roubini at the helm. Learn the basic ukulele chords, simple songs and melodies to easily open the amazing world of ukulele playing!
  • Where: Ruby’s Ukes Ukulele School in The Seymour Building – 525 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 14, from 6 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $35; ukeleles available to borrow for free


  • What: This riveting, lurid thriller about two damaged people in an Oklahoma City motel room, by Pulitzer prize winning author Tracy Letts, oozes love, fear, paranoia, conspiracy theories, twisted psychological motives and a slow descent into insanity.
  • Where: The Annex – 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, September 14, at 8 pm; more performances through Sunday, September 18
  • Tickets: Available online, $19.99

Thursday, September 15

East Van Brewery Tour

  • 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: Tours either start at Big Rock Brewery – 310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, or Main Street Brewing – 261 E 7th Ave, Vancouver, depending on ticket option
  • When: Thursday, September 15, from 6 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $70

West End Food Festival

  • What: There are tons of events happening at this annual food festival aimed at bringing attention to food as a means of social inclusion and community building, and developing the public’s skills in areas like urban gardening and food prep.
  • Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House – 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver
  • When: From Thursday, September 15 to Tuesday, September 20; various times
  • Schedule: Check Eventbrite, totally free

Star Trek Double Bill

  • What: See Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home (1986) on this, the 50th anniversary of the moment Star Trek first hit TVs.
  • Where: H. R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 15, from 6:30 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $13 for one movie, $21 for both

Northeast False Creek Planning Party

  • What: Learn about the Northeast False Creek planning process and share your vision for the future of the area. There’ll also be live music, food trucks, and family friendly activities. If you can’t make the event, you can still share your thoughts online.
  • Where: Plaza of Nations, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 15, from 5:30 to 9 pm
  • Info: On vancouver.ca, entry free


  • What: Vancouver’s comedy scene gets lit up, shattering stereotypes and sparking laughs. This show features a cast of all female improvisers, resulting in stories told from a very female point of view.
  • Where: Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
  • When: Thursday, September 15 at 9:15 pm

Friday, September 16

Bike the Night

  • 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. So decorate your bike with all types of lighting, play music, and dress up!
  • Where: Kitsilano and Shaughnessy, and along the new Arbutus Greenway
  • When: Friday, September 16, from 6 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online at bikehub.ca, $25, includes a beer and the chance to win an electric bike

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

  • What: A unique chance to revel among musicians, magicians, artists, performers, tea masters, martial arts masters, and astronomers. Enjoy mountain-top moon-viewing, try moon cakes and explore garden mountain caves with local storytellers.
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 16, from 5:30 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10 entry, $5 extra for a Storytelling Cave Tour

Silk Road Melody

  • What: A musical epic performed by the Guangdong National Orchestra of China. Seventy musicians bring together Western and Chinese instruments to elevate traditional Cantonese music to new heights.
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 16, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Call 604 299 7222 or 604 681 1923, $20-$100


Mercedes "La Winy" Amaya is perfoming in Vancouver this week (Vancouver International Flamenco Festival).jpg

Mercedes “La Winy” Amaya is perfoming in Vancouver this week (Vancouver International Flamenco Festival).jpg

  • What: The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival presents renowned flamenco dancer Mercedes “La Winy” Amaya in an electrifying tribute to flamenco’s vibrant past, featuring the authentic Spanish Gypsy style of flamenco, from sumptuous sway to fierce flourish.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 16, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Brown Paper Tickets, $45-$60