20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: September 16 and 17

Sep 14 2017, 9:11 am

The last weekend of summer is upon us! Get out and enjoy with our list of fun events happening around the city, including Whitecaps FC Charity Alumni Match, Terry Fox Run, and more!

Here is our rundown of 20 things to do this weekend, Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17, 2017.

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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pirate Weekend at the Cannery

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site‎

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site‎ / Facebook

  • What: Pirates invade the Cannery  in celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Steveston’s own Shady Isle Pirates will set up a pirate encampment and lots of games and swashbuckling fun for the entire family to enjoy. Wear your best pirate gear, or try some of theirs, if you dare. Admission is free for Canada 150.
  • When: September 16 and 17
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver International Photography Festival 2017

  • What: An annual festival that celebrates photography and the relating arts. Featuring seminars, lectures, a camera swap meet, exhibitions and more.
  • When: September 16 and 23
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • More info: Online

Whitecaps FC Charity Alumni Match

  • What: Whitecaps alumni and Hollywood stars will take to the pitch at BC Place in support of BC Children’s Hospital. Tickets to the alumni match are available for just $5. In order to attend the alumni match, fans must also have a ticket for the Whitecaps’ MLS match against Columbus the same day. The alumni match begins at 1:45 pm, with Vancouver Whitecaps facing off with Columbus Crew at 4 pm.
  • When: September 16
  • Time: 1:45 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5 plus purchase of a ticket for September 16 Whitecaps FC match, buy online.

Bike the Night

  • What: HUB Cycling will open up Vancouver’s streets so that thousands of riders can experience Vancouver’s most iconic roadways after dark. Deck out your bike in lights and spread good cycling vibes with over 5000 other riders of all ages on this 10 km slow roll.
  • When: September 16
  • Time: Pre-party from 6 to 8 pm, ride from 8 to 10 pm
  • Where: Meet at Concord Pacfic Place – 88 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Price: Online, $10-$15. Youth and children under 16 are free.

Taboo Revue Season Opening

Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society

Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society / Facebook

  • What: Award-winning Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society presents a cast of over 20 performers in an evening of dreamy dances, glamourous group numbers, and hilarious comedic antics.
  • When: September 16
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • TicketsOnline, $15-$25


  • What: Best known for such hits as “It Wasn’t Me,” “Mr. Boombastic,” and “Angel,” Shaggy, whose real name is Orville Richard Burrell, is coming to the Commodore Ballroom.
  • When: September 16
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $37.75, available online or by phone: 1-855-985-5000

Comedians in Cosplay Doing Comedy: First of Her Name

  • What: Vancouver’s only cosplay standup comedy show, featuring Alex Sparling, Alain Williams, Hayley Beamish, Megan Milton, Robert Peng and Tanner McCoolman. Plus live music with Leah Howie and her bassoon, and erotic fan-fiction with Jesse Inocalla.
  • When: September 16
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$12

Market Mexico

  • What: A one-day, free Mexican “cultural experience” is coming to the heart of downtown Vancouver next month. On Saturday, September 16, the day-long outdoor pop-up event known as Market Mexico will take over Robson Square and everyone is welcome to come check it out. In addition to the market, the event will also feature music, film programming, and a Mexican market virtual reality experience that was produced by the Mexico Tourism Board.
  • When: September 16
  • Time:  11:30 am to midnight
  • Where: Robson Square
  • Price: Free

Cloverdale Market Days

  • What: Located in Historic Downtown Cloverdale, Cloverdale Market Days is a large exciting market with vendors coming from all over Cloverdale and the surrounding communities. New to The Market Days events in 2017 will be displays from the Arts Council Of Surrey, more family activities, and closing of the roads on 176th street from 56A to 58 Ave to accommodate more vendors, activities, and food trucks.
  • When: September 16
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 176th Street, 56A to 58 Avenue, Surrey
  • Price: Free

Whistler Village Beer Festival Main Event

  • What: Located at the base of world-class mountains, the Whistler Village Beer Festival is the perfect place to test your craft beer expertise and to open your tastebuds to different kinds of hoppy brews like ales, lagers, and stouts. The festival will be featuring more than 120 beers from 60 breweries, so there’s certainly plenty of tasting to be done. You’ll get to enjoy live music, cask nights, food, and of course drinks throughout the festival, and during the Main Event at Olympic Plaza on Saturday and Sunday.
  • When: September 16 and 17
  • Time: Noon to 5 pm
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – Whistler Village
  • Price: $59 Flex Pass (Saturday and Sunday Main Events + 10 beer tokens) | $35 Sunday Gates Only Pass – Tickets available online

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Vancouver Canucks versus Vegas Golden Knights

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Image: Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

  • What: Pre-season NHL action is back in Vancouver as the Canucks take on the Vegas Golden Knights on September 17.
  • When:  September 17
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Southlands Country Fair

  • What: ​The Fair features pony rides, petting farm, equestrian entertainment by Southlands Riding Club members, a Silent Auction, a beer garden, local arts and crafts market, heritage displays, farmers market, and more. This year’s proceeds will go towards the Southlands Riding Club Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Program, which rescues abandoned and abused horses and rehabilitates them so they can be re-homed as riding horses. The remainder of the funds are used to support the Southlands Riding Club, a non-profit society established in 1943 as a recreational and training facility for junior and amateur equestrian athletes.
  • When: ​September 17
  • Time: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Where: 7025 Macdonald Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Entry is by donation and parking is free. Some activities cost $1.00-$5.00

Corbin & Shlohmo

  • What: Shlohmo is the creation of 22-year-old Henry Laufer, LA-native and visual artist turned selftaught musician. As a founding member of the WEDIDIT collective (RL Grime, Groundislava, D33j, Purple, 2kwtvr, Juj, Nick Melons), Henry’s early work placed him at the forefront of a new wave of rising talent amongst west coast producers. With an effortless grasp on sound design, Laufer combines deceptively simple and emotive melodies, subtle bass drops and swinging slow motion drums. 
  • When: September 17
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 867 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $28.50

Lynn Headwaters and the Mining Frontier

  • What: A 10 km return hike with mines researcher Lloyd Knutsen in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Along the way, Lloyd will share his knowledge of the prospectors and history of mining in the area, look at historical artefacts and minerals, and tell stories using old maps and photographs. Presented by the BC Mills House volunteer hosts.
  • When: September 17
  • Time:  9:30 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Empire Fields
  • Register: Online until August 13, $30-$45

Terry Fox Run


Historica Canada/Facebook

  • What: The Terry Fox Run is an annual Canada-wide event that help to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The Terry Fox run happens in multiple locations on the same day. There are no entry fees, and while donations are encouraged, there are no minimum donations required. The simple act of support and continued awareness keeps the spirit and goal of the run alive.
  • Where: Across Metro Vancouver and Canada
  • When: September 17

Canuck Place Adventure Race 2017

  • What: Taking place at Jericho Beach Park on Sunday, September 17, the all-ages event offers a fun athletic challenge for all fitness levels in aid of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. You can join in on the fun by doing a a 15 km scenic trail bike, 6 km run, as well as an exciting obstacle course, all for a great cause. Kids can also enjoy their very own custom race featuring a 3 km bike ride, a 2 km run, and an obstacle course before reaching the finish line.
  • When: September 17
  • Time: 8 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Jericho Beach Park
  • Price: $100 for adults | $40 for kids – Register via Canuck Place

The Sound of Music – Broadway Across Canada

  • What: The hills are alive in this new production of the timeless musical classic, featuring the most perfect family ever yodelling away in the Austrian countryside. The Sound of Music film adaptation is now over 50 years old, and this touring production will be a great way to revisit those “favourite things” of your childhood. Love it or hate it, we still have “Doe, a deer, a female deer” stuck in our heads…
  • When: Now to September 17
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Broadway Across Canada; $40-$145

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market takes place in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street, every Sunday through October. This market offers West Vancouver a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food and goods from crafters and food artisans.
  • When: Every Sunday to October 29
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Ambleside Park, 1000 Argyle Avenue (the end of 13th Street), West Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Magic The Gathering: Open House

  • What: This event is for people who have never played Magic before, need a Magic refresher, or want to introduce a friend to the game! Show up, get a welcome deck, and play Magic against other newer players.
  • When: September 17
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: Starlit Citadel – 187 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Summer Series at Grandview Park – Free Yoga with Ocean and Crow

  • What: Join Ocean and Crow Yoga and the Commercial Drive Business Society for a day of complementary yoga in the park. Three sessions from 1 to 4pm will be offered! Come anytime, bring friends and family, and enjoy gentle, relaxing, all-levels yoga classes. Beginners are welcome. Kids are also welcome with a caregiver; the classes will not be specific to kids or babies.
  • When: September 17
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Grandview Park, Commercial Drive
  • Price: Free
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