FEATURED EVENTS IN VANCOUVER
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The weekend is upon us, and there’s no shortage of fun things to do around town.
Here are 19 things happening in Vancouver this weekend, September 17 and 18.
Saturday, September 17
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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 September 15 to September 20; various times
- Schedule: Check Eventbrite, totally free
- What: The theme of the 14th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is Songs for the Salmon. This year, the festival includes a Harvest Fair, a Twilight Lantern Walk, lantern art, live music and a fireworks finale.
- Where: Starts at Slocan Park (at 29th and Slocan) before heading to Renfrew Park (at 22nd and Renfrew), Vancouver
- When: September 17, from 4 to 9:15 pm
- What: Recycle your electronics, small appliances, and power tools for free at this City of Vancouver/ElectroRecycle/Encorp event. Household battery drop-off will also be available.
- Where: Kitsilano Community Centre Parking Lot – 2690 Larch St, Vancouver
- When: September 17, 10 am to 1 pm
- What: Turn Vancouver into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.
- Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
- When: Saturday, September 17; 10 am to 8 pm
- What: The City of Vancouver is building a temporary pathway along the Arbutus corridor and they want your input on what type of material to use that will improve safety and accessibility.
- Where: False Creek Community Centre – 1318 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
- When: Saturday, September 17; 1 to 3 pm
- What: Brent Constantine hosts a comedy show featuring some of the city’s best local comedians stories about Vancouver, adjusting to life here, and leaving home. Guests include Abdul Aziz, Levi McCachen, Mark Nesbitt and more.
- Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
- When: Saturday, September 17; 7:30 to 10 pm
- What: Professional and Amateur Daters and Storytellers, Comedians, and everyday people share their most outrageous Tinder Tales and other online dating stories live on stage.
- Where: The Emerald – 555 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
- When: Saturday, September 17; 7 to 10 pm
Sunday, September 18
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What: Although most of the shows featured in this year’s Fringe are ticketed, if you head to the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Free Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, you’ll find plenty of musical acts performing for free.
- Where: Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar – Ocean Art Works, 1531 Johnston St, Vancouver
- When: Various dates and times, from September 8 to September 18
- Tickets: From Vancouver Fringe Festival
- What: The Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge is one of Lynn Valley’s best kept secrets. The 50-metre high bridge stretches across a beautiful canyon boasting raging waters, waterfalls and deep pools below. And the best part is – it’s free of charge for all to see.
- Where: 3993 Peters Road, North Vancouver
- When: Open daily in September, from 10 am to 5 pm
- What: Join host and sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook for another round of rowdy and irreverent wine seminars at Vancouver’s wine school for the people. Each class features an interactive, brown bag, blind tasting paired with seriously good times.
- Where: The Settlement Building – 55 Dunlevy Street, Vancouver
- When: Sunday, September 18; 3 to 5 pm
- What: The Ismaili Walk for Mental Health is a community event tackling the stigma to mental illness. Join them on September 18 for a family oriented, non-competitive 5 km walk around the scenic Stanley Park at Lumberman’s Arch.
- Where: Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park, Vancouver
- When: Sunday, September 18; 11 am to 3 pm
- What: Join the Stanley Park Ecology Society during National Forest Week to learn how Stanley Park provides habitat for many different animals. From nest cavities in a trunk to burrows underground, thousands of animals call this unique park their home.
- Where: Lost Lagoon Nature House, Stanley Park, Vancouver
- When: Sunday, September 18; 1:30 to 3:30 pm
- What: One of the biggest attractions in Vancouver, Granville Island is a great place to go for free. Enjoy the hustle, bustle and bounty of the Public Market and marvel at the island’s unique arts and crafts, while enjoying the spectacle of street buskers.
- When: Granville Island Public Market is open seven days a week, from 9 am to 7 pm, most other retail stores are open seven days a week, from 10 am to 7 pm
Editor’s Note: Although this list originally included Hawkers Wharf, it is in fact closed and still under construction.