20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: September 30 and October 1

Sep 29 2017, 12:15 am

October is just around the corner, so let’s say hello to a new month with an exciting event around Vancouver!

Get your weekend going with our list of 20 things to do this weekend, Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1, 2017.

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

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sea Otter Awareness Week

Vancouver Aquarium

Sea otters/Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: Head down to the Vancouver Aquarium to celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week. There will be fun and engaging “otter-themed” programs, daily feeds with the animal trainers, a sea otter puppet show and an educational “Life in a Kelp Forest” talk at the Strait of Georgia exhibit.
  • When: Now to September 30
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • TicketsOnline

LUSH Gorilla Gallery Volume IV Tour Vancouver

  • What: LUSH is bringing its brand new Volume IV Gorilla perfume exhibit to Vancouver this week. Visit the Gorilla Gallery at 536 Seymour Street to experience each new fragrance in its very own interactive installation. You’ll be able to go along to the event to immerse yourself in the scents and the stories that inspired them. All of the Volume IV perfumes have been influenced by exceptional stories which you’ll see at the gallery – accompanied by featured films and photography.
  • When: Now to September 30
  • Time: 11 am to 8 pm
  • Where: 536 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

BC Hop Fest 2017

  • What: BC Hop Fest 2017 will take place on Saturday, September 30 in Abbotsford, offering a huge range of craft beers made with wet, fresh, green hops. This year, the festival is hosting more than 35 breweries and five food vendors.
  • When: Saturday, September 30
  • Time: 1 pm to 6 pm
  • Where: BC Hop Company – 1905 Cole Road, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: On Showpass. Admission $33.25, including free parking, three drink tokens, and tasting glass. Admission plus shuttle from Vancouver is $70. Drinks tokens on site are $5 per three tokens. Event is cash only.

Comic Books Live!

  • What: Comedians bring new stories of public domain comic book characters to life! Created and hosted by Ian Boothby (The Critical Hit Show, writer of The Simpsons and Futurama comics).
  • When: September 30
  • Time: 10:30 pm
  • Where: Havana Restaurant, 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Scream like Goku in front of the Olympic Cauldron

  • What: Fans of the hit anime series Dragon Ball Z fans plan to gather at the Olympic Cauldron in Vancouver to scream in unison in honour of the show’s hero, Goku. And, best of all, as well as screaming their lungs out; fans will even get the chance to meet the hero himself, well the guy who voices him at least, as Kirby Morrow will be on hand to offer personalized autographs for fans
  • When: Saturday, September 30
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: Olympic Cauldron, Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival 2017

  • What: The Cheese and Meat Festival allows consumers to taste their way through international and local meats, accompaniments (pickled items, chocolates, coffees, etc) and cheeses while pairing them with wine, beer, and cider. The festival takes place at the historic RoundHouse in Yaletown. All attendees will be given a small charcuterie board upon entry that will allow for samples to be placed on the board while vendors describe the item being showcased.
  • When: Saturday, September 30
  • Time: 3 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Center, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Price: $35 – $125; buy via Eventbrite

Ben Folds

  • What: Throughout his career, Folds has created an enormous body of genre-bending musical art that includes pop albums as the front man for Ben Folds Five, multiple solo rock albums, as well as unique collaborative records with artists from Sara Bareilles and Regina Spektor, to Weird Al and William Shatner. His most recent album is a blend of pop and classical original works, in part recorded with the revered classical sextet music that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts.
  • When: September 30
  • Time: Doors 7 pm / Show 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver,
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$349

Downtown Eastside Women’s Summer Fair & Flea Market

  • What: The summer fair provides safe income opportunities for women in the Downtown Eastside, and hosts more than 25 vendors and artisans from within the community. Each Saturday throughout the duration of the market, there will be lively entertainment from local performers, an area for children to play, information booths about the different resources available in the community, and a wide variety of goods and services for purchase.
  • When: Saturday, September 30
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre – 302 Columbia St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks wrap up their Rogers Arena pre-season against the Edmonton Oilers on September 30.
  • When: Saturday, September 30
  • Time:  7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Heritage Apple Day

Heritage Apple Day

Heritage Apple Day / Metro Vancouver

  • What: Try your hand at old-fashioned chores, enjoy fiddlers, artists and historians, and sample a variety of apples. ​Presented by Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association
  • When: September 30
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Derby Reach Regional Park. Meet at Heritage Area on Allard Crescent, north of 96th Ave, 4 km west of Fort Langley
  • Admission: Free

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Diwali Festival 2017

Diwali Fest/ Facebook

  • What: Between October 1 and 17, a wide range of cultural events will be taking place at various locations in the tri cities. This includes everything from a free Diwali-themed art workshop, to a South Asian cooking class, and a massive performance at Vancouver Public Library.
  • When: October 1 to 17
  • Where: Various locations throughout Metro Vancouver
  • Price: Prices vary from Free to $20

Definitely Dalí at the Oakridge Centre

  • What: The bustling, colourful market is filled with local artists and artisan food vendors selling their own creations. And you can hear local musicians performing live, too.
  • When: Now until Sunday, October 1, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 am to 7 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, 9:30 am to 9 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays
  • Where: Oakridge Centre’s West Gallery – 650 W. 41st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

An Evening with Feist 2017

  • What: Canadian singer-songwriter Feist is hitting up Vancouver for two shows: at the Vogue Theatre on October 1, and at the Commodore Ballroom on October 2. You can expect to hear songs like ‘Any Party’, ‘Baby Be Simple’, ‘The Wild’, ‘Lost Dreams’, ‘Young Up’, and more during Feist’s October concerts.
  • When: October 1 (Vogue Theatre) and October 2 (Commodore Ballroom)
  • Time: 8:30 pm (October 1) and 7 pm (October 2)
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street (October 1) and Commodore Ballroom –  868 Granville Street  (October 2)
  • Tickets: Starting at $49.50 for Vogue Theatre and Commodore Ballroom

YYoga Free Day 2017 

  • What: YYoga is celebrating its 10th anniversary by offering free classes at all studios on Sunday, October 1. Yogis can enjoy YYoga’s wide range of classes including meditation and TRX workouts. An additional anniversary celebration event will take place at YYoga’s flagship Downtown Vancouver Flow studio on October 20.
  • When: Sunday, October 1
  • Where: All YYoga locations
  • Price: Free

Taves Family Farms Apple Barn

  • What: Make a stop at this family-run farm for a pumpkin patch adventure in the Abbotsford countryside.
  • When: October 1 to 31
  • Time: Now to Thanksgiving Weekend: 9 am to 5:30 pm. October 10 to 30: 9 am to 5:30 pm (Sunday to Wednesday), 9 am to 6:30 pm (Thursday to Saturday). October 31: 9 am to 5pm
  • Where: 333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford
  • Cost: Admission is free for the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. Various rates apply for other attractions. Check website for details.

Art in the City

  • What: Art in the City is a two-day self guided art tour, offering a behind the scenes look into Surrey’s art scene. With over thirty participating artists and artisans, pique your interest with a glimpse into Surrey’s diverse art scene. Learn a new craft with artist-hosted workshops, or wander through artists’ collections in the galleries. The event runs in conjunction with the nation-wide Culture Days imitative to celebrate art, artists, and artisans right here in Surrey.
  • When: September 30 and October 1
  • Where: Various locations around Surrey
  • Price: Free

Feast on the Fraser

  • What: Feast on the Fraser is back this fall for ten days of food-filled fun in New Westminster. Taking place from September 22 until October 1, this event offers everything from longtable dinners to cultural tastings and everything in between. Feast on the Fraser was created to show people the best of what New West has to offer – from food to fun, this schedule is packed with exciting culinary events.
  • When: Now to October 1
  • Where: Multiple venues around New Westminster
  • Ticketd: $25-$135; buy online

Claude Monet’s Secret Garden exhibit

  • What: It’s your last chance to see the greatest works of a famous French painter right here in Vancouver. Claude Monet’s Secret Garden exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery features a whopping 38 paintings from his epic collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. By looking at them you’ll be taken on his artistic journey throughout the Parisian countryside and views of the River Thames.
  • When: Now to October 1
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Price: Included in Art Gallery admission price



  • What: Since forming in Alberta, in 1995, Nickelback sold over 50 million units and have more than 23 chart-topping hits. The band is touring in support of their ninth studio album Feed The Machine.
  • When: Sunday, October 1
  • Time: 6:15 pm
  • Where: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
  • Tickets: Available online from $25 to $125 via LiveNation.

Interior Design Show Vancouver 2017

  • What: There will be artists, makers, design-centric brands, and more creatives coming together in Vancouver to showcase their current works, concepts, and products. Plus, you’ll also have the opportunity to hear from some of the design world’s most notable designers A definite highlight of the fair is designer Camille Walala, who will be speaking and showcasing her work at IDS Vancouver.
  • When: Now to October 1
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – West Building – 1055 Canada Place
  • Tickets: $14 – $18 for passes – Tickets available via Interior Design Show 
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