10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, September 16

Sep 15 2017, 2:17 am

Happy Saturday, everyone! Fill your weekend schedule with our list of 10 fun things to do in Vancouver, including Market Mexico, Whistler Village Beer Festival, and more.

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

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
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