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So long August and hello September. Let’s start off the new month with a new week of exciting events!
From TAIWANfest to Le Burger Week and more, here are 15 things to keep you busy from August 30 to September 5.
- Vancouver’s largest Oktoberfest party, Harvest Haus, returns this fall
- Rapper SonReal announces Vancouver show at the Commodore Ballroom
- Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl set to host its first-ever drag show
What: The 2021 Vancouver TAIWANfest’s theme is ReThink Asia, with the goal of helping Canadians examine their perceptions of Asians. This year’s festival includes live performances and talks, films and foods, and more.
When: September 2 to 12, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Virtual and in-person events
Cost: Free though donations are appreciated
What: Take a train trip through Stanley Park and discover fun facts about the resident wildlife and the park’s history. Younger riders can even earn a Junior Urban Forest Ranger button by asking for the quiz at the Ticket Booth before boarding the train and completing it during the journey.
When: Wednesdays to Sundays until September 6, 2021. Open on stat holidays.
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Stanley Park Miniature Railway – Pipeline Road, Stanley Park
Cost: Various prices, sold on-site
What: The festival boasts more than three kilometres of flowered pathways throughout the field. Visitors can find three display gardens with 42 varieties of sunflowers, over 50 types of dahlias, eight varieties of gladiolas, and a large bed of wildflowers. There will be plenty of chances to grab an insta-worthy photo, with other popular returning features include self-pick sunflowers, a field-side store with fresh and potted sunflowers, sunflower seeds and bulbs, and plenty of snacks and drinks available on-site.
In order to ensure a safe experience for guests, the festival will implement a limited hourly capacity. There will also be hand-sanitizing stations and cleaning of frequent high-touch areas.
When: Now until September 6, 2021
Time: Hours of operation vary based on date
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack, British Columbia
Tickets: Available online
What: The biggest waterpark in British Columbia is set to reopen on June 24. A mere 90-minute drive from Vancouver, Cultus Lake Waterpark will start welcoming guests for the 2021 season. With numerous waterslides, several splash pads, a lazy river, and even hot tubs, the park is the perfect way to slip into summer.
In accordance with public health measures, visitors will be required to wear a face-covering while inside the park, except when they are in pools, on slides, or in other water attractions. Cultus Lake has reduced its capacity to allow for safe social distancing, and groups entering the facility will be limited to small social units. The park has implemented a number of COVID-19 safety measures, including placing hand-sanitizing stations and physical-distancing markers throughout the park. As well, water towers and waiting areas have been equipped with protective barriers, and high-traffic areas will be constantly cleaned.
When: Now until September 6, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Cultus Lake Waterpark – 4150 Columbia Valley Hwy, Cultus Lake
Cost: Starting at $21, buy online
What: Richmond Night Market is the largest night market in North America. Organizers say market-goers can expect “a smaller venue to start, with reduced capacity” and gradually more vendors as time goes on and health guidelines allow. The marker features shopping, live entertainment, and the always popular International Food Fair. Visitors can also expect a Lantern Festival to take place over the last weekend with some stunning outdoor lantern installations and live traditional Asian dance and musical performances by groups across the community.
When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday preceding Statutory
Holidays. Now until September 19, 2021
Time: 6 pm to midnight
Where: The corner of Number 3 and River Road (one block from the Bridgeport Canada Line station)
What: The Da Vinci Experience is described as a visual and sensory celebration that highlights Da Vinci’s life and work as a renowned artist, inventor, engineer, and innovator. The exhibition includes a 4,000 sq ft immersive experience room that uses 360-degree projections to show off Da Vinci’s original works. Projections will also be used to create a virtual reality experience of inside Da Vinci’s studio. Additionally, there will be replicas of the unique inventions and machines he created based on original drawings.
Visits will take approximately one hour and timed entry takes place every 30 minutes. The experience is open to visitors of all ages, is wheelchair friendly, and organizers stress that they’ll be following all recommendations from the Ministry of Health.
When: Now until October 31, 2021
Time: Various times from 10 am to 6:30 pm
Where: Tsawwassen Mills Shopping Mall (Entrance #3 by Restaurant Row)
What: PNE returns with a smaller fair that’s still packed with popular entertainment and food options, including SuperDogs, live nightly music with local artists, the West Coast Lumberjack Show, and a nightly pyro-musical finale. Additionally, fair-goers can look forward to a comedy street corner, a marketplace, farm country, and Playland. A limited number of tickets will be made available each day, ensuring that visitor capacity is controlled and managed.
When: Now until September 6, 2021 (closed on August 30)
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: 2901 E Hastings St., Vancouver
Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for children and seniors. Those age five and under can enter for free, although they must reserve those free tickets in advance. Purchase online.
What: Thank Granville It’s Food Trucks is a new food truck pop-up series in Vancouver’s South Granville neighbourhood . The new food truck “pod” is brought to you by The South Granville BIA and features Vancouver’s top food trucks at West 10th Avenue and Fir Street on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 8 pm. Vendors will rotate, but you can expect to see some of your favourites like Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mr. Arancino, Reel Mac and Cheese, Shameless Buns, and Tornado Potato, to name just a few.
When: Fridays and Saturdays until September 4, 2021
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: West 10th Avenue and Fir Street
What: The Firehall Arts Centre and the Vancouver Independent Music Centre present a summer music series that will occur on weekends until September 5. Music in the Courtyard on September 3 features Alvaro Rojas’ Gran Kasa, described as a 70s prog band, a salsa band and a string quartet going on a road trip together.
When: September 3, 2021
Time: 7 pm
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E Cordova St, Vancouver
Cost: $20-$40 sliding scale, purchase online
What: Cypress Mountain’s massive Eagle Coaster is a gravity-fed coaster that starts at the top of the Eagle Express Quad Chair on Black Mountain. Each ticket for the Eagle Express includes a ride on the chairlift. The track has a vertical drop of 279 metres (900 ft) over its 1.7-km-long (1.1 miles) winding distance through the forest overlooking vistas. Riders can expect speeds of up to 40 km/hr (25 mph).
When: Daily until September 6, Thursdays to Sundays until September 26, 2021
Time: There are 80 ride slots each hour from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Cypress Mountain – 6000 Cypress Bowl Rd, West Vancouver
Cost: Various with some restrictions, buy online
What: UBLVD WKNDS features live music, food and drinks, and fun games at an outdoor lounge space on University Boulevard on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons in September. Discover restaurants like Steve’s Poke Bar, Jamjar Canteen, Browns Crafthouse and Downlow Chicken Shack as well as some of UBC’s newest dining options. Then enjoy treats from Rain or Shine or Chatime while enjoying performances by Phil Bo, Mark Woodyard, Olin Brinx and Johnny Jover and art by Michael Bock.
When: Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons until September 25, 2021. (Not including Friday, September 17 due to UBC Homecoming).
Time: 4 pm to 8 pm (Friday) and 12 pm to 4 pm (Saturdays).
Where: 6111 University Boulevard, located next to UBC Academic Core.
What: The Granville Promenade, presented by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, will see a two-block stretch of Granville Street occupied with live music, street performances, and food every weekend. Visitors can expect two stages hosting live music, two dedicated areas for buskers and street performers, and pop-up art installations, and deals and offers from local businesses on the two-block strip.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday until September 5, 2021
Time: 12 and 7 pm (street closures in place from 9 am to 9 pm)
Where: Granville Street between Helmcken Street and Smithe Street
What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on Austin FC in MLS action at BC Place. Before the game, enjoy The Warmup pre-game street party presented by Phillips Brewing. The 19+ event takes place outside the stadium prior to kickoff, from 12 to 4 pm. Live DJs and food trucks will be on hand, with $5 beers for sale. Entry is free, but capacity is limited for the Warmup, which is now located at Robson and Beatty, across the street from Terry Fox Plaza.
When: September 4, 2021
Time: 4 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Cost: Various, purchase online
What: City of Burnaby invites everyone to celebrate the summer with a series of free live performances until September 5. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy live music, storytelling, clowning and more at Civic Square, Edmonds Park and Confederation Park.
When: Various dates until September 5, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Civic Square, Edmonds Park and Confederation Park in Burnaby
What: Le Burger Week is back, and this year, it’s delighting Canadians with a cheesy twist. Burger lovers can head into participating restaurants and enjoy special dishes created just for the festival during this time frame.
British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec all have establishments stepping up to deliver the cheesiest, out-of-the-bun concepts they can for the event. This year, the event will host an expected 1,000 restaurants across the country, making it the largest burger event ever held in the country.
When: September 1 to 14, 2021
Time: Various hours of operation
Where: Various restaurants across Vancouver
Cost: Various, see the list of participating restaurants Online