35 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 10 to 14

Sep 5 2018, 12:45 am

Summer is nearly over, so make the most of it with these 35 fun events happening in Vancouver from Monday, September 10 to Friday, September 14. Sam Smith, AMS Welcome Back BBQ, and more.

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

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sam Smith

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  • What: Grammy Award-winner Sam Smith is touring in support of his sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All. The album’s first single “Too good at goodbyes” has already been a global hit, and debuted at number one on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart.
  • When: Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm, Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

The Crystalline Cabaret Presents: House Nocturnae

  • What: Eclectic dancers, burlesque stripteasers, and torch singers show you the intoxicating taxonomy of the night. Featuring Ariel Helvetica, Anna Mayfire, Rocket Ray and more. Part of Vancouver Fringe 2018.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15, plus $7 membership

Memoir, Marriage, Motherhood and Mountains: Angie Abdou and Jan Redford

  • What: Hal Wake leads Jan Redford, End of the Rope, and Angie Abdou, Home Ice, in a frank conversation about the pleasures and pitfalls of life writing. The two authors discuss the tricky balance between sharing enough but not too much, and arriving at far-reaching truths about contemporary life.
  • When: Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch – 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Minding the Gap

  • What: A hit at DOXA earlier this year, Minding the Gap has been described as “the Boyhood of skate videos”. For years, Bing Liu filmed his friends Zack and Keire on their boards, performing stunts. sometimes falling flat on their faces, on the streets and parking lots of impoverished Rust Belt town Rockford, Illinois. Then something strange happened: they grew up.
  • When: Various dates from Monday, September 10 to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

AQUA Rewind Tour


  • What: On their first-ever Canadian tour titled The Rewind Tour, the 90s pop group will be performing a concert at the Abbotsford Centre. Joining the ‘Barbie Girl’ singers on tour for the ultimate throwback concert will be Canadian favourites Prozzäk and ‘Saturday Night’ hitmaker Whigfield.
  • When: Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre -33800 King Road, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: $49, $59, $69, $89 (incl. GST) – Tickets available via Ticketmaster

22nd Annual MS Golf Challenge

  • What: Join the MS Society of Canada at the 2018 MS Golf Challenge and help end MS. The event boasts two formats – a traditional 18-hole tournament, and the Dawn until Dusk Challenge with all golfers working towards a common goal: to help end MS. Includes wrap up dinner, silent auction, raffle, prizes and awards for the day’s golfers, plus entertainment & inspiring speakers who will share their first-hand experiences with MS, and the impact that the MS Golf Challenge has in the fight to end MS. Individuals as well as corporate teams welcome.
  • When: Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Tsawwassen Springs Golf – 5133 Springs Blvd, Tsawwassen
  • Register Online

Vancouver Art Swap

  • What: Essentia Vancouver presents a monthly Art Swap Series. Bring artwork to trade with other artists, collectors, and appreciators. Arrive early for complimentary refreshments and treats and stick around for the exchange of art and ideas.
  • When: Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 8 pm
  • Where: Essentia Natural Memory Foam – 2144 4th Ave. West, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Whistler Village Beer Festival 2018

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  • What: From September 11 to 16, the Whistler Village Beer Festival will be taking place at select venues throughout Whistler for six full days of beer-loving fun. This year, you’ll have the chance to sample beers and ciders from 70 breweries with over 140 varieties. There’s something for every kind of brew lover at WVBF with events spanning from tastings to cask nights, food pairings, forged axe throwing, and beer yoga. Let’s not forget about the bar hopping events and after parties too.
  • When: Tuesday, September 11 to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Select venues around Whistler
  • Price: $35 – $99 for main events – Tickets available via Whistler Village Beer Festival

Brent Faiyaz

  • What: Brent Faiyaz from Maryland brings his Sonder Son Tour to Vancouver.
  • When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Ascent in Action: A Conversation with Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz

  • What: A special presentation by Rob Katz on the transformative addition of Whistler Blackcomb to Vail Resorts’ growing network of unique destinations. Learn more about Vail Resorts’ commitment to delivering the Experience of a Lifetime, and how a business model built on leadership, data and sustainability creates resiliency for communities and a competitive advantage for North America’s highest valued travel and leisure company.
  • When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Time: 11:15 am
  • Where: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel – Coal Harbour Ballroom 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $69-$138

The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore

  • What: David Crerar, Harry Crerar, and Bill Maurer, authors of The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore, A Peak Baggers Guide, present a slideshow presentation and book signing. 19+ only, members and non-members welcome.
  • When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: AnzaClub Vancouver – 3 West 8th Ave, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Mat Collective Free Fall Yoga

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  • What: Take advantage of Vancouver’s beautiful autumn days and take part in free fall yoga, hosted by the Mat Collective. Fall classes will take place in September, October, and November at City Hall, in downtown Vancouver, Granville Island, and Kits Beach.
  • When: Various dates through September to November
  • Time: Times vary, check schedule for details
  • Where: Downtown (800 Robson Street), City Hall (2600-2799 Yukon St.), Granville Island (1404 Anderson Street), Kits Beach (1015 Maple Street), East Vancouver (520 E 1st Ave (Emily Carr)
  • Admission: Free

Alex Hunter Keynote: The Art and Science of Wow!

  • What: Alex Hunter – who served as Virgin Group’s Global Head of Online (overseeing the Virgin brand’s global digital strategy as well as Sir Richard Branson’s personal digital strategy), and who was part of the founding team of the award-winning US Airline Virgin America – will be in Vancouver on September 11 giving a morning talk at The Playhouse Theatre. Alex’s keynote address, titled The Art and Science of WOW!, will cover marketing, branding and customer experience with specific relevance to Vancouver’s tourism and hospitality industries.
  • When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Time: 8 am to 11 am
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton St., Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $75-$105

Coheed And Cambria

  • What: New York rock band Coheed And Cambria bring their Unheavenly Tour to Vancouver with guests Protest The Hero and Crown Lands.
  • When: Tuesday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Canada 2018

  • What: Richmond hosts a qualifying competition on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2018/19 series. Watch some of the top junior skating talent from around the world, including members of the Skate Canada NextGen team.
  • When: Wednesday, September 12 to Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Minoru Arenas – 7551 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $10 per day or $25 for a full three-day pass. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under.

VIVO’s 45th Anniversary Screening at The Cinematheque

  • What: In celebration of VIVO Media Arts Centre’s 45th anniversary, enjoy a program of video art from the Video Out Collection and Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive. The works selected reflect changes in social consciousness, digital technology, and narrative strategies over the last 45 years.
  • When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $11-$13

Boob Tube Bingo

  • What: Boob Tube Bingo is like a drag, comedy and bingo cross-over episode. Hosted by Dick & Dee.
  • When: Second Wednesday of every month starting September 12, 2018
  • Time: Bingo cards handed out at 6 pm, event starts at 7 pm
  • Where: Storm Crow Tavern – 1305 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

We’re Lichen it!

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Kanaka Creek Regional Park (JamesChen / Shutterstock)

  • What: If you like fungus and algae, then lichen is your new best friend. Learn about this mutually beneficial relationship in a single body. Ages 8+.
  • When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
  • Admission: Free

Infused Dinner at Karuna

  • What: Enjoy a four-course THC Infused Dinner at Karuna Dispensary at 5:30 pm or 7:30 pm. Each time slot has space for 30 people. Guest are dosed individually based on their cannabis tolerance (20 to 200mg).
  • When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Where: Karuna, 3636 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: $106.87; buy online

Community Conversations: The Latest Brew in Neuroscience Research

  • What: A discussion about the brain from UBC and Vancouver’s best and budding neuroscience thinkers. Featuring Asma Bashir, Elisa York, Joesh Khunkhun, and Jordan Shimell. Moderated by Dr. Judy Illes and Dr. Julie Robillard.
  • When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Steamworks Brew Pub – 375 Water Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Make Brioche!

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  • What: Learn all the basics of making Brioche, the magic dough that is more than just a sweet bread. Brioche is incredibly versatile, and in this workshop you will learn how to make the dough and a few recipes to use it in, such as Basic Brioche Loaf, Braided Brioche with pearl sugar, Brioche Cinnamon Rolls, and Savoury BBQ Pork Buns.
  • When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: UBC Farm –  3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $68

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Westward Music Festival 2018

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  • What: The second annual festival will be taking over downtown Vancouver with concerts led by artists like British singer-songwriter, composer, and producer, Blood Orange, two-time Grammy-nominee Kali Uchis, critically-acclaimed pop star Kelela, and YouTube sensation Poppy.
  • When: Thursday, September 13 to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Multiple locations in downtown Vancouver
    Tickets: Available via WestwardFestTicketFly, and in person at Red Cat Records, Vancouver

Xiaojing Yan – In Suspended Silence

  • What: In this meditative installation, Ontario artist, Xiaojing Yan, navigates natural and cultural realms deeply grounded in Chinese philosophies, myths and folklore. Combining two bodies of work that derive from classical Chinese ink wash painting and portrait sculpture, Yan’s poetic explorations delve into the meaning of spirituality and the transformation of self.
  • When: Artist Talk and Tour and Opening Reception on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Exhibition runs from Friday, September 14 to Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Time: Artist Talk and Tour from 6 to 7 pm, Opening Reception from 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Richmond Art Gallery – #180 – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

World of Dreams Vancouver


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  • What: The Takarazuka Revue is a Japanese all-female theatre company, born over a century ago and still flourishing today, entertaining millions of fans each year. The actresses perform everything from lavish Western-style musicals to traditional Japanese shows to comic book and novel adaptations, along with many of their own original works.
  • When: Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Michael J Fox Theatre – 7373 MacPherson Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $27-$59

SPARK Play: Humanizing the Workplace with Empathy and Compassion

  • What: SPARK Play is a quarterly interactive training session that inspires more creativity, human connection, and fun for the community of business owners, leaders and teams. In this workshop, Culture Leaders from Microsoft Canada, Lululemon, Left and RightMesh will share how their organizations create psychological safety by implementing empathy and compassionate training programs.
  • When: Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 10 am
  • Where: The Post at 750 – 110-750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45

Moon Festival Dinner

  • What: The special Moon Festival Dinner happening in Vancouver is presented by U-Feast, a company that curates themed dining experiences with restaurant partners.
  • When: Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Jade Dynasty Restaurant – 137 E Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $55; buy online

Japanese Problem

  • What: Japanese Problem by Universal Limited is an award-winning, site-responsive experience about the Japanese Canadian incarceration at Hastings Park. Japanese Problem invites a small audience into a stall, which residents have turned into a temporary home and place of wonder, as they are filled with the uncertainty of their next destination.
  • When: Thursday, September 13 to Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Livestock Building, Hastings Park – 188 N. Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, pay-what-you-can, $8-$28


  • What: Vancouver rock legends Odds play Good Weird Feeling in its entirety, plus there will be appearances by special guests.
  • When: Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online
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