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Don’t panic, but the last week of summer is here! Let’s make the most of it with our checklist of 15 fun things to do in Vancouver from September 13 to 19.
Monstercat Compound, Drag in the Park and more. What’s on your To Do List?
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What: Rugby sevens returns to Vancouver this weekend for two days full of rugby on the pitch, and a giant costume party in the stands. The annual tournament was moved from its usual spot in March.
When: September 18-19
Time: Begins at 9:44 am on Saturday and 9:20 am on Sunday
Where: BC Place
Cost: Single-day tickets begin at $80, weekend passes start at $149. Full ticket information is available through the Canada Sevens website.
What: On Saturday, September 18, the fourth annual Monstercat Compound, presented by Sapporo, will bring a free block party to Railtown with live performances and interactive experiences. It’s also the only music festival that’s currently approved on Vancouver city property.
The one-day event will include live electronic music hosted across two stages. This year’s lineup includes The Funk Hunters, Tony Romera, Sabai, Eminence, OBLVYN, Rylan Taggart, and Sam Steele. In addition to live music, the Compound will feature food trucks, beer gardens, street artists and a Monstercat Street Piano. There will also be a gaming zone, hosted by The Gaming Stadium, featuring Rocket League, Just Shapes and Beats, Street Fighter, and Mortal Combat.
When: September 18, 2021
Time: 2 to 9 pm
Where: 380 Railway St, Vancouver
Cost: Free of charge with RSVP; Compound Premium Passes are available for purchase HERE.
What: The Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) Plaza Series brings together the feel-good vibes of the city’s largest public art festival and the vibrancy of five unique neighbourhoods across Vancouver. Curated by Public Disco (Punjabi Market curated by the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective), and inspired by their pop-up plaza activations from pre-pandemic times, each event will be tailored to the neighbourhood and feature DJs, live painting, roaming performers, interactive entertainment, and family activities. There will also be areas to both sit and hang out or get up and dance.
When: September 17 (West End), September 18 (Punjabi Market) and September 19 (Cambie Village), 2021
Time: 4 to 9 pm (Friday), 1 to 7 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Bute & Davie Plaza (Friday), Main & 49th SW Back Lot (Saturday) and Cambie & 17th Plaza (Sunday)
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: Now until September 14, 2021
Time: Various hours of operation
Where: Various restaurants across Vancouver
Cost: Various, see the list of participating restaurants Online
What: Britannia Mine Museum’s annual Copper & Fire arts event is a celebration of BC artists that utilize mined materials “of the earth”, including metalworkers, sculptors, painters and jewellers. This year’s live artists showcase includes Ailsa Brown, Angela Muellers, Hazel Cruse Jim Unger, Martin Vseticka, and more.
The Museum is encouraging everyone to practice safe COVID-19 protocols including frequent hand washing, physical distancing and staying at home if you are sick.
When: September 18, 2021
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Brittania Mine Museum – 150 Copper Drive, Britannia Beach
Tickets: Online. Visitors who wish to only check out the Copper & Fire Arts event can purchase discounted tickets under “Special Events” in the online booking system.
What: Discover more than 30 stalls, right in the heart of Granville Island. This summertime market started over three decades ago, with just a dozen farmers selling out of the backs of their trucks.
When: Every Thursday through the end of September
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: 1404 Anderson Street, under the Granville Street Bridge
What: Jerrilyn Spears and XanaX from Cut The Crease will be hosting Drag in the Park with Joan-E, which kicks off at 7 pm. Meanwhile, stars will be stunning attendees with their captivating choreography and dazzling outfits during performances on one of the most iconic stages in the province. Already confirmed to perform at the event are Kendall Gender and Kara Juku (Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar winners), Jaylene Tyme, Alma, Coco, Synthia Kiss, Mx Bukuru, Hotmale Dotcom, The House of Rice, Eva Scarlett, The Darlings, Tiffany Ann Co and Bibi Souphresh, plus many others.
When: September 17, 2021
Time: 7 pm
Where: Malkin Bowl – 610 Pipeline Road, Stanley Park
Cost: Starting at $40 (plus service charges) – Available via Ticketmaster
What: The exhibition commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 2011 triple disaster that saw a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown hit the eastern region of Japan. The exhibition will be an important opportunity for those of us living in Canada to consider the impact of natural disasters — as the coast of BC is at risk of potentially major earthquakes and tsunamis.
When: Until September 19, 2021
Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Time: 10 am to 5 pm, closed on Monday
Tickets: Available online
What: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has partnered with Koncept Event Design to create a unique floral edition of its Hashtag Holidays installation. The activation includes 14 unique photo booths that visitors can dive into and have photos taken at. The greenery was provided by Vancouver-based retailer Flowerz, which will have fresh flowers available for purchase at a pop-up flower shop inside the hotel. And in between taking photos, a variety of beverages will also be available through a pop-up bar.
When: Open daily until the end of September 2021
Time: 1 to 8 pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cost: Entry will cost $40 for those above the age of 13, $25 between two and 12 years old, and $120 for a family package (two adults and two children). Visitors can purchase tickets online, available in one-hour time slots.
What: Lulu Island Winery hosts a Moon Festival Market with various vendors selling food and gifts, live music, plus wine pairings with traditional festival foods. Visitors will also learn about the culture and history of the Moon Festival.
When: September 19, 2021
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Lulu Island Winery – 16880 Westminster Highway, Richmond
What: Shipyards Live is a summer series that will feature live music, food, activities and vendors. Visitors to the outdoor event can expect food trucks and live music on each day of the festival, including a wide range of genres like R&B, soul, funk, country, pop, jazz, and Brazilian Samba. Additionally, there will be a number of artisans and artists with their work on display and available for purchase.
When: Fridays and Saturdays until September 18, 2021
Time: Throughout the day until 10 pm
Where: The Shipyards – 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
What: Negroni Week officially kicks off on September 13 and wraps up on September 19, which means bars around the world will be celebrating the classic cocktail while raising money for some charities. There are 14 Vancouver bars and restaurants participating in this year’s celebratory week, meaning you’ll have ample opportunity to grab a quality Negroni no matter where you are in Vancouver. Negroni Week first launched in 2013, and it has raised well over $3 million since then.
When: Various days of operation
Time: Various hours of operation
Where: Various bars and restaurants across Vancouver
Cost: Various, see the list of participating bars and restaurants 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: Time to stretch out those legs and hit the great outdoors. Rain or shine, it’s a fine time to chase some views and conquer the trails. To get you started, we’ve put together a bumper list of hikes of all varieties across Metro Vancouver, the North Shore, Bowen Island, the Fraser Valley, and the Sea-To-Sky. From lush green forests to roaring waterfalls, from rocky beaches to epic sunsets, you’re sure to find some inspiration to get you outdoors.
When: Any day
Time: Any time
Where: Various locations
Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo at the Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo is an expansive look at Greater Vancouver contemporary art. The exhibition features works by newer artists as well as established artists, with a variety of media, scale and modes of presentation.
When: Now until January 2, 2022
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
What: Imagine Van Gogh, the immersive digital art exhibition touring around the world, is at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The exhibition, which hails from Europe, features over 200 of the famed Dutch artist’s paintings projected onto surfaces, transporting visitors to the heart of his work — allowing the audience to “literally enter the artist’s world of dreams.”
When: Now until October 15, 2021
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre — 1055 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online