28 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 16 to 19

Sep 16 2019, 2:14 pm

The last week of summer is upon us! Say so long to the season with these 28 events in Vancouver from Monday, September 16 to Thursday, September 19. Post Malone, Science World After Dark, and more.

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

Monday, September 16

Post Malone

What: Post Malone is coming back to Vancouver. The multi-platinum American rapper has announced a performance at Rogers Arena as part of his newly-announced North American tour. He’ll be joined by Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh and will be playing on September 16, 2019.

When: September 16, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

RiverFest 2019

The edge of the Fraser River in New Westminster.

What: The 17th annual RiverFest is inspired by the Fraser River, and is in celebration of BC and World Rivers Day. There will be events throughout the week, with a main festival on September 21 with a family fun zone, live entertainment, an artisans marketplace, parade, and more.

When: September 16 to 21, 2019, with the main festival on September 21, 2019
Time: Various times. Main festival happening from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Fraser River Discovery Centre – 788 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Urban Salmon project at the Burnaby Public Library

What: A showcase of underwater photography of urban salmon runs by Fernando Lessa. Sites include Burnaby Stoney Creek and Brunette River. Attendees will learn how streams and creeks can be maintained so salmon can continue to come back and spawn.

When: September 16, 2019
When: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas Library – 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free, register online

Language Matters: Exploring Indigenous Language Through Art

What: This exhibition at Bill Reid Gallery brings together urban Indigenous community members to visually express their relationships to their respective Indigenous languages.

When: Now until September 16, 2019
Times: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art – 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

JoJo Mason and Eric Ethridge

What: Canadian country musician JoJo Mason brings The Hug Life Tour to Vancouver with special guest Eric Ethridge.

When: September 16, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The 2019 International Cannabis Business Conference


International Cannabis Business Conference

What: Canadian companies and those looking to enter the market will have the chance to network with over 1,500 of the world’s top leaders in the field at the third annual International Cannabis Business Conference.

Attendees will be able to attend speaker sessions and exhibitor areas. Some of the topics covered include California’s evolving cannabis industry, Vancouver and British Columbia’s regulations and the challenges for businesses and regulators, mergers and acquisitions, and edibles, topicals, and extracts, to name a few.

The conference will end off with an afterparty, taking place on a three-floor, 105-foot yacht docked at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. DJ Muggs, American DJ and producer for Cypress Hill, will also be in attendance.

When: September 16, 2019
Where: The Westin Bayshore — 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Tickets can be purchased online starting at $499 USD

School of Magic Afternoon Tea

What: The service begins with an assortment of artisanal scones, followed by savoury selections like a Pretzel & Cheese Broomstick, Mrs. Sprout’s Pasty, and Ron’s Chicken Leg to name a few. For sweets, there’s a Butter Bubble Beer made with boba pearls, the Deathly Hallows chocolate ganache cake, Cauldron Mousse, the Magic Wand chocolate cookie stick, and more. There’s a selection of teas for order as well.

When: September 16 to December 1, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Trump Champagne Lounge – 1161 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $65–$118; reserve online

Tuesday, September 17

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour


RENT 20th Anniversary Tour (Carol Rosegg)

What: Broadway Across Canada presents the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. This Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning original rock musical will be at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from September 17 to 22. RENT follows the lives of seven artists who struggle to chase their dreams in New York City without selling out. The show was groundbreaking at its time, opening its first show in 1996. Written and composed by Johnathan Larson, it was a memorial to his friends who died from an epidemic of AIDS.

When: September 17 to 22, 2019
Time: Various times, check online for more details
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: From $30 — available online

QS World MBA Tour & QS World Grad School Tour

What: The world’s largest MBA tour will answer any MBA-related questions you may have through presentations, networking opportunities, and valuable interactions with recruiters from over 25 top business schools. Attendees will also receive for free a professional LinkedIn Headshot, a resume reviewed, access to a pool of scholarships worth $7 million and more.

Plus check out the largest Grad School Fair and Expo in Vancouver to explore grad school options, discover studying abroad, or find a specialized master’s or PhD program that best fits individual academic and professional goals. Attendees can meet a variety of top graduate schools, get application questions answered, receive GRE test-prep advice, gain access to scholarships, and more.

QS World MBA Tour & Grad School Fair and Expo

When: September 17, 2019
Time: 4:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel – 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

The Story Collider: Oceans

What: The Story Collider and Ocean Wise team up for a special ocean-themed show at the Vancouver Aquarium during Canada’s Science Literacy Week. Come hear five true, personal stories about science while sea lions swim behind you. Hosted by Kayla Glynn and Josh Silberg, and featuring Holly Neate, Natasha Jategaonkar, Valeria Vergara, and more.

When: September 17, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers

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What: The Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers in a pre-season game at Rogers Arena in September.

When: September 17, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Lear Inc.: All Or Nothing

What: A modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, where Lear is a 55-year-old CEO of a multinational corporation who lives and dies by the principle of ‘all or nothing.’

When: September 17 and 18
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Hot Chip

What: English synth-pop band Hot Chip perform at the Vogue Theatre in support of their latest album, A Bath Full of Ecstasy.

When: September 17, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre
Tickets: Online

Coffee-Mate Bliss Pop-up Event 

What: Coffee-Mate recently announced a range of plant-based coffee enhancers – and wants Vancouverites to try it for themselves. Drop by the Bliss pop-up downtown to enjoy a free cup of coffee, enhanced with delicious flavours, made with real, simple ingredients.

When: September 17th and 18th, 2019
Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: On the east side of Waterfront Station (501-599 West Cordova St. Parking)
Tickets/Admission: Free

Hip Hop Trivia Night at Juke Fried Chicken

What: Teams of up to six are invited to take part in five rounds of questions on all things hip hop. There will be food and drink specials and prizes up for grabs too. Sign up as an individual or a team of up to six via email ([email protected]), Instagram or Facebook to guarantee a spot, or simply walk-in night-of.

When: September 17, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Juke Fried Chicken – 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Wednesday, September 18

The 12th Annual Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show

What: Oppenheimer Park and Gallery Gachet present The World As We Create It, an exhibition featuring artwork from the Oppenheimer Park community. Artwork from more than 30 artists includes drawings, paintings, sculpture, print, mosaic and mixed media works.

When: Tuesday to Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Gallery Gachet 9 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, donations accepted

Zero Waste Startups

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What: RED Academy hosts an interactive discussion on zero waste startups, and how consumers might be affected in the long run. Speakers will share expertise, followed by an open discussion with the audience and social time to continue the conversations.

When: September 18, 2019
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Where: RED Academy – 1490 West Broadway #200, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

UrbanScreen Community Art Night

What: An evening of digital art at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre. Check out local youth-made films, animations created by Surrey Art Gallery’s Art Together program participants with artist-in-residence Cindy Mochizuki, and a live, interactive rendition of Faisal Anwar’s CharBagh project.

When: September 18, 2019
Time: 8 to 9:30 pm
Where: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre – 13458 107a Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Improv Against Humanity: Back to Class

What: Improv Against Humanity is back in session at the Rio Theatre with a fall kickoff special by The Fictionals and special guests Denise Jones and Michael Teigen. Sign up to play in the live tournament to inspire the comedy, enter for a chance to win prizes, and help crown the Most Horrible Person In Vancouver.

When: September 18, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $12

Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper

What: The Burnaby Art Gallery presents Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper. The exhibition showcases Italian Master prints and drawings from Vancouver-area public and private collections, from the Renaissance to the late 18th century.

When: Tuesdays to Sunday until November 17, 2019. Closed Mondays and stat holidays
Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm (Tuesday to Friday), 12 to 5 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Suggested donation $5

Mother of the Maid

What: Pacific Theatre’s Mother of the Maid features the tale of Isabelle Arc, who knows what her teenage daughter Joan needs: discipline, a loving husband, and to stop communing with God. As Joan heads towards her destiny of becoming the Maid of Orleans, Isabelle must care for a daughter who belongs not just to her, but to all of France.

When: Various dates until October 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Reading the Bones

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What: Kokoro Dance presents the world premiere of Reading the Bones. Six dancers perform the work influenced by Kokoro Dance’s 33-year history of butoh-inspired creations.

When: Wednesday to Saturday from September 18 to September 28, 2019
Time: 8 to 9:30 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday, September 19

Friends of VPL: Fall Used Book Sale

What: Support Vancouver Public Library’s special library programs and projects by picking up a new-to-you read at the Friends of VPL: Fall Used Book Sale. Shop gently used children and adult books, CDs and DVDs, and more. Everything is 50% off on Saturday. Shoppers are asked to bring their own bags.

When: September 19 to September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library central branch – 350 West Georgia. Vancouver
Admission: Free

Après le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues

What: Scott Thompson (The Kids In The Hall) has been creating and performing monologues as Buddy Cole on stage and screen for over 30 years. Buddy has been a special correspondent for The Colbert Report at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and his work is currently on Vulture Magazine’s recent list of I00 jokes that shaped modern comedy.

When: September 19 to September 21, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Science World After Dark

Science World night time

Science World night time (Songquan Deng/Shutterstock)

What: Science World After Dark features all of your favourite activities just for adults. Watch a film on the world’s largest dome OMNIMAX screen, explore six permanent galleries, discover what’s new in the Feature Gallery, and wet your whistle with a cold beer or glass of wine. Then grab your favourite childhood dinner in Triple O’s and experience exciting live science shows at Centre Stage.

When: September 19, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Community Movie Night – Finding Nemo

What: City Centre Community Centre hosts a free screening of Finding Nemo on September 19, and all ages are welcome. Light refreshments will also be provided.

When: September 19, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
Admission: Free

Laughs & Drafts at Moody Ales


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What: Mixed Nuts and Moody Ales are teaming up for comedy nights in Port Moody. The debut show on September 19 features Ed Hill, Tania Taylor, Mario Micelli, Heather Escaravage, Curtis Pyke and Justin Nichol.

When: September 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Moody Ales – 2601 Murray Street, Port Moody
Tickets: Online

Rio Samaya Band

What: Steveston Folk Guild presents Rio Samaya Band in concert, made up of Latin duo Pancho and Sal Pancho. Pancho is the lead singer and songwriter. Pancho and Sal play a variety of instruments, including guitar bombo, chachas, accordion, quena, flute, and more.

When: September 19, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site – Chinese Bunkhouse – 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
Tickets: $10 at the door

The Ballad Of Frank Allen

What: Australia’s Shane Adamczak and Canadian Al Lafrance team up for The Ballad Of Frank Allen, a show about a mild-mannered janitor being shrunk and getting stuck in another man’s beard.

When: September 19, 2019
Time: 8:45 pm
Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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