28 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 17 to 20

Sep 11 2018, 2:44 pm

Fall is just around the corner, and to get you there, we’ve put together a list of 28 great events happening in Vancouver from Monday, September 17 to Thursday, September 20. Vancouver Fashion Week, Nigredo Hotel, and more.

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Greasy Spoon Vol 43 featuring Chef Shani Cohen

The famous Save On Meats neon sign in Gastown (Sergei Bachlakov/Shutterstock)

The famous Save On Meats neon sign in Gastown (Sergei Bachlakov/Shutterstock)

  • What: The Greasy Spoon Diner features some of the best chefs in the world creating a four-course dining experience at Save On Meats. Chef Shani Cohen of Virtuous Pie will lead the 43rd Greasy Spoon. Over the past few years, Shani has made a transition from the corporate world to follow her passion for cooking. During that time, she helped open Chickpea and now works as a Sous Chef at Virtuous Pie’s flagship location on Main at Keefer.
  • When: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Save On Meats – 43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $95

J Roddy Walston and The Business 

  • What: American rockers J Roddy Walston and The Business return to VENUE with special guest Jonny Fritz.
  • When: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $18 plus fees

Rosé Soirée – Mixer & Celebration Night

  • What: A glamorous evening with opportunities to create social connections, blended with business. Enjoy desserts and your choice of wine, while learning more about the other guests and sharing your passions. Hosted by Dynamic Women.
  • When: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Drawing Room & Terrace: University Women’s Club of Vancouver – 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $50-$75

Vancouver Fashion Week 2018

Vancouver Fashion Week

Image: Vancouver Fashion Week/Instagram

  • What: Presenting a combined 80 runway shows featuring national and international designers’ innovative Spring/Summer 2019 collections, Vancouver Fashion Week will once again showcase its global platform and support for Canadian talent over seven diverse days.
  • When: Monday, September 17 to Sunday, September 23, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza
  • Tickets: Online

HiVE Social Impact Week

  • What: Social Impact Week aims to build a network of knowledge within the community by showcasing innovative ideas and projects through various workshops, presentations, discussions, and activities.
  • When: Monday, September 17 to Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: HiVE Vancouver – 128 West Hastings Street #210, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Grotto Comedy

  • What: The latest Grotto Comedy show features headliner Yumi Nagashima, with special guest Ryan Williams along with Lydia Rickards, Robert Peng, MC Jake Spencer, and more.
  • When: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Grotto – 1725 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5

Moon Music!

  • What: Moon Music! is a free outdoor music session showcasing local musicians and bands. September 17 features Vi-An Diep on Gu Zheng.
  • When: Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: Slocan Park – 2750 E 29th Ave, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers

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  • What: Pre-season NHL action is back in Vancouver as the Canucks take on the Oilers at Rogers Arena. Calgary Flames on September 19, and LA Kings on September 20.
  • When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Royal Canoe

  • What: Canadian indie pop band Royal Canoe brings their Rayz Tour to Vancouver with special guest Begonia
  • When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20 plus fees

The Future of the Asia Pacific Economy and Trans-Pacific Trade

  • What: The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s policy expert Stewart M Patrick speaks to what the implications are or could be of the US’s non-participation in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, especially as China proceeds to deepen trade and economic engagement around the world through the Belt and Road Initiative and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
  • When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: SFU Harbour Centre Campus – Room 1400-1410, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free


September 18

E-40 – MRG Concerts / Facebook

  • What: Bay Area rap legend E-40 comes to Vancouver with special guests OMB Peezy and Nef The Pharoah.
  • When: 
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Ted Talks Discussion Group

  • What: This group watches pre-selected TED Talks and an open discussion follows. The group is designed for those who want to learn from the greatest minds on the planet, talk about big ideas and meet other curious-minded people.
  • When: The first and third Tuesday of the month.
  • Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm
  • Where: FVRL – Tsawwassen Library – 1321A 56 Street, Delta
  • Admission: Free

Interface: The woven artwork of Jaad Kuujus – Opening Event

  • What:  The opening of Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art’s new focus exhibition, Interface: The woven artwork of Jaad Kuujus (Meghann O’Brien). Hear from the artist as she shares her journey in the exploration of her intricate textile works and cedar weavings. Plus enjoy live performances while enjoying light refreshments.
  • When: Tuesday, September 18 , 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 am
  • Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art – 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

The Singer Behind the Song – Renee Fleming

  • What: Renée Fleming’s Music and the Mind presentation explores the power of music as it relates to health, including childhood development, music therapy, and discoveries that are changing our understanding of the brain.
  • When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm
  • Where: UBC Old Auditorium – 6344 Memorial Rd, Vancouver,
  • Admission: Free with reserved seating. Call UBC Opera Box Office at 604-822-6725

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Extraordinary Future Conference

Extraordinary Future Conference

Extraordinary Future Conference (Contributed)

  • What: The event showcases the best in Canadian tech – from pre-launch startups to billion dollar companies. With the event doubling in size, this year’s conference will also showcase mind-blowing content across three stages: a variety of blockchain, cannabis, health tech, software, quantum computing and security investment opportunities, even psychedelic therapy.
  • When: Wednesday, September 19 to Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Time: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Tickets: Available online

Improv Against Humanity: Rush Week Revelry

  • What: Improv Against Humanity is back in session at the Rio Theatre with a fall kickoff special by The Fictionals. Enjoy CAH comedy, enter for a chance to win prizes, and help crown the Most Horrible Person In Vancouver during the live tournament.
  • When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Guildford Recreation Centre’s Fall Open House

  • What: Drop by Guildford Recreation Centre’s Fall Open House and learn about programs and services in Guildford’s community. Aquatics, library and recreation staff will be on site to answer all of your questions about fall programs. There will be free activities for everyone to participate in, including Zumba (ages 13+), Aquafit, Stay & Play, games for youth, and ice cream in the seniors’ lounge. Enjoy live music and refreshments too.
  • When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: Guildford Recreation Centre – 15105 105 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Business Excellence Series: Women in Business

  • What: The panel of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders will share insights into career advancement through networking and mentorship. The discussion will examine the connection between a strong network and career success; how to break into the right networks; and will offer tangible advice for women at all stages in their careers.
  • When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: The Shangri-La Hotel, Conway Room – 1128 West Georgia Street Vancouver
  • Registration: Online, $59-$69

Film Screening: Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change

  • What: A public screening of the documentary Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change in Vancouver. Set in the context of the Paris climate change agreements, the new film tells the stories of climate change leaders from Canada’s West Coast working in renewable energy, city government, energy conservation, community engagement, sustainable food, finance and indigenous land stewardship. After the screening there will be a discussion with the filmmaker Dr. Joanna Ashworth and special guests.
  • When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: SFU Harbour Centre Campus Vancouver – 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1900, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

The Future of BC Speaker Series: The Transformation of Addiction Medicine Reception

St. Paul's Foundation Future Leaders


  • What: The St. Paul’s Foundation Future Leaders are hosting an exclusive reception that will provide young leaders with the opportunity to network with their peers. The Future of BC Speaker Series will take place on September 19 at the McCarthy Tetrault private rooftop Patio. The event will give guests the opportunity to learn first-hand about St. Paul’s Hospital’s world-leading addiction and medicine program. Renowned addiction medicine physicians and researchers, Dr. Even Wood and Dr. Seonaid Nolan, will be in attendance and share their knowledge about the impact of addiction on the global community.
  • When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: McCarthy Tetrault Rooftop Patio —  745 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online, $50

Textile Walking Tour 

  • What: To show how dynamic Vancouver’s textile community is, a self-guided walking tour has been developed to highlight 24 locations on Granville Island with a full range of creative textiles being made in our backyard. Many pieces have been produced to pair thematically with the businesses and studios hosting them. Part of Textile Society of America Conference in Vancouver .
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Granville Island
  • Admission: Free

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nigredo Hotel

September 20

Nigredo Hotel – City Opera Vancouver

  • What: Nigredo Hotel is a bizarre, macabre, and comic chamber opera by Ann-Marie MacDonald and Nic Gotham.  It is the story of an encounter between an beautiful but crazed woman who runs a shoddy hotel, and a brain surgeon who takes refuge there after he crashes his car.  It is also brilliant combat between two of the most unusual characters in 20th century opera. Starring Tyler Duncan and Sarah Vardy, directed by Alan Corbishley, and presented by City Opera Vancouver.
  • When: Thursday, September 20 to Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Simon Kempston

  • What: Steveston Folk Guild presents Simon Kempston in concert. Described as “one of Scotland’s best songwriters” by The Sunday Herald, Simon performs music that is steeped in the history of folk, blues and Celtic traditions. He will be playing songs from his latest cd “Vanishing act: and from “Onward she travels”.
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2018 
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site – Chinese Bunkhouse – 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
  • Tickets: $10 at the door

Exhibition Opening – Watermarks

  • What: Watermarks is a visually immersive experience of various perspectives of aquatic scenes of Coastal British Columbia. Featuring the works of Amelia Alcock-White, Michael Abelman, and Graham Coulthard; hosted and organized by the Burnaby Arts Council.
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2018 
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Small Business BC – Ladner Popup

  • What: Learn the key steps in the business start-up and growth process, while learning about the support services available at every step of the way. There’s also the opportunity to book a free 15 to 20-minute consultation with a Small Business BC business advisors (subject to availability).
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Port Of Vancouver Delta Community Office – 5225A Ladner Trunk Rd, Delta
  • Admission: Free

Freak Dream Album Release

  • What: Vancouver cyber-punk band Freak Dream is releasing their debut album “Into The Sun” on CD/Digital on Artoffact Records. Their album release party features special guest Rinse Dream, Rong and Primp.
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St. Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $8

Vancouver Canucks vs LA Kings

  • What: Vancouver Canuck’s pre-season continues as LA Kings stop by Rogers Arena.
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Brews, Builds ‘N’ Bytes Nights

September 20

STEAM Communications and Events / Facebook

  • What: An adults-only tinkering with electronics event. In celebration of National Science Literacy week, guests will be exploring electronic circuits, poking around the inside of favorite (albeit retired) electronics and making electronic greeting cards.
  • When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Storm Crow Alehouse – 1619 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $28
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