89 things to do in Vancouver this September

Aug 30 2018, 6:22 pm

September is here and it is full of exciting events in Vancouver. From Vancouver Fringe to SKOOKUM Festival and Feast of Fields, here are 89 things to check out around the city this month!

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

Labour Day long weekend

Double Feature Outdoor Movie Night at the Market

Outdoor Movie Night at the Quay

Photo courtesy of Outdoor Movie Night at the Quay

  • What: To celebrate to the end of the summer in Lonsdale, SummerFest at the Market is presenting an epic double feature outdoor movie on September 1. Attendees can catch Finding Dory from 8 to 10 pm and then The Goonies from 10 pm to midnight. Be sure to bring blankets, chairs, and money for goodies, which can be purchased at Lonsdale Market until 9 pm – a special late opening time just for the double flick. The Outdoor Movie Night is by donation, all proceeds will go to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.
  • When: Saturday, September 1, 2018 
  • Time: 8 pm (Finding Dory) and 10 pm (The Goonies)
  • Where: Lonsdale Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • Price: By donation

Nikkei Matsuri Festival 2018

  • What: Nikkei Matsuri is Burnaby’s family-friendly Japanese cultural festival. Enjoy special guests, games, food, performances, a beer garden, marketplace and more.
  • When: Saturday, September 1 to Sunday, September 2, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 7 pm
  • Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby
  • Admission: Nikkei Matsuri activities that take place in the Garden are free to all attendees. A $3 admission fee will be collected at the entrance of the building for attendees wishing to partake in the Game Zone, Matsuri Marketplace, special workshops and main stage performances (all indoor activities). Children under the age of 5 are free all weekend.

Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival 2018

  • What: The Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival returns for a day packed full of eating, drinking, and being merry. Of course, meat and cheese will be the main event, but there will also be accompaniments such as pickled items, chocolates, and coffee up for grabs. As always, beer, wine, spirits, and cider will available at the event.
  • When: Saturday, September 1, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Price: $35-$145; buy via Eventbrite

Labour Day Long Weekend at Tsawwassen Mills

  • What: Enjoy exclusive savings at over 60 retailers at visit Tsawwassen Mills during the Labour Day long weekend.  Download the savings e-booklet online or pick up a copy at Guest Services when you arrive at the mall. Plus check out the Science World pop-up activation and the numerous other entertainment options!
  • When: Saturday, September 1 to Monday, September 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Tsawwassen Mills Mall – 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Tsawwassen
  • Price: Free

TAIWANfest 2018

  • What: TAIWANfest 2018 is making its annual return to downtown Vancouver this Labour Day weekend. Continuing the Dialogues with Asia series, this year’s event celebrates a ‘Fête with the Philippines.’ visitors of the festival will be able to experience some of the untold stories connecting Taiwan and the Philippines through live music and performances, food, fashion, film, workshops, and even a culinary competition.
  • When: Saturday, September 1 to Monday, September 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free


  • What: The long weekend is a perfect time for a road trip, so head down to Seattle for Bumbershoot. Enjoy music, theatre, food experiences and more. Plus catch Vancouver acts like DJ Khanvict and comedians Sophie Buddle and Gavin Matts onstage.
  • When: Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations around Seattle Centre
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Babes On Babes – QUEER Long Weekend Party: Anniversary Edition

  • What: Vancouver’s Queer Long Weekend Jam features special guests Immigrant Lessons, plus Body Party, DJ Kookum, Skylar Love, Adia and more.
  • When: Sunday, September 2
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Cover: $15

Show and Shine

  • What: The MBCA Show and Shine 2018 at Waterfront Park is dedicated to the preservation, restoration & enjoyment of the Mercedes-Benz automobile. This year celebrates 35 Years of the W201. Register online.
  • When: Sunday, September 2, 2018 
  • Time: 9 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Summer Pool Party at Drai’s

  • What: Keep the long weekend fun going with a Summer Pool Party at Drai’s. JStrIng, Zwoofer, Kluzda will be playing high energy KPop, EDM, party anthems, and more.
  • When: Sunday, September 2, 2018
  • Time: Doors 2 pm
  • Where: Drai’s Vancouver – 3rd floor – 1161 West Georgia, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $16 to $25

Aritzia Warehouse Sale 2018

  • What: There will be a constant rotation of new stock coming in daily with major price cuts of 50% to 90% off the original retail cost. Brands such as Wilfred, TNA, Babaton, and Talula will be up for grabs from both spring/summer and fall/winter.
  • When: Now to Monday, September 3, 2018
  • Time: 7 am to 9 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 9 am to 7 pm on Sunday and Monday
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Victory Square Block Party 2018

  • What: CiTR Radio 101.9FM and Discorder Magazine annual summer party to bring summer to a close. Featuring live music, an ice cream truck on site, and a raffle for great local prizes. Proceeds from the raffle and sponsorship go towards Megaphone, Vancouver’s street magazine sold by homeless and low-income vendors.
  • When: Sunday, September 2, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 9 pm
  • Where: Victory Square – corner of Hastings and Cambie, Vancouver,
  • Admission: Free

The Fair at the PNE

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  • What: Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. Explore exhibits, enjoy live performances, be thrilled by rides, play games, learn about livestock, shop for treasures, and eat the yummiest food all in one place.
  • When: Now to Monday, September 3, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to late
  • Where: The Fair at the PNE – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Labour Day at Burnaby Village Museum

  • What: Old-fashioned fun at Burnaby Village Museum, complete with games of chance, entertainment, demonstrations, a children’s craft, and market vendors.
  • When: Monday, September 3, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free, plus free Carousel Rides

Explore the great outdoors

Campbell Valley Nature Walks – A World of Colours

  • What: Learn about wildlife and wildflowers on these casual walks with veteran naturalist Al Grass. The park’s plants and animals show a marvellous diversity of colours. But what does it all mean? All ages. Bring your camera.
  • When: Monday, September 3, 2018 
  • Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
  • Where:  Campbell Valley Regional Park
  • Admission: Free

Nature Trek up Lynn Headwaters


(Gezim Ibrahimi / Shutterstock)

  • What: Learn more about the forest and forest inhabitants of this park as you hike the 13.8 km return trip to Norvan Falls. Ages 19+.
  • When: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where:  Lynn Headwaters Regional Park
  • Admission: $8 per adult. Registration required, barcode 7391; 604-432-6359

We’re Lichen it!

  • 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

Going on a Bug Hunt

  • What: Follow a snail, stalk a grasshopper and search for a spider on this exploration for things that crawl on six legs or more. Ages 6 to 9.
  • When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Surrey Bend Regional Park
  • Admission: $4.50 per child. Registration required.  Barcode 7466. 604-432-6359

2018 Annual Seymour Salmonid Society Hatchery Open House

  • What: Find out what’s been going on at the hatchery and learn more about the Seymour Salmonid Society. There will be an unveiling of the wall mural by Ron Den Daas, hatchery tours, games, giveaways, live band and food truck. Free shuttle bus transport starts at 9:30 am.
  • When: Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Free shuttle starts at 9:30 am, event starts at 10 am.
  • Where: Seymour Hatchery – Rice Lake Gate- 4900 Lillooet Road
  • Admission: Free

Rainforest by Night

  • What: Experience a west coast rainforest beneath a full moon when owls, salamanders and beavers are active.
  • When: Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: Minnekhada Regional Park
  • Admission: $8.50 per adult, $4.50 per child/youth/adult 65+. Registration required.  Barcode 7455. 604-432-659

World Rivers Day – Watershed Tour

  • What: Through games and activities, explore big concepts in some of the most beautiful parts of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Take a trip over the Seymour Falls Dam on a magic school bus and walk along the lower river through beautiful trails.
  • When: Sunday, September 23, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free. Ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration Required 604-432-6430. Barcode 7488

Eensy, Weensy Spider

  • What: They spin silken webs and float through the sky, but there’s no need to fear them unless you’re a fly.  Enjoy a day in nature with your child learning about spiders. Ages 3 to 5. Must be accompanied by an adult.
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Colony Farm Regional Park
  • Admission: $4.50 per child Registration required. Barcode 7465. 604-432-6359

Laugh the night away

Back to School TheatreSports

  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports honours the beginning of fall with a special improv show dedicated to school days. Back to School TheatreSports takes classic TheatreSports short form improv ‘games’ and adapts them to parody classroom clichés and cliques (some things never change). Instead of the traditional TheatreSports referee, the action will be overseen by a very stern Principal. Regardless of whether you are/were a jock, a nerd or one of the cool kids at school, everyone will be able to relate and find something to laugh about.
  • When: Monday, September 3, 2018, then every Tuesday to Saturday until Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

The Anxiety Show Episode 9

  • What: Each episode of The Anxiety Show features storytelling, standup, and variety-style comedy on a different mental health issue (or trigger) by booked comedians and open mic participants. Episode 9 features a variety of Vancouver Fringe performers. Hosted by Megan Phillips.
  • When: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood

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  • What: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood return to the River Rock Show Theatre with their two-man improv show, Scared Scriptless. As seen on TV specials and movies, comedy veterans Colin and Brad will be making Metro Vancouver laugh during their interactive performance. The entire audience will be in on the act as they participate and provide suggestions, with Colin and Brad doing the rest. 
  • When: Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Rd, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online


  • What: RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share. Founded in 2009 by Kevin Allison of MTV’s sketch comedy show, The State, RISK! has been downloaded tens of millions of times and has featured true stories from Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, Dan Savage, Margaret Cho, Andy Dick, Michael Ian Black, and regular folks from around the world.
  • When: Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7:30 pm, Show 8:30 pm
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St. Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $24.99

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

Jim Jefferies

  • What: Jim Jefferies is an Australian stand-up comedian, political commentator, actor, and writer. His latest stand-up special, This Is Me Now, was released on Netflix in July.
  • When: Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: 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

Explore the city

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2018

  • What: Produced annually by the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society, Vancouver Fringe features 99 shows and over 700 performances attracting over 40,000 attendees. Enjoy dramatic works, comedy, magic, dance and more, then check out the Fringe Bar in the evening for more entertainment.
  • When: Thursday, September 6 to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Where: Various venues across Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15, plus $7 membership

Treefest 25 – Riverview Arboretum 2018


(Government of BC)

  • What: Enjoy guided tree and heritage walks, talks and tours. Yes, there will be cake.
  • When: Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Riverview Lands. Enter the site from Colony Farm Road. Event is held in the Arboretum above Pine Terrace. Parking is available on Pine Terrace.
  • Admission: Free

Pirate Weekend at the Cannery

  • What: Pirates (the friendly kind) invade the Cannery in celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day. TheShady Isle Pirates will set up a pirate encampment inside the historic cannery, with lots of games and swashbuckling fun for the entire family to enjoy. Wear your best pirate gear, or try some from their collection, and be sure to brush up on your pirate-speak before you dare to enter the pirate zone.
  • When: Saturday, September 15 to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Adults $11.70, children 17 and under are free

Terry Fox Hometown Run

  • What: The Terry Fox Hometown Run is a non-competitive event where people get together as individuals, families, and groups to raise money for cancer research in Terry’s name. There are 3 km, 5 km, 7 km and 10 km distances.
  • When: Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Registration 8 am, run begins 10 am
  • Where: Hyde Creek Community Centre, 1379 Laurier, Port Coquitlam
  • Registration: Online

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

  • What: All things flamenco are at this annual festival of dance, featuring both ticketed performances and free events. The traditionally Spanish art form takes on new multicultural meaning with both Canadian and international artists.
  • When: Friday, September 21 to Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: Varies
  • Where: Various venues across Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Flamenco Festival; varies

2018 Grand Prix of Art

  • What: Over 100 artists of all ages and experience levels take part in a day of intense fun and competition, as artists race against the clock in this three-hour painting challenge. The exhibition is open to the public from 3 to 6pm on Saturday and will remain on display at Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site until Sunday, September 23 from 12 to 4 pm.
  • When: Saturday, September 22 to Sunday, September 23, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Various locations arouns Steveston
  • Registration: Online

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach

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  • What: Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the festival offers Shakespeare’s plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. The lineup this year includes As You Like ItMacbethTimon of Athens, and Lysistrata.
  • When: Now to Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Olde Harvest Fair

  • What: Celebrate the harvest with food, neighbourly competitions and music. While the kids play in the hay, enjoy local vendors and artisans, live music and dancing, warm apple cider, performances by The Re-Enactors, tours of the 1894 farmhouse, and more.
  • When: Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

#BetonYES – A Day At The Races

  • What: A day to be reunited with the YES! community at Hastings Racecourse for an afternoon of fashion, games and fun. Keep the summer vibes strong with a little afternoon bubbly, lawn games, and wonderful ladies, all while giving back. The networking will be fun and genuine, and a great chance to connect with people in the YES! community.
  • When: Sunday, September 23, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 5 pm
  • Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Members $35, Non Members $45 (Bring a Friend: 25% off the second ticket when purchased together)

Burnaby Community Dialogues

  • What: The Burnaby Taskforce on Homelessness and other community members welcomes you to an open and inclusive time for dialogue and learning on the overdose and opioid crisis in the municipality of Burnaby. Registration is free but sign-up soon since seating is limited. There will be be free food and drink served in the first half-hour. Child-minding will be provided. Naxolone training is also offered.
  • When: Wednesday, September 26, Tuesday, October 16, Saturday, October 27, and Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Vancouver International Film Festival 2018

  • What: Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened, VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. The festival screen films from more than 70 countries on nine screens, with an international line-up including the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.
  • When: Thursday, September 27 to Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Time: Various
  • Where: Various venues around Vancouver
  • Ticket Packs and Passes: Online

Museum of Surrey Grand Opening

  • What: Be among the first to play, laugh and explore Surrey’s very own museum. In addition to Dinosaurs Unearthed, see the TD Explore Zone and everything else Museum of Surrey has to offer. Bring the family to experience live performances, textile demonstrations, crafts, activities and scavenger hunts.
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Museum of Surrey – 17710 56a Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Catch a Concert


  • What: The inaugural three-day festival is the result of a collaboration between BRANDLIVE and Virgin Mobile. More than 50 performances will take place over the course of the festival from some of the biggest names in music, accompanied by live art installations, gourmet culinary experiences, and some of BC’s best wines and craft beer.
  • When: Friday, September 7 to Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Brockton Field in Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online as of Friday, April 20, starting at $114

Westward Music Festival 2018

  • 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

Sam Smith

  • 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

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

Leon Bridges

  • What: Grammy Award-nominated Leon Bridges will be performing at the PNE Amphitheatre as part of his 2018 headline, Good Thing Tour, ahead of the release of his sophomore album, Good Thing. Supporting artists include Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Khruangbin, and Masego.
  • When: Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: PNE Amphitheatre – East, 2901 East Hastings Street
  • Tickets: $55 – Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Amy Shark

  • What: Australian indie pop singer-songwriter and producer Amy Shark comes to Vancouver on her Love Monster tour.
  • When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial Vancouver – 319 Main St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20 plus fees

Childish Gambino

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  • What: The incredible Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning, multi-talented recording artist, actor, and producer will be on tour with special guest Rae Sremmurd.
  • When: Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: Doors at 7 pm/Show at 8 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena
  • Tickets: via Ticketmaster, $59.50, $89.50, and $139.50.

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Canucks

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Image: NHL / Twitter

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

Vancouver Whitecaps

  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps continue their run for the MLS playoffs throughout September at BC Place. They take on San Jose Earthquakes on September 1, Seattle Sounders on September 15, and FC Dallas on September 23.
  • When: Saturday, September 1, Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 23, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm (September 1 and 15), 4 pm (September 23)
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

BC Lions

  • What: Catch the BC Lions in action against the Ottawa Redblacks on September 7 and Hamilton Tiger-Cats on September 22 at BC Place.
  • When: Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

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.

Get fresh at farmers’ markets

Downtown Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Thursday from Thursday, June 7 to Thursday, October 4, 2018
  • Time: 3 to 7 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday to Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday to Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday to Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: West End Farmers Market – 1100 Comox Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market


Image: Vancouver Farmers Market

  • When: Every Wednesday from Wednesday, June 6 to Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: Main Street Station – 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday from Sunday, May 27 to Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Riley Park Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday to Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Riley Park – 50 East 30th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

River District Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday to Saturday, October 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza – 8683 Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Sunday to Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market

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  • When: Every Saturday to Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

  • When: Select Sundays until September 30, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Tuesday to Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Plaza in between the Richmond Public Library and the Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre – 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market

  • When: Alternate Sundays to September 16, 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Easthope Parking Lot (across the street from the Steveston Community Centre) – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

  • When: Every Saturday to October 27, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 2 pm
  • Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
  • Admission: Free

New West Farmers’ Market

  • What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.
  • When: 
  • Time: 3 to 7 pm
  • Where: Tipperary Park – 315 Queens Ave, New Westminster
  • Admission: Free

Poirier Street Market

  • What: Launched in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers’ Market is the longest running suburban farmers’ market in the Lower Mainland. The Poirier Street Market hosts a diversity of vendors and products from May through October. Each week a wide variety of vendors gather to showcase their products – made, baked, grown, or raised in BC.
  • When: 
  • Time: 9 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

Surrey Urban Farmers Market

Image: Surrey Urban Farmers Market / Facebook

  • What: A vibrant, multi-cultural Farmers’ Market, promoting small-scale farmers, food producers and artisans. Meet farmers, bakers, distillers, artisan and crafters, food trucks, community groups, and more.
  • When: Every Wednesday from June 6 to October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Bon Appétit

Le Burger Week Vancouver 2018

Le Burger Week 2018


  • What: This year there are nine Vancouver eateries competing for the title of their city’s best burger. The winning creation is typically offered at a special “burger price” for the public to taste and cast their votes on leburgerweek.com. There will be winning burgers in several categories including People’s Choice, Most Creative, and Healthiest Burger. The celebration also sends undercover tasters all over the country to choose which creation will earn the Judges’ Choice title.
  • When: Saturday, September 1 to Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Time: Regular Hours
  • Where: Restaurants around Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Surrey’s Pie in the Plaza 2018

  • What: This annual celebration of the city’s local agri-food sector is running for its third consecutive year. This free event features live music by local Celtic-Canadian folk-rock group the Pat Chessell Band, a ventriloquist performance by Norma McKnight, pony rides, face painting, an inflatable corn maze, vendor booths, and the pièce de résistance – a giant, 8-foot 2,000-slice blueberry pie. Pie will be served right after the opening ceremonies at 12:30 pm, so be sure to plan accordingly.
  • When: Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Central City Shopping Centre’s outdoor plaza – 10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey
  • Price: Free

24th Annual Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields

  • What: Feast of Fields is a wandering gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and between farm folks and city folks. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, you’ll stroll across a farmers field, traveling from tent to tent (sometimes through the barn, past the tractor or around the chicken coop) listening to live music, and tasting gourmet creations from some of BC’s top chefs, bakers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers and other beverage producers.
  • When: Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 5 pm
  • Where: UBC Farm – 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
  • Price: $95; buy online

Mid-Autumn Mooncake Demonstration


  • What: Learn the history, customs, and tradition behind the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Instructor Jessica Yue will first show you how you how to make ice mooncakes. Then you will take a quick tour of the house while she sets up the kitchen and shows you how to make baked moon cakes. You’ll get a chance to sample each of the mooncakes as well. Space is limited so sign up early. Ages 12+.
  • When: 
  • Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Coquitlam Heritage – 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $8.88

Heritage Apple Day

  • What: Sample a variety of apples, learn about pollinators, try your hand at old-fashioned chores and enjoy fiddlers, artists and historians. All ages.
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Derby Reach Regional Park – Meet at Heritage Area on Allard Crescent, north of 96th Ave, 4 km west of Fort Langley
  • Admission: Free

Explore a night market

Richmond Night Market

  • What: This market draws crowds from across the province, who travel to check out the rows on rows of vibrant cuisine along with the diverse line-up of nightly performances on the 50-foot entertainment stage.
  • When: Now to Monday, October 8, 2018
  • Time: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 pm to midnight; Sundays and holiday Mondays from 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • Price: $3.75 (regular admission)

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

North Vancouver

Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism/ Facebook

  • What: Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors every Friday night. Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers’ and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment.
  • When: Every Friday night to September 28, 2018
  • When: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Network at a business event

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

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 pyschological safety through implementing empathy and compassionate training programs.
  • When: Tuesday, September 13, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 10 am
  • Where: The Post at 750 – 110-750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45

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 U.S.’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

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

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

Vancouver Startup Week 2018

  • What: Vancouver Startup Week connects entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and friends to build momentum and opportunity. Vancouver Startup Week events are not organized by one central body, but instead by dozens of amazing community partners which in turn are supported by the non-profit Vancouver Startup Society. Last year brought together more than 3,000 people at over 70 events, including tech showcases, panel discussions, office visits, networking breakfasts, and investor lunches.
  • When: Monday, September 24 to Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Online

Cannabis Investors Forum

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  • What: Legalized recreational cannabis comes to Canada this fall, and companies and investors have been anticipating this event for some time. This Business in Vancouver Investors Forum examines the best options for those seeking a return on investment in the fast-developing industry.
  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
  • Where: Shangri-La Hotel – 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $59-$69

Party in the Clubs

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

Cedric Gervais

  • What: French House producer Cédric Gervais takes over #CelebsPlayhouse at Celebrities.
  • When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$30 plus fees


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

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


  • What: Merkules brings his Canadian tour to Vancouver with special guests Caspian, Lil Windex, Evil Ebenezer, Luca Mele, C The Gray, Jay Puzzle, DJ Scotty Wu, and DJ Dienamix.
  • When: Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$100

The Midnight

  • What: New York-based synthwave duo The Midnight bring their signature sound to Fortune Sound Club with special guest Ayokay
  • When: Thursday, September 27
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $18 plus fees

The World Famous Motown Party: 4 Year Anniversary

  • What: Shake-A-Tail-Feather at the city’s biggest monthly soul night, The Motown Party for their four year anniversary edition. Shimmy and shake to old favourites and rare grooves from Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and more.
  • When: Friday, September 28
  • Time: 10:30 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $8
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