28 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 23 to 26

Sep 23 2019, 5:00 am

Welcome to the first week of fall! Get things going with these 28 events in Vancouver from Monday, September 23 to Thursday, September 26. Check out Sickboy Podcast, the Royal Air Force, and more.

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

Monday, September 23

Sickboy Podcast


What: The hit podcast Sickboy will be performing live at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver on September 23. The podcast was started by Jeremie Saunders and his two friends Taylor MacGillivary and Brian Stever. Saunders was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was a child, and his parents were told that he wasn’t likely to live past his 20th birthday. He’s now 31.

In the podcast, the three Halifax-born friends interview people about their experiences with illness, death, and disease — everything from cancer to depression — all while finding humour in even the darkest situations.

When: September 23, 2019
Time: Doors open 6:30 pm, show starts 7:30 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre — 1660 East Broadway
Price: $25 (plus service charges) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators

What: The Canucks face off with the Ottawa Senators at Abbotsford Centre in an NHL preseason game.

When: September 23, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

Vallea Lumina

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Foresta Lumina/Moment Factory

What: Vallea Lumina the interactive experience is presented by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s very own “The Adventure Group.” Through the use of emotive lights, video, soundscape, and scenography, guests are “transported” to another world with opportunities to touch, play, and explore their new environment.

When: Now until October 13, 2019
Time: Shows begin at sundown
Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
Tickets: Online, Adults: $39.99, Kids $34.99

Definitely Dali Exhibition

What: Chali-Rosso Art Gallery’s annual Definitely Dali exhibition is back for the summer. Enjoy original artwork by the great Spanish Surrealist master, every single day until the end of September. Plus visit the monumental Salvador Dali sculptures they have positioned in the two public, outdoor spaces: Dalinian Dancer at the corner of Alberni and Thurlow St., and Space Venus at LOT 19, at the foot of Hornby St. 2 W. Hastings.

When: Daily until the end of September 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Monday to Saturday), 12 to 5 pm (Sunday), or by appointment: [email protected] or 604 733 3594
Where: Chali-Rosso Art Gallery – 549 Howe Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World Tour

What: RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to Vancouver this fall. Your favourite drag stars will be hitting the stage for the Official RuPaul’s Drag Race WERQ the World Tour. The show will be hosted by the fabulous Michelle Visage who “takes you on a journey to save the galaxy in the largest drag production ever produced.” Also featuring Aquaria, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Violet Chachki, and the queens from Season 11.

When: September 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wünderbar ‘Oktobeerfest’ Pop-Up at Bells & Whistles

What: Bells & Whistles will be transforming into a Bavarian-inspired beer hall for over two weeks of beer-fueled celebration. Menu specials like warm pretzels with tangy honey mustard, currywurst (or vegan ‘Beyond Sausage’ brat, crispy fries, curry ketchup), an Oktoberfest platter (crispy pork schnitzel, bratwurst, rosemary bacon, braised housemade sauerkraut, German potato salad, mustard and pickles) and a custom-created Foothills Creamery soft-serve dessert will all be up for order. This Wünderbar ‘Oktobeerfest’ Pop-Up will also feature some classic German beer styles from local brewers.

When: Now until October 6, 2019
Time: Regular hours
Where: Bells & Whistles Fraser Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

White Rock Farmers’ Market

What: Live music, over 80 vendors, and great local produce and food products make the White Rock Farmers’ Market a great community event for South Surrey and White Rock.

When: Every Monday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 15154 Russell Avenue (Beside Whaling Wall) in White Rock
Admission: Free

Tuesday, September 24

Fireside Chat with Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid/Twitter

What: Tech Collective is hosting a Fireside Chat lead by Andrew Reid — founder of Vision Critical and Rival Technologies. As an entrepreneur, Reid works to close the gap between how people live their digital lives and how companies engage with people for their insights. He’ll be in conversation with Hayley Woodin of Business in Vancouver.

Vision Critical is a software company that powered hundred of organizations in the online community by connecting them to their customers. Rival Technologies is also a software company which uses a program called Chat Lab, which allows companies to engage employees, customers, and fans through communication platforms.

When: September 24, 2019
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Where: Brainstation Vancouver – 400 – 455 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $25 for general admission; $10 for students (plus fees)


What: LET THEM EAT DIRT: The Hunt For Our Kid’s Missing Microbes is a new documentary based on the book, “Let Them Eat Dirt.” The screening at the Rio Theatre will be followed by a Q&A moderated by journalist Kathryn Gretsinger, with Dr. Brett Finlay and Emmy Award-Winning producer Rivkah Beth Medow.

When: September 24, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Elton John

What: Elton John is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 38 gold records and 31 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. He has also written the music for stage and screen successes Billy Elliot: The Musical, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, and The Lion King, which was named the highest-grossing stage show or film release in the world.

The legendary artist has over 4,000 performances, in more than 80 countries, to his credit since launching his first tour in 1970.

When: September 24, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available through his website and on Live Nation

Vancouver Improv Festival

What: Check out more than 14 interactive performances, workshops and an opening night gala at the 21st Vancouver Improv Festival. Featuring headliners Trio from Los Angeles, Lambati from Tel Aviv, Israel, and special guest Andrew Phung of CBC’s Kim’s Convenience.

When: September 24 to 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver,
Tickets: Online

The Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows in Vancouver

What: The Royal Air Force (RAF), the United Kingdom’s aerial warfare force, are amidst their largest-ever visit to North America and their first tour in more than a decade.

The tour, which is centred around the RAF Red Arrows Aerobic Team, will be in Vancouver on September 24 and 26. Tuesday, September 24 involves an installation at Science World, followed by a Q&A with Red Arrows pilots and engineers. Thursday, September 26, will include a flypast by the Red Arrows, a photo booth, and activities at the Vancouver Harbour. Exact times will be announced by the RAF closer to the date on social media.

When: September 24 and September 26, 2019
Time: Times will be announced by the Red Arrows at a closer date.
Where: Science World at the TELUS World of Science and the Vancouver Harbour
Admission: Free


Banks/Live Nation

What: American singer-songwriter Banks will be performing at the Orpheum on September 24 as part of her “III Tour.” To date, Banks has amassed 1.2 billion global streams across all of her songs, and the single “Gimme” from her latest album III has garnered more than seven million cumulative streams.

When: September 24, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Orpheum — 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Shipment

What: The Shipment by Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee, features five Black actors – Andrew Creightney, Chris Francisque, Omari Newton, Adrian Neblett, and Kiomi Pyke – playing what is described as a “bad b-list of Black iconography: Video Ho, Crackhead John, Bad Cop, Standup Comedian, Drug Dealer Mama, Grandma from Heaven, and Record Company Executive, to name just a few.” The stereotypes are mashed-up with clichés, distortions, and sleights of hand to encourage the audience to confront their own bias.

When: Various dates from September 24 to October 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, September 25

Vampire Weekend

What: Vampire Weekend will be hitting the stage in Vancouver on September 25 as part of their North American Father of the Bride Tour. Since their debut, Vampire Weekend have released two albums, both of which debuted at #1 and have been certified Gold in the US: 2010’s GRAMMY-nominated Contra, and 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, which won that year’s GRAMMY for Best Alternative Album.

When: September 25, 2019
Time: Gates 5:30 pm, show 6:30 pm
Where: Festival Lawn at Dawn Lake Park

Feroz Abbas Khan’s Gandhi My Father

What: Celebrate the 150th brithday of Mahatma Gandhi with a screening of the multiple National Film Awards-winning film Feroz Abbas Khan’s Gandhi My Father. Presented by KVP Entertainers, Thakore Charitable Foundation, Institute for the Humanities, J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University and SFU W.A.C. Bennett Library.

When: September 25, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: SFU Goldcorp Theatre – 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Matthew and the Atlas

What: British songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hegarty aka Matthew and the Atlas in support of his new album, Morning Dancer.

When: September 25, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival / Facebook

What: Celebrate all things flamenco at this annual festival of dance, with both ticketed performances and free events throughout the week. Featuring Canadian and international artists.

When: Various dates until September 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Revision: the art of recycling

What: Burnaby Arts Council presents ReVision: the art of recycling at Deer Lake Gallery, featuring a non-profit society of artists. Explore artwork made from upcycled waste materials and discarded objects, workshops, artist talks, events, and more.

When: Now until October 26, 2019 (closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays)
When: Various times
Where: Deer Lake Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Admission: By donation

Reading the Bones

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

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

local produce

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What: Explore the dozens of local makers, bakers, and growers at two weekly locations of Langley Community Farmers’ Market.

When: Every Wednesday until October 9, 2019, and Every Saturday until October 5, 2019
Time: 12 to 4:30 pm (Wednesdays), 10 am to 2 pm (Saturdays)
Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley (Wednesday), Timms Community Centre – 20339 Douglas Crescent, Langley (Saturdays)
Admission: Free

Thursday, September 26

Vancouver International Film Festival 2019

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Atom Egoyan/VIFF

What: VIFF features over 320 films and events, and welcomes about approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe to Vancouver. The festival also showcases the biggest Canadian film program in the world and some of the best in cinematography from British Columbia, including films in the Sea to Sky programming stream presented by TELUS.

The films and documentaries shown throughout the festival will celebrate a myriad of voices, stories, and perspectives stemming from the people within BC.

When: September 26 to October 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Ticket Packs and Passes: Online

Interior Design Show 2019

What: The annual Interior Design Show (IDS) Vancouver, also known as the biggest design event of the year, will be taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre from September 26 to 29. Hundreds of artists, makers, and design-centric brands come together in Vancouver to showcase their latest work, concepts and products. Some of the design world’s most notable and talented personalities (including Bruno Feldeisen, Executive Chef and Judge of “The Great Canadian Bake Show”) will be speaking, and attendees can also network with renowned designers who hail from Vancouver or use the city for their creative inspiration.

When: September 26 to September 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West — 1055 Canada Place
Tickets: Available via website

On The Table 2019

What: At On the Table, an annual event initiated by the Vancouver Foundation, you’re invited to host a conversation about what really matters to you over a meal with friends, family, colleagues, or even people you’ve never had a conversation with before. If you’re the resident dinner party, brunch, or backyard barbecue host in your group of friends, this is the perfect opportunity for you to show off your hosting skills — and for a great cause.

When: September 26, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Check On the Table website for events in your area
More Info: Online

Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time

What: This unique exhibition is focused on the art of Alberto Giacometti, renowned in the twentieth century for his sculpture, painting, drawing and design. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to examine the breadth of his practice and to see Giacometti’s place among his contemporaries in Paris and London in the post-war period.

In addition to Giacometti, featured artists include Francis Bacon, César, Lynn Chadwick, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, Elisabeth Frink, Henri Michaux, Eduardo Paolozzi, Isabel Rawsthorne, Man Ray, Germaine Richier, Jean-Paul Riopelle and William Turnbull, among others.

When: Now until September 29, 2019
Time: Daily 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays until 9 pm, and the first Friday of each month until 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Arizona Coyotes

What: Vancouver Canucks hit the ice in a preseason game against the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Arena.

When: September 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sarah Slean and Kevin Fox

Sarah Slean / Facebook

What: Three-time JUNO nominee Sarah Slean and highly regarded arranger/composer Kevin Fox team up for a show at the Shadbolt on September 26.

When: September 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre Studio Theatre – 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Puppet Slam: The Fast and the Furriest

What: Museum of Anthropology and Vancouver International Puppet Festival presents MOA’s first ever puppet slam. Co-hosted by Dusty Hagerüd and Tara Travis, Puppet Slam showcases a variety of puppeteers in front of a panel of judges and the audience.

When: September 26, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Free with museum admission

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