28 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 24 to 28

Sep 19 2018, 5:32 am

Need more excitement in your life? Check out these 28 fun events happening in Vancouver from Monday, September 24 to Thursday, September 27. Keith Urban, Vancouver International Film Festival, and more.

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

Monday, September 24, 2018

Sea Otter Awareness Week at Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: Get to know the six resident rescued sea otters – Tanu, Katmai, Mak, Kunik, Rialto, and Hardy – and learn about these incredible species ambassadors as you take in special programs and activities.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: Regular hours
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
  • Tickets: Online

Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography book launch

  • What: Join Andrea Warner and special guests JB the First Lady and Angela Sterritt for an evening to celebrate the launch of Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography. This free event will feature live musical performances and readings, classic Buffy songs, a book signing, and more. 
  • When: Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:15 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

  • What: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears return to Vancouver for their fall tour with special guest Paul Cherry.
  • When: Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Venue Nightclub – 881 Granville Street Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $27.50 plus fees

Coast Salish Blanket Workshop

  • What: Hosted by Chief Janice George and Buddy Joseph, this is an excellent opportunity to learn traditional Salish weaving skills from seasoned weavers. Participants will enjoy an introduction to the historical and cultural significance of Salish weaving techniques. Each participant will subsequently create a textile with loom techniques under the direction of the instructors and leave the workshop with their own textile. A light lunch will also be served. Limited to 20 spaces.
  • When: Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $140 General Admission, $130 MOV Members.

Vancouver Startup Week 2018


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  • 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

Monday at the Movies: Meditation Park

  • What: Devoted wife and mother, 60-year-old Maria Wang’s life is altered when she discovers an orange thong in her husband’s pants pocket, forcing her to confront how powerless she truly is. Her efforts to find out the truth send her on an unexpected journey of liberation. Starring Cheng Pei Pei and Sandra Oh.
  • When: Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Massey Theatre – 735 Eighth Avenue New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $8-$9

WorkBC Impact Hiring Fair

  • What: With diversity and inclusion being a top priority for a growing number of employers, this hiring fair brings together local companies who are looking to immediately fill talent gaps in their labour force and connects them to a talented pool of job seekers of all abilities.
  • When: Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Community College – City Centre Campus – 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, free

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

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  • What: Dubbed “the best musical of this century,” by The New York Times, The Book of Mormon is a nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.
  • When: Tuesday, September 25 to Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: Performances run Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 pm, Sunday evening 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available on Ticketmaster starting at $30.50

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

Oktoberfest Brewmaster’s Dinner at Craft Beer Market

  • What: Head to Craft Beer Market on September 25 in celebration of the world’s largest beer festival over a German-inspired custom created menu. If you enjoy great craft beer paired with fresh local food, this is an event you do not want to miss.
  • When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Craft Beer Market – 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: $60; buy online

Meet the Masters – Dalí and Piccaso at the Oakridge Centre

  • What: Oakridge Centre is collaborating with Chali-Rosso Gallery once again to host the “Meet the Masters” art exhibition. The exhibition is open during centre hours and will include the unveiling of the 98” bronze Dali sculpture called the “Surrealist Piano”. This year also features Picasso pieces as well.
  • When: Now to Sunday, October 14, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 am to 7 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, 9:30 am to 9 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 11 am to 6 pm on Sundays
  • Where: Oakridge Centre’s West Gallery – 650 W. 41st Avenue, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Keith Urban

Image: Keith Urban / Facebook

  • What: Country music legend Keith Urban comes to Vancouver on his Graffiti U World Tour 2018 with special guest Lindsay Ell.
  • When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver,
  • Tickets: Online

Fatman Beyond with Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin

  • What: Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin record a live episode of their hit podcast Fatman Beyond at the Rio Theatre.
  • When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, Show 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $40 plus fees

Bob Moses

  • What: Bob Moses bring their Battle Lines Tour to The Commodore Ballroom with special guest Mansionair.
  • When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The 2018 Vancouver Job Fair

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  • What: Presented by WorkBC Employment Centres and operated by YWCA Metro Vancouver, this is the fourth annual version of the event. Sixty locals employers will be attending the fair, in hopes of filling over 1500 positions – all varying in experience levels and covering careers in engineering, finance, retail, telecommunications, tourism, and tech. The event is free of charge, although anyone who wishes to attend is asked to register online.
  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: UBC Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free of charge

DJ Pauly D

  • What: It’s time to get your GTL (gym, tan, laundry) on because Paul DelVecchio, much better known as DJ Pauly D, will be paying a visit to Venue Nightclub this fall. The 37-year-old is best known for his role on the infamous reality show, Jersey Shore. He was also the first member of the cast to receive his own spin-off show, the Pauly D Project.
  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm to 3 am
  • Where: Venue Nightclub – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Tasting Plates Vancouver Vegetarian Tour

  • What: Taking place in downtown Vancouver, this is the first all Vegetarian Tasting Plates tour. Downtown restaurants will offer vegetarian tasting plates of their dishes and drinks to the guests, thereby showcasing their restaurant and promoting their food and chefs.
  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 10 pm
  • Where: Multiple restaurants around Vancouver
  • Price: $29-60; buy online

Burnaby Community Dialogues

  • What: The Burnaby Taskforce on Homelessness and other community members welcome you to an open and inclusive 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 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

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

Passions 2018 Gala

  • What: Vancouver foodies can sample culinary creations from the city’s top restaurants, bakeries and caterers alongside wines hailing from New Zealand at the 2018 edition of the annual Passions Gala in support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. This year’s list of participating restaurants includes Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar, Joe Fortes, CinCin and Maenam. The elegant fundraising event takes place at Performance Works on Granville Island.
  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 pm (VIP Reception), 6:30 pm (General Reception)
  • Where: Performance Works on Granville Island
  • Price: $225-$300; buy online

Free to Move BC

  • What: Hosted by Diabetes Canada, Free to Move is an awesome BC-wide workplace wellness day that encourages employees from all industries to put their health first and get out of the office. A $10 donation is all you need to get started and then get moving. You can get active as a team, with a partner, or do it solo. Each participant will receive a campaign wristband. When you show it at any of the Perks Partner locations, you’ll be granted complimentary or discounted access at SoulCycle Yaletown, YYoga, The Juice Truck, and more — some studios are even offering perks the whole week.
  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Register: Online, $10

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Vancouver International Film Festival 2018


The Vancouver International Film Festival draws large crowds (VIFF/Facebook)

  • 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

The Midnight

  • What: New York-based synth-wave 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

Martha Wainwright

  • What: Martha began building a buzz with her well-noted EPs, prior to her 2005 critically and commercially successful debut LP, Martha Wainwright. Martha continues to tour her music around the world to sold-out audiences and has spent time on the silver screen playing characters in Martin Scorsese’s Aviator and the HBO special Olive Kitteridge alongside Frances McDormand.
  • When: Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Regional Export Strategy: World Trade Centre Vancouver

  • What: World Trade Centre Vancouver unveils their signature research initiative, The Regional Export Strategy Developed in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada, this unique piece of work will provide industry and government with an understanding of priority markets, sectors, and opportunities to both enhance international trade and strengthen Vancouver’s gateway.
  • When: Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • Time: 12:15 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – East Building Meeting Rooms Parkview East 1-3 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $69-$99

Les Belles-soeurs

September 27

Ruby Slippers Theatre – Gateway Theatre / Facebook

  • What: The hilarious misfortune of one woman’s fortune. Ruby Slippers Theatre presents the Metro Vancouver professional premiere of Michel Tremblay’s iconic play (English-language version), Les Belles-soeurs.
  • When: Thursday, September 27 to Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Rd., Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Harvest Glow

  • What: Harvest Glow will feature playgrounds, interactive fall-themed light displays, a huge autumn market, food trucks, breweries, and wineries. Other fun activities include an indoor pumpkin patch, mini putt, a mystery corn maze, a bouncy cow farm, and singing pumpkins.
  • When: Thursday, September 27 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Milner Village Garden Centre — 6690 216th Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Available online. $8.99 to $39.99. Kids under 3 are free.


  • What: The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Mustard, a Twisted Fairy Tale. Mustard has outstayed his welcome. After all, Thai is now 16-years-old and no longer needs an imaginary friend living under her bed. To make matters worse, Mustard is falling for Thai’s recently separated mother, who’s just started to see him too. Join this angsty but loving family in a darkly comic tale about growing up, moving on, and finding magic where you least expect it.
  • When: Now until Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Granville Island Stage- Arts Club – 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online
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