8 things to do in and around Vancouver this week: September 28 to October 4

Sep 28 2020, 5:22 am

Please note: As recommended by BC’s provincial health officials, if you choose to participate in events or leisure activities outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent handwashing. If you are sick, please stay home. 

Welcome to fall.

Along with chilly weather comes pumpkin spice lattes, time to curl up and get cozy, as well as fall markets and corn mazes.

Here are nine things to do in Vancouver this week, September 28 to October 4.

Ratana Sample Sale 2020


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What: The Ratana Sample Sale is coming to Vancouver. Enjoy up to 70% off retail prices on indoor and outdoor furniture, toss pillows, fabrics, silk flowers, and home accessories. The sale is credit card only, and masks will be required.

When: Friday, October 2 – Wednesday, October 7
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 8286 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Portobello West Fall Outdoor Market

What: Portobello West’s signature shopping experience returns with a two-day outdoor fall market, rain or shine. Browse safely and with peace of mind from a selection of 25 local BC designers including fashion, jewellery, art, home decor, skincare, and more!

When: October 3 and 4
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Helena Gutteridge Plaza — 453 W 12th Avenue
Admission: Free

Tech Talks – What is TikTok and is it bad?


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What: Tech Talks bridges the gap between consumer knowledge about technology products and services that could help you with or enhance your daily life. This discussion focuses on TikTok and the pros and cons of the app. What are the political and social ramifications of the app? What is the fascination with the app? How many competitors are out there? What data liabilities does TikTok pose? Registration is required.

When: Wednesday, September 30
Time:11:30 am to 12:30pm
Where: Online
Admission: Free

Binge-watch a show


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What: There’s nothing but time these days, so it’s a perfect time to catch up on your must-watch list. We’ve put together a list of 17 shows to binge-watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ if you need some inspiration!

When: Anytime
Cost: $10 to $12 or a free trial

Close to Home: New works by David Wilson


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What: A new art exhibition, named Close to Home, is billed as an attempt to “time-stamp” the tone of pre-COVID life in Vancouver. Visit the Kurbatoff Gallery to explore David Wilson’s works, inspired by old photographs, includes a throwback to the thriving nightlife on Granville Strip to the Burrard Street bridge against a twinkling Fairview at dusk.

When: October 1 to 22, 2020
Time: 11 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 4 pm on Sunday
Where: Kurbatoff Gallery — 2435 Granville Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Artists for Conservation Festival 2020


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What: The 10th annual Artists for Conservation Festival is taking place from October 1 to 4 at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The exhibit is the world’s top conservation-themed art exhibit and sale supporting conservation with over 80 original paintings and sculptures on display.

When: October 1 to 4
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden
Admission: Reservations are required

Film screening: Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger

What: Orange Shirt Day is recognized every year on September 30 as a day to commemorate and honour the experiences of those who went to residential school and acknowledge the healing that must take place. This year, join the Richmond Public Library for a virtual film screening of Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger, the new film by acclaimed Abanaki director Alanis Obomsawin. In keeping with the theme of “Every Child Matters”, this film tells a story of contemporary injustice and the fight for equitable rights for all children living in Canada, including those in Indigenous communities. Registration is required.

When: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm
Where: Online
Admission: Free — suitable for adults

Enjoy jazz performances


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What: Until December 3, Coastal Jazz, producers of the ultra-popular TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, will host a series of streamed concerts happening every two weeks. Concerts can be streamed on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram Live, and Twitch, and they’ll also be available to re-watch on YouTube two weeks after the performance. While the performances can be enjoyed free of charge, Coastal Jazz invites anyone to make a donation. Donors above $25 will receive a tax receipt, over $50 offers other benefits, and there are chances for donors to win prizes such as signed CDs and jazz festival merch.

When: Malleus Trio premieres October 8
Time: 8 pm
Where: Online
Admission: By donation


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