28 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 4 to 7

Aug 30 2018, 6:49 am

A shortened work week to start your September! Check out Gov’t Mule, SKOOKUM 2018, and the rest of our picks of things to do in Vancouver from Tuesday, September 4 to Friday, September 7.

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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

An Evening With Gov’t Mule

  • What: From 2014 through 2016, the band delivered a series of archival releases celebrating its 20th Anniversary that achieved chart success across genres as Dub Side of the Mule went #1 for Reggae, Sco-Mule claimed #2 for Jazz, and Dark Side of Mule landed #10 for Rock. Along the way, their catalogue has impressively racked up 120 million-plus Pandora plays, over 60 million Spotify streams, 3 million downloads from their official website, and millions of album sales.
  • When: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45 + fees

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market

  • What: The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, locally brewed beer and BC wines, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, freshly baked French breads and pastries, and natural soap and body care products. Kwantlen St. Farmers Market also features products grown and crafted by local farmers and artisans, highlighting KPU’s own Sustainable Agriculture students.
  • 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

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

The Chilliwack Sunflower Festival

sunflower festival

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival (rempelstilskin / Instagram)

  • What: Stroll through more than five acres of sunflowers in bloom. On-leash pets will also be welcome, with a dedicated drinking area and complimentary pick-up bags on-site. Attractions include a one-acre show garden with 15 varieties of sunflowers three-acres filled with giant sunflowers, photo-ops with swing sets, lawn games, local food trucks and more.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 16, 2018 (estimated)
  • Time: Monday to Thursday, 10 am to sunset; Friday to Sunday, 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset
  • Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
  • Tickets: Online

Patterns of Our Land – Opening Reception

  • What: The opening reception to Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki’s Patterns of Our Land, featuring original landscape paintings by the Canadian artist. Everyone is welcome.
  • When: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Silk Purse Gallery – 1570 Argyle Ave, West Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Wesbrook Village Summer in the Square

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Wesbrook Village/Facebook

  • What: Summer in the Square series features local artists who will regale and entertain in Norman MacKenzie Square through the warm summer months. Grab a beer at BierCraft or a refreshing iced drink from Blenz and sit out on their patios, or take a seat in Norman MacKenzie Square, and enjoy the performances.
  • When: Now to Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 6 pm
  • Where: Wesbrook Village – 3378 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Status Flow

  • What: Enjoy complimentary community yoga with Mel Mckechnie every Tuesday. Bring your own mat and stretch it out.
  • When: Every Tuesday until November 25, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Patagonia Vancouver – 1994 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Rewilding the City Walking Tours

Creekside Community Centre (City of Vancouver)

Creekside Community Centre (City of Vancouver)

  • What: In this informative 1.5-hour walking tour around Olympic Village, learn how Southeast False Creek has been transformed from an abandoned industrial site to a thriving community for many species (not just humans). Led by Michelle Pollard.
  • When: Various dates to Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • Time: 3 pm
  • Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre – 1 Athletes Way Lobby Vancouver. Meet in the lobby.
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Marion Bridge

  • What: Marking the 20th anniversary of Daniel MacIvor’s Marion Bridge, this classic Canadian comedy-drama exposes the secrets and sorrows of three sisters returning to Cape Breton. Featuring Nicola Cavendish, Lynda Boyd and Beatrice Zeilinger.
  • When: Wednesday, September 5 to Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Kay Meek Centre – 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $29-$45

Get to Know: Blackie Spit Park

  • What: Drop in to relax, unwind, and connect with the urban forest. Go at your own pace and explore Blackie Spit Park. Discover some of the plants, animals, and stories that make this place special through a variety of themed activities, including guided walks and hands-on stewardship.
  • When: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: Blackie Spit – 3136 Mcbride Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

AI & Big Data: better customer engagement and smarter business decisions

  • What: Discuss and learn about the impacts of big data and artificial intelligence on eCommerce and omnichannel retailing. Featuring speakers Nancy Blair, CIO at Mountain Equipment Co-op; Milan Veverka, Partner at Keboola; and more.
  • When: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Where: MEC Head Office – 1077 Great Northern Way Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, 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

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

  • 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 to October 3, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Story Story Lie: Back to School

  • What: Six performers – Jon Bennett, Conni Smudge,
    John Cullen, Andrea Jin, Gustavo Ferman, and Marty Lawton – tell stories about their school days, with one being the titular liar. Guess who it is for a chance to win prizes. Hosted by Jo Dworschak.
  • When: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Transportation Talks

Holland Park Surrey

Image: Holland Park/Shutterstock

  • What: Transportation Talks is your chance to connect directly with transportation professionals to hear how concepts of community, walkability, accessibility, mobility, safety and more impact how transportation is planned. Presented in partnership by the City of Surrey and the SFU City Program, the program tackles hot topic urban issues through a comprehensive introduction to the transportation system in the Lower Mainland, with a particular focus on Surrey.
  • When: Every Thursday from September 6 to November 1, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave and SFU Surrey Campus, 13450 102 Ave
  • 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

Growing Global – Importing Success

  • What: The objective of this meetup is to provide information and insights on the process importing.   Government agencies, as well as companies, are invited to share the services available, their experience and knowledge regarding entering foreign markets and the process of importing. Featuring speakers Heather Craig, Acting Area Import Coordinator – Western Area (BC/AB/MB/SK), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA); and Mild Rungmongkonsawad, Founder and CEO, Panda Coconut Chips. Hosted by Laura Aveledo.
  • When: Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Time: 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: Small Business BC, Suite 54 – 601 West Cordova St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition 2018


Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

  • What: The Titanic: Artifact Exhibition has been designed to focus on the real, authentic human stories of those who boarded the Titanic and bringing those tales back to life. To help recreate the memories of the passengers, more than 120 authentic pieces from the vessel will be present, as well as extensive re-creations of rooms on the ship.
  • When: Now to Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Where: Lipont Place – 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $17.95

The Lady Show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

  • What: Putting the JOY in feminist killjoy! Enjoy sketch, stand-up, monologue, satirical news, and more starring Diana Bang, Morgan Brayton, Fatima Dhowre, and Katie-Ellen Humphries. Part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival
  • When: Thursday, September 6 to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15, plus $7 membership


  • What: Toronto artist grandson performs live at VENUE with special guests Fake Shark.
  • When: Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Venue Nightclub – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15 plus fees

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • What: 15-year-old Christopher Boone has a unique perspective. He is incredibly talented at math, but never ventures beyond his street and strongly distrusts strangers. When his neighbour’s dog is killed, Christopher challenges his own barriers to uncover the truth about the dog, his family, and himself. Peek inside his mind as this incomparable show tests the boundaries of imagination and physical space. Presented by Arts Club Theatre Company.
  • When: Various dates from Thursday, September 6 to Sunday, October 7, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – Arts Club 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online,

Friday, September 7, 2018


  • 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 The Killers to Florence + The Machine to Metric and more, 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

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood

september 7

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood / Facebook

  • 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

Vancouver Fringe Bar

  • What: For the 11 days of the Vancouver Fringe, the Fringe Bar features a variety of local bands and artists each night. Acts include Ponytails on September 6, Harlequin Gold on September 9, and Kimmortal on September 13.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm to late from Monday to Friday, and 1 pm to late on Saturday and Sunday
  • Where: Ocean Art Works on Granville Island
  • Admission: Free

Le Burger Week Vancouver 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: Now to Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Time: Regular Hours
  • Where: Restaurants around Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

BC Lions vs Ottawa Redblacks

  • What: Catch the BC Lions in action against the Ottawa Redblacks at BC Place.
  • When: Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Coquitlam Summer Concert Series – Motown Night

  • What: The Motown celebration features performances by Kokosoul and Hitsville USA.
  • When: Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: TD Community Plaza — 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Flipout Pinball Expo 2018

Revival Brewcade

Pinball Machine (Weigelstein/Shutterstock)

  • What: The three-day event features over 100 pinball machines set to free play. There will also be competitive and amateur tournaments, special guests, and more for attendees to check out.
  • When: Friday, September 7 to Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12 midnight Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm Sunday
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Admission: $60 for a weekend pass, $25 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, and $20 for Sunday for adults. $35 for a weekend pass, $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, and $10 for Sunday for adults. Children 5 and under are free with paying Adult (2 kids per adult limit)
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