28 things to do in Vancouver this week: September 9 to 12

Sep 9 2019, 5:00 am

Beer festival, concerts, walking tours and more. Here are 28 things to do in Vancouver from Monday September 9 to Thursday, September 12.

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

Monday, September 9

Whistler Village Beer Festival 2019

What: The Whistler Village Beer Festival features over 70 breweries and more than 140 craft beers and ciders, food trucks, and plenty of live music. There will also be food pairing dinners, unique cask nights, beer yoga, forged axe throwing, and a two-day main event at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

When: September 9 until September 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Whistler Village
Tickets: From $35 – available online

New Play Festival

What: Arts Club’s New Play Festival features free live public readings of new scripts by Canadian actors, directors, dramaturgs, and playwrights. Audience members are invited to take part in a discussion with the artists after each reading.

When: September 9 to September 14, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver Fringe Bar

What: For the 11 days of the Vancouver Fringe, the Phillips Fringe Bar features a variety of local bands and artists each night. Acts include the Annual Fringe Festival Ceilidh with Alison Moen and Kilbirnie Station on September 9, and Rae Spoon on September 12.

When: Now to September 15, 2019
Time: 6 pm to late (Monday to Friday), 1 pm to late (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Ocean Art Works on Granville Island
Admission: Free


What: Two-time GRAMMY-award nominee K.Flay is on tour to support her third studio full-length album, Solutions. Featuring special guests Houses and Your Smith.

When: September 9, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George

What: Splendiferous Theatre creators Joanna Rannelli and Cecilia Davis present The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George at the 2019 Vancouver Fringe. Audiences will explore the inner psyche of four different sized women as they share painful pasts and present predicaments in an often comedic manner.

When: Various dates from now to September 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Reconciliation In Canada: A Non-Partisan Affair

What: SFU presents the 2019 Grace Macinnis Visiting Scholar Lecture by Dr. Marie Wilson, who will reflect on the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada that she was a commissioner on from 2009 to 2015.

When: September 9, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Room 1420-1430 Segal Centre, SFU Harbour Centre – 515 W Hastings St, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Meet (Y)our City: Vancouver Mural Walking Tour and Social

Vancouver Mural Festival

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What: Vancouver Mural Festival and CityHive host a walking tour exploring Mount Pleasant murals. The guided tour will last about 1.5 hours, and features many behind-the-scenes stories. Afterwards, there will be a social event with food and drinks.

When: September 9, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15 per student, $20 per adult, no one turned away for a lack of funds.

Tuesday, September 10

WIRTH: “The Labels We Wear” – An Art Exhibit and Counselling Conversation

What: WIRTH Hats & Tandem Tour Foundation and Vancouver photographer John Kelsey team up for “The Labels We Wear” – An Art Exhibit and Counselling Conversation. The event features a counselling Q&A session with Kevin Kokoska, MEd, RCC Clinical Counsellor, John’s “The Labels We Wear” Campaign photo exhibit, Earnest ice cream, live music by Chris Sol, and more.

When: September 10, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, By Donation

Piper Spit Bird Count

What: ​Bring your binoculars and join a park interpreter to watch the seasonal changes of birds at Burnaby Lake. Ages 15 and up.

When: September 10, 2019
Time: 9 to 11 am
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Movies in the Morgue: Rear Window

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What: Vancouver Police Museum presents a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window starring James Stewart. Attendees are welcome to bring pillows and blankets to cozy up in the morgue. There will be fresh popcorn and pop for sale.

When: September 10, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Vancouver Police Museum and Archives – 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Zack Adams: Love Songs For Future Girl

What: Zack Adams presents Love Songs For Future Girl at Vancouver Fringe, a mashup between a concert and group therapy. The show description promises a “powerful comedy cabaret about love, loss, heartbreak, growing bad ginger beards, and everything in between.”

When: Various dates until September 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Secrets of the Penthouse

What: Owner Danny Filippone, author Aaron Chapman and retired VPD cop Grant McDonald host an evening of backstage history, live music and Italian cuisine at The Penthouse Nightclub.

When: September 10, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Penthouse Nightclub – 1019 Seymour St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Gary Clark Jr.

What: Austin, Texas blues-rock singer/songwriter/guitarist Gary Clark Jr. performs at Malkin Bowl with special guest Los Coast.

When: September 10, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Malkin Bowl – 610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Canadian Authors – Metro Vancouver: Fall Season Open Mic



What: Hear what local authors are working on at the Canadian Authors – Metro Vancouver Fall Season Open Mic night. Each reader has five minutes to share their work with the audience.

When: September 10, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture – #100-938 Howe St, Vancouver
Admission: Members free, students $5, non-members $10

Wednesday, September 11


What: TechVancouver is a monthly meeting of tech leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts. Learn from their experiences and expertise in a variety of presentations and panels.

When: September 11 and October 22, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Lunch & Discover with Britannia Mine Museum

Brittania Mine Museum

What: Squamish Chamber of Commerce hosts a Lunch and Discover with Britannia Mine Museum, where attendees will get to experience BOOM! The attraction is an immersive live-action experience about Mill No. 3. Chamber of Commerce members and public are welcome.

When: September 11, 2019
When: 11:30 am to 2 pm
Where: Britannia Mine Museum – 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach
Register: Online

Dandelion: A Comedy about Fatherhood

What: Canadian Comedy Award-winner Aaron Malkin presents Dandelion at the Vancouver Fringe. Malkin explores the imagination of his four-year-old child through stand-up, storytelling, and physical comedy.

When: Various dates until September 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Distillers

What: Los Angeles punk rockers The Distillers perform at The Commodore Ballroom with special guests Pack AD.

When: September 11, 2019
When: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


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What: English singer-songwriter Yungblood brings his Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club Tour to the Vogue Theatre on September 11.

When: September 11, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ultimate Traveller: Impressions of Sudan

What:An audiovisual presentation exploring the many ancient sites and cultures of the Sudan, including Khartoum, where two Niles become one, the labyrinthine souks of Omdurman to the dances of the Sufi dervishes.

When: September 11, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Ferry Building Gallery – 1414 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Afro Neo-Soul singer Turunesh performs at Calabash Bistro with Jonny Tobin and friends.

When: September 11, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: Calabash Bistro – 428 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday, September 12

Westward Music Festival 2019

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Westward Music Festival/Facebook

What: The third-annual festival will be taking over downtown Vancouver with concerts by local and international acts. Artists this year include from Japanese rapper/producer Joji, Vancouver’s very own Black Mountain, and indie rockers The Paper Kites from Australia.

Westward Music Festival has also partnered up with the Yaletown BIA to include three free outdoor stages alongside a beer garden, food and local vendors for local residents to enjoy. One of these stages will be hosted by Music BC and showcase local emerging artists.

When: September 12 to 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Multiple locations in downtown Vancouver and Main Street
Tickets: Online

The North Face Agency Sample Sale

What: The North Face Agency Sample Sale is a biannual event featuring a minimum 50 per cent off all men’s, women’s and youth apparel, equipment and footwear. Limited sample sizing and all sales are final. Cash, credit and debit are accepted.

When: September 12 to September 15, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm (Thursday and Friday), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday), 12 to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd # 100, Richmond
Admission: Free

Vancity Street Collective Exhibit

What: The Vancity Street Collective hosts its inaugural exhibit from September 12 to 15 at The Beaumont Studios. Featuring work from many Vancouver street photographers, as well as an opening night party and workshops.

When: September 12 until September 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Beaumont Studios – 326 West 5th, Vancouver
Admission: Free

The Price is Right Live

What: The live edition of one of North America’s longest-running game shows is coming to Vancouver and you could be their next contestant. This September, The Price is Right Live will be coming to Hard Rock Casino for several live shows. Contestants will get the chance to play games like Plinko, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel, and the fabulous Showcase. Contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations, and possibly even a new car.

When: September 12 to September 15, 2019
Times: 8 pm (Thursday to Sunday), 2 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Arts Club Theatre Company / Facebook

What: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Ursula Rani Sarma is based on the book by Khaled Hosseini. Set in war-torn Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of the unlikely but extraordinary friendship of Laila and Mariam.

When: Tuesdays to Sundays from September 12 to October 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Mooncake Pop-up Colette Grand Café

What: Holt Renfrew’s Colette Grand Café will be hosting a special mooncake pop-up from September 3 to 13. The downtown spot will offer a custom collection of mooncakes in Colette Grand Café boxes including flavours like Matcha, Earl Grey, Rose, and Black Sesame.

When: Now to September 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 7 pm (Monday and Tuesday), 10 am to 9 pm (Wednesday to Friday)
Where: Holt Renfrew Vancouver – 737 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

A Tender Thing by Ben Power

What: A Tender Thing asks the questions what if Romeo and Juliet didn’t die in that double suicide in the Capulet family vault? Instead, what if they lived into old age and faced a more commonplace tragedy? Find out in Ben Power’s take on Shakespeare’s love story.

When: Thursdays to Sundays until September 29, 2019
Time: 8 pm (except for 2 pm matinees on September 15, 22, and 29)
Where: Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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