75 FREE things to do in Vancouver this September

Aug 30 2019, 3:08 pm

Save your wallet this September with our checklist of 75 FREE events happening in Vancouver this month. Check out Friday Night Live, New Play Festival, and more.

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

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Get outside

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

Mountains 101: Bear Necessities

What: Learn about charms and challenges of the wilderness during a drop-in session by naturalists and backcountry experts.

When: September 14, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park – Meet at BC Mills House
Admission: Free

RiverFest 2019

What: The 17th annual RiverFest is inspired by the Fraser River, and is in celebration of BC and World Rivers Day. There will be events throughout the week, with a main festival on September 21 with a family fun zone, live entertainment, an artisans marketplace, parade, and more.

When: September 16 to 21, 2019, with the main festival on September 21, 2019
Time: Various times. Main festival happening from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Fraser River Discovery Centre – 788 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Fishy Finale

What: Watch the pink salmon migrating up the Fraser River. Learn about their life cycle and the animals that eat them, then try your hand at casting or tying flies (Bring your tidal fishing license). All ages are welcome.

When: September 21, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Glen Valley Regional Park – Meet at Two-bit Bar, 9117 272 St, Langley
Admission: Free

National Tree Day

What: Celebrate National Tree Day at Maple Park in Surrey by helping to plant native trees and shrubs. There will also be live music to enjoy, face painting for the young ones, nature activities, and a free hotdog lunch (while supplies last).

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Maple Park – 14939 – 84 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Bike the Dyke

What: What better way to end summer than by enjoying the breathtaking waterfront trails along the Fraser River? Bike the Dyke — a signature BC experience on Richmond’s Dyke Trails — provides the perfect opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts of any skill level to uncover a truly authentic, pacific experience. Along the way, bikers will discover several of Richmond’s most celebrated attractions (including Richmond Olympic Oval, Garry Point Park and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site), plus dozens of food and beverage options to taste in the picturesque Steveston Village.

When: Anytime from now until the end of September
Time: Biking one direction with no breaks takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. However, making stops along the way to make it a full day experience is recommended
WhereBike the Dyke starts about 150 meters west of the Aberdeen Canada Line Station. You can park nearby, bring your own bike along the Canada Line, or rent from one of many U-bicycle stations.
Admission: Free

Explore the city

MBCA Show and Shine

What: The MBCA Show and Shine at Waterfront Park is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of the Mercedes-Benz automobile.

When: September 1, 2019
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Aritzia Warehouse Sale 2019

Aritzia warehouse sale

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What: The 2019 Aritzia Warehouse Sale takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre from Wednesday, August 28 to Monday, September 2. Expect a constant rotation of new stock coming in daily, with price cuts of 50% to 90% off the original retail cost. Shoppers will be able to find brands such as Wilfred, TNA, Babaton, and Talula, to name a few, with clothing from both spring/summer and fall/winter.

When: August 28 to September 2, 2019
Time: 7 am to 9 pm (Wednesday to Saturday), 9 am to 7 pm (Sunday and Monday)
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building — 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Labour Day at Burnaby Village Museum

What: Celebrate Labour Day at Burnaby Village Museum, with live entertainment, free carousel rides, and more. There is also Across the Pacific Exhibit, Labour Scavenger Hunt Activity, Pacific Spirit Quilters Guild, and more.

When: September 3, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Board Game Nights at Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex

What: The Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex is hosting a board game night on September 3. Bring your own tabletop games or learn a new game while making new friends.

When: September 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex – 3690 Vanness Ave., Vancouver
Admission: Free

Thursday Artist Talk: Fiona Tang, “Drawing Without Fear”

What: Vancouver-based artist Fiona Tang shares her process in the Thursday Artists Talk, “Drawing Without Fear.” Tang was the winner of Surrey Art Gallery Association’s first Competitive Art Paint-Off in 2019, and has exhibited at Richmond Art Gallery, Anvil Centre, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and more.

When: September 5, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue, Free
Admission: Free

Friday Night Live 2019

Friday Night Live/Hastings Racecourse and Casino

What: Hastings Racecourse will be hosting its exhilarating Friday Night Live series until September 6, starting at 7 pm every Friday. This year, every Friday Night Live event will feature a cool playlist with their resident DJs spinning your favourite tracks all night long with a great mix of Hip Hop, R&B, Old School, Reggaeton, Top 40, EDM Music, and more.

As well as the amazing music and electric atmosphere, you can catch races happening under the stars. There’s also going to be outdoor beer tents with a great selection of highballs, your favourite beers on tap, as well as food trucks on site. Don’t forget the legendary Silks Buffet which offers the most incredible views of the racecourse and the mountains in the backdrop.

When: Every Friday until September 6, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where:  Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Price: FREE admission

Fleetwood Festival

What: The 21st annual Fleetwood Festival features cultural performances, interactive booths, activities for the whole family, and more. There will also be a Surrey Youth Talent Showcase.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Fleetwood Community Centre – 15996 – 84 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Well Travelled Walking Tour: Gastown by Herschel Supply Company

What: In partnership with the Vancouver Tour Guys, Herschel Supply is hosting a free walking tour made for explorers, design-lovers, visitors and locals alike. Head to Herschel Supply Gastown store every Saturday at 2 pm this summer to discover the art, architecture, and stories that define the historic Gastown neighbourhood.

When: Every Saturday until September 7, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Herschel Supply Gastown – 347 Water St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Korean Community Day

What: Burnaby North Road Business Improvement Association presents The 6th Annual Korean Community Day. The day will feature live cultural performances, a local merchants fair, a K-Day Kid zone, a BBQ from the Burnaby Fire Department, and more activities.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: 4501 North Rd, Burnaby
Admission: Free

FAÇADE Festival

What: FAÇADE brings the digital art of projection mapping to downtown. The free festival will see the facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery lit up for 10 days with site-specific works by Dana Claxton, Sandeep Johal, Howie Tsui, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Justine Chambers, Josh Hite, Hyung-Min Yoon, Drew Young, Khan Lee, and Lindsay McIntyre.

When: September 8 to 14, 2019
Time: Sunset to Midnight
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (Formerly known as Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Waste to Wonder Exhibit 2019

What: The Waste to Wonder exhibit consists of five life-size sculptures of Canadian at-risk wildlife — the narwhal, orca, bison, grizzly, and caribou — each of them made from upcycled flip flops. More than 6,500 flip flops in total were used to make the sculptures, requiring more than 2,500 hours of work by more than two dozen artists. In addition to the exhibit, there will be a selfie station with an iconic Canadian beaver sculpture, artist demo / meet & greet, upcycle bracelet workshops, upcycle Kiehl’s workshop, plastics recycling drives, contest giveaways, and more.

During the exhibit, each sculpture will be available for purchase through an online auction, starting at a minimum bid of $5,000. All proceeds will be donated to Variety – the Children’s Charity.

When: Now until September 8, 2019
Time: Open during regular mall hours
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown Grand Court – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Tickets: Free

Savour Summer Festival

What: River District’s FREE Savour Summer Festival on September 7 includes Yeeri the Magician, Yeeri’s magic workshop, interactive activity zone, prizes and giveaways, food trucks and live music.

Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: Town Centre at River District Town Centre – Sawmill Crescent and River District Crossing, Vancouver
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

18th Annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House

Mozaico Flamenco. Photo by Sanka Dee

What: Scotiabank’s Dance Centre Open House features a wide variety of free classes, workshops, studio showings and events. Try Caribbean dance fitness, hip-hop, ballet, and more.

When: September 14, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – Level 6, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Urban Salmon project at the Burnaby Public Library

What: A showcase of underwater photography of urban salmon runs by Fernando Lessa. Sites include Burnaby Stoney Creek and Brunette River. Attendees will learn how streams and creeks can be maintained so salmon can continue to come back and spawn.

When: September 16, 2019
When: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas Library – 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free, register online

UrbanScreen Community Art Night

What: An evening of digital art at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre. Check out local youth-made films, animations created by Surrey Art Gallery’s Art Together program participants with artist-in-residence Cindy Mochizuki, and a live, interactive rendition of Faisal Anwar’s CharBagh project.

When: September 18, 2019
Time: 8 to 9:30 pm
Where: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre – 13458 107a Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Friends of VPL: Fall Used Book Sale

What: Support Vancouver Public Library’s special library programs and projects by picking up a new-to-you read at the Friends of VPL: Fall Used Book Sale. Shop gently used children and adult books, CDs and DVDs, and more. Everything is 50% off on Saturday. Shoppers are asked to bring their own bags.

When: September 19 to September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library central branch – 350 West Georgia. Vancouver
Admission: Free

Community Movie Night – Finding Nemo

What: City Centre Community Centre hosts a free screening of Finding Nemo on September 19, and all ages are welcome. Light refreshments will also be provided.

When: September 19, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
Admission: Free

Fifth Annual Scarecrow Festival 2019

halloween scarecrow haunted harvest party

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What: Art’s Nursery’s Annual Scarecrow Festival begins with a full day event on September 21 from 10 am to 4 pm, and features a DIY Build-a-Crow station, live entertainment, scavenger hunt, hayrides, and more. There will also be local vendors and food trucks to enjoy. The Scarecrow Festival is in support of Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, Inclusion Langley Society, and The Versatile Society of Entertainers.

When: September 21 until October 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Art’s Nursery – 8940 192nd Street, Surrey
Admission: Free

Westbank Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series 2019

What: There are more than a dozen vendors this year at Westbank’s second annual Shipping Container Summer Pop-Up Series and the roster includes notable brands in food, health, and fashion. The container will showcase one vendor at a time and hours will vary by retailer, so be sure to check their social channels and get all the details.

When: Daily until September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (may vary by vendor)
Where: Shaw Tower – West Plaza, 1067 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Olde Harvest Fair

What: The Olde Harvest Fair includes local artisans and vendors, Surrey’s re-enactment troupe The Re-Enactors, children’s activities, face painting, potato sack races, and more. You can also go on a tour of the 1894 farmhouse.

When: September 21, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Stewart Farm House – 13723 Crescent Road
Admission: Free

2019 Grand Prix of Art

Grand Prix of Art BC

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What: Artists of all experience and age levels race against the clock in a three-hour painting challenge during the Grand Prix of Art. The public is welcome to view the artists in action at the 40 painting sites. Afterwards, the paintings will be exhibited to the public from 3 to 6 pm on Saturday, September 21, and will also be on display at Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site on Sunday, September 22 from 12 to 4 pm.

When: September 21 to 22, 2019
Time: 3 to 6 pm (Saturday), 12 to 4 pm (Sunday)
Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site – 5180 Westwater Drive Richmond
Admission: Free

Indonesia Fest

What: Enjoy Indonesian music and dance, cultural food, games and activities, and more at Indonesia Fest at Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.

When: September 21, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Admission: Free

World Rivers Day

What: An event celebrating the 15th World Rivers Day and the 39th annual Rivers Day in British Columbia. Take part in demos, tours, and crafts while enjoying live entertainment. Carousel rides will be available for $2.65 each, and the Ice Cream Parlour will be open.

When: September 22, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Ioco Ghost Town Day

What: The Ioco Ghost Town Days Festival features local vendors and displays, live music and entertainment, a guided trolley tour of the town site, and more. The whole family can have fun with games and activities, a giant maze and pony rides.

When: September 22, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Ioco Townsite – Ioco Road & 1st Avenue Port Moody
Admission: Free

LET THEM EAT DIRT

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

On The Table Community Breakfast

What: City Centre Community Centre hosts a casual pancake breakfast to bring people together to talk and facilitate community connections. All ages welcome.

When: September 26, 2019
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am
Where: City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
Admission: Free

Free Walking Tours with Tour Guys Vancouver

Tour Guys

What: Vancouver’s original and top-rated walking tour company, Tour Guys offers free historical walking tours throughout the city. Tours run daily until the end of October in Gastown, Downtown, Chinatown and Granville Island. These tours promise to be an engaging, entertaining, and informative time.

When: Daily until October 31, 2019
Time: 10 am, 11 am and 2 pm
Where: Various locations. Visit the website to find the meeting points.
Admission: Free, though tipping the guide is expected

River’s End Fisher Poets – Richmond Culture Days

What: Current and retired commercial fishers share creative writing about their shared industry in River’s End Fisher Poets. Hosted by fisher poet Wilfred Wilson and part of Richmond Culture Days.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Free

Art Crawl Burnaby Heights

What: Head down to Hastings Street in the Burnaby Heights area to meet local artists and enjoy original artwork. Part of Culture Days 2019.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Various locations in Burnaby Heights area
Admission: Free

Public Disco Laneway Series 2019

public disco

Crowd outdoors/Public Disco

What: Vancouver’s Public Disco pop-up events will make its return this summer, transforming outdoor spaces into daytime dance parties. The 2019 Laneway Series is an all-ages summer concert series in partnership with Creative BC, Downtown Vancouver, FACTOR, and Granville Island Brewing. The Disco will be most similar to past events held by the group, showcasing feel-good music from up-and-coming artists and curated dance performances. The Laneway Cabaret will feature live music acts ranging from folk to hip hop, with DJs throughout the day.

When: September 29, 2019
Time: Hours vary based on the date
Where: The Flats at Main and 1st
Admission: Free

Venosta Radio Show – Ioco Ghost Town Days Festival

What: Venosta Radio Show is a behind-the-scenes look at a 1920s radio show and how it was produced. Performed by the Expect Exceptional Theatre at the Inlet Theatre.

When: September 29, 2019
Time: 3 pm
Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Food and Shopping at Night Markets

Fridays on Front

Weekly food events Fridays on Front

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What: Boasting artisan vendors from New West Craft, live music curated by the New Westminster Arts Council, and of course, a slew of Food Trucks from the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, this is one weekly event you don’t want to miss.

When: Every Friday until August 23, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: 600-block of Front Street, New Westminister
Admission: Free

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

What: Gathering some of Vancouver’s best food vendors, this free event will feature a full farmers’ and artisan marketplace along with local food trucks and live entertainment weekly until 10 pm. Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors. Attendees can expect to chow down on grub from 40+ food trucks in “hot food alley” and enjoy live entertainment all summer long. The Friday Night Market will also feature a 19+ beer garden, serving local craft beer and cider as well as Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea.

When: Now until September 27, 2019,
Time: Starts at 5 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Riley Park and Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers’ Market

What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.

When: Open year round on Saturday (except December 28)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza – 50E. 30th Ave., Vancouver, Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island Public Market on May 10, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

Granville Island Public Market (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

What: Open year-round and boasting stalls of fresh, colourful produce, homemade products, and some tasty must-try eats. From the ocean, oven, or field — Granville Market has got it all. Grab items to-go or order some grub from one of the many established food vendors at this indoor market, you’re going to leave happy and full.

When: Open year round, seven days a week
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Admission: Free

Richmond Country Farms

What: Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99 off Steveston. Open from early spring to just ahead of Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce and prepared goods.

When: Open Thursdays to Sundays until December 2019
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market – Richmond

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.

When: Every Tuesday until October 8, 2019
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

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market

What: Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market is an authentic BC Farmers’ Market and features local farmers and Certified Safe Prepared food vendors bringing in fresh local produce, field greens, vegetables, fruits, flowers, fresh baking, fruit pies, cupcakes, cookies, local craft beer, varietal wines, tasty prepared foods from the Fraser Valley, the Similkameen, and Okanagan Valleys.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: St. Andrews Historic Church – 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley
Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

What: Launched in June 2008, this open-air market, situated in the North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall, offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse on Saturday mornings every Saturday from May through October.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
Admission: Free

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

What: This farmers’ market began back in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets. One of the most popular of the markets, Trout Lake has food trucks on site and a variety of vendors selling all things food.

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Lakewood Drive and East 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market

The exterior of Lonsdale Quay Market. (Quay Property Management)

What: Run by the same organization behind the Ambleside Market in nearby West Van, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market brings local farmers, artisans, and other vendors to North Vancouver for a weekly Saturday market.

When: Every Saturday until October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: East Plaza of the Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

What: This friendly get-together, also known as the Kitsilano Farmers’ Market, takes place on Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre and offers a good selection of fresh local produce and gourmet treats to stock up on for the week.

When: Every Sunday until October 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Parking lot of Kits Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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

Poirier Street Market

What: Launched in 1996, the Poirier Street Farmers’ Market is the longest running suburban farmers market in the Lower Mainland.  The Poirier Street Market hosts a diversity of vendors and products from May through October. Each week a wide variety of vendors gather to showcase their products – made, baked, grown, or raised in BC.

When: 
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot – 624 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Ambleside Farmers’ Market

What: The Ambleside Farmers’ Market now takes place in Ambleside Park, at the foot of 13th Street, every Sunday from May through October. This market offers West Vancouver a gathering spot for picking up fresh local food and goods from crafters and food artisans.

When: Every Sunday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Ambleside Park – 1000 Argyle AveWest Vancouver
Admission: Free

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market / Facebook

What: Returning for its eleventh year, the Steveston Farmers’ and Artisans Market will be operating in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre, the market will feature a mix of stalls, including food vendors, artists, and craftspeople.

When: September 15 and September 29, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Easthope Parking Lot (across the street from the Steveston Community Centre) – 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

What: The Clayton Community Farmers’ Market will showcase local farmers, crafters, and artisans. The market will also have a Family Fun Zone, live music, and food trucks.

When: Every second Sunday until October 6, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
Admission: Free

Langley Community Farmers’ Market

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

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

Cloverdale Market Days

What: One of the largest open-air markets in the Fraser Valley showcasing unique items from local BC Artisans and treasures from downtown Cloverdale merchants. With Cloverdale Market Days featuring more than 120 vendors as well as live entertainment and food trucks, you’ve got a destination outing for the whole family.

When: September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 176 Street between 56A and 58 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

West End Farmers’ Market

What: The West End’s charming, community-minded farmers’ market is open Saturdays. Grab a coffee, peek at the adjacent community garden, and stock up on a vast array of locally grown foods.

When: Every Saturday until October 19, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 100 Comox Street, Vancouver between Bute and Thurlow
Admission: Free

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market

What: You’ll find fresh groceries, locally-sourced produce, as well as artisanal food offerings at the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market, one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block.

When: Every Sunday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

UBC Farm Markets

What: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems operates the UBC Farm, and three weekly farm markets (June through October) on campus, providing students, faculty, and staff the chance to engage with the community and support local farming. This market now accepts cash, credit, and debit.

When: Every Saturday until November 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: UBC Farm (UBC’s South Campus) – 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

Main-Street-Farmers-Market

Vancouver Farmers Market

What: See, taste, and indulge at this bustling weekday market. With vendors lined up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street, the Main Street Station Farmers’ Market is within ideal reach on foot for bus and SkyTrain users.

When: Every Wednesday until October 2, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: 1100 Station Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Farmers’ Market

What: The Granville Island Farmers’ Market is the oldest of its kind in Vancouver offering customers fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. This market also has local craft beer and wine vendors too.

When: Every Thursday until September 26, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Chain & Forge (under the Granville Street Bridge, across from The Keg), Granville Island
Admission: Free

Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market

What: Inspired by, and created in collaboration with the Haney Farmers’ Market Society, the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market is part of a larger plan to strengthen Port Coquitlam’s downtown centre through arts, cultural, and heritage programming.

When: Every Thursday until October 10, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Downtown Farmers’ Market

What: A very urban market indeed, the pedestrian-friendly Hamilton Street welcomes vendors and farmers Thursday mornings and afternoons for a terrific food and shopping experience, right at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

When: Every Thursday until October 3, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 608-688 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Admission: Time

Ladner Village Market

What: The Ladner Village Market takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. The market features live music, many vendors, and more to see, do and eat.

When: September 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village
Admission: Free

Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market

What: Located just steps away from the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and bus loop Surrey Urban Farmers’ Market is a vibrant gathering place that aims to promote small-scale farmers, food producers, and artisans.

When: Every Saturday until October 5, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: North Surrey Rec Centre – 10275 City Parkway, Surrey
Admission: Free

Tsawwassen Farmers’ Market

What: Stock up on fresh local produce, along with artisanal foods, at Tsawwassen Farmer’s Market. A handful of food trucks will also be in attendance.

When: Every Saturday until September 21, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 5360 12th Avenue (at 53A Street), Tsawwassen
Admission: Free

Treat yourself to Arts and Culture

Victory Square Block Party 2019

What: CiTR Radio 101.9FM, Music Waste Festival and Discorder Magazine team up for their annual summer party. Featuring live music all day, food vendors, and raffle prizes. Proceeds from the raffle and sponsorship go towards Megaphone, Vancouver’s street magazine sold by homeless and low-income vendors.

When: September 1, 2019
Time: 2 to 9 pm
Where: Victory Square – corner of Hastings and Cambie, Vancouver,
Admission: Free

Summer Sundays: Free Blues, Soul, Funk, R&B and Reggae Concerts

What: Enjoy free concerts every Sunday at Rocky Point Park.

When: September 1, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 block Murray Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free, donations accepted

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 Buckman Coe on September 5, Sleepy Gonzales on September 7, and Rae Spoon on September 12.

When: September 5 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

Metalmorphosis

What: Metalmorphosis is a sculpture exhibition at VisualSpace Gallery from award-winning metal artists Kye-Yeon Son and Brian Hoyano. Curated by Barbara Cohen.

When: Mondays to Saturday until September 7, 2019 (closed Labour Day)
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: VisualSpace Gallery – 3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Strathcona Artisan Market

What: Shop local artisans and handmade goods at the Strathcona Artisan Market. Plus there will be children activities, workshops with artists, live entertainment, and food and snacks to enjoy.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: 431 Princess Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Recovery Day BC with Trooper and SonReal

What: Canada’s Largest Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Street Festival. Recovery Day is part music festival, part information fair, part community engagement event to reduce the stigma of addiction and recovery. Featuring three music stages, kids zone, overdose memorial centre, information booths, vendors, food trucks, health and wellness speakers

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: 6th Avenue and 6th Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Summer Concert Series

What: Voted “Outdoor Concert of the Year” by Tri-Cities residents, Coquitlam’s Summer Concert Series is back again for 2019. Drop by the TD Community Plaza in Town Centre Park to enjoy free concerts under the evening sky this summer. Choose to either sit on the grassed seating levels or bring your own chair or blanket while enjoying a homemade picnic or meal purchased from an on-site food truck.

When: September 6 (RnB Night), 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

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

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