27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: September 13 to 15

Sep 12 2019, 5:00 am

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We’re already halfway through September! Time to enjoy the weekend with our list of 27 things to do Friday, September 13, Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15 in Vancouver. Bike the Dyke, Cheese and Meat Festival, and more.

And for more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

Friday, September 13

Bike the Dyke

Bike The Dike / Tourism Richmond

What: Enjoy a waterfront bike ride along the shores of the Fraser River! Bike the Dyke provides the opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts of any skill level to catch some late-summer pacific sun while riding along a flat, car-free trail. See scenic green spaces, mountain views, and a range of wildlife, and explore some of Richmond’s unique attractions (including the Richmond Olympic Oval, Garry Point Park, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery) along the way. And if the biking builds up your appetite, there are plenty of places to grab a bite and something to drink in picturesque Steveston Village.

When: Extend your summer with a September bike ride.
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

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

What: Celebrate all things flamenco at this annual festival of dance, with both ticketed performances and free events throughout the week. Featuring Canadian and international artists.

When: Various dates from September 13 until September 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

The North Face Agency Sample Sale

What: The North Face Agency Sample Sale is a biannual event featuring a minimum 50% 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: Now to September 15, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm (Friday), 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday), 12 to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd # 100, Richmond
Admission: Free

BC Lions vs Ottawa Redblacks

What: The BC Lions take on the Ottawa Redblacks at BC Place.

When: September 13, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

35th AMS Welcome Back BBQ

AMS Welcome Back BBQ

What: Friday, September 13th marks the 35th annual Welcome Back BBQ, hosted by AMS events. Taking place just outside of The Nest, the event features an outdoor stage, 19+ beer garden, and plenty of room to show off the new dance moves you learned over the summer. This year’s lineup features some of the hottest artists, including A$AP FERG, What So Not, Murda Beatz, BOSLEN, Lil Mosey, YBN Nahmir, and MGH.

When: September 13, 2019
Time: 4 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: 6133 University Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Final Tier: $50, Public (non-UBC) Tier: $70

The Happiest Disney Big Band on Earth

What: Renowned pianist Matt Grinke leads a 17-piece jazz orchestra in playing all your favourite Disney tunes against a specially curated audio visual spectacular on the big screen.

When: September 13 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Engelbert Humperdinck

What: Engelbert Humperdinck is an English pop singer and Grammy nominee. He has sold over 140 million records, won a Golden Globe, and has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Las Vegas Walk of Fame.

When: September 13 and 14, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: River Rock Casino – 8811 River Rd, Richmond, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Saturday, September 14

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Legends & Stars charity soccer match and Vancouver Whitecaps vs Houston Dynamo


Ross Lynch / Instagram / Good Boys

What: The third annual Vancouver Whitecaps FC Legends & Stars charity soccer match happens at BC Place prior to the Whitecaps’ MLS match against the Houston Dynamo. Stars include Jacob Tremblay, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Ross Lynch.

When: September 14, 2019
Time: Legend & Stars start at 4:45 pm; Whitecaps vs Dynamo start at 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Legends & Stars tickets cost just $10, but must be accompanied with a ticket to the MLS game later that evening. Tickets available online

UFC Fight Night

What: The main event of UFC Fight Night, scheduled for September 14 at Rogers Arena, will have some star power. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will square off against Justin Gaethje. Other fights include Cirkunov vs. Crute, Heavyweight bout Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes, and Middleweight bout Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Uriah Hall.

When: September 14, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Blubird Fall Warehouse Sale

What: Update your fall wardrobe at Blubird‘s luxury warehouse sale. There will be up to 80 per cent off women’s contemporary labels like Opening Ceremony, Tibi, Self Portrait, Red Valentino, Frame Denim, and 3X1, among many others. The Blubird fall warehouse sale will take place at 179 West 6th Avenue for three days only, and you can access the location through the alleyway between 5th and 6th Avenue.

When: Now to September 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 7 pm (Friday), 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday)
Where: 179 West 6th Avenue, 2019
Admission: Free

Creative Chinatown Moon Festival Pop-Up

What: Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival September 14 to 15 at Chinatown House 188 East Pender Street. From 11 am to 4 pm, festival-goers will enjoy Mid-Autumn themed food, arts, and crafts at the market pop-up on Saturday. Follow that with a special Tang Yuan dumpling making class with the Hua Foundation on Sunday.

When: September 14 and 15, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Chinatown House – 188 East Pender Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Steveston Heritage Experience

What: ​The Steveston Heritage Experience leads you back in time on an interactive walking tour, stopping at four celebrated historic attractions—Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Tram, the Steveston Museum, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Along the way, you’ll hear eye-opening tales of yesteryear village life, as told by a chatty local who seems to have just stepped from the streets of 1914. Carefully chosen food and beverage tastings will also be served, offering a taste of life back in 1914—culminating with a popular dish of that day (and today), delicious seafood chowder from local favourite Pajo’s, along with a craft brew from Steveston’s Britannia Brewing.

When: September 14 and October 5, 2019
Time: 2 to 5 pm. Meet at the Britannia Shipyards NHS Visitor Centre at least 15 minutes before tour start time.
Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site 5180 Westwater Drive Richmond
Tickets: Online

Mid-Autumn Family Day

What: Coquitlam Heritage presents Mid-Autumn Family Day, an event celebrating Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean Mid-Autumn Moon Festival traditions. Enjoy cultural food and performances, take part in crafts, listen to storytelling, and more.

Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: All Saints Parish Hall – 821 Fairfax Street, Coquitlam
Admission: By donation

18th Annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House

Mozaico Flamenco/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

Band-Aid Concert: Youth Musician Showcase

What: Youth performers will showcase what they have learned at Band-Aid: Youth Musician Development Day in an evening of live music the Surrey Arts Centre.

When: September 14, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Ave, Surrey
Admission: By donation to the Surrey Food Bank. Cash donations of any amount are preferred.

Cheese and Meat Festival 2019

What: Attendees get to eat their way through local and international fare. Of course, meat and cheese will be the main event, but there will also be accompaniments such as pickled items, chocolates, and coffee up for grabs. As always, beer, wine, spirits, and cider will available at the event.

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: Various tasting times throughout the day
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Canine Library

What: Vancouver Public Library is giving people the chance to “borrow” a dog from their library as part of a new program that the VPL is hosting in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board (VPB) and the St. John’s Ambulance called a “Canine Library.” St. John’s Ambulance, who assists with the VPL’s Paws 4 Stories program, will be bringing six child-evaluated dogs to the park. The event will last two hours and have 48 open time slots. Signup is on the day of and there’s no library card required.

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Emery Barnes Park – Davie Street and Richard Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Sunday, September 15

Terry Fox Run

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The Terry Fox Foundation/Facebook

What: The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive event where people get together as individuals, families, and groups to raise money for cancer research in Terry’s name. Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of age, athletic ability or socio-economic standing. While the Run does not have an entry fee or minimum donation, all participants are asked to fundraise or make a donation.

When: September 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Registration: Online

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2019

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 20-acres filled with giant sunflowers, a one-acre show garden with 15 varieties of sunflowers, photo-ops with swing sets, lawn games, local food trucks and more.

When: Now until Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time: Hours of operation vary based on date
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: Online

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

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans Market

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

Surrey’s Heritage Rail

What: Take a trip back through time by riding Surrey’s Heritage Interurban rail car. The 50-minute trip goes from Cloverdale to Sullivan and back. Then check out the interactive exhibits and explore the Discovery Centre.

When: Saturdays and Sundays until September 29, 2019
Time: First train at 10 am, last train at 3 pm
Where: Cloverdale Station – Hwy 10 & 176A St, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Whistler Village Beer Festival 2019

Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

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

Richmond Sunflower Festival 2019

What: The first-ever Richmond Sunflower Festival will feature 20 different varieties of sunflowers and dahlias on over eight acres of land for you to enjoy, with multiple #instaworthy moments. Take a train ride through the vineyard and enjoy a tractor ride to the sunflower fields. You can also enjoy a cool drink or ice cream at the vendors at the festival, including a meal on weekends at the festival’s food trucks.

When: Now until September 15, 2019
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Richmond Country Farms12900 Steveston Highway
Cost: $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends, plus tax

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2019

What: Produced annually by the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society, Vancouver Fringe Festival features over 700 performances in 11 days, attracting over 40,000 attendees. Enjoy comedy, drama, musicals, clowns, political satire, and more, then check out the Fringe Bar in the evening for more entertainment.

When: Now to September 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues across Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: If you’re ready to reacquaint yourself with the rolls, drops, spins, and thrills that only Playland can offer, then you’re in luck! The always-popular amusement park located in East Vancouver is open for another fun year. In total, there are 35 rides and attractions to enjoy, 14 of which offer an extreme experience for those who dare to ride them.

When: September 14 and 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Playland at the PNE – Hastings Street just off Highway #1 West – Exit #26
Tickets: Online

Ubuntu Canteen Sunday Supper with Luppolo Brewing at Surrey’s Zaklan Heritage Farm

What: Guests who attend this event can enjoy a tour of the farm before digging into a multi-course menu featuring roast pork and a menu incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables harvested from the farm on the day paired with a selection of seasonal beer selections from Luppolo.

When: September 15, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm
Where: Zaklan Heritage Farm –13278 84 Avenue, Surrey
Price: $90; buy online

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