27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: September 14 to 16

Sep 11 2018, 2:35 pm

The final weekend of summer is here! Fill your time with these 27 things to do in Vancouver on Friday, September 14, Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16. There’s Food Truck Festival, Vancouver Whitecaps, and more to enjoy.

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Ms. Lauryn Hill

  • What: Two decades ago, Ms. Lauryn Hill released her hit solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Now, she’s celebrating the 20-year anniversary of that album with a North American tour that includes a stop in Burnaby at the city’s Festival Lawn in Deer Lake Park. Hill is best known for being a member of iconic hip-hop group the Fugees, as well as for her critically-acclaimed solo career.
  • When: Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Time: Gates 5 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Park – 6450 Deer Lake Drive, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online

Slurpee Name Your Price Day at 7-Eleven

7-eleven slurpee

Photo courtesy 7-Eleven Canada

  • What: Slurpee Name Your Price Day is back to support WE Day. On Friday, September 14, Slurpee fans are invited to pay whatever they want at participating 7-Eleven stores across Canada for a large Slurpee starting at 50 cents. The twist? One hundred percent of what they pay goes to WE, helping send young Canadians to WE Days across the country. WE Day helps inspire young Canadians to make positive changes in their local communities and beyond.
  • When: Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Participating 7-Eleven stores across Canada
  • Price: Name your own for a large Slurpee starting at 50 cents

Jim Jefferies

  • What: Jim Jefferies is an Australian stand-up comedian, political commentator, actor, and writer. His latest stand-up special, This Is Me Now, was released on Netflix in July.
  • When: Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Training of the Shrew

  • What: Champion boxer Bianca “the Golden Girl” Minola cannot be signed to a trainer until one is found for her elder sister Katherina “the Curst” Minola. A story of love, family and… boxing. Join the Ring Guy, the Ring Announcer and Amazona Donna in this zany retelling of Shakespeare’s controversial comedy, The Taming of the Shrew.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Granville Island Picnic Pavilion
  • Tickets: Online, $15, plus $7 membership

Ghostly New Westminster Tour

  • What: A 90-minute walking tour of British Columbia’s original Capital. Explore the many hauntings of the Royal City.
  • When: Various dates to Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Hyack Square – 800 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $20

34th AMS Welcome Back BBQ


AMS Welcome Back BBQ

  • What: The Welcome Back BBQ brings UBC students an outdoor music festival featuring famous artists, food, a 19+ beer garden and a giant dance floor. Tickets are on sale now and are open to UBC students and the general public. You can also get all the event info you need (what to bring, general guidelines) here.
  • When: Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Time: 4 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: 6133 University Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online

Labyrinth Art Night

  • What: A night of art, music and drinks. ACME Studios holds 16 studios and close to 50 artists of all disciplines, many of whom will be showing art in their studios and the Labyrinth Gallery. There will also be special exhibitions and DJ sets in The Gam and Remington Gallery and Studio.
  • When: Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm to late
  • Where: ACME Studios – 112 East Hastings St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Bike the Night presented by MEC

  • What: The event begins with a pre-party at Concord Pacific Place. The celebration includes live music and DJs, free simple bike tune-ups from MEC, bike decorating stations, food trucks, a kids’ zone, games, and a handful of free giveaways. The ride then takes cyclists through a relaxed, colourful, and vibrant ride through car-free Vancouver streets. Participation also helps support HUB Cycling, a registered charity that has been working for over 20 years to make biking better in Metro Vancouver.
  • When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: Pre-party begins at 6 pm, ride starts at 8 pm.
  • Where: Event begins at Concord Pacific Place – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online, tickets begin at $15 for early birds.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders

  • What: Vancouver Whitecaps face off with Seattle Sounders at BC Place.
  • When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Free Yoga in Elks Park

  • What: Free family event with certified Hyde Creek yoga instructors in Elks Park. All levels welcome and please bring your own water and mat or towel. Weather permitting.
  • When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Elks Park – 2370 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam (Donald Walkway – between Welcher and Kelly Ave.)
  • Admission: Free

Kensington Prairie 8th Annual Fall Fair

  • What: Celebrate the harvest with games, snacks and more. All ages are welcome.
  • When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Kensington Prairie Community Centre – 16824 32 Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Mackin House 109th Anniversary – Open House

  • What: Step back in time to 1909 as you explore Mackin House in an immersive way. Join the heritage performers as they give demonstrations, tell stories and share traditions throughout the different rooms in Mackin House. Enjoy the Celtic sounds of Black Sheep, then make crafts, watch baking demonstrations, and participate in interactive activities for all ages.
  • When: 
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where:  Coquitlam Heritage – 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Admission: By donation

ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Canada 2018

  • What: Richmond hosts a qualifying competition on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2018/19 series. Watch some of the top junior skating talent from around the world, including members of the Skate Canada NextGen team.
  • When: Wednesday, September 12 to Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Minoru Arenas – 7551 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $10 per day or $25 for a full three day pass. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under.

Market Mexico 2018

Market Mexico mexican market

Photo courtesy Market Mexico

  • What: A one-day celebration of all the music, culture, food, and drink of Mexico is returning to the heart of Vancouver for the second time. Market Mexico drew crowds upwards of 20,000 people in its inaugural year, and this time around organizers expect turnout to be similar, if not bigger.
  • When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am to 8 pm
  • Where: UBC Robson Square’s Lower Plaza – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Going on a Bug Hunt

  • What: Follow a snail, stalk a grasshopper and search for a spider on this exploration for things that crawl on six legs or more. Ages 6 to 9.
  • When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Surrey Bend Regional Park
  • Admission: $4.50 per child. Registration required. Barcode 7466. 604-432-6359

Cedric Gervais

  • What: French House producer Cédric Gervais takes over #CelebsPlayhouse at Celebrities.
  • When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$30 plus fees

Vancouver Babes Who Brunch

  • What: The September edition of Vancouver Babes Who Brunch features Tonia Mattu, Founder of Yuology as keynote speaker. Tonia is a life stylist and creator of YuSchool.
  • When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 12 pm
  • Where: Per se Social Corner – 891 Homer Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $45; buy online

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival

vancouver food events

Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival/Facebook

  • What: Enjoy around a dozen trucks with food and beverage for purchase, plus live entertainment, and artisan market vendors.
  • When: Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Concord Pacific – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Westward Music Festival 2018

  • What: The second annual festival will be taking over downtown Vancouver with concerts led by artists like British singer-songwriter, composer, and producer, Blood Orange, two-time Grammy-nominee Kali Uchis, critically-acclaimed pop star Kelela, and YouTube sensation Poppy.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Multiple locations in downtown Vancouver
    Tickets: Available via WestwardFestTicketFly, and in person at Red Cat Records, Vancouver

Terry Fox Hometown Run

  • What: The Terry Fox Hometown 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. There are 3 km, 5 km, 7 km and 10 km distances.
  • When: Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Registration 8 am, run begins 10 am
  • Where: Hyde Creek Community Centre, 1379 Laurier, Port Coquitlam
  • Registration: Online

Whistler Village Beer Festival 2018

  • What: From September 11 to 16, the Whistler Village Beer Festival will be taking place at select venues throughout Whistler for six full days of beer-loving fun. This year, you’ll have the chance to sample beers and ciders from 70 breweries with over 140 varieties. There’s something for every kind of brew lover at WVBF with events spanning from tastings to cask nights, food pairings, forged axe throwing, and beer yoga. Let’s not forget about the bar hopping events and after parties too.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Select venues around Whistler
  • Price: $35 – $99 for main events – Tickets available via Whistler Village Beer Festival

2018 Annual Seymour Salmonid Society Hatchery Open House

  • What: Find out what’s been going on at the hatchery and learn more about the Seymour Salmonid Society. There will be an unveiling of the wall mural by Ron Den Daas, hatchery tours, games, giveaways, live band and food truck. Free shuttle bus transport starts at 9:30 am.
  • When: Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Free shuttle starts at 9:30 am, event starts at 10 am.
  • Where: Seymour Hatchery – Rice Lake Gate- 4900 Lillooet Road
  • Admission: Free

Leon Bridges

  • What: Grammy Award-nominated Leon Bridges will be performing at the PNE Amphitheatre as part of his 2018 headline, Good Thing Tour, ahead of the release of his sophomore album, Good Thing. Supporting artists include Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Khruangbin, and Masego.
  • When: Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: PNE Amphitheatre – East, 2901 East Hastings Street
  • Tickets: $55 – via Ticketmaster

Canuck Place Adventure Race 2018

Canuck Place Adventure Race

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice/ Facebook

  • What: The Canuck Place Adventure Race is the ultimate end-of-summer activity. Taking place at Jericho Beach East, the all-ages event offers a fun athletic challenge for all fitness levels in aid of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Join in on the fun and adventure by participating in a 15 km scenic trail bike, 6 km run, as well as an exciting obstacle course, all for a great cause. Kids can also enjoy their very own custom race featuring a 3 km bike ride, a 2 km run, and an obstacle course before reaching the finish line. The adaptive course is designed to be completed on foot or in a wheelchair.
  • When: Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Where: Jericho Beach Park
  • Price: $100 for adults | $40 for kids – register via Canuck Place

Vancouver Fringe Festival 2018

  • What: Produced annually by the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society, Vancouver Fringe features 99 shows and over 700 performances attracting over 40,000 attendees. Enjoy dramatic works, comedy, magic, dance and more, then check out the Fringe Bar in the evening for more entertainment.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Where: Various venues across Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15, plus $7 membership

Vancouver Trolleybus Tour 2018

  • What: A 1954-built, CCF-Brill trolleybus returns for “fan trips” to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Vancouver’s trolleybus system. Fares for the special anniversary trips on the vintage bus are $25 for an adult and $15 for a child, with proceeds going towards TSMV’s initiatives of maintaining and restoring heritage vehicles of the region’s transit system. However, it is important to note that the upcoming trips are not part of the regular transit service operated by TransLink.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: All trips depart from the Marpole Loop in South Vancouver
  • Cost: Available online. $25 for adult; $15 for child; free for child under two not occupying a seat

Pirate Weekend at the Cannery

  • What: Pirates (the friendly kind) invade the Cannery in celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day. The Shady Isle Pirates will set up a pirate encampment inside the historic cannery, with lots of games and swashbuckling fun for the entire family to enjoy. Wear your best pirate gear, or try some from their collection, and be sure to brush up on your pirate-speak before you dare to enter the pirate zone.
  • When: Saturday, September 15 to Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Adults $11.70, children 17 and under are free
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