27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: September 20 to 22

Sep 19 2019, 12:13 pm

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The last official weekend of summer! Say so long to the season with these 27 events happening in Vancouver on Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22. Check out Woofstock, Mother Mother, and more.

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

Friday, September 20

SFSS Fall Kickoff 2019

What: The Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) in partnership with Crescendo1, is hosting the seventh annual Fall Kickoff Concert on Simon Fraser University (SFU) Burnaby Campus. This year’s lineup features UK EDM duo Snakehips, Atlanta rapper/singer MadeinTYO, and an all-star lined up of Vancouver talent including Manila Grey, Shaun Frank, Outr3each, and Illyminiachi.

When: September 20, 2019
Time: 3 pm to 9 pm
Where: 8888 University Dr, Burnaby, BC
Tickets: Tickets start at $40, available online

Eric Andre

What: Eric Andre is the creator, host, and co-writer of The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim, played Mike on FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, and voiced Azizi in the 2019 live-action The Lion King. He brings his Legalize Everything Tour to Vogue Theatre on September 20.

When: September 20, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver; Abbotsford Centre 33800 King Rd., Abbotsford
Tickets: Available through LiveNation

Vancouver Startup Week 2019

What: The 2019 edition of Vancouver Startup Week (VSW) is a week-long celebration that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders to foster networking and connection. The 2019 edition of VSW kicks off with the Vanhacks Hackathon, and also feature events hosted by Innovate BC and SFU Venture Labs.

This year, attendees can expect events that cover everything startup related, from scaling up with growth strategies and venture capitalism to networking and VR related tech, the range of networking events are diverse. VSW will also feature returning favourites such as the Recruitment Fair and the Founders Breakfast.

When: Now to September 20, 2019
Where: Various locations in Downtown Vancouver
Time: 8 am to 5:30 pm
Tickets: Buy tickets here

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

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach / Photo by Jason Keel

What: Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Presented in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the festival offers Shakespeare’s plays, related dramas, and several special events on the BMO Mainstage and the Howard Family Stage through September. The lineup this year includes The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in Love, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Coriolanus.

When: Now until September 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Après le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues

What: Scott Thompson (The Kids In The Hall) has been creating and performing monologues as Buddy Cole on stage and screen for over 30 years. Buddy has been a special correspondent for The Colbert Report at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and his work is currently on Vulture Magazine’s recent list of 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy.

When: Now to September 21, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Saturday, September 21


What: Aragon Properties presents Port Royal Park’s first ever Woofstock Festival. Local pet owners and their furry friends are invited to connect with each other while enjoying activations, food trucks, contests, live entertainment, and more.

When: September 21, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Port Royal Park – 215 Salter Street, New Westminster
Tickets: Online, free

Elton John

What: Elton John is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 38 gold records and 31 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. He has also written the music for stage and screen successes Billy Elliot: The Musical, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, and The Lion King, which was named the highest-grossing stage show or film release in the world.

The legendary artist has over 4,000 performances, in more than 80 countries, to his credit since launching his first tour in 1970.

When: September 21, September 22 and September 24, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available through his website and on Live Nation

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

Mackin House 110th Anniversary – Open House

What: The Mackin House 110th anniversary celebrates the arrival of the first train passengers to Maillardville, as well as the House’s 20th anniversary. Go on a tour of the train station and museum, enjoy demos, treats, live music, and more.

Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Coquitlam Heritage – 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Admission: By Donation

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

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

Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi

What: Celebrate the 150th brithday of Mahatma Gandhi with a screening of the multiple Oscar-winning film Gandhi. Presented by KVP Entertainers, Thakore Charitable Foundation, Institute for the Humanities, J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University and SFU W.A.C. Bennett Library.

When: September 21, 2019
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Westminster Savings Lecture Theatre (Room 2600), SFU Surrey – 50-13450 102 Avenue, Surrey
More Info: Online

Fifth Annual Scarecrow Festival 2019

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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

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Columbus Crew

What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Columbus Crew in MLS action at BC Place.

When: September 21, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Sunday, September 22

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour


RENT 20th Anniversary Tour (Carol Rosegg)

What: Broadway Across Canada presents the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. This Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning original rock musical will be at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from September 17 to 22. RENT follows the lives of seven artists who struggle to chase their dreams in New York City without selling out. The show was groundbreaking at its time, opening its first show in 1996. Written and composed by Johnathan Larson, it was a memorial to his friends who died from an epidemic of AIDS.

When: Now to September 22, 2019
Time: Various times, check online for more details
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: From $30 — available online

The Reigning Champ x Wings + Horns Warehouse Sale

What: Visitors can expect a wide range of both men’s and women’s apparel, footwear, and accessories from the two brands in all sizes. According to a member of the Reigning Champ team, pieces for sale will either be older product or samples of newly-released product. Collaborative product will also be available. Shoppers should note that all sales are final and that only cash will be accepted. There will be an on-site ATM.

When: Now to September 22, 2019
Time: 10 am to 8 pm (Friday and Saturday), 10 am to 7 pm (Sunday)
Where: 1305 Odlum Drive, Vancouver (entrance through the back alley door)
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

The Clock Finale Screening

What: The Polygon Gallery presents Christian Marclay: The Clock, a cinematic montage synchronised with actual time on a 24-hour clock. Christian Marclay won the Gold Lion Award at the Venice Biennale in 2011 for The Clock. The Clock is jointly owned by The National Gallery of Canada and The Boston Museum of Fine Arts

When: September 22 to 23, 2019
Time: 10 am on Sunday to 12:01 am on Monday
Where: The Polygon Gallery – 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: By donation

Railtown’s Tailgate BBQ

What: Attendees can expect 35-hour Texas-style beef brisket, applewood-smoked pork shoulder, beer-brined Maple Hill Farms chicken, D’Original Sausage Haus brats, corn on the cob, and jalapeño cornbread.

When: September 22, 2019
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Railtown Cafe – 397 Railway Street, Vancouver
Price: $27 per person ($17 vegetarian); buy online or in person

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

2019 Vancouver AIDS WALK

What: The annual AIDS WALK celebrates people living with HIV, memorializes those who have passed, and raises funds to support low-income people living with HIV in BC via the Community Health Fund.

When: September 22, 2019
Time: 10:30 to 1:30 pm
Where: Sunset Beach Seawall
Register: Online

Mother Mother

Mother Mother


What: Vancouver-based band Mother Mother has announced two special hometown performances at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park with special guests Tokyo Police Club, The Zolas, and Sam Lynch.

In the past 10 years, Mother Mother has had a whirlwind career with seven top 10 singles on the alt-rock Canadian charts and over 100 million streams across digital platforms. The band’s most recent album, Dance and Cry, saw its first single “Get Up” reach the number one spot on the Canadian alternative charts for seven consecutive weeks.

When: September 21 and September 22, 2019
Time: Doors 5 pm, show 5:40 pm
Where: Malkin Bowl – 610 Pipeline Road, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Tickets: Starting at $49.50 – On sale Friday, April 26 at 10 am via Ticketmaster

All-You-Can-Eat Barbarian’s Feast

What: The Cascade Room’s third annual AYCE Barbarian’s Feast will feature eating is on a first come first serve basis, a welcome cocktail courtesy of Jameson Irish Whiskey, a sit down guided whiskey tasting, a feast with a 120lb Roasted Pig and sides, and more.

When: September 22, 2019
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: The Cascade Room – 2616 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $100; buy online

Jimmy Choo Afternoon Tea

What: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is hosting an exclusive one-day-only Jimmy Choo Afternoon Tea the afternoon of Sunday, September 22. Attendees can expect an exclusive afternoon tea and shopping event featuring a special menu inspired by Jimmy Choo’s Autumn Winter 2019 Collection and a curated selection of handbags and shoes.

All guests will also receive a special gift from Jimmy Choo, and will enjoy a glass of complimentary sparkling, LOT 35 tea selections, and three tiers of sweet and savoury eats, all inspired by Jimmy Choo of course.

When: September 22, 2019
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: The Roof (15th floor) at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $150; available online

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