27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: September 27 to 29

Sep 27 2019, 5:00 am

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The last weekend of September is already here! Enjoy these 27 things to do in Vancouver on Friday, September 27, Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29. Bike the Dyke, World Maritime Day, and more.

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

Friday, September 27

Bike the Dyke

Tourism Richmond

What: September is the perfect time to head to Richmond and Bike the Dyke. Beautiful waterfront views abound as you enjoy biking on off- street, unpaved pathways that run from central Richmond to Steveston Village. Leave some time to explore some of Richmond unique attractions along the way—including Aberdeen Centre, Terra Nova Rural Park, and Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. And once you arrive in picturesque Steveston Village, there are plenty of amazing places to grab a drink and a bite to eat.

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, we recommend you make stops along the way and make it a full day experience.
WhereBike the Dyke starts about 150 meters west of the Aberdeen Canada Line Station.
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 to Friday, September 27, 2019,
Time: Starts at 5 pm
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Rob Schneider

What: Rob Schneider is famed for his work on Saturday Night Live, Grown Ups, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, and The Animal. Schneider currently stars in the Netflix docu-series Real Rob, which showcased the everyday hijinks of his life. He performs live at Hard Rock Casino on September 27.

When: September 27, 2019
Times: 8 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online


Away with Home / Amanda Skuse Photography

What: AWAY with HOME from MISCELLANEOUS Productions is a transdisciplinary performance work featuring five youth from the community exploring issues of immigration, family, racism, identity, mental health, bullying, and more. The show combines hip hop and contemporary dance, hip hop and neo-soul music, Taiko drumming, image theatre, performance art and poetry.

When: September 27 and 28, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Scotiabank Dance Centre’s Faris Family Studio Theatre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Whole Human Summit

What: From September 27 and September 28, Whole Human Summit will be hosting its inaugural event on Granville Island. Featuring speakers who are at the forefront of innovation in mental wellbeing, microbiome, and genetic research, the two-day event will bring together health innovators, physicians, scientists, and wellness entrepreneurs alike.

When: September 27 and 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues on Granville Island
Tickets: $299 – $369, tickets available on Eventbrite

Dirty Jokes

What: Sam Tonning hosts a lineup of smutty and silly joke tellers at Dirty Jokes, including Brett Martin, Jane Stanton, Steev Letts, Alannah Brittany, and Stuart Jones.

When: September 27, 2019
Time: 10:30 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Poutine With Purpose Vancouver 2019

What: Poutine With Purpose invites customers to try some of the city’s top poutines while supporting Mealshare to end youth hunger. Both the Calgary and Victoria Poutine With Purpose events have sold over 30,000 poutines over the past four years. Every poutine sold at participating restaurants during this time means one meal to someone in need. If this event is anything like the one in YYC, Vancouverites can expect dozens of eateries serving up vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan poutine options for patrons to try too.

When: September 27 to October 5, 2019
Where: Participating restaurants across Vancouver
More Info: Online

Saturday, September 28

World Maritime Day at the Port of Vancouver

What: The Port of Vancouver is hosting a free-to-attend, family-friendly celebration for World Maritime Day. This year’s celebration also follows the theme of “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.”

Attractions at the event include multiple exhibitor’s booths and displays, on-water demonstrations, and live concerts. The main stage will have performances throughout the day from Bobs & LoLo, Will’s Jams, Langley Ukelele Ensemble, Coastal Wolf Pack, SEABILLYS, Sarah Wheeler Band, The Burying Ground, and The Paperboys.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Canada Place – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Admission: Free of charge

Pop-Up Magazine: The Escape Issue

What: Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine, with photography, film, radio, and original music mixed together and performed live onstage.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Metropolis at Metrotown Job Fair

What: The 12th annual Metropolis at Metrotown Retail Job Fair will run from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, September 28 at both Atrium and Grand Courts. Retailers are gearing up for another busy holiday season and are looking to fill over 600 part-time and full-time entry-level or managerial positions. With over 375 stores, a career at Metropolis at Metrotown might just be what you’re looking for. Check the website for a list of participating retailers.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Oktoberfest at Hastings Racecourse

Oktoberfest Vancouver/Hastings Racecourse and Casino

What: Oktoberfest at Hastings Racecourse features delicious traditional fare, exhilarating horse races, dancing to live music, and plenty of beer. Attendees will have access to two exclusive areas that are only open to ticket holders: the German Haus and Wine Haus.

The German Haus will feature live music by The Silver Bells, exclusive craft beers from Parallel 49 Brewing such as their Craft Lager, Pumpkin Oktoberfest, and Trash Panda Hazy IPA, and naturally hardwood smoked Oktoberfest sausage exclusively from Schneiders. The Wine Haus will feature a curated selection of premium cheeses, as well as wines such as Sawmill Creek’s Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.

Most importantly, guests are encouraged to come dressed in their best Oktoberfest-themed outfits (arguably the best part of Oktoberfest, aside from the beer). The most impressive “lederhosen” or “dirndl” of the day could even win you the Best Dressed Contest.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 1 pm to 6 pm
Where: Hastings Racecourse — 188 North Renfrew Street
Price: $30 – Tickets available via Eventbrite

BC Lions vs Montreal Alouettes

What: The BC Lions face off with Montreal Alouettes at BC Place.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Etsy: Made in Canada

What: The sixth annual Etsy: Made in Canada is at Robson Square from 10 am to 6 pm. Everything available at the Etsy Made in Canada pop-up is made by local sellers with captivating stories. There’s something special for everyone with unique handmade and vintage goods like jewellery, accessories, home décor, and treasures for kids. This one-day, cross-country marketplace is the largest pop-up to simultaneously take place in cities across Canada, including Toronto and Calgary.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to  6 pm
Where: Robson Square — 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
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

Of Monsters and Men

Monsters and men

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What: Of Monsters and Men will be jetting off for a North American tour at the end of the summer, and they’ll be stopping in Vancouver at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver on September 28. Every ticket purchased will come with the album “Fever Dream” on CD.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Zwanze Day at Bells and Whistles

What: Officially launched in 2011, Zwanze Day is an annual celebration that sees less than 100 bars and taprooms around the world selected to showcase a one-off, experimental ‘lambic’-style beer produced especially for the occasion by renowned Belgian brewery Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon as part of its ‘Zwanze’ series. Bells and Whistles is one of only three Canadian locations to participate in the Zwanze Day 2019 celebrations and will be tapping the only keg of this year’s exclusive Zwanze in Western Canada.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 10 am
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Rosanne Cash

What: Four time Grammy award-winner and eldest daughter of the legend Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash explores the effects of the choices throughout her lifetime in She Remembers Everything. Featuring The Northern Beauties.

When: September 28, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Chan Shun Concert Hall – 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sunday, September 29

Study and Go Abroad Fair

What: Attendees will learn how to study abroad for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree/diploma or certificate program. Meet with top universities from around the world to learn about admission requirements, scholarships, and more. Then visit the Travel Zone for work abroad, volunteering and language travel. 

When: September 29, 2019
Time: 1 to 5 pm, with feature seminar starting at 12 noon
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building
Admission: Free, register online

Granville Island Brewing’s Pop-Up Taproom at the Laneway Disco x New Forms Festival

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Crowd outdoors/Public Disco

What: Granville Island Brewing’s pop-up taproom is once again bringing the magic of Granville Island to Vancouver’s favourite travelling street party – the Laneway Public Disco Series. Take a dancing break to sip on one of Granville Island Brewing’s new or classic beers, play a casual game of cornhole or jenga, and enjoy the spirit of Granville Island. They’ll even be rewarding beer drinkers just for trying with participation ribbons that your mom would be proud of!

When: September 29, 2019
Time: 2 to 10 pm
Where: 238 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver (Main and 1st)
Admission: Free, RSVP Online

Interior Design Show 2019

What: The annual Interior Design Show (IDS) Vancouver, also known as the biggest design event of the year, will be taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre from September 26 to 29. Hundreds of artists, makers, and design-centric brands come together in Vancouver to showcase their latest work, concepts and products. Some of the design world’s most notable and talented personalities (including Bruno Feldeisen, Executive Chef and Judge of “The Great Canadian Bake Show”) will be speaking, and attendees can also network with renowned designers who hail from Vancouver or use the city for their creative inspiration.

When: Now to September 29, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West — 1055 Canada Place
Tickets: Available via website

Nard Gets A Star

What: Nardwuar the Human Serviette celebrates his entry into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and a star on the BC Walk of Famewith a special show at the Commodore Ballroom. Featuring a performance by The Evaporators, a meet and greet with the interviewer and musician, and Nardwuar’s Video Vault. Free and all ages.

When: September 29, 2019
Time: Daily 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays until 9 pm, and the first Friday of each month until 9 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
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

Matt Corby

What: Multi-platinum-selling Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby will be performing at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom this September.

With two ARIA Song of the Year awards under his belt for his 2011 single “Brother” and his 2013 single “Resolution”, as well as a #1 debut album, Telluric, Corby’s second full-length release is brimming with a new-found vitality and joy, a kaleidoscopic reimagining of the sound he has honed over the last ten years.

When: September 29 and 30. 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $47.50 — available via Ticketmaster

Hands on Fresh Pasta Making with Pasta Boy Peter

What: Professional cook, artisan pasta maker and actor Peter Ciuffa of Pasta Boy Peter teaches how to make pasta like an Italian Mamma. The hands-on class provides all the ingredients, equipment and knowledge so you can learn to make Peter’s family’s recipes for those you love. Peter will teach you a sauce, let you sample his dish, and send you home with pasta for two which you just made.

When: September 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre – 2690 Larch St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Giants vs Kelowna Rockets

What: Vancouver Giants take on the Kelowna Rockets in WHL action at Langley Events Centre.

When: September 29, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market

Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market / Facebook

What: The Steveston Farmers’ and Artisans Market can be found in the parking lot of the Steveston Community Centre, and features a mix of stalls, including food vendors, artists, and craftspeople.

When: 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

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 matinee on September 29)
Where: Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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