27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: September 28 to 30

Sep 19 2018, 5:33 am

The final weekend of September is upon us! Fill your schedule with these 27 events happening in Vancouver on Friday, September 28, Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30. Check out Etsy: Made in Canada, WWE Live and more.

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

Friday, September 28, 2018

North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market

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Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism/Facebook

  • What: Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver will be transformed into a vibrant night market with 100+ vendors every Friday night. 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.
  • When: Every Friday night to September 28, 2018
  • When: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

The World Famous Motown Party: 4 Year Anniversary

  • What: Shake-your-tail-feather at the city’s biggest monthly soul night, The Motown Party for their four-year anniversary edition. Shimmy and shake to old favourites and rare grooves from Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and more.
  • When: Friday, September 28
  • Time: 10:30 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $8

Off Key: Wheel Of Music

  • What: Join Off Key Improv as they create an improvised musical out of thin air, your suggestions, and the Wheel Of Music. Will it be Broadway ballads, Disney magic, a tragic melodrama, or something entirely new? Only you can tell them.
  • When: Now to Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

National Seniors Day Celebrations

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  • What: Celebrate National Seniors Day in Surrey with a variety of activities from September 28 to October 3. As part of the Age Friendly Strategy for Seniors, Surrey recognizes all of the important and valuable contributions from the 55+ community and wants to celebrate with these free and fun events. Grab a friend or two and come on out.
  • When: Friday, September 28 to Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Admission: Free

Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo 2018

  • What: The Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo (CHCE) is a nature-led solution summit “rooted in spirituality and legitimized by science.” The CHCE is composed of a two-day conference and one day of six live workshops and a cannabis expo, featuring over 35 exhibitors. The CHCE invites guests to learn more about the benefits of cannabis in a safe, innovative space alongside thought leaders, practitioners, patients, entrepreneurs, and government officials.
  • When: Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Chan Centre and Nest at the University of British Columbia
  • Tickets: Available online, $199 to $279

Vancouver Giants vs Seattle Thunderbirds

  • What: Vancouver Giants continue their WHL season against the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

H2 Rotisserie & Bar Does Oktoberfest

  • What: H2 Rotisserie & Bar at The Westin Bayshore will be celebrating Oktoberfest with brews, bites, games, a live performance by Siegel Entertainment’s The Alpiners Oompapa band, and all of the Deutsch-style shenanigans you can dream of on their garden-side terrace. Tickets include entry, one complimentary beer ticket, take-home stein, and grub for the night (all the schnitzel you can eat).
  • When: Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Westin Bayshore – 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
  • Price: $60; buy online

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Museum of Surrey Grand Opening

  • What: Be among the first to play, laugh and explore Surrey’s very own museum. In addition to Dinosaurs Unearthed, see the TD Explore Zone and everything else Museum of Surrey has to offer. Bring the family to experience live performances, textile demonstrations, crafts, activities and scavenger hunts.
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Museum of Surrey – 17710 56a Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Toronto Raptors vs the Portland Trail Blazers

  • What: Come cheer on the Toronto Raptors, Canada’s only NBA team (at least until some brings the Grizzlies franchise back to Vancouver).
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 4 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Eensy, Weensy Spider

  • What: They spin silken webs and float through the sky, but there’s no need to fear them unless you’re a fly. Enjoy a day in nature with your child learning about spiders. Children ages three to five must be accompanied by an adult.
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 11:30 am
  • Where: Colony Farm Regional Park
  • Admission: $4.50 per child, registration required

Oktoberfest Vancouver 2018

  • What: Celebrate the famed festival in style at the iconic Hastings Racecourse with traditional fare, exciting horse races, live music, and of course, plenty of beer. The authentic atmosphere experience features four exclusive areas only accessible to ticketholders: German Haus, Parallel 49 Haus, Austrian Haus, and the Wine Haus. Tickets include a limited edition Oktoberfest Vancouver beer stein, one drink voucher, and one food voucher redeemable exclusively in the Oktoberfest event areas.
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 6 pm
  • Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $50; buy online

Heritage Apple Day

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  • What: Sample a variety of apples, learn about pollinators, try your hand at old-fashioned chores and enjoy fiddlers, artists and historians. All ages.
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Derby Reach Regional Park – Meet at Heritage Area on Allard Crescent, north of 96th Ave, 4 km west of Fort Langley
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

  • What: All things flamenco are at this annual festival of dance, featuring both ticketed performances and free events. The traditionally Spanish art form takes on new multicultural meaning with both Canadian and international artists.
  • When: Now to Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: Varies
  • Where: Various venues across Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Flamenco Festival; varies

Etsy: Made in Canada

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Etsy: Made in Canada/Paolo Azarraga

  • What: Organized by a collaborative group of Etsy Team Captains and volunteers, Vancouver’s Etsy Team transforms UBC Robson Square into a marketplace bursting with handcrafted goods and vintage treasures. Everything available at the Etsy: Made in Canada pop-up is made by local sellers with captivating stories, including unique handmade and vintage goods like jewellery, accessories, home décor and treasures for kids. Just in time for the Fall, the pop-up will also have top picks for Thanksgiving table décor, Halloween décor and costumes, DIY crafts, early Holiday finds and more.
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to  6 pm
  • Where: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street
  • Admission: Free

BC Hop Fest 2018

  • What: Now in its fourth year, this annual celebration beer and all things hops-related includes a lineup of stellar BC craft brewers celebrating the hop harvest, BC’s hop-growing industry, and of course, fresh hopped brews. Attendees can expect beer tastings, food trucks, hop farm tours, and live music. This is Canada’s only farm-based Fresh Beer Festival.
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 6 pm
  • Where: 1905 Cole Road, Abbotsford
  • Price: $33-$55; buy online

Oktoberfest at Parallel 49

  • What: An Oktoberfest party is happening at the P49 beer garden. Enjoy a German menu, $5 beers, a live polka band and DJ.
  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 10 pm
  • Where: Parallel 49 – 1935 Triumph Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free


  • What: This Indigenous matriarchal story follows two urban Indigenous sisters and a lawless trickster who face the world head-on as they come to terms with what it means to honour who they are and where they come from. How do you discover yourself when Columbus already did that? Bear witness to the courage of these women as they turn to the ancestors for help in reclaiming their power.
  • When: Now to Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Sunday, September 30, 2018

WWE Live

  • What: Professional wrestling returns to the Lower Mainland as the Abbotsford Centre hosts WWE Live on September 30. The event will feature Raw superstars, including Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Kevin Owens, and more.
  • When: Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd. Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Online, $31-$125

Fossil Show at Richmond Nature Park

  • What: Learn about BC’s fascinating prehistoric past with real fossils displayed by the Vancouver Paleontological Society. Make fossil casts and fossil rubbings too.
  • When: Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy., Richmond
  • Admission: By donation

Venosta Radio Show – Ioco Ghost Town Days Festival

  • What: Venosta Radio Show takes the audience back to the days before television when families would gather around the radio to be entertained by stories, ads, and music. Enjoy a free behind-the-scenes look at how a 1920s radio show was executed. Performed by the Expect Theatre as part of Culture Days.
  • When: Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: 3 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Startup Week 2018

  • What: Vancouver Startup Week connects entrepreneurs, investors, community leaders, and friends to build momentum and opportunity. Vancouver Startup Week events are not organized by one central body, but instead by dozens of amazing community partners which in turn are supported by the non-profit Vancouver Startup Society. Last year brought together more than 3,000 people at over 70 events, including tech showcases, panel discussions, office visits, networking breakfasts, and investor lunches.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Online

Clayton Community Farmers’ Market

  • What: Clayton Community Farmers’ Market showcases local farmers, artisans and local businesses. There will also be a Family Fun Zone, food trucks, and fresh coffee.
  • When: Now until September 30, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Clayton Heights Secondary School, 7003 188 St, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

The Book of Mormon Vancouver

  • What: Dubbed “the best musical of this century,” by The New York Times, The Book of Mormon is a nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: Performances run Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 pm, Sunday evening 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available on Ticketmaster starting at $30.50



  • What: Canadian funnyman Amandeep Kang, also known as AK, will be performing a live show in Surrey this month. The YouTube comedian is best known for his online skits about Surrey and Brampton. The AKTV Live tour is the first live show for AK and will feature a mix of stand up comedy, stage comedy, and video premiers. The show will also feature live musical appearances from DJ HMD, Dr. Zeus, Jaz Dhami and Lazarus.
  • When: Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Bell Performing Arts Centre — 6250 144th Street, Surrey
  • Tickets: Available online, $25 for presale, $30 regular

Textile Walking Tour 

  • What: To show how dynamic Vancouver’s textile community is, a self-guided walking tour has been developed to highlight 24 locations on Granville Island with a full range of creative textiles being made in our backyard. Many pieces have been produced to pair thematically with the businesses and studios hosting them. Part of Textile Society of America Conference in Vancouver.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Granville Island
  • Admission: Free

Sea Otter Awareness Week at Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: Get to know the six resident rescued sea otters – Tanu, Katmai, Mak, Kunik, Rialto, and Hardy – and learn about these incredible species ambassadors as you take in special programs and activities.
  • When: Now to Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Time: Regular hours
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
  • Tickets: Online
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