27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: September 6 to 8

Sep 6 2019, 12:00 pm

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Fill your September weekend with our list of 27 fun things to do in Vancouver on Friday, September 6, Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8. Canada Men’s National Rugby Team vs USA, Tour Guys, and more!

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

Friday, September 6

Free Walking Tours with Tour Guys Vancouver

Tour Guys

What: Vancouver’s original and top-rated walking tour company, Tour Guys offers free historical walking tours throughout the city. Tours run daily until the end of October in Gastown, Downtown, Chinatown and Granville Island. These tours promise to be an engaging, entertaining and informative time.

When: Daily until October 31, 2019
Time: 10 am, 11 am and 2 pm
Where: Various locations. Visit the website to find the meeting points.
Admission: Free, though tipping the guide is expected

Marc Maron

What: Marc Maron (Maron, GLOW) celebrates the milestone one-thousandth episode of his podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, by hitting the road with his new tour, Hey, There’s More.

When: September 6, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St Vancouver
Tickets: Online

A N A R A fall pop-up

What: A pop-up shop featuring the world’s first premium hemp-based denim jeans, created by Australian and Canadian company A N A R A. Learn about how the jeans were designed in Vancouver and sustainably made in Melbourne, then try on samples in the store.

When: September 6 and 7, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm (Friday), 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday)
Where: Zebraclub Vancouver – 3101 Granville Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Friday Night Live 2019

What: Hastings Racecourse will be hosting its exhilarating Friday Night Live series until September 6, starting at 7 pm every Friday. This year, every Friday Night Live event will feature a cool playlist with their resident DJs spinning your favourite tracks all night long with a great mix of Hip Hop, R&B, Old School, Reggaeton, Top 40, EDM Music, and more.

As well as the amazing music and electric atmosphere, you can catch races happening under the stars. There’s also going to be outdoor beer tents with a great selection of highballs, your favourite beers on tap, as well as food trucks on site. Don’t forget the legendary Silks Buffet which offers the most incredible views of the racecourse and the mountains in the backdrop.

When: Every Friday until September 6, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Hastings Racecourse – 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Price: FREE admission

Rape is Real & Everywhere: Comedy by Survivors at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

What: Rape is Real answers the questions, “Can rape jokes be funny? What if the people telling them were survivors?” Featuring stand-up comedians sharing raw, honest stories in a hilarious manner throughout the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

When: Various dates from September 6 to September 14, 2019
Time: 5 to 6:15 pm (opening night), plus various other times
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15 plus one time $7 Fringe membership (Opening night is half price)

Hidden Wonders

What: Hidden Wonders is the next edition of Shawn Farquhar’s Cabaret of Wonders, and premieres in a secret location in Chinatown. Shawn is a World Champion of Magic, has performed on Ellen, fooled Las Vegas headliners Penn & Teller twice on Fool Us, and had his magic featured on shows like Fringe, Shut Eye, and X-Files.

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from September 6 until October 27, 2019
Time: TBA
Where: Secret location in Chinatown. Guests will be provided with address and password
Tickets: Online

Waste to Wonder Exhibit 2019

Bear (Waste to Wonder)

Bear (Waste to Wonder)

What: The Waste to Wonder exhibit consists of five life-size sculptures of Canadian at-risk wildlife — the narwhal, orca, bison, grizzly, and caribou — each of them made from upcycled flip flops. More than 6,500 flip flops in total were used to make the sculptures, requiring more than 2,500 hours of work by more than two dozen artists. In addition to the exhibit, there will be a selfie station with an iconic Canadian beaver sculpture, artist demo / meet & greet, upcycle bracelet workshops, upcycle Kiehl’s workshop, plastics recycling drives, contest giveaways, and more.

During the exhibit, each sculpture will be available for purchase through an online auction, starting at a minimum bid of $5,000. All proceeds will be donated to Variety – the Children’s Charity.

When: Now until September 8, 2019
Time: Open during regular mall hours
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown Grand Court – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Tickets: Free

Saturday, September 7

Canada Men’s National Rugby Team vs USA

What: On Saturday, September 7, Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team is set to host their historic rivals, USA Rugby, at BC Place in what’s expected to be an unforgettable match. This is the last chance to catch the team before they compete in the Rugby World Cup, so you know they’ll be playing at the top of their game. Hot on the heels of the HSBC Canada Sevens in March, BC Place is an epic spot for high-energy rugby matches. Expect the crowd to be loud and the atmosphere to be electric.

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


What: Assembly is an unconventional convention in Vancouver to help new and aspiring small business owners find the help they need. The convention will feature a range of vendors including designers, marketing experts, accountants, lawyers, photographers and more all at your disposal to consult with. Drop in for the 10 am morning mingle, 3 pm happy hour (both sponsored by some local favourites), or anytime during the day.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 14 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $65

Recovery Day BC with Trooper and SonReal

What: Canada’s Largest Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Street Festival. Recovery Day is part music festival, part information fair, part community engagement event to reduce the stigma of addiction and recovery. Featuring three music stages, kids zone, overdose memorial centre, information booths, vendors, food trucks, health and wellness speakers

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: 6th Avenue and 6th Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Savour Summer Festival

What: Savour Summer is coming to Town Centre one last time before the summer wraps up. The Katherine’s and Kutapira will be helping savour the last moments of summer. The ever-popular Yeeri the Magician returns to bring all the laughs and awe to audiences young and old. And learn some magic of your own with Yeeri’s magic workshop after his performance. River District retailers will also provide giveaways and prizes.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 2 to 6 pm
Where: Town Centre at River District Town Centre – Sawmill Crescent and River District Crossing, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Strathcona Artisan Market

What: Shop local artisans and handmade goods at the Strathcona Artisan Market. Plus there will be children activities, workshops with artists, live entertainment, and food and snacks to enjoy.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Where: 431 Princess Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Bike the Night 2019

bike the night

HUB Cycling

What: Bike the Night, British Columbia’s largest on-street nighttime bike ride, with Vancouver’s most iconic roads opened exclusively for an after-hours bike ride, hosted by HUB Cycling and presented by MEC.

Participants are invited to deck our their bike in bright lights, dress up in their flashiest apparel, and join thousands of riders of all ages in a 10 km joy ride. The family-friendly event kicks off at 6 pm at Sunset Beach with a pre-ride festival, complete with music, food trucks, free bike-tune-ups, games, and tons of giveaways and prizes. The ride then takes cyclists though a colourful, vibrant ride through car-free Vancouver streets, including the Burrard Street Bridge.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 6 pm for the pre-ride festival; 7:45 or 8 pm for the ride
Where: Event begins at Sunset Beach — 1204 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online starting at $20

The Magical Brunch – Vancouver

What: The Magical Brunch Vancouver is a huge Disney-inspired adult boozy brunch. Attendees of this celebration can expect hours of themed entertainment and high tea. There is also a Saturday Soiree, which takes place after the brunches

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 1 pm, 5 pm and 8:30 pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Kerrisdale Mutt Show at Kerrisdale Days

Mutt mixed breed dog

Mutt / Shutterstock

What: The Kerrisdale Mutt Show features mixed breeds of all shapes, sizes and ages competing in unconventional categories that highlight the uniqueness that makes them awesome. Register your best friend in various vategories including waggiest tail, best winger, and looks most like owner. The mutt show is part of Kerrisdale Days, two days of festivities that feature live bands, face painters, and sidewalk sales.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 10 am registration for dog owners, 11 am to 1 pm competition.
Where: Under the tent at 41st Avenue and Yew Street in Kerrisdale
Admission: Free

Bon Iver

What: Bon Iver with special guest Van Etten perform at Pacific Coliseum.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

BC Derby & Derby Oaks 2019

Hastings Racecourse

What: On September 7, the Hastings Racecourse is hosting the 74th annual BC Derby and 56th annual BC Oaks. BC Horse Racing Hall of Fame owner Peter Redekop has increased the winner’s purse to $250,000, making it the richest stakes race on the Hastings 2019 calendar. Together with the $100,000 BC Oaks, $50,000 SW Randall Plate, and $50,000 Delta Colleen, there’s a total purse amount of $450,000 up for grabs.

Attendees can wager as little as $2 on any race, making it easy for newbies to have fun and learn about horse racing. Admission to the event is completely free. There will also be food trucks, live music, and outdoor beer tents during the day.

When: September 7, 2019
Time: First race commences at 12:50 pm
Where: Hastings Racecourse — 188 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Sunday, September 8

25th Annual Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields


Feast of Fields (Courtesy of Feast of Fields)

What: FarmFolk CityFolk is hosting its annual food celebration, Feast of Fields. This large-scale event is the longest-running local food and beverage festival in Canada — since 1995, almost 60 of these events have been hosted across the province of British Columbia. The festival highlights the importance of farm-to-table relationships between people and their food, and celebrates the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and farm and city folks.

Dress up in your fancy attire—don’t forget to take a glass of wine and a napkin—and get ready to wander around for four hours to enjoy some gourmet, farm-fresh bites. Guests are invited to travel from tent to tent to taste gourmet creations from some of the Lower Mainland’s best chefs, bakers, and brewers.

When: September 8, 2019
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Where: Rabbit River Farms – 17740 River Road Richmond
Tickets: Online

BC SPCA’s Paws for a Cause 2019

What: A fundraising walk to help animals at the BC SPCA Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, and West Vancouver branches. This year’s event features a dog friendly beer garden, AnimalKind accredited trainers, live demos, vegan friendly BBQ, face painting, activities for the family, and more.

When: September 8, 2019
Time: Walk registration open at 10 am, walk starts at 11:30 am
Where: David Lam Park – 1300 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Register: Online

Vancouver Luxury & Supercar Weekend

What: The 10th anniversary of the Luxury & Supercar Weekend features some of the world’s most luxurious vehicles from rare classic to modern supercars; all set against the stunning background of VanDusen Botanical gardens. Plus there will be gourmet food trucks, fine goods vendors, pop-up bars and a live supercar auction to enjoy.

When: September 7 and 8, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

FAÇADE Festival


Artist Dana Claxton’s render for the Facade Festival (Courtesy Burrard Arts Foundation)

What: The Vancouver Art Gallery is going to look very different when you walk past it every evening from September 8 to 14. The gallery’s exterior facade will be covered with a projection of dynamic artwork. Burrard Arts Foundation is partnering up with the Vancouver Art Gallery for the Facade Festival, an outdoor public art and cultural event featuring commissioned works by contemporary artists.

The artists will be paired up each evening with an encore of all of their works on Friday and Saturday. In addition, there will be an artist panel, and a special projection mapping experience by Go2 Productions on Saturday.

When: September 8 to 14, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm to Midnight
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (Formerly known as Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Human Library at VPL

What: Taking place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and presented by Zee Zee Theatre, the Human Library, will allow attendees to “check out” a human being to facilitate their learning. The 20-minute, candid conversations are meant to open people’s eyes “to the diversity of lived experience.”

Human books are available on a first-come, first-served basis during event hours. The event is free to attend, and “human books” are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: September 7 and September 8, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver Giants vs Kamloops Blazers

What: Vancouver Giants take on the Kamloops Blazers in pre-season WHL action at Langley Events Centre.

When: September 8, 2019
Time: 5 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Ladner Village Market

What: The Ladner Village Market takes over the heart of Ladner Village on select Sundays in the summertime. The market features live music, many vendors, and more to see, do and eat.

When: September 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 5028 48th Avenue (between Delta and Elliott Streets) in Ladner Village
Admission: Free


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 7 and 8, September 14 and 15, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Playland at the PNE – Hastings Street just off Highway #1 West – Exit #26
Tickets: Online

Country Celebration at Campbell Valley Regional Park

What: Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Country Celebration and Campbell Valley Regional Park. Explore nature, heritage and agriculture with live music and animals, a marketplace, food trucks, homesteading demos and a nature quest in the giant straw maze. Bring your mug and bags.

Date: September 7 and September 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park – 710 204th St, Langley
Admission: $3 per adult, $1 per child and adult over 65

FREE Waffles at Chambar

What: On September 8, Chambar’s 15th-anniversary celebrations kick off with a block party featuring live entertainment and an outdoor pig roast at 2 pm. There will also be 1,500 of Chambar’s famous waffles up for grabs (while supplies last).

When: September 8, 2019
Time: 2 pm
 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free

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