Labour Day Weekend events and activities in and arounf Vancouver – August 31 to September 2, 2019
What’s On in and around Vancouver during this Labour Day Long weekend including free fun family activities, live music, performing arts & theatre, festivals and sports events.
I. Family & Kids Activities
Showcasing a diverse entertainment line-up, internationally acclaimed musical performances, and rides and attractions, this year’s Fair is sure to be the most exciting yet. Highlights of this year’s Fair include the “hypnotizingly” amazing Reveen, an immersive selfie- photo experience, a new star-studded lineup for the Summer Night Concerts series and the medieval-style Knights of Valour jousting show.
August 17 to September 2, 2019
PNE grounds, Pacific Hastings Street and Renfrew Street, Vancouver
$5.00 – $55.75; Various discounts and free admission days.
Richmond World Festival
A free celebration of music, food and culture, the Richmond World Festival is presented by Coast Capital Savings. The festival will feature over 90 music and dance performances on nine stages. Other highlights include the FEASTival of Flavour with more than 60 food trucks; the Global Village with interactive cultural activities and performances; Kids World children’s activity area; the Bamboo Theatre; the Artisan Marketplace with over 50 exhibitors; and Imagination World at the Richmond Public Library.
Headliners: Bedouin Soundclash,The Strumbellas
Friday, August 30 & Saturday, August 31, 2019
Minoru Park, 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond
Serbian Days Vancouver
Serbian Days is an annual celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun — from the famous “cevapi” sausages, roasted pork and lamb, to the live singers, dancers and bands on the Performance Stage.
August 31 & September 1 | 11 AM – 8 PM
Saint Save Serbian Church, 505 E 63rd Avenue, Vancouver
Dedicated to promoting Taiwanese Arts and Culture, TAIWANfest focus on contemporary artistic expressions and present programs that reflect today’s Taiwan.
August 31 to September 2, 2019
Nikkei Matsuri Festival
Come join the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre over Labour Day weekend and be immersed in an authentic Japanese festival in your very own community! Food・Game Zone・Performances・Marketplace・Beer Garden・Hello Kitty Sand Picture Workshop・Book Sale・Yukata Dressing・Matsuri Family Corner・ Museum Exhibit・Talent Search・Martial Arts Demonstration・Tea Ceremony + Much More!
Saturday, August 31st & Sunday September 1st, 2019 | 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Annual Corn Festival
Join the Latin American community’s annual corn harvest fiesta. Celebrate the importance of corn to the peoples of Latin America and their efforts to protect the biodiversity of traditional corns.
Sunday, September 01, 2019 | 12 PM – 5 PM
Britannia Community Services Centre, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Labour Day Fair
Plan to spend Labour Day at the Village and help us celebrate the end of summer with our annual Labour Day Fair! Join us for old-fashioned fun complete with games of chance, entertainment, demonstrations, a children’s craft, and market vendors.
Monday, September 2, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Fall Kick off Carnival
A day of fun for the family on your Statutory Holiday! Join us at Sunset Community Centre for playgym (including a bouncy castle), arts and crafts, games, and more! A healthy snack concession will be available.
Monday, September 02, 2019 | 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunset Community Centre – 6810 Main Street, Vancouver
Chilliwack Sunflower Festival
Start with a stroll through our giant Mammoth sunflowers towering all around you at heights of up to 15 feet, or get up close and personal with any of the gorgeous 6-8 foot Sunrich sunflowers—known for their stunningly perfect blooms. Take in 3-acre field of Dahlias, featuring 54 different varieties. And don’t miss the special show garden, filled with almost 35 different varieties of sunflowers, like Baby Bears, Little Beckas, Ruby Eclipses, and Double Lemon Éclairs. More Details
August 1 to September 15, 2019
Tulips of the Valley, 41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack
$5 to $15
Richmond Sunflower Festival
Richmond Sunflower Festival brought to you by the family that brings you the Lower Mainlands favourite Pumpkin Patch.Planting over 20 different varieties of Sunflowers and Dahlias on over 8 acres of land for you to enjoy, with multiple #instaworthy moments.Look above the fields and take that perfect selfie with the fields of dahlias and sunflowers. Enjoy fresh cut flower stand where you can choose the perfect sunflower for your home bouquet.
August 3 to September 15, 2019
Richmond Country Farms, 12900 Steveston Hwy, Richmond
$8 to $15
Butterflies – Experience the Transformation
Immerse yourself in the beautiful world of butterflies at the Vancouver Aquarium. The Graham Amazon Gallery has been transformed to become home to several species of beautiful butterflies, all the way from Costa Rica.
May 13 to September 2, 2019
The Vancouver Aquarium, 846 Avison Way, Stanley Park, Vancouver
$0 – $38
More Family Activities
1. Vancouver Public Library holds plenty of fun events throughout the year! Have fun times for free!
2. See a movie.
Family Favourites Cineplex: Visit participating Cineplex theatres near you and watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. | Saturdays at 11:00 AM
3. Every Sunday, Vancouver Art Gallery offers FREE admission for children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Sundays at the Gallery offers a unique art experience for children and their families to have free and regular access to all of the Gallery’s exhibitions as well as the Weekly Family Programs, which feature family-geared programming that explores themes and activities related to the current exhibitions.
4. Museum Tots
This program, geared toward children ages 2 – 5, explores the museum world of learning through play, crafts, dance, and games.
Saturdays | 11 AM –12 PM @ The Maritime Museum of BC
II. Live Music & Concerts
Concert Tours/EDM and Weekday Concerts
- “Kim Jung Min – Concert In Canada on Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ The ACT Arts Centre, Maple Ridge
- Generationals, Pure Bathing Culture on Tuesday, August 27 | 08:00 PM @ The Fox Cabaret
- Orville Peck on Tuesday, August 27 | 08:00 PM @ Commodore Ballroom
- The National on Wednesday, August 28 | 05:30 PM @ Deer Lake Park, Burnaby
- Carly Rae Jepsen – THE DEDICATED TOUR on Wednesday, August 28 | 08:00 PM @ Commodore Ballroom
- Carly Rae Jepsen – THE DEDICATED TOUR on Thursday, August 29 | 08:00 PM @ Commodore Ballroom
- Quantic on Friday, August 30 | 08:30 PM @ Rickshaw Theatre
- The Midnight on Friday, August 30 | 08:00 PM @ Commodore Ballroom
- Milk & Bone on Friday, August 30 | 07:00 PM @ The Fox Cabaret
- Alfie Zappacosta on Friday, August 30 | 07:00 PM @ PAL Studio Theatre
- Summer Shake Down – Dance Party on Friday, August 30 | 08:00 PM @ Fortune Sound Club
- Ghastly on Friday, August 30 | 10:00 PM @ Celebrities
- Matroda on Friday, August 30 | 10:00 PM @ MIA Nightclub
- Anjunadeep on Saturday, August 31 | 05:00 PM @ Malkin Bowl
- Mark Farina on Saturday, August 31 | 09:00 PM @ Imperial
- DJ ISAAC on Saturday, August 31 | 10:00 PM @ Harbour Event Centre
- Ty Koch w/ Rain Penner August & Chris Sol on Saturday, August 31 | 7:00 PM @ The Roxy Cabaret
- Hayes Carll on Saturday, August 31 | 6:30 PM @ Biltmore Cabaret
- Hayes Carll on Saturday, August 31 | 08:00 PM @ Biltmore Cabaret
- Dok2gonzo Thunderground World Tour on Sunday, September 1 | 06:30 PM @ Venue
- Huo Zun World Tour on Sunday, September 1 | 07:30 PM @ River Rock Casino Resort
- SJS Labour Day Love In on Sunday, September 1 | 09:00 PM @ Commodore Ballroom
- Alex Lahey on Sunday, September 1 | 07:00 PM @ Biltmore Cabaret
- Sun Kil Moon on Monday, September 2 | 08:00 PM @ The Imperial
- Sleep on Monday, September 2 | 07:00 PM @ Commodore Ballroom
- Iron Maiden – Legacy Of The Beast Tour on Tuesday, September 3 | 07:30 PM @ Rogers Arena
PNE Summer Night Concert Series
PNE Fair goers will enjoy sensational performances this year featuring some of music history’s biggest names in Pop, Rock, and R&B.
August 17 to September 2, 2019 | 08:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday, August 30: Hammer’s House Party – Mc Hammer With Special Guest Bobby Brown
Saturday, August 31: Billy Idol
Sunday, September 1: The Beach Boys
Monday, September 2: TLC
PNE Amphitheatre, PNE grounds
Fair Gate Admission
Native HipHop Fest
Lineup: Savage Family, Caline Lawrence, Rapsure Risin Reunion, Paint the Town Red, Status Krew, Tommy Da, Hope, Crimson Love, Nehiyaw Music Group, Rex Smallboy and More.
August 30 & 31, 2019
The Maplewood Taphouse & Eatery, 1970 Spicer Road, North Vancouver
$20 – $25
Victory Square Block Party
CiTR & Discorder and Music Waste Festival present Victory Square Block Party. FEATURING: tonk Oblomov lucid Sylvia Wrath Sunrise Social Luvgoon Biawanna Kimmortal
Sunday, September 01 | 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Victory Square – W Pender St, Vancouver
Coal Harbour Music Festival
Free Twilight Jazz Series, a free family friendly Sunday Swing Band Dance, including dance lessons, and three amazing headliners: The Sojourners , Tonye Aganaba, and Alfie Zappacosta.
August 7 to 30, 2019
PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero, Vancouver
Free & Ticketed
Summerset Music & Arts Festival
The inaugural Summerset Music & Arts Festival takes place at the picturesque Fort Langley National Historic Site. Inspired by Trading Post’s passion to bring people together, Red Door Events is pleased to present a multi-day, multi-genre experience. The festival will feature both world-renowned and locally lauded artists, engaging activities, inspiring art installations, food, drink, and warmth of community.
The festival will feature BC’s finest selection of craft beer, wines, and ciders – as well as a wide array of food truck and local vendor options, including an expertly curated choice of ethnic and vegan food options.
Friday: Rival Sons, The Trews, Jesse Roper
Saturday: April Wine, Kim Mitchell, The Matinee, JP Maurice
Sunday: Paul Brandt, Washboard Union, Kadooh, The Wild North
August 30 to September 1, 2019 | 4:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Fort Langley National Historic Site
23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley
$80.00 – $155.00
III. Live Theatre
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
On the BMO Mainstage, it’s The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by Bard’s 2007 Wild West production, a hilarious runaway hit; it plays in repertory with the Elizabethan-era romantic comedy, Shakespeare in Love. The Howard Family Stage offers two innovative new productions: Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, set in India and sparked with south-Asian music and dance, and Coriolanus, a no-holds-barred political drama filled with resonance for our time.
The Taming of the Shrew – June 5 to September 21
Shakespeare in Love – June 12 to September 18
Coriolanus – August 21 to September 15
Vanier Park, Vancouver
$26 & up
Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival
One week of premiere performances, 5-Day Courses, weekend workshops, FREE Activities, and more!!
August 26 – September 1, 2019
Various Venues, Vancouver
Free & ticketed activities
Dance in Transit
Dance in Transit is a street dancing festival—it’s not about wearing special clothes or fancy shoes; it’s about moving to music, one foot at a time.Dance in Transit will feature many dance styles and will include mini-lessons, demonstrations, performances, music, & lots of social dancing. It will be a chance for dancers to learn new styles, practice the styles they already know, and experience these venues in the fresh air while moving to the best music made for dancing.
August 23, 24, 30, 31, 2019
Various Venues, Vancouver
The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical
This bold, new, and certainly hilarious musical sees two best friend millennials in an unexpected crisis. They are forced to navigate ethics in a world that so often rewards the most unethical behaviors. In development since 2014, a complex Golden Era musical structure lifts this contemporary story, taking the audience on a fast-paced and unexpected ride. This world premiere is not to be missed!
September 1 | 9:30 PM
Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive
IV. Sports & Related Events
UBC Thunderbirds Football
vs. Regina Cougars
Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 07:00 PM
UBC – Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
vs. New York City FC
Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 07:00 PM
BC Place , Vancouver
vs. TriCity Dust Devils
August 28 to 30, 2019
Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver
V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events
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- Open Terrarium Design Session: Thursday August 29, 2019 | 6:30 PM- 08:30 PM @ River District Neighbourhood Centre, 8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver
See a movie under the stars. More Details
August 29 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989/Action Adventure/125 mins/PG)
Fearless archeologist once again pitted against the Nazis as he musters up every ounce of cunning and courage to rescue his father Dr. Jones Sr. and the mythical Holy Grail from their evil clutches.
Every Thursday, July 11 – August 29, 2019 | Sunset
Canada Place, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
Presenting more than 80 films from 16 different countries, being among one of the largest and longest running Latin American film festivals in North America.
Thursday, August 22 to Sunday, September 1, 2019
Various Venues, Vancouver
$8 to $25
Crescent Beach Concours d’Elegance
Ninth annual Crescent Beach Concours – Labour Day long weekend gathering of Collector Automobiles and Motorcycles. The selection committee will select up to 80 outstanding collector automobiles and motorcycles from Canada and the United States. The class awards will be decided by judging teams using the ICJAG format.
Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Blackie Spit Park – 3136 McBride Avenue, Surrey
$10 to $20; Under 17: Free
Kerrisdale Antiques Fair
Highlights of the diverse selection to be found here include antique and estate jewelry, Victorian sterling and silver-plate, French country, formal and retro chic furniture and accessories, kitchen collectibles, decorative art pottery and glass, old advertising and memorabilia, antiquarian books, tribal and native arts, mid-century Modernist décor, textiles and linens, and classic dolls and toys.
August 31 & September 1 | 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Kerrisdale Arena and Play Palace, 5670 East Boulevard, Vancouver
Join the Vancouver Dahlia Society for their annual show.
Saturday August 31, 2019 | 1 PM – 5 PM
Sunday September 1, 2019 | 12 PM – 3:30 PM
Floral Hall & Cedar Room,VanDusen Botanical Garden,
5151 Oak Street, Vancouver
Admission by donation
Brazilian Fair in celebration of Brazil’s National Day! With:”Roda De Samba E Choro”, Whitecaps cruiser, Artistic Performances, Brazilian DJ, food, and products!
Monday, September 2, 2019 | 2 PM – 6 PM
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre,
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Labour Day at Jack Poole Plaza
Join us in celebrating Labour Day at Jack Poole Plaza! This FREE event will be fun for the whole family, featuring a kid’s play zone, live entertainment, games, and more. Speakers will include Rebecca Duncan, VDLC President Stephen von Sychowski, Mayor of City of Vancouver Kennedy Stewart, Canadian Labour Congress Vice President Larry Rousseau, and Vancouver-Mount Pleasant MLA/Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark.
Monday, September 2 | 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Rally from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Jack Poole Plaza
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver
Labour Day Picnic
Join for a free, family friendly picnic on Labour Day. There will be food, kids’ games and activities, live music and lots of great solidarity from 11:30am-2:30pm. Minister of Labour Harry Bains will be our featured speaker!
Monday, September 2, 2019 | 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey
The VanDusen Botanical Garden 2019 exhibition will be showcasing over 100 hand-carved, original works from 50+ Zimbabwean stone sculptors. All pieces will be available for purchase and will also feature smaller sculptures, metal sculptures, hand-woven baskets and jewelry.
July 19 to Sept 15, 2019
VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver
Wesbrook Village Summer in the Square
Get ready for 11 exciting performances at Wesbrook Village’s Norman Mackenzie Square as we’ve brought back some of last year’s favorites and new artists. Grab a bite or a refreshing drink in the village, take a seat in the square and enjoy the amazing performances!
June 29 to September 7, 2019
Tuesdays at 5:00 PM and Saturdays at 12:00 PM
Norman Mackenzie Square (between Biercraft and Blenz), Vancouver
Food Bike Tour
Bike around the city sampling popular menu items while getting a behind the scenes look from our local partners, burning off calories, sight seeing and meeting new people.
Every Saturday starting June 1 – September 28 | 10:00 AM – 04:000 PM
1798 W. Georgia St., Vancouver
$129 – $149
West End Summer Arts Market
Join us for fun, music, art and artisans. Get to know local artists and neighbours.
Saturdays, June 1 to September 28 | 11 AM to 5 PM
Jim Deva Plaza 1200 Bute St Vancouver
Richmond Night Market
Come join us for another summer of delicious food, awesome deals and wonderful entertainment! Featuring live performances, carnival games and over 200 retail stalls, you’ll feel the excitement from the moment you arrive. Taste Canada’s diversity at our international food court, offering more variety with over a hundred vendors and over five hundred food choices!
May 10 – October 14, 2019
8351 River Road, Richmond
Shipyards Night Market
The Shipyards Night Market showcases BC’s artisans, bakers and farmers. Products include; jewellery, clothing, kids wear, bakers, produce, preserves, soaps, plants, chocolate and many more must have handmade products. Don’t eat dinner before you come to the Night Market, as there are at least 35 food trucks selling unique and delicious locally made food.
Friday Nights, May 3 to September 27 | 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Shipyards Night Market
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
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