A digest of What’s On in and around Vancouver during this weekend including free fun family activities, live music, performing arts & theatre, festivals and sports events.
Live Music on Weekdays are also listed.
Events, Festivals and Other Activities: September 20 to 22, 2019
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I. Family & Kids Activities this Weekend
Sea Otter Awareness Week
This Sea Otter Awareness Week, come say ‘hello’ to our rescued sea otters and watch as they wrestle and play – all while you learn about this endearing and essential creature.
September 21 – 29, 2019 | 10 AM. to 5 PM
Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
Pro-D Day Afternoon
Join us at Mackin House for a tour of the Home Front: WWII exhibit followed by a fun craft and snacks.
Friday September 20, 2019 | 1:00 PM 3:00 PM
Coquitlam Heritage , 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
$5 per family (up to 3 children)
Come and join the celebration at Indonesia Fest: Experience Indonesia 2019, featuring Indonesian traditional and contemporary art and musical performances, Indonesian culinary and products, photo booth, kid’s corner and many door prizes.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 12 PM – 5 PM
Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Center, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Olde Harvest Fair
Ring in fall like locals did for the first annual fall fair held in 1888! Celebrate the harvest with food, neighborly competitions and music. While the kids play in the hay, enjoy: Live music and dancing, Warm apple cider, Surrey’s re-enactment troupe The Re-Enactors and more!
Saturday September 21, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey
Annual Scarecrow Festival
Art’s Nursery’s Annual Scarecrow Festival is a fun, family friendly event in support of 3 local charities and groups. Enjoy full day festival on Saturday and includes a DIY Build-a-Crow station, live music, scarecrow scavenger hunt, crafts and activities, speakers & demos, hayrides, and more! In the spirit of our fabulous outdoor markets, local food vendors will be on hand for all to enjoy. Activities include DIY Build-A-Crow Station, Scavenger Hunt, Field Trips, O.W.L. Feature Presentation, and more!
September 21st to October 31, 2019
Saturday September 21, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Arts Nursery, 8940 192nd Street
110th Anniversary Open House
Annual Open House event celebrates the arrival of the first train passengers to Maillardville and this year is the 20th anniversary of Mackin House being open to the public as a museum. Join us for train station & museum tours, crafts, treats, quilt sewing and sock knitting demonstrations and the world folk music sounds of Kouskous.
Saturday, September 21 | 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
All Saints Parish Hall
821 Fairfax Street, Coquitlam
RiverFest is a FREE family-friendly festival, and a great way to enjoy a beautiful fall day along the mighty Fraser River. RiverFest 2019 will build on past festivals to ensure informative and enjoyable family entertainment, including vendors whose products embody the Fraser, a diverse assortment of exhibitors, children’s activities, and live music.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 5 PM
Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
World Rivers Day Celebrations
World Rivers Day celebrations return to the Burnaby Village Museum with entertainment, demonstrations, displays, tours, plus lots of activities for children and adults. Environmental exhibitors with hand-on activities, demonstrations, and educational sessions will be on-site. Be sure to pause on the bridge that crosses Deer Lake Brook to take in the beauty of this ecologically significant waterway that runs through the village site.
Sunday, September 2, 2019 | 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Ioco Ghost Town Days
Come down to the Ioco town site and join in the fun at this popular annual community event! Check out booths featuring a variety of local vendors and displays by community organizations, enjoy live music and entertainment by local performers, take a guided historical trolley tour of the town site and more! Kids will also have a great time with a range of family-friendly games and activities – including a giant maze and pony rides!
Sunday September 22, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Ioco town site – Ioco Road and 1st Avenue, Port Moody
Alouette River Management hosts the Ridge Meadows Rivers Day Celebration at the Allco Fish Hatchery & Rivers Heritage Centre. This fun, family event helps raise awareness of the beautiful streams and rivers in our community and activities include live entertainment, a barbeque, children’s trout fishing pond, environmental displays and LOTS of activities for children of all ages.
Sunday, September 22nd 2019 | 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Allco Fish Hatchery & Rivers Heritage Centre
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 This Week in Vancouver
Concert Tours/EDM and Weekday Concerts
- Charlie Cunningham with the Still Tide on Tuesday, September 17 | 07:30 PM @ The Fox Cabaret
- Trio Solisti on Tuesday, September 17 | 08:00 PM @ Vancouver Playhouse
- Luba Uspenskaya on Wednesday, September 18 | 08:00 PM @ Vancouver Playhouse
- Before The Fall on Thursday, September 19 | 7:30 PM @ Orpheum Annex
- Joe Mande – King of Content Tour on Thursday, September 19 | 7:00 PM @ Biltmore Cabaret
- Three-time JUNO award winners – Leahy on Saturday September 21, 2019 | 8:00 PM @ The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
- Swim Slowly Album Release Show on Friday, September 20 | 07:00 PM @ Fortune Sound Club
- GHOST – The Ultimate Tour Named Death on Friday, September 20 | 07:30 PM @ Pacific Coliseum
- Fontaines D.C., Pottery on Friday, September 20 | 08:00 PM @ The Fox Cabaret
- Ben Böhmer on Friday, September 20 | 10:00 PM @ Celebrities Underground
- Keys N Krates DJ Set @ Hef on Friday, September 20 | 10:00 PM @ Fortune Sound Club
- Gawp on Friday, September 20 | 10:00 PM @ MIA Nightclub
- Eric Andre: Legalize Everything Tour on Friday, September 20 | 7:00 PM @ Vogue Theatre
- MARLO on Friday, September 20 | 10:00 PM @ Harbour Event Centre
- Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas on Friday, September 20 | 8:00 PM @ Mel Lehan Hall St. James
- CANCER BATS w/ Single Mothers, Sharptooth, Pet Blessings on Friday, September 20 | 8:00 PM @ Rickshaw Theatre
- Mother Mother on Saturday, September 21 | 05:00 PM @ Malkin Bowl
- Broken Shadows on Saturday, September 21 | 07:00 PM @ Western Front
- Millencolin on Saturday, September 21 | 08:00 PM @ The Imperial
- BJ the Chicago Kid with Guests Kamauu on Saturday, September 21 | 07:00 PM @ Fortune Sound Club
- Li Jian on Saturday, September 21 | 07:30 PM @ UBC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
- Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road on Saturday, September 21 | 08:00 PM @ Rogers Arena
- Claptone on Saturday, September 21 | 10:00 PM @ Celebrities
- Fleetmac Wood Presents Sea of Love on Saturday, September 21 | 10:00 PM @ Celebrities Underground
- NERVO on Saturday, September 21 | 10:00 PM @ Harbour Event Centre
- Mother Mother on Sunday, September 22 | 05:00 PM @ Malkin Bowl
- Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road on Sunday, September 22 | 08:00 PM @ Rogers Arena
- Nikki & Timmy Chooi with Angela Cheng on Sunday, September 22 | 03:00 PM @ Vancouver Playhouse
- Ali Zandvakili on Sunday, September 22 | 08:00 PM @ Chan Shun Concert Hall
- Claudia Oshry : The Dirty Jeans Tour on Sunday, September 22 | 07:00 PM @ Vogue Theatre
Pieczonka Sings Schubert
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Season Opener: Mahler’s Titan & Pieczonka Sings Schubert. The VSO’s 101st Season opens with Canadian international diva Adrianne Pieczonka singing Schubert’s orchestrated lieder including Der Erlkönig (The Elf King) paired with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 Titan — the Symphony that “changed the genre forever” (The Guardian). Maestro Tausk starts with a new work commissioned from Juno-nominated Bekah Simms, a fresh and brilliant Canadian talent, to open the season.
September 20 & 21 | 8:00 PM
Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver
$16.25 to $115
III. Live Theatre
- What’s On Stage
- Australia’s Thunder From Down Under on September 20 & 21, 2019 | 08:00 PM @ Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
- The Jay & Dan Podcast on September 21, 2019 | 07:00 PM @ Vogue Theatre
Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz
The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! series starts a new season with a colourful, high-energy performance of Bollywood dance. The Shiamak Vancouver Dance Team will showcase the dynamic fusion of jazz, folk, and modern which is prominently seen in the Bollywood film industry.
Thursday September 19, 2019 | 12 noon
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver
$13 – $15
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
Vanier Park, Vancouver
$26 & up
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.
September 17 to 22, 2019
Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 600 Block Hamilton St., Vancouver
$30 – $145+charges
Lear Inc.: All Or Nothing
Over 11 days in September, more than 90 different theatre artists and companies come together to share their creativity on stage. Audiences are as varied as the performances with theatrical offerings for all tastes and ages. The uniqueness of the Fringe comes from the “everyone is welcome” selection technique—Mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists a chance to participate.
September 17th & 18th, 2019 | 7PM
Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
$15 – $20
In a projected future that is so close you could touch it, Hysteria is theatre at it’s most vital as Black Mirror meets The Handmaid’s Tale. In response to the ongoing outrage following the #metoo movement, the government introduces a controversial new app to record consent in an effort to calm tensions and provide security. However, as technology infiltrates our most intimate moments, is this a solution or a short step to the next breakout of Hysteria?
September 18 to 21, 2019
Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
A Tender Thing
What if Romeo and Juliet didn’t die in that double suicide in the Capulet family vault? Instead, they lived into old age, their dazzling love to endure a more commonplace tragedy? Ben Power uses Shakespeare’s timeless poetry to create a new, deeply romantic and powerful play, and a strikingly different love story.
September 6 to 29, 2019
Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St. Vancouver
A Thousand Splendid Suns
In this sweeping tale set in war-torn Afghanistan, two women’s lives intersect through fate. The unlikely but extraordinary friendship of Laila and Mariam helps them cope with the tyranny and tumult of life in 1990s Kabul—and leads them to an unforgettable act. A Thousand Splendid Suns, based on the best-selling novel by the author of The Kite Runner, is a haunting yet hopeful story that illuminates the strength of the human spirit.
September 12–October 13, 2019
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Arts Club Theatre Company, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
$29 – $95 + charges
Mother of the Maid
Isabelle Arc knows what her teenage daughter Joan needs: discipline, a loving husband, and to stop communing with God. As Joan hurtles toward her destiny as the Maid of Orleans, Isabelle must care for the extraordinary child who belongs not just to her, but to all of France.
September 13 to October 5, 2019
Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
$20.00 to $36.50
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival
As one of few celebrated festival devoted to Flamenco Art outside of Spain, the VIFF has since its beginnings in 1990 grown to a mature understanding of Vancouver’s multicultural audiences by nurturing the form’s hybridized roots in Sephardic, Persian, Gypsy and Indian cultures and by striving to reflect and connect its diverse sociocultural identity through work narratives underlining flamenco’s universal message of humanistic tolerance.
September 13-29, 2019
Various Venues, Vancouver
Free and ticketed events
Scott Thompson: The Buddy Cole Monologues
Well known to fans as a member of the sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, Scott Thompson is anything but your average comedic talent. Scott Thompson has been creating and performing monologues as Buddy for stage and screen appearances for over 30 years. Buddy is a world-weary, openly gay man, who is utterly unafraid to offer his dry takes on the most incendiary topics of this or any other day.
September 19-21, 2019 | 8 PM
Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
$26.00 to $46.00
Vancouver Burlesque Co: Fall 2019 Season Opener
Join us for an evening of fun and frivolity, in celebration of our amazing students and supporters.Hosted by: Miss Kiss
Intermission show by: Go-Go Bungalow Dancers
With special guest: Banbury Cross
September 19, 2019 | 8 PM
The WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac St. Vancouver
IV. Sports & Related Events
The Ultra Night Run
Join Michelob ULTRA and The Running Room as we light up the night with a one-of-a-kind 5K and 10K running course with a neon-lit course and live DJs to help keep you moving. Following the run, celebrate with us in our epic beer garden, where there will be live performances and ice-cold Michelob ULTRA to keep the night going. Round up your team and get ready for one unforgettable night of fitness and fun
Friday September 20, 2019 | 07:30 PM
Stanley Park Pavilion, 610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver
UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Soccer
v Regina Cougars
Friday, September 20, 2019 | 06:30 PM
UBC – Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
vs. Columbus Crew SC
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 02:00 PM
BC Place , Vancouver
UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Soccer
v Saskatchewan Huskies
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 06:30 PM
UBC – Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver
V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events this Weekend
Blend is a two day conference style party in Vancouver for the motion, design and animation community. Details
September 20 & 21, 2019
Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver
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- Golden Ears Writers on Tuesday September 17, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM @ The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
- Life Drawing Drop In — Drop-in life drawing sessions with an undraped model will be held on Thursday evenings: Thursdays September 19 to December 12, 2019 @ The ACT Art Gallery, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
- Philosopher’s Cafe — Guest moderators host informal public discussions on various topics, stimulating a dialogue and passionate exchange of ideas. on Thursday September 19, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM @ The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
TEDxYouth@SeymourSt is Downtown Vancouver’s newest TEDx event, targeted specifically at the youth in our communities. A subsidiary of TED, our TEDxYouth event will feature a diverse range of speakers, from Hollywood stunt actresses to 15-year-old world record holders, our goal is to showcase and ‘share ideas worth spreading’.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
ANNEX Theatre, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver
$15.45 & up
David Suzuki and Stephen Lewis
Join us for a night of conversation with David Suzuki and Stephen Lewis. These notable climate change experts and environmental advocates will speak about the current issues facing youth as they inherit the challenges of a dramatically changing planet.
Friday, September 20, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Chan Shun Concert Hall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$10.00 to $20.00
Find the Perfect Pint
Find the Perfect Pint is the highly anticipated beer tasting festival for Fall. With over 25 breweries participating and plenty of food options, you’re sure to find your perfect pint! Join us for the inaugural year for the Rotary Club of Coquitlam’s fundraising initiative where all proceeds go directly back into the community to support various programs and charities.
Friday, September 20, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Poirier Forum, 618 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
F-O-R-M (Festival Of Recorded Movement) — Celebrating the body in motion through film featuring 4 screenings of 35 short films, a feature film opening night, and workshops and events throughout the festival from local and international youth and emerging artists. F-O-R-M is a youth focused film festival centred on movement-based films. With submitting artists and target attendees 25 years and under, this event celebrates and supports a rising generation of creators and enthusiasts through providing a formal context to screen and create work.
September 19 – 21, 2019
Various Venues, Vancouver
You will be inspired by this moving film based on the remarkable life of mathematician Anand Kumar and the students of his educational program, Super 30. As documented in local Maple Ridge author Dr. Biju Mathew’s book, Super 30, Kumar drafts 30 educationally bright yet underprivileged students into his coaching program each year – free of cost – giving them a shot at the prestigious, highly competitive, and daunting entry exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
Friday September 20, 2019 | 6:30 PM
The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
Join hundreds of puppies and pooches at Port Royal Park’s first ever Woofstock Festival! This family friendly event invites local pets and pet owners to come and connect with other dog-friendly neighbours through fun activations, contests, live entertainment, food trucks and much more.
Saturday September 21, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Port Royal Park,215 Salter Street,New Westminster
White Rock Craft Beer Festival
Enjoy the beautiful ocean view while sampling the region’s best brews. Twelve Metro Vancouver breweries are participating, including 3 Dogs Brewing, White Rock Beach Beer, Steel & Oak, Red Racer, Persephone Brewing, Container Brewing and more!
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Memorial Park, Marine Drive, White Rock
XO Pop-Up Market: Autumn Craft Fair
Come join us for a FREE cozy artisan market and welcome in autumn with us! There will be 11 incredible local artisans, as well as a live performance by the talented Hayley Wallis. We will be having complimentary tea available, as well as door prizes for both days!
September 21 & 22, 2019 | 11:00 AM to 07:00 PM
430 Homer Street, Vancouver
Sleep Expo 2019
Sleep Expo 2019 provides patients worldwide unmatched opportunities to learn and experience scientific ideas and new research in sleep medicine. Free and open to the public. Join us to have your sleep questions answered by experts.
Saturday, September 21 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 22 | 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
West Building 1055 Canada Place Vancouver
DTES Culture Saves Lives Pow Wow!
Join for the annual DTES Pow Wow and cultural celebration.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 11 AM – 5 PM
1:00 PM: Grand Entry
Crab Park, 101 Waterfront Rd E, Vancouver
4ocean Shoreline Cleanup
Join 4ocean for a Community Shoreline Cleanup powered by Air Canada on the coastline of Richmond! Hemp bags and gloves will be provided.
Sunday, September 22nd | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Garry Point Park
12011 Seventh Avenue, Richmond
Cloverdale Market Days
Come and check out 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.
Saturday, September 21 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
176th Street between 56A and 58th Avenues, Surrey
Grand Prix of Art
Over 100 artists of all ages and experience levels joining us for a day of intense fun and competition, the Grand Prix of Art. The painting race begins at 10:00am as artist race against the clock in this three-hour painting challenge. At 1:00pm artists put down their brushes, return to the shipyards, and prepare their paintings for display and adjudication. The exhibition is open, where viewers will have their say as well with an opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice Award”. The exhibition will remain on display in the historic Seine Net-Loft at Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site throughout the week.
Saturday, September 21 | 3:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, September 22 | 10 AM – 4PM
Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
Forget-Me-Not, Metis Rose: The Far West
The collaborative artworks of Metis artists Lisa Shepherd and Kristi Bridgeman reveal stories, stylistic markers and stunning beadwork designs that are the legacy of their common relative, Suzette (Chalifoux) Swift.
September 7 to October 26, 2019
The ACT Art Gallery, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
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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