Labour Day has come and gone but the sun is still shining and some of the best Vancouver summer events and activities are still taking place.
If you haven’t had a chance to explore the tale of the two night markets in Richmond, check out the giant Douglas fir zipper at VanDusen Botanical Garden or watch Shakespeare on the beach, there’s still time.
5 Summer Events Still Going in September
1) Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, until Sept. 9
Of all the summer markets, the Chinatown Night Market has the most intimate, neighbourhood feel, set in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. From Dana’s coverage: “The colourful awnings of the Chinatown Night Market lead visitors from the bustling commercial districts of Chinatown to some of its most beloved landmarks, including the virtually-next-door Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the towering Monument of Canadian Chinese. Opening hours are Friday – Sunday from 6pm – 11pm.
2) Summer Night Market in Richmond, until Sept. 16
Ranked one of the top ten world night markets by BBC Travel, the Summer Night Market in Richmond offers an amazing scope of food stalls, sampling Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, and Korean delicacies, plus Western fairground faves. When else can you pair seared squid with funnel cakes? The market can get up to 28,000 visitors on any given night. After gorging, visitors stay for bargain shopping and live entertainment. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm – 12am, and Sundays from 7pm – 11pm
3) Richmond Night Market, until Oct. 8
The Richmond Night Market is the most convenient of the two markets in Richmond for non-drivers. Located at 8351 River Road, the market is just 200 metres from the Bridgeport Station of the Canada Line. Draws include 80+ food vendors, 250+ retailers, entertainment, carnival rides, and a pair of “Dragon zip lines” (to honour the Year of the Dragon).
4) Bard on the Beach, until Sept. 22
A summer tradition, Bard on the Beach is famous for high-calibre Shakespeare (see Remy’s Macbeth review) as well as its eye-popping location. Set in Vanier Park, Bard’s two main stage tents have stadium seating and open-backs, allowing the majestic northern mountains and Vancouver city views to function as the literal backdrop for its plays.
5) Earth Art at VanDusen Botanical Garden, until Sept. 30
Over summer, the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden transformed into a giant, green canvas for all-natural art. Imagine a massive Douglas fir zipper (it unzips the grass to reveal the earth) or a Stonehenge-like installation of embedded rock – just two works sure to astound. Order a picnic basket from Truffles Cafe and take it along while you explore.
Bonus: Blackberry picking, as long as the season lasts
Vancouver’s urban blackberry bounty helps summer exit sweetly. The season starts in mid August and extends into the first few weeks of September. You’ll find pockets of dark, ripe fruit all over, including along the beach and seawall, under the Burrard Bridge and along the old rail line that bisects the city north to south.
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