Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to enjoy the first weekend of autumn.  Check out our list of things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

 


Friday September 27th

 

Around the Dome – Café Scientifique: The Plight of the Polar Bear, 7:00PM-9:00PM @ Science World (1445 Quebec Street), Vancouver
Free; waiting list only
The Canadian Arctic is home to over half of the world’s polar bears, and with the effects of global warming in this region, they are facing an uncertain future. Join us for discussion, debate and refreshments with scientists, who will be sharing their research and expertise on the polar bear.  Part of Science World’s Around the Dome in 30 Days, a month-long science festival.  Visit the website for more details.

Culture Days – Ballet BC Open Studio Rehearsal, 12:30PM-6:15PM @ Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street), Vancouver
Free
Come see what a day in the life of a dancer is like by dropping in for a behind-the-scenes sneak peek, as BalletBC rehearses scenes from their upcoming show, TILT!  Drop in  throughout the day; no RSVP required.  Part of the Culture Days weekend from Sept 27-29; check the website for more activities!

Harold Mabern Trio | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Alan Nahigian for Harold Mabern

13th Anniversary at The Cellar Jazz Club: Cory Weeds and the Harold Mabern Trio, 7:30PM & 9:30PM @ Cellar Jazz Club (3611 West Broadway Street), Vancouver
$59; includes dinner
Celebrate the finest jazz club that Vancouver has ever known with Juno Award Nominee and Cellar owner Cory Weeds, with the legendary pianist Harold Mabern.  Your ticket includes a seat for the show plus a two-course meal.  Check the website for tickets and more information.

8th Annual Bluebird Gala, 7:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver
$165 or 2 for $300
Celebrate The Arthritis Society’s 65th anniversary.  Plan for a magical evening at the Vancouver Aquarium at this very special cocktail reception amongst the stars, jellies and sharks!  Bring your playful nature along with your friends and loved ones and have a great time listening to music, feasting on specialties, and exploring the silent auction and other amusements.  Enjoy a night of fun and entertainment while supporting a meaningful cause.

The Shipyards Night Market, 5:00PM-10:00PM @ Shipyards Plaza (138 Victory Way), North Vancouver
Free
Over 50 tents filled with local products showcasing British Columbia’s bakers, artisans, and farmers.  A great evening for all ages, with food, fun, and festivities all night long.  Takes place every Thursday and Friday this summer.

Vancouver International Improv Fest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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14th Annual Vancouver International Improv Festival (VIIF), time varies @ Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright Street), Granville Island, Vancouver
$12-21; other pricing in effect
For over a decade, the Vancouver International Improv Festival has been bringing the world’s best improvisers to Vancouver for a week of shows and workshops in the name of bettering the improvisational theatre community, both here and internationally.  Don’t miss one of the funniest festivals Vancouver has to offer through Sept 28!  Get tickets early.

Word Vancouver, 7:30PM-9:30PM @ Joy Kogawa House (1450 West 64th Ave), Vancouver
Free
Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading, the festival promotes book and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interest.  Tonight, enjoy the ambiance of historic Joy Kogawa House and a playwright’s words (RSVP required).  Visit the website for the full list of events happening through Sept 29.

Vancouver International Film Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), time varies @ various venues in Vancouver
$13 + $2 VIFF membership; other pricing in effect
As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF brings Vancouver audiences some of the best films from around the globe.  Last year the Festival presented over 380 films from 75 countries to over 140,000 enthusiastic film-lovers.  Buy your VIFF guide from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre, and visit VIFF’s website for more info and tickets.

13th Annual Richmond Night Market, 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 8351 River Road (next to Bridgeport Canada Line Station), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
The market features 250 vendors and 80 food booths, family friendly entertainment, a children’s amusement zone, and carnival-style rides.  This year’s theme is based around the Magical Duck Island adventure board game, with $100,000 in prizes.  Open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday until October 14.

The Big Sipper, 12:30PM @ Courtyard outside Woodward’s Building (149 West Hastings Street), Vancouver
Free
Don’t miss this attempt to try to break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Smoothie.. a smoothie that has to be more than 1500 litres!  It’s a fun afternoon filled with live music and entertainment plus you can see the official Guinness World Record measurement take place at 12.30pm. After that you can enjoy a serving of the World’s Largest (hopefully) and most delicious (definitely) smoothie, for a donation to the Greater Vancouver FoodBank Society.

RiverFest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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RiverFest, 4:00PM-9:00PM @ Fraser River Discovery Centre (788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster)
Free
Celebrate BC and World Rivers Day this weekend and honour the Fraser River, the province’s most magnificent river, and its many tributaries.  Inspired by the river, RiverFest is an art and environmental festival with artists and artisans in all media displaying their work, environmental and conservation organizations communicating their vision, live music and dramatic performances for all ages, and crafts and activities for the whole family.

 


Saturday September 28th

 

13th Anniversary at The Cellar Jazz Club: Cory Weeds and the Harold Mabern Trio, 7:30PM & 9:30PM @ Cellar Jazz Club (3611 West Broadway Street), Vancouver
$59; includes dinner
Celebrate the finest jazz club that Vancouver has ever known with Juno Award Nominee and Cellar owner Cory Weeds, with the legendary pianist Harold Mabern.  Your ticket includes a seat for the show plus a two-course meal.  Check the website for tickets and more information.

Culture Days – Arts Club Stroll, 10:30AM-12:00PM @ 1585 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Free
An imaginative take on the historical walk both today and tomorrow, featuring star alumni from the Arts Club’s Musical Theatre Intensive, and a renowned theatre educator and director, with a cast of distinguished Arts Club associated artists and cultural workers.  RSVP required.  Part of the Culture Days weekend from Sept 27-29; check the website for more activities!

Goh Ballet Academy | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Culture Days – Ballet Classes at Goh Ballet, 5:00PM-5:45PM & 6:30PM-8:00PM @ The Goh Ballet Academy (2345 Main Street at 8th), Vancouver
Free
The Goh Ballet will be offering 2 free classes, which includes a class for children ages 4 & 5 (must be accompanied with one parent) from 5-5:45PM, as well as a class for adults 15+ (beginner) from 6:30-8:30PM.  Part of the Culture Days weekend from Sept 27-29; check the website for more activities!

Culture Days – 3rd Annual Emily Con, 11:00AM-5:00PM @ Emily Carr University of Art & Design (1399 Johnston Street), Vancouver
Free
A special all-ages one-day celebration of the local comic culture, this unique event presents artists, writers and comic book creators showcasing their comics, zines, and artwork.  Live panel discussions, artist demos and a participatory Comix Jam invite all comic enthusiasts to take part!  Part of the Culture Days weekend from Sept 27-29; check the website for more activities!

Culture Days – Terminal City Glass Co-Op Open House, 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Terminal City Glass Co-Op (1191 Parker Street), Vancouver
Free
Watch glassblowing, beadmaking and flameworking demonstrations at Canada’s first and only non-profit glass arts co-operative!  Experience the excitement of turning molten glass into beautiful objects.  Take a look at some finished pieces and talk with the artists.  Part of the Culture Days weekend from Sept 27-29; check the website for more activities!

Science World | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Around the Dome – Community Science Celebration, 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Science World (1445 Quebec Street), Vancouver
Free admission!
Vancouver’s very own Community Science Celebration, showcasing innovations in science and technology that exists in our own backyard.  Science outreach organizations, local businesses, academic and research institutions and innovators are profiled and available to chat with you about science in our community, during this weekend-long event presented by Genome British Columbia and BC Hydro!  Part of Science World’s Around the Dome in 30 Days, a month-long science festival.  Visit the website for more details.

Around the Dome – Do It Yourself Science, 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Science World (1445 Quebec Street), Vancouver
Free admission!
A weekend full of challenges, activities and make and takes that inspire you to be creative at home!  Make something amazing out of cardboard (like this).  Professionals will also be put to the test so cheer and vote for your favourite team, during the KEVA challenge for architectural and engineering firms and students.  Part of Science World’s Around the Dome in 30 Days, a month-long science festival.  Visit the website for more details.

Grand Opening of the Pumpkin Patch, 9:30AM-5:00PM @ Taves Family Farms (333 Gladwin Road), Abbotsford
Free
Head down to the Grand Opening of the Pumpkin Patch to pick your perfect pumpkin.  There will also be lots of other fun activities, like a corn maze, pumpkin cannon, hayrides, and U-pick apple orchards.  See the website for more info.

Hawkers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Hawkers Market, 7:00PM-2:00AM @ East Van Studios (870 East Cordova Street), Vancouver
$15; $10 advance
A monthly recurring underground food marketplace, this is the place to be if you like to eat as much as we do.  The laid-back atmosphere is a dining, shopping, and social experience.  There is also a selection of wine and locally made craft beer available for purchase.  Check the website for this month’s line up of vendors.

14th Annual Vancouver International Improv Festival (VIIF), time varies @ Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright Street), Granville Island, Vancouver
$12-21; other pricing in effect
For over a decade, the Vancouver International Improv Festival has been bringing the world’s best improvisers to Vancouver for a week of shows and workshops in the name of bettering the improvisational theatre community, both here and internationally.  Don’t miss one of the funniest festivals Vancouver has to offer through Sept 28!  Get tickets early.

RiverFest, 4:00PM-9:00PM @ Fraser River Discovery Centre (788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster)
Free
Celebrate BC and World Rivers Day this weekend and honour the Fraser River, the province’s most magnificent river, and its many tributaries.  Inspired by the river, RiverFest is an art and environmental festival with artists and artisans in all media displaying their work, environmental and conservation organizations communicating their vision, live music and dramatic performances for all ages, and crafts and activities for the whole family.

Word on the Street | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Word on the Street Vancouver (facebook)

Word Vancouver, 11:00AM-3:30PM @ Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street), Vancouver
Free
Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading, the festival promotes book and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interest.  There will be free professional development workshops for writers and publishers starting at 11AM today.  Visit the website for the full list of events happening through Sept 29.

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), time varies @ various venues in Vancouver
$13 + $2 VIFF membership; other pricing in effect
As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF brings Vancouver audiences some of the best films from around the globe.  Last year the Festival presented over 380 films from 75 countries to over 140,000 enthusiastic film-lovers.  Buy your VIFF guide from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre, and visit VIFF’s website for more info and tickets.

Vancouver Book Fair, 12:00PM-7:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson Street), Vancouver
$8
The only antiquarian, collectible and rare book fair in Western Canada, featuring many of Western Canada’s top booksellers.  A wide selection of antiquarian, collectible and rare books, ephemera, maps, prints, manuscripts and works on paper will be on offer at the fair – including Canadiana; children’s and illustrated; fine press and limited editions; history and military history; literature and fine arts; modern first editions and signed copies; natural history; travel and exploration; science and technology as well as many other subject areas.  Buy tickets in advance and save.

UBC Public Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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UBC Saturday Public Market, 9:00AM-1:00PM @ UBC Farm, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Free admission
In addition to over 250 varieties of UBC’s own fresh, organically grown produce, visit for live musicians, craftspeople, hot prepared food, bakers, and other young farm vendors all through mid-October.  For those interested in learning more about the farm, don’t miss the 30 minute public tour at 11AM.

13th Annual Richmond Night Market, 7:00PM-12:00AM @ 8351 River Road (next to Bridgeport Canada Line Station), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
The market features 250 vendors and 80 food booths, family friendly entertainment, a children’s amusement zone, and carnival-style rides.  This year’s theme is based around the Magical Duck Island adventure board game, with $100,000 in prizes.  Open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday until October 14.Trout Lake Farmers Market, 9:00AM-2:00PM @ John Hendry Park at Trout Lake (between Templeton Drive and Lakewood Drive), Vancouver
West End Farmers Market, 9:00AM-2:00PM @ Mole Hill (1100 block Comox Street), Vancouver
Burnaby Farmers Market, 9:00AM-2:00PM @ Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way), Burnaby
Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market, 10:00AM-2:00PM @ East Boulevard (between 37th & 41st Ave), Vancouver
River District Farmers Market, 10:00AM-3:00PM @ 8683 Kerr Street (SE Marine Drive & Kerr Street), Vancouver
Free admission
Check out the fresh produce at the Farmers Markets every Saturday until mid-October.  See the websites for more info and other farmers markets in Metro Vancouver.

 


Sunday September 29th

 

Burnaby Village Museum | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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World Rivers Day Gala Event, 11:00AM-4:30PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
Free
Did you know that Deer Lake Brook, one of Burnaby’s many ecologically significant streams, flows right through the museum grounds? Learn more about Burnaby’s natural heritage, as well as other environmentally themed programs and initiatives from the city and members of the community.  Check out the entertainment and performances, activities, and eco-village at this special celebration.  Visit the website for the full day’s events.

Uncover Your Creeks Renfrew Ravine, 9:00AM-12:00PM @ Renfrew Ravine (3900 Renfrew Street), Vancouver
Free
Check out this interactive and hands on celebration of World Rivers Day with a walk around the river, learn about local ecology, plant native plants, and help monitor water quality in Still Creek.  RSVP required.

13th Annual Richmond Night Market, 6:00PM-11:00PM @ 8351 River Road (next to Bridgeport Canada Line Station), Richmond
$2 admission; other pricing in effect
The market features 250 vendors and 80 food booths, family friendly entertainment, a children’s amusement zone, and carnival-style rides.  This year’s theme is based around the Magical Duck Island adventure board game, with $100,000 in prizes.  Open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday until October 14.

Seymour Hatchery Open House | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Seymour Hatchery Open House, 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
Free admission
The Seymour Salmonid Society will be hosting an open house at the Seymour River Hatchery for the first time in 10 years. Take part in a tour of the hatchery, discover stream invertebrates, play games and activities to win prizes, enjoy the salmon BBQ, and explore the old growth forest.  Please note transport up to the hatchery will be by bus only; more info on the website.

Word Vancouver, 11:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street), Vancouver
Free
Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading, the festival promotes book and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interest.  The main festival day has tons of activities for the whole family, including musical performances, free readings, panel discussions, comic and cartooning workshops, and more!  Visit the website for the full list of events happening through today.  Part of the Culture Days weekend from Sept 27-29; check the website for more activities!

13th Anniversary at The Cellar Jazz Club: Cory Weeds and the Harold Mabern Trio, 7:30PM & 9:30PM @ Cellar Jazz Club (3611 West Broadway Street), Vancouver
$59; includes dinner
Celebrate the finest jazz club that Vancouver has ever known with Juno Award Nominee and Cellar owner Cory Weeds, with the legendary pianist Harold Mabern.  Your ticket includes a seat for the show plus a two-course meal.  Check the website for tickets and more information.

Arts Club - Granville Island Stage | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Stephen Thomson for the Georgia Straight

Culture Days – Arts Club Stroll, 3:30PM-5:00PM @ The Arts Club (1585 Johnston Street), Granville Island, Vancouver
Free
An imaginative take on the historical walk both today and tomorrow, featuring star alumni from the Arts Club’s Musical Theatre Intensive, and a renowned theatre educator and director, with a cast of distinguished Arts Club associated artists and cultural workers.  RSVP required.  Part of the Culture Days weekend from Sept 27-29; check the website for more activities!

Culture Days – Vancouver Opera Open House, 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Michael & Inna O’Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera (1945 McLean Drive at 3rd Ave), Vancouver
Free
Vancouver Opera is opening the door to the backstage!  See what happens behind the scenes of a professional opera company. There will be backstage tours, performances from the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program, the Little Mountain Brass Band, a scavenger hunt, food, prizes and much more.  Part of the Culture Days weekend from Sept 27-29; check the website for more activities!

Culture Days – La Traviata Open Dress Rehearsal, 7:00PM-9:00PM @ Holy Trinity Anglican Church (1440 West 12th Ave), Vancouver
Free
Enjoy an open dress rehearsal of professional singers Opera di Concertisti’s La Traviata, to be presented at the Minoru Chapel Opera Series.  Part of the Culture Days weekend from Sept 27-29; check the website for more activities!

Vancouver Maritime Museum | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Culture Days – Bird on the Beach, 12:00PM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Maritime Museum (1905 Ogden Ave), Vancouver
Free
Help launch a giant Northern Fulmar bird out of recycled plastic.  Bring white (clean) milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles and jugs and create your own small bird for Worldwide Bird Art Installation.  At 3pm, head to the beach to launch the bird that has been created over the past month.  Part of the Culture Days weekend from Sept 27-29; check the website for more activities!

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), time varies @ various venues in Vancouver
$13 + $2 VIFF membership; other pricing in effect
As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF brings Vancouver audiences some of the best films from around the globe.  Last year the Festival presented over 380 films from 75 countries to over 140,000 enthusiastic film-lovers.  Buy your VIFF guide from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre, and visit VIFF’s website for more info and tickets.

Surrey International World Music Marathon, 6:00AM-2:00PM @ University Drive at 102 Ave, Surrey
$120; other pricing in effect
Each mile on the course is being sponsored by a different country with the various community groups and cultural associations decorating their mile along the course as well as providing an entertainment stage and volunteers to cheer on the runners.  The course is a double loop of the Half Marathon course that winds through Central Surrey. The course is an attractive urban run that will pass through parks including Holland Park and Green Timbers and residential districts.

Science World - Around The Dome | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Around the Dome – Community Science Celebration, 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Science World (1445 Quebec Street), Vancouver
Free admission!
Vancouver’s very own Community Science Celebration, showcasing innovations in science and technology that exists in our own backyard.  Science outreach organizations, local businesses, academic and research institutions and innovators are profiled and available to chat with you about science in our community, during this weekend-long event presented by Genome British Columbia and BC Hydro!  Part of Science World’s Around the Dome in 30 Days, a month-long science festival.  Visit the website for more details.

Around the Dome – Do It Yourself Science, 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Science World (1445 Quebec Street), Vancouver
Free admission!
A weekend full of challenges, activities and make and takes that inspire you to be creative at home!  Make something amazing out of cardboard (like this).  Professionals will also be put to the test so cheer and vote for your favourite team, during the KEVA challenge for architectural and engineering firms and students.  Part of Science World’s Around the Dome in 30 Days, a month-long science festival.  Visit the website for more details.

Kitsilano Farmers Market, 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Kitsilano Community Centre (2690 Larch Street),  Vancouver
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Guelph Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), Vancouver
Free admission
Check out the fresh produce at the Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant Farmers Markets every Sunday until mid-October.  See the website for the full list of other farmers markets in Metro Vancouver.

Stanley Park Ecology Society Nature House | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Stanley Park Ecology Society: Birds of a Feather, 9:00AM-11:00AM @ Stanley Park Ecology Society Nature House (under the viewing plaza at north end of Alberni Street), Vancouver
By donation
An easy 2 hour walking exploration through the park, to learn more about bird identification and behavior.  Check the website for the exact meeting location.

Stanley Park Ecology Society: World Rivers Day Salmon Forest, 1:30PM-3:30PM @ Stanley Park Ecology Society Nature House (under the viewing plaza at north end of Alberni Street), Vancouver
$10; other pricing in effect
As many as six different salmon species swim past Stanley Park on a return trip to their natal streams to spawn.  Learn how they influence not only the streams they inhabit but the forests around them on this easy 2 hour exploratory walk.

 


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  1. It’s that time again! Halloween and the Ghost Train at the Stanley Park Miniature Train! Come ride the Ghost Train and enjoy the chills, thrills and excitement of this spooky time of year. This year our spooky theme is Classic Horror Movies! Our forest and plaza will be crawling with classic characters such as Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein and his Bride and so much more. All dreamed up by the diabolical minds at The Finer Details and Mortal Coil Performance society.
    Disclaimer ~ Parental discretion is advised for children ages 5 and under.
    Hours of operation

    Oct 11-Nov 2
    Everyday 6pm – 10pm
    Friday, Saturday & Sunday – Matinee 11am-6pm.
    (no live actors for the matinees)

    Cost (All prices include gst)
    All ages – $5.50 – Matinee Train & maze (No actors present for Matinees)
    Adults (Ages 18 & over) – $11 – Train & Maze
    Children/Youth (Ages 3-17) – $7 – Train & Maze
    Seniors (Ages 65 & over) – $7 – Train & Maze
    To pick a pumpkin from our pumpkin patch it’s only an additional $5

    All tickets can be purchased on site the day of or through Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.ca

    We hope to see you there

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