What to Do in Vancouver This September
The best activities and events to add to your calendar for September 2017.
September 1, 2017
Catch Some Latin American Film
September 1 to 3
The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival brings together some of the most exciting cinema from Latin American and Latin Canadian filmmakers. Catch the last three days of the festival along with some of their additional screenings. Highlights include Dolores, about Dolores Huerta a powerful activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, and The Untamed, a cross between family drama and horror sci-fi.
When: August 23 to September 3
Where: Multiple venues
Cost: $10 to $20
Put up a Façade
September 4 to 10
Watch in awe as innovative artists project site specific artwork onto the Georgia Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Put on by the Burrard Arts Foundation, FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2017 will premier work by two artists every night for a week, culminating with a grand finale and special presentation by Go2 using 3D graphics and depth illusions.
When: 7:30 p.m. to midnight
Where: Georgia Street Side of the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St.
More info: Façade Fest
Explore the Fringes
The Vancouver Fringe Festival is back! This theatre festival is always a mixed bag of the wacky and wonderful, with everything from one-person storytelling shows to comedic puppet cabarets. To best enjoy, pick up a ticket pass and take a chance on a handful of performances you might never see otherwise. Some shows to watch out for are 12 Minutes of Madness, a comedic and empowering exploration of sexual abuse starring 12 female leads, or the improv super duo Chris and Travis.
When: September 7 to 17
Where: Various Venues
Cost: $14, ticket passes available
More info: Vancouver Fringe Festival
Dance in the Street
Finally! You can dance in the street and have people join instead of avoid you. Boogie with Public Disco as they turn outdoor spaces usually occupied by cars into dance parties, with music provided by some of Vancouver’s top house and disco DJs. Put on by Groundwerk, dancers are encouraged to wear their flashiest dance outfit or get sequined at the sparkle station.
When: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute St.
More info: Groundwerk
Bike Under the Stars
Dress up your bike in lights and join over 5,000 other riders in a beautiful night ride down Vancouver streets and across the Burrard Street Bridge. Bike the Night presented by MEC and HUB Cycling includes a pre-party with music, free bike mechanics, decorations and snacks! This 10km “slow roll” is open to all ages and bike experience.
When: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd.
Cost: $8 to $20
Tickets: Bike HUB
Help Out Your Feline Friends
Put on your mittens and purr your way down to Jericho beach for Walk for the Kitties, a fundraiser for the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA). Funds raised help VOKRA rescue over 1,000 cats (that’s more than 9,000 lives!) each year.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Beach Path, West of Jericho Sailing Club, 1300 Discovery St.
Cost: By donation
More info: Eventbrite
September 19 to 24
Word Vancouver is a free literary festival celebrating the written word, featuring a plethora of artists hosting book releases, workshops and seminars. Events include a reading of new children’s literature complete with hot chocolate, a discussion on Indigenous writers’ relationship to “CanLit” and a night of storytelling from Canadian Muslim women. While events take place throughout the week, the main day of the festival will be held at the Vancouver Public Library on Sunday, September 24.
When: September 19 to 24
Where: Various venues
More info: Word Vancouver
Walk for Reconciliation
Take a walk to help build relationships between Indigenous people and all Canadians. Put on by Reconciliation Canada, the 2017 Walk for Reconciliation honours those impacted by the Residential School System as well as envisions what reconciliation means moving forward. The 2 kilometre walk ends with a Reconciliation Expo that will present Indigenous and multi-cultural performances and speeches.
When: 9:30 a.m.
Where: 650 Cambie St.
More info: Reconciliation Canada
Become a Pinball Wizard
September 22 to 24
Stretch your fingers and get ready for the pinball bonanza that is the Vancouver FlipOut Pinball Expo. Over 100 pinball machines will be set free to play at the Holiday Inn downtown, including old time favourites and the newest technology in pinball magic. Included are tournaments for different ages and skills, so you can challenge your friends, gain bragging rights and win cash prizes.
When: September 22 to 24
Where: Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver, 1110 Howe St.
Cost: $10 to $50
Tickets: Vancouver FlipOut
Crown a Cocktail
The cocktail competition is on at MADE WITH LOVE: Regional Finals Vancouver 2017 as 12 Vancouver Barchefs go head to head to win a trip to the National Finals. Each Barchef will present an original cocktail and food pairing, with both judges and audience members picking their favourite. Ticker holders will get to sample all the creations and cast their deciding vote!
When: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia St.
Cost: $55 to $65