Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for September 2010
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
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September 1- 30, 2010
A new free online game created by the Vancouver Biennale. The K-Crew Detective: Case of the English Bay Bandits is about solving the case of stolen Vancouver Biennale's artworks. It is up to the K-Crew detectives to go around and find clues from the people around one of the most visited tourist spots in Vancouver - the English Bay beachfront. When the player clicks on the people who know something, the found clue goes into the notebook. When all the clues are found for a piece of stolen art, the player get a chance to hunt down and arrest the thief. The player must use the clues to put the thief behind bar, otherwise s/he will escape!. Start playing at it is FREE and NO ADVERTISING!

September 3 - 5, 2010
Chilliwack Bluegrass Festival. Bluegrass music fills Chilliwack Heritage Park for 3 fun filled days of music, picking & corn. Also featuring open mic, beginner jams, corn shukin' contests, free workshops & childrens activities. Pay camping available. Check website for fees & performers schedule. Please no alcohol or pets.

September 4- 6, 2010
Fort Farm Fair. Explore our heritage garden, see farm animals, and discover Fort Langley’s farming past. Take a free cooking class at 11am and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday and take home an authentic Fort Langley treat for yourself. Pony rides on Sunday between noon and 3pm for the kids. Don’t miss “Old & New Day” at the BC Farm Machinery Museum across the street on Monday September 6. 604-513-4777,

September 9, 2010
Ignite . . .  an affair with art! Ignite your creative fire and discover something new at Place des Arts’ inaugural adults-only open house. Sip a complimentary glass of wine while you view the exhibitions and enjoy talks by exhibiting artists. Participate in hands-on visual art demos, win fabulous door prizes and get a discount on class registration during the event (adult classes only). Admission is FREE. 604.664.1636 |

September 10 - 18, 2010
New Forms Festival.  New Forms Festival #10 The convergence of media art, electronic music and digital culture September 10 - 18, 2010 All events at W2/Storyeum - 151 West Cordova St, Vancouver, BC Check out our website. From September 10 - 18, New Forms Festival celebrates 10 years of bringing media arts to the forefront of culture in Vancouver. In 2010, the festival presents some of digital culture's leading artists from both the local and international scenes. From four nights of electronic music to an 8-day exhibition of media art, the festival explores its last 10 years - where the festival has been and where it's going.

September 10, 2010
1st Annual West End Fest and Canuck Place Fundraiser. Friday, September 10 5:30pm - 10:00pm.  Join us for this BRAND NEW evening event and party. Truly a community event, West End Fest is a night full of fun with something to please everyone! Featuring incredible food and beer garden, great live bands, and an opportunity to raise funds (by donation) for Canuck Place Children's Hospice. West end Fest will have carnival style games, roving performers and main stage bands, Kidz Zone inflatable's, arts & crafts, drop-in street hockey (all ages, bring your stick and equipment) and much more! Plus, it's free admission and activities! For more information contact the West End Community Centre 604-257-8333.

September 11, 2010
A Day at the Farm 2010.  Come to "Day at the Farm" and visit a real working farm to learn about agriculture's role in our communities. Join us and experience livestock, farm equipment, draft horse ploughing, haywagon farm tours, live music and local food! Explore the many facets of farming in your community. Westham Island Herb Farm, 4690 Kirkland Rd, Ladner.

September 11, 2010
Kidswapmeet. 150 vendors selling New & Gently used Kid's items. Cloverdale Fair Grounds, 6050-176 Street , Cloverdale; 604-513-8880 or email

September 11, 2010
The West End Business Association presents DAVIE DAY street festival. A carnival like atmosphere will see music, dance, food, circus, and heritage themed attractions highlighting the much anticipated Davie Day Street Festival. Four blocks of Davie Street from Burrard to Broughton Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic all day on Saturday, September 11th. Additional information about Davie Day is also available online at

September 12, 2010
9th Annual Southlands Country Fair. The Southlands Country Fair is a fun filled day for the whole family. There will be pony rides, horse entertainment, a petting farm, live music, a farmers market, carnival games and much more. The day runs rain or shine and entry is by donation. Some activities may cost a small fee, while others are free. 7025 Macdonald Street, Vancouver; 604-263-4817,

September 15, 2010
Hello Film Fans!  I’m pleased to announce our Fall North Shore International Film Series will be kicking off on September 15th 2010 with the showing of Mao’s Last Dancer at Cineplex Odeon Park and Tilford. You can purchase tickets in person or over the phone from the North Vancouver Community Arts Council at 335 Lonsdale Ave 604-988-6844.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, cheque or cash.  We do not accept Interac.  Tickets will also be available at the door but only cash will be accepted. For additional information including trailers, synopsis and much more please check out our website

September 16 - 17, 2010
The Indoor Plant Sale.  A wide selection of indoor plants at budget-friendly prices! Selections of indoor plants include: tropicals, kitchen herbs, cacti and other succulents, hanging plants, flowering pot plants, orchids, specimen plants and climbing plants. Dried flowers are also available. More information available on our website.

September 17 - 18, 2010
Agassiz Fall Fair & Corn Festival. In 2010 we celebrate the 106th Fall Fair & the 62nd Corn Festival. This annual event includes a parade, midway, exhibits, music, animal shows and demos, antique tractor pull, logger sports and good ‘ol country fun.

September 18, 2010
Family Bike Skills Course.  This fun, family orientated course is for parents who would like to be more comfortable riding on city streets with their children. Through classroom and on-road training you and your kids can learn about safe road riding, gain confidence with bike handling skills, and learn the importance of respecting the rules of the road!   Once on the bikes we will start in an area closed to traffic before moving to quiet residential streets. As a parent you will gain the ability to ride safely along side your kids, learn how to effectively teach them as their skills improve, and about the basics of bicycle maintenance, bicycle, and helmet fit for you and your child as they grow. You will gain the skills and confidence you needs to enjoy riding in the city with your family!More info and to register:

September 18, 2010
Giant Indoor Flea Market at Confederation Community Centre, 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby. (604) 294-1936.

September 18 - 19, 2010
Showcasing Local Talent at International Village.  The 2010 International Village Gifts and Crafts Fair bring local artists and craftsmen together under one roof for two days to showcase their handmade, original designs. Whether it's decadent pure olive oil soaps, elegant freshwater pearl jewelry, vivid acrylic landscapes, or whimsical handcrafted wooden gift boxes, there's something for the entire family. Hourly prize draws and free admission means this event is not to be missed! 12:00 . 5:00 pm, 88 West Pender Street, Vancouver.

September 19, 2010
Grab your water, lace up your shoes and don’t forget your pledge sheet! The 30th Annual Terry Fox Run is happening Sunday, September 19th  in communities across the province. Celebrate this monumental year in Terry’s legacy by joining this all-inclusive event which requires no minimum pledge donation, pre-registration or entry fee to participate.  Funds raised go to the Terry Fox Foundation to support their mission of fulfilling Terry’s dream for a world free from cancer. The Terry Fox Foundation is a non-profit, grassroots organization that is committed to donating 87 cents of every dollar raised to cancer research, making it one of the most fiscally responsible charities in Canada. For more information please visit or call 1-888-836-9786.

September 19, 2010
New Works is pleased to introduce Over the Influence as the season opener of Dance Allsorts! This Vancouver dance crew is well-known for their expertise in freestyle and theatrical choreography, fusing hip hop, break dancing, funk, krumping and house. At the forefront of Vancouver ’s urban dance scene, Over the Influence is sure to bring the house down! Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, Advanced Reservations on-line: $10 adult/senior/student, $5 children at

September 23, 2010
STUDY AND GO ABROAD FAIR VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE 2PM - 7PM. Experience the World of Education! Over 70 universities and colleges are coming to Vancouver to meet with you and to tell you about their undergraduate and post-graduate programs.  Find out about admission requirements, scholarships, program choices - for some of the top universities in the world!  Free seminars!  Register free of charge online at

September 23, 2010
The Artemis Fowl Rocks! Show - Starring Eoin Colfer.  Join best-selling author Eoin Colfer with special guest Artemis Fowl, the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history, for a night your won't soon forget. Celebrating the launch of "The Atlantis Complex", Colfer's seventh book in his hilariously funny Artemis Fowl adventure series, the Artemis Rocks! show is an amazing live action show like none other! Don't miss your chance to win tickets to this event. Admission is free but TICKETS REQUIRED. Tickets are only available via our online contest, enter at Contest closes September 15. Winners will receive 2 tickets. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

September 23, 2010
The Coca-Cola Case: Film Screening. You'll never look at a can of Coke the same way after seeing this documentary film. Directors German Gutierrez and Carmen Garcia present a searing indictment of the Coca-Cola empire and its alleged kidnapping, torture and murder of union leaders trying to improve working conditions in Colombia, Guatemala and Turkey. The filmmakers follow labour rights lawyers Daniel Kovalik and Terry Collingsworth and an activist for the Stop Killer-Coke! campaign, Ray Rogers, as they attempt to hold the giant U.S. multinational beverage company accountable in this legal and human rights battle. (Free admission. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Cinema Politica). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

September 24, 2010
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (

September 25, 2010
Autumn Shift Festival on Main Street. The Autumn Shift Festival on Main Street will be a street festival celebrating the change in seasons as well as the shift in attitude towards sustainability, local eating and an increased interest in urban gardening.  Hosted by the Mount Pleasant BIA, this event takes place on Saturday, September 25th from noon until 6 pm.  Main Street will be a car-free oasis from Broadway to 12th Avenue. This will be a fun, family friendly event with live music, improv and comedy acts, a merchant's market, a farmer's market, local artists, significant community participation and lots of exciting activities for children. 604.874.9816.

September 25, 2010
National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre “Reflect” -- 10th Anniversary Gala. Fairmont Pacific Rim, Downtown Vancouver, BC- On September 25, 2010, David Suzuki will present to over 300 members of the Japanese Canadian community at “REFLECT” – 10th Anniversary Gala Event, celebrating 10 years of building a strong and vibrant community at the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre at Nikkei Place.

September 25, 2010
The Dance Centre presents the ninth annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House. From tap, contemporary and bellydance to flamenco, salsa and classical East Indian dance, this annual event offers the chance to sample a host of dance styles in a day of open classes, studio showings and events at Canada ’s flagship dance facility. 11am-5pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street (at Granville), Vancouver . Free admission. Details and full schedule:

September 25, 2010
Vancouver Special Tour Self guided Saturday, September 25th 2010, 12-5 pm tix $25.  This is a one-day, self-guided tour of 4 privately owned, inspiring interpretations of the unique Vancouver Special. Visitors use a numbered brochure to make their way from house to house in any order they prefer. The brochure contains a description of the social history, interior design and architectural features of each participating home. Tickets at

September 25 to December 31, 2010
Vancouver International Biennale. Celebrate sculpture, new media & performance in public spaces. Themed "IN-TRANSIT-ION", the 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale expands beyond monumental scultpure installations along park, bike lane & urban plazas, to include a range of works on the new Canada Line Rapid Transit system. Bringing internationally renowned artists to our communities, the Vancouver Biennale acts as an open air museum, where art is accessible 365 days a year for all to enjoy. See our website for locations throughout the city.

September 30 to October 15, 2010
Vancouver International Film Festival. One of the most popular film festivals in North America and one of the largest cultural events in Vancouver. More than 150,000 people attend approximately 575 screenings of 350 films from 50+ countries. Check website for the 2010 Schedule of Films.

Ongoing to September 5, 2010
SummerFest.  The North Shores favourite waterfront festival is an eleven-week celebration of music, dance, culture and community. Hop on the SeaBus to experience a spectacular outdoor festival featuring local talent, cultural dance, live concerts, Artisan Farmers Market, and kids activities. SummerFest is a free community event and is in support of local charities; donations will be accepted on site. Please visit for complete Festival schedule.

Ongoing to September 6, 2010
Bowen Island Community Museum Microclimates, Gardening and Architecture on Bowen Island Exhibit Now Open! The exhibit focuses on the challenges of building a home and garden on Bowen Island, including ways islanders have coped with the large deer population, summer drought conditions, and adapted to properties that are full of forests and exposed bedrock. The physical geography of the island, as well as climatic factors like wind, sun exposure and temperature affect both home and garden design, leading individuals to use passive solar heating techniques or to choose plants that are drought resistant for their garden. For more information about the Museum, the Bowen Island Historians, or maps on how to get to Bowen, please visit

Ongoing to September 6, 2010
Fair at the PNE. Come & experience BC’s largest summer event as we celebrate 100 years of fun. The PNE celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2010. This 17-day annual tradition features over 800 performances, such as nightly concerts, kids shows, daily parade, cultural shows, Superdogs & several great new attractions; not to mention, over 50 amusement park rides. Don’t forget to pick up your Mini Donuts & enjoy the fun.

Ongoing to September 6, 2010
Summerfest at Lonsdale Quay Market. The North Shore’s favourite waterfront festival is an 11-week celebration of music, dance, culture and community. A spectacular outdoor festival featuring local talent, cultural dance, live concerts, Artisan Farmers Market, and kid’s activities. SummerFest is a free community event and is in support of local charities; donations will be accepted on site. Please visit our website for a complete Festival schedule.

Ongoing to September 15, 2010
9th Annual Richmond Night Market. It is the original and the only summer outdoor event that provides the largest and most diverse products market place in North America. With the high quality live entertainment every night throughout the summer and wide range of authentic food items freshly made every night, it is with no surprise that Richmond Night Market© is the #1 top summer events in Metro Vancouver.

Ongoing to September 19, 2010
Stanley Park Hop-on Hop-off Tour with a Klahowya Village Aboriginal Interpreter. Explore Stanley Park on this fully narrated Hop-on Hop-off Stanley Park Shuttle with a Klahowya Village Aboriginal Interpreter on-board stopping at 15 of the top attractions & locations in Stanley Park

Ongoing to September 25, 2010
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival runs June 3 to September 25, 2010 in open-ended tents on the waterfront in Vanier Park, against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea & sky. On the Mainstage MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Dean Paul Gibson plays in repertory with ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA directed by Scott Bellis. In the Studio Stage, Bard will continue with the second year of The Kings History Cycle. In a new adaptation by Errol Durbach, Henry IV, Parts I & II will be blended as FALSTAFF, which will be directed by Glynis Leyshon. FALSTAFF will play in repertory with the third history play, the powerful HENRY V, directed by Meg Roe. For tickets and information, check out the Bard website at or call 604-739-0559 (Toll Free) 1-877-739-0559.

Ongoing until October 1, 2010
Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation Tours.  Arthur Erickson House and Garden Foundation offer tours of his Japanese garden in Point Grey, Vancouver, every Thursday at 5 PM through October. Cost is $15 and reservations are required by email (see our website) or phone 604-738-4195.

October 2 to December 11, 2010
Back by popular demand!  The Baker's Market is a Saturday market starting up again on Oct. 2 - Dec. 11.   Inspired by farmers markets (no veggies please), just lots of sweet & savoury baked goodies. 11am-3 pm.  Enter through the back door at #115-408 East Kent Avenue South , Vancouver , BC   V5X 2X7 . for more info.

October 9, 2010
Cranberry Day. Try cranberry bannock, string cranberries to decorate your Thanksgiving Day feast, and relax with your family. In the 1840s, the First Nations brought canoe-loads of cranberries to trade at Fort Langley. Walk to the 15th Fort Langley Cranberry Festival in the nearby village of Fort Langley. 604-513-4777,

October 16 - 17, 2010
Apple Festival, 11 am to 4 pm. A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia's favourite fruits. All are welcome to attend, from children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth. More information available on our website. The Apple Festival is proudly supported by media sponsor CKNW radio station.

October 20 - 30 , 2010
The Shadow Machine.  A major new multimedia and dance creation in partnership with the W2 Community Media Arts Society. W2 Storyeum (151 West Cordova).

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