Just like that the Labour day long weekend has arrived.
Before you get out of vacation mode, back into a routine or prepare to head back to school, you may want to make the absolute most of this long weekend. With so many events coming to an end, it is typically it’s the last ditch effort to soak up all the summer glory days.
Here is a roundup of things to do this final summer long weekend. Check your plans and prepare to make this a memorable one.
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This Weekend – September 3-6
Say Farewell to the Fair and Visit PNE
The Fair at the PNE will end this weekend. It is usually a family tradition to visit the fair during the last weekend run. With concerts, along with the prize home, ample rides, and fun games, this fair is a summer must do. And no part of the annual fair is complete without eating at least one mini-donut or trying some of their other delicious food items. You can also grab tickets for just $7 after 7:00 p.m.
Participate in Burnaby Village Fun
Check out all kinds of fun exhibits and activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from September 4-6. Admission is free. It will be the last opportunity to visit Burnaby Village Museum before the season ends on September 6.
Enjoy Outdoor Movies At The Sunset Cinema
The Vancouver Civic Theatres has brought back their outdoor movie series at the Sunset Cinema in Vancouver. There is a new movie playing every Wednesday evening. However, if are looking for another place to catch an outdoor flick, there are locations across Metro Vancouver still showing them too.
Get Your Fix of Burgers
For two full weeks, the entire nation will be biting into delicious specialized burgers for the annual burger festival. That’s right, an entire festival dedicated to burgers. Le Burger week is back from September 1 to 14, 2021.
Catch Summer’s Final Meteor Shower
The Aurigid meteor showers will be active from August 28 to 5 September, 2021. The peak of meteors happened around August 31 and September 1, however if you’re lucky you may still be able to catch a few flying by this weekend. The shower will not be visible before 9:40 p.m. PST each night, and will remain active until 5:55 a.m. when dawn breaks.
Get in a Last Round of Boozy Mini Golf
On for one week only, Grey Goose is hosting a pop-up mini golf event where you will get to experience a beautifully designed course inspired by the vodka brand. Not only do you get to play 9 holes of mini golf right by the waterfront, you can also take away a personalized vodka soda cocktail as well.
Kick Back at The Granville Street Promenade A Final Time
A stretch of the Granville Entertainment District (GED) turns into a vehicle-free zone for better access to temporary patios, public seating, art and musicians every weekend for a couple of hours. The pedestrian promenade takes place between Smithe and Helmcken streets on Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of summer, ending on September 5. Check out this outdoor party with no cars around.
Check Out The Sunflowers Before They Are Gone
Like the sun, sunflower season is also slowly fading away, and this weekend may be your last chance to visit before they’re gone. The local Sunflower Festivals will be ending soon in various cities: Abbotsford, Richmond and Chilliwack. In each field there are hundreds of blooms to enjoy with lots of picture opportunities and other features. Check out out each city listed for their unique offerings before they close.
On-Going Things To Do
Visit The Vancouver Aquarium
After being closed for almost a year, the 65-year old Vancouver Aquarium has reopened this week. In addition to their regular exhibits, they also launched a showcase on Marine Mammal Rescue, highlighting how the facility rehabilitating marine mammals.
Experience A Sea Of Lavender
This new lavender farm has 7 acres covered in a variety of different lavenders. Starting this month, they will also be hosting a free artisan market every weekend from 11 am – 5 pm. Lavenders are also known to have medicinal and calming qualities, which would make the visit extra enjoyable after a stressful year. Tickets are currently on sale, and they are open daily until October.
Soak In Art At The Vancouver Mural Festival
Although the festival is officially over, there are still 60+ displays across 11 different neighbourhoods that you can check out from this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival. The giant murals are brought to life with artists creating art on massive canvases. There are guided Mural Tours, Talks, Workshops, and 40+ Live Shows at the outdoor Pop-Up Patio—presented by Granville Island Brewing.
Wander The Chilliwack Corn Maze
The Chilliwack Corn Maze has opened up at Greendale Acres. This is the 23rd maze, and this time will feature 12 acres of adventure and the word “WANDER” within the maze itself. One-time tickets as well as seasonal passes are available.
Take Advantage of Translink Discounts on Attractions
As part of the Reconnect campaign, Translink is offering riders a 25% discount on hundreds of local attractions, destinations and tours. It’s a perfect way to discover BC while not worrying about the ride. There are also more buses added onto routes to allow for more travel in certain regions.
Drink At The Wizard’s Den
Unleash your inner Harry Potter and experience this unique wizard-themed bar which has just started. The Wizard’s Den will have you creating boozy potions of your own and learning how to “perfect your brew.” The location is hidden to the public so you will need to get tickets to enjoy the secrets of being a boozy wizard.
Drop By North Vancouver’s Shipyards Fest
Shipyards Live is a brand new summer series with 16 days of excitement taking place over 8 weeks. Taking place at North Vancouver’s popular Shipyards, this event starts on Friday July 30, and will be on every Friday and Saturday until September 18. The cost for the event is totally free, and festivities will take place throughout the day until 10 pm each night.
Visit the Richmond Night Market
The Richmond Night Market has beening running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday since July 23rd. They will actually be extending their dates and even added a lantern festival. You will need to purchase tickets online through their app to check it out. There will be vendor stalls as well as a bunch of new foods to try.
Find A Farmers Market
If you love exploring farmer’s markets, check out a new one using the BC Farmers’ Market Trail. This is a free, mobile-friendly website featuring a farmers’ market finder which quickly directs shoppers to fresh local food and goods available anywhere in B.C. So matter where you are, you can still enjoy a good weekend farmers market.
Get Spooked Early At Spirit Halloween
This past week, Spirit Halloween stores have already started to pop-up all over Metro Vancouver. While some people were confused by these storefronts showing up so early, others were very excited. If you are into spooky fun, check out the stores that are open now.
Check Out The Cool New Voxel Bridge
Cambie Street Bridge has a new digital and artistic makeover that is a true combination of art and technology. The underside of the bridge has been transformed into the digital world of Voxel Bridge. This is Vancouver Biennale’s latest public art work installation. Using augmented reality (AR) and blockchain technology the space will become an interactive 3-D world.
Play A Round of Mini Golf
Try putting around and check out some of the best places to play mini golf. Fun for all ages, this activity is exciting for both families and friends while they spend a few hours in some friendly competition. This also makes for an excellent date idea.
Ride The Eagle Coaster
The massive roller coaster on top of Cypress Mountain just opened up this summer. Get a thrilling experience while taking in the views on top of the mountain. If you want to ponder before you take the ride, check out pictures of some riders that enjoyed the Eagle Coaster on opening week.
Attend A Beer Garden
The Parallel 49 Brewing Company in Vancouver reopened their massive beer garden this summer which features a 120-seat patio. Along with its full selection of beers, they also have a full kitchen and amazing views. It’s definitely worth checking out this large and beautiful outdoor space.
Watch a Movie on the Big Screen
Movie theatre’s finally reopened this month and there is a lot to catch up on. There is a great line-up of blockbusters to watch this summer. Movies out in August includes Free Guy and Reminiscence. This is in addition to highly anticipated films like Black Widow, The Suicide Squad and Space Jam that came out earlier this summer.
For an extra special experience, check out the new 19+ VIP Cinemas that just opened in Burnaby.
Enjoy DaVinci’s Art
The DaVinci exhibit is an exclusive multi-room exhibit is an interactive experience showcasing the work of Leonardo da Vinci. This is the first time this art exhibit has come to Canada, and will be around all summer. Take a peak inside.
Walk Through a Van Gogh Painting
The Imagine Van Gogh exhibit has been a popular spot for many since it’s launch earlier this year. Tickets has sold out multiple times, with dates being extended until fall. Now may be the best time to experience this for yourself. Here is a look inside.
Check Out The New Rec Room
The Rec Room at the Amazing Brentwood Mall just opened this past week in Burnaby. This massive amusement area features 2 dinning areas and over 90 arcade games for gamers of all ages. From classics like skee ball and racing to physical games like table tennis and billiards.
Enjoy a Relaxing Weekend By The Water
If you love spending a beautiful day by the water, why not end off the summer relaxing at your favourite watering hole. There are beautiful spots all over Vancouver you can enjoy a fun day at. As an added bonus, at many of them you can now enjoy a drink while catching up with a friend.
Eat From A Food Truck
No weekend is complete without a delicious food treat. The area near the intersection of Broadway and Granville Street is hosting a regular weekend pop-up food-truck festival called “Thank Granville It’s Food trucks” (TGIF). With about 20 different food trucks with varying weekly schedules, the event offers something new each weekend. The festival will take place every Friday and Saturday for the whole summer.
Let Out Some Steam
Face it, changing of seasons can often be a stressful time, and all just need over the weekend is to get rid of some pent up energy and unwind. Thankfully, Metro Vancouver has many pockets of fun things to do that can be really great for releasing your stress. From axe throwing and destroy rooms to simply having a great workout, you will definitely feel refreshed afterwards.
Regardless of what you do, we hope you enjoy your weekend activities! If you catch a shot you want us to feature, make sure to tag us on Instagram using #604Now.
For more places to explore in beautiful BC, check out our Travel & Outdoors section.
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