23 Fun Things To Do In and Around Vancouver This Weekend (Sep 10-12)

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The first week of September is generally marked with planning, preparation and getting back into the groove of things.

With that, the weekends become more precious and a time to blow off some steam and recharge. So make the most of your weekend, check out a list of ideas to have some fun before the week starts up again.

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This Weekend – September 10-12

Check Out The Neighbourhood Pop-Up Pub


Photo: @vanmuralfest / Instagram

Vancouver will be hosting a pop-up patio this fall with downtown neighbourhood pubs for adults only. The patios will feature drinks, art, and plenty of food. Festivities will take place for nine days total, starting on September 10.

Don’t Miss The Light Up Chinatown Festival

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Families will be able to participate in the lantern festival in Vancouver’s Chinatown, which will feature beautiful displays, activities, food trucks, live entertainment and amazing dim sum.The event will be held all through Vancouver’s Chinatown, along East Pender and its neighbouring streets this entire weekend.

Get FVDED In The Park

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Photo: Deadmau5 / Facebook

FVDED Presents reimagines the FVDED festival into a celebration of music and culture as a number artists come together for this special series of events. Traditionally held in Surrey’s Holland Park, this event has now moved to the PNE Amphitheatre.

Grab A Unique Burger Creations

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Photo: Le Burger Week

For two full weeks, the entire nation get the chance to bite into delicious specialized burgers for the annual burger festival. That’s right, an entire festival dedicated to burgers. Le Burger week ends on  September 14, 2021.

Enjoy DaVinci’s Art

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The DaVinci exhibit is an exclusive multi-room exhibit and a unique interactive experience showcasing the work of Leonardo da Vinci. This is the first time this art exhibit has come to Canada, and has drawn millions of visitors worldwide. There is even an educational program available for kids. Take advantage of the exhibit on now.

Say Goodbye To Playland

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Photo: Playland

If you haven’t had a chance yet to visit, this weekend will be your last chance before it closes for the summer season. Enjoy rides and games with special lighting, making for a summer evening that will seem like it is out of the move Grease. If you’re worried about the summer heat, Playland has got you covered with their Ride Side Bar & Patio. With their selection of fun cocktails such as Frosé and Aperol Spritz, you’ll be feeling refreshed in no time.

On-Going Things To Do

Check Out the Richmond Night Market

The Richmond Night Market runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is coming to an end next Sunday with a special 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.

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.

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.

Discover Chinatown’s Latest Hidden Lounge

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What started as murmurs surrounded by a hint of secrecy, a new hidden lounge opened last month, and it is one worth checking out—if you have the password that is.

Vancouver Chinatown’s Laowai brings that seductive time period back with its new cocktail and dim-sum parlour. It is inspired by a time where there were false storefronts and speakeasies, which required passwords for entry in cities like Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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 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.

Get Spooked Early At Spirit Halloween

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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.

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.

Check Out The Cool 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.

Watch a Movie on the Big Screen

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Photo: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings / IMDB

Fall is a perfect time to hit the movie theatres with some buttery popcorn. There is are some blockbusters to watch out for, including the latest Marvel hit Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This is in addition to some other amazing films that came out this summer including Free Guy, Jungle Cruise, Space Jam and more.

For an extra special experience, check out the new 19+ VIP Cinemas that just opened in Burnaby.

Check Out The Rec Room

The Rec Room at the Amazing Brentwood Mall  in Burnaby is a perfect fall hangout. 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.

Walk Through a Van Gogh Painting

The Imagine Van Gogh exhibit has been a popular spot for many since its 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.

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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