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23 Fun Things To Do In and Around Vancouver This Weekend (Sep 17-19)

Just like that we are at the mid-September point.

By now we have started new routines, back into the non-vacation mode, and even planning what to do for some “R & R” on the weekends.

Check out a list of fun things to do in and around Vancouver before the week starts up again.

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This Weekend – September 17-19

Visit the Richmond Night Market A Final Time

Photo: Richmond Night Market

The Richmond Night Market has run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this summer and is coming to an end this 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.

Be Amazed At The Moon and Back Gallery

Photo: @stayinspired / Instagram

An impressive immersive experience just reopened in Richmond and it is absolutely stunning. The Moon and Back Gallery has a series of rooms with augmented virtual reality. The experience will make you smile, bring your pictures to life, and is truly out of this world.

Check Out A Neighbourhood Pop-Up Pub

Photo: @vanmuralfest / Instagram

Vancouver is 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, and end on September 18.

Drop By North Vancouver’s Shipyards Fest

Photo: Shipyards Live

Shipyards Live was a brand new summer series with 16 days of excitement that has taken place all summer. Located at North Vancouver’s popular Shipyards, this event will end on September 18. The cost for the event is totally free, and festivities will take place throughout the day until 10:00 p.m. each night.

Try To Catch See Early Glimpses of The Harvest Full Moon

Photo: David Aste / 604Now

Fall is just around the corner. With that comes the Harvest Full Moon, which will light up the night sky like no other. The full Harvest Moon is expected to rise after sunset on Monday, September 20, however you may be able to see a bright moon this weekend, with it reaching full illumination on Monday.

Attend A Block Party

Photo: @monstercat / Facebook

The Monstercat Block Party will be taking place this Saturday in Vancouver, for free. In addition to live music, fans will be able to enjoy food trucks beer gardens, street artists decorating giant wooden Monstercats, the Monstercat Street Piano, education panels on career-building and NFTs (sponsored by MusicBC), an air-brushed tattoo station by JCI, and a gaming zone.

Come Together at The 5X Festival

Photo: @5XFest / Facebook

The 5X Fest Blockparty 2021 will be held September 17-19 at The Beaumont Studios in Vancouver. This indoor/outdoor location is perfect for rain or shine and will spotlight over 25 South Asian artists and creators from various genres that will #ComeTogether. Don’t miss this unique pop-up venue and art gallery featuring the work of local artists and designers. Get your tickets asap.

Take Part in the Terry Fox Run

Photo: Ted McGrath / Flickr

This annual event takes place on Saturday September 19th. You can take part this year from wherever you are. Around your neighbourhood, backyard, down the street or around the block. You can walk, ride, wheel, run or move whatever way you like. There are a number of events taking place all over Metro Vancouver. You can register and learn more about it here.

On-Going Things To Do

Enjoy DaVinci’s Art

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.

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.

Discover Chinatown’s Latest Hidden Lounge

Photo: @bergmaninteriors / Instagram

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.

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.

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.

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.

Go On A Hike

Photo: @wildandwanderess/Instagram

Fall may be around the corner, but there are still some beautiful days ahead. There are only slight chances of showers this weekend, with the sun possibly peaking through on Saturday. However, a little bit of rain never kept a true Vancouverite from their nature.  Here are some easy hikes you can try out.

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.

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.

Watch a Movie on the Big Screen

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.

Play A Round of Mini Golf

Photo: @jiayu.hou / Instagram

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.

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.

 

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.

Christina Chandra

Christina Chandra is a Vancouver-based writer and editor with a background in food and nutrition, as well as years of media agency experience. You can often find her exploring eateries and events.

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