Have you been feeling the September blues? Well you’re not alone.
Many of us struggle with the end of summer sunshine and return of rain. On the bright side though, fall and Halloween activities are all around the corner! And there’s nothing more exciting than preparing for the beautiful fall colours and planning some scary fun times.
Check out a list of fun things to do in and around Vancouver the first autumn weekend of the season.
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This Weekend – September 24-26
Enjoy Great Food + Live Music at TJ Fest
This annual two-day event is set to return this weekend after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. It will take place at the Tian Jin Temple in Burnaby from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. The hugely popular event is completely free and will be showcasing multiculturalism performances, and mouthwatering Taiwanese food.
Start Celebrating Oktoberfest Early
Although the official Oktoberfest activities don’t start until next weekend, you can get started early at Parallel 49’s massive 120 seat beer garden. Available now until Sunday October 3rd, 2021, you can celebrate all things German with delicious foods, live entertainment and of course beer.
Visit Richmond’s Autumns Harvest Market
Wine lovers, prepare for some autumn festivities paired with great wine and beautiful fall colours. This Saturday only, Richmond’s Lulu Island Winery will be hosting their indoor Autumn market on September 25, 2021 at from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. This is a family and pet-friendly event where you can support local artisans and grab a few bottles of wine while you’re at it.
Check out North Vancouver’s Shipyards Festival
The North Vancouver Shipyards Festival will be taking place this Saturday with 10 hours of straight music and fun. The popular event brought together over 15,000 people when it last occurred in 2019, and organizers are excited to bring it back this year. There will be music playing on four different stages with free live events throughout the day along with great food and a beer garden.
Attend the Richmond Night Market a Final Time… Again
Last weekend was supposed to be the Richmond Night Market last run. However, due to poor weather they have decided to extend it one last time. It will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so you have one more chance to check out and grab some great eats before it’s really gone for the year. There will be vendor stalls as well as a bunch of delicious foods to try.
Go see Dragons in Chinatown
An all new Fire Dragon Festival will be coming to Vancouver’s Chinatown this Friday through Sunday. The legend of the spiritual creature representing good fortune goes back 140 years. Festivities are taking place all over Chinatown with are art installations, dance workshops, tea ceremony, Chinese opera, storytelling, mahjong and other fun activities. For more information, you can visit their website. Dragon boat races are also taking place nearby at the Concord Pacific.
Go On An Illuminated Walk Downtown
From Thursday, September 23 till Wednesday, September 29, a free 3D light show will be projected on the exterior of the MacMillan Bloedel office tower in downtown Vancouver. The projection takes place from 8:30 pm to 10 pm, and will feature a 10-minute-long show honouring the late local architect Arthur Erickson. The massive display will be sure to light up the night, so definitely give it a visit if you are in the area.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
The Brewery & The Beast festival in taking place in Vancouver this Sunday, September 26. There is going to be food, drink, music and a sense of community surrounding fresh meat and beer locally. The best chefs are cooking up the goods on the spot, so guests come to enjoy the freshly prepared BBQ.
Get Lost in a 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.
If you’re up for something scarier, the Haunted Corn Maze at Maan Farm in Abbotsford just announced their opening this past week. If you’re feeling brave, be sure to check it out and get into the spooky season early.
On-Going Things To Do
Find A Farmers Market
It’s not called harvest season for no reason. 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.
Enjoy A Nice Fall Walk
There’s nothing better than the crisp days of Fall in BC. Something about the smell in the air and the leaves on the ground brings new life to the city. This Friday and Saturday is looking to be the perfect fall weather to go explore the city and see the changing colours. It is the perfect time to go for a walk, reset, and get into the Autumn mood.
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.
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.
Start The Halloween Festivities with a Wizard Themed Drink
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.
Catch 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.
Discover Chinatown’s Latest Hidden Lounge
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.
Be Amazed At The Moon and Back Gallery
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.
Lose Yourself In A Van Gogh Painting
Only around for another few weeks, 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.
Enjoy DaVinci’s Art & Greatest Inventions
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.
Go On A Hike
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.
Shop For A Halloween Costume Early
This past month, 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 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.
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.