22 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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Here are some of the top events to check out in Vancouver between September 25 and September 27. For a complete list of events, check out our Vancouver Events Calendar.

Word Vancouver

  • What: Since 1995 The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society has produced The Word On The Street Vancouver, the primary literary festival for Western Canadian book lovers and literacy enthusiasts. In 2013 the festival rebranded as Word Vancouver.
  • Where: Various locations. Click here for a full schedule.
  • When: Wednesday, September 23 to Sunday, September 27; various times.

Interior Design Show West

  • What: The Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) is Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show featuring 250 exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, consumers and media.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27; various times. Click here for more information.

Vancouver International Film Festival

  • What: Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (144,000 and 349 respectively in 2014) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. They screen films from more than 70 countries on nine screens, including the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.
  • Where: Various locations. Click here for more information.
  • When: Thursday, September 24 to Friday, October 9

Greek Food Festival

  • What: Taste the culinary creations of Greece’s most impeccable dishes at Vancouver’s annual Greek Food Festival. The multi-day event will feature entertainers and vendors. Bring olive your friends!
  • Where: 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
  • When: September 25 to 27

Culture Days – City of Vancouver Public Art Tour Yaletown and False Creek

  • What: Join an experienced tour guide for a pleasant one-hour walk and orientation to public art along the way. The guide will share information on artworks and artists.
  • Where: Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line Station – 297 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, September 25; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Etsy Made in Canada Market

  • What: Etsy Vancouver is one-day marketplace, bringing together local Etsy sellers and communities in celebration of the country’s maker movement. Crafters, artisans, and collectors will be selling their handmade and vintage goods to the lovely community. Come show your support to your fellow talented Vancouverites!
  • Where: UBC Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, September 26; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SociaLIGHT Conference

  • What: The second annual SociaLIGHT Conference aims to redefine what a “socialite” is and bring together entrepreneurs and community leaders.
  • Promo: Use the Vancity Buzz promo code “VBUZZ” to get over 50% off passes
  • When: Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27
  • Where: Pan Pacific Hotel – 999 Canada Place

Oktoberfest at the Alpen Club

  • What: The Vancouver Alpen Club serves traditional German favourites from spätzle to schnitzel and now they’re breaking back their annual Oktoberfest. Anyone is welcome who loves German food and beer (and is over 19, of course).
  • Where: Vancouver Alpen Club – 4875 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • When: September 26 and October 3, 16 and 17; doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. New York City FC

  • What: The Whitecaps face off against New York City at BC Place.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, September 26; 7 p.m.

Who Killed Kraft Bier?

  • What: There’s been a murder in Brewery Creek and it’s up to you to solve it! This 1920s murder mystery extravaganza features a cast of characters drawn from the city’s past. The suspects are at large in historic Mount Pleasant. You and your squad of fellow detectives must set out to unravel a web of intrigue, deceit and murder—sampling delicious locally-brewed craft beer along the way!
  • Where: 496 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, September 27; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Ladies Day Out: High Tea

  • What: The annual high tea event of the year! Your ladies day out of high tea and high class at downtown vancouvers famous downtown castle.
  • Where: The Fairmont Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, September 27; noon to 3 p.m.

Recurring events

International Summer Night Market

  • What: Each weekend over 20,000 visitors hit up this massive summertime night market in Richmond and experience the diverse array of booths, food and drink vendors, kids’ play area, and live entertainment.
  • Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
  • When: Friday, May 8 to September 27; Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 11 p.m. and Sundays 6 to 10 p.m.

Richmond Night Market

  • What: Drawing crowds from all over Metro Vancouver, the Richmond Night Market is located within easy access of the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station. Roam the aisles to find games, food, and all sorts of wares for sale. Late nighters take note, this is the only local night market open until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays).
  • Where: 8351 River Rd. (nearby Bridgeport Station)
  • When: May 15 to October 12, 2015; Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to Midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 p.m.

Shipyards Night Market

  • What: The Shipyards Night market features food trucks, live music, numerous vendors and a beer garden.
  • Where: Shipbuilders’ Square – 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • When: May 1 to September 25; Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m.

Trout Lake Farmers’ Market

  • What: This is the farmers’ market that started up in 1995 and became the cornerstone of the Vancouver Farmers’ Market collective of markets.
  • Where: Lakewood Drive and 13th Avenue, East Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 9 to October 24

West End Farmers’ Market

  • What: The West End’s relaxed Saturday market is a great meeting spot for locals. Grab a cup of coffee, peek at the adjacent community gardens, and take a stroll with your purchases at Nelson Park.
  • Where: Comox Street (between Bute and Thurlow), Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays, May 30 to October 24; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kerrisdale Farmers’ Market lines East Boulevard every Saturday, bringing out the locals in one of Vancouver’s oldest communities. Stroll, shop, and eat at this vibrant weekend gathering.
  • Where: East Boulevard (between 37th and 41st Avenues), Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays, June 10 to October 13; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

River District Farmers’ Market

  • What: This market offers a unique riverfront gathering place in a burgeoning local community. Shop from vendors and artisans, and soak up some local colour.
  • Where: Kerr Street Plaza, 8683 Kerr Street
  • When: Saturdays, May 30 to October 10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Plaza of Nations Saturday Night Market

  • What: The Plaza of Nations transformed into an outdoor marketplace, complete with food trucks, craft beer, and local bands
  • Where: Plaza of Nations – 750 Pacific Boulevard
  • When: Every Saturday, June 20 to September 12, 2015; 5 to 10 p.m.

Kitsilano Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kits market takes place Sundays in the parking lot of the Community Centre, and has a Bike Valet for shoppers on two wheels, and lots nearby for families to do.
  • Where: West 10th Ave (between Larch and Balsam), Vancouver
  • When: Sundays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; May 10 to October 25

Mt Pleasant Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is one of the newer kids on the Vancouver Farmers’ Market’s block, but it has quickly become a focal point of the community, bringing familiar vendors and neighbourhood faces together Sundays.
  • Where: 2300 Guelph Street, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays, June 14 to October 11; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

Free Yoga at Dude Chilling Park

  • What: Yoga instructor Solomon Montijo, along with ten other teachers, hosts free classes daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Dude Chilling Park.
  • Where: Dude Chilling Park – 2390 Brunswick St., Vancouver
  • When: Daily; 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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