Events and Entertainment Around Town – September Edition
Photo credit: Georgia Straight
Summer vacation is over and the kids are back to school, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of events going on in Vancouver! Whether you’re into dance, music, movies, laughs or sports, there’s something for everyone in September!
Friday Picnics at Canada Place – North Point of Canada Place
Event dates: July 28-September 1 | Time: 5pm-8pm
Celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial at Picnics on the Point, a community celebration at one of the most breathtaking spots in Vancouver, Canada Place’s newly revitalized North Point. Bringyour picnic and enjoy musical entertainment.
Guns and Roses: Not in this Lifetime Tour – BC Place
Event date: September 1 | Time: 730pm
Dance in Transit (Friday and Saturday) – Various downtown Vancouver locations
Event dates: May 20-September 2 | Various times
The largest and longest dance event in Vancouver’s history. Free outdoor dancing for everyone!
Summer Night Concerts at PNE
Event dates: August 19-September 2 | Time: 8:30pm
Nightly shows are included in the entrance fee to Playland at PNE. Show line up are: Mother Mother (Aug 19), Billy Currington (Aug 20), The Pointer Sisters (Aug 22), High Valley (Aug 23), ZZ Top (Aug 24), Chicago (Aug 25), Colin James (Aug 26), Huey Lewis and the News (Aug 27), Tom Cochrane with Red Rider (Aug 29), The B-52s (Aug 30, The Doobie Brothers (Aug 31), Rick Springfield (Sep 1), The Gypsy King (Sep 2)
Dave Williamson – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: August 31-September 2 | Various times
Dave is a story-teller who often calls on his childhood, his colourful college career at Auburn, and his continuing voyage into being a young father and husband for material.
Lionel Richie: All the Hits – Rogers Arena
Event date: September 3 | Time: 7pm
Fair at the PNE
Event dates: August 19-September 4 | Time: 11am til late
Keep the party going! Celebrate the now, celebrate your childhood and celebrate the future where all of BC comes together every summer!
Yes – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event date: September 5 | Time: 730pm
Lewis Black – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event date: September 7 | Time: 7pm
BC Lions vs Montreal Allouettes – BC Place
Event date: September 8 | Time: 7pm
Andy Haynes – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: September 7-9 | Various times
Since starting comedy in 2004, he has been seen on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Comedy Central Presents, the Pete Holmes show, Roast Battle, and Another Period. He now lives in LA where he regularly performs at the Comedy Store and writes for your favourite television shows.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Real Salt Lake – BC Place
Event date: September 9 | Time: 7pm
Illumination Summer Night Market (weekends) – 12631 Vulcan Way
Event dates: May 5-September 10 | Various times
The even will include 12 sets of colourful light displays with thousands of glimmering lights that range from .5m to 2m tall. Couple this with a quirky teddy bear theme and you have a one-of-a-kind event. There will be more than 20 custom-made teddy bears across the market.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Minnesota United – BC Place
Event date: September 13 | Time: 7pm
Paul Myrehaug – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: September 14-16 | Various times
Paul began his comedy career in Alberta and now is an internationally toured comedia with appearances on television, radio, festivals and world renowned comedy competitions.
16th Annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House – Scotiabank Dance Centre
Event dates: September 16 | Time: 11am-5pm
Annual open house offers a chance to experience a host of different dance styles in a day of free classes, workshops, studio showings and events at Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada’s flagship dance facility.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Columbus Crew – BC Place
Event date: September 16 | Time: 4pm
PlayLand at the PNE – Pacific National Exhibition
Event dates: May 6-September 17 | Various times
Spin your way through a magical land on the new coaster ride, Bug Whirled, peddle your way to the clouds flapping your wings on The Flutterbye, then take the plunge on the marvelous mechanical Dizzy Drop.
No Filter – The LOL of TMI – Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: September 1-17 | Time: 915pm
Delve into over-shared digital world.
OK Tinder – Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: September 1-17 | Time: 1115pm
Our improvisers ‘match up’ to turn Vancouver’s dating scene into 60 minutes of side-splitting laughter.
Oh Canada – True North Strong and Funny – Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: September 1 – 17 | Time: 730pm
Improvisers take a loving and comedic look at what makes us uniquely Canadian.
Sunday Rookie Night – Improv Centre at Granville Island
Event dates: September 1-17 | Time: 730pm
Catch the stars of tomorrow before they become famous!
Theatresports – Improv Centre at Granville Island (Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat)
Event dates: September 1-17 | Various times
Two teams battle for ultimate improv supremacy
Vancouver Fringe Festival – Granville Island and East Vancouver
Event dates: September 7-17 | Various times
A celebration of all kinds of theatre.
The Sound of Music – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Event dates: September 12-17 | Various times
Hailed as “sparkling, fresh and lively, by the LA Times, this brand-new production of the classic musical tells the tale of Maria and the von Trapp family.
Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights – Rogers Arena
Event date: September 17 | Time: 2pm
Vancouver White Caps vs Orange County – UBC Thunderbird Stadium
Event date: September 17 | Time: 4pm
Historical Performance Ensemble – Scotiabank Dance Centre
Event date: September 21 | Time: 12pm
Experience the elegance, courtly manners and discreet wit of dance from centuries past. Historical Performance Ensemble presents authentically recreated social and theatrical European Baroque dances, incorporating beautifully constructed costumes, and entrancing music played onstage by specialists on reproductions of period instruments.
BC Lions vs Hamilton Tiger Cats – BC Place
Event date: September 22 | Time: 8pm
Joshua Beamish: Move the Company – Scotiabank Dance Centre
Event dates: September 20-23 | Time: 8pm
Joshua Beamish brings together an ensemble whose collective credits include leading companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Sasha Waltz and guests, and La La La Human Steps.
Steph Tolev – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: September 21-23 | Various times
Steph Tolev is a stand up and sketch comedian from Toronto, that currently lives in Los Angeles. Her unique brand of absurd, personal and fairly gross comedy has made her an audience favourite across North America, both on stage and on television.
Time Tracks: The VSO’s Season Opener – Orpheum Theatre
Event dates: September 22-23 | Time: 8pm
Maestro Bramwell Tovey’s final season begins with a performance of the Maestro’s own Time Tracks, a collection of orchestral themes from his opera, The Inventor.
Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids – BC Place
Event date: September 23 | Time: 7pm
Bard on the Beach – Vanier Park tents
Event dates: June 1-September 23 | Various times
This year’s featured Shakespeare plays are: Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Phoenix Rising – UBC Thunderbird Stadium
Event date: September 29 | Time: 3pm
Lang Lang! with the VSO – Orpheum Theatre
Event date: September 25 | Time: 8pm
Classical music’s most exciting superstar – and the greatest pianist of his generation – returns to the Orpheum stage to perform Beethoven’s magnificent ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames – Rogers Arena
Event date: September 29 | Time: 7pm
Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams – BC Place
Event date: September 29 | Time: 7pm
Miranda Lambert – Rogers Arena
Event date: September 29 | Time: 7pm
John Roy – The Comedy Mix
Event dates: September 28-30 | Various times
John Roy began his career performing in independent rooms in Chicago. After honing his act in clubs around the Midwest, John was crowned the first champion of CBS’ “Star Search.” He has appeared on numerous TV shows.
Uninterrupted – Cambie Bridge
Event dates: June 28-September 30 | Time: 10pm
Tourism Vancouver brings a wild salmon-bearing river to the heart of the city. Audiences will be immersed in the extraordinary migration of wild Pacific salmon through a 30-minute cinematic spectacle. Nearly one kilometre of the bridge will become a canvas, transformed through a unique blend of visual storytelling and advanced projection technology to reveal the drama of the natural world. Every Tuesday to Saturday except during Fireworks.
Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers – Rogers Arena
Event date: September 30 | Time: 7pm
Claude Monet’s Secret Garden – Vancouver Art Gallery
Event dates: June 24-October 1
The most important exhibition of French painter Claude Monet’s work in Canada in two decades, Claude Monet’s Secret Garden will trace the career of this pivotal figure in Western art history.
Culture Days – Various locations
Event dates: September 29-October 1 | Various times
Wednesday Main St Station Farmer’s Market – Across Pacific Central Station
Event dates: May 31-October 4 | Time: 2pm-6pm
Located just steps from the Skytrain, this convenient Wednesday farmer’s market is ideal for local food fans seeking an easy shop on their commute. Over 85% of the vendors at Main Street Station are primary producers offering an excellent mix of fresh and organic produce, meat, eggs, handmade cheeses, and more.
Thursdays Downtown Farmer’s Market – Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Event dates: June 1-October 5 | Time: 11am-3pm
Shop fresh weekly to enjoy quality fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs and poultry, baked goods, artisan food and craft, fresh fish, and local craft beer, wine and spirits.
2017 Richmond Night Market – Near Bridgeport Station on Canada Line
Event dates: May 12-October 9 | Various times
Angels in America – Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Event dates: September 7-October 8 | Various times
Perestroika is a revolution against the politics and prejudice in the 1980s as the AIDS epidemic rages on, and the characters wrestle with their ideologies and an angel looking for an answer.
Vancouver International Film Festival – Various downtown movie theatres
Event dates: September 28-October 13 | Various times
VIFF continues to expand the frame to create multi-experiential streams that include some of the best cinema from around the world.
Saturday West End Farmer’s Market – 1100 Comox Street (between Bute and Thurlow)
Event dates: May 27-October 21 | Time: 9am-2pm
Located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, this laid-back Saturday market looks onto beautiful Nelson Park and adjacent community gardens.
Saturday Lonsdale Quay Farmer’s Market – East Plaza of Lonsdale Quay Market
Event dates: May 7-October 29 | Time: 10am-3pm
The Lonsdale Quay Farmers’ Market has a great selection of conventional and organic produce. You also will find local artisans with jewellery, pottery, photography, kids clothing, soaps and much more.