What’s Going On This September in Vancouver

In a few hours, August will be officially over.

For most, September marks the closing stages of summer, going back to school, and yes – a little more rain to come. Even though summer is slowly wrapping up, there are still some things to look forward to.

September is a jam packed month filled with fun activities and interesting events. And oh yeah, did I mention the Canucks will be back on the ice? *Mark down September 21st for the first pre-season game.

So here it is, my list of some of the better events taking place this September. If I missed anything, let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to get it up!

Events in September

September 2

Ultimate Improve Championships

UIC is Vancouver’s most dangerous improv and pits two blood-thirsty teams of improvisers against each other in a non-stop timed challenge. At the end of each performance the audience votes who will be the Ultimate Improv Champion, with the winning team returning the following week to defend their title.

To find tickets, click here.

September 4

Steamworks Concourse d’Elegance

This display of 75 to 100 Classic and heritage cars will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Gastown district of Vancouver. Water Street will be closed off for the day and cars will be displayed from the Gassy Jack statue all the way to Granville Square.

Kerrisdale Antiques Fair
Vancouver’s favorite antiques fair, held in the charming and historic neighborhood of Kerrisdale, features 60 specialty vendors with over 250 tables of 18th, 19th and 20th century antiques and vintage collectibles.

September 8 – September 9

Vancouver Fringe Festival

This year’s Fringe Festival will feature over 600 performances by more than 80 groups over 11 days, and is expected to attract nearly 30,000 attendees.

The Vancouver International Fringe Festival was voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival for five years in a row by Georgia Straight readers.

September 16 – September 26

ComedyFest Vancouver

Don’t miss out on 10 days of pure laughter from all over Vancouver. Performers include Tom Green, Charlie Murphy, Gerry Dee and many more.

To view the schedule and book your tickets, click here.

September 17 – September 19

Eat! Fraser Valley

The 3rd Annual EAT! Fraser Valley – Food + Cooking Festival returns Sept 17-19 at the Tradex in Abbotsford offering up three delicious days full of local foods, live cooking demonstrations, wine and beer tasting and lots more.

The top attraction at EAT! Fraser Valley Food Network Celebrity Stage this year will be acclaimed chef Lynn Crawford, host of Pitchin’ In on Food Network.

September 19

20th Annual BMO Grouse Grind Mountain Run

Terry Fox Run

It has become a fall tradition in Canada to gather your friends and family, lace on your shoes, bring out your pledge sheets and attend your favourite Terry Fox Run site.

September 19 –  September 22

Twelve Angry Men

Watch a great theatre performance as 12 angry men battle it out in a court room.

September 23

6th Annual ChefmeetsGrape

A food and wine festival where the top chefs from Vancouver’s best restaurants pair BC cuisine with BC VQA wines.

September 26

Word on the Street

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. On one extraordinary Sunday each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There is always plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, and best of all, The Word On The Street and all of its events are FREE!

September 30 – October 15

29th Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver’s premiere film festival.  Watch some of the year’s best and more unique films from over 60 countries.

Ongoing through…

– September 6


You know the deal here…be sure to get in your annual PNE day before the 6th!

– September 25th

Vancouver Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals.

Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September.

– September 26

Richmond Night Market

Zimsculpt at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Back for its second year, Zimsculpt is an exhibition and sale of 150 to 200 shona stone sculptures from Zimbabwe, beautifully placed throughout the landmark VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Cost: $9.75; $7.25 for kids, students and seniors