17 Activities to Do in Metro Vancouver This Week (September 23-25)

It’s the first weekend of fall and there are plenty of fun things to do in Vancouver to get in the spirit of the season.

From a beer festival to an epic pumpkin show, here’s our guide on the top things to do:

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Things to do in Vancouver this week

Free admission day to Science World

Photo: Ted McGrath/Flickr

Save the date, Science World just announced that it’s offering free admission this week.

Thanks to Science World’s partnership with Amazon Canada, visitors will be able to access the dome for free and explore their exhibits and the new Tech-Up initiative.

when where: Friday, September 23, 2022 between 10 AM and 5 PM. In the world of science

Pumpkin after dark

Pumpkin after dark

Photo: @Pumpkinsafterdarkburnaby / Instagram

Wander through a pumpkin wonderland with over 6000 hand-carved pumpkins to explore every step of the way in this epic display at Burnaby.

Along with illuminated pumpkin carvings and displays, Pumpkins After Dark will feature music, sounds, and special effects.

when where: Happening all weekend at Swangard & Central Park Stadium, 6100 Boundary Road, Burnaby

BC culture days

Vancouver Biennale 2021

Photo: BC Culture Days

This year’s Culture Days kicks off on Friday and will bring three weeks of colour, creativity and community.

It is Canada’s largest public engagement campaign for the arts with a large number of free to participate interactive events across the city.

when where: Happening all weekend at different locations


New Western Gardens

Photo: Zorro1968 / 604 Now Flickr Pool

The Fraser River Discovery Center in the new Westminster brings back the annual RiverFest.

Now in its 20th year, RiverFest is a free, family-friendly festival that coincides with BC and World Rivers Day. It features a variety of personalized and virtual activities to celebrate the coming of fall.

when where: Happening all weekend long on the New Westminster Boardwalk

Car-free day in Vancouver

Vancouver events

Photos: modacitylife/IG

Car-Free Day returns on Sunday, this time on Denman Street in Vancouver’s West End.

The massive street party will bring vendors and live entertainment between Robson Street and Davy Street near English Bay Beach.

when where: Sunday 25th September at Denman Street

Jack Harlow concert

Photo: esteemed

American rapper Jack Harlow takes his Come Home The Kids Miss You tour in Vancouver.

The show is scheduled to take place at Rogers Arena on Saturday.

when where: Saturday 24th September at Rogers Arena

Funkite Roots Festival and Culture Experience

Photo: Funkite Roots Festival and Culture Experience

Enjoy live reggae, hip-hop, soul, dance and R&B music at this festival that features some of the best up-and-coming local artists Vancouver has to offer.

Participants will learn about the cultural experience rooted in reggae music, most notably the One Love philosophy promoted by music legend Bob Marley and dozens of other reggae greats over the years.

when where: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 24 at Granville Island, 1411 Railspur Alley

Vancouver Etsy Co Fall Pop Up Market


Photo: Etsy Vancouver/Facebook

Support over 80 local vendors at this fall pop-up marketplace that takes place in North Vancouver on Saturdays and Sundays.

It will take place at the pipe shop, and you definitely don’t want to miss it.

when where: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 24 through Sunday, September 25 at the Pipe Shop Venue in North Vancouver

White Rock Craft Beer Festival

Eastern Van Bloc Party

Beer lovers can head to scenic White Rock Garden for the city’s second annual beer festival.

Sample some of the area’s best brews while enjoying beautiful views of the ocean.

when where: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 24 at Memorial Park in White Rock

Ongoing things to do

Circo Osorio

American Crown Circus Circo Osorio

Photo: American Crown Circus and Circo Osorio

When all else fails, join the circus! Or at least check out this Las Vegas-based business that’s visiting Coquitlam, Abbotsford, Surrey, Tswassen, and Richmond through October 17th.

Viewers can enjoy acrobats, clowns and jugglers in the Latin-inspired circus.

when where: Until October 17 at different locations

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival is back with a series of free, covered-ticket performances featuring Latin dance and music.

The festival takes place throughout the month of September and also features some workshops that are open to the general public.

when where: Dating takes place throughout the month of September on Granville Island

Potion Putt Mini Golf

Small dose of golf

Photos: potionputt / Instagram

A fantastic golf experience inspired by the famous fairy tale and fairy tales has arrived in Vancouver. The pop-up window allows you to test your ball throwing skills in a unique and dark environment.

Go through 9 enchanted stick holes and discover smoking pots, delicious drinks, and magical portals along the way.

when where: Vancouver Alpine Club, dates vary. See available times here.

The Wizard’s Den Semester Two

wizard's lair

Photo: The Wizard’s Lair

A theater show meets an escape room with cocktails….what more could you want! This is a Harry Potter themed event like no other, so expect great actors, puzzles, cocktails, and magic.

For wizards and wizards who have taken lessons with us before or have never visited The Wizard’s Den, you can expect the unexpected.

when where: Select dates and times at the Vancouver Alpen Club. Learn more.

Langley night market

Fort Langley Night Market

Photo: Fort Langley Night Market

The Fort Langley Night Market operates every Friday. The event is a community gathering to bring people together in an unparalleled outdoor space with play areas, vendors, music, food, beer and wine.

Submission is free.

when whereFriday: 5-10 pm at the corner of Glover Road and Mary Street

Richmond Night Market

Things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Photos: Richmond Night Market +tiffanylloo / IG

The annual Richmond Night Market is back and will be open for the entire summer. This year’s market aims to offer the authentic Shanghai experience. Guests will be greeted by traditional neon lights in Chinese characters throughout the market, taking them back in time to the origins of Shanghai’s old night markets.

when where: Open Friday-Sunday on the corner of Route 3 and River Road, just one block from Bridgeport Canada Line Station

FlyOver Canada – Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies

FlyOver Canada

Photo: FlyOver Canada/Facebook

Connect with the sights, sounds, and spirit of the Canadian Rockies. FlyOver’s latest flight takes you above iconic mountain scenery, from the fabled waters of Lake Maligne to the snowy heights of Mount Somervell.

when where: Daily at 999 Canada Place

T-Rex The Ultimate Predator Exhibit

10 Years Challenge Vancouver

Photo: Tim Sipkins/Instagram

Encounter the prehistoric wonders of the late Cretaceous period and come face to face with a 66 million-year-old marvel in T-Rex: The Ultimate Predator at the Science World IMAX Theater.

where: science world

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