Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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The Fringe Festival begins this weekend with quirky and site-specific performances and they are in some diverse company; there is also an accordion festival, a Chinese film festival, and a flamenco festival.  There are daytime events to please family trekkies, Pagans, luxury car enthusiasts and horseback swordfighters. If you want to get a bit messy, there is a paint party and yes, the much anticipated annual Zombiewalk is on!

 

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Ongoing



Friday September 9

Fringe Fest

Vancouver Fringe Festival
Where: Various Vancouver locations
What: A celebration of theatre for everyone, featuring more than 800 performances by over 90 artists. The Fringe employs an “everyone welcome” selection technique—the mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists a chance to participate. There are also unique site-specific theatre where artists stage their work in the nooks and crannies of Granville Island.
Runs until: Sunday September 18, 2016

AccordionNoir

Accordion Noir Festival
Where:
Various Vancouver locations
What:
Accordion of the dark, the campy, the creepy, the sorrowful, the bitter, and the tongue-in-cheek. Experience accordion-driven acts that are best heard in dimly lit bars, paired with a stiff drink.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

Horseback Swordfighting

Horseback Swordfighting

Horseback Swordfighting
Where: Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op (Richmond, BC)
What: Yes, actually. On Friday and Saturday, instructors from around British Columbia will be offering workshops on unique topics such as medieval sword fighting, grappling from horseback, Hungarian mounted archery, riding, natural horsemanship and more. There are workshops open to beginners and experienced horseback riders and sword fighters alike.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

Green Energy Doors Open | image: Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre

Green Energy Doors Open | image: Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre

Green Energy Doors Open
Where:
Various locations
What:
A free-to-attend campaign and showcase of individual, community, and commercial sustainable energy projects. Experience advancements in the sector and demonstrations on how provinces are on the path to building a 100% clean, sustainable energy system. Learn firsthand what it takes to develop a successful sustainable energy project and about energy efficiency, solar photovoltaics and green building infrastructure.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

baskerville

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs in this zany whodunit based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit.
Runs until: Sunday October 9, 2016

BOnd

The Lovers Cabaret Presents: From Bond with Love
Where: The Fox Cabaret, 10:30pm
What: Join some femme fatales on an adventure across the globe. Using elements of burlesque, cabaret, and contemporary, our gorgeous dancers will take your breath away…Bond fan or foe.

Stick to Your Guns
Where: The Rickshaw
What: Orange County, CA-based hardcore underground band.

BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes

BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes

BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes
Where: BC Place Stadium
What: West coast vs. East Coast Canadian football.

Humans

Humans

Humans
Where: The Imperial, 9:00pm
What: This Canadian indie-electronic duo has established itself through creating sounds that successfully fuse experimental electronic elements with catchy indie-pop hooks.

CosmicSea

Cosmic Sea
Where:
Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main)
What:
New works from Jenn Brisson, Kristian Adam and Phresha. The nautical and metaphysical theme sets the stage for the many colourful new works by the three artists. Invisible sea creatures, extra-terrestrial ocean babes, jellypurrrs and octophants, magical coral reefs, an army of lollipop licking dolphins floating through the milky way.
Runs until: Friday September 30, 2016

Tactile Forest

Tactile Forest
Where: Cityscape Community Art Space (North Vancouver)
What: The theme of botanical life is brought into the gallery landscape. Mossy greens, golden browns, sea and sky blues mimic our natural world through acrylic and oil paints, ceramic and fibre sculpture, contemporary embroidery and unique mixed media photographic works.
Runs until: Saturday October 1, 2016

Chinese Film

 

Vancouver Chinese Film Festival
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: The Festival will screen two Chinese feature films on the first day, along with festival highlight, Looking China and 5 short documentary films about Chinese minority cultures filmed in Northeast China by emerging Vancouver filmmakers.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

EchoNeb

Echo Nebraska
Where: The Media Club, 9:00pm
What: Join Vancouver folk-rockers on their Western Canadian tour for a hometown show. Supporting the band will be Coastline Pilot & Ben Everyman.

SFU MFA Graduating Class Exhibition 2016

SFU MFA Graduating Class Exhibition 2016

SFU MFA Graduating Class Exhibition 2016
Where: Audain Gallery (opening reception at 7:00pm)
What: The exhibition features graduating projects by MFA candidates Scott Saunders, Emiliano Sepulveda and Alexandra Spence, in Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.
Runs until: Saturday September 24, 2016

IfNotForDreams

If Not For Dreams
Where: Gallery Gachet (opening reception at 6:00pm)
What: Oppenheimer Park and Gallery Gachet are pleased to present an exhibition showcasing artwork from the Oppenheimer Park community. This exhibition features painting, drawing, print-making, sculpture, carving, textile, mixed media and video works. If Not For Dreams is part of Homelessness Action Week 2016 (Oct 9th–15th) a series of events to increase awareness and to address conditions impacting homelessness.
Runs until: Friday September 23, 2016

Absence

Absence: David Wilson
Where: Kimoto Gallery
What: Wilson’s newest body of work explores a number of repeated images that reference specific meaningful images and symbols as he searches for new opportunities to unravel his thoughts on a given subject. Most noticeable in this exhibition is the repetitive use of umbrella imagery.
Runs until: Saturday October 8, 2016

Fiesta!

Fiesta!

Fiesta!
Where: Portuguese Club of Vancouver
What: An immersive experience that takes place at the Portuguese Club of Vancouver on Commercial Drive, where guests can eat, drink and take part in all the fun and drama of a Portuguese festa, alongside two actors playing all the members of a typical Portuguese family.
Runs until: Sunday September 18, 2016

Naufragio | Tonel, Cosmos, Ink and Pencil on Paper, 76.5x112 cms, 2009

Naufragio | Tonel, Cosmos, Ink and Pencil on Paper, 76.5×112 cms, 2009

Naufragio
Where: 602 E Hastings Street
What: The exhibition is the result of the conversations among three artists born “elsewhere” but who currently live in Vancouver.   This city is not explicitly present in the works, but is present as a locus for the stories that brought these artists together.
Runs until: Friday September 30, 2016

A Dog at a Feast
Where: Carousel Theatre
What: A dark comedy that examines the power of the fear of judgement, and how we are all our own worst critics.
Runs until: Saturday September 17, 2016


 

Saturday September 10

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Unbuckled

Unbuckled

Unbuckled
Where: Stanley Park
What: Vancouver’s ultimate backyard BBQ will combine casual sporting competitions, picnic eats and drinks, alt-country and bluegrass rhythms, and plenty of good times all in the heart of the city.

Zombies

Zombie Walk
Where: Starting at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 3:00pm
What: The annual shamble of local zombies is on rain or shine! Get your goriest, most rotted seeping and crumbling costume together and join one of the year’s best parades, leaving handprints and happy photographers in your wake.

StarTrekFamilyWeekend

Star Trek Family Weekend
Where: McMillan Space Centre
What: Want to make your own Starship Enterprise? Join a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with crafts and activities. Come dressed as your favourite Star Trek character and be entered to win a Space Centre membership.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

WestEnd

West End Fest
Where: West End Community Centre
What: Family fun, food, and entertainment.

PlasticAcid

Plastic Acid Orchestra with Veda Hille and Friends
Where: The Vancouver Playhouse, 8:00pm
What: Join Veda Hille in this rare concert as she performs with a full symphony orchestra a visionary programme of reimagined Buffy Sainte Marie songs and original pieces inspired by Emily Carr. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

SalsaCruise

Summer Salsa Cruise
Where: On the water – starting at 501 Denman Street
What: Vancouver’s largest 3 level cruising vessel, with a capacity of just under 450, where two levels are inside and the third is just under the stars so rain or shine the party doesn’t stop. Playing the Best Latin music in Vancouver, each level with a unique sound. Salsa lesson and Dance show to take part in or sit back and enjoy. Food is available on board.

Deathparty

Death and Dying Dinner Party
Where: The Capilano Tea House (221 Abbott), 6:30pm
What: This dinner is a place for people to share their ideas, concerns, and questions in an environment of support, creativity, and openness about death and dying. As we become more familiar with our own ideas about this subject the natural by product is the integration of death being a natural part of life, thus allowing us to live more fully and more empowered in the present moment.

Mysterious Barricades
Where: UBC
What: The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is proud to be partnering with the Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention (CASP) in supporting Mysterious Barricades’ cross-country concert series on World Suicide Prevention Day.

Luxury Supercar Weekend

Luxury Supercar Weekend

Luxury Supercar Weekend
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens
What: A curated ensemble of over 180 innovative automotive designs will be on display at the 7th annual Luxury & Supercar Weekend, plus two fashion shows by Only Oakridge Fashion Weekend, a live supercar auction hosted by ADESA and Hawksworth in the Garden.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival | image by David Lopez

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival | image by David Lopez

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival
Where: Various locations
What: This year the festival celebrates flamenco’s Spanish Gypsy origins with the Vancouver premiere of Mercedes Amaya Company (Mexico/Spain), the ensemble belonging to the niece of legendary Romani dancer Carmen Amaya. Audiences can also look forward to sizzling performances by Vancouver’s own Flamenco Rosario & Toque Flamenco, Calgary’s Rosanna Terracciano, and Saskatoon-based ¡ARTE! Flamenco, among others.
Runs until: Tuesday September 20, 2016

Puppet Show

Puppet Show

Puppet Show
Where: Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 10:30am
What: Paul the pocket mouse lives in a very special place, but sadly, his home is threatened by humans moving in. What can Paul do? Join a journey into two different B.C. ecosystems, and learn how you can help animals and plants that depend on each other, through conservation. Appropriate for families with younger children, adult supervision is required.

Similie

Similie

Similie
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre, 8:00pm
What: An evening of contemporary dance choreographed and performed by Ziyian Kwan and Vanessa Goodman. Three works highlight the unique artistic camaraderie between these captivating creative voices: Kwan’s Still Rhyming, a whimsical ode inspired by the prose of rock icon Patti Smith, danced to live music by Joseph Hirabayashi; and two new creations which bring together things magical and quotidian. Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

keithurban

Keith Urban
Where: Rogers Arena
What: A New Zealand-born Australian country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, musician, TV show judge and record producer.

The Lovers Cabaret Presents: From Bond with Love
Where: The Fox Cabaret, 10:30pm
What: Join some femme fatales on an adventure across the globe. Using elements of burlesque, cabaret, and contemporary, our gorgeous dancers will take your breath away…Bond fan or foe.

Sameer Farooq and Mirjam Linschooten
Where: Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, Canada line, 3:00pm
What: The Contemporary Art Gallery presents an ambitious new multi-venue commission by collaborators Dutch artist Mirjam Linschooten and Canadian artist Sameer Farooq, interrogating the ways in which cultural diversity is narrated and represented.
Pagans

Vancouver Pagan Pride Day
Where: Trout Lake Park
What: Information, entertainment, vendors, workshops and rituals.

Boyce Avenue

Boyce Avenue

Boyce Avenue
Where: The Vogue, 6:30pm
What: Florida-based pop band featuring brothers Alejandro, Fabian and Daniel Manzano.

Life In Colour - Kingdom

Life In Colour – Kingdom

Life In Colour – Kingdom
Where: PNE Amphitheatre, 4:00pm
What: A giant paint party – you might want to not wear precious clothes to this one. It looks messy. Featuring Knife Party, NGHTMRE, Tigerlily, Dr. Fresch and Giuliano Rascan.

Vancouver Art Attack
Where: The Waterfall Building, 2:00pm
What: Along with an impressive line-up of painters and carvers, there will be a kids painting workshop and a speaker from Coast Mental Health on the healing power of art. Once the live art creation process is complete, the twenty new pieces of art will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Art’s Umbrella Kids Arts Camps, while proceeds from art sales will support participating artists as well as fund the Visual Arts Award at Emily Carr University.

White, Steel, Slice, Mask

White, Steel, Slice, Mask

White, Steel, Slice, Mask
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Working together for over a decade, the duo’s interdisciplinary practice typically instigates community-based models of participation in order to re-imagine a material record of the present. They investigate tactics of cultural representation while utilizing the methods of anthropology to examine various forms of collecting, interpretation and display.
Runs until: Sunday January 8, 2016

Eco Stewards
Where: Stanley Park, 10:00am
What: Natural habitats in Stanley Park are being overtaken by invasive species. Learn about the ecology of the park while working with other volunteers to help conserve its biodiversity.

Mean Time

Mean Time

Mean Time
Where: Centre A
What: Featuring a pair of works, The Remnant of My Volition (Force Majeure) (2014) and Frustration of Having More than Two Choices to Make in Life (2013). Artist Morgan Wong currently lives and works in Hong Kong. Shortlisted for the Sovereign Art Prize and featured in Hong Kong Basel Encounters, Wong has exhibited extensively in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Australia and Europe, but this exhibition marks Wong’s North American debut.
Runs until: Saturday October 15, 2016

recovery

Recovery Day Festival
Where: New Westminster, BC
What: This free event is protest, a celebration, a rally, a memorial for those lost, a festival, a learning day, a tool to raise awareness for recovery, and reduce the stigma of addiction recovery.


 

Sunday September 11

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Musqueam First Nation Language

Musqueam First Nation Language

c̓əsnaʔəm Discussion Series: Musqueam First Nation Language
Where: Museum of Vancouver, 2:00pm
What: Larry Grant, Jill Campbell and Vanessa Campbell from the Musqueam First Nation will feature an introduction to Musqueam’s traditional language, and touch on the historical, cultural and political significance of revitalizing hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓.

Copper and Fire Arts Event

Copper and Fire Arts Event

Copper and Fire Arts Event
Where: Britannia Mine Museum, 10:00am
What: To honour the upcoming Royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to BC next month, the Museum will be holding public craft sessions hosted by local artist Kyra Kelpin where visitors can make wired gemstone copper crowns. The copper crowns are a throwback to the annual Copper Queen community festival held at the Britannia Mine between 1926 to 1975.

Suna Studios Musical Instrument Swap Meet
Where: 1385 Odlum Drive (back alley)
What: The studio welcomes all bands who jam at both Suna locations to bring their unwanted musical equipment to buy, sell or trade with each other and to the public. And there is a BBQ.

Feast of Fields

Feast of Fields

Feast of Fields
Where: Laurica Farm and Fraser Common Farm (Langley, BC)
What: This four hour wandering gourmet harvest festival highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and between farm folks and city folks. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, guests stroll across a farmers field, traveling from tent to tent (sometimes through the barn, past the tractor or around the chicken coop), listening to live music, and tasting gourmet creations from BC top chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers and other beverage producers.

BBQ Off the Bypass
Where: Langley, BC
What: Teams of BBQ-skilled folks from BC, Saskatchewan, Washington State and Montana compete for the grand prize of $ 5,000. That winner qualifies then to compete in the Jack Daniels World BBQ Championships in Tennessee, and the American Royal BBQ in Kansas City.


 

Ongoing

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Horseback Swordfighting

Horseback Swordfighting

Horseback Swordfighting (this weekend only)
Where: Red Colt Equestrian Farm Co-op (Richmond, BC)
What: Yes, actually. On Friday and Saturday, instructors from around British Columbia will be offering workshops on unique topics such as medieval sword fighting, grappling from horseback, Hungarian mounted archery, riding, natural horsemanship and more. There are workshops open to beginners and experienced horseback riders and sword fighters alike.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

StarTrekFamilyWeekend

Star Trek Family Weekend (this weekend only)
Where: McMillan Space Centre
What: Want to make your own Starship Enterprise? Join a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with crafts and activities. Come dressed as your favourite Star Trek character and be entered to win a Space Centre membership.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

Green Energy Doors Open | image: Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre

Green Energy Doors Open | image: Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre

Green Energy Doors Open (ends this weekend)
Where:
Various locations
What:
A free-to-attend campaign and showcase of individual, community, and commercial sustainable energy projects. Experience advancements in the sector and demonstrations on how provinces are on the path to building a 100% clean, sustainable energy system. Learn firsthand what it takes to develop a successful sustainable energy project and about energy efficiency, solar photovoltaics and green building infrastructure.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

Panda Night Market

Panda Night Market

Panda Night Market (ends this weekend)
Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (Richmond)
What: Market-goers can expect to taste dishes from around the globe with the multitude of food and beverage booths on display, as well as shop for unique knick knacks, exclusive local merchandise, and enjoy diverse entertainment every night.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

AccordionNoir

Accordion Noir Festival (ends this weekend)
Where:
Various Vancouver locations
What:
Dive deep into accordion in the style of cabaret, folk, and punk. This isn’t the polka act your uncle makes the family listen to every third family gathering – this is brooding, cheeky, dark and delightful.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

Luxury Supercar Weekend

Luxury Supercar Weekend

Luxury Supercar Weekend (this weekend only)
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens
What: A curated ensemble of over 180 innovative automotive designs will be on display at the 7th annual Luxury & Supercar Weekend, plus two fashion shows by Only Oakridge Fashion Weekend, a live supercar auction hosted by ADESA and Hawksworth in the Garden.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

Chinese Film

Vancouver Chinese Film Festival (this weekend only)
Where: VanCity Theatre
What: The Festival will screen two Chinese feature films on the first day, along with festival highlight, Looking China and 5 short documentary films about Chinese minority cultures filmed in Northeast China by emerging Vancouver filmmakers.
Runs until: Sunday September 11, 2016

Sunset Music Series

Sunset Music Series

Sunset Music Series
Where: Sea to Sky Gondola, 6:00pm
What: A Summit Lodge Restaurant barbeque and musical performances that offer a variety of musical guests ranging from ranging from Classic Rock, European Folk, Indie Soul, Modern-Acoustic, R&B and World Fusion every Friday.
Runs until: Friday September 16, 2016

tiki

Disciples of Maui
Where: The Beamont
What: Postmodern tiki sculptures with raw materials sourced and re-purposed from vintage furniture.
Runs until: Saturday September 17, 2016

A Dog at a Feast
Where: Carousel Theatre
What: A dark comedy that examines the power of the fear of judgement, and how we are all our own worst critics.
Runs until: Saturday September 17, 2016

Fringe Fest

Vancouver Fringe Festival
Where: Various Vancouver locations
What: A celebration of theatre for everyone, featuring more than 800 performances by over 90 artists. The Fringe employs an “everyone welcome” selection technique—the mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists a chance to participate. There are also unique site-specific theatre where artists stage their work in the nooks and crannies of Granville Island.
Runs until: Sunday September 18, 2016

Playland at the PNE

Playland at the PNE

Playland at the PNE
Where: Hastings Park
What: The smell of Mini Donuts and the screams of the rickety wooden coaster are in the air! In addition to carnival games, a ton of rides for all ages, the newest ride – added last year is Canada’s most extreme pendulum ride. The Beast, which boats a one-armed pendulum, swinging 120 degrees in either direction, reaches heights of over 125 feet and speeds of more than 90 km/h.
Runs until: September 18th, 2016

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Bard on the Beach: Pericles
Where: Vanier Park
What: Directed by Lois Anderson, this fast-paced, thrilling tale set in an ancient mythical world follows a prince’s arduous quest to find love and the meaning of life.
Runs until: Sunday September 18, 2016

Fiesta!

Fiesta!

Fiesta!
Where: Portuguese Club of Vancouver
What: An immersive experience that takes place at the Portuguese Club of Vancouver on Commercial Drive, where guests can eat, drink and take part in all the fun and drama of a Portuguese festa, alongside two actors playing all the members of a typical Portuguese family.
Runs until: Sunday September 18, 2016

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival | image by David Lopez

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival | image by David Lopez

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival
Where: Various locations
What: This year the festival celebrates flamenco’s Spanish Gypsy origins with the Vancouver premiere of Mercedes Amaya Company (Mexico/Spain), the ensemble belonging to the niece of legendary Romani dancer Carmen Amaya. Audiences can also look forward to sizzling performances by Vancouver’s own Flamenco Rosario & Toque Flamenco, Calgary’s Rosanna Terracciano, and Saskatoon-based ¡ARTE! Flamenco, among others.
Runs until: Tuesday September 20, 2016

romeojuliet

Bard on the Beach: Romeo and Juliet
Where: Vanier Park
What: A romantic, tragic Shakespeare in a tent on the beach. Two young people who fall deeply in love in spite of the bitter feud that divides their families. The story of Romeo and Juliet has been captivating audiences for centuries because it moves and inspires us even though it breaks our hearts. This classical, sensuous production is a salute to its timeless power.
Runs until: Friday September 23, 2016

IfNotForDreams

If Not For Dreams
Where: Gallery Gachet (opening reception at 6:00pm)
What: Oppenheimer Park and Gallery Gachet are pleased to present an exhibition showcasing artwork from the Oppenheimer Park community. This exhibition features painting, drawing, print-making, sculpture, carving, textile, mixed media and video works. If Not For Dreams is part of Homelessness Action Week 2016 (Oct 9th–15th) a series of events to increase awareness and to address conditions impacting homelessness.
Runs until: Friday September 23, 2016

SFU MFA Graduating Class Exhibition 2016

SFU MFA Graduating Class Exhibition 2016

SFU MFA Graduating Class Exhibition 2016
Where: Audain Gallery
What: The exhibition features graduating projects by MFA candidates Scott Saunders, Emiliano Sepulveda and Alexandra Spence, in Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.
Runs until: Saturday September 24, 2016

The Nature of Art Show

The Nature of Art Show

The Nature of Art
Where: Van Dusen Botanical Gardens
What: BC based artists Fran Alexander, AFCA, and Susie Cipolla, SFCA, invite you to an exhibit of their art.
Runs until: Thursday September 28, 2016

Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market
Where: Shipbuilders’ Square
What: Over 100 vendors selling fresh foods, locally-made products, crafts, and other wares. There is also a beer garden, food trucks, and boozy lemonade.
Runs until: September 30, 2016 (Fridays)

Indigenous Plant use | image by Kara Powers

Indigenous Plant use | image by Kara Powers

Indigenous Plant Use
Where: Stanley Park, 10:00am
What: Walk through the forest with YUXWELUPTUN’ AAT (Lauraleigh) of Coast Salish, Interior Salish, and Carrier First Nations descent and learn about the traditional and present-day Coast Salish relationships with local flora and fauna. While there will be no collecting on these tours, Stanley Park offers a perfect setting to learn about sustainable harvesting.
Runs until: Friday September 30, 2016

CosmicSea

Cosmic Sea
Where:
Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main)
What:
New works from Jenn Brisson, Kristian Adam and Phresha. The nautical and metaphysical theme sets the stage for the many colourful new works by the three artists. Invisible sea creatures, extra-terrestrial ocean babes, jellypurrrs and octophants, magical coral reefs, an army of lollipop licking dolphins floating through the milky way.
Runs until: Friday September 30, 2016

Surreal

Surreal

Surreal
Where: Gastown
What: An interactive, roaming theatre experience that takes place in the backstreets and alleys of Gastown. Audience members follow the story and characters wherever it goes, engaging with them to help progress the story. Unlike conventional stage theatre, Surreal brings the audience face-to-face with the story and characters, creating a wholly engaging experience.
Runs until: Friday September 30, 2016 (Fridays)

Naufragio | Tonel, Cosmos, Ink and Pencil on Paper, 76.5x112 cms, 2009

Naufragio | Tonel, Cosmos, Ink and Pencil on Paper, 76.5×112 cms, 2009

Naufragio
Where: 602 E Hastings Street
What: The exhibition is the result of the conversations among three artists born “elsewhere” but who currently live in Vancouver.   This city is not explicitly present in the works, but is present as a locus for the stories that brought these artists together.
Runs until: Friday September 30, 2016

Tactile Forest

Tactile Forest
Where: Cityscape Community Art Space (North Vancouver)
What: The theme of botanical life is brought into the gallery landscape. Mossy greens, golden browns, sea and sky blues mimic our natural world through acrylic and oil paints, ceramic and fibre sculpture, contemporary embroidery and unique mixed media photographic works.
Runs until: Saturday October 1, 2016

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Known for his enormous contribution to the canon of great art in the 20th century, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881—1973) is one of the masters of Modernism. Picasso: The Artist and His Muses will examine the significance of the six women who were most important to Picasso’s artistic development: Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque.
Runs until: Sunday October 2, 2016

The Seriousness of Play | Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas: Red (detail), 2008.

The Seriousness of Play | Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas: Red (detail), 2008.

The Seriousness of Play
Where: The Bill Reid Gallery
What: Haida Manga is a contemporary art form that offers a playful way of viewing and engaging with social issues as it seeks participation, dialogue, reflection and action. Influenced by both the tradition of Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas has created an artistic practice celebrated for its vitality and originality by an international audience engaged in issues of ethnicity, identity and relationships.
Runs until: Sunday October 2, 2016

Isabel Nolan: The Weakened Eye of Day

Isabel Nolan: The Weakened Eye of Day

Isabel Nolan: The Weakened Eye of Day
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Taking its title from the English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy’s The Darkling Thrush (1899), the exhibition examines how the light of the sun, physically and symbolically, manifests or resonates in our thoughts, preoccupations and pursuits. In Hardy’s poem, the sun, described as “the weakening eye of day” is a dismal star drained of its force by a gloomy pre-centennial winter afternoon.
Runs until: Sunday October 2, 2016

Absence

Absence: David Wilson
Where: Kimoto Gallery
What: Wilson’s newest body of work explores a number of repeated images that reference specific meaningful images and symbols as he searches for new opportunities to unravel his thoughts on a given subject. Most noticeable in this exhibition is the repetitive use of umbrella imagery.
Runs until: Saturday October 8, 2016

baskerville

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Where: Arts Club Theatre
What: Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs in this zany whodunit based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit.
Runs until: Sunday October 9, 2016

Bharti Kher Matter

Bharti Kher Matter

Bharti Kher Matter
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: The first major retrospective of New Delhi-based artist Bharti Kher’s work in North America, this exhibition explores issues around identity, aiming to bring together works that speak especially to the perceptions and realities of being female today, implicating personal, cultural and political readings put forward in various aspects of the far-reaching practice of Bharti Kher.
Runs until: Monday October 10, 2016

Richmond Night Marke

Richmond Night Marke

Richmond Night Market
Where: 8351 River Road (Richmond, BC)
What: Touted as the largest night market in North America since 2000, find all kinds of foods, trinkets, entertainment and more all weekend.
Runs until: Monday October 10, 2016

Mean Time

Mean Time

Mean Time
Where: Centre A
What: Featuring a pair of works, The Remnant of My Volition (Force Majeure) (2014) and Frustration of Having More than Two Choices to Make in Life (2013). Artist Morgan Wong currently lives and works in Hong Kong. Shortlisted for the Sovereign Art Prize and featured in Hong Kong Basel Encounters, Wong has exhibited extensively in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Australia and Europe, but this exhibition marks Wong’s North American debut.
Runs until: Saturday October 15, 2016

Unceeded

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories
Where: Museum of Anthropology
What: Vancouver artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent, is showcased in this provocative exhibition of works that confront the colonialist suppression of First Nations peoples and the ongoing struggle for Indigenous rights to lands, resources, and sovereignty.
Runs until: Sunday October 16, 2016

Trout Lake Farmers Market

Trout Lake Farmers Market

Trout Lake Farmers Market
Where: Trout Lake
What: This is where you’ll find the vendors who have been doing it since the beginning; what started as 14 farmers ‘squatting’ at the Croatian Cultural Centre back in 1995 has grown into Vancouver’s most well-known and beloved market. Visitors come from near and far to sample artisan breads and preserves, stock up on free-range and organic eggs and meats, get the freshest, hard-to-find heirloom vegetables and taste the first Okanagan cherries and peaches of the season.
Runs until: Saturday October 22, 2016 (Saturdays)

West End Farmers Market

West End Farmers Market

West End Farmers Market
Where: Comox Street, 9:00am
What: Local produce, prepared foods and crafts, hot food and coffee. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy a market in your urban backyard.
Runs until: Saturday October 22, 2016 (Saturdays)

kitsmarket

Kits Market
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre
What: Each week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.
Runs until: Sunday October 23, 2016 (Sundays)

Prohibition City Walking Tour

Prohibition City Walking Tour

Prohibition City Walking Tour
Where: Chinatown
What: Delve into Vancouver’s dirtiest secrets on this scandal fuelled walking tour. Starting in the world of the saloon, you trace the story of prohibition in Vancouver while winding along the city’s most storied streets. You’ll hear tales of blind pigs, corrupt mayors, and enterprising bootleggers. Plus you’ll see first hand evidence of opium dens and walk down an alleyway once teeming with over 40 “bawdy houses.”
Runs until: Saturday October 29, 2016

An Agreeable State of Uncertainty

An Agreeable State of Uncertainty

An Agreeable State of Uncertainty
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Comprised of photographs, drawings, prints and paintings by artists such as Weegee, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Leon Golub, Lewis Hine, Cindy Sherman, Nancy Spero, Jack Shadbolt and Fred Herzog, these works were selected from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection by artist Stephen Waddell.
Runs until: Sunday October 30, 2016

Harry Callahan: The Street

Harry Callahan: The Street

Harry Callahan: The Street
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Harry Callahan (1912–1999) was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. In 2013, the Vancouver Art Gallery received the extraordinary gift of almost 600 Callahan photographs from the Larry and Cookie Rossy Family Foundation.
Runs until: Sunday October 30, 2016

Stephen Waddell: Dark Matter Atlas

Stephen Waddell: Dark Matter Atlas

Stephen Waddell: Dark Matter Atlas
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
What: Over the past two decades the Vancouver-based artist Stephen Waddell has become widely known for his photographs and paintings that address urban space, particularly his depictions of the human figure in the modern city. This exhibition will feature a recent body of photographs in which Waddell has departed dramatically from the subject matter of his previous work by focusing on underground caverns in the United States, Canada and Lebanon—spaces once inaccessible that are now open to tourists.
Runs until: Sunday October 30, 2016

Across the Top:

Across the Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage

Across The Top: The Quest for the Northwest Passage
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum
What: This exhibit will transport you to the Arctic where you will learn about its environment and people; the many voyages of discovery; the search for John Franklin’s lost expedition (both historical and modern), and the ultimate discovery of HMS Erebus by Parks Canada.
Runs until: November 2016

fall-for-arts

Fall for Arts
Where: Whistler, BC
What: Festivals, art shows, markets, movie nights, and arts events all over the city.
Runs until: December 2016

All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds

All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds

All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors and Their Worlds
Where: The Museum of Vancouver
What: 20 beautiful, rare, and unconventional collections, with something for everyone including corsets, prosthetics, pinball machines, taxidermy, toys, and much more. In this exhibition both collector and collected are objects of study, interaction, and delight.
Runs until: Sunday January 8, 2016

White, Steel, Slice, Mask

White, Steel, Slice, Mask

White, Steel, Slice, Mask
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery
What: Working together for over a decade, the duo’s interdisciplinary practice typically instigates community-based models of participation in order to re-imagine a material record of the present. They investigate tactics of cultural representation while utilizing the methods of anthropology to examine various forms of collecting, interpretation and display.
Runs until: Sunday January 8, 2016

In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man

In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man

In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology
What: The Sepik River of Papua New Guinea is one of the largest river systems in the world, extraordinarily beautiful, but seldom visited. It is here that the Iatmul people, who live along its banks, have created internationally renowned works of art primarily inspired by stories of the majestic crocodile as the primordial creator. This unique exhibition will showcase the most comprehensive collection of contemporary Sepik art in North America for the first time. In addition to highlighting the exquisite carvings of Papua New Guinea’s latmul people, the exhibition will delve into their economic, cultural, and spiritual connections to the river system, drawing urgent attention to the logging and mining operations that pose environmental threats to the region.
Runs until: January 31, 2017

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