52 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, September 8

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 52 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, September 8.



      Day two of the Skookum Festival at Stanley Park features performances by Florence + The Machine (above), Metric, the War On Drugs, Hey Ocean!, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Stereophonics, St. Vincent, Matt Anderson, Bitterly Divine, Milky Chance, Rodrigo y Gabriela, XAmbassadors, the Matinee, Current Swell, Said the Whale, Midnight Shine, Missy D, the Zolas, and Murray Porter.

      English folk-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner and his band the Sleeping Souls play the Vogue Theatre.

      American rock band Foo Fighters performs at Rogers Arena on its Concrete and Gold North American Tour 2017-2018.

      Day two of Skookum After Dark features performances by various bands at the Rickshaw Theatre, the Railway Club, and the Imperial.

      The Scott Verbeek Sextet performs a pay-what-you-can gig at Guilt & Co.

      The Rogue Folk Club presents folk duo Winsome Kind at St. James Hall, with guest Luke Wallace.



      The Bicycle Trek for Life & Breath 2018 is a two-day, 200-km ride along the rural roads of Fraser Valley, with proceeds to to the B.C. Lung Association to help the fight against lung disease.



      Pie in the Plaza at Surrey's Central City Plaza features the creation of BC's largest blueberry pie, plus live music, pony rides, face painting, and inflatable corn maze.

      The Richmond Night Market features dozens of food stalls, a dinosaur park, paddle boats, a baby playground, music, martial arts, and dancing.

      Sins of the City Walking Tour at the Vancouver Police Museum takes participants on a 90-minute tour of Strathcona.

      Two-day Country Celebration at Langley's Campbell Valley Regional Park features a variety of musicians and entertainers, food, nature interpretation, a giant straw maze, live raptors, and farm animals.


      FOOD & DRINK

      The UBC Farm Farmers' Market features produce grown steps from the market stalls, treats and crafts from vendors, music, and free farm tours.



      Playland at the PNE features over 30 rides, including the Revelation, the Hellevator, the Beast, Hells Gate, the Flume, and the 60-year-old wooden rollercoaster.

      Day at the Farm at Ladner's Westham Island Herb Farm features over 35 events and activities, including a hay ride, milking demos, and a talent contest.

      The Wesbrook Village Festival features a kids zone with face-painting, craft tables, and bouncy castles, plus interactive games, a sidewalk sale, and a free barbecue.



      The Pipeline Protestors Gratitude Party Fundraiser at Creative Co Workers features music by Geoff Berner, with proceeds to help cover legal defence costs stemming from civil disobedience in opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. 



      Canadian comedian DJ Demers performs the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Canadian comedian Jasen Frederickson performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      David Thomas Newham and Dave Harris host The Comic Strip, featuring standup comedy by Adam Pateman, Myles Anderson, and headliner Ed Hill at Tyrant Studio.



      The fourth annual Vancouver Burlesque Marathong at the Rio Theatre features performances by a diverse cast of performers from across the burlesque scene in Vancouver.

      Douglas Coupland’s new radical art installation at the Vancouver Aquarium, Vortex, takes an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, immersing viewers in the ocean-plastic pollution crisis.



      Local author and adventurer Kevin Vallely presents a talk about his book Rowing the Northwest Passage at the Lynn Valley branch of the North Vancouver District Library.

      Celebrate the achievements of participants in Richmond Public Library's Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens and adults at the library's Summer Reading Finale



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      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents Simon Stephen's adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

      Nicola Cavendish, Lynda Boyd, and Beatrice Zeilinger star in Marion Bridge, Daniel MacIvor's play about three estranged sisters who make the trip home to Cape Breton to care for their dying mother, at Kay Meek Arts Centre.

      The Vancouver Fringe Festival on Granville Island features performances by nearly 100 theatre artists and companies over 11 days.

      The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents performances of As You Like It and Timon of Athens in Vanier Park.

      First Impressions Theatre presents Cyrano, a version of the classic swashbuckling adventure of Cyrano De Bergerac, at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre.

      Performance at Jericho Arts Centre of David Hare's new translation of the Bertolt Brecht masterpiece, The Life of Galileo, directed by Michael Fera.



      Cabin Fever at the Vancouver Art Gallery traces the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and cultural construct.

      Andi Icaza-Largaespada's new speculative photographic panorama, (untitled) a mountain bought but not yet named, is presented across the Contemporary Art Gallery's Nelson Street façade.

      Ayumi Goto & Peter Morin: how do you carry the land? at the Vancouver Art Gallery is a dialogue between artists Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin, presented via their individual and collaborative performance art practice.

      David Milne: Modern Painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery features close to 90 works in oil and watercolour, never-before-presented photographs, drawings, and memorabilia.

      Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest at the Bill Reid Gallery sees guest curator Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation trace the deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment.

      Shigeru Ban, a new exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite location, features the full-scale version of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s Kobe Paper Log House.

      Kevin Schmidt: We Are the Robots at the Vancouver Art Gallery sees the B.C.–based artist draw on conceptual and performance art while embodying the do-it-yourself sensibilities of an amateur inventor.



      Arts of Resistance: Politics and The Past In Latin America at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC exhibition illustrates how Latin American communities use traditional or historic art forms to express contemporary political realities.

      In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

      Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives at the Museum of Vancouver delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they relate to each other and how they connect people to nature in the city.

      Richmond's Lipont Place hosts Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which focuses on the legendary RMS Titanic's compelling human stories through more than 120 authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations.

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers and print makers, collected as early as the 1890s.



      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world, a restaurant, a garden shop, and a horticulture library.

      The Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven cable bridges suspended in trees, the Living Forest exhibit, totem pole collection, CLIFFWALK, and Treetop Adventure.

      The 137-metre-long Kits Pool, Vancouver's only saltwater swimming pool, is open daily until September 23.

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

      Parq Vancouver features two luxury hotels, a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

      The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, gardens, beaches, and West Coast rain forest, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8 kilometre seawall.



      The DGC B.C. Showcase at Vancity Theatre features screenings of short films, experimental cinema, and the features Tank Girl and Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (above).

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of director Masaaki Yuasa's madcap animated rom-com The Night is Short, Walk On GIrl.


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