60 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, September 15

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 60 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, September 15.




      Day three of the Westward Music Festival features performances by Angel Olson (above), Close Talker, Duckwrth, Mudhoney, Jordan Klassen, Kali Uchis, Margaret Glaspy, Joe Passed, and Rhye at various Vancouver venues.

      Portland alt-country band Blitzen Trapper plays the Commodore Ballroom.

      The Live Agency presents Doors tribute band the Unknown Soldiers at the Railway Stage and Beer Café.

      The Accordion Noir Fest XI at the WISE Hall features a dance party with Polka Time! and friends.

      Acoustic-blues act Terry Robb plays White Rock's Blue Frog Studios, with guests the Blue Hearts.

      The nine-member Big Easy Funk Ensemble performs a pay-what-you-can gig at Guilt and Co.

      Untamed at Pat's Pub & Brewhouse features the baroque folk-pop of kele fleming, the contemporary indie-folk of Sarah Wheeler, and the eclectic jazz, blues, country, and rock stylings of Monca Lee. 



      Burgers + Boulders BBQ at Climb Base5 North Vancouver supports North Shore Search and Rescue and Climbers' Access Society.



      HUB Cycling

      Deck out your bike in lights and spread good cycling vibes with over 5000 other riders during Bike the Night Presented by MEC at Concord Pacific Place.

      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.

      The two-day Fraser Valley Pet Expo, an event focused on building healthy relationships between pets and their people, takes place at the Cloverdale Agriplex.

      Explore VanDusen Botanical Garden from a First Nations perspective at the Wild, Edible, and Medical Plant Walk.

      Culture Saves Lives and the Portland Hotel Society present the DTES Honoring Children Pow Wow at Oppenheimer Park.



      First Pick Handmade

      The two-day First Pick Handmade at Heritage Hall features fall and winter collections from over 30 Canadian indie fashion and accessory designers.


      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.



      Massimo Bassano

      National Geographic photographer Massimo Bassano and local photographer Myriam Casper lead an intensive Street Photography lecture.

      The Georgia Straight presents day one of the Grassroots Expo for the Cannabis Curious, featuring some of Canada’s leading cannabis producers, distributors, dispensaries, and brands speaking and exhibiting products and services at SFU Harbour Centre.

      Learn how to train your eyes and ears to find, observe, and identify birds during this Introduction to Bird Watching class with VanDusen Botanical Garden’s long-time birding guide, Jeremy Gordon.

      Diabetes Canada Type 1 Forum at the Nest at UBC features speakers on the management of diabetes, newest products and services, and the latest breakthroughs in research.



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      Water's Edge Day at Vanier Park is a community celebration of Vancouver's waterfront that features free canoe/kayak tours, children's entertainment, First Nations storytelling, Coast Guard vessel tours, and entrance to the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

      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.



      The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer action at BC Place Stadium.



      Calgary comedian Chris Gordon performs the third of three nights of standup at the Comedy Mix.

      Vancouver TheatreSports' Back to School TheatreSports takes short form improv ‘games’ and adapts them to parody classroom clichés and cliques.

      Comedian Kurt Braunohler performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      David Thomas Newham and Dave Harris host standup comedy by Darcy Boon Collins, Jon Bennett, and headliner Ari Matti Mustonen at Tyrant Studios.

      Bloodfeud features standup comedy and improv combined into one at Little Mountain Gallery.



      Ocean Wise

      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.



      Linda Arkelian/photo Erik Zennstrom

      The Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House features participating companies and artists Kababayang Pilipino, Karen Flamenco, Shot of Scotch, Helen Walkley, Polymer Dance, and Anderson Performance Clinic.



      Turning Point Ensemble kicks off its season with the world premiere of The Mute Canary, a new one-act opera by 86-year-old Rudolf Komorous, at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.




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

      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 Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents performances of As You Like It 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.



      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.

      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.

      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.



      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.

      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.

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

      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.

      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 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.



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of The Cakemaker, director Ophir Raul Graizer's tender story of hidden love, challenged faith, and unwittingly shared grief.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata and Cries and Whispers.

      Drive-in Nights at River District features screenings at River District Vancouver of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jurassic Park.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Under the Tree, director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson's comedy-drama about a typical spat between suburbanites that spirals violently out of control.

      The Vancouver Irish Film Festival presents the Canadian premiere at Vancity Theatre of Michael Inside, about an 18-year-old in Dublin who is sentenced to three months in prison after he is caught holding drugs.


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