70 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, September 7

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 70 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, September 7.



      Russell Earl Marsland's tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lovestruck, plays the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, with guest Raven Blackwell (tribute to Bonnie Raitt).

      American indie-folk band Bon Iver plays the Pacific Coliseum, with guest Sharon Van Etten.

      Rap-metal artist from Staffordshire, England, Scarlxrd, plays Venue.

      Morgan Heritage blends R&B, hip-hop, dubstep, and reggae at the Commodore Ballroom.

      Local rock 'n' roll quintet Damsel plays the Railway Stage and Beer Café, with guests Tracy Bosch, Aversions, and Rocket Fuel.



      Roundhouse Productions' video-laser show at the BCIT Planetarium features music by Pink Floyd, Gorillaz, and Radiohead.

      Latin Cruises Vancouver presents a three-hour cruise on board the Queen of Diamonds, with three DJs and light buffet included.

      Day at the Farm at Ladner's Westham Island Herb Farm is an agricultural fair where people can take hay-wagon tours, watch live milking demonstrations, and harvest their own potatoes.

      Climb aboard a retro bus at the Museum of Vancouver for a guided tour of Heritage Vancouver’s Top10 endangered sites for 2019.



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      The Trout Lake Farmers Market at John Hendry Park features seasonal produce, local meat, seafood, eggs & dairy, craft beer, wine & spirits, artisanal prepared food, and handmade craft.



      Simon Fraser University’s Paul Budra delivers an in-depth exploration of Shakespeare's Coriolanus at Bard on the Beach.




      Legend of the Frozen Trees at Sutcliffe Park is a 45-minute, Robert Munsch-style performance, and the only kids' show at this year's Fringe Festival.

      At the Polygon's Kids First Saturday, kids can enjoy the gallery's artworks and participate in creative hands-on activities.

      Parents and children can interact behind the scenes of wild bird research and conservation at Port Coquitlam's Colony Farm Regional Park.

      Beledrone is an intercultural work by composer Michael O’Neill, performed at Trout Lake Park in two locations linked by a processional composition.

      Come Try Ringette is a free event at New Westminster's Moody Park Arena for boys and girls between the ages of four and 14. Free skate and helmet rentals available.



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      Physical comedian Aaron Malkin performs his show Dandelion: A Comedy About Fatherhood at the Waterfront Theatre as part of the Fringe Festival.

      Pleasant Comedy at Our Town Café features standup comedy by Maddy Kelly, Steev Letts, Rachel Schaefer, Mark Nesbitt, and headliner Jane Stanton.

      Stereotypical students join forces to avoid detention in Back to School TheatreSports at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

      Standup comedians perform comedic lists, then improvisors turn those lists into scenes, at Little Mountain Gallery.

      The Comic Strip at Tyrant Studios features standup comedy by Harris Anderson, Myles Anderson, and headliner Levi McCachen.

      American comedian Helen Hong performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.




      Illustrated Art History Talk at Richmond Art Gallery examines the collision of history, art, and the land. 

      Grab a pen, start drawing, and meet new friends in a casual environment at Mobil Art School's Drink & Draw with Neil Wedman.

      Design, cut, and shape glass pieces and arrange them into a mosaic at a six-hour course at MakerLabs.

      Dysfunctional Disney Cabaret at the Rio Theare is a burleque tribute to favourite princesses, villains, and enchanted animals.

      Karen Flamenco presents a one-hour show featuring traditional flamenco music, dance, puppetry, and magic at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

      Joshua Beamish/MOVETHECOMPANY presents the world premiere of @giselle, a technology-driven, contemporary reinvention of the beloved romantic ballet classic, at the Vancouver Playhouse.


      Journalist Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants, discusses his book at 312 Main.

      Borrow a 'human book' from a curated collection of topics at the Vancouver Public Library's two-day event, The Human Library.

      Author Derek Hayes signs copies of his book Iron Road West at Indigo Langley.




      Eliot Quartett from Frankfurt makes its Vancouver debut with works by Haydn, Prokofiev, and Beethoven at Unitarian Church of Vancouver.

      East Van Opera presents the world premiere of Beauty's Beast, which explores the timeless tale of Beauty and the Beast in a modern setting, at the Orpheum Annex.



      The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society presents its annual celebration of all kinds of theatre, the Vancouver Fringe Festival, featuring over 700 performances at various venues. Performances today include Crooked Teeth Theatre's The Devil’s Daughter: a story of an almost murder (above) at Arts Umbrella.

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of Coriolanus, Shakespeare's examination of what it means to be loyal to a parent, to a leader, and to a country.

      North Vancouver Community Players present a performance in the Theatre at Hendry Hall of Hot Property, in which a greedy developer, seasoned actors, and a sensational book collide.

      Performance at Bard on the Beach of The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by the 2007 spaghetti-western version of Shakespeare's work.

      United Players present a performance of Ben Power's A Tender Thing, which posits: What if Romeo and Juliet didn't die in the Capulet family vault?



      Gilded Age II at the Polygon presents both early and new works by Sara Cwynar, in which found photographs, everyday objects, illustrations, notes, and posed models form disparate associations.

      Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 130 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and lithographs from the artist’s pre- and postwar career. 

      The Clock by Christian Marclay is a 24-hour video at the Polygon that montages film and television footage from the last 70 years.

      Metalmorphosis at Visualspace Gallery is a sculptural exhibition from metal artists Kye-Yeon Son and Brian Hoyano, curated by Barbara Cohen.

      Vicky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

      Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist's career.

      Dog Days at the Polygon is a photography exhibition featuring contemporary works, classic images, and vintage photographs of man's best friend.

      Moving Still: Performative Photography in India at the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 100 works that examine themes of gender, religion, and sexual identity.

      Views of the Collection: The Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery focuses on the street as a source of inspiration and site for the production and enactment of culture, with works by Roy Arden, Kati Campbell, Robert Capa, Robert Frank, Fred Herzog, Hong Chan Park, Judy Radul, Jack Shadbolt, Danny Singer, and Ian Wallace.



      Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC illustrates the role puppets have played in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values.

      There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island); and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

      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.

      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.

      Shakeup: Preserving What We Value at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with Indigenous knowledge and oral history.

      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 printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.



      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures.

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

      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

      Kits Pool, Vancouver's only saltwater swimming pool, is 137 metres long and features a water park, two slides, cafes, and lockers. 

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

      The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

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

      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.

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

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

      The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

      Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.

      Vancouver Lookout features a ride in an exterior glass elevator and a 360° view of Metro Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.



      Take in a screening of Doctor Who's Season 9 episode "Heaven Sent" at Vancity Theatre and then join director Rachel Talalay in a lively conversation.

      Vancouver premiere at the Cinematheque of director Maxime Giroux's The Great Darkened Days, about a draft dodger from Quebec roaming the American Southwest.

      Screening at the Rio Theatre of the new documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces That I Am, an intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner.


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