70 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, September 14

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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 14.



      Carly Dame

      Halifax dream-pop singer-songwriter Jon Bryant plays the Biltmore Cabaret.

      Adam Robert Thomas and Les Finnigan perform a double bill of R&B/soul and solo acoustic-guitar music at West Point Grey United Church.

      Romantic-pop vocalist Engelbert Humperdinck plays the second of two nights at the River Rock Show Theatre.

      ABRA Cadabra performs a tribute to pop legends ABBA at North Van's Centennial Theatre.

      Local garage-rock band the Bad Beats plays the Railway Stage & Beer Café, with guests the Sinister Six and the Gung Hos.

      Zachary Stevenson celebrates the life and music of legendary rock 'n' roller Buddy Holly at White Rock's Blue Frog Studios.  SOLD OUT.



      The Turtle Dash at the Greater Vancouver Zoo is a family-friendly run that raises funds for wildlife conservation.



      Come to Emery Barnes Park and read a dog their favourite poem during your 15-minute session at The Canine Library.

      The two-day First Pick Handmade transforms Heritage Hall into a 3,300-square-foot pop-up boutique department store.

      Maker Faire Vancouver at Science World features more than 50 local artists, tinkerers, inventors, and crafters. 

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

      The Point Grey Village Fall Festival features local vendors and exhibitors, food trucks, interactive games, and performances.

      Pop-Up Roller Rink at Robson Square Ice Rink features an all-ages family skate and a roller-derby bout.



      The Cheese and Meat Festival at Roundhouse Community Centre pairs international and local artisans foods with wine, liquor, cider, and beer.

      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.

      Jessica Yue will demonstrate how to make Chinese-style ice and baked mooncakes at Coquitlam's All Saints Parish Hall.

      Several Vancouver chefs host Raise the Barn, a seven-course dinner at YVR Preps, with proceeds to help rebuild a historic barn that burned at Hazelmere Organic Farm.



      Free sampler class at Semperviva Yoga Kits Beach Studio open to everyone with a desire to deepen their understanding of the power of yoga.




      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.



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



      The Comic Strip features standup comedy by Katie-Ellen Humphries, Christian Manual, and headliner Ivan Decker (above) at Tyrant Studios.

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

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

      Vancouver Fringe debut Rape is Real & Everywhere at the Cultch features seasoned stand-up comedians, raw honesty, and cathartic laughs.

      Comedian Bryan O'Gorman performs the second of two nights of standup at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club.

      Three comedians perform at Café Deux Soleils to raise money for local charities and causes as part of The Human Condition Comedy Tour.

      Soda Fountain at Little Mountain Gallery features sketch, improv, standup, and experimental comedy.




      Artists’ Roundtable at Griffin Art Projects features curator Katherine Ylitalo and artists from the exhibition MONSOON.



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      The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival features the Canadian debut of Spain’s Manuel Liñán Company at the Vancouver Playhouse.

      The annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House is an opportunity to sample a host of exciting dance styles, from ballet and contemporary to flamenco and bellydance.

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



      Meet Alisa Smith, the author of the books Speakeasy, Doublespeak, and The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating, at Indigo Langley.

      The Friends of the Vancouver Public Library’s three-day Fall Used Book Sale features paperbacks for just 50 cents and hardcovers for $2.



      The Vancouver Cello Quartet performs staples of the classical music repertoire plus contemporary and popular works as part of the Anvil Centre Series.




      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 The Robber Bridegroom: A Grimm Fairy Tale (above) at the Waterfront Theatre.

      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 Shakespeare in Love, in which young Will Shakespeare's love blossoms amid schemes and backstage theatrics.

      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?

      FIrst Impressions Theatre presents a performance at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre of the adult romantic-comedy Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

      The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a performance at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of A Thousand Splendid Sons, a sweeping tale set in which two women’s lives intersect through fate in war-torn Afghanistan.

      Performance at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts of New Societies, an interactive piece of theatre which involves playing a strategic board game.



      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.

      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.

      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.



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

      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.

      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.



      Screening at the Cinematheque of Mikey and Nicky, Elaine May’s 1976 crime drama about boyhood chums who become small-time hoods, starring Peter Falk and John Cassavetes.

      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Becoming Nobody, director Jamie Catto's new documentary about spiritual teacher Ram Dass’s life and teachings.


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