How is it already the last weekend of the summer??? The seasons officially change on Friday, September 22, marking the upcoming days off as the last official hurrah for the sunniest time of the year. And lucky for you, there are plenty of events to check out.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Maestro Taust will launch the 105th season of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with the work of Anna Thorvaldsdottir.
When: September 15 and 16, 8pm
The comedy of Russell Peters, Kevin Hart, Reggie Watts, and more iconic performers will be at Stanley Park for the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival this weekend.
When: September 15 and 16
Where: Stanley Park
The Vancouver-based drone light show company will have its official launch party at Science World on Friday evening, featuring, of course, mesmerizing light shows.
When: September 15, 5pm to midnight
Where: Science World
Delta’s Barnside Harvest Festival has quite the lineup for this upcoming weekend, including The Sheepdogs, 54-40, Orchard Sky, Blue Strange, Dear Rouge, The Zolas, and more.
When: September 15 to 17
Where: Paterson Park Ladner
Check out the online sale for fall native plants from the Fraser Valley Conservancy, going on until September 24 (with plant pickup on September 30).
When: Until September 24, pick up on September 30
Where: Online, pick up TBD
The opening night of the new exhibition at Alternatives Gallery launches on Friday for a first look at the mixed-medium show that features seven BC-based artists.
When: September 15 to 23
Where: Alternatives Gallery
This exhibit reflects on the 1989 Diasporic African Women’s Art Collective (DAWA) exhibition, Black Wimmin: When and Where We Enter.
When: September 15 to November 5
Where: Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Bird-watch up close, talk with experts, and learn about the migration of the birds of our skies at this open house at Colony Farm Banding Station.
When: September 16, 7am
Where: Colony Farm Banding Station
Tour beehives, meet the bees (and their keepers), and purchase a jar of honey at this free public tour of the apiary.
When: September 16, 17
Where: River District Apiary
Admission: Free; honey jars start at $13
The opening reception of Rachelle Sawatsky’s solo exhibition of abstract paintings and glazed ceramic wall works is taking place this Saturday.
When: September 16, 5pm
Where: Western Front
Join Ocean Wise in an effort to tidy up Sunset Beach and to raise awareness about plastic pollution and how it impacts our oceans.
When: September 16
Where: Sunset Beach Park
Dress in your best ’70s threads to attend (and potentially win the costume contest at) this ‘70s-themed art show and vintage sale.
When: September 16, 3pm
Where: 5649 Blenheim Street
This free poetry event will include bubbles, candy, unicorns, and, of course, poetry.
When: September 16, 2:30pm
Where: 800 Robson Street
The opening reception for Lyse Lemieux’s Am Stram Gram exhibit can be found at Wil Aballe Art Projects.
When: September 16, 2pm
Where: Wil Aballe Art Projects
Tokyo-based interdisciplinary artist Maiko Jinushi, guest curator Makiko Hara, artist Akira Takaishi, and curator Steven Tong will partake in a talk in conjunction with Intimacy and Distances.
When: September 16, 2pm
Where: Centre A
Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre is kick-starting its 27th season with a launch party on September 16.
When: September 16, 4pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre
Head over to Richmond’s LuLu Island Winery for their last pet carnival of the summer with contests, live music, a pony experience, and more.
When: September 16
Where: Lulu Island Winery
East Vancouverite-turned-Montrealer Norman Nawrocki is launching his new book/film Isabelle Walks with Angels at People’s Co-op Bookstore.
When: September 16, 7pm
Where: People’s Co-op Bookstore
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Chef Phil Scarfone of La Tana and chef Pete Ho of soon-to-open Sumibiyaki Arashi are pairing up for a fusion of Japanese and Italian cuisine.
When: September 17
Where: Cafe La Tana
Catch the last weekend of EVERY BRILLIANT THING, a comedy about depression and gratitude performed by Sarah Robertson, at the Bez Arts Hub in Langley.
When: Until September 17
Where: Bez Arts Hub
Take a guided walk through the Cheam Lake Wetlands to spot the birds of the area.
When: September 17, 7am
Where: Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park
Want more? Check out our events page to find out what else is going on around the city.