What’s Happening This Weekend: 21 Vancouver events for September 15 to 17

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      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.


      Maestro Tausk Conducts Mahler’s Sixth

      Maestro Taust will launch the 105th season of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with the work of Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

      When: September 15 and 16, 8pm

      Where: Orpheum

      Tickets: $26

      Great Outdoors Comedy Festival

      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

      Admission: $99

      Pixel Sky Animations Launch Party

      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

      Admission: $38+

      Barnside Harvest Festival

      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

      Admission: $35+

      Fraser Valley Conservancy’s Fall Native Plant Sale

      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

      Cost: Varies

      Precipice: Changing the Course of the Extinction Crisis in BC

      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

      Admission: Free

      Practice as Ritual / Ritual as Practice

      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

      Admission: Free



      Vancouver Avian Research Centre Open House

      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

      Admission: $15

      River District Apiary Public Tours

      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

      Solo Exhibition by Rachelle Sawatsky

      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

      Admission: Free

      Coastal Cleanup Day at Sunset Beach Park

      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

      Admission: Free

      That 70s Art Show...and SALE!

      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

      Admission: Free

      Seventeen Syllable Slam

      This free poetry event will include bubbles, candy, unicorns, and, of course, poetry.

      When: September 16, 2:30pm

      Where: 800 Robson Street

      Admission: Free

      Lyse Lemieux’s Am Stram Gram

      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

      Admission: Free

      Intimacy and Distances Artist & Curator Talk

      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

      Admission: Free

      Coquitlam Cultural Centre 2023-2024 Season Launch Party

      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

      Admission: $25

      Cutie Pet Fair

      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

      Admission: Free

      Norman Nawrocki Book Launch

      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

      Admission: Free



      La Tana x Sumibiyaki Arashi 

      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

      Admission: Varies


      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

      Admission: $40

      Bird Walk at Cheam Lake Wetlands

      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

      Admission: $30

      Want more? Check out our events page to find out what else is going on around the city.